Film ChatTwo shows about the Ten Commandments are in the works, including a “reimagining” of Kieslowski’s Dekalog
Plus: Watch all ten episodes of the original classic Polish miniseries.
Looking CloserA Conversation with Sam Phillips: Revisiting The Image 20th Anniversary Interview
This weekend, Sam Phillips joined Joe Henry onstage for what was reportedly a knockout, 2 1/2-hour concert. Oh, if only I could have teleported down to L.A. to at the Coronet. I’ve been in a bit of a funk, knowing that I was missing one of my dream concerts. To cheer myself up, I’m revisiting [Read More...]
Schaeffer's GhostA Schaeffer’s Ghost Oscar Review Roundup
Reviews of select Oscar nominees in several categories.
1More Film BlogFarewell to Hollywood (Corra and Nicholson, 2015)
This documentary about the relationship between a filmmaker and his dying young protégée is both troubling and inspiring, but never boring.
Watching GodSt. Spock: Some Spiritual Thoughts on Leonard Nimoy’s Greatest Character
Leonard Nimoy died earlier today at the age of 83. He was, according to the obituaries I’ve seen, a man of many talents: poet, photographer, musician. But it was as an actor that most of us knew him first and best—an actor who became famous for one role. Mr. Spock of Star Trek. A few [Read More...]
Sister Rose at the Movies‘Big Eyes’ – good but could have been a TV movie
Artist Margaret Ulbrich (Amy Adams) and her daughter head for San Francisco after her marriage fails. Margaret is just beginning her painting career, which features waiflike children with big eyes. As Margaret struggles to support her daughter, she attracts the attention of another artist, a smooth operator named Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz). They soon marry. [Read More...]
The RogueA TREMOR IN THE FORCE – Part 4 of 5
What is Captain Kirk doing in a series on Star Wars? Well, I personally don’t mind a Shatner cameo anywhere, but it actually has a lot to do with my journey to the ______ side. (Fill in the blank based on your prequel proclivity.) WARP SPEED HYPOCRISY My Star-Wars-is-a-banquet-come-as-you-please change of heart actually reveals my [Read More...]
Doc HollywoodMCFARLAND USA: An Interview with Legendary Coach Jim White
Do you like sports movies? I cry every time I watch Field of Dreams. The rousing underdog stories of Rudy or The Rookie almost feel too good to be true. The cynic in us may resist, but once you actually meet Jimmy, the guy who sank the winning shot in Hoosiers, your perspective shifts. These [Read More...]
Pop TheologyOn Mardi Gras with the Mystic Krewe of Apollo de Lafayette
I still don’t believe what I witnessed this past weekend. Blinking my eyes in the daylight, I can conjure memories of feathers, explosions of confetti and lights sweeping a bouncing crowd of revelers. There was royalty—kings and queens decked out from tiara to toes in glitter. There was pounding, dance-inducing music. And drag—what drag! Maybe [Read More...]
Christopher CloseupThe Nuns Who Run a Cattle Ranch
(Photo property of NBC News) Last night, NBC News’s Erica Hill reported on a group of Benedictine nuns in Colorado who combine their prayer lives with raising cattle on a 250 acre ranch. Their home, the Abbey of St. Walburga, is a self-sustaining working farm – and now an increasingly-thriving natural beef business. Sister Maria-Walburga [Read More...]