Expelled: Battle of the Reviews

first_imgTwo weeks before Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed hits the theaters (April 18), reviewers are starting to weigh in.  One could hardly find a bigger contrast between two reviews that came out a day apart.    Dave Mosher, writing for Live Science, used every trick in the book to call this “a bad film in every way.”  He called it sinister, outrageous, shoddy, fallacious and gloomy.  Typical line about intelligent design: “Scientists see it as creationism veiled in pseudoscience, an effort with religious backing designed to generate the appearance of controversy among scientists about Darwinian evolution where there is none.”  Mosher continually tried to portray the Darwinists as “scientists” and the anti-Darwinists as religiously motivated, even though all of the ID advocates in the film are highly credentialed scientists themselves.  Notably, he could not classify them as fundamentalist Christians because a number of them – Berlinski, Schroeder, and Ben Stein himself – are either Jewish or make no claims about religion.  Dr.& Steve Fuller, for instance, a highly regarded philosopher of science and author of leading books on the subject, believes that intelligent design has a right to a fair hearing in the marketplace of scientific ideas.  Mosher also avoided the fact that some of Darwinism’s staunchest proponents made strong statements on camera about their atheism.    Marvin Olasky had a very different attitude in World magazine.  He enjoyed this “seriously funny” movie and compares it to the 1775 “shot heard round the world” that may start a new American revolution.  It should be rated R, he quipped, for “reasonable, radical, risible, and right.”  Olasky defended the visual imagery saying this is a movie, not a dissertation, but also defended the connection between Darwinism and Hitler, based on his own research.  “If you read an anti-Expelled review that dodges the issue of substance by concentrating merely on style,” he said, as if to pre-empt Dave Mosher’s negative review, “you’ll be seeing another sign of closed minds.”    Ted Baehr at MovieGuide.org also gives it a strong positive review.  “Atheists and Darwinists should make sure that people of faith and values and agnostics do not see this movie,” the veteran movie reviewer said.  “It is so well crafted that it will completely expose the naked inconsistencies of the Darwinists.  It will equip every person of faith and values with common sense to refute the arguments of the academic overlords.”Baloney Detectors are going to have a field day with the reviews of this film.  They are so polarized for and against, it should be easy to find out who is engaging in emotional tactics instead of reasoned debate.  See the film if you can before being influenced by the press.  You can expect the secular mainstream press to be uniformly negative.  Keep in mind a couple of things.  A movie can only say so much in 90 minutes.  This is a highly complex topic with many side issues.  The basic question is clear; is intelligent design sufficiently supported, and Darwinism sufficiently challenged, to allow academic freedom for both sides to be heard?  Why should careers of qualified scientists be ruined over this?  Why the systematic effort to prevent a hearing of challenges to the views of a small minority, its advocates profoundly atheistic, instead of letting the evidence, reason and common sense carry the debate forward?    Another thing to keep in mind is that this is a movie, not a legal brief.  To attract audiences to theaters there has to be enough appeal with visuals, action and controversy or else the subject could easily bore them.  We didn’t see Live Science complaining when Randy Olson used humor and satire with Flock of Dodos (compare that review with this one).  Stein feels strongly enough about this issue he went out on a limb to make the case in a convincing yet “seriously funny” way.  It’s intended to get the ball rolling toward public debate on an issue that is crying for open and fair investigation.    For those who need the scholarly backup, there are plenty of densely-worded thick tomes available.  One mid-level book (with enough facts and references to support every claim), that is comprehensive yet approachable, is The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design by Jonathan Wells (Regnery, 2006), available at Access Research Network.  This book would be a good companion piece to the film.  The ARN catalog has many more books on the subject suitable for anyone from the high school student to the science reporter to the PhD academic researcher.    As interesting a phenomenon as Expelled is in the culture war, no movie should be a crutch.  Get informed so that your opinion has legs.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Injured Madarang hopes to play for Malditas in SEA Games

