Again from Busted Halo, a take on the spiritual side of some of the films nominated for awards this year...whether or not you agree with their assessment, the article will provoke some thought. And in my case,
perhaps some discussion with the young people I lead.
Time and again I am disappointed with the amount of history taught in our schools these days. I suppose the focus has changed since I was a child but I cannot help but worry about the lack of education in this area. While I recognize a couple of cliche's...such as "those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it" and the ever present "the history of an event is written by the victor", it is still no excuse NOT to fill those eager brains with as much knowledge as possible.
I have personally only seen one of this year's crop...Les Miserables, but having seen the play more than once, there were no surprises there. I hope to see Lincoln, Life of Pi and perhaps Argo but must confess I probably won't until they are released on DVD. From the descriptions and trailers, I don't intend to see either Zero Dark Thirty or Django Unchained. I'm not making a commentary about either, it's just a personal choice.
With any film that delves into controversial subjects or contain more than a little of the director and / or producers personal beliefs, I feel that if our young people watch movies like these, we should be there with them. More times than not it provides an excellent opportunity for discussion and for teaching and those instances are never a waste of time.