February 3rd, 2006

Brotherhood of the Wolf - Masks

(Film) Munich

I was lucky enough to see Munich today. I wanted to catch this film as soon as I heard about it as it's an event I studied briefly at school in my history classes dealing with the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Munich is based upon a true story of 11 Israeli athletes who were captured in the Olympic Village in Munich at the 1972 games held there. They were subsequently killed along with all bar two of their captors. The film focuses on an undercover Israeli clean-up squad that was formed to take out Arabs and Palestinians supposedly connected to the planning and financing of the Munich killings.

The film is pretty long (164 mins) but certainly held my interest throughout - but then it is my kind of film. A political thriller never goes too far wrong in my books :p The cast was generally very good and Eric Bana certainly impressed in the lead role of Avner (I was very dubious about Bana after seeing The Hulk). I also didn't realise at the time but the guy who plays Steve (the South African) is Daniel Craig who is our future James Bond and was also the lead in the brilliant Layer Cake. I still don't know what he'll be like as Bond though - guess we'll have to wait and see.

Anyway, Munich certainly deserves the Oscar nominations it's received. The story is gripping and the characaters and events are well portrayed, as are the ideological conflicts and other world events that are happening to both those involved and the world at large at that time. I won't say much more for now as hopefully many of you will actually catch the film too.

School Report: B+/A-
Angus In the Woods

Wicca - Fastest Growing Religion in the States.....

Thanks to gmskarka for the link to this article. I'll also steal the following that GMS also copied on his blog for your attention:
"The fastest growing religion (in terms of percentage) is Wicca -- a Neopagan religion that is sometimes referred to as Witchcraft. Numbers of adherents went from 8,000 in 1990 to 134,000 in 2001. Their numbers of adherents are doubling about every 30 months."

The survey points out that figuring numbers on the pagan population is notoriously difficult, as it is an "underground" religion, whose proponents often keep a very low profile to avoid attacks from an uninformed public....so in other words, the numbers above are most likely lower than actual figures.

Also interesting to note a 9.7% drop in those identifying as Christians over the past 11 years.