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Monday, April 23, 2007

Anticipation

I'm fascinated by advertising. Ads create an anticipation of all the great things we don't have yet. With movies, ads create a foreshadowing of how the movie will make us feel. The movie trailers (movie commercial) always show the most expensive scenes, the biggest explosions, the loudest sounds and the wildest stunts. Have you ever been to a movie and felt it was completely different from its own advertising?

I think in some ways modern movie making has become the art of making a feature length trailer. Prevailing entertainment wisdom states audiences are addicted to the high points and impatiently await that next thrill. In response, movie studios release a collection of shots that comprise all the high points compiled together with fast cuts and big special effects. YET why is it we find ourselves oddly unfulfilled more and more with the bulk of movies lately? If studios are putting more money into creating more awe inspiring moments, shouldn't it stand to reason that movies could only be getting better?

I believe the thing we miss in the movie trailer version is MEANING. It takes time to craft a unique value or to add purpose and significance to an idea or a belief. Only then can the high points affect an audience, once it has been able to internalize the significance of that turning-point moment.

Yet how many times do you find yourself shooting for that next high point in your own life? Living for the next turning-point to happen? These moments alone have no deep significance. However the series of NOWs, the effort, the building of hope and the daring to risk creates value in our lives that lead up to these peak kodak moments. How lucky that most of us are not allowed to live in the shallow "trailer" version of life - a series of high points that ultimately numb our ability to appreciate any of them. How is your NOW adding significance and value to who you are and what you are about? When you embrace every moment of your own reality, notice how that adds meaning to the movie of your life.

All Things Possible!
Chris

27 Comments:

  • At 4:49 PM, April 24, 2007 , Anonymous Angi said...

    Interesting question Chris and as thought provoking as ever.

    I guess at the moment my movie is about to enter a moment of anxiety, as in 7 hours I go to the local hospital for to have my upper arm/shoulder opperated on since it never fully healed after the accident last year.

    Strange thing is that i'm not even nervous. I'm seeing this as a positive moment as whatever the outcome things are going to be better than now. The worst case scenario (Assuming I'm not in a horror movie) is that I lose the pain thatI've had all this time but don't have any greater mobility than I currently have. Given that this is the worst they anticipate anything extra has to be a bonus, especially given that only a few months ago I was told this might never happen due to NHS cuts.

    Luckily it's my right arm that's being opperated on since I'm left handed, so I'm hoping to be able to do some artwork during the few days i've to be off work. So for me the current script is a little tension followed by some much needed rest and relaxation.

    Hope everyone else has been handed great scripts and perfect roles. Much love and Bright Blessings to everyone

    Angi

     
  • At 7:34 PM, April 25, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hey Angi, Thinking of you and hoping your surgery and recovery went great and you'll soon be good as new. You're in all our prayers here on the forum family, I know.

    Sometimes it really does feel like our life is a movie...or at least would make a good one...and one that it would seem impossible for anyone to dream up like we happen to live it! Making our life movie meaningful makes it a work of art and hopefully one that may inspire others.

    Speaking of meaningful movies, I'm wondering if anyone might suggest what would be a great movie for my husband and me to take in this weekend of the movies now playing. I think I'll be paying special attention to the trailers now!

    All things beautiful and possible to everyone in the forum family...Sue

     
  • At 4:39 PM, April 27, 2007 , Blogger Tom in Pa said...

