Shaggy Dog, The

In far off Tibet, in the foothills of the Himalayas, a Buddhist monastery is home to a 300 year-old shaggy dog. A biogenetic company, headed by Dr. Kozac (Robert Downey, Jr.) manages to steal the dog, supposedly to provide a way for the company’s owner to live longer. Actually, he wants to find a way to make himself a very rich man. The smart dog (at 300 years and counting, he must have a lot of life experience!) escapes from the lab where genetic testing goes on.  Lawyer Dave Douglas’ (Tim … [Read more...]

Failure to Launch

This will be a short review because the story is short even though it lasts 97 minutes ($8.50 for the matinee here in L.A.!). I can only give the basic premise of the movie or I’d give away the ending (yeah, right.)   A gorgeous, blonde, successful thirty-five year old man, Tripp (Matthew McConaughey) still lives at home. His parents (played by Kathy Bates who provides some maternal insight, and former football player Terry Bradshaw) know it’s the end of every relationship Tripp has wit … [Read more...]

Ten Commandments: Lights, Camera…Faith! New Book

Hi everyone, Pauline Books & Media is pleased to announce a new book by Rev. Peter Maolne, MSC and I on movies and the Ten Commandments. You can order from www.pauline.org  . To "search" for the book on the web site, look under "browse all categories" and click on Social Communications Resources. Here's a description of the book. We are currently working on "Lights, Camera...Faith: The Beatitudes and Seven Deadly Sins." Publication date has not yet been set. This is a great book for … [Read more...]

Media Need More Praise, Says Vatican Official

I was so very pleased to read this article from www.zenit.org today and I look forward to reading Archbishop Foley's complete remarks. Archbishop Foley's ideas emerge from the consistent teaching of the Church since the 1930's when the media (those then in existence) were considered gifts of God. Vatican Council II reaffirmed this with the document Inter Mirifica - which always ends up at the bottom of the list of Council documents, even though it was released first. Our former superior … [Read more...]

Oscars 2006

  My hopes vis-à-vis  the winners! Best Actor - Phillip Seymour Hoffman  ***** Best Supporting Actor - Paul Giamatti (This was a difficult call because George is great, but I'd still vote for Paul Giamatti) Best Actress - Reese Witherspoon: Walk the Line ***** Best Supporting Actress - Rachel Weisz: Constant Gardener ***** Best Animated Feature: Corpse Bride Best Cinematography: The New World Costume Design: Memoirs of a Geisha ***** Best Direction: Crash Best … [Read more...]

God Sleeps in Rwanda

Two young female filmmakers, Kimberlee Acquaro and director Stacy Sherman, have made a deeply stirring film entitled God Sleeps in Rwanda. It is narrated by Rosario Dawson (Sin City; Rent) and nominated for an Academy Award in the category of short documentary. Only twenty-eight minutes long, God Sleeps tells the stories of five women survivors of the Rwandan genocide of 1994; four are interviewed and one tells about her friend who is dying of AIDS. In those 100 days a million people were killed … [Read more...]

Freedomland

A white woman, Brenda Martin (Julianne Moore), works at a child care center in the projects of a New Jersey city where its large African American population lives. One night, she walks into the hospital with her hands bloodied and reports that her car has been stolen near the projects. Detective Lorenzo Council (Samuel L. Jackson) gets the job and he senses something is not right. Brenda finally admits that she had gone back to work to get something and that her son was in the car.  … [Read more...]

Tsotsi

This deserving film is the story of a young gang leader in contemporary Soweto, South Africa. Based on a 1983 novel by screenwriter and director Athol Fugard, it is told anew to a post-apartheid country and world in a gritty and captivating style by South African filmmaker Gavin Hood. Tsotsi (Presley Chweneyagae) and his posse are ruthless thieves and killers: Butcher (Zenzo Ngqobe), an amoral killer with no impulse control, Aap, (Kenneth Nkosi) Tostsi’s friend since their homeless childhood, a … [Read more...]

Joyeux Noel

                            The Incarnation and War         For the second year in a row, a Christmas-themed film will be released nine months early, or three months late, depending on how you look at it. In 2005 it was the charming family film Millions and on March 3 the French Academy Award - nominated film Joyeux Noël … [Read more...]

Oscar Hopes 2006

These are my hopes for the Academy Awards on Sunday: Best Actor - Phillip Seymour Hoffman Best Supporting Actor - Paul Giamatti Best Actress - Reese Witherspoon: Walk the Line Best Supporting Actress - Rachel Weisz: Constant Gardener Best Animated Feature: Corpse Bride Best Cinematography: The New World Costume Design: Memoirs of a Geisha Best Direction: Crash Best Documentary Feature: March of the Penguins Best Foreign Language Film: Between Tsotsi (seeing it tonight) and Joyeux Noel … [Read more...]


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