Spark: Gendered Robots

I haven’t yet seen WALL•E, but here is an article I found interesting discussing the genders of the two main robots. It is an interesting discussion of the perceived genders we apply to the characters based on our cultural assumptions. It is also interesting, however, how we can work beyond them. hat tip

Why Believers shouldn’t be Troubled by Pullman’s Golden Compass

Or, at the very least, an argument that most anti-Pullman activists probably haven’t even looked at the book: The trilogy has the Church as the antagonist. Not religious belief in general. If any “message” may be derived, it’s that powerful religious organisation who is above the law and morally degraded (murder is no problem for … [Read more…]

Why I’m Going to See The Golden Compass (Hint: I was Encouraged by Bill Donahue)

Before I begin this post about the Golden Compass, a refreshingly original fantasy by Philip Pullman and a movie that will be released on December 7th, I have to mention that our very own xJane, with her exclusive Hollywood connections, has already seen and pre/reviewed the movie! Listen to tone of Bill Donahue (sort of … [Read more…]

Review: the Golden Compass

I just got back from a screening of the movie the Golden Compass. My initial reaction: it was briskly paced (for a 2 hr movie) and reminds me of the very first HP. If you read and enjoyed the book, you’ll like the movie, because it’s basically an illustration of the book, rather than a … [Read more…]

Deliver Us from Evil

Deliver Us from Evil is a documentary about the “clergy abuse” problem in the Catholic Church. It focuses on one priest in particular and some of his victims, used as a microcosm of other cases. It is very well done and very tasteful (although, sometimes the clips of the priest in question are titillating rather … [Read more…]

the Day After Tomorrow

I guess I’m not really sure I knew what this was about, but when it came out, I honestly had no interest in seeing it. I was surfing last night, however, and it was making its “network premier” so I started watching it. My husband came home and I stopped, but after the first 20 … [Read more…]

One Sentence Movie Review: 300.

This is inspired by John White’s brief synopsis. Take one: 300 Spartans valiantly defend the narrow pass of Thermopylae against a million Persians in this gorgeously-filmed action-packed bloodfest. In retrospect, this summary isn’t quite accurate. I hope you’ll bear with me as I ponder some of misgivings, and come up with a new review. I … [Read more…]