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When I was finding a trailer on YouTube for yesterday's post about Total Recall, I saw this in the sidebar and thought it was worth chucking at you. Some real classics here. Loads and loads of them are from Arnold Schwarzenegger...
Be warned, by the way, some are very rude!
The constant stream of remakes in the cinema at the moment is starting to annoy me a little bit. Remaking total recall, when the original is still a pretty good movie, for instance, just seems a little nuts to me. But still, it looks like a pretty good movie in itself, and it fills up site space in a slow August, so here's the trailer!!
LifeTeen also have a review here.
I just hope that Arnie's classic 'Consider dat a divoworce' line will be represented in the new movie!
I briefily reviewed the Dark knight Rises last week, but as ever, some other folks have come along and reviewed it far, far better.
Busted Halo has a review which links the themes of the movie to good Friday and Easter. Interesting stuff.
LifeTeen also has a review in the form of a podcast..
..and DecentFilms.com also has a review.
Recently Busted Halo (great site, as we keep saying!) had a question about which books are good to read for introducing people to scripture. Here's what they answered:
Before even buying a book about the Bible, the first step is to buy a well-reputed study Bible. The Catholic Study Bible, the New Oxford Annotated Bible, or the Harper Study Bible are excellent Bibles for both prayer and study. The advantage these Bibles have is that they have well-documented footnotes and cross-references, introductory material before each book of the Bible, and they include maps and timelines.
An introduction to the Bible for very beginners is God's Library: A Catholic Introduction to the World's Greatest Book by Joe Paprocki. It teaches how to locate certain books in the Bible, how the numbering system and abbreviations work, and how to sort out "fact" from "fiction." For something more in-depth (approximately at the college introductory level) you might look for An Introduction to the Bible: A Journey into Three Worlds by Hauer and Young.
A comprehensive and renowned commentary that addresses every chapter of every book in the Bible is The Jerome Biblical Commentary by Brown, Fitzmyer and Murphy. The price is hefty, but if you only want to own one book on the Bible, it is an excellent choice.
Beyond these specific suggestions, you might browse the shelves of a local university bookstore to see what the current required reading is for biblical courses.
I went to see The Dark Knight Rises at the IMAX yesterday. Not only was it a movie I had been seriously looking forward to, it was also my first trip to an IMAX. Both fulfilled expectations!
The movie is definitely worth seeing and is very useable in youth ministry. It's a story of good and evil, of struggling against despair, hatred, oppression and knock-backs, and a tale of destiny and vocation. There's just loads to work with! The bit where Bruce Wayne struggles to climb out of the prison is a metaphor that I'm sure is going to be used in Youth Ministry again and again. It's going to be the Martix-pill of this decade!
The story picks up on the themes of the first two movies and tries to tie them up. It does so neatly, but also leaves a tantalising promise of a continuation at the end when one of the main protagonists reveals his first name: Robin! It does help if you've seen the first two movies before you see this though. I hadn't - still haven't - seen the second one and that put me at a loss!
As the story begins, Bruce Wayne is an injured recluse. Batman hasn't been heard from in years and the Wayne Foundation's work is foundering. He is drawn out of his seclusion by a serie of events, just in time to fight new baddie Bane as he takes over the city. With the city under siege for months on end, and with the army and the police unable to do anything, only Batman can help. The rest you can pretty much guess. I'll leave the finer details for you to discover.
The short version is that you should go and see this film. It's good. It also has an impressive array of stars, many of whom (Bale, Hardy, Oldman, Caine, Murphy, Cottilard, Gillen) are from this side of the Atlantic.
I also rather liked my first IMAX experience. Thanks to the assistance of one of my former students working the front desk in the cinema, I had a seat six rows back in the middle, and it was amazing. The screen filled the entire frame of my glasses as I looked up at it and the quality of the sound and image were just awesome. Was it worth the £4.50 supplement to my Unlimited card? Yes! And that was just 2D. 3D must be really awesome!
DecentFilms.com has an interesting piece about how Fairy Tales are being re-imagined as more than just children's stories. It's worth a read.
I didn't realise this, but apparently most of the stories - or at least the genres, perhaps - that history thinks of as children's stories were actually never intended as such.
Most of us use movies and other stories in our work, and so I think it's really important to have a good handle on what we're using.
Anyway, go read the article...
