‘Still Alice’ struggling, not suffering

Still alice

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 Korea’s capitol city Seoul, that they wanted to do something to save their lives.Thus they founded an orphanage at his church for about twenty children. And each time the bell rings, usually in the … [Read more...]

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

("Finding Jesus" CNN)

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 able to preview the first episode on The Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium (it is the final chapter in the book.) While the Shroud is well known, the ‘Sudarium’ or ‘sweat cloth’ that is thought to have b … [Read more...]

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

Being interviewed on the Red Carpet for the Razzies by video journalists from China

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 are also links to various online publications that posted articles about the Razzies.Remember, the Razzies are low budget, not low brow!The Razzie motto has always been, "Own your bad!" … [Read more...]

2015 Oscar nominees default to (mostly white) men

(CNS/Focus Features)

(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 part, the films nominated for Best Picture are not box office successes, "American Sniper" being the exception. And while everyone bemoans the fact that no African-Americans have been nominated in the … [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 "Fifty Shades of Grey" (Universal).Director Sam Taylor-Johnson's adaptation of the first volume in a trilogy of novels by E.L. James -- which features a modern-day Marquis de Sade as its male … [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 mother who died at 48 while saying the rosary, a hard-working father who was loving but stinted on the compliments. Many of the children, including Martin, suffered from alcoholism.We learn of Sh … [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 principal’s (Valente Rodriguez) hesitation. When White and his wife Cheryl (Maria Bello) and two daughters Julie (Morgan Saylor) and Jamie (Elsie Fisher) arrive in McFarland they are very unsure they wan … [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 of rain. I think about 80 people or so came and it was a very joyous event! A good number of my family came, too, and that added to the fun!One friend brought a pair of boots (one of the pairs) … [Read more...]

Sr. Rose Pacatte to present ‘Redeemer’ award at annual movie ceremony

Screenshot of Sr. Rose Pacatte talking to Kevin Costner outside of the premier of “Black or White,” from The INNdustry with Sr. Rose on the IN Network. (TheINnetwork.org, via YouTube)

 Movie critic Sr. Rose Pacatte covered her first red carpet event in January, scoring a spot in the media scrum at the Los Angeles premiere of Kevin Costner’s new movie, “Black or White.”Watching the parade of stars and agents and handlers pass her by she wondered if anyone would stop and talk to her.“Who expects to see a nun there?” she figured.When Paula Newsome, one of the movie’s stars, walked past, she assessed Pacatte in her blue Daughters of St. Paul habit and aske … [Read more...]