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9/11 opens in theaters on September 8 and features an all star cast including Luis Guzman(The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3), Gina Gershon (Showgirls), Wood Harris (Justified), Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge (BBC), Welcome to New York), Olga Fonda (The Vampire Diaries) and Bruce Davison (X-Men).
In the World Trade Center, a billionaire sits in his attorney’s office awaiting a divorce hearing against his wife. In a west side apartment, a bike messenger kisses his 5-year old daughter and sings her “Happy Birthday” before leaving for work. A maintenance man gets dispatched to help a tenant with his lock. In an upper east side apartment, a young model musters the courage to break up with her sugar daddy. As random as random can be, these individuals step into a crowded World Trade Center elevator.
Wrapped up in their own world, they all ride silently hearing only the sound of the elevator giving notice of each floor. When the elevator stops on the 34th floor, it empties leaving only these five behind. Moments later … their world changes as the collision of a jet into the North Tower incapacitates the elevator.
With no understanding of what has happened and is happening around them, these fives are forced to band together and fight against all odds to escape from the impending horrific collapse. During these critical minutes, a story of courage, faith, and the will to live unfolds.
WHAT’S YOUR 9/11 STORY?
Every person old enough to remember the events of September 11, 2001 no doubt has a story surrounding where they were when they first learned what was happening. I was a junior in high school, just going to my English class. The teacher came in and frantically told us there was some kind of attack going on in New York City. Our entire class went to the library where we could watch the TV and see exactly what was going on. There was no concentrating in class for the rest of the day–the teachers all had TVs on as well. I didn’t even get to finish my day at school, as my mother was so scared she came to school and checked my sister and I out early.
I am happy to give my readers a chance to win a movie prize pack, including a poster signed by Charlie Sheen! If you are comfortable, please share your 9/11 story. If not, share a thought or other comment about that day. Here’s what you can win.
Tuesday’s Children is the leading response and recovery organization supporting youth and families impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss relating to 9/11. Visit the official 911 movie website for more information.
Also, check out this cool feature where you can read and share the 9/11 fact cards, provided by Tuesday’s Children and watch behind-the-scenes interviews with Charlie Sheen, Gina Gershon, and Luis Guzman.
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Carrots meet cubits as VeggieTales builds an ark filled with fun, adventure and important lessons about trusting God in NOAH’S ARK, its first Bible-themed production in more than four years. Starring Wayne Brady and Jaci Velasquez, along with Larry the Cucumber, Bob the Tomato and a whole crew of Veggies, NOAH’S ARK will be available March 3 on DVD and digital download.
In NOAH’S ARK, Shem and Sadie return home from their honeymoon to find that Noah (played by Pa Grape) has begun, at God’s direction, to work on a massive ark, which his wife Naamah (played by Madame Blueberry) and sons Ham (played by Larry) and Japheth (played by Bob) are helping construct before the start of 40 days and 40 nights of rain.
But Shem doesn’t understand Noah’s unshakable faith in God, particularly when animals start arriving two-by-two – while the rain is nowhere to be seen. When the deluge does come, Shem begins to understand Noah’s determination to preserve humanity’s future … and the importance of trusting in God.
Though my son, at 6, is on the upper age group of VeggieTales’ target demographic, he still enjoyed watching Noah’s Ark. He is in kindergarten at a Catholic school, and has learned the story of the ark–so seeing the tale brought to life was a great way to bring the message home.
I also showed the film to my one year old niece while babysitting one day. She absolutely loved the songs and danced every time she heard one. Both kids laughed at the silly voices and antics of the characters.
As a mom, I appreciate knowing that there is a kid friendly way to teach my kids the lessons of the Bible, and also that I don’t have to be watching TV over my kid’s shoulder for fear of him seeing something inappropriate.
The VeggieTales excitement continues with five all-new episodes of VeggieTales In The House, the hit animated series, debuting exclusively on Netflix – bringing the total of VeggieTales In the House episodes to 15 as the series continues its first season.
To learn more about NOAH’S ARK, and to order the DVD, visit the official VeggieTales website at http://www.veggietales.com, or call the toll-free VeggieTales Hotline at (844) 2-VEGGIE (U.S. callers only).
I have an extra copy of VeggieTales Noah’s Ark to give away to one commenter! Let me know if you have ever seen any VeggieTales films before!
Giveaway open to US only, and will end on Easter Sunday, April 5.
Hillsong–LET HOPE RISE chronicles the spectacular and unlikely rise to prominence of the Australia-based Christian band, Hillsong UNITED. Directed by Michael John Warren, the film follows the band they labor to record their next album and explores the history of Hillsong, a 30-year journey from a tiny church in the Sydney suburbs to a vibrant international ministry. The movie culminates in a transformational concert experience spotlighting the humble hearts behind this worldwide sensation.
They changed the world, but the world’s not changing them.
Watch the OFFICIAL TRAILER for Hillsong – Let Hope Rise now. #HillsongMovie
I must confess; although I am a practicing Catholic and my son currently attends a Catholic school, watching faith-based movies isn’t really a hobby of mine. I chalk it up to having a Catholic school education myself–those films we watched in religion class were usually real snoozers, so corny us students made fun of them behind the teachers’ backs.
When I got the chance to review Confessions of a Prodigal Son, however, I thought I’d give it a shot. The parable contained within the title is one of the most famous bible stories–even non-Christians probably have heard it. I also appreciated that such a young guy wrote the screenplay and starred in the movie. Most importantly, I had read that for Lent, not only should you give something up, you should add something of God to your Lenten preparations…so I delved back into the world of Christian film.
The prodigal son in question is Sean Matthews, pastor’s son and college sophomore. After high school he left home on quite bad terms with his parents, taking his college fund along with him. Two years later, he is wallowing in a cycle of drinking, spending his money recklessly, partying, and going to class perpetually hungover.
Something’s gotta give, and it seems Sean doesn’t even know how stuck he is in his life until he meets Ali, a pretty waitress and dancer who teaches children at a studio. When Sean learns that not only does Ali have actual goals for her life, but that she intends to fulfill them with the help of God, he is wary–as a pastor’s son, he has heard enough of God for several lifetimes. Due to some bad decisions, Sean struggles and must determine what things he really needs in his life to succeed.
First, let me say that you should know this is a first film for the screenwriter, Nathan Clarkson. His acting is OK, but his writing is better. My favorite moments are between Sean and his friend Cameron, because they add some necessary moments of humor and levity. The banter is also realistic between Sean and Ali, even making the conversation naturally turn towards matters of religion–and if you’ve seen any Christian films, you know this is not always so easily done.
One issue I had with the story overall was that I wished it would have been more clearly explained exactly what happened between Sean and his parents. The viewer is just told that Sean was tired of their expectations for him and was ready to forge his own path in life. This is kind of a generic answer, but the son taking the money and going off on his own is in direct correlation back to the original Prodigal Son Parable.
Overall, I would say that the best thing about this film is that it doesn’t beat you over the head with the mentions of God and his love for us, like a lot of more heavy handed Christian films can do. The viewer is left with a feeling of love, yes, but also forgiveness and choice. I especially loved this because it gave me a lot to reflect upon during Lent.
With a minimal cast and a simple storyline, I think viewers of high school age and above will appreciate this movie most. A lot of teenagers may relate to how Sean feels when it comes to wanting to escape his parents’ expectations, and I think this film is important in portraying that anything can be forgiven, even when you are at your lowest point.
The DVD will be released on March 24, 2015 and is available from several vendors both in store and online.