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and other new movies
14 Replies - 611 Views - Last Post: 18 November 2007 - 01:07 PM
Replies To: Beowulf
Posted 17 November 2007 - 04:00 AM
I've read the books, they are exceptional. You may have to look in young adult, but worth tracking down. A few of the casting choices look dead on for Golden Compass; I think it's the only thing I've been looking forward to since Startdust.
I have grave misgivings about Beowulf. However, the author of the previously mention Stardust, Neil Gaiman, had a hand in it's writing. I've read most of Gaiman's stuff, even the comics, so I have hope.
Posted 17 November 2007 - 01:27 PM
> Thanks for the information-- I probably would have taken my kids to
> see this. Sounds like this movie would be innocuous enough to suck
> you into a trilogy of books whichbecome increasingly offensive.
> Judging by the Amazon book reviews, it sounds like an interesting book
> club selection for adults who enjoy a good discussion. Maybe a
> better read than The Davinci Code (which was so dogmatic I couldn't
> get past the first chapter).
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> I received the email below from my Mom and a also from a friend that
>> has kids at IHM and Pius. It's about a movie where thetheme is
>> atheism. The description below is from Snopes.com. I also checked
>> it out on Snopes. Just wanted to pass it along so that you can do
>> your own homework.
>> > All,
There will be a new children's movie out in December starring Nicole
called "The Golden Compass". The movie has been described as "atheism for
kids" and is based on the first book of a trilogy entitled "His Dark
Materials" that was written by Phillip Pullman. Pullman is a militant
atheist and secular humanist who despises C. S. Lewis and the "Chronicles
of Narnia". His motivation for writing this trilogy was specifically to
counteract Lewis' symbolisms of Christ that are portrayed in the
Clearly, Pullman's main objective is to bash Christianity and promote
atheism. Pullman left little doubt about his intentions when he said in a
2003 interview that "my books are about killing God." He has even stated
that he wants to "kill God in the minds of children". It has been said of
Pullman that he is "the writer the atheists would be praying for, if
While "The Golden Compass" movie itself may seem mild and innocent,
the books are a much different story. In the trilogy, a young
streetwise girl becomes enmeshed in an epic struggle to ultimately defeat
oppressive forces of a senile God. Another character, an ex-nun,
Christianity as "a very powerful and convincing mistake." In the
final book, characters representing Adam and Eve eventually kill God, who
at times is called YAHWEH. Each book in the trilogy gets progressively
regarding Pullman's hatred of Jesus Christ.
"The Golden Compass" is set to premier on December 7, during the
Christmas season, and will probably be heavily advertised. Promoters
that unsuspecting parents will take their children to see the movie,
that they will enjoy the movie, and that the children will want the books
Please consider a boycott of the movie and the books. Also, pass
this information along to everyone you know. This will help to educate
parents, so that they will know the agenda of the movie.
----------------- End Forwarded Message -----------------
That's an email my mom sent me.
I don't know about the rest of you, but in light of this new(to me) information I still intend on seeing the movie as it looks pretty good.
Posted 17 November 2007 - 01:58 PM
The animation looked horrible in the commercial, but it's actually pretty good.
If you're looking for an accurate version of the text though, this is not the movie for you.
If you want to see CGI of Angelina Jolie naked, then it is totally worth the 16 dollars
Posted 17 November 2007 - 02:20 PM
Sad. I looked up the letter for more info. Snopes has a pretty good write up on it.
I'd say that the books are probably as pro Atheist as Narnia is pro Christian. That is, you'll see the elements if you look, but it's not the point of the story, or an apparent intent to indoctrinate children.
Contrary to the letter, I recall the books as never mentioning Christianity by name, or any institution of the real world, though a reader could draw a conclusion. There are some anglic characters in next two books, as well as some Dante moments in the last book. They're kid's books, seriously. Of course, Harry Potter pushes black magic, and Tolkien was writing about Nazis and... well, people believe what makes them happy, after all.
Posted 17 November 2007 - 03:56 PM
Posted 18 November 2007 - 09:31 AM