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Sunday, February 29, 2004

Hey guys! I just watched a great movie....The life of David Gail. It's with Kevin Spacey and it deals with murder and the death penalty. The movie's really twisted and intense. You guys should watch it and let me know what you think about it. See ya
Dayna
Melissa-

I saw 50 First Dates last night, and I thought it was pretty good. However, in the first 10 minutes I was thinking that it was going to be a really stupid movie... bad jokes all around. Basically, it doesn't start off well. Overall though it was funny, I still think Happy Gilmore is Sandler's best film. 50 First Dates had a lot of jokes in it where you don't know if you are supposed to laugh or not, because they are placed in very weird places... I dunno, it's hard to explain, but anyone who hasn't seen it and wants to should see it because it's definitely entertaining. I don't think it fully satisfies the audience at the end though..... which is a good thing because we're all used to movies doing that. Oh yeah, and what was up with the dad loving the Minnesota Vikings? I assumed they were originally from Minnesota since they didn't look like natives of Hawaii, but did they explain why he watches every Viking game? Maybe they did and I'm just retarded. Anyways, I'm out, talk u you lata

Friday, February 27, 2004

About the Passion: it's been causing lots of discussion everywhere, which I think is at the least a good thing. I want to see it, if only to be able to talk from experience, rather than from what I've read.
Everything I've read so far has said it's very, very violent. As I wrote in the comments, I think it would too bad if the violence is the most important message.
The film has been called anti-semitic. The argument is not that it's anti-semitic because of the violence, but because it repeats and, arguably, supports the historically questionable allegation that the Jews killed Jesus.

Gibson belongs to a very conservative Catholic sect that rejects the reforms of the Second Vatican council, which said, among other things, that the centuries-old belief that the Jews were responsible for Jesus' death was wrong.

The film has been criticized by some Christian scholars because, they say, it is not historically accurate or faithful to the Gospels. Here and here are some negative reactions I thought interesting.
Here's a Christianity Today article that is more forgiving.

The main thing that has disturbed me so far is that people are taking their young children to see this movie. I just think that would be really horrifying for a little kid.

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Hey guys! I am not sure if i have a favorite movie because I think that i have about 50 favorite ones! But i'd have to say that Four Feathers is definitely on my top ten list. It's a really intense movie starring Heath Ledger and Kate Hudson. The story, set in 1800's, follows a British officer (Ledger) who resigns out of his regiment when he learns that his regiment was going to the Sudan to fight the Mahdi. His friends and fiancee send him four white feathers to symbolize cowardice. To redeem his honor, he disguises himself as an Arab and tries to save the lives of his old friends who called him a coward. It is a really really good movie and you guys should see it and tell me what you think about it.
Dayna

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Hey guys-

I just got back from watching "The Passion of the Christ", and let me tell ya, it was way violent. I'm not one to say if this is an accurate depiction or not because who really knows? I think that's why it's causing such an uproar, because religion is such a soft subject with many people, and no one can say what really happened. As far as other Christ movies, there has been some, as Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ" caused uproar too. There was also "The Ten Commandments" from the 50's, and a mini-series called "Jesus of Nazareth" - not sure if those were controversial though. Anyways, I would recommend seeing "Passion" if you are interested in that, othwerise it's nothing much to miss.

As far as my favorite movie goes..... there's no way I can pick a favorite movie, I love so many. Any Chevy Chase movie is hilarious, I also love horror films, as I own all Friday the 13th's and Nightmare on Elm Street's =) Anyways, Taxi Driver is one of my all time favorites too. If there ever was a movie that I could watch over and over again it would be "Friday" with Chris Tucker and Ice Cube because it's so pointless but hilarious. And you know thissss, mannnnnnn
Hello everyone!!! Yeah, what is all the hype about the Mel Gibson movie comming out?? I don't understand why it is such a big deal. Movies are just movies, and all movies portray different opinions and stories - either fictional or non fictional. So why is it so shocking to some people that there is actually a movie portraying Jesus's last days. I'm almost shocked this hasn't been done before. So, in my opinion, I think Mel is doing a wonderful thing; he's using a media he's experienced in (movies) to share Jesus's last days the way he believed it happened. I guess I'm just baffled at how much controversy buzz the film is recieving. Is anyone else surprised?? Not surprised??
And Melissa - great question. It's hard for me to pick one favorite movie because I love so many of them, however, I have to say Shakespear in Love is my fav. I could watch that movie over and over again and still love it. My least fav movie would probably be anything with Kirsten Dunst in it (she just bugs me) with the exception of Mona Lisa Smile.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

