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by Marie
Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:21 pm
Forum: Literature and Cinema
Topic: Why no serious sci fi movies?
Replies: 15
Views: 59246

The Juniper Tree

Let me tell you, Heather, if The Juniper Tree gave Athena nightmares then there must be something very substantial in it to garner that result. I don't know if it is available in film but I would consider viewing it not to have sleep disturbances but to visualize what would characterize an Icelandic...
by Marie
Fri Jun 01, 2007 1:06 am
Forum: Literature and Cinema
Topic: Why no serious sci fi movies?
Replies: 15
Views: 59246

Another Film Suggestion

While everyone is suggesting cerebral science fiction, may I offer Pan’s Labyrinth to those who favor reality spiced with fantasy? This may not be hardcore sci-fi but it is a formidable display of special effects both real and fabled. It is a gothic fairy tale set against the post war repression of ...
by Marie
Tue May 22, 2007 10:05 pm
Forum: Literature and Cinema
Topic: Alexander, son of Philip
Replies: 19
Views: 71687

Desert Queen

The book came Saturday and I am already about 30% through. An absolutely intriguing woman with character, strength, fervor, ambition, ideals and smart too! (from Oxford this lady emerged) Definately not one of those vapid, vaporour, Victorian virgins. Again, thanks Athena for not steering me wrong. ...
by Marie
Mon May 14, 2007 11:55 pm
Forum: Literature and Cinema
Topic: Alexander, son of Philip
Replies: 19
Views: 71687

Response to your notations

Thanks Athena, for taking the time to read through my extensive review. It got out of hand for length. Okay, maybe Hephaistion was not the brightest bulb in Alexander’s chandelier and I got a little carried away in my annoyance with Stone’s depiction. Snatches of evidence in the extant sources sugge...
by Marie
Mon May 14, 2007 12:41 am
Forum: The Art of Science, Fantasy and Science Fiction
Topic: Additions to the Gallery albums
Replies: 16
Views: 65257

Three new sketches

How dare you Heather! :o It's just not fair that you post 3 such wonderful sketches just after I finished sweating through a review of Alexander. I can't tell you how much I enjoy these amazing and thoughtful insights into Athena's stories. A little time is all I need and I can give them the justice...
by Marie
Mon May 14, 2007 12:19 am
Forum: Literature and Cinema
Topic: Alexander, son of Philip
Replies: 19
Views: 71687

Alexander “Revisited”

During my introverted youth, I spent hours in the library, carefully selecting ancient history books of conquest and valor, kings and generals, lands known and unknown. I saw as many “sword and sandal” films as my limited budget could sustain, both extraordinary and trashy. Not much has changed sinc...
by Marie
Wed May 02, 2007 12:22 am
Forum: Musings and Chats
Topic: Tell the Spartans...
Replies: 24
Views: 73808

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies web fellow

Sincerest congratulations, Athena! This is a fantastic venue to showcase your knowledge, experience and extraordinary writing techinques. I followed the link and was amazed by the variety and interesting topics previewed on this site. Thank you for the opportunity to branch out and gain additional i...
by Marie
Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:25 pm
Forum: Literature and Cinema
Topic: 300: A Movie Review
Replies: 6
Views: 32843

Marie, A little precision, though: Enya did the vocals for The Fellowship of the Ring, whereas Lisa Gerrard did those of Gladiator. Thanks Eloise! I am happy you and I could give the film its due rewards as well as its downsides. However you should know about Now We Are Free ( Gladiator Theme ) Lyr...
by Marie
Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:53 pm
Forum: Literature and Cinema
Topic: The Curse of the Golden Flower
Replies: 11
Views: 41854

The Curse of the Golden Flower

Okay Kathryn, I just picked up the DVD today and will get back to you with my thoughts. As Athena said above, the film came and went so fast, I didn't have the opportunity to see it. And since it only played at an art house in center city it departed within 2 weeks to my dismay. Here's hoping for an...
by Marie
Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:31 pm
Forum: Literature and Cinema
Topic: 300: A Movie Review
Replies: 6
Views: 32843

A review of the movie "300"

I have never missed the premier of a film I wished to view and “300” was no exception. I must say however, that I was biased in the opposite direction than Eloise. My interest in the Battle of Thermopylae goes back over 45 years when the film “The 300 Hundred Spartans” hit the theaters. Back then I ...
by Marie
Tue Mar 13, 2007 12:24 am
Forum: Musings and Chats
Topic: Tell the Spartans...
Replies: 24
Views: 73808

Translation of Simonides

Well, I never said I was a scholar of Greek translations only the one of which I am most familiar. I knew you were highlighting the decision of your post-doc. However, you also made the sacrifice of a prominent position to continue your research and so too deserve the support. There are not that man...
by Marie
Tue Mar 13, 2007 12:07 am
Forum: Musings and Chats
Topic: Chat: SF/F Poll - check it out!
Replies: 4
Views: 19393

Locus Scifi/F Poll

Hummmm! After glancing through all of the categories in this poll, I sat back in my chair, closed my eyes and wondered.....who the hell have I been reading for the past 45 years! :shock: I was meandering about in left field without a glove or a clue. Therefore, I proceeding to add my favorites, as y...
by Marie
Mon Mar 12, 2007 11:42 pm
Forum: Musings and Chats
Topic: Tell the Spartans...
Replies: 24
Views: 73808

Tell The Spartans

Go tell the Spartans, Passerby, That here, obedient to their laws, We lie… –Simonidas, Epitaph for the Spartans who fell at Thermopylae You know that this is one of my favorite and inspiring quotes. It tells of determination, valor, insight and courage. You have all of those qualities and much much ...
by Marie
Sat Mar 10, 2007 1:50 am
Forum: Literature and Cinema
Topic: Movies and Representing History: The Case of "300"
Replies: 20
Views: 71084

I take issue

Thank you so very much for ripping to shreds the Spartan society. Although they were not so much versed in the arts and culture of the Athenian city state at least they were considered the masters of military strategy many times sourced by Roman generals. I do not wear blinders and am very much awar...
by Marie
Fri Mar 09, 2007 1:00 am
Forum: Literature and Cinema
Topic: Movies and Representing History: The Case of "300"
Replies: 20
Views: 71084

Reviews and comments on 300

I truly dislike controversial reviews on films which associate them in a political venue. As quoted by one of the commentators, "Why Can't a Movie Be Just a Movie? When I go tomorrow, that is the only aspect that I will be assessing. I know that there are so many exaggerations, including monste...

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