    Hi everyone glad to see this topic. hope your doing well Angi. Im not sure whats playing out there now Sue but the movie about the museum of natural history with Ben Stiller just came out to rent. It looks good. About trailers, i think on comedies a lot of times the funniest lines in thw whole movie are in the trailer and then the movie is disapointing. to me anyway. In the old black and white days the trailers would wet your lips to the drama that will unfold in the movie and the announcer made it seem so worth seeing. Also it introduced the sex factor lotsof times to the stamy dramas as they would say. But today they seem to show just pieces of the movie i dont notice them to much and sometimes they are just to short i like to see who is starring in them.
    As far as my life goes I never really paid attentiont to the trailer moments I think back on them now and say how would i have summed it all up so far to make it interesting, how many of us take the time to do that when we are young. Its only forums like this that really get you to think of this unless you are really aware of theses wonderful ways to think already if your a Chris. hahaha. Our friend here is very on the ball and creative and he really thinks up ways to evaluate our lives, Im starting over again in my life. Im giving away all my possesions and moving to Mazatlan Mexico to open a bed and Breakfast some of you know i have taken care of my parents until my mother death and now my father is in a nurseing home although today he just had his left leg removed due ti circulation problems. He is ok but in pain... But im going to semi retire and start a new life in a new country and learn a new language. i dont think i could have done this a few years ago but i have a whole new attitude and from forums like with men like Chris i have decided to give it a shot. I cannot wait to get started. So this is my reality now and im embracing it with both arms. I think my life will finally have real meaning for once . I hope this has made some sense I tend to ramble some days must be an age issue ahahaah,oh well have a great month and enjoy the may flowers. love to all Tommy

     
  • At 9:18 PM, April 27, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Tom...happened to see your post just now, and want to extend well wishes for your father. My husband's dad is the only parent left for us, and he is doing quite well for his age. We are so fortunate to have him still. Our moms died since Chris started this forum. So life keeps on changing for us. And it's been so great that Chris started the forum with all the oftentimes heavy-duty topics to get us thinking, as you said, as well as the fun topic of movies. Thanks for the pointer about the Ben Stiller movie. I'm not familiar with it, but will check it out for our Netflix sometime. Following Chris has really gotten us interested in movies, as I've commented before. It's fun to hear what everyone thinks about movies...and this topic is especially fun to think about. Sometimes I think it could be a great exercise, in figuring out our lives and our life purpose, to try writing a script. I bet we'd all have some amazing ones! Yours is really getting exciting, with your major life move to Mexico. I enjoy hearing how things are going and hope you will keep us posted as time goes along. And Angi, looking forward to your bright, beautiful blessings on the forum again soon! Sue

    Almost forgot, Tom, that I was going to mention we found Steve Martin's Cheaper By the Dozen tonight on TV and I enjoyed it very much. Actually, it was much better than I thought it might be. And really enjoyed Martin's role in it. Plus, I needed a laugh or two! I think we need more movies that make us laugh.

     
  • At 12:26 AM, May 02, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    this dude's "deep". he should be in the movies.

    Clint Morris ;)
    ShorrisFilm.

     
  • At 7:41 PM, May 02, 2007 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    I agree with you Chris - a lot of the art of movie making does seem to be in the making of the trailer. One of the most blatant examples of misleading trailers that I recall is the one that was for "Pan's Labrynith" which focused on the magical elements to make the movie appear to be similar to movies such as the "Wizard of Oz" when it was in reality much darker and harsher - though a pretty good movie in it's own right. My guess is "Bridge to Tarebetha" (I know I didn't spell that title correctly) was the same as I've been told the books don't really spend a whole lot of time with the imaginary land.

    When things calm down for me in a week or two (I'm involved in another show - this time as an actor, I play Theo in "The Underpants" which was adapted by Steven Martin - of "Cheaper by the Dozen" fame Sue - from a play by Carl Sternheim - whose name I probably misspelled too. Heck I may have misspelled "misspelled" for all I know at this point, but I digress...) I think I am going to sit down and reflect on my "trailer" moments. I sure hope I can come up with a few!

    Angi, I hope your surgery went well. And, Tom, what a bold move you are making. I am sure that this next phase of your life will be the best adventure yet! Good luck and my best wishes to your father as well.

    ATP everyone!

    Dave

     
  • At 1:11 PM, May 03, 2007 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Hey Forum Family!
    Intersting contributions again and how clever to integrate movies with real life, Chris. You'd think such a contradiction has no simularities but again you manage to get us thinking about it!

