Big Eyes

‘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. Keane convinces her to sign his name to her paintings because they will sell more. They become wealthy because Walter’s idea tomake … [Read More...]

Still alice

‘Still Alice’ struggling, not suffering

Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is a 50- year-old linguistics professor at Columbia University. She is married to John (Alec Baldwin), and they have three grown children. Lydia (Kristen Stewart), their youngest child, has a contentious relationship with her mother because she has chosen acting over a college education.Alice begins to notice that she’s forgetting the little things until one day she goes for a run and gets lost. She goes to the doctor and is diagnosed with a genetic d … [Read More...]

“The Drop Box”

In June 2011 an article by John M. Glionna ran in the Los Angeles Times about a Christian pastor, Lee Jong-rak, who had built a depository, or “drop box” outside his home for desperate mothers to leave their unwanted babies. Lee and his wife, Chun-ja, had seen so many discarded babies around South Ko … [Read More...]

‘Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, and Forgery’ CNN 6-part series begins Sunday March 1

A new docudrama series premieres this Sunday on CNN: "Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, and Forgery" that focuses on “six holy objects that tell the remarkable story of the Gospels.” The series is based on a book by the same title by David Gibson and Michael McKinley (St. Martin’s Press, 2015).I was ab … [Read More...]

At the 35th Annual Razzie Awards: “own your bad!” and now “own your good!”

Here are some pictures from The Razzie Awards last Saturday night. It was so much fun. I was so honored to be asked to present the first ever RAZZIE REDEEMER AWARD (to Ben Affleck who didn't show). See the 5 minute video below. My sister caught my presentation on her iPhone from the mezzanine. There … [Read More...]

2015 Oscar nominees default to (mostly white) men

(If you want to know who I hope will win, you have to come to our awards party!)The U.S. film industry's celebration of self at the 87th Academy Awards takes place on Sunday and there are many good films and some great, if not, outstanding, performances up for recognition.For the most … [Read More...]

’50 Shades of Grey’ or “Lifestyles of the rich and perverse” according to Catholic News Service

  God bless John Mulderig, the film reviewer for Catholic News Service, for reviewing this film, saving me time, money and, well, read the review.NEW YORK (CNS) -- "Lifestyles of the Rich and Perverse" might be a more fitting title for the unusually explicit bedroom drama … [Read More...]

‘Martin Sheen and Sister Rose: Activist Catholics’ by Heather King

 Sister Rose Pacatte, a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, is the director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Los Angeles.In her recently-released book, “Martin Sheen: Pilgrim on the Way” (Liturgical Press), she details well-known actor Sheen’s early life: one of 10 kids, a … [Read More...]

‘McFarland USA’ – I love, love, love this movie

In 1989 football coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) lost his job at a high school for losing his temper and throwing a shoe at a kid. It wasn’t the first time. He is hired by the high school in McFarland, CA, in California’s central valley, as the assistant coach and life science teacher despite the pri … [Read More...]

The perfect book for Lent (and pictures from the book signing!)

 Here's a short video I just made about how "Martin Sheen: Pilgrim on the Way" is a perfect book for Lent! Now for news and pictures about the book signing on Feb 7th!Saturday, February 7, the day of the book signing forwas a lovely day - even with that little bit … [Read More...]


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