Turner Classic Movies highlights trailblazing women in film for second year

In case you haven't noticed, classic films are "hot" right now, and not only with viewers who may have seen them in theaters 50 or 60 years ago. Turner Classic Movies is a broadcast and satellite channel that was launched on April 14, 1994, at 6 p.m., the 100th anniversary, to the minute, of the first public film showing in New York City (notwithstanding what the Lumière brothers might have to say about that). The first film broadcast on TCM was the 1939 classic "Gone with the Wind." American … [Read more...]

Sr. Rose at the Movies #121 of Top Church Blogs

  Church Relevance, "founded in March 2006 by Kent Shaffer, Church Relevance explores the intersection of theology and methodology – what we do vs what Christ said" has posted its 2015 list of the top 300 Church Blogs.I am pleasantly surprised, and grateful, that "Sister Rose at the Movies" here at Patheos is ranked #121! (Last year it was #126).The Anchoress, the blog that belongs to our venerable leader of Catholic blogs on Patheos, Elizabeth Scalia, is #31.There a … [Read more...]

’50 Shades’ – it ‘lacks grey matter’ and ‘why its so wildly popular’

Kirsten Anderson over at LifeSiteNews.com posted a very sage analysis of "50 Shades of Grey" and compares it to the "Twilight" franchise from which the Grey stories were drawn: The real reason 50 Shades is so wildly popular (HINT: It’s not the sex). I didn't read the Grey books and haven't seen the movie - and am planning to do neither - so I am trusting that Anderson and my film critic colleague over at USAToday, Claudia Puig, who did see the film (not sure about Anderson but it seems that she m … [Read more...]

Hollywood’s hidden Christmas gems

 What makes a compelling Christmas movie—the season, the music, the characters? Maybe it is something else entirely.The question of what makes a movie ideal for Christmas, the day we commemorate and celebrate Jesus’ birth, is subjective. It often depends completely on the audience—among my Facebook friends, for instance, the 1988 thriller Die Hard came out as an unlikely favorite when I recently posted this question. But come to think of it, John McTiernan’s action movie starrin … [Read more...]

‘Fury’ fuels the ‘war is hell’ mentality without shining fresh light on it

"Fury" is writer/director David Ayer's latest action film, moving from city streets ("Street Kings," "S.W.A.T.") to the battlefields of World War II. Sgt. Don "Wardaddy" Collier (Brad Pitt) commands a five-man crew on a tank named "Fury." Their assignment is to join with three other tank units and first take one German town, then move on to take a crossroads and hold it. It is after the landing at Normandy -- many men have been killed, yet they must go on and do their jobs. The fifth man on the … [Read more...]

‘Left Behind’ or lost in space?

The remake of the 2000 film "Left Behind" is based on the first of 12 best-selling novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. This new film is a watered-down and somewhat changed version of the earlier movie with a bigger budget and not much else. There is barely enough undercooked scriptural theology to critique in the vacuous writing and painful acting. However, it offers an opportunity to explore dispensationalism, a popular way of interpreting the Book of Revelation, an idea that never comes … [Read more...]

‘The Heart of the Story: Storytelling in a Digital Age’

  Here is a link to a presentation I gave at the Communicators for Women Religious (CWR, formerly the NCNWR) conference last week in Long Beach.Click hereHere is the description for the presentation:How shall we tell our stories in the age when traditional and new media converge are creating new languages that in turn create new networks, communities and contested discourse? What are the key elements to craft our stories and to mediate those produced by the … [Read more...]

“Faith-based vs. faith-filled in Hollywood: Is there a difference?” Guest post by Fr. Eddie Siebert, SJ

This is a "guest post" x two actually because it is my friend and Catholic media colleague Jesuit Father Eddie Siebert's weekly column for the National Catholic Reporter online and I want to share it here.The article explores faith-based programming and people of faith working in TV and film. Eddie features an interview I had with writer/musician/producer and show creator of such favorites as "Judging Amy," "Joan of Arcadia." and now "Madam Secretary".Enjoy!______"Faith-based vs. … [Read more...]