    I agree about the trailers sometimes giving away the highlights of a film in fast forward..and then it seems there's nothing left. It even makes me reluctant watching a trailer of a movie I might want to see. Usually I rather trust the judgement of good friends with good taste. Luckily I seem to have plenty of those! ;)

    Dave, 'Faun's Labyrinth' has been mistaken often enough as a kids movie. I agree it is very dark and grimm. Not a movie you want to watch to have a relaxed movie night. However, it has great visual effects, the story is deep and well written, performances are great. I think you might call it an evil 'Alice in Wonderland'.
    'Bridge to Terabithia' is indeed said to be not as good as the book, as with many movies, but since I haven't read the book yet I wouldn't know. It only started playing in theatres this week and i plan to go see it on the big screen because I suspect it might be just a little bit different from the 'regular' fantasy movie.
    In addition to 'Faun's Labyrinth' and to stay in the Spanish corner- if you like historic movies, swordfighting, cool costumes, drama and action..try to go see 'El Capitan Alatriste' with Viggo Mortensen.

    Hope all your lives unfold like Disney movies..plenty of love, action and of course the happily ever after! Be Inspired everyone.

     
  • At 8:21 PM, May 03, 2007 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Hey Jaschenka,
    I found your comments interesting, as always, and how they pointed out another movie marketing "trick" - the title of the film can change depending on the market such as with the movie I referred to as "Pan's Labrynith" but you saw it as "Faun's..." I understand that the first Harry Potter book was marketed with two names as well- the "Sorcerer's Stone" in the Western Hemisphere and the "Philosopher's Stone" on your side of the world.

    By the way - I understand the first big blockbuster of the summer, "Spiderman 3" is actually open in most of Europe and Japan while it won't open in the USA and Canada until Friday, May 4. This is one of the rare times that I recall something like this happening - it seems that most of the big movies open in the US and Canada and then go to the so-called "overseas" market.

    Just some nearly random thoughts before the weekend gets here...

    Take care!

    Dave

     
  • At 11:46 PM, May 03, 2007 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Hi again Dave! thanks for your reply to my post. You are right, a name can give a certain impression to a movie and indeed there seem to be various titles for the same movies. Yes we had 'the Philosophers Stone', but I think Pan's Labyrinth was my doing as it is originally a Spanish movie so I have "El Labyrinth de Faun" or something in my head. Also 'Faun' happens to be one of my favourite German bands so somehow that name stuck by me.;)
    Spiderman will be in theatres here next week I believe, and also Pirates III is expected quite soon so I am very pleased with that. Normally we are late- maybe it has to do with preventing illegal downloading and to keep people in the theatres. Happy moviewatching all!

     
  • At 8:21 PM, May 08, 2007 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Hey all!
    Well as expected, "Spiderman" broke all sorts of box office records this weekend. Any bets that "Shrek the Third" might do the same. It should be interesting to see how this "biggest summer ever" for Hollywood plays out.

    Dave

     
  • At 8:28 AM, May 09, 2007 , Anonymous Angi said...

    Hello and thanks for all the good wishes. The operation was 2 weeks ago and it's been sucessful as the pains pretty much gone, except after exercises/physio but that's to be expected. Already I have more movement back, and there's a possibility that this will increase with time/exercise.

    Tom all the best with your B&B and all that your new adventure brings with it. Keep us informed as to how it goes.

    Ok back on topic, last weekend I saw Bridge of Terabithia with my daughter, and I'm not sure whether it's because I was more consious of trailers/film because of this focus - but I found it disapointing. Virtually all the good effects (except one) were in the trailer, and I became aware that while watching it I was working out what i'd do to improve it. Having said that it was still a good film and I did cry (which is unusual for me).

    Hope the selection of films out over the summer live upto or exceed expectations.

    Take care everyone. With love and Bright Blessings

    Angi

     
  • At 12:30 PM, May 09, 2007 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hello dear Forum Family,

    hope you are all doing well. We had a few sunny weeks over here, almost like summer and are enjoying the rain this week.

