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Hannibal: Futamono Review (Article) - 4/8/2014 11:14:25 AM

...or could the antlers mean that Will was using his unique talent of empathic understanding to guesstimate what Hannibal would do next - come by for a visit. Sure appeared like he divined Dr. Lecter would be there before actually seeing him.

Game of Thrones: Two Swords Review (Article) - 4/7/2014 10:37:32 PM

GoT has returned to us. The world has righted itself. I feel I've missed my friends, Jon, Tyrion, and Dany. Hell, I even wanted to sneak a bro-hug on ol' Tyvin as he did the devious. I'll have to reopen my Top 10 dealio manana.

Game of Thrones: Two Swords Review (Article) - 4/7/2014 10:36:53 PM

GoT has returned to us. The world has righted itself. I feel I've missed my friends, Jon, Tyrion, and Dany. Hell, I even wanted to sneak a bro-hug on ol' Tyvin as he did the devious. I'll have to reopen my Top 10 dealio manana.

Mania Review: Noah (Article) - 4/5/2014 10:41:33 AM

i religous debate i could fathom, but how the hell did this thread become a vaccination war? get over pretentious selves and move on... and let's get back to the less visceral atheists vs christians skirmish.

CalamityJohnson (Profile) - 4/4/2014 2:37:48 PM

...and we have all missed out on seeing Calamity Jane's ultimate legacy bear fruit when Deadwood left us. Long live Deadwood.

Mania Review: Noah (Article) - 4/2/2014 11:56:48 AM

Sounds to me like a heavy discussion to be having on a genre sight. But, since it's fair game, I guess I'll toss in my tiny opinion. Also sounds to me like all of this is an argument over "time". Strict biblical followers advocate for a 7 day or even 7 thousand year creationary period based on the "7 day" speech in Genesis. Others who are more accepting of science and willing to entertain the thought that God, in all his intelligence and majesty just might be willing to work within the bounds of the science which He, himself created and constructed the current state of this planet over 7 periods of time (which apparently seems feasible and which were, in my opinion, positively explained in the film), those 7 periods being 1. Light from dark (in the film: Big Bang) 2. mass separate from nothingness (gathering of bits of other planets, asteroids, matter) 3. rock and water separation (volcanic activity, gases emitted into the atmosphere, rain, oceans, plate tectonics, continents, etc) 4. vegetation 5. animals 6. mankind 7. rest. Seems altogether very logical the order of this construction and a theory very advanced for a civilization that appeared thousands of years ago. Now, back to time. We base a lot of theory and even religion on our concept of time: 365 days for a year (one revolution around the sun), 24 hours a day (day = one full earth rotation), 60 minutes per hour, 60 seconds per minute, etc etc. For example, we do carbon basing to approximate how old something is. 30 thousand years old, 40 million years old, etc. This theory itself assumes something rather interesting. It assumes for the 40 million, or 30 thousand, or even two thousand years it approximates, that the earth has maintained a 24 hour day and a 365 day year throughout that entire period. Yet, we have proof of major catastrophes like meteorites, massive volcanic and tectonic activity. We even place the blame for the death of dinosaurs on such a calamity. Yet, we neglect to imagine that such calamities might also change... TIME. Each and every day the earth becomes larger. Minute amounts of space dust gathers on our planet effectively causing it to weigh more, ever so slightly causing our gravity to grow. Gravity affects skeletal structures, muscular tendencies in animals... and perhaps even size. Could this explain why animals were so much larger in the dinosaur times? Radiation half-lives are also calculated in accordance with... time. Yet, if time is relative, how can we be accurate? If we don't know what happened, or what is accurately the true ancient history of the construction and manipulation, and destruction and reconstruction of this planet is and was, how can we so blatantly assume we know for sure anything? We can at best give it a hearty guess. There were no historians prior to the the invention of civilization... aside from cave drawings which give us precious little information. Even science is compounded assumptions upon other assumptions, yet we treat it often like definites. We are unwilling to believe in anything that might require faith, clinging to empirical evidence, but each and everyday EVERYONE exercises faith in millions of things like, "tomorrow will be a new day", "yes, honey, i'll be home after work", "i love you", "I miss you", "the sun will rise tomorrow", "people have feelings". None of these things can be proven empirically now in the moment. But, we believe them whole heartedly. They give us hope. Hope is born from faith. Without faith there is no hope. I hope I get to go to the beach this summer. I believe I'll have to the time to do it. I'm excited. Hope = happiness, and that's what we all want, yet so many of us who hope for more, who have faith in so much more potential are looked at with disdain, as deluded, and foolish for doing so. Must I concede that my faith, that religion, doesn't have it all right... or even everything right? Absolutely. Should I though? Or is it even wise to do so because, let's be honest here, the reverse possibility, that we are a random speck of space matter that will cease to exist upon death who really has no purpose at all for living, and might actually be more of a parasite upon all other random life is a bleak and utterly depressing and deflating possibility. What is the motivation to even believe this? To escape responsibility and accountability to something bigger? Does that really engender anything positive?  I believe in the best of humanity, that there is so much more potential for each and every one of us, and that the purpose of it all is so we can all have a chance to find happiness, to be good to one another, and build community. But, I also welcome science and its wonder and knowledge because I believe it is the mechanism that my Creator uses to establish order in this chaotic universe. The authors of ancient bliblical text over and over speak in symbolism. What were sacrifices for? Why were they prepared in such a way? What is the sabbath representing? Why were priests dressed a certain way? Why were there rituals and feasts and holidays? Symbolism. So, to take everything in the bible as completely literal is also extremely unwise by non-believer and belieaver alike. Knowing the authors and cultures of the authors can help clear some of these questions, but not all questions can be answered... now. Therefore, both science and religion require faith. It's just a matter which you want to choose to put your investment in... maybe both?