first_imgLATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Assistant coach John Paul Merida said they are leaving it to head coach Marnelli Dimzon to decide on Madarang’s fate.But Merida said they have backup strikers like Kyren Angela Dimaandal and Hali Moriah Candido Long who can step up the plate.The young, energetic squad is bolstered by Fil-foreigns players including Madarang, Long, Faith Sean Ruetas and Patricia Tomanon and is often mentioned in the same sentence as their famous counterparts, Philippine Azkals.ADVERTISEMENT “It doesn’t hurt. But it’s stiff. The swelling is down really,” said the 19-year-old Madarang who have not joined the team in practice. “I mean I really want to play but it’s what’s best for me and what’s best for the team.”But Team Philippines’ orthopaedic surgeon Felix Victor Gaddi didn’t recommend her to play, saying “risk outweighs” the gains.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMadarang, according to Gaddi, needs at least two months of rest. She just might be saved for the 2018 Asian Cup in Jordan.Incidentally, the Malditas qualified in the Asian Cup following an impressive showing by Madarang who scored four goals in total in the qualifier in Tajikistan. The Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Malditas’ Eva Silva Madarang. INQUIRER/Marc Anthony ReyesKUALA LUMPUR — Given the choice, Eva Silva Madarang is willing to defy the recommendations of the coaching staff and even team doctors so she can play in the Southeast Asian Games women’s football opener against host Malaysia Tuesday.The bubbly Madarang, who hails from Thousand Oaks, California, dislocated her right elbow on Tuesdayhen the Malditas underwent training camp in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Fireworks 2014: Bollywood gears up for big releases

first_imgThe next six months will be all about the clash of the big stars and big films. Bollywood buffs who enjoyed small-budget films high on out-of-the-box ideas such as Queen, Citylights and Filmistaan had a feast for the eyes in the first half of the year. While the second half of 2014 also promises a few small wonders, like every year the focus will be on much-awaited biggies, especially the ones slated to open on the festive dates.Come July and the big screen will be ablaze with the predictable clashes of these films. The audience will get little breathing space, with films starring Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ranbir Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan being lined up right till the end of the year.It will be a cluttered market for the film trade and box-office collections might be affected as business will be divided.”It is going to be hectic second half with all big releases lined up with little time gap. The success of a film is decided in the first and the second week but the audience might still find an overdose of their favourite stars,” says trade analyst Komal Nahta.So far as the 100-crore club is concerned, Bollywood witnessed a lull in the initial months of 2014. Only three films – Salman Khan’s Jai Ho, Arjun Kapoor-Alia Bhatt starrer 2 States and Akshay Kumar’s Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty – reached that mark, that too not very convincingly. Naturally, all eyes are set on the second half. The tried and tested strategy of releasing a film during a festival week is yetanother reason that most films are releasing nearly at the same time. “Most big stars have a bias towards festival dates. Salman releases his films during Eid, Aamir favours a Christmas release while Shah Rukh Khan famously releases his film during Diwali,” adds Nahta.advertisementLeft, poster of Salman Khan starrer Kick. Right, poster of Shah Rukh Khan starrer Happy New Year.This year, Salman Khan picks his favourite Eid week to release the action thriller Kick, directed by Sajid Nadiadwala. Shah Rukh Khan looks all set to return with Deepika Padukone in Happy New Year on Diwali.  