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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Let’s meet on August 8

teenage-mutant-ninja-turtlesHave you followed the news of the famous movie- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Here is the latest news about this excellent movie. You can find what you like and need in the article. Don’t be in a hurry because the date is sure and you can wait its show time. To say it’s been a bumpy road for longtime fans of the heroes on a half shell would be something of an understatement. Right from the outset, the big-screen Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot was mired in controversy. Between the announcement that Michael Bay would produce to the the much-discussed possibility that these turtles would be aliens, the production has been the subject of much debate for months.

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans), the film will feature the “heroes in a half-shell” on screen for the first time since 1993. In this live-action version, utilizing motion-capture technology a la Avatar and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Leonardo will be played by Pete Ploszek, Donatello by Jeremy Howard, Noel Fisher will play Michaelangelo and Alan Ritchson will play Raphael with Megan Fox as journalist and friend of the Turtles, April O’Neil, Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick and William Fichtner as The Shredder.

Hammer’s The Quiet Ones – The True Story

Hammer’s new supernatural movie The Quiet Ones, in which a University physics professor assembles a team to help create a poltergeist, is actually based on a true story which happened way back in the 1970′s, when a group of Canadian scientists similarly tried to create a ghost of their own. What they discovered turned out to be quite shocking.

These Canadian parapsychologists wanted to prove their theory that those unexplained bumps in the night are actually attributable to the workings of the human mind. The famous poltergeist expert Dr. Alan Robert George Owen headed the group, which was known as TSPR (Toronto Society for Psychical Research). The group consisted of eight people: Dr. Owen’s wife, an industrial designer, an accountant, a housewife, a bookkeeper and a sociology student. A psychologist named Dr. Joel Whitton also sat in on many of the experiments as an observer. The group’s aim was to change our whole perception of the supernatural.

Hammer's The Quiet OnesThe so-called “Philip Experiment” began in 1972, when their first task was to create a fictional historical character. To achieve this, they pulled “facts” out of thin air to attach to the life of this fictional character, writing a complete life history of this person, who they named Philip Aylesford. In his biography, they stated that he was 17th Century English noble who had a beautiful, yet cold and hostile wife named Dorothea. One day, he chanced to meet a stunningly beautiful gypsy girl named Margo, with whom he immediately fell in love. Consequently, Philip and Margo became discreet lovers. However, their illicit affair didn’t last too long, for his wife, Dorothea, found out about Margo and accused her of practising witchcraft. Because Philip wanted to protect his reputation, he didn’t defend Margo against these witchcraft allegations, and so she was tragically burned at the stake. Subsequently, he became full of remorse, and the only way he could deal with this remorse was to fight in the battle of Diddington. He was eventually found dead one morning on the battlefield.

The Owen group then moved on to the next phase of their experiment: contacting the spirit of Philip. They had even drawn a picture of him to make the whole biography of their concocted character even more authentic. Thus, in September 1972, they commenced their sittings, in which they would discuss Philip’s life and try to picture him in as much detail as they could. These settings continued for nearly a whole year. However, nothing really significant developed from them, apart from the occasional sense of a presence in the room.

The group began to try different tactics in the hope of contacting Philip’s spirit, and this involved recreating a typical spiritualist séance: sitting around a table in a dimly-lit room with various objects from the era in which Philip would have lived. As it turned out, and much to the group’s excitement, this technique soon produced the results they were striving for, as Philip finally made contact. He would dim the lights, knock on the table, and move it around, and even envelope the group in a strange blanket of icy cold air that would blow right across the table. He would also express strong views on various topics by table rapping.

The culmination of this experiment occurred before a live audience of around 50 people, and this was actually filmed as a documentary. Philip performed his awesome paranormal tricks in front of them without any reservations whatsoever. He made the lights flicker and the table levitate. However, because Philip had been messing around with the lights, it actually prevented the cameras from capturing these amazing feats on film.

Although The Philip Experiment exceeded the expectations that the group had originally hoped for, it never actually met the group’s main goal: to actually see Philip materialize into a spirit. And in regard to what conclusions can be drawn from The Philip Experiment, well, some say that it proves conclusively that ghost do not exist, that they are simply products of our own minds. Others believe that the group did actually contact the spirit world and an entity just used this opportunity to “act” as Philip. So if this spirit wasn’t Philip, who could it have been?

There is also the argument, of course, that the whole thing was just an elaborate hoax. You can actually see the documentary of the experiment on YouTube, and it does seem to suggest that it was all just a set up. For all that though, The Quiet Ones is still quite an interesting story that will delight all fans of supernatural movies.

Noah – Powerful, Intriguing and Provocative

Perhaps the reason that I was so eager to see by Russell Crowe’s new movie, Noah, was the unanimity among a few very conservative Muslims, evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics that this was a study in misanthropy and a perversion of Genesis with an extreme left wing environmentalist agenda.

And then there was a piece in the Wall Street Journal quoting Director and self-proclaimed atheist Darren Aronofsky “bragging” that this was the “least biblical” of any Bible story ever. Now that I have seen the film, I understand the media chatter about misanthropy and ‘extreme’ environmental agendas.

I disagree with all of them.

NoahI was prepared to like the movie- despite the critics- (or perhaps because of them) and I expected to see huge and spectacular cinematography. And I was not disappointed.

A long-time fan of Russell Crowe and of Anthony Hopkins I expected also to see splendid portrayals of Noah and of Methuselah. Again, I was not disappointed.

But I did not expect to be plunged deeply into Noah’s psyche in the starkly visceral and profound way in which I was. That was surprising and more than intriguing to me. The man Noah played by Crowe is familiar to me: provocative yet all too familiar ground for me in my journey from atheism to Roman Catholicism- he vividly portrays the dark night of the soul- his anguish is raw, startling and his courage is ugly.

We know very little about this Bible story; we are given the sketchiest of details. Therefore the room for an imaginative interpretation of the ‘last just man’ on earth is there. And this man is someone we know… we can go where he goes, kicking and screaming but we can get there.

Taking the claims of anti-Biblical and anti-God, extreme-environmentalist agenda, misanthropic and supporting an atheistic viewpoint (there are more but these are the four I find most intriguing) one by one:

    • Impugning the film Noah as “anti-Biblical” and anti-God is curious to me. The elements of the extremely sketchy details given in Genesis are all there in the movie. In fact; the screen-writer with the implied or explicit consent of the atheistic director bothered to research the Book of Enoch to read about the ‘Watchers’ and the ‘Guardians’ who are brilliantly depicted in the film.
    • That the movie has an extreme environmentalist agenda seems almost comical if it weren’t such a patently political criticism. The dialogue which Crowe is given to describe the task he has been given is sparse but beautiful when he explains to his family that the fate of creation rests on their care for these creatures.
    • Misanthropic: Crowe’s interpretation of God’s will for the fledgling remnant of creation was totally realistic to this Christian of now something like 16 years. I had never thought about the man Noah… of what it would have been like to have been judged by God as the “last just man” on earth; of the awe of that and the sheer horror of the realization that he too was a sinner, he too had broken the world. ‘The world was broke’ say the Watchers..’.it was broke by man’. Once I did, I could get to the place he did… so could you.

The director’s ostensible desire to create the ‘most anti-Biblical’ movie ever produced was not achieved. Crowe’s Noah is a brilliant portrayal of a man who trusts His God, is accustomed to hearing Him and who works desperately to do His will but when confronted by His silence… finds himself alone in the darkness of his soul.