Remember When Artists Had Courage?

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Now we’re taking orders on what we’re allowed to watch from North Korea? That’s how brave Hollywood stands by their principles? (As if they have any principles other than devotion to the almighty dollar and contempt for their audiences.) I’m not saying a Seth Rogen movie is worth risking lives. Heck, just the idea that [Read More...]

How To Send an Email With Style

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Use a typewriter to type it on your letterhead (can’t you just feel that nice 24lb bonded paper?), sign it, and have your assistant scan and email it. That’s what writer-director Terrance Malick does, as revealed in the Sony leak. Malick–who takes this reclusive artist thing seriously–doesn’t use email. Here’s the letter:   The letter [Read More...]

Christopher Lee Warns Against the Occult

The great actor debunks the rumor that he is an occultist with a collection of 20,000 books on the subject, then delivers a warning about messing with such things at all: “You’ll not only lose your mind. You’ll lose your soul.” I spent the weekend re-watching many of his Hammer movies. The man is a [Read More...]

Lost Sherlock Holmes Film Discovered

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A long lost silent film starring William Gillette as Sherlock Holmes has been discovered and will premier at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. The find, made a few weeks ago at the Cinémathèque Française, is one of the most important discoveries in both Holmesiana and silent film that I can recall. The film marks the only [Read More...]

Rocket and Drax: The Early Years

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Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) holds a baby raccoon. One of our favorite moments in Guardians of the Galaxy was Drax trying to comfort a grieving Rocket by gently petting his head. It was a small moment, both funny and oddly touching at the same time. [Read more...]

‘Desire of the Everlasting Hills’: A Powerful Witness to Catholic Teachings on Same-Sex Attraction

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Last Saturday, I spent the evening at Villanova speaking with three impressive and eloquent people. Paul, Dan, and Rilene all have same-sex attraction, and all have embraced the Church’s teaching on chastity. Their stories are told in Desire of the Everlasting Hills, a new documentary from Courage International. The approach is powerful and effective because [Read More...]

Cumberbatch As Alan Turing

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Here’s the first trailer for The Imitation Game, about building the machine that breaks the German Enigma cipher. It looks like it’s focused on Turing the Quirky Genius, not Turing the Gay Martyr, which is a good thing. He should be remembered for his important work, not his tragic end. Related: Turing at 100 [Read more...]

Watch Joss Whedon’s New Movie On Vimeo

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In Your Eyes is a supernatural love story written and produced by Joss Whedon, and directed by first-timer Brin Hill. Whedon, ever-willing to experiment with new media and film-making techniques (as he did with Much Ado About Nothing and Dr. Horrible), is making the whole feature available now as a $5 72-hour rental on Vimeo. [Read More...]


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