okay so i was at a friend's place the other day and they have a monday night ritual of watching the worst 100 movies. It included films like glitter, spice world, from justin to kelly, etc. Then i looked at the top 250 movies of all time, i believe that the godfather topped the list. i was just wondering what everybody thought of as the worst and best movies they have ever seen.
ohh and has anyone else seen 50 first dates? i saw it and thought it was one of the best adam sandler movies ever.
melissa
I know what you are saying Dayna, this kid invited me to see it with him on Sunday. He said he has plans to see it 3 days in a row. People are getting very worked up over this movie. I personally don't see the movie as a bad thing. However, like most controversial movies, everyone has an opinion. Worse yet, most of these people base this opinion on a pre-conceived notion about the movie. I guess we'll have to judge it for ourselves. Who knows if it will even be any good...later.
Hey! Yeah, that's really interesting that you say that because i know a couple of guys that are pretty into the Sex and the City show and will watch it with me, but it's kinda funny because they never admit that they like it (even though they really do). So what's up with all of this hype about the new Mel Gibson movie Passion of J.C.? I mean, I think that it is good for our society because it shows the true story in all detail of what exactly happened to him during the crucifiction (from what the bible says). There's all this talk that if you see the movie then it is saying that you're anti-semitic because it has a lot of violence in it. I don't agree with that at all because Mel Gibson is just trying to show what really happened without making it ficitional. I just think it's crazy how so many people are getting all defensive about this and that talk about this movie is on EVERY single channel. What do you guys think? Latez!
~Dayna

Monday, February 23, 2004

I personally have only watched an episode or two of Sex in the city, but i have a roommate from macedonia and he is obsessed with it. Is it really that good of a show? He would sit in front of the TV for hours if it was on. It is actually kind of funny. He doesn't look like the type. later guys.
okay so i am in love with sex and the city, and last night was the series finale, sad, i now have nothing to look forward to on sunday nights. i was really glad that carrie ended up with big. aka john, they could have picked a more distinctive name for him than john, i think. so what about the concept of a sex and the city movie?
ohhh and about the movie lost in translation. i rented it a little while ago and i didn't think it lived up to all the hype i was hearing from everybody and the media. there were some good parts, but i think it just moved too slow for me. well that's all i got, see u in class
melissa
Hey Dayna. Here's what happened on Sex and the City. Big went to Paris to go after Carrie. Meanwhile, Carrie is unhappy and lonely in Paris. She and Big run into eachother and he says, " You're the one, Carrie." Then they go back to New York together. The girls all reunite. Charlotte and Harry will get to adopt a Chinese baby girl. Samantha and Smith decide to be in a monogomous relationship, and he tells her he loves her. A lovely ending. And, they revealed Big's name. It's "John." I loved that because it's like he is just another "John" therefore is relateable to women. Did anyone else see the finale? What did you think?
Beth
Hey guys! Yeah, I still need to see Lost in Translation. I didn't even hear about that movie until I found out how many awards it won. I have been hearing split opinions on whether or not people liked the movie. The from what i'm understanding is that the movie is really good but is a little strange. Laura, Radio is such a good movie! I also cried like eight times in it! I liked how twisted the plot was and how it kept you on the edge of your seat. You guys should all rent that movie sometime. See ya latez!
~Dayna

Sunday, February 22, 2004

Hello evryone!
I definately agree that there has been an abundance of remakes in the movie sceen. It seems like there's a never ending cycle of reusing stories...I hope that doesn't mean that we can't think of anything new to make a movie of so remaking is the only hope. Wouldn't that be sad.
Well, I've never seen 12 Monkeys, but on your guys' recomendatoins, I'll have to check it out.
However, I did see a ton of other movies this weekend...I rented Radio and Lost in Translation. I highly recommend both of them to all you. Radio made me cry about 8 times because it was so cute, and I really liked Lost in Translation; however, my roomates would disagree. But yeah, check those out if you are looking for a good movie. I also went to see Against the Ropes with Meg Ryan and I thought it was really great. I found it very entertaining and I had no idea that Jackie Kallen (played by Meg Ryan) had such an influence in the boxing world as a female. So there's another movie that I highly recomend.
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
-Laura
Hey guys, How was your weekend?
I had to go back home and be an Usher in my uncles wedding. Boy did that suck. Thousands of pictures and countless relatives later, it's over and i hope i don't have to go through that again anytime soon.
Hope your weekend was great.
Josh
Hey guys! Actually, I did see Arlington Road. That's a great movie! It's been a while since i've seen it, but isn't it about communists and how they live like average americans in our society? I just saw Miracle tonight. I was pretty impressed with the acting. I was expecting the acting to be a little cheesy, seeing as though there are only a few lines in the movie and every scene involves them playing hockey, but i thought that it wasn't bad. See ya!

