Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Not Sure This Post Has A Title...

Rather interesting take on the movie “The Nativity Story”. I have seen the trailer at the movies and have no interest in seeing the movie. However I read a rather interesting take on the movie here. Reproduced below...




+ "The Nativity Story": In one of the odder combinations of talent and target audience, "Thirteen" director Catherine Hardwicke helms a Biblical film that stars "Whale Rider"'s Keisha Castle-Hughes and several actors who are of the correct ethnicity for the time and place of the tale but who are, due to the ironic confluence of history, most familiar to audiences here for playing terrorism-related characters: Shohreh Aghdashloo, "24"'s Dina Araz; Alexander Siddig, who's also guested on "24" and who played the prince in "Syriana"; and, in a blink-and-you'll-miss-him role, Kais Nashif, the hot suicide bomber in "Paradise Now." At the LA Weekly, Scott Foundas writes that:

Hardwicke’s most radical conceit, however, at least for a movie positioned as a red-state holiday perennial — there is already a soundtrack album featuring “Christian & Country artists” performing “Christmas favorites inspired by the film” — is that most of the major roles are acted by performers of Algerian, Iranian, Israeli and Sudanese descent... In short, their skin is dark, which makes The Nativity Story the first Hollywood religious picture in memory (if not ever) to imply, for most of its running time, that Jesus Christ probably looked more like Jim Brown than Jim Caviezel. Until, that is, the newborn Lord makes his cameo appearance at the end, bearing a decidedly milky complexion.
That last line had me smiling. I wonder how the folks going to see this movie esp the religious conservatives feel that Keisha Castle-Hughes the 16 yr old who plays the virgin Mary in the movie is now pregnant? Ironic eh?

On another note, Jim Caviezel who played Jesus was appearing in ads in Missouri expressing his support for the forces opposed to stem cell research. Jim Talent the GOP candidate, who this was supposed to benefit lost. I saw the ad and like in the movie, Jim Caviezel is speaking Aramaic. I am pretty sure this swayed just the hard core believers.

Reminds me of the time when Indian actors/actresses who played the Hindu gods Rama and his wife Sita from the Hindu epic Ramayana on TeeeVee, were wooed by and campaigned on behalf of the Hindu Nationalist party (BJP) in a bid to sway votes.


Amazing how politics is the same the world over and how religion sways people, sometimes at the cost of reason, science, logic and sanity.

By the way do check out ifctv.com. Excellent blog for all things teevee and film related.


And Completely Off-topic....

Doritos Japan Nut-crushing Package Design

Originally from here. Dori-toes indeed!

17 comments:

John said...

Dude, you should get your own show on TeeVee.. like Jon Stewart or a Jay Leno.. give it a thought ;)

Maggie said...

This is full of irony.

Diana said...

Almost makes me want to see it just to giggle at the albino baby.

I'm going to hell for sure.

Sanjay said...

@John.lol nyah.

@Maggie.. True and therein lies the title of this post.

@Diana. :) I am not sure there is a hell or a heaven.

Asha said...

Dude! I ain't seeing that movie either:)

'Nut cracker' Doritos are so appropriate for Holidays:D

Sai said...

Jesus with blonde hair and blue eyes used to always disturb me. Jesus had to look middle eastern!

Eww don't remind me of the teleserial Ramayana...ZZZZ...ZZZZ. I have such strong views about Ramayana, especially that Agni-Pariksha and banishment to the forest nonsense.

About the nutcracker dorritos....Ouch!!!

Mona Buonanotte said...

Where can I get those Doritos??? I need Secret Santa gifts for the IT guy...!!!

Sanjay said...

@Sai.. Agreed. The Ramayana series was a zzzz inducing thing.

@Mona.. The order might have to go to Japan.

meno said...

I might have thought about seeing this movie if the baby had been dark brown or black. Nah, probably not, but that would have been cool.

Also, that's quite the bag of Doritoes.

Aditi said...

i have a feeling the movie might not do so well particularly since there isnt enough controversy around it like there was with passion of the christ

Lucia said...

Don't you know that Jesus had all of his parents' (and grandparents and great grandparents) recessive genes? That, of course, explains the pasty-ness of the boy-child.

priya said...

You come with interesting facts.

Carrie said...

I haven't heard of the movie but that article was fantastic! That is so funny.

As for those chips, I have to get my hands on a bag of them.

Reel Fanatic said...

I hadn't thought of the terrorism angle as I watched this flick, but my mind drifted just about everywhere while watching "The Nativity Story" ... To me, Ms. Hardwicke's most radicol conceit was that she managed to take this epic story and make it so phenomenally BORING

Keshi said...

**Keisha Castle-Hughes the 16 yr old who plays the virgin Mary in the movie is now pregnant?

o really :)


LOL @nut-cracking pic!


Keshi.

Enyur said...

Yep, irony at its best!

LOL@ the Doritoes packaging...isn't that like promoting violence? lol!

deepsat said...

'Nut cracker' Doritos!! ppl's imagination have no limit!! LOL!!!