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‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Proves How to Finish a Trilogy

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While not exactly a golden rule, it is known fact that if a movie does well in the box office, chances are good that it will be followed by sequel and more often than not, we’ve come to expect that the sequel won’t measure up to the original. Add a third movie to the mix and you’re just asking for trouble. With animated movies, the expectations are often even lower. (Is anyone really surprised that the Ice Age movies keep getting worse?) But sometimes, as is the case with the Disney/Pixar Toy Story movies, we’re pleasantly surprised. Now you can add How to Train Your Dragon to that short list too.

One thing that DreamWorks Animation has understood about this series is that the story comes first, the hijinks come later. The very first Dragon movie proved that way back in 2010 with a strong story and with each chapter that has come after it, that story just keeps getting better. What started out as a cute kid’s story has become a powerful trilogy. We've seen these chara…

New Urban Rescue Band Touring with Rend Collective

Information about Urban Rescue.
(Photos: UrbanRescueMusic.com)

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The Los Angeles-based band, Urban Rescue, dubbed a “revival band,” has just released their Wild Heart EP which is the band’s first with Rend Family Records, which itself is a partnership between Rend Collective (the Irish Christian band that likes bang a lot of drums during their concerts) and Capitol Christian Music Group. But Urban Rescue is not only partnering with Rend Collective business-wise. They are touring with them with a few stops here in the Northwest this month.

In his blog site, JustToBeHere.com, frontman Jordan Frye describes how his parent became divorced when he was in junior high school. About a year later his mother was diagnosed with Leukemia who survived but not until after six months of recover in a hospital. Frye says that during this time, he really to turned to worship music as a source of strength. He describes it as the center of gravity for him.

For Frye, and the rest of the Urban Rescue band, they see themselves on a real mission. They are not just playing music for entertainment. It goes deeper than that.

“We all live in broken places. We all live in fractured communities.” Says Frye. “We believe that God is in the business of restoring cities. My prayer for people when they hear our music is that they find the beginning of hope. A new start. That the love of God would touch their heart in such a way that they would know that Jesus is real … My hope is that for the person who feels hopeless, lost or brokenhearted that they would find in our music a spark that ignites the flame of faith again or for the first time. A faith that knows there is something more to Jesus than just another religious practice. A faith that believes Jesus is alive and is close to the brokenhearted."


To give you a sample of what these guys sound like, check out this video:



To learn more about this group and to find the full list of tour dates, visit the Urban Rescue website.

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