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  1. The Orphanage was indeed really good, IMHO one of the best horror movies in the past decade (and a side note Laran: while Del Toro was exec. producer and Mexican, it was a Spanish director and production; common mistake it seems w/ this film and there's been many Mexican-Spanish co-productions lately)...I think the only elements I didn't like (well, should be more like elements that were less enjoyable though added to the film's character) about Cronos was it has a very early 90's and low budget flair to it. It's been a while since I've seen it, and would definitely like see it again, especially w/ Del Toro's commentary!
  2. It's been a while since I've seen a vampire movie.... ...but a very original and interesting take on the genre was Guillermo Del Toro's debut film, Cronos, not to mention it's a fantastic indie Mexican movie!
  3. I can say this about Latin America: Torchwood S1 was shown on a couple cable channels, DW S3 was aired last year or early this year on a pan-LA cable channel? But in the US: S4 of DW just finished up on Sci Fi Channel last month, though they're horribly cut for time, and they don't air the CiN specials. Sci-Fi also went through the 1st season of the Sarah Jane Adv (which I agree is really great, though it was aired in the evenings prior to DW I believe, the time-slot really not the best for a children's show as it's intended to be, sci-fi hasn't really done a good job in marketing the show as a one geared towards kids). Torchwood airs on BBCA, has been the "premium" cable channel's highest rated show ever, I think they've finished airing season 2 this summer.
  4. At least there's always DVD's...I mean where I am in Mexico it's really spotty when DW airs here on cable, and DVD's are really expensive imports, no chance of renting them...
  5. Maybe there's a more definitive list of PBS stations showing "nu-Who", but I got this from the most recent "This Week In Doctor Who" e-mail/post: Stations showing Season 2: WXXI 21 Rochester, NY WSKG/WSKA 46,30 Binghamton/Elmira, NY UNC North Carolina West Virginia Public Broadcasting WGVU/WGVK 35,52 Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, MI WTTW 11 Chicago, IL WILL 12 Urbana, IL WTVP 47 Peoria, IL WMVS 10 Milwaukee, WI Wisconsin Public TV Iowa Public TV (airs Classic Who) KCPT 19 Kansas City, MO* Ozark Public Broadcasting OETA Oklahoma KERA 13 Dallas, TX KLRU 18 Austin, TX KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT Idaho Public TV KTEH 54 San Jose, CA KVCR 24 San Bernadino, CA* Alaska One Previously Purchased Series 1, Series 2 Status Unknown: NHPTV New Hampshire WLIW 21 Long Island, NY WQLN 54 Erie, PA WLVT 39 Bethlehem, PA Maryland Public TV (airs Classic Who) Georgia Public Broadcasting WJCT 7 Jacksonville, FL WUFT 5 Gainesville, FL WEDU 3 Tampa, FL WPBT 2 Miami, FL WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH (airs Classic Who) Louisiana Public Broadcasting KTWU 11 Topeka, KS KUHT 8 Houston, TX KACV 2 Amarillo, TX Prairie Public TV North Dakota South Dakota Public TV NET Nebraska Rocky Mountain PBS (Colorado) KSPS 7 Spokane, WA KBTC 28 Tacoma, WA (airs Classic Who) Oregon Public Broadcasting Southern Oregon Public TV KVPT 18 Fresno, CA KLCS 58 Los Angeles, CA KOCE 50 Huntington, CA
  6. I'll confirm: Season 4 of Lost takes the show to a new level, the best of the series really since S1! so yeah Blackoil, catch up before Zuleikha joins the cast for S5! :)
  7. Ah, I should've figured it was the TVM and from Segal's book! Thanks Mark for keeping all us nerds informed...
  8. Hmmmm, the Doctor gets caught up in a cross-time Millenniumistic homicide investigation? Curious though eth, where did ya find this info? and were these auditions very very recent (as there's been some buzz about a DW movie and possibly a special/new season shot in the US?) or back in season 1 of nu-who?
  9. lol I thought Slayer too, Laran, when I read the post!
  10. Cool article! Very true...burn down an area and all kinds of lost things come to light! Build a subway in an old city, and it's amazing what gets found!
