Site ColumnsBy Michelle
December 16, 2005 - 9:56 PM
I am delighted to report that I really enjoyed The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. It wasn't a perfect movie - the battle scenes all seemed to long to me, probably because after sitting through the CGI battles in The Two Towers and Alexander and Kingdom of Heaven and numerous others, not even adding gryphons, jaguars and phoenixes into the mix can make them interesting to me. But although all the Christian symbolism of which I had been in happy ignorance the first time I read the book and later discovered was intact, it wasn't overt, and the child actors and adults voicing the animals were all superb. I must admit, however that my favorite character was Jadis, Warrior Princess...aka the White Witch. I don't think the Narnia movies will be replacing Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings as my favorite fantasy film landscape.
Tonight I'm going to see Brokeback Mountain, having waited many years after reading the short story. Most of my friends will be at King Kong, that other great tale of forbidden love and heartbreak, but I expect that one to be running for a good many weeks and I have this strange ambivalence after The Return of the King; I don't trust Peter Jackson quite as much as I used to. Still, I'm sure that'll be next, and then I have to decide whether to see Syriana at the movies or wait for the DVD. I expect that some of the violence I've heard described in that far more realistic film may really upset me, and I sometimes deal better with that on a smaller screen. But I heard that Alexander Siddig gives a performance that could net him an Oscar nomination, and I love Sid, so we'll see.
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These were some of the major news items from December 2003:
- Berman Says Core 'Enterprise' Storyline Seems To Be Pleasing Fans
Enterprise co-creator, Rick Berman said, "The ratings continue to creep up a little bit" and noted that he found it "gratifying" that the fans appeared to like the evolving storyline of season three: "The idea of a core storyline, a continuing storyline that hopefully doesn't get in the way of the standalone elements of each episode, seems to be something that fans are enjoying."
- Shimerman Says CGI Has Hurt Actors And Audiences
Armin Shimerman (Quark) decried the prominence of CGI and special effects at the expense of character development, saying, "It most definately has hurt the actors and the audience. Producers depend on special effects to carry a story instead of getting good writers to fascinate us with their ideas."
- T'Pol's Logic Enters New Phase
Jolene Blalock said she didn't T'Pol as any more or less Vulcan than her predecessors, despite her leaving the High Command. "It's still there. Now it's taken on another dynamic, just because she's no longer backed by the High Command," she said.
More news can be found in the archives.
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