Archives for January 2009

St. Paul Goes to the Movies during Lent

Themes in Paul as Reflected in Contemporary Film Paul's themes of experience of God, life as participation, spiritual transformation, and how we are a new creation in Christ will be explored using clips from significant films that can inspire our Lenten journey.   SPEAKER -  SR. ROSE PACATTE, FSP Director, Pauline Center for Media Studies Columnist, St. Anthony Messenger Press; author of articles on media literacy and film and spirituality in The Tidings, U.S. Catholic, The Bible Today; Co … [Read more...]

Potluck Oscar Party

The Pauline Center for Media Studies is hosting our annual potluck Oscar Party on February 22. If you are in the neighborhood (Culver City, CA) and would like to come, send me an email ( )and I will send you an Evite (space is limited that's why it is by Evite only). … [Read more...]

2008 CineRose Awards

St. Anthony Messenger, February 2009 http://americancatholic.orgHere is the EYE ON ENTERTAINMENT column for February, 2009 about the 2008 CineRose Awards. … [Read more...]

Not Easily Broken the Movie

Not Easily Broken, a film based on the novel by best-selling author Bishop T. D, Jakes, and directed by Bill Duke (Sister Act 2) is a good watch - even though it is driven by message over art (one of my biggest issues with Christian movies.)Morris Chestnut plays a self-employed home improvement worker and his wife, played by the newly Oscar-nominated Taraji P. Henson (Queenie in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), is a high-earning real estate broker. Ten years or so after they marry they … [Read more...]

Video gamers prefer story to savagery, study finds

 Video gamers prefer story to savagery, study finds By EZRA GINSBURG, SUN MEDIA 18th January 2009 watching a character's head explode on a television screen provide you with ultimate gratification when you are playing your favourite video game?If so, then the results of a new study may surprise you. The findings -- that plot and challenge are more important than death and destruction -- contradict the popularly held … [Read more...]

1/6 Billionth a Day

I was at Barnes & Noble on Pico yesterday, browsing with a generous Christmas gift card in my pocket. I came across a small book:Change has come: An Artist Celebrates Our American Spirit, Drawings by Kadir Nelson with the Words of Barack Obama (Simon & Schuster, 2009).As I leafed through its few illustrated pages I got an idea. I would buy a copy and then from that moment through Inaguration Day, I would ask everyone I met to sign their name, the city, and date as a way to … [Read more...]

Che – the Movie

Che, a five hour film by Steven Soderbergh, is a challenge to review. On the one hand, it is a work of narrative art wrought by a master. On the other, it makes you feel Che's existence as a guerrilla rather than give the audience enough information about why he is a guerrilla, to be engaging. This is not a mass audience movie, but a film to be savored - or not.Benicio Del Toro is excellent as the Argentinian medical doctor-turned Marxist revolutionary. I found it helpful to have seen … [Read more...]

Marley & Me Movie

Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston in Marley & MeI thought Marley & Me would be one long laugh based on the previews. Instead it turned out to be a rather ordinary story about a family and their dog, "the world's worst dog." A couple in Florida gets married, they get a gorgeous, sweet, yellow lab puppy that grows into a 100 lb life-force with absolutely no manners, the couple stops trying "to not" have a child, and then have three. Based on the immensely best-selling memoir by journalist … [Read more...]

Without A Trace “Miracle Worker” episode to repeat

I just heard from an industry friend that this episode will repeat this coming Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 10:00pm, CBS. See my commentary below.  TiVo-able. … [Read more...]

Will I get in trouble? Fair Use Copyright Doctrine for Educators

I came across this today and want to post it for all the teachers who read this blog! The article is helpful as are the materials and links it refers to. RCopyright code developed to guide teachers Monday, November 10, 2008By Eleanor Chute, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette discourage high school students from smoking, medical instructor Brian Primack shows them cigarette advertisements and stills from movies, … [Read more...]