  11. CthulhuKaamos might still lie dreaming, of his return to our message board Welcome!
  12. yeah where's the father culture? Don't read too much into my deconstructionist tendencies, I'm kinda flanking the popular literature out there on archaeology (which often takes too many liberties)....I think the greatest contribution the "Olmec" had on Mesoamerican civilizations to come was the beginnings of writing and the of a number system...astronomy I'm not too familiar with THAT much of anything the Olmec brought to the table other than the accurate prediction of lunar and solar cycles, along with observations of other celestial bodies as seen in certain monuments oriented to them. The ancient Mayans did quite a bit developing of calendrical systems and advanced astronomy...we have much more info from the art and writing of the Mayans to describe their science, not so much at all from the Olmec being they were formative to the greater advances of Mesoamerican cultures.
  13. *grin* well I was using prehistory to the Mayans, since there are historic and modern day Mayans...though the Olmec, ugh...I mean there definitely is definitely a lot of stuff that all started with San Lorenzo, Tres Zapotes, and La Venta as Formative era prehistoric sites having a great deal of influence over all Mesoamerica, where you can trace writing, myths, social inequality, perhaps even domesticated agriculture all back to these three sites that have been dubbed Olmec. Though there was also a lot of stuff going on outside the "Olmec heartland" concurrently, that calls into question whether the Olmec can really be called a "mother culture" of Mesoamerica. The idea of a "mother culture" is very dated to the 50's-60's, that there was a single root of civilization, embracing both ideas of teleological cultural evolution and leftist ideas of universal harmony. And the concept of an "Olmec civilization", as which much of the archaeology of the 50's and early 60's, was not well understood and still remain a rather amorphous concept...is it a style or a people or a time period (a lot of Formative material gets encompassed as being Olmec without a clear understanding)? Also hippyroo, (inner geek in me wanting to get the facts straight) I want to point out that "the Olmec" are Mesoamerican: North America and bit of Central America. South America is a whole 'nother can of worms...which I'm so behind on knowing much more than beyond Moche Empire from around 0 AD and scattered discoveries of Betty Meggers in Amazonia when speaking of early prehistoric South America...but "Olmec" had no immediate "influence" beyond Central and Southern Mexico.
  14. I'm going to back you Eth, you post sums up pretty well the Mayan/Mesoamerican view towards human sacrifice: it was an honor to represent themselves as gods, reenacting the myths that kept the world in balance, or to simply provide sustenance for the earth/supernaturals. Sacrifices were deemed entirely necessary to everyone, to ensure prosperity, worldly balance, and appeased the gods. Now, I'm not at all well versed with current research in the Mayan area by any means, it's very true hippyroo that prisoners were sacrificed...it depends on what time period you're talking about amongst the ancient Maya to say that there was a great amount of warfare and prisoners being sacrificed. (the scenes from Apocalypto were utter nonsense where "urban" Mayans were capturing hunter and gather Mayans for sacrifice...what we see more evidence for was inter-city or inter-polity wars during times of great stress w/ possible ecological disaster impacting large populaces, they likely warred for resources and possibly for sacrificial victims. If there were environmental problems as floods and/or drought, they might've been looking to present the gods with them, for better weather for successful crops). By in large though, the most important sacrifices among the Maya were of the nobles/priests, be it autosacrificial bloodletting or human sacrificial offerings. And this was done in large public areas, part of ritual ceremonies in temple areas. The tunnels recently found and thought to be the entrance to Xibalba are unlikely to be areas of sacrifice. I'd think access to these caves was restricted to priests, shamans, and nobles....as Xibalba was a sacred place, a place for the dead...hence the living would have no business being there unless they were of divine descent. Tombs found in these caves I would think might be of diviners, not sacrificial victims, and not nobles (as they'd be interred in monuments and such...as would sacrificial victims if they weren't sacrificed at cenotes (limestone wells))...though common people would probably have a sense of terror to even venture near the purported portal to the land of the dead. But again, I'm not really very familiar w/ Mayan prehistory specifically...and it's why I'm really curious as to what these cave tombs and other artifacts will reveal...what sort of folks would be buried at the entrance of Xibalba and what would the murals along with painted pottery vessels tell us...
  15. Neat, thanks for posting this SC! I'm really curious to know what the analysis brings, when dating all the pottery recovered, looking at the murals....what will it all tell?
