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: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?
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.
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.
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Doritos Japan Nut-crushing Package Design
Originally from here. Dori-toes indeed!