Thursday, December 19, 2013

As Tempers Flair and Short Memories Linger, Duck Dynasty Comes Under Fire

So, yesterday I guess A&E decided to suspend Phil Robertson from the show, "Duck Dynasty" because of an answer he gave in a GQ interview. When asked what Phil thought constituted as sin, Phil said:

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Film Forum Review - Departures




Mikel Wisler and Kristina Stone Kaiser, hosts of the Film Forum Review, revisit the discussion of "Departures" at the April 2013 River Film Forum.

Plot:
A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. Starring Masahiro Motoki (2008).








Monday, June 24, 2013

News Media and Government Slaves to Boolean Logic?

Granted, in response to the article referenced above: Doughty's comments on the application were listed as spiritual/religious in nature when she wanted exemption (as a conscientious objector) to ever carry a weapon if required by the government, BUT I commend her as many forms (government or otherwise) are so cookie-cutter that they don't allow for non-Boolean responses!!

The title of this article, therefore, is misleading because she wasn't required to join a church or be denied citizenship. She was told to join a "church"... "that forbids violence" (in other words, a specific type of religious organization, although NOT confined to a specific religion -- why?) because the current (again Boolean) definition of "conscientious objector" is that it has to be based on religious beliefs to be exempt from the bearing of arms in defense of the country. If she hadn't met the requirements for the exemption she was requesting, then she would have been denied citizenship.

Coming back to the other hand, however, "conscientious objector" should be re-defined to include those who hold to no religion. Just as religion and guns are not dependent clauses of one another, so church and state should not be dependent clauses of one another!

Finally, this was not an issue for Doughty to proselytize Atheism. She was simply acting on her convictions and many, from all walks of life, have shown their support. “Over the past two days not only good friends but people I don’t even know have sent notes of support,” she wrote. “They are people with a wide range of beliefs, beliefs that I respect -- Christians, Moslems, Jews, Atheists, Agnostics and others. I think that is part of what has always appealed to me about America – that people of all beliefs can live together accepting and respecting each other and working together for the common good.”

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Film Forum Review - Wall-E


Mikel Wisler and Kristina Kaiser, hosts of the Film Forum Review, revisit the discussion of "Wall-E" at the March 2013 River Film Forum.

Plot:
After 700 years of doing what he was built for - he'll discover what he's meant for.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Film Forum Review - Beasts of the Southern Wild


Nominated for a 2013 Oscar, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" delves in to storytelling at its finest. Discussing ambiguity, subtlety, and imaginative creatures, Mikel Wisler and Kristina Kaiser, hosts of the Film Forum Review, revisit the discussion of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" at the February 2013 River Film Forum. Questions raised, include: "Were the beasts literal or figurative?"; "If figurative, what were they symbolizing?"; "How can one foster more curiosity?"; and a question to think about that CeaseFireStrategies thought of while listening, "Should movies be ambiguous, leaving questions unanswered?"

Plot:
Faced with both her hot tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six year old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Film Forum Review - The Artist


How well do you adapt to change? Mikel Wisler and Kristina Kaiser, hosts of the Film Forum Review, revisit the discussion of "The Artist" at the January 2013 River Film Forum.

Plot:
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.