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Archive for February 2008

Must Reads

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Undercover at Planned Parenthood – Follow the links in the post; you will not believe your ears.

Angelina Jolie on Iraq – Thoughtful and encouraging.  Here’s the money quote: “As for the question of whether the surge is working, I can only state what I witnessed: U.N. staff and those of non-governmental organizations seem to feel they have the right set of circumstances to attempt to scale up their programs. And when I asked the troops if they wanted to go home as soon as possible, they said that they miss home but feel invested in Iraq. They have lost many friends and want to be a part of the humanitarian progress they now feel is possible.”

33 Things on Evolution and Intelligent Design – One of the best seriously and open minded primers on this issue that I have read.

Bob Geldof on Africa and the President – If people could dialog, work together, and disagree with this much class, the world would be a much different place.

HTs: The Point and Libertas

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February 28, 2008 at 11:56 pm

TV Review – Knight Rider

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Some friends have asked my opinion, so I’m gonna make this real quick:

The plot tries hard to look original while playing with too many clichés; the car looks cool, but only amounts to flashy product placement considering how many times the camera zeroes in on the Cobra emblem; and each character (save for Bruce Davison — wasted here) looks like a perfect candidate for Stephen J. Cannell should he ever decide to resurrect 21 Jump Street

Just plain awful. 

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February 27, 2008 at 5:42 pm

I caught the Oscars (but I did not shoot the nominee)

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I watched the Oscars Sunday night for the first time in three years. Of the best picture nominees, I regret to confess I had only seen one, and therefore have cause for neither celebration nor lament.  Although, Ratatouille’s win for best animated feature put a smile on my face. 

A handful of films have made it on my the must-see list after seeing the show, particularly Once, whose entry and deserved win for best song was easily the best musical piece of the night. 

I found it somewhat impudent that soldiers in Baghdad got to introduce the nominees for “best documentary short subject” live just before the feature docs, most of which were anti-troop and/or war.  Opinions on the war not withstanding, juxtaposing the two weakened Oscar’s attempt at civility. 

Perceived insult might run a little low, however, considering the 80th Academy Awards only garnished 32 million viewers—an all-time record low

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February 26, 2008 at 1:28 pm

Posted in General, Movies


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You give me promises I can’t ignore
And all I see is someone closing doors
There has to be another path to take
Something sure enough to raise the stakes
Every day my feet sink in the sand
When things are steady it feels really bland
Need adventure, need some place to go
Got to learn the stuff I need to know
People saying things that don’t agree
And I wonder if they really see
That truth is something that will bite your face
Just a turn upon the lasting race

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February 25, 2008 at 2:53 pm

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Smash Cut – Juno

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UPDATE: Diablo Cody just won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.


Comedies tend to fair well when they can find that just-right blend of sincerity and irreverence, the kind that affects without offense, and gives without insult. This is, by no means, a cut and dry formula—sometimes, insults are called for. Irreverence can reach too far, or it can hit just the right note, and almost no creative effort gets it exactly right. Almost. Director Jason Reitman (son of the great Ivan Reitman), however, strikes it pretty close to the bull’s eye with Juno. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 23, 2008 at 10:38 pm

It appears we’re not so turned on by sex.

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Perusing the Point the other day, I noticed this little post about a 30-day challenge the pastor of Relevant Church in Tampa Bay posed to his congregation:

Married couples in the church are encouraged to have sex once a day, for 30 days.  Single men and  women are encouraged to abstain.

Reaction to the post in the comments doesn’t exactly reflect enthusiasm — more the opposite.  “Lack of discernment,” “misguided” and “wrong-headed” summarize the general trend.  One fellow even called sex within marriage a sin, just not as bad as sex without (?!).

You can find my response in comment number 10.

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February 23, 2008 at 10:44 am

Posted in Life, Marriage

Star Trek Moved to Summer 2009

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According to Variety, Paramount has shuffled some release dates, including J.J. Abrams franchise reboot. 
I like Paramount’s confidence that the film would work well in the summer.  The article doesn’t say, but the change might have something to do with the end of the writer’s strike. 

Abrams has said he had wanted to rewrite a few scenes, and now that he can, he might have convinced Paramount to give him the time to make the changes.  But that’s all speculation on my part.  I’m not yet a total Abrams devotee—he writes well and he has a sound eye when it comes to direction, but he’s unproven.  
The move to May 2009 puts the Enterprise, up against the Wolverine/X-Men Origins film, and the Ron Howard directed prequel to The Da Vinci Code, Angels & DemonsWolverine might be a contender—I doubt the film can bring it on Hugh Jackman’s talent alone. 

I’m actually reading Angels & Demons right now, and Dan Brown’s pseudo-historical fiction is just as laughable as Da Vinci’s. If Akiva Goldsman is running the adaptation (as he did on the previous installment) the film might be watchable.  I actually enjoyed Ron Howard’s film over the book, save for his treatment of the albino assassin.  That was one aspect of the novel where Brown transcended his own plot, and I felt Howard blew the nuance by taking the villain-always-dies route. 

At any rate, a 10 month wait has now become 15 before Enterprise takes flight. 

HT: Libertas

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February 15, 2008 at 5:52 pm

Indiana Jones Teaser!

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February 14, 2008 at 9:38 am

Posted in Movies, Pop Culture, stories

STRIKE ENDING!! – LOST may close season four with 13 episodes!

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So says co-lead writer Carlton Cuse.

That’s five more episodes than the ones they had in the can going into the strike; just three short of the intended 16 episode goal.

According to the link, Cuse says that the writers will wrap up season four’s storylines, condensing some plot details, and will end where originally planned.

Two weeks in, Lost looks primed to overcome the plight of last season’s numerous blunders (Nikki and Palo, Jack in Thailand, and bunnies with little black numbers painted on their sides…sheesh). Last week’s intro of four new characters hit all the right notes. Still keeping my fingers crossed that the showrunners can bring back the magic of the first two seasons.

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February 13, 2008 at 12:20 am

The best 30-second ad of the Super Bowl…at least to me.

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I needed to take a break and decided to point all of you in the direction of this:

The E-Trade Baby.


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February 10, 2008 at 8:05 pm

Posted in Baby News, General