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Not all the tales coming from war zones have to be about violence and bloodshed, as this short video portrays. In the video, an unidentified American soldier (not the one pictured) lays down some groovy dance moves with the local children. Kinda hard feat to pull off with all his military equipment on, but he manages...and the priceless moment, caught on film, is as adorable as it is heart-warming. 

 

 

What better way to start off a Monday morning than with a laugh. And what better way to laugh then to see someone fall completely for a genius April Fools Day trick!

 

Students at Aquinas College pull off a great stunt on their Macroeconomics professor, who has a policy that any student whose phone rings in class must answer it on speakerphone. One unlucky student was on the receiving end of a phone call during class time: but the result just may have the professor rethinking his policy in the future!

 

 

"Frozen" has quickly become a household name as of late, and with little wonder, earning the distinction of being the highest grossing animated film. Who hasn't found themselves singing the opening lines of "Let It Go" and "Do You Want To Build A Snowman" lately?

 

The cast of "Frozen" reunited to perform a live promotional concert, and attendees were treated to a live performance by Kristen Bell, who voices Princess Anna. Bell performed the adorable "Do You Want To Build A Snowman"...using all three of Anna's voices! 

 

Adorable song, good performance, and a captivating story! 

 

 

He invaded Ukraine. She predicted he would invade Ukraine. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon continues its non-stop hilarity and access to super-secret, high-profile phone calls.

 

Somehow, the geniuses at Late Night managed to get their hands on a phone call between Russian President Putin and former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. Two powerful people, jokes, flute solos, this one's got it all!

 

Trust us. You'll want to watch this one all the way through. And we are sure to bet you'd be doing exactly what President Obama is caught doing, so don't judge. 

 

 

 

 

"Fire consumes all, but water cleanses... brings new life." This is the central gem of Paramount's new epic retelling of the classic Noah, released to U.S. theaters this week.


After the most controversial buildup I've experienced since "Passion of the Christ," it released this weekend to strong reviews and even stronger box office returns. The $28 million foreign haul led the $15 million American debut Friday, and experts predict a $45 million opening in Darren Aranofsky's return to the silver screen.

 

But it did not come without a double helping of righteous anger and social media scorn.

 

Where "Passion" stirred up anger, threats and irrational judgement from the political left, non-christian religious leaders and others, "Noah" found its greatest resistence among the other side, Christians to whom Paramount had given hope of a grassroots campaign into legendary frontiers. In the days leading up to this week, reviews from Christianity Today, Glenn Beck and the popular blogger Matt Walsh lambasted the movie as "twisted," a "mockery" and an abuse of a classic biblical tale, deriding a "hyper-environmentalist tone" and a darkness Christians have traditionally not imagined of their Old Testament hero.


So here, I give my own opinion after reading the reviews, expecting the worst, hoping for the best, and finally seeing the film after hearing an unfair share of others' opinions.

 

First, I am a born again, spirit-filled Christian with strong reformed theological foundations. I would like to say I know the Bible extremely well, and the history around it. I know what is in it and what is not. 

 

And frankly, most of what may have been taught of Noah is not in the Bible. So any literal telling on film would be 15 minutes long. If the film attacked the truth of my faith I would notice and be offended.

 

Overall, I wouldn't say "it's a Christian movie" because there is no such thing. Christ didn't appear until thousands of years later. So that allows me some breathing room in my evaluation. The filmmakers claim it is biblically-based, and it is. It is a modern movie based on an ancient account. A thin one, but an inspirational one. All the major parts of the Bible story are in the movie. And where the Bible didn't give details they filled the holes and created a narrative to fit the vision of the writer and director. This should be the critique, not the accuracy of details that are not measurable.

 

CONNECTING DOTS BUT PAINTING THE PICTURE

 

There are a lot of unanswered questions I've had many years, including why the family seemed divided, or why Noah got drunk. History says the family scattered. Why? The movie explores a possibility. All this stress on an older man must have caused major problems. What were they? Noah was human, not a demigod. What were his faults? The world was evil. Did they simply leave Noah alone or did he have to fight primitively like everyone else?

 

I just watched the movie, so now I have seen some educated guesses. But for details and accuracy to the Bible? Let's see...

· Calling of God? Check.
· Depravity of man? Check. 
· Goodness in the heart of Noah and family? Check.
· Creation events? Check. 
· Adam and Eve? Check.
· Fall of man? Check.
· Nephilim (fallen "sons of god?") Check.
· Violent, angry men and women? Check.
· Constant reference to the Creator? Check.
· Godly wisdom and miracles? Check.
· Biblically accurate timeline and deluge? Check.
· Noah's confusing drunkenness and family strife? Check.
· Forgiveness, redemption, powerful emotion? Check.

