Archive for March 13th, 2006

The Mindful and the Mindless: Making Films Good for Families

Monday, March 13th, 2006

An interesting take, by Dr. Marc T. Newman, on the writing behind today’s “family” movies.

(AgapePress) – The fashion these days is for makers of films targeted at children to include winking adult references that will, supposedly, fly over the heads of kids while making the movie bearable for their older siblings and parents. Somehow, someone must have determined that having a solid story was not enough, or that including racy or profane humor would widen the demographic for kid’s movies. Wallace and Gromit stooped to Austin Powers-level sight gags in Curse of the Were-Rabbit. The older brother in Zathura was well-versed in vulgarity. I am not sure if the state of “family-friendly films” tells us more about the family, or about the filmmaker.
All one needs to do is look at two films in current release to see whether this “new fashioned” approach is superior to the “old fashioned” emphasis on simple, good storytelling. Disney is back to the basics of live-action adventure with Eight Below. The trailer for Aquamarine promises a light tweener romantic comedy in the Disney tradition (though it is distributed by 20th Century Fox). But while Eight Below delivers the goods, Aquamarine, um, flounders.

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Abbas group targets holiday festivities

Monday, March 13th, 2006

More from the slimy pali terrorist and the RoD (religion of death, aka islam).
“We wanted to blow up the holiday of the Israelis. In the Quran the Jews are described like those who bring immorality and corruption to humanity. The Jews are the dirtiest part of the unbelievers. They are the children of the monkeys. No mercy for those who have no mercy,” Abu Mujaheed, Al Aqsa leader in the “old city” section of Nablus in the West Bank, told WND.
Sure glad that islam is so tolerant and peaceful.

JERUSALEM – With the country on high alert for the Jewish holiday of Purim, Israeli Defense Force soldiers last night arrested two Palestinians attempting to smuggle an explosive device reportedly to carry out a large-scale bombing at holiday festivities.
In a WorldNetDaily interview, a leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the declared military wing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party, took credit for the foiled attack, referring to Jews as “descendants of monkeys” and the “dirtiest part” of humanity. The terror leader vowed to attempt another terror attack against today’s Purim celebrations.
“We wanted to blow up the holiday of the Israelis. In the Quran the Jews are described like those who bring immorality and corruption to humanity. The Jews are the dirtiest part of the unbelievers. They are the children of the monkeys. No mercy for those who have no mercy,” Abu Mujaheed, Al Aqsa leader in the “old city” section of Nablus in the West Bank, told WND.
Two Palestinians were caught smuggling the nearly 20 kilograms of explosives at the Beit Iba checkpoint north of Nablus after already exiting the Nablus city limits. They reportedly told Israeli interrogators the target of the attack was a Purim celebration. Sources close to the Al Aqsa Brigades told WND the attack was meant to hit either a Purim carnival or a nightclub in the center of the country.
On Saturday evening, the IDF tightened its closure around the West Bank as Israelis prepare to celebrate the holiday of Purim, which begins tonight. Security officials said they are aware of 59 warnings of terror attacks, including 14 specific alerts.
Purim commemorates the deliverance of Persian Jews from the plot of the biblical Haman to exterminate them, as recorded in the Book of Esther. Jews traditionally dress in costume to celebrate the themes of mistaken identity and hidden miracles throughout the text of Esther. Jewish tradition also calls for adults to drink wine in celebration. Purim is considered one of the happiest Jewish holidays.
Abu Mujaheed claimed Purim was about “practicing prostitution under the pretexts of masks, being naked in the streets and then saying that this is a holiday. It is illogical. Does God accept these aberrations?”
Asked if the Al Aqsa Brigades would temper its attacks during Purim due to the group’s proclaimed religious sensibilities, Abu Mujaheed responded, “In holidays our motivation is bigger. We do not want the Israelis to know what happiness is.”
The terror leader went on to warn of a new wave of violence the Al Aqsa Brigades will launch against Israeli civilians.
Abu Mujaheed’s warnings followed a widely circulated article in which leaders of all the major Palestinian terrorist organizations told WorldNetDaily last month recent events here are leading their groups to launch what they called a “third intifada” against Israel consisting suicide bombings, rocket attacks against Jewish communities and “a few new surprises in our arsenal.”
The Palestinians started their first intifada in 1987, which developed into a well-organized violent rebellion orchestrated by Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization from its headquarters in Tunis.
The so-called second intifada was initiated in 2000 after Arafat rejected at Camp David an Israeli offer of a Palestinian state on most of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and sections of eastern Jerusalem. The violence began with rock throwing, shootings and stabbings and morphed into suicide bombings and rocket attacks. Some 993 Israelis and 3,781 Palestinians have been killed so far. Many say the second intifada is still being waged.