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Tuesday, May 9, 2006
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Something You Can Use: Two New Resources on Our Web Site!
Pop on our web page and look at the left hand side bar...
you'll see two new pages!
You know how we are constantly developing new free resources for youth workers. We have just
added two new pages to help you find what you need:
PARENT RESOURCES: We just added a new "Parent Resources" page. I get consistent emails
from youth workers who are looking for resources for an upcoming parent meeting, parent newsletter
or e-newsletter that they send out. Check out our new
PARENT RESOURCES page. Just pop onto our web
site www.TheSource4YM.com and click where it says
PARENT RESOURCES on the left hand side bar.
Enjoy articles you can reprint for parents, information about parenting seminars, and some web
links worth checking out.
HOLIDAY IDEAS: We just added a new "Holiday Ideas" page that will help you find resources
and ideas as various holidays approach. Just pop onto our web site
www.TheSource4YM.com and click where it says
HOLIDAY IDEAS on the left hand side bar.
Check out games, ideas, video clip discussion starters, object lessons and curriculum. Many of
these are created with specific holidays in mind; others focus on a topic that works nicely with a
specific holiday. For example: find several discussions about family, family hurt/strife,
reconciliation, or "leaving a legacy" that might correlate nicely with the upcoming Mother's Day
and Father's Day holidays.
Movie Rental Reviews: Check out Jonathan's 2 Cents on "Hoodwinked" and "Nanny McPhee"
Hoodwinked (On DVD now, Rated PG for some
mild action and thematic elements)
Directed by Cory & Todd Edwards
Starring the voices of Glenn Close, Anne Hathaway, James Belushi, Chazz Palminteri,
JONATHAN'S SCORE: Rental
Hoodwinked is a clean entertaining family film, and a great first film for the Edwards
brothers. (Cory Edwards is a popular Christian stand-up comedian.)
My kids loved it.
I enjoyed it... but I'm not going to rush out and buy the DVD.
The film tells the tale of "Little Red Riding Hood"... and then some. The story starts with a
traditional telling of the tale we all heard as kids. The cops show up and then we hear the story
retold from the perspective of each individual character.
The writing was extremely creative, delivering some very funny moments that had my family laughing
pretty hard. And the talent behind the voices was no joke. I can't believe that even some of the
small roles were filled by the likes of Chazz Palminteri (writer and lead in one of my favorite
films of all time, A Bronx Tale).
The music was also enjoyable. It wasn't Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast,
Aladdin...), but it was catchy. And you could tell that a comedian was involved in the
creative process. My kids were singing the Shnitzel song long after.
And in the spirit of Brad Bird doing the voice of Edna in The Incredibles, Corey Edwards
did the voice of Twitchy, the caffeine induced ADHD squirrel that spouts enjoyable lines like:
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Nanny McPhee (On DVD this week! Rated PG for
mild thematic elements, some rude humor and brief language)
Directed by Kirk Jones (Waking Ned Devine)
Starring Colin Firth, Emma Thompson
JONATHAN'S SCORE: Theatre Worthy
Mary Poppins would be proud.
Nanny McPhee isn't the same ol' thing. Emma Thompson stars as a governess who uses magic to
help her bring out the best in seven mischievous children who have chased off every other nanny in
Sure, the film's premise might remind us a little bit of Mary Poppins or even The Sound
of Music. But Nanny McPhee has a much different flavor.
At first I didn't know what to think about Emma Thompson's "McPhee" getup. If you've seen the
previews, you've seen the warts, the tooth, the big black dress that rivals the size of a pup
tent... but these attributes don't "go" without reason. And Thompson delivers a top notch
performance, warts and all.
I think the element I appreciated the most was the subtext that people aren't always what they
seem. Someone who might appear unwanted, even hideous, might turn out to be our best friend. The
Nanny McPhee character grows on you as she grows on the children. Her character development is
enveloped in her statement, "When you need me, but do not want me, then I will stay. When you want
me, but do not need me, then I have to go."
But Thompson wasn't alone with a strong perfomance. Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, Celia Imrie and
Imelda Staunton are fantastic and will all make you laugh throughout the film.
I took my whole family to the screening to get everyone's perspective. My kids were giggling and
quoting lines after the film, and my wife liked it more than I did. (I was a little irritated in
the beginning-the kids were pretty dang bad!)
Over all, it's a great family film. A little bit of gross talk like "fart" and "poop." And the
hideous Mrs. Quickly shows you plenty of cleavage. But the film is tame compared to anything else
in the theatre. Truly only PG. I didn't regret bringing my kids at all.
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DVD Giveaway: The Source has 10 DVD copies of the new movie, "Nanny McPhee." Be one of the first 10 to respond and get a free copy!
Nanny McPhee is available on DVD today. And we're giving
away 10 free copies to the first 10 people that send us a video clip idea. Here are the
That's right. It's that simple. You don't need to be a great writer. We don't even need your
submission to be in a specific format. You just have to be one of the first 10 people to follow
That's it. Just send us a new VIDEO CLIP IDEA. The first 10 people to
follow these instructions will get a free copy of Nanny McPhee on DVD.
- Pop onto our website and click on the left hand side bar where it says VIDEO CLIP IDEAS.
Scroll down that page and browse through our current VIDEO CLIP IDEAS. We don't want any
repeats. (And please don't send us one from another published source.)
- Email us at contest@TheSource4YM.com with a
new idea for a video clip that jumpstarts a discussion from a movie down at your local
blockbuster. (It can be from a movie already on our VIDEO CLIP IDEAS page... just not the same
- Send us your name, where you work with youth, and your mailing address.
Last Chance to Register for just $10 for Tampa Training: If you're near Tampa, FL ...don't miss this affordable training opportunity for all youth workers on May 20th. Pre-register in the next week for just $10 a person!
A TRAINING OPPORTUNITY YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS:
Last year Youth Specialties released Jonathan's hit new book, DO THEY RUN WHEN THEY SEE YOU
COMING? REACHING OUT TO UNCHURCHED TEENAGERS.
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THE BOOK) Now it is available as a one day training! Come to this affordable training on
either U.S. Coast!
REGISTER NOW FOR THE TAMPA EVENT!
May 20th, Jonathan is doing a Saturday workshop (9AM to 3PM) for youth workers within
driving distance of the TAMPA area. If you're a youth worker, paid or a volunteer, this is for
A Personal Note from Jonathan: I'd love your help! If you are a youth worker in
the TAMPA area and would like to help me spread the word to the greater Tampa area, please email
me at jon@TheSource4YM.com
Here's the details for this TAMPA training:
Saturday May 20th, 9AM to 3PM
St. James United Methodist Church
16202 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. (3/4 mile south of I-75)
Tampa, FL 33647
- $20 (includes lunch)
- ONLY $10 for paid pre-registrations (VISA/MC accepted) on or before May 15th
CONTACT David Smith at (813) 978-8880
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