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Dec. 13th, 2005 11:53 am
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[livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna has written eloquently on why she does not intend to see Narnia.

You see, no child of this generation will ever misunderstand Turkish Delight. They will never know in their hearts that it is dark and sinister and chocolatey and cinnamon-studded and caramel-crusted and smelling slightly of smoke and myrrh, that it absolutely melts on your tongue and shivers down your throat, no matter how the candy shop insists that the lump of powdered rosewater gelatin is the real thing. That, my friends, is tragic. I have the right to misunderstand it, like every other American child of my age, and to laugh at myself for my clinging to such a ridiculous misreading.

That, I understand.

Meanwhile, Slate informs us that Turkish Delight really tastes vile, after all.

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Yes, I know that I owe some of you happy words. In fact, those of you whom I owe happy words are among my closest friends and deserve lots of happy words. They will come; don't worry.
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Incoherent, spoilery ramblings, with far too many exclamation points and not nearly enough verbs )

They got it right.

They got it right.

(By the way, there is never a good time for a cell phone to play Battle Hymn of the Republic. But if there were, the instant after the Stone Table breaks is clearly not it.)
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I saw Serenity on Friday. I saw Mirrormask today. While I enjoyed Serenity and would certainly be willing to see it again, it doesn't even share a 'verse* with Mirrormask. I walked out of the theatre today absolutely dazed, having lost most of the facility of speech. (If I said anything particularly stupid to anyone who was there with me, I apologize. My brain fell down the rabbit hole.)

In the absence of coherent critical language with which to approach Mirrormask, I suppose I can fall back on the old love-child-of-X-and-Y cliché, thus: If Hayao Miyazaki fathered a child on the entire cast, crew and design staff of Cirque de Soleil, and dressed the baby in garments made from early works of Mark Rothko, the infant might look something like Mirrormask.

Go, my friends. Run. This movie will not be in theatres very long; it may not be in theatres near you at all. If it is, you need to see it.

* Translation for benefit of non-fans: 'Verse is short for "universe" in Firefly and Serenity slang.

ETA, before I put the computer away: I had heard they were cutting all of the theology out of the Narnia movie. The idea upset me; Narnia without Christianity is just as far from the spirit of the text as His Dark Materials without anticlericalism.

Therefore, I was thrilled when I saw the trailer preceding my roommate's Hitchhiker's Guide DVD. Immediately following a shot of the Professor's mansion, white words appear on a black screen: "In this house there are many rooms." Of course, a casual viewer without a stake in the idea of Narnia as Christian allegory might not recognize
John 14:2. Nevertheless, if the filmmakers are willing to cite the "New Testament" (Query: Is the politically correct term "Greek Bible"?) in a trailer available to the general public, there is real hope for Narnia.

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I will be absent from all things LiveJournalish (and, in fact, all things computerish) from now until Wednesday night, due to the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah (the New Year). May you all have a good and sweet New Year. May this year, 5766 on the Jewish calendar, bring us a better world than the one we saw last year.

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