I like this discussion so far. It has been stunningly respectful given the pyrotechnic nature of the subject matter. Along that line of thinking, maybe we should get a new forum where movies can be discussed. The movies would have to relate in some way to castle Lego building. "Kingdom of Heaven" for instance would be in play due to the obvious applicability to castle Lego. But "The Seven Samurai" should be in, as well "300" and even a discussion of the cinematography of "Under the Tuscan Sun." That last movie couldn't be further in subject matter from castle Lego, yet a study of the sets and location and atmosphere (which creates a delicious sense of what ancient Roman Patriarcy was able to experience and indulge in, and has inspired me to revisit my own Roman building) would be allowed.
What do you think of a Movies forum? Just a thought, maybe the admins have bantied it about before.
As for the movie, it has been panned by critics as being to bland. The Oregonian (my hometown paper) called it "a beautiful bore." All window dressing, no suit. There is no question that the author of the source material is a strident anti-Christian, and that he wrote the series as a counterpoint to "Narnia," with the express purpose of dissuading children from becoming Christian, though more specifically Catholic. The movie's anti-religious message has been "dumbed down" according to the above cited Oregonian review. But that only makes it an interesting challenge for those of us who subscribe to a belief in an almighty (I made it lower case because its generic). My wife and I have decided that no Hollywood special effects bonanza is going to shake our faith, so we will most likely see it. Though on DVD, in light of the reviews I can't see plunking down $50 for the fam to see it theatres.
This thoughful thread has lead me to posit this; If I see it and dislike any anti-Christian message that may be present, I wonder if that would make me hold back from allowing myself to be inspired from a buiding standpoint? That's an interesting psyco-symatic exercise. There seems to be a wealth of inspiring architechture, ships, creatures, armies, etc. What might that say if I refused to allow my myself to be inspired--or is that even possible?
From a purely Lego perspective how many of you have "monsters" (recalling my old D&D days where a "monster" in an encounter was any non-human, and not necessarily evil) in armies. The armored Polar bears would be "monsters" in this context. Dragons, fell beasts, spiders, and unicorns are examples as well. My own armies are mainly troops, with few monsters or beasts. A few of those bears would make an outstanding cavalry charge!
Whew! A lot to chew on. Thank you admins, for leaving this post active, and giving the community some leeway here. Think about the Movie forum idea!
Men who lie, merely hide the truth; but men who tell half-lies, have forgotten where they put it--Samuel Clemens