Realism of presentation. Great article speculating on what C.S. Lewis would think of Serenity. The point on realism is one I tried to make but not as well. I think I just found the ammo to persuade certain friends of mine to see this thing. On the bad side, it's going to drop from 400 theaters in the U.S. this week. Boo hoo.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
I don't have a strong feeling about Intelligent Design theory. Calling it a theory does imply that it's science and I don't believe it is. I also have the feeling that many of the people who call for it to be taught feel that they are striking back at what they feel are anti-religious teachings in the schools. I believe that some of those feelings are justified. I don't necessarily agree with this essay, but I do think it raises an interesting point:
For several decades the philosophical ground has been softened up by the relativism and political correctness of the secular left, which succeeded in undermining the very idea of objective reality and of calling a spade a spade—so now, in the resulting marsh, fantasies like intelligent design (or Scientology or feng shui or 9/11 as a CIA plot) take root and spread like weeds. Liberals pioneered squishy-minded indulgence of their key constituencies’ unfortunate new ideas, like reparations and criminalized hate speech; now it’s the right’s turn.
Being able to twist objective reality into any form you like is what makes any debate so frustrating these days. Everyone gets their own set of "facts," and there's no middle ground anymore. So opinions that from your political perspective seem self-evident come to be seen as facts, but where are the facts these days? New Orleans was the result of the cold-hearted racist Republicans not caring enough. Ask the outgoing German Chancelor. Bush lied, of course. Or not. We are losing the war in Iraq. Or not. It's no wonder we can't argue civilly any longer because much of what we believe is inarguable.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
In the same way that Justice Stewart knew obscenity, I know art when I see it. I can't say that I have refined taste by any means, but I do not consider time spent in a museum to be wasted, and I've studied enough to know the difference between Dali and Escher. I have to say that I love Bryan Larsen's stuff. If I were rich I would buy a print of the one shown here in a heartbeat.
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Shock and mock vs. duck and cover. I love this post from Norman Geras.
Friday, October 07, 2005
When obsessions collide. This is kind of cool. I've long been a fan of Bungie games. I'm not a huge gamer, but I have a history of being a fanatic about their games simply because they seem more fun and thoughtful than many others that I've tried to get into. Bungie employees just seem smarter, hipper, and funnier in their communication with their fans. The best non-official place I go to get Halo and Bungie info is halo.bungie.org, and I've posted in their forum now and then. Once I got a response from Marty O'Donnell, the guy who creates the excellent music for their games. Yesterday, I posted a link to this interview on the forum, pointing out with pleasure that Nathan Fillion (Serenity's Captain Mal Reynolds) is a Halo player. I got one response that wasn't really a response. Today, however, in Bungie's official weekly update, they noticed. I'm pretty sure I'm the source given the timing, and also since my link, which Bungie used, is probably more obscure than this one. Like I said, cool.
UPDATE: Truer words were never spoken regarding my fanaticism. This weekend I will have seen it a fourth and fifth time, which is an unheard of number of times for seeing a movie in the theater during my adulthood. Surely there's an essay's worth of material regarding what it is about this film that I love so much, but I'll spare you. I will say that this. It's much more fun to see it with a friend who keeps repeating "I love this movie!" over and over as the credits rolled.
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
I'm now slightly daft about this Serenity business. It's scary. I was at work today, frantically refreshing whedonesque.com, when I hear two pairs of people discussing their plans to see Serenity in the hallway. I was the one who had told them all about it over the past week. Here's some stuff I found, by the way. Apparently, Joss was inspired by The Killer Angels when he created Firefly. National Review Online finally got around to reviewing the movie, although I think they missed many of the philosophical issues I would have found interesting to hear their take on. And here's an interesting article about how they did some of the special effects.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Browncoats unite. Okay, so I'll admit that I'm presently completely obsessed with all things Serenity. I can't remember wanting to see a movie multiple times so badly since perhaps 1977, and back then I had lots more time to do so. I've seen it three times now, and it's only gotten better. I do think I'll hold off at least until this weekend (such will power!), but I can't promise I'll do better than that. Orson Scott Card inspires me by articulating points I couldn't here.