Aamir Khan and Ranbir Kapoor avoided a Christmas clash. Anurag Kashyap preponed the release of his Ranbir-starrer Bombay Velvet to November 28, to avoid a clash with Rajkumar Hirani’s P.K. starring Aamir, which opens on Christmas. Rohit Shetty has chosen Independence Day for Singham Returns starring Ajay Devgn while the Hrithik Roshan-Katrina Kaif starrer Bang Bang will be released on Gandhi Jayanti. Lots of fireworks in store, obviously, but will new records be created this year?KICKSajid Nadiadwala directs Salman Khan & Jacqueline FernandezSCHEDULED FOR: July 25Sajid Nadiadwala’s debut directorial is a remake of a Telugu hit of the same name. The film has created sufficient buzz with its sleek trailer. The trade pundits are watching eagerly because Salman is said to be appearing in a negative shade for the first time in this film. Despite the debacle of Jai Ho, there is tremendous hype about the film.CLASH FACTOR: Salman’s Kick will get a breathing space of about two weeks because Akshay Kumar’s It’s Entertainment has been confirmed for August 8.HAPPY NEW YEARFarah Khan directs Shah Rukh Khan & Deepika PadukoneSCHEDULED FOR: October 23Farah Khan’s latest is this year’s big Diwali release. Her previous outings with SRK have done great business at the boxoffice. After the mammoth success of Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express, the audience is eager to watch Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika return together in this heist thriller. Shot in Dubai, thefilm also has Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani and Vivaan Shah.CLASH FACTOR: Ajay Devgn’s stuntfest Action Jackson, directed by Prabhu Dheva, is scheduled to release on November 7, within a fortnight of Farah’s film.The prospects of both films could suffer.P.K.Aamir Khan stars in the soon-to-release P.K.Rajkumar Hirani directs Aamir Khan & Anushka SharmaSCHEDULED FOR: December 19Rajkumar Hirani and Aamir Khan have been a deadly combination at the box office with their last outing 3 Idiots enjoying Bollywood’s all-time biggest hit status for long. No surprises that P.K. is most anxiously awaited. The film is a satire on Gods and godmen. Aamir has evoked curiosity with his bizarre get-ups on location in Delhi and Jaipur.CLASH FACTOR: Anees Bazmee’s Welcome Back opens on the same date. The film stars John Abraham and Shruti Haasan with Nana Patekar, Anil Kapoor and Paresh Rawal.advertisementBOMBAY VELVETThe cast and crew of Bombay Velvet.Anurag Kashyap directs Ranbir Kapoor & Anushka SharmaSCHEDULED FOR: November 28Anurag Kashyap’s film based on Gyan Prakash’s novel Mumbai Fables is set in the ’70s and marks the return of Ranbir Kapoor after his last year’s flop Besharam. Shot extensively in Sri Lanka, the film has Ranbir playing a street fighter and sporting a new look. Anushka plays a jazz singer. Kashyap shifted the film’s release date from December 19 to avoid a clash with the Aamir Khan-starrer P.K.CLASH FACTOR: Shaad Ali’s Kill Dil starring Ranveer Singh and Parineeti Chopra opens a fortnight ahead, and Karan Johar’s Ungli starring Sanjay Dutt and Emraan Hashmi releases the week before. Neither film looks big enough to dent the business of Bombay Velvet.BANG BANGKatrina Kaif, Hrithik Roshan in Bang Bang.Siddharth Anand directs Hrithik Roshan & Katrina KaifSCHEDULED FOR: October 2Siddharth Anand’s new film is an official remake of the Hollywood action comedy Knight And Day starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, which became a worldwide superhit. Hrithik and Katrina shared superb chemistry in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, so the audience is excited about this Bollywood remake. The film has been shot across exotic locations including Greece, Prague and Bangkok, besides in India. It promises some mindblowing stunts.CLASH FACTOR: Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider is also set to release in the same week. However Haider, an official remake of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, will cater to the urban multiplex crowds only, as all Vishal films do.SINGHAM RETURNSAjay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Rohit Shetty.Rohit Shetty directs Ajay Devgn & Kareena KapoorSCHEDULED FOR: August 15Rohit Shetty and Ajay Devgn have always been a hit team and the first Singham was a blockbuster. Both factors work for the film. While Singham was based on the Tamil hit, Singam, the sequel is based on Singam 2, also a big hit. The film brings back Kareena Kapoor as Ajay Devgn’s heroine. She hasn’t had a major hit since Bodyguard.CLASH FACTOR: Singham Returns is slated to open the very next week after Akshay Kumar’s It’s Entertainment.last_img read more