This is a new thing we're doing. Specifically when we have loads of movie-related stuff in our queue. Here goes...
Some Catholic movie reviews and news from around the web:
The [Canadian] Catholic Register has reviews of Brave, Rock or Ages, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter and more, and in a separate piece, reviews of others including the Amazing Spider-man, Ted, Magic Mike and Stella Days
As the (US) National Catholic Register reports, the Director of Showgirls, Paul Verhoeven, is making a movie about Jesus. The NCR has it's concerns!!
CathNews.com reviews Take this Waltz
And, DecentFilms.com has a review of Brave
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Another great piece from Busted Halo. Here's a slice...
Go, read the rest...
I saw this and reviewed it a few weeks back.
I still think that the whole Alien sequel/ prequel/ universe thing is mega confusing and I love the line in the latter of these reviews. In a throwback to Alien's tagline, Steven Greydanus says, 'In Prometheus, no-one cares if you scream!'
I'd like to write a huge article about this talk because it was amazing, but I don't have time. Luckily though YouthLeadersAcademy.com has already written one, so, go read it...
Apparently, there's a new Bourne film out this summer. It doesn't have Matt Damon, but fear not ladies, because Jeremy Renner is starring instead.
As we've noted a few time, Hollywood is mad on sequels and prequels at the minute. A sure thing, it seems, is better in times of economic turmoil than a tricky risk.
Personally though, I'm okay with that. If the sequels are good, then fair enough. And besides, it can be good to delve further into a universe rather than close it off for good.
Anyway, the new Bourne movie focuses on another agent product of the 'Treadstone' programme. Well, it's successor programme anyway. Renner and his companion (played by Rachel Weisz - one for the lads while the ladies are looking at Renner!) then have to escape before the CIA functionary, Edward Norton (one for those who just like really good actors) tries to have them killed.
Anyway, here's a trailer...
There are so many films from China in recent years which take us back into more recent history - after such a spate of films about the military history of China in the various kingdoms in previous millennia.
Empire of Silver goes back only a century or more. It opens in the provinces with a voiceover narrative from a descendant of the protagonists who reminisces from the 20th century vantage point and elaborates what he sees as the final achievement of his family, a family of bankers.
As with the other films, the audience will feel that they have been immersed in this Chinese world, the action, the colour, the dangers, the costumes, the disparity between the poor and the rich.
Western audiences not familiar with the events will need to pay attention since the film often moves rapidly, passing sometimes over a year or more at a time. We have to try to work out who is who in the family, especially when the narrative goes into flashback.
Since seeing Avengers Assemble a few weeks ago, I got interested in seeing the movies which led up to it. Before seeing the Avengers movie, I hadn't seen any of them and apparently - according to the young people I work with - that's just the wrong way round.
So, I'm trying to get through them. First on the list was Captain America: The First Avenger. The bottom-line (first, as ever) is it's a great film. It's highly useable in youth ministry and has some great themes around weakness, strength, empowerment and the fight between good and evil.
The movie follows a young American called Steve Rogers trying and failing in 1943 to enlist in the US Army. His father fought in the first World War and he desperately wants to follow in his footsteps. A long list of medical conditions combined with a very weak demeanour though, mean that he keeps on getting turned down. No matter how many times he tries to enlist, and no matter how many false names he uses, he just can't get in.
Eventually Rogers is approached by a recently-defected German scientist, Dr. Erskine, who gets him into the Army and onto a special programme. Erskine has developed a process which creates super soldiers, by amplifying their traits and abilities. It transpires that he defected from Germany after developing the technique for a German officer names Schmidt. Schmidt was evil and so Erskine's work made him more evil. Wanting to redress the balance, he defected to the US to find a good soldier to provide a good guy to Schmidt's bad guy.
The technique works on Rogers, and he becomes an instant super-soldier. The rest of the movie then follows him as he goes from role-model, war bond salesman to real soldier, eventually doing battle with Schmidt - AKA the Red Skull - and saving the day.
The movie itself is good enough. A great story, some brilliant action sequences and fantastic cast including Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L Jackson, Toby Jones, Stanley Tucci, Neal McDonough make sure of that. And I think that this movie provides some really strong youth work fodder.
At the heart of the movie is a young man who is convinced that he has something to offer, but finds it hard to find his place in...
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