    Angie, glad to have you back and I am happy for you that the operation went well and had positive effects. :)

    Tom, wow, what a big step. I am wishing you all the best for your great adventure. I am sure it will be a great experience for you. Hope you will have the time to keep us posted.

    Dave, did you watch Spiderman 3? I saw it and although I liked it I thought in this movie the special effects were more prominent (and a little too much for my taste) and the story not as strong as in the previous two which in my opinion were better. But that could just be me.

    A great movie I saw recently was "300" - about the 300 Spartans who faced a Persian army of a million. (Chris could have been a great Spartan warrior, btw). I knew almost nothing about the film but took the chance and really liked it, though it probably would not be a film you would enjoy, Sue. (I know you are always looking for good films to watch) Because of the subject it is violent, but the photography is wonderful and they have some really great humour in it. They included different style elements and at times I thought I was in the theatre. Did anyone else see it? If so, let me know what you think.

    After the subject of authenticity I started to wonder why it is that I like these old heroic movies that have usually a lot of fighting and killing in them. I came to the conclusion that it might be a sort of compensation for the fact that I very much dislike pain and fights. Does that make sense?

    Did anyone read the book Chris mentioned, The Shadow of the Light Chasers? I found it interesting, though I have a different take on things. The author sees all character elements as different almost independent entities, while I feel it is all connected. The best analogy I can come up with is a multicolored scarf I have. Depending on what colour you wear it with, that colour will appear stronger. We are so much influenced by our surroundings, other people, hormones etc. that it your moods (colours) are interedependant and your authentic self is not a static being.

    Other interesting questions are how authentic are those around us (including the media etc) and how authentic is our perception of them and the world around us. I tried to be more open and analyzing going through my days after this subject and it was a really interesting experience to see what you can see if you *really* look!

    As for trailers, most of the time I can tell by the trailer if I don't want to see the movie. And many times I have decided to watch a film before the trailer comes out. What I stay away from before seeing a movie is reviews. I had some raving reviews about films and tv shows that raised my expectations so high that I was left quite disappointed. But I agree that a lot of things these days (not just movies) seems to be only on the surface without much or any real meaning or purpose.

    I know I promised to write a review of my time in London, however, the story has grown so long that it is too long for the forum, we just did too much. If you would like to read it anyway, write me and I'll send it as an e-mail. My e-mail address is ute@kierenhutchison.de.

    Have a great rest of the week.

    Big hugs,

    Ute

     
  • At 9:30 PM, May 09, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hello Forum Family! Checking back in a moment to catch up with you. Dave, thanks for telling us about your new show. How do you fit this all in your busy schedule? Let us know how it went too...

    Jaschenka, always enjoy your perspective on films! A joy to read! You and Dave are keeping the movie talk lively!

    Angi, glad to hear you are bouncing back. I always appreciate your bright blessings!

    Yes, Tom, don't forget to tune in and keep us posted on your journey.

    Ute...You are right, I might have a hard time with "300" but my husband would love it. Thanks for the tip. And I agree with you that Chris would make an awesome Spartan. (But we always knew that...btw). If I wait and see it at home, then I can leave during the violent parts, right? But I will plan to try it per your recommendation! You are also right that I have a huge interest in spiritual cinema especially, and I have some thoughts to share on that sometime...I also liked your take on Debbie Ford's book. I agree with your thoughts too. Especially your multi-colored scarf analogy. That is perfect. Actually I did not read the book, but I picked up the audio tapes and got a lot out of them. Listening to her voice, in this case, seemed helpful to me to see what Chris is alluding to. Right now, I am reading Cheryl Richardson's "An Unmistakable Touch of Grace." About how "There are no coincidences. Every event we experience and every person we meet has intentionally been put on our path to help raise our level of consciousness." "When we awaken to this fundamental truth," she says, "life becomes a true adventure, a spiritual adventure." It's a wonderful book.-- So you can see where my interests are these days. And why I look forward to seeing Chris' movie in the genre of supernatural western.

