Barbara Hall Sr Rose

“Faith-based vs. faith-filled in Hollywood: Is there a difference?” Guest post by Fr. Eddie Siebert, SJ

This is a "guest post" x two actually because it is my friend and Catholic media colleague Jesuit Father Eddie Siebert's weekly column for the National Catholic Reporter online and I want to share it here.The article explores faith-based programming and people of faith working in TV and film. Eddie features an interview I had with writer/musician/producer and show creator of such favorites as "Judging Amy," "Joan of Arcadia." and now "Madam Secretary".Enjoy!______"Faith-based vs. … [Read More...]

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‘The Roosevelts: An Intimate History’ best TV you may not be watching

  Last Sunday night, September 14, PBS began airing a 7-part, 14-hour documentary series about two U.S. presidents, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt.This is another masterpiece by Ken Burns, that is, if you like interesting and lengthy stories based on extensive research and seamlessly stitched together for our viewing pleasure.All I really want to say here is that if you want to understand much about politics and … [Read More...]

‘The Identical’ a lot of Elvis but a little odd

"The Identical” is an odd film.The fictional story is that identical twin sons were born to a poor young couple in the rural south in the middle of the Great Depression, William (Brian Geraghty) and Helen Helmsley (Amanda Crew). That night, William attends a tent rally where the preacher, Reece W … [Read More...]

Do Christmas Movies Matter? Survey

 As I prepare to write a couple of columns for Christmas (deadlines in October), I would like to know if the experience of seeing a Christmas film ever did anything for you. In other words, did a reconciliation scene in a movie ever move you to make peace with someone, to say you're sorry? … [Read More...]

Searching for ‘Anne of Green Gables’ on Prince Edward Island

It was so nice to see this article pop up on my Facebook newsfeed this morning. I remember the first time I saw Kevin Sullivan's 1985 television movie about the red-haired Canadian orphan. I was immediately captivated by Megan Follow's performance - she was Anne. And Richard Farnsworth's Matthew - … [Read More...]

When the Game Stands Tall

 Football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel) leads the De La Salle High School team of Concord, California, that has had an 11- season, 151-game winning streak (1992– 2003). As the team prepares to go up against a formidable opposing team, Coach Ladouceur deals with a heart attack and the g … [Read More...]

‘The Giver’ what happens when we destroy what makes us human

 The word "dystopian" has always intrigued me. The easy definition is that it means "anti-utopian," but it sets up too facile a dichotomy because life never reaches the utopian ideal except in dreams, books and movies. If anything, dystopian means post-apocalyptic, which most often … [Read More...]

Robin Williams: last comic standing

There's a meme going around Facebook with Robin Williams in what looks like a hoodie that says: "You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." The 63-year-old Oscar-winning actor and comedian died Monday of an "apparent suicide." He is said to have been suffering from a deep … [Read More...]

Sin and virtue meet in thoroughly Catholic story of ‘Calvary’

It's present day in County Sligo, Ireland, and Fr. James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson) is sitting in the confessional waiting for penitents. A man begins speaking, telling about the horrific sexual abuse by a priest that he endured over several years. Lavelle asks him if he's reported the priest. No, … [Read More...]


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