Dark times in teen cinema

first_imgNZ Herald 7 April 2012New movie sensation The Hunger Games has pushed death and violence to centre stage in teen films. Critics and parents are divided over whether it has gone too far. On your marks. Get set. Kill. Teens scramble for medieval weapons to slaughter each other in the “bloodbath” during the opening minutes of The Hunger Games. Brutal adversaries wield swords and clubs across the grassy arena, cutting down a boy who tries to hide behind boxes. Cannons boom for each of the slain. Our doe-eyed heroine, Katniss Everdeen, makes for the bushes and the games begin. Undaunted or possibly attracted by all the killing, teenagers around the country have rushed to The Hunger Games in record numbers – its opening weekend take of $1.6 million at the New Zealand box office slayed previous teen fantasy blockbusters Twilight and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. But some critics are asking if the movie marks a dangerous new level of violence and gore in teen movies, which were already pushed beyond previously acceptable limits by the earlier series.….Family First’s Bob McCoskrie saw The Hunger Games as an example of Hollywood and its distributors eyeing the shocking and explicit as market value for drawing in young movie-goers. “The fact that it’s been given an M-rating shows they are pushing the envelope.” But New Zealand’s Chief Censor, Dr Andrew Jack, doesn’t buy the line young people are seeing more blood on the big screen. The Office of Film Classification continued to get complaints about the level of violence in unrestricted movies, but the number was “fairly static”, he said. Although many of the complaints stemmed from cross-rating, and a clash of transtasman values and attitudes, he still held the authority to test a cross-rated film against New Zealand law and lift a rating.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/youth/news/article.cfm?c_id=107&objectid=10797184last_img read more

Syracuse football: Beat writers pick South Florida to buck Syracuse

first_imgSyracuse (1-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) takes on South Florida (2-0, 1-0 American Athletic) in the Carrier Dome at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Check out how our beat writers see the matchup unfolding.Chris Libonati (2-0)South Florida 56, Syracuse 42Buck offSyracuse is grabbing life by the horns, but it’s getting bucked. After taking its opening game against Colgate, 33-7, the Orange looked poor overall against ranked Louisville. Syracuse’s offense takes another step forward, but its defense proves to be costly again. If you’re betting a Syracuse game this year, though, take the over. That’s a good bet.Jon Mettus (2-0)South Florida 58, Syracuse 38Tampa bluesUSF quarterback Quinton Flowers isn’t quite Heisman-hopeful Lamar Jackson, who stormed into and through the Carrier Dome a week ago. But this game won’t be much better than the Louisville blowout. Flowers and running back Marlon Mack will have their way with SU’s depleted defense. Syracuse’s offense will have more success, especially in the running game, but the Orange won’t be able to keep up.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on September 16, 2016 at 12:47 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

NBA says key call was missed late in Heat-Warriors game

first_imgThe league, in its Last Two Minute Report that is released after close games, said it reviewed multiple video angles to determine that Durant’s dribble was not interrupted by the ball making inadvertent contact with the foot or shin of Heat defender Justise Winslow and “a discontinued dribble should have been called on Durant.”Also, the league opted not to fine Heat coach Erik Spoelstra for his postgame comments about the officiating — which were prefaced by Spoelstra beginning his remarks with “Look, NBA, do not fine me. I’m allowed to say this.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSpoelstra also said multiple times in his postgame news conference that he was not blaming referees for the loss.Durant was being defended by Winslow with about 10 seconds left in a tie game, dribbling as Golden State’s DeMarcus Cousins came to set a pick, the whole play unfolding not far from referee Kevin Cutler. Durant lost control of the ball and Heat assistant coach Chris Quinn — standing just a couple feet from referee Jason Goldenberg — was among those immediately lobbying for a violation to be called. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (35) scores against the Miami Heat during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)MIAMI — Golden State’s Kevin Durant should have been called for a discontinued dribble on the Warriors’ final possession of what became their 120-118 win over the Miami Heat, the NBA said Monday in a report detailing all calls made in the last 2 minutes of the game.Golden State made a pair of free throws on that possession, the final points of the game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Goldenberg signaled that Durant’s dribble was deflected by Winslow, which replays showed was not the case. The play continued, Durant missed a 3-point try, and Cousins got the rebound, was fouled and made two free throws with 5.4 seconds remaining in what became the final points of the game.“It’s a double-dribble. Everybody can see it,” Spoelstra said after the game. “Those are tough calls to make but everybody saw it. It’s right there in front of everybody. That should be a violation and you can’t miss those calls. But we had our chances. Like I said, it was back and forth. The officials — so let’s be clear about it, so I do not get fined — that’s not why we lost.”Miami still had a chance to win, but Dion Waiters’ 3-pointer bounced off the rim as time expired. The loss knocked Miami, which was playing at Denver on Monday night, out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.The Warriors took 26 free throws to Miami’s eight, which also irked Spoelstra.“You hate to see 26-8 when our guys are going aggressively,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The league’s review included study of 26 different events that went on in the last 2 minutes, and the league said the 25 others were all handled correctly.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jeremy Lin gets bought out, plans to sign with Raptors Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more