    Since we haven't heard in awhile, wishing you good luck Chris...smooth sailing and peaceful days of filmmaking...and of course...all things possible between the sand and the sky... Sue

     
  • At 9:23 PM, May 11, 2007 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Hello everyone!
    Tonight was opening night for my latest show and as I am still a bit "geeked" from the successful opening (yes, it went well) I thought I would add a few thoughts before heading off to sleep...

    Ute, I certainly did see "Spider-man 3" though I didn't catch it on opening night and actually waited one day before going. I enjoyed it overall, but in some ways I felt that they tried to due to much in one movie. I only hope that this film series doesn't start falling to the "if one villian is good, three are better" syndrome which in my opinion killed off the "Batman" franchise in the eighties and nineties. The script stayed close to the characters though and overall I thought it was enjoyable.

    I did see "300" as well - which is also based on a comic book if you haven't heard by now (a one-shot "graphic novel" in fact)and thought it was very well done - especially in terms of design. You could see many of the elements of the graphic novel on the screen. And even though some liberties may have been taken with the history - check your Old Testament Bible in the book of Esther for another view of King Xerxes reign by the way - the themes certainly rang true.

    Oh, and Sue - when I close with this show on Sunday I go off to assist another show with sound...then I get to take a rest for the summer until September when I will be in "Waiting for Godot."

    Take care everyone - and Chris, like Sue, I look forward to hearing about some of your current projects, too!

    Dave

     
  • At 6:53 PM, May 12, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Dave, congratulations on your opening night success! Thanks for posting about it. I have a feeling you may have gotten a bit of a fan club of your own from your acting and directing experiences? We haven't seen many plays of late, except Legends! When it was here in Lansing. However, last month we enjoyed the opera Turandot by Puccini that was playing at the Wharton. That was fabulous. Simply an overwhelming production, with the music (which featured the MSU Symphony Orchestra and the MSU Choral Union, besides the guest artists) resounding deep into your bones. It stayed with me for days after.Not having known the story of Princess Turandot before, I was struck by the overall theme being the power of love. Then last night we were able to visit the Wharton once again for the Lansing Symphony Ochestra's final concert of the year. That was supernova as well. Looks like a number of great musicals will be coming too...including Camelot..always my favorite. My husband's thinking more about Spamalot! Spelling Bee is also coming, along with Avenue Q. And I'd really love to see Riverdance and the Tchaikovsky Ballet next year. Then I see on my birthday next year is another opera La Traviata. Should really go to that! As I've kidded about before on the forum, we've a lot of catching up to do in the movie/cultural scene....

    Sounds like you are definitely involved in all aspects of theater, Dave. I haven't seen "Waiting for Godot" either...although I probably must have read it long ago in my French classes. Now you've piqued my curiosity. What role will you play? Which do you enjoy more...acting, directing...crew?

    I'm sure we'll see Spiderman 3 eventually. Sounds like it's getting mixed reviews. I enjoyed the other ones. I heard the superhero falls victim to his shadow side? Sounds intriguing... I always appreciate the forum family's take on movies. See? Now I'll have to see 300, won't I?!

    Well, since tomorrow is Mother's Day, I'll wish everyone where it's celebrated, a wonderful day being with or talking to their moms, or remembering beautiful times spent with them....Sue

     
  • At 9:21 PM, May 15, 2007 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Hey Sue,
    I haven't actually ever been to the opera myself - though I have a friend who loves opera and I have another friend who's daughter is in New York City and becoming involved in opera. Though she originally was going to try to make it on "the great white way" her vocal coach suggested she try opera because of her strong voice.

    I saw Spamalot in Detroit and Spelling Bee in NYC - it's also coming to Detroit this coming year and I think I will have to go see it again, it's a great show!