Saturday, February 21, 2004

Is anyone else getting sick of re-makes? Peter Pan, Starsky & Hutch, Cat in the Hat to name a few... it seems like there has been a lot lately. It's getting annoying, just seems like a cheap ploy for an instant blockbuster. Generally I don't mind them, it just seems like there has been an abundance of them lately. Originality is what I like to see.

Dayna.... I've seen 12 Monkeys, and I agree, great movie. Speaking of twists and the end.... has anyone seen Arlington Road? If you ever wanna see an awesome movie with a shocking anti-'classic Hollywood' ending... see that. Lata,
I saw a really good movie tonight......12 monkeys!! Brad Pitt was a great actor in the movie! He played a man that was very crazy in the movie and he was also playing an animal rights activist. It was a very intense futuristic movie and you guys should definitely see it. The end has a great twist to it so it will keep you on the edge of your seat!
`Dayna

Friday, February 20, 2004

Yes! I am a very big Sex and the City fan. I missed the final episode though so I really want to find out what happened with Big and Carrie. You guys should let me know. I had to watch Madonna's Truth or Dare video in my other media class. I actually thought that it was pretty good. It showed how Madonna's touring is like and focused on her tour dancers and stuff. I thought that it was going to be just about sex and it wasn't at all. See ya later!
~DAYNA

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Hey all. Are there any fellow Sex and the City fans out there? I am pretty depressed about the series finale. What do any of you guys think of "the Russian?"
Last weekend I saw a movie called "Touching the Void" at the Uptown Theater. It's a documentary/recreation based on the story of two men who tried to climb a very tough mountain in Peru. They made it up the mountain (they were alone, mind you), but ran into all kinds of problems on the way down. The movie alternates between interviews with the men and vivid recreations of what they went through.
It's a really hard movie to watch, because it does a good job of making you feel like you're right there with them.
I've you've got the bandwidth, check out the trailer

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Wow, this merger stuff does really keep snowballing. With AT&T being bought out by Cingular, I hope my cell phone stuff doens't get too messed up either, Josh. Well, hopefully it all works out. I don't reall understand the effects of this merger therefore I don't know what's going to happen. If anyone knows and would like to enlighten me, that would be great.

Have a wonderful day, all!
To go along with Laura's post about comcast... did you guys hear that Cingular bought AT&T Wireless? I guess this merger stuff just keeps snow-balling. I don't know what to say, i just hope my cell phone service doesn't get too messed up. later.

Monday, February 16, 2004

Hello, hello!!

Josh, thanks for the opinion of 50 first dates....has anyone else seen it??

So, did you guys hear about the possibility of Comcast buying Disney?? I guess this is a pretty big deal in the media world. We were talking about it in another one of my classes, and this merger would allow Comcast to control much of the content (Disney) and distribution (Comcast) of what's in the media. This way Comcast would provide a household with cable, internet, phones, etc. To me, this seems like a lot of control over what is distributed, and how, given to one company....what do you guys think about this possible merger? Good, bad...any opinions??
I saw 50 first dates and it wasn't bad. There was a lot of stuff that didn't need to be in the movie though. There were many random comments and too much off the wall sexual humor. But Rudy is in the movie and that makes all the difference in the world. I really though he did a god job. All in all, it's a pretty good movie, nothing to get too excited over though.

Sunday, February 15, 2004

Hello Everyone!! Happy belated Valentine's Day to all of you.

Beth - I actually just saw 21 Grams and it was great! It's a pretty dark, depressing movie; however, the acting is superb. Sean Penn is amazing. It's also a twisted plot that is told through 3 people's seperate lives who eventually are all connected. I highly recommend it, but don't see it if you are looking for a happy movie, because I definatley left the theater feeling a little depressed.

