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PostSubject: The Golden Compass   Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:49 am

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PostSubject: Re: The Golden Compass   Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:50 am

LOS ANGELES (AFP)
Christian groups are up in arms here over a new children's film starring Nicole Kidman and based on an award-winning novel by British author Philip Pullman, accusing it of being anti-religious.


"The Golden Compass"

which opens here Friday is the film version of "The Northern Lights,"
the first book in Pullman's "Dark Materials" fantasy trilogy aimed at
teenage readers.

The books by confirmed agnostic Pullman trace the fate of a young girl,
Lyra, as she becomes drawn into an apocalyptic battle of good against
evil, meeting a host of strange characters along the way including a
polar bear, voiced in the film by Ian McKellan.

Evil in Pullman's books is represented by the church, called the
Magisterium, whose acolytes kidnap orphans across England to subject
them to horrible experiments in the frozen northern wastelands.
"The Northern Lights" won Pullman the 1995 Carnegie Medal for
children's fiction in Britain, and the final volume in his trilogy, "The Amber Spyglass" was the first ever children's novel to be awarded the prestigious British Whitbread Book of the Year award in 2002.

With its 180-million-dollar big budget movie, New Line studios is hoping to repeat the box-office success of its "Lord of the Rings" series.

And it aims to tap into the young audiences of cinema-goers who flocked to the five "Harry Potter" films making them big earners for Warner Bros.
But already "The Golden Compass" is whipping up the same controversy
which saw the "Harry Potter" series based on the novels by British
author J. K Rowling, accused by some on the religious right of promoting witchcraft.
The author's attack on organized religion has been toned down for the
film, in a bid to attract as wide as audience as possible, something
director Chris Weitz has acknowledged.

"In the books the Magisterium is a version of the Catholic Church gone wildly astray from its roots," Weitz wrote in the British Daily Telegraph.

But "if that's what you want in the film, you'll be disappointed," he warned.
However, the sanitized version of Pullman's book has failed to appease
the Catholic League, which gathers some 350,000 members, and which has
already been sending out leaflets denouncing the film.
"The Catholic League wants Christians to stay away from this movie
precisely because it knows that the film is bait for the books," said
president William Donohue.

"Unsuspecting parents who take their children to see the movie may be
impelled to buy the three books as a Christmas present. And no parent
who wants to bring their children up in the faith will want any part of
these books," he added.

The League already took on the movie world in 2006 to denounce the blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code" and its central tenant that Jesus Christ had a child by Mary Magdalene whose descendants still survive today.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops however has been more nuanced in its approach warning in a review of "The Golden Compass" of its "anti-clerical subtext, standard genre occult elements, character born out of wedlock, a whiskey-guzzling bear."

But it adds that "taken purely on its own cinematic terms, (it) can be
viewed as an exciting adventure story with a traditional struggle
between good and evil, and a generalized rejection of authoritarianism."
"The Golden Compass" will be released in some 3,000 cinemas and only 60
have so far refused to screen it, according to the industry daily
Variety.

"It's this undisguised anti-religious theme that has numerous
groups in a lather, but perhaps more of an issue for some ... will be
the film's lack of exciting uplift and the almost unrelievedly nasty
treatment of the young characters by a host of aggressively unpleasant
elders," Variety added


http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/entertainmentfilmreligionusbritain
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PostSubject: Re: The Golden Compass   Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:52 am

im not sure if i agree with their views...

if anything, the only reason i wouldnt recommend this movie is becuz of the sucky ending..

theyre desperate for a sequel.. and it was a massive gamble to end it that way...

rating: B-
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PostSubject: Re: The Golden Compass   Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:42 pm

Never heard of it.

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PostSubject: Re: The Golden Compass   Thu Dec 06, 2007 2:37 pm

thats becuz its just been released... and ur not much of a movie goer.
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PostSubject: Re: The Golden Compass   Thu Dec 06, 2007 11:36 pm

well i cant tell untill i see it, many confusing reviews on the net Razz
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PostSubject: Re: The Golden Compass   Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:35 am

I was really expecting much from the film. I think I will go to the cinema, but u know I heard that Lithuania will show this movie on christmas or in mid january so I will have to wait for a while Smile
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PostSubject: Re: The Golden Compass   Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:42 am

dont get me wrong.. the graphics were pretty amazing..

aged 17.. i think you might like the movie..
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PostSubject: Re: The Golden Compass   Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:54 am

ahmad193 wrote:
dont get me wrong.. the graphics were pretty amazing..

aged 17.. i think you might like the movie..

we will see about that Razz
Umm I really don't enjoy watching fantasy movies [except LOTR but I think everyone liked it Smile] I'm more into films like Igby Goes Down a mixture of comedy drama sarcastic movies.
Most of the time if I watch fantasy or smth like that i invite some girls or friends it's more interesthing to watch this way Razz

And hey ! I only need a year to get driving licenze ! ;D Actualy after January 1 I will be able to get one Smile because of the new law our goverment suggested ;D
Anyway I have no problem driving on highways ;D
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PostSubject: Re: The Golden Compass   Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:48 pm

critics gave it a B- too .. hmmmm.. maybe i should be a critic Very Happy

i cant believe they crapped all over hitman!! i was dying to watch that movie.. but now im not so sure..
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PostSubject: Re: The Golden Compass   Fri Dec 21, 2007 10:16 am

ok i saw it on the cinema today, we had a couple of beers and there was another 2 hours left [another friend ssaid that he will arrive in 2 hrs] so we visited a cinema, so my oppinion : A movie for small children Wink but the effects and the fight scenes were good so 6.5/10
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