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Merry Christmas to Me

On: December 22nd, 2005 at 7:04 pm | Number of Comments » 0

Merry Christmas to Me I bought a HD-capable projector, a 92″ diagonal screen, an HD-capable Oppo DVD player, and a 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound System. The HD TV tuner (hopefully via the rumored new Mac mini) is the next piece. It rocks better than any 42″ plasma TV and more discrete — I can […]


The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (2005, USA, Theater)

On: December 21st, 2005 at 11:09 pm | Number of Comments » 0

I thought the White White (Tilda Swinton) was well-cast and pretty much kicked ass until the resurrected Lion munched her. That’s why you get only the photo of her. Safa and I saw the 9:50AM showing of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe today (earliest I’ve ever seen a film) […]


Some Intelligence, Finally

On: December 21st, 2005 at 10:48 pm | Number of Comments » 0

Judge John E. Jones III made my day. Yesterday he rightly ruled comprehensively and categorically against the Dover school board’s IDIOTIC and LAMEASS attempt to foist its Christian faith and mythical views in the guise of “Intelligent Design” upon the biology classes in Dover, PA. Read about it here. Nothing could have been a clearer […]


Anniversaries

On: December 20th, 2005 at 11:14 pm | Number of Comments » 0

Why is it that people make a big deal out of remembering something just because it’s exactly a year (or two or three…) from the time it happened? Why 365 days and not 178? The memory of the event is the same, right, if we choose to recall (or it recalls us) at any time […]


Castle in the Sky (天空の城 — ラピュタ, 1986, Japan, DVD)

On: December 19th, 2005 at 11:30 pm | Number of Comments » 0

Safa and I watched Miyazaki Hayao’s Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Tenkuu no Shiro: Rapyuta) together after dinner tonight. That makes twice for her while that was my first uninterrupted time. I had to watch it anyway for a conference paper I’m writing (more on that later). Miyazakiesque elements, characters, and themes are present throughout; […]


Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989, Japan, DVD)

On: December 19th, 2005 at 2:04 am | Number of Comments » 0

Well, it took me long enough to see this film. I was simply afraid of being too grossed out by it. I don’t mind bodies transforming into flesh and metal hybrids; it’s when a man’s penis turns into a power drill in the middle of sex — and his partner is further aroused rather than […]


Tokyo Godfathers (2003, Japan, DVD)

On: December 19th, 2005 at 1:40 am | Number of Comments » 0

I’m kind of cheating with this film — I saw it in a theater last year, just finally got around to the DVD I bought a while back. I popped it in not only to edge ever closer to my 43 titles for the year, but also because it takes place between Christmas and New […]


Vital (2004, Japan, DVD)

On: December 17th, 2005 at 9:13 pm | Number of Comments » 0

Shinya Tsukamoto, of Testuo: Iron Man noteriety (a film I’m finally going to stomach to watch tonight), has produced a strangely elegiac meditation on body, memory, and identity with Vital. What begins with a vaguely creepy atmosphere and situation bordering on horror flick turns quickly deeply emotional investigation into what constitutes a human life. The […]