  16. lol, I just got back from the movie, and liked it quite a bit. I can say with 99% assurance that the house was not yellow, but like a dirty white ...if I recall correctly. ...though the idea of a "yellow house" was definitely there! :) I'm in the camp that there were a lot of MillenniuM themes in the movie...well I think it'd be better said that CC's vision of X-Files and MM were not too far removed from each other, in terms of more personal themes of the darkness of crime solving vs. family/personal life and trying to separate the two worlds. Also ambiguity: of truth vs. lies, of good vs. evil...the lines aren't really so clearly drawn out most of the time. The ambiguity of the "supernatural" I think IWTB in this respect was handled more like MM in it's presentation here...though the final scene with Father Joe in the hospital kinda sealed it for the audience and Mulder that the priest did have a psychic connection and it wasn't smoke and mirrors. But yeah...the two headed dog and head transplant stuff was more the stuff of TXF than MM, and that whole revelation of the kidnapping plot didn't really elevate the story at all, though it didn't need to as the point of the movie was more about larger, personal themes. I really enjoyed the movie, too bad 20th Century Fox will see it as a box office failure :(
  17. PHEW! For a second there I thought you were gone for good! Have a great trip to NY! And wish the team success in Cooperstown!
  18. lol eth, well I thought maybe you had at least been a little into Spawn...I agree 100% with your assessment of creator-owned franchises, problem most prevalent in my mind being these guys were great artists (very subjective when it gets to Liefeld) but very few of them are good writers/plotters and it showed! So I never really got drawn into the Image Comics thing, though it did open new doors for independent comics and their creators...
  19. It's been a long while since I've given any thought to Spawn at all...I remember when the comic book first came out, and not really being a fan, though it was interesting as it got off the ground, but just wasn't my thing. This is the premise: there's a supernatural vigilante named Spawn, and I can't remember the exact details and I don't exactly want to spoil it for you: the character once was a mortal man but was murdered, resurrected by "dark forces" though ends up seeking revenge for his own mortal death and fights crime....but I believe Spawn suffers from amnesia about his life and how exactly he came to be "resurrected", so you the viewer find out as he find out more about his past and present, as he also is being pursued by underworld enemies I think? Now the animated Spawn series, I've heard good things about but never watched it myself, I can think of someone else on this board w/ your same name that might be able to give better details and a more informed opinion...
  20. Wow this is an old thread resurrected! I don't think that the tow truck driver really is Paul Dillion... ...and didn't realize he was in Austin Powers! Though there is a Paul Dillion movie I can recommend: Chicago Cab (1998) An independent film starring Paul Dillion as a Chicago city cab driver on his 14 hour shift on a wintery day. It's a great character study of this cabbie, that comes off as being a bit crass and uninteresting...but you get to see how as the day goes on, him ferrying various passengers to their destinations (which includes cameos by John Cusack, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Mike Ironside...and Gillian Anderson!), you see begin to see why the character is the way he is, all the troubles he encounters and madness of the world around him... it's a really well-done overlooked gem of indie films, a major highlight being the cameos and Paul Dillion's portrayal of his character. see more info at IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119278/
  21. I'm not a Batman fan either Mark, but more a Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan fan....and they've reconceptualized the franchise into something that I think should appeal to just about anybody, especially the non-comic book fans... (though oddly enough I've gotten wind of a vocal minority that have hated BB and TDK, I have a feeling though that they're more fans of other Batman movies, much lighter entertainment for sure....quite a contrast to Nolan's movies...no accounting for taste )
  22. I can't believe no one has started a topic about the The Dark Knight! Granted the movie been discussed a bit already in the IWTB threads, as TDK has smashed some box office records, leaving the second X-file movie in the dust... Anyways, I caught TFK on an IMAX screen today (actually my second time seeing it), and probably in my book this will be one of the best movies of the year. Breathtaking on the IMAX, and all around a very good movie...though perhaps a bit busy, very dark, and not exactly light entertainment. Heath Ledger's portrayal of a psychopathic "agent of chaos" Joker is outstanding and I'm sure he'll be up for an Oscar nomination at the very least for this role. The film overall reminded me a lot of Michael Mann's film, Heat...and no wonder! I read the other day that the film greatly inspired Christopher Nolan's vision of TDK. TDK also approached Millenniumistic themes: of evil vs. good as a "yin yang" relationship, evil as a legion-esque true manifestation of chaos in all it's cunning and madness, the escalation of violence... IMHO, this is the most intelligent "super hero" movie, beautifully shot, phenomenal acting by Ledger as well as by Aaron Eckhart. My only gripe was that Christian Bale didn't shine as much, overshadowed by the performances of the supporting cast...and actually the movie had so much more going on for the supporting roles, that Batman/Bruce Wayne wasn't given a whole lot to do other than be a player in the story. But then again, I think the whole point of this movie was to show the effect Batman has had on crime, not to focus on Batman himself...as the focus was now on society and the sociological experiments the Joker played upon Gotham and it's caped crusader. So, great movie! ...I think it's *just* short of a masterpiece. For some reason I liked Batman Begins a little better....Christopher Nolan did a phenomenal job though with both films, I can't wait to see him get on to another project!