I'm alos pretty anxious to see Miracle. And Dayna, it's wierd that you mentioned Neil Schnider playing the role of his dad, becuase I also went to high school with Neil. How weird is that. I didn't even know he was in the movie, so now I'll definately have to check it out and support my old high school buddy.

Has anyone see 50 First Dates by the way. I've only seen previews and it looked pretty funny. Wasn't sure though...any opinions??

Saturday, February 14, 2004

Hi guys! I watched Philadelphia today with tom hanks. It was really good. I think that it came out a long time ago but i never had the chance to see it. If you never saw it it was about a man who was fired for having AIDS and being a homosexual. Yeah, I am not sure if we needed to send an email individually or not for the URL. I didn't so if we had to, let me know. Happy valentine's day everyone!
Dayna
Dayna-

Ben Kingsley (spelling?) and Jennifer Connelly star in "The House of Sand and Fog." I heard they are both great in it, but I still haven't been able to get to it. I have been sick, and I wanted to confirm that the e-mail to the URL was done back when Bruno set this up, and that we all individually did not have to send an additional one. Is that true? If not, I am in trouble because I haven't sent a thing. Can somebody please let me know? Thanks.
Beth

Friday, February 13, 2004

Hey guys! Who's in that House of Sand and Fog movie again? I have been trying to think of what it's about and i don't remeber the previews. I just watched Punch Drunk Love with Adam Sandler. Whoa! That movie is pretty weird. Adam Sandler plays a serious, depressed man and it's really ackward seeing him in that role. You guys should check it out and let me know what you think about it because i don't really know how i feel about that movie. See ya!
Brian- I actually saw "Thirteen" today. I thought it was really good. Evan Rachel Wood was definitely a stand-out. But I do think that Holly Hunter is deserving of her nomination. Her interpretation of the role was different than I think any other actress could have delivered. I still can't wait to see 21 Grams, House of Sand and Fog, and The Cooler. Any opinions on any of those?

Thursday, February 12, 2004

I'm really interested in seeing "The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" by director Michel Gondry (who also directed that cool Aphex Twin video where everything is in time with the beat, and an amazing Kylie Minogue video that Chuck links to here).

Also: if you're running out of ideas for Valentine's cards, check here.
Beth.... I have yet to see Kill Bill vol. 1, so I'm not sure about those nominations. As I mentioned earlier, why is Holly Hunter nominated for best supporting Actress? I didn't think her performance was anything special, plus there wasn't much to her character. I'm sure LOTR will win best picture also... ugh.

Dayna... funny you mentioned that movie, the other day I had this sudden urge to watch it, as I have yet to see it. It came out what, 8 years ago? I've always heard it was good so I'll have to watch it soon.

Has anyone seen the film "That Obscure Object of Desire"?? 1977 french film. I just watched it today in one of my film classes, and I'm still trying to figure it out. Plus I'm trying to understand why it was made, because it doesn't seem like there is a point or message to it. Probably a long shot but I was just wondering if anyone has seen it. Lata,
Hey. Is anyone else a little pissed about the Oscar nominations this year? I was astounded that my favorite movie this year, Kill Bill VOl.1, was not included in art direction, direction, or sound. Anyone else have an opinion on Kill Bill?
Yeah, i have really been wanting to see the movies Monster and Miracle. I heard that they are both awesome. My friend Rachel went to highschool with Neil Schneider, who plays one of the guys in the movie. He's actually playing his real dad in the movie who was on the 1980 Olympic team. Pretty cool huh!? I just watched "A Time to Kill" with Samuel L. Jackson and Matthew Mconahey (not sure of the spelling...oops) which was an incredible dramatic movie about racism and murder. You guys should see it.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

I didn't see Monster, but last weekend i did see Miracle. Very good movie. As far as hockey movies go, i would put it up there with Mystery, Alaska. Kurt Russell was very good. I was talking to my aunt and i guess she ran into him at the Le Meridien Downtown last weekend. Crazy huh? Anyway, just trying to get in my posts and yes i think we are supposed to have 3 per week.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Hey guys...is today the day we start posting three times a week?
Am I correct with 3 being the number of posting per week as well? If someone could fill me in that would wonderful.

