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Grindhouse

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Source: Catholic News Service

Cinematically inventive but brutally sordid two-part homage to the cheapie exploitation films of the 1960s and '70s features writer-director Robert Rodriguez's zombie-inspired "Planet Terror" in which residents of a Texas town (Freddy Rodriguez, Rose McGowan, Josh Brolin and Marley Shelton) face down plague-infested mutants; and writer-director Quentin Tarantino's revenge slasher "Death Proof" in which a sadistic killer (Kurt Russell) makes the mistake of targeting a group of movie stuntwomen (Rosario Dawson, Tracie Thoms and Zoe Bell), and gets more than he bargained for. Though both films have been made with skill and wry humor, all the unsavory elements that made those original B-movies so objectionable are now presented with a permissiveness that far eclipses the originals. Pervasive rough language and profanity, heavy-duty gore with bloodshed and worse, blatant sexuality including upper female nudity and attempted rape, a non-graphic encounter with partial nudity, sadism, innuendo, torture, much gross-out imagery and vigilante justice. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.



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Jutta of Thuringia: Today's patroness of Prussia began her life amidst luxury and power but died the death of a simple servant of the poor.
<p>In truth, virtue and piety were always of prime importance to Jutta and her husband, both of noble rank. The two were set to make a pilgrimage together to the holy places in Jerusalem, but her husband died on the way. The newly widowed Jutta, after taking care to provide for her children, resolved to live in a manner utterly pleasing to God. She disposed of the costly clothes, jewels and furniture befitting one of her rank, and became a Secular Franciscan, taking on the simple garment of a religious.
</p><p>From that point her life was utterly devoted to others: caring for the sick, particularly lepers; tending to the poor, whom she visited in their hovels; helping the crippled and blind with whom she shared her own home. Many of the townspeople of Thuringia laughed at how the once-distinguished lady now spent all her time. But Jutta saw the face of God in the poor and felt honored to render whatever services she could.
</p><p>About the year 1260, not long before her death, Jutta lived near the non-Christians in eastern Germany. There she built a small hermitage and prayed unceasingly for their conversion. She has been venerated for centuries as the special patron of Prussia.</p> American Catholic Blog The confessional is not the dry-cleaner’s; it is an encounter with Jesus, with that Jesus who is waiting for us, who is waiting for us as we are.

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