 

· Environmentalism? NONE.
· Evolution? NONE.

 

The only elements I can see ANYONE find fault with is -

1) The narrative. God's judgment on ALL men that Noah suffered with in the movie led him to think God wanted newborn daughters killed. He later realizes the love God "put in his heart" stopped him. It is not unlike the horror we felt when reading about Abraham being asked to sacrifice Isaac. But our reactions have been different.

2) I also think some will take exception with the fact that Noah felt animals were innocent but no man was. Yet, he realized later that was not true and God had another view of mankind. All creatures were his creation.

3) Aranofsky took the contextual mention of the angelic "sons of God" that impregnated human women and fills out a sub story of yore and brings it to life as "rock people," angels encrusted with the earth for disobeying God. They choose to help Noah do as "the Creator" has instructed him when they see his hand in what he does.

 

Oh yeah, and their clothing was clearly medieval, not pre-historic. And the knives are obviously not 1500's-era. So what? It's cool, and fresh.

 

The scenes of waste, violence and total depravity are almost taken out of a Lord of the Rings film, and are not blown into an environmentalist frenzy at all, as many have claimed. Perhaps it's all perspective, but liberals tend to think Christians and conservatives are all clear-cutting, evil tree burners, so this could appear to be eco-friendly. But it's merely a film showing the terrible effects of irresponsible "dominion" and abuse of what God has given us. 

 

But these licenses are not anti-biblical, and merely filling in holes where the Bible leaves us wondering is not subverting truth. Most audiences will think it is interesting, at least. The main details given are present, but the picture is completed by storytelling.

 

THE FILM BRINGS HUMANITY TO THE STORY

Noah's grandfather, Methusaleh is one of the scene-stealing muses of the story, and serves as the patriarchal connection to godly wisdom and understanding for Noah. His obsession with berries is cute and charming. You can see his old age and primitiveness on him.

 

One element created by the writer was the breaking in of Tubal-Cain, an actual biblical character from Genesis 4 and a descendent of Cain who believes God abandoned them. He is violent, hateful and obsessed with power. He somehow breaks onto the ship and is involved in a climactic scene. This is not in the Bible but does not distract from the film or present a deviation from scripture, since it is entirely possible, though insignificant. Perhaps more significant is the battle between Noah and his son Ham, exploited by Tubal-Cain. It is a major thread of the film and entirely fictional. However, it is an interesting guess as to why there is an implied rift in the family between Ham and his father. 

 

Watching Noah descend into a temporary, guilt-driven state of rage on the boat and confusion with massive death and destruction was hard to watch. I will admit it. But it is human, and convicting, as most of the movie was faithful to the Word of God, and these extra elements are what very well may have happened. 

 

All along Noah was protecting the people he felt God wanted him to. "Protect your mother, first and last," he told his sons. And in one of the most powerful scenes in the movie, telling his adopted daughter, "when we first took you, I thought you were a burden, yet I could not let the world have another one. But you are a gift." Noah had rescued her as a child in the movie's opening scene when bandits cut her stomach and left her for dead. His compassion saved her. Meanwhile, the movie doesn't hesitate to show the impulses of any man in that time, to fight with hand to hand combat you would expect in an 18th century film, not a biblical epic. But it is done believably and with a certain regret and disdain by the peace-loving Noah.

 

Yes, he later stops listening to the voice of God and falls into his guilty, self-flagellating mentality of "we all suck," and thinks he must "strike down" his two grandchildren. Not in the Bible, and a focus of naysayers. But why his struggle is so offensive to have part of the story escapes me. So many think Noah "found favor in God's eyes" and must have been a sweet old man. But what says that? Nothing in scripture. Abraham had a shockingly similar blade raised on his own son in Genesis 22, but didn't kill him. Our selective horror in Christiandom in interesting, in the least.

 

IN THE END, THE MORAL HITS YOU ON THE HEAD

 

"Noah" is not literal, and it couldn't be. The Bible is EXTREMELY vague about the man with only a few references outside of Genesis 5-10. The plot fills a lot of holes and adds elements for dramatic effect. To think it should have been something different is disingenuous and ignoring what art is all about. It is not a sermon, its a depiction of a story based on biblical events. It does so brilliantly in my opinion. A teaching movie? No. An excellent film to communicate real miracles, judgement, responsibility and redemption? Yes.

 

We know that King David was a grudge holder, murderer, adulterer and known for taking the foreskins of enemies, rather than making notches in his belt. But he was "a man after God's own heart." Why? Perfection was not needed, but grace, love and redemption. And Noah showed this in the end. These men are pillars of Christian and Jewish faith today for a reason.

