Sixty-eight years ago in the South of France, the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team of the Allied Forces in WWII jumped out of an airplane and landed in the history books.
After the paratroopers found themselves in enemy territory, they were caught in an immediate attack. As some tried to rendezvous with their unit, they met members of the French Résistance. Little did they know that their sacrifices for the Résistance would write their legacy on American and French hearts alike.
Adam Abel, producer of the highly acclaimed film Saints and Soldiers, has brought the story of three of these paratroopers to the big screen in his new film, Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed. Because the original Saints and Soldiers film was such a success, Abel decided to tell a new story from one of the world’s most brutal wars, World War II.
“It’s an exploration of the humanity that exists within war, and it’s celebrating and honoring those who fought for our freedoms,” Abel says.
Based on true accounts of the paratroopers and made with authentic WWII artifacts, this latest addition to the Saints and Soldiers legacy is not a sequel nor a prequel. It’s simply another story of soldiers who sacrificed all they had to the cause of freedom—no matter how high the cost. With beautiful cinematography and action-packed battle scenes,
Movie ratings are meant to help people make easy decisions about what they see. But that decision has become anything but easy—all too often, families are left wondering if the rating actually reflects what's in the movie. Does the MPAA need to revisit its standards? I remember going to see my first PG movie by myself. I was staying with my grandma, and my cousin and I went to see D2: The Mighty Ducks. At some point my grandma found out we were going to see it, and she asked us why we weren’t going with an adult. “It’s PG,” I said, matter-of-factly, trusting my almost 10-year-old status as clearly old enough to attend alone.
“That doesn’t mean anything,” she said.
In the years since, I’ve realized how right she was. Rarely a movie will be rated too harshly; for the most part, it skews the other way, with movies being increasingly loose with their ratings. I still remember when the number of f-words that a PG-13 movie could have changed from one to three (in As Good As It Gets). Jamie Lawson, our managing editor, told me once how she took her boys to see Marley and Me and was shocked at the sexual content of that PG movie. And my husband frequently refers to Liam Neeson’s Taken as the rawest PG-13 movie he’s ever seen. Simply put: you really can’t trust a movie rating, and with sliding standards, you can’t really trust the MPAA.
So should the MPAA revisit its standards?
It’s almost a rhetorical question. Yes, of course it should. The fact remains that non-R-rated movies make more money than other movies, and by taking a stand and rating movies more harshly, the folks at the MPAA could hit Hollywood where it hurts and encourage them to cut out some of the garbage.
Mormon race car driver Ab Jenkins set tons of land racing records on his beloved Utah Salt Flats with famous Mormon Meteor race car. Watch this exclusive video clip from the new documentary, Boys of Bonneville.
I'm an LDS book reviewer who tries to find books with good values for everyone, especially children. These are my favorite books from the school year for summer reading.
Here are my top picks of fiction books geared for kids nine and older from this past school year,with the exception of the last book which is best suited for teens through adults. However, all of these books, except the last one, would also be terrific to read-aloud and most likely will incur a discussion. This is perfect timing for summer reading!
Breaking Stalin's Nose, by Eugene Velchin, is told through ten-year-old Sasha’s eyes as heprepares to become the coveted "Young Pioneer" after reaching age 10. But the night before this event is to take place at his school, his Secret Police father is suddenly arrested, leaving him alone and in the care of no one. His view of the political system and the revered leader, Stalin, is about to reverse itself when he accidentally breaks off the plaster nose on the school's bust of Stalin. The trepidation and fear that everyone feels surrounds the story, and the graphite drawn pictures sprinkled throughout evoke the darkened era experienced by all in the story.