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Mania Review: Noah (Article) - 4/2/2014 5:58:14 AM

I didn't understand every term Calilasseia used but I got the gist of her/his arguement.  By the laws of physics as we understand them, the actions described in the Book of Noah are physically impossible.  And that's perfectly true.

You could say, I suppose, that it describes miracles of God who can do anything He wants to.  That He used His Godly powers to preserve the fresh water fishes and keep them safe in his deluge of salt water ocean.  That He transported kangaroos and elephants and giant pandas to the middle east so that Noah could shelter them in his ark.  That the ark was magically big enough to shelter two each of a million species of animal, bird and insect and that there was room enough to store food for them for months of floating around.  That He created lots of extra water on Earth, enough to cover Mt Everest, and took it away when it suited Him.  But at this point God is doing so much work and making so many miracles that you wonder why He didn't just disintigrate all the humans who displeased Him and leave the rest of the natural world alone.

There is archaeological evidence that there WAS a big flood in the middle east in prehistory caused by an ice dam (left over from the last ice age) breaking and creating the Black Sea.  They have found the remains of several villages and small towns, the height of urban living back then, at the bottom.  I'm sure that to any of the local residents who survived that looked like the world had been covered by water.  And I'm sure someone loaded his livestock onto a boat and survived the flood.  And the story was retold and embellished over the years until somebody wrote it down and it became the basis for the Book of Noah.  A kernel of truth in an ocean of fabrication.

Scientific jargon doesn't scare me.  I didn't understand everything Calilasseia wrote but if s/he is a physisist and knows these things why shouldn't s/he share them?

Mania Review: Noah (Article) - 4/1/2014 5:46:47 PM

Just got back from seeing the film.  I enjoyed it very much.  I thought the performances were excellent from most of the cast.  The FX were interesting to watch.

I did get a little impatient with Noah towards the end of the film but overall I thought it was very good.  An A plus is a little high.  I'd give it a B plus.

Mania Review: Noah (Article) - 3/31/2014 5:54:08 PM

There was a big hubbub from a certain Christian sect  that Harry Potter was evil because it glorified witchcraft.  They held a rally at which they burned Potter books and DVDs.

Mania Review: Noah (Article) - 3/31/2014 3:16:05 AM

Well, it's Mania so when a subject even tangententally related to religion surfaces the flamethrowers come out!

I know a lot of Christians who have no problem incorporating current scientific information into their worldview.  They believe that the universe is 14 billion years old and evolution happened and such and think that this is part of God's plan.  They can accept that a book written thousands of years before the invention of the scientific method might not have all it's scientific facts straight.

I don't believe that there is a God or that he created the world but I can respect their views.  There's no way I can prove that it isn't true.

The various logical flaws in the story of Noah make it hard for me to take it seriously.  But I can certainly accept it as the basis for a movie.  I don't believe in dragons either but that didn't stop me from seeing The Hobbit.

The commercials for this Noah movie made it seem like a film I would want to avoid but Rob's review has piqued my interest.  Perhaps I'll catch it at a bargain matinee.  From what people have said here it seems to be the kind of film you either love or hate.  I'm interested to see for myself.

Mania Review: Need for Speed (Article) - 3/14/2014 9:30:39 PM

If you've seen it, how does it compare to Fast and Furious?  Is it better?  Worse?  About the same?  If you like F&F will you like this?

Mania Box Office Report: NON-STOP to the TOP (Article) - 3/10/2014 6:36:53 AM

I'm glad that Diogo Morgado put in a good performance.  I'm glad it was a good miniseries and movie.  But that's not the point.  The quality and worth of the movie isn't my issue.  My issue is that the movie is a reedit of a TV show that's being passed off as a new, original film.

Mania Box Office Report: NON-STOP to the TOP (Article) - 3/5/2014 4:30:58 AM

There's a problem with it if people go to the movie and shell out $10 for a ticket thinking they'll see new material and just get a repeat of something they've already seen.  And it's not that I think the audience for this movie are dumbasses Wise.  It's that the movie is being advertised as if it were new material.  If I plunked down the cash to see a new, original film and got a re-edit of a TV show I'd already seen I'd be pretty put out.

Are  there people out there who don't have cable and missed it on TV?  Probably.  But History is basic cable and I think most people had access to it when it was first on.  And if they don't rerun the miniseries around Easter I'll be very surprised.

Religious material is tough to judge.  I remember a trip to Europe when I was a kid and being offended by the gift shops in the big cathedrals with tacky plastic key chains and postcards.  And I'm not even Christian.  But at least somebody who buys the key chain isn't being fooled into purchasing something they already own.

Ghostbusters 3 Script to be Re-Worked (Article) - 3/2/2014 8:31:17 PM

In a way it's ripe for a reboot/sequel.  The original movie is still great but certain attitudes have changed.  Watching Bill Murray sexually harass every woman he sees isn't as funny as it used to be.  Feels kind of slimy in fact.  A new generation of Ghostbusters could be fun with the right cast (I think Owen Wilson would be good).  It would need the right script though.  You'd need something creative and zany but not TOO out there.  It would need a subtle touch.  Hollywood just doesn't do subtle anymore, at least not with comedies or scifi/fantasy.

Blu-ray Shopping Bag: The Shadow (Article) - 2/25/2014 4:20:06 AM

I always liked The Shadow.  I liked the '30s setting with the fashions and the hairstyles.  I didn't expect bat jets or other futuristic gimicks so the taxi and the revolvers worked well for me.

Farscape to Return with a Movie? (Article) - 2/24/2014 8:18:59 AM

What great news!  Are Ben Browder and Claudia Black returning?


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