Media Literacy Certificate Program Begins Sept 22

For anyone in Southern California (or anywhere else but it would require a lot of travel!), the Pauline Center for Media Studies is beginning on September 22. If you have been thinking about registering, do so now! Please visit for the complete syllabus and registration form. The class meets once a month from September - June.  The first group that completed the media literacy education certification course last June, 2007.   Tags: media literacy … [Read more...]

Hunting Party the Movie

Richard Shepherd's The Hunting Party with Richard Gere, Terrence Howard and Jesse Eisenberg is an excellent film if you like political irony sprinkled with cynicism. I thought the acting was surprisingly good, especially from Gere and Eisenberg (Terrence Howard played his role just a tad too laid back but he was fine.) The quasi-buddy movie is a commentary on US involvement in black ops, nation building, and global manipulation. It's a tragicomedy based on facts - and wait until you see those, … [Read more...]

3:10 to Yuma the Movie

  I saw James Mangold's 3:10 to Yuma and I think it is brilliant. It's being said it's the best western since Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven (have there been others?). I think it will be a well-deserved award contender for the writing, directing, and oh, the acting. Everyone's talking about Russell Crowe as Ben Wade the thief and robber, and Christian Bale as Dan Evans, the rancher-turned prisoner guard, but Ben Foster as Charlie, Wade's amoral second-in-command of the band of thieves and … [Read more...]

Reframing Theology and Film: New Focus for an Emerging Discipline

Hi everyone, I am so far behind with my poor blog! I will try to make up for this in the next few days. A new book is coming out in late October (you can pre-order on, edited by Rob Johnston of Fuller Seminary, that seeks to take this emerging discipline (that began in earnest about ten years ago) a step further. I have a chapter included in the book:  Shaping Morals, Shifting Views: Have the Rating Systems Influenced How (Christian)  America Sees Movies? Speaking of … [Read more...]

Evan Almighty: A Film Study Guide

“ Make yourself an ark of gopher wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch.” Genesis 6:14“The best preaching is without words,” director Tom Shadyac told Christian journalists at the press junket for his upcoming comedy Evan Almighty. “Just like St. Francis used to say…” On June 22 Shadyac’s seventh comedy will come forth into theaters like a mighty flood inviting audiences of all ages to smile and share the inside joke about a modern day reluctant Noah obeying the inv … [Read more...]

Master Teacher in Media Literacy Certificates Awarded

                             First Group Certified in Media Literacy at the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City, CA   Culver City - On Saturday June 16 Master Teacher in Media Literacy Certificates were awarded to the first group of students to complete the new course sponsored by the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City, CA. … [Read more...]

Catholic Press Association Awards

    I am so pleased to let you know that my August 2006 column featuring SUPERMAN RETURNS and AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, “Eye on Entertainment”, St. Anthony Messenger, among others, received a Second Place Award for Best Review Section (magazines) from the Catholic Press Association.   Pauline Books & Media, the publishing house of the Daughters of St. Paul, received three book awards as well.   Award M13 Best review section Second Place St. Anthony Mes … [Read more...]

World Communications Day 2007: Media Education

Yesterday was the 41st World Communications Day. I suggest that you to visit this website from the Ponitifcal Council for Social Communications: The following is a commentary on Pope Benedict XVI's Address for this special day that asks us to consider the mediated world in which we live, in freedom and responsibility. Please note the list on the website of all the talks given over the last 41 years. This site is for all those who are interested in … [Read more...]

Fire at Griffith Park

Friends have been calling or emailing to ask about the fire that began yesterday at Griffith Park/Griffith Park Observatory. We are located about 13 miles due west of the park. Sister Frances was driving home along the I-10 just after the fire started and when she got home told us of how high the flames were burning. I looked out of an upstairs window and could see what looked like a huge mushroom shaped cloud rising from the park beginning to move to the west. The skies are blue and clear today … [Read more...]

Spider-Man 3 – A Film Study Guide

A Film Study Guide to Spider-Man 3 By Sr. Rose Pacatte,  The 2007 summer movie season will be known as a season of “threes”: Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, Rush Hour 3, and films that are third in their franchises: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Ocean’s Thirteen and The Bourne Ultimatum. Spider-Man 3 launches the summer box office with a bang. This essay explores what makes Spider-Man 3 interesting to believers and people of good will and offers some … [Read more...]