    I play the role of Estragon in "Godot" and frankly, the number of lines worries me a little - so I have started to learn them now even though we don't start rehearsal until September. Oh, and I enjoy acting the most, directing second, and crew last - though crew is in many ways the most essential contribution to community theatre (everyone wants to be a star but no one ever seems to want to pull the curtain...) I pretty much do it to help other directors/producers so they will be obligated to assist me when it's my turn to need help!

    I'm a little upset that the theatre will keep me from the movie theater this weekend - I'm looking forward to Shrek 3, though I am concerned that this may be one movie to many for these characters - but I will more than make up for it over the Memorial Day weekend with both "Shrek" and "Pirates" - so many big movies this year...

    Oh, and do see "300" it was pretty good - but might not be as impressive on the TV screen.

    Take care of yourself! ATP as always!

    Dave

     
  • At 8:42 PM, May 19, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Dave, do you get the feeling we're the only two on stage for a bit here? At least that's what it feels like. I just saw your post tonight. Have been going through a power outage in more ways than one. Lost our power from Tues night storms and then Wed until tonight, the phone was out due to a huge problem with a cable somewhere. Only dial-up Internet here yet. So I've been hunkering down, detaching myself from the need to communicate every second, being the Gemini personality that I am. I wanted to thank you for your post. We're not so into opera either, but have been gaining an appreciation for it, partly from knowing Chris. Have never even been to NYC, can you imagine? Saw an opera in Paris the year after I graduated from college. So, you can see there's a huge gap there! DId you mean Spelling Bee is a great show? Did you like Spamalot? I loved your comments about acting, directing and crew! Yes, the crew behind the scenes is important in most any endeavor in life I think. And, as for movies, I'd never paid much attention to the credits before. Now, since knowing Chris, I'm very tuned in to the massive amount of teamwork and crew that goes into a film production. I find myself thinking my viewing isn't really completed until I read all the credits. Amazing, huh! I've gained a great appreciation for each person who makes up the mosiac of a movie. The other night, for example, we finally got to see Over the Hedge...and remember the forum recommending it. I love watching the review of how the movies are made and the blood, sweat and tears that goes into bringing it to the screen. I believe they said about 500 people for that film? Perhaps someone can comment further on that...as to the number of warm bodies it takes to create a major film. My husband is another huge fan of Shrek, so I know we'll be catching that one...at least on DVD. Does anyone think Pirates will be as successful this time? Thanks for the encouragement on 300. I guess I really am kind of a wimp when it comes to that. My husband just watched Gettysburg again, and I declined. Which other "big movies" are you talking about? John Travolta in Hairspray sounds fun. What about Rush Hour 3 with Jackie Chan? I love Jackie Chan. Any other recommendations from anyone? You're right, sounds like a busy summer at the box office!

    ATP wishes to you, too Dave...Looking forward to hearing from forum family regulars and new forum friends while our host is busy creating the film we're all waiting for. So, as he would say, take care of each other...and to all the forum family, "May the Force be with you" during this busy summertime season! Sue

     
  • At 5:14 AM, May 24, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Reminds me why we all love Chris!

    And the oddest thing is that these trashy movies don't make nearly as much money as the meaningful ones. Go figure.

     
  • At 9:20 PM, May 25, 2007 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Sue,
    Oh don't worry there are others out here lurking about. Perhaps with enough encouragement they will chime in, too!

    Yes, I did mean to say that I enjoyed Spelling Bee, and I enjoyed Spamalot as well. Though to get the full enjoyment of Spamalot I think you have to have at least a passing familiarity with Monty Python!

    The big movies that I am referring to this summer are many! In addition to the already opened Spiderman, Shrek, and now Pirates, we can look forward to Harry Potter, Fantastic Four, and The Simpsons. I am also looking forward to some smaller movies such as the new Nancy Drew - which looks to be a clever update of the venerable character a la the Brady Bunch movies of a decade or so ago - Underdog and the new movie directed by one of animation's top directors Brad Bird called Ratatouille (though I probably did not spell the title correctly). Plus other films such as those you mentioned and I think I will even find time for some of those high quality movies that "anonymous" is referring too. I agree, some of the best films I've seen have not been the ones that hold up the whole tent!