Also, why are believers not liking this movie? Well, look at it this way. Why do folks complain about The Hobbit or the Lord of the Rings? Why do we complain about hte X-men Movie? Usually we complain because the director/creators did it different from the book, perhaps taking too many liberties, using "artistic interpretation" as an excuse to sully an already artistic impression. Why make the change if the book already had it perfect? Sometimes the changes are good (ie. I love most of hte changes made by the creators of GoT television show - not all, but most). Well, that's why believers despise this movie. Really, again, mineral Ents? Same thing.

Mania Review: Noah (Article) - 3/29/2014 4:56:34 PM

SPOILERS ABOUND:

 

the good: the creation sequences (excellent!!). Anthony Hopkin's Methusaleh, berry picking

the bad: rock angels? mineral Ents more like it. The siege upon the ark? more like the siege upon Isengard junior. It's one thing to take artistic license, and another to just fabricate ideas out of thin air that just make no sense at all. Noah, having to make the Abramic/Isaac sacrifice? Noah, the drunk? Noah, the fanatic? The great sin of mankind according to the movie: industry and wasting the environment - God killed the world because we didn't respect the earth. Now, as bad as that is (by no means insinuate I'm for pollution or not respecting the environment), it's not even near the top of the totem pole for heinous behavior.

C if you can remember this is a movie by someone looking to entertain and not someone trying to make an accurate portrayal. After the movie as we were filing out of the theater I overheard several folks chuckling to themselves and conversing. It went something like this, "Mumble mumble..,." laugh, "mumble stupid christians," laugh, "incestuous families mumble," laugh, "ridiculous" - See here, that's the problem. Christians DON'T BELIEVE in this... mockumentary. That's not what we believe, but this film would insinuate to most naive to Christianity that we do, that we would subscribe to such hogwash, and that we go about our lives as insanely as Russel Crowe tramped around in this flick looking for some sign of light from the heavens to proceed. 

As an action flick it wasn't even that good. It seemed like a cheap knockoff of some Lord of the Rings/Lion Witch and the Wardrobe/Mad Max mutation. Meh. Moving on.

Game of Thrones Season 4: Weapons & Training Featurette (Article) - 3/28/2014 10:29:36 AM

ahhh, Deadwood... i miss Timothy Oliphaunt and Ian McShane sparring off with one another... what an amazing series gone bye bye. My love for Deadwood lead me to Justified which I have an attachment to as well. Great point though, blank, HBO deserves some of my cashola for this wonderful series alone.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 - Itchy Armpit Clip (Article) - 3/28/2014 10:26:31 AM

the first was, in my opinion, the best animated film since Incredibles. That alone ensures I'll be seeing this at least a couple times with my girls.

Mania Review: Noah (Article) - 3/28/2014 9:58:43 AM

I fully expect as mania fanboys start seeing this flick this weekend this comment section will grow and grow. I'll reserve the bulk of my comments after I see this tonight or tomorrow. Also wanna see Arnie's new flick too.

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