Teens talk “The Fault in Our Stars” book & upcoming movie

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 One of my nun-pals sent me this YouTube video about how teens are reacting to the book "The Fault in Our Stars" - and preview of the upcoming film based on the book - by John Green, the author and vlogger (video blogger), and video educator. I had not heard of it before but I have heard of John Green as a producer of YouTube educational videos.This YouTube video is, of course, a promotion for the film and the kids being interviewed are bright and articulate. They have definite … [Read more...]

‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ explores complex themes (but bring ear plugs)

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 Of all the comic-book-turned-into-movie superheroes, Spider-Man has always been my favorite. Despite the launch of this new franchise in 2012 with director Marc Webb at the helm, my favorite film about the araneae homo is Sam Raimi's 2004 "Spider-Man 2." It's one of the best interpretations of creator Stan Lee's teenage hero as a young man of character and virtue.Ten years later, we have "The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise of Electro," and the title says almost everything about … [Read more...]

Top 300 Christian Blogs for Ministry – check it out and blog on (before the zombie apocalypse)

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 Christian blogs, and Catholic Christian blogs in particular, cover a lot of topics. They are also quite popular. Since 2006 Church Relevance has been dedicated to "Creating relevant, effective ministries." I had never heard of it's founder Ken Shaffer before today. But I like how he (and collaborator Craig Van Lorlaar) define their mission: "True relevance is understanding culture andresponding to hurts and needs with the gospel, sacrifical love, and selfless ministering."Now, h … [Read more...]

Roma Downey & Mark Burnett sign on for 2016 ‘Ben-Hur’ reboot

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 On Friday Mike Fleming, Jr., posted this news about the remake of "Ben-Hur" over at Deadline. My big question is will this new film include the entire story, including the role that Balthazar's daughter Iras has in the entire tale.I don't know how you can remake a film like "Ben-Hur" and that spectacular chariot race (do you know how long it really lasts? See below.)Who could ever play Judah Ben-Hur? Chris Helmsworth? Channing Tatum? If only Brad Pitt were younger but even … [Read more...]

Me and St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII … (pretend it’s a movie)

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  John Paul II in America is available on Amazon - used copies!  I had to decide to reach out and shake his hand or take the photo - which is why I was there. So I did! I just ordered a copy of the book from amazon for $.03 - postage about $5.00. Another memory ...  Click here to visit a page with a collage of many photos of our sisters (Daughters of St. Paul US/ES Canada Province) with Pope John Paul II over the years. I wish they had … [Read more...]

“Heaven is For Real” my interviews with Greg Kinnear, Thomas Haden Church & Randall Wallace

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Here is my on camera review of "Heaven is for Real" for "The Industry with Sister Rose" on the INNetwork plus my interviews with Randall Wallace, the Burpo family, Greg Kinnear and Thomas Haden Church. This is a movie about hope, faith, and love. My longer print review is here: Heaven is for Real is a compelling story not a sermon in a can … [Read more...]

‘Walking with the Enemy’ shines light on little-known Holocaust story

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In Budapest, Hungary, head of state Regent Miklós Horthy (Ben Kingsley) was trapped between the Russians on the east and the Nazis from Germany on the west. He was forced to join the Axis in 1941. The first massacre of Hungarian Jews occurred in August that year. After a defeat on the Russian front in 1943, Hitler demanded that the regent punish the 800,000 still living in Hungary and insisted that 10,000 Jews be for supplied for slave labor. This is where "Walking with the Enemy" … [Read more...]

“Cesar’s Last Fast” in Los Angeles starting Friday

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Don't miss "Cesar's Last Fast" if you are here in SoCal. It is inspiring beyond words. My review is coming ... It's a documentary about the life of Cesar Chavez that uses his final fast - 36 days- as the framework and lens for the storytelling.  … [Read more...]

“Tasting Menu” falls flat

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Of all the possible genres and subgenres of cinema, my favorite is that of “food.” If you ask most authentic food movie aficionados they will head their list of favorite food films with “Babette’s Feast” “Big Night” and for me “Pieces of April” “Mostly Martha” and “Ratatouille.”Now director Roger Gaul is serving up his version of a food movie but I fear, in fact, I am certain, it will never be a classic. It’s about a Spanish restaurant, on the gorgeous Costa Brava, on its last night. The chef … [Read more...]


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