    ATP and positive thoughts to everyone. It appears to be a "Forceful" weekend coming up...has it really been thirty years?

    Dave

     
  • At 1:57 AM, May 26, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hello Dave and welcome anonymous,

    Hope you're right. Looking forward to some new voices on this wonderful forum.

    Thanks for the notes on Spelling Bee and Spamalot. And the many summertime movies should keep the posts flowing here! I saw a Washington Post review about Pirates that was thumbs up. An enjoyable and colorful review by Stephen Hunter. I loved his opening line: "Funner, biggerer, brightererer, bolderer, 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End' is not only okay, it may even be close to good." You can read the rest at washingtonpost.com. Hope to hear comments here as people see it...

    The Nancy Drew movie sounds interesting. And Ratatouille is spelled right, btw. That sounds fun, especially since I love all things French! Jaschenka should enjoy Underdog, with the trained dogs. What high quality movies, anonymous? I also heard something about A Mighty Heart yesterday, and wasn't sure if I'd be up to that one, or not, with it being about Daniel Pearl. I imagine it will turn out to be an important film.

    Funny, when I posted "May the Force be With You" I hadn't realized the 30th anniversary was now! However, I should have, because our daughter was four, almost five, I remember, when we took her. You hear so many people remembering the effect it had on their lives from that age group.

    Has anyone read Stephen Simon's book, The Force is With You? Some of those wonderful movies you might be alluding to are reviewed in there. I've enjoyed that book so much. I recommend it to anyone interested in the power of movies in our lives and the effect that film can and will continue to play in our world.

    So for the anniversary's sake, once again, May the Force be With You, dear forum family. And may the force of film be with you too! All Things Possible and Beautiful to everyone this Memorial Day Weekend! Sue

     
  • At 6:14 AM, May 26, 2007 , Blogger ufuk_kirtis said...

    Hey Dave, Sue, dearest Chris and all dear friends here..

    Just wanted write a short note to Dave and Sue who was wondering who else is around..i check in very shortly once in a while.. hope to write longer later..

    Just know that love you, thinking of you

    And thank you for those who keep running the forum

    Hugs

    Ufuk Lara

     
  • At 11:57 PM, May 26, 2007 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hello dear Forum Family,

    wow, this board is buzzing, especially thanks to Dave and Sue.

    Dave, thanks for your feedback about "Spidey 3" and "300". Yes, I had heard that it was based on a comic book. As was "V for Vendetta" last year, which I also thought was a great movie.
    Today my friends and I will go see Pirates 3 - I can't wait.

    We also look forward to Shrek 3 (and like Dave I am curious to see if is as good as the previous two), The Fantastic Four 2 and Harry Potter V as well as Ocean's 13 and Die Hard 4.0. I am really curious about that one. I liked Part 3 a lot, even though at the end I thought they overdid it a bit. The trailer looked cool though and I liked the dry humour of the young guy sitting next to McLane in the car, saying: You are staying so calm, have you done this before? Funny. Don't you also find it interesting that a lot of movies are sequels this year?

    Another film that looked promising in the trailer was Fracture with Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling. I hope I can catch this as well.

    Hope you all have a great Memorial -or other- Weekend depending where you are. ;)

    Big Hugs to you all.

    Ute

     
  • At 9:45 PM, May 27, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hi Ufuk Lara! So great to hear from you. It's been a long time, and we love to read your insights...always from the heart. This is such a busy time of year for everone. Hope more will take a moment to check in and keep the movie spin going! Hope all is well for you Ufuk. Hope to hear from Patrick, Alex, Tim, Tom and anyone else I may have left out...and Ute...can hardly wait to see how you liked Pirates 3. My sister saw Shrek and enjoyed it. You all keep bringing up other films I haven't heard of yet! I need to make a new list! Thanks for the cinema tips! Of course, we need go no farther than our friend Clint's fabulous Moviehole site! ATP everyone! Sue

     
  • At 5:44 PM, May 30, 2007 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Greetings all!
    Ute and Ufuk Lara - nice to hear from you again!