I saw Monster a few weeks ago, and I definitely agree that Theron should win the Oscar. The movie, in my opinion, was terribly disturbing; however, Theron's performance is reason enough to view the movie. Not to mention her amazing physical transformation. I was watching a show (can't remember which one) but two photos were shown next to each other: one of Theron playing her part, and another of the real woman whose life the movie is based on. And the similarity was breathtaking. But please don't get me wrong. It's more than Theron's appearance driving her Oscar nomination, her performance is impeccable and if she doesn't win the Oscar I will definitely cry for a while!
If you, like me, hit Google dozens of times daily as your primary search engine, this article -Blog noise achieves a Google KO- should be interesting to you. Nothing is more frustrating that Google when it doesn't work (i.e. - the first four pages of hits are totally useless).

Monday, February 09, 2004

hey, i guess i'm getting here too late, everyone else has started without me. i didn't know when we had to actually start this thing. Anyway, i'm a cancer and i enjoy long walks on the beach. Hope that helps.... see you in class tomorrow. Thanks for setting this up Bruno.
Well, the extended funk section of last night's Grammys was pretty boring for me, and I thought Samuel Jackson's prolonged introductions were just sad. He kept looking at the tele-prompter and looking distracted (maybe he needed more training). It just exposed the whole "Reverend/Church of Funk" (not to be confused with this or this) thing for what it was: scripted.
Anyway, the interesting thing is, as I was watching 64-year-old George Clinton grumpily demanding the funk, I wondered where his strong desire came from.
It turns out he got his start singing in a barbershop quintet in Plainfield New Jersey. Not very funky. Before that he was, of course, a barber (OK, actually he just straightened hair, but whatever).
I'm not a huge fan, but I think Clinton's 1996 album, T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. (the awesome power of a fully operational mothership), is worth a look.

Saturday, February 07, 2004

Hey guys. I missed class on Thursday. Did we decide who will e-mail the professor and T.A. the URL? I am not that great at all of this kind of stuff, so I don't know if I can be trusted to get it right. Can someone please let me know?
Thanks!

Friday, February 06, 2004

Check out Technorati to see how blogs develop communities with each other.
Search for the "cosmos" of any page, and Technorati lists every other page that has linked to it in the past 24 hours, ranked by freshness or authority. It shows the contextual text surrounding the inbound link, its age, and other helpful facts.

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Two articles about blogging and work:
This one on whether blogging is good for your writing (she says no).
and
This one on whether it's good for your photography.
Oops, class is starting.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

What's up guys? What's the point of a username? I tried putting in my real name but it wouldn't accept it for some reason. Plus it looks like it uses your real name anyways.

Aaannnnyyyyyways, do we have a specific subject on stuff do talk about? I think we said film, but I'm not sure. But if we did..... did anyone see the films Thirteen or Monster? I saw both and thought they were both pretty good. It's a shame if Theron doesn't receive best actress for her role in Monster. I hope it doesn't go to anyone un-deserving like Nicole Kidman. Ha, something about her bugs me. Wait a minute.... I just looked and she's not even nominated this year. Christina Ricci did an awesome job in the film, too.

Thirteen was good, kinda ended ambigously. I think Evan Rachel Wood deserved at least a nomination. I'm kind of suprised Holly Hunter is nominated for best supporting actress. Anyways, I don't want to make this too long, this is kind of just a test post. Back to homework.... the excitement never ends.
Hey guys, thanks for posting. Let me know if you have any problems. If you want to include a link or an image in your post, check the help (upper right).

Today I was thinking: should journalism students be required to publish a blog? It would be a good way to get people to write consistently and for an audience. In my experience, that's a really good thing.
Plus, lots of bloggers have gotten noticed by newspapers, magazines, or other websites, and landed real writing jobs.
Salman Pax is a good example. The 30-year-old architect from Baghdad started a blog during the war, and soon got international attention for it. Now he writes for The Guardian and other publications. See Wikipedia and The Guardian for more on his story.
Hello Everyone!!!! Just checking to see if this post works....getting used to it. Blogger was a great idea Bruno...way to go! Well, I'm out of here, hope you all have a wonderful day!
Hey guys it's Dayna! I'm just seeing if this post works because I am a little confused. I checked out that website on googling and I thought that it was pretty cool. We should get that here.
This is interesting: a course in googling at the University of Washington. (via Boing Boing)