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(13 replies, posted in Ætherscope)

I just took a peek at the site, and I'd have to agree it doesn't look that great.  Certainly a far departure from the book (just like the recent goofy version of "Around the World in 80 Days" -- with Jackie Chan, give me a break!)

It's being made by New Line and Walden (which did "Lord of the Rings" and the recent "Narnia" movies, respectively), and it's been filmed all in 3-d, which suggests it will at least be quite the visual spectacle.  But I have serious doubts about the rest of it.

They've replaced the tough old duck hunter with a young blond girlchik (though at least she's really from Iceland!), and the eccentric professor with the guy who starred in "The Mummy."  I mean, come on.  Really.

It looks to me like basic kid-friendly adventure, worthwhile to kill an afternoon, but not a lot of serious substance.  I wish they wouldn't give it the same title as Verne's book, because it's nothing like it except they're going to the center of the earth.  And no, there appears to be no steam in it whatsoever.

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(49 replies, posted in Café Metropole)

... wow.  I'm tempted to grab that first one and put up copies.

But the name of Hitler is a killing word, so probably better not.

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(279 replies, posted in Café Metropole)

You guys haven't mentioned Jimmy Stewart yet.  (sorry, I have no pictures)

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(11 replies, posted in Ætherscope)

I read the whole trilogy of books years ago, and saw the movie (dubbed in Spanish since I happened to be in Mexico at the time).  The visuals were indeed gorgeous.  I enjoyed the movie very much on that basis.  I hadn't pictured Lyra's world as steampunk before, but the moviemakers did a lovely job.  The altheiometer was especially beautiful.

However, in pacing the movie they departed a long way from the book (though I was pleased to find the philosophy in the book wasn't *entirely* cut from the movie, as some critics complained).  They mostly kept the action bits but left out the underlying plot, so what you see in the movie is disjointed and confusing.  Worst of all, they left out the last one-third of the book, which is the part that ties it all together.  No wonder the movie got a lukewarm reception, which is a real shame.

I also wouldn't have picked Daniel Craig to play Lord Asriel, because (while he makes an impeccable James Bond) he seems way too polished to be Lord Asriel.  Asriel is a handsome aristocrat, but he's also powerful, dark, and dangerous.  He thinks big and does big things, and will kill people who get in his way.  They didn't show that in the movie.  Nicole Kidman was a perfect Mrs. Coulter, though.  I always thought those pale Hollywood blondes were a bit creepy-looking.

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(1,933 replies, posted in The Diogenes Club)

party

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(784 replies, posted in The Diogenes Club)

Greetings and salutations to all!

I told myself I wasn't going to join yet another forum (the aetherweb takes up far too much of my time as it is), but I received an invitation through Livejournal from Ottens (incorrectly addressed to a "Sir" though it was), and decided to give this site a try.

I live in Seattle, I'm a university student in search of a career, and I love books more than almost anything -- but travel, good food, style (though I've got very little of it myself) and mad science are also high up on my list.

I got interested in steampunk fairly recently, but so far I've been having a good time with it.  I look forward to some great discussions and hopefully learning a few new things with you.