    So, did everyone catch Pirates at the movies this past weekend? I saw both Pirates 3 and Shrek 3 and enjoyed them both - though the conflicting reviews I saw on both movies had me worried - I found them enjoyable. Not as good as a movie would be with Chris in the leading role of course...but not bad overall.

    Oh, and Sue, I think I left Transformers off of my earlier list of big movies. I was reading that "Hollywood" expects to make over $4 Billion (US) this summer. I only hope I have time to get some summer reading done, too! My current favorite author is Michael Connelly - who has written a series of books centering on tough guy cop Harry Bosch and they all mostly take place in Los Angeles and more specifically Hollywood. Very well written and from what I remember true to the geography of the area...give them a try if you are looking to see a little of tinsel town's seemier side.

    Take care everyone!

    Dave

     
  • At 6:22 PM, May 30, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Dave, saw your post just now and we haven't seen Pirates or Shrek yet. My sister and brother both liked Shrek. My husband wants to see that, but I want to see Pirates. So we might have a bit of a conflict if we can't make it to both! I forgot about the Transformer movie. I'm sure my son will love that one, or at least want to see how they filmed it...he and his friends were of that age group - Transformers and He-Man. Really big in their young lives! So I might be curious about that, as well.

    I hope to get to some of these blockbusters. If not, I'm glad for Netflix. But I've heard that Pirates is a must on the big screen. We finally saw Casino Royale and enjoyed that. I know, way behind you all!

    Thanks for the book tip. My husband likes detective novels... and so do our daughter and son-in-law. I love to read, and should read more fiction. I'm usually drawn to non-ficton. I'm still working on my Michigan detective novels I have the series by Richard Baldwin. I had written about him once and now I have the collection. Think you told me about another Michigan author. Who was that again? Or maybe I can find it in the archives. Good luck getting in your summer reading. Does anyone else have a favorite summer reading list? For in between movies, of course.

    Well, I hope this forum won't be caught in the summer doldrums...hope that Captain Chris will have a moment to chime in. We all know he must be supernova busy with the film...Be well, Chris...and Happy June to the forum family. May it be filled with beautiful moments of peace and grace...Sue

     
  • At 3:07 AM, May 31, 2007 , Anonymous Angi said...

    Hi everyone

    Sorry i've not been around much as am in the middle of writing my latest assignment for uni - on mathematics which isn't my strongest subject and one i have little confidence in. So i'd like to thank you for keeping me amused reading the posts during tea breaks.

    I am taking time out tomorrow evening to take my children and a few of their friends for Pizza then Pirates of the Caribbean 3, so will let you know what we think of it afterwards.

    Unfortunatley I didn't get to see Shrek 3 with them due to assignment as they went with friends but they loved it, think it's just as good as the others and can't wait to get the DVD of it. In fact they are almost bursting with trying not to tell me all about their favourite bits.

    Till soon everyone love and Bright Blessings

    Angi

     
  • At 4:32 PM, May 31, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi All

    I hope you are enjoying the summer so far. It sounds like you have been keeping yourselves intellectually stimulated which is always a good thing.

    For myself there is no rest for the wicked. I have been working 7 days a week which is making time pass really quick. I have so many projects waiting for my "free" time that getting to a movie or reading a book is not likely. My biggest project is to scrape and paint the garage (yippee) but we are in the middle of the 17 year cicada emergence and they are all over the place including the side of the garage. For anyone not familiar with these not so little creatures, I have attached a URL to a fantastic movie short.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=6I3CNnLdnQc

    Enjoy and Happy Summer

    Tim

     

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