 

After a horrifying look at what crushing emotions can do to a normally rigid man who "does what it takes," your mind is left clouded and yearning for explanation for more than a moment, then the movie delivers the climactic moral of the story. Like a knock on the head. The goodness God saw in Noah's heart stops him and you see a radical restoration of the man we first met but with more experience and wisdom leading him forward.

 

Of course, the action scenes are amazing, and seeing what I've imagined come to life is awesome. The explosive earth water scenes, the gathering of animals, the ark building, assisted by the rock people and others aspects are original and jaw-dropping. It's like watching what might have happened if Middle Earth had fallen and God chose Noah instead of Frodo. 

 

It's Hollywood 101, in a good way. I was not disappointed, nor was I offended, although everything I read warned me I should be. 

 

Worth every penny to me. 4/5 stars for me.

 

 

Anthony Hopkins plays Methusaleh, Noah's grandfather in a powerful if quiet role

The well-done animal scenes helped persuade mankind and Nephelim/rock people to see the Creator's call in Noah

The special effects and joining of waters below and above were captivating, and biblically accurate

Noah's family was underdeveloped, but effective in portraying Noah's greatest challenge

Noah is portrayed by Russell Crowe in a way few have imagined but history would likely support

Jennifer Connelly steals the scenes she appears in as Noah's wife

The devotion to the Creator is evident in Noah's entire time on film

Director Darren Aranofsky setting a shot

 

Thursday, 20 March 2014 08:34

Hail Mary Touchdown, Wheel Of Fortune Edition

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Contestants have been good at solving seemingly impossible puzzles on Wheel of Fortune before. But this contestant just might take the cake.

 

Emil had ten seconds to solve the final Bonus puzzle without any help from his four letter choices and only two letters filled in from a three word puzzle. And he nailed in on the first guess, to take home another $45,000. 

 

Even Pat Sajak was speechless...a rarity for him!

 

 

 

"Let It Go". The song that has captured our hearts and minds overnight. It is only fitting that so many covers have been done on the smash hit...but chances are, you haven't heard a cover like this one!

 

Brian Hull returns the original Disney magic to the song with his engagingly talented performance, uniting many Disney and Pixar characters into one unforgettable cover. 

 

Kick back and let the magic begin!

 

 

 

 

Step aside, selfie world. You will never compare. Ellen DeGeneres has done it again.

 

It wasn't enough for Ellen to simply host the Oscars Sunday night. Not only did she bring down the house, but she also brought down Twitter.

 

Trying to top her previous Oscar selfie performance, Ellen grabbed a pretty impressive lineup of stars and starlets to join her in a red carpet-worthy selfie. And now, the selfie bar has been set pretty high. Because not only did Ellen's selfie totally rock...but it became the most retweeted tweet in Twitter history. As of Monday morning, it had topped 2.6 million retweets. 

 

Her only regret? That Bradley Cooper's arm wasn't longer...

 


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Via ABC News

At just 2 years old, Dylan Lipton-Lesser has defied doctors’ prognoses multiple times. Born 11 weeks early, Dylan was stuck in the neonatal intensive care unit for 101 days after he suffered brain bleeding in addition to gastrointestinal issues. His mere survival through the NICU was already a major accomplishment.

His parents recently marked a milestone in Dylan’s eventful life — was seeing Dylan’s reaction when he could hear clearly for the first time. He just couldn’t stop laughing.

Dylan had some hearing when he was born, according to his mothers, India Elizabeth Lipton and Shirley Lesser, of Richmond, Va. However, about a year after he was born his hearing deteriorated and eventually his doctors decided he needed hearing aids.

Last December, his mothers took him to get his hearing aids fitted. As Lesser held him, Lipton and the medical personal talked to see what Dylan could hear. Apparently he could hear a lot better.

“He was laughing at just being able to hear his own laughter [and] hearing our voices,” said Lipton.

For Dylan’s mothers, that simple laugh was miraculous.

Immediately after he was born when he first went to the NICU, his mothers were told that he may not be able to breathe or eat on his own due to his neurological issues.

Read the rest of the story here: ABCNews

 

Former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has again turned to reality television. The Sportsman Channel released the first promotional video for Palin's new show, Amazing America, set to debut on April 3.

 

"Amazing America will highlight the people, places and things that embody the American experience," Sarah Palin told reporters at January's press conference. 

 

The show will be much like the life of the former Alaskan governor and her family, chronicling the lives and adventures of hunting, fishing, and outdoor-loving Americans. Palin explained what she perceived as a deficit of such experiences in America's youth in her trademark straight-shooting, tell-it-like-I-see-it style. 

 

"I think this world would be better off having more young women holding a fish in a picture than holding their camera in front of a bathroom mirror, talking a selfie," she said. 

 

 

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