  23. Hey no rubbing it in! I might have take a gander and see if there aren't any torrents of the show around... And sorry to pry Estrella...but do you live in the US and saw The Others on NBC? I saw it specifically because it was M&W...so wish some cable network in Latin America would air this show...
  24. Not too sure about the Maya specifically (it's not my area of expertise, the impression I have is that human sacrifice among the Maya wasn't as widespread as seen in certain building dedications at Teo; the Mayans valued most highly auto-sacrifice (blood letting) of the elites in temple/pyramid associated ceremonies or in private), but earliest Mesoamerican artifacts of the "Olmecs" utilize "table-top" altars that double as symbolic caves....which in association with the elaborations on these altars and other Olmec artwork, caves were gateways to the underworld/supernatural...and symbolic motifs were used to symbolize caves/underworld (which contrast with the inversion of the symbol, which stands for sky/clouds/"heavens"). So indeed, with the "Olmec" being the "mother culture" of all Mesoamerica, the Mayans share a strong affinity with the more ancient "ways" of the Olmec...probably with revering caves as passages to the supernatural, though not sure if it was really reserved for elites or if sacrifices were practiced there, but caves might very well have been feared by normal folk and were only entered by shamans/witches, clergy, and elites.... The Teotihuacanos (who were pretty much contemporaries of the Classic period Mayans, from which most of the popularly known large sites were created by them...and possibly there were elite relationships between Chichen Itza and Teo) I'm sure shared a lot in common with the Olmec as well...I'll be keeping an ear out of what might be discovered in these Teo caves!
  25. Thanks for posting these SC! Still have to read the one on Jesus and Gabriel... But thought the resident Dr. Jones should chime in here... It's really exciting that archaeologists will be heading into those Teotihuacan caves! Though I'm not so sure I'm too thrilled with the slant the article gives, that somehow these caves will shed light on the "mysterious" abandonment of Teo. Granted the article is correct, no one knows with absolute certainty why Teo was left deserted in the Epi-Classic, but all evidence points towards the same familiar story: an empire that over reached it's size, discontent from the people conquered and possibly diminishing means of supporting one of the largest cities in prehistory....it all came tumbling down, the Teotihuacano rulers were probably killed by either its own people or rival polities in central Mexico. We see in the Epiclassic period that new centers of power sprout up, at nearby Tula, Cacaxtla...and other places on the periphery like Xochilcalco, as well as the flourishing of Classic-Epiclassic site of Cholula south of Teo.... Presumably these new prominent sites had a lot to do with Teo's demise. But back to the work at hand: another interesting note is that these caves, whether natural or not (or both), are in association with water springs...which is likely the reason Teo was founded at that location. So it's my impression that these caves might shed light on early Teo rather that it's final years as a probable "state capital". And a side note: I had a friend/fellow grad student that worked at Teo w/ Japanese archaeologist Sugiyama's team digging into the Temple of the Moon's earliest construction phase...which interestingly enough had a very steep, curving angle to the pyramidal walls...perhaps being a contract the the large based pyramids we see today, that the earliest incarnation of the Pyramid of the Moon was acutely tall relative to it's size? There were also child skeletons found, probably dedication sacrifices, within the construction between the later and earliest building phases. I need to follow up and see what Sugiyama has done with all the data compiled from this earliest construction...
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