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...]

How movies can “save” people

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You know, there is something about all these new faith-based movies that bothers me. While they are well intended (and looking to make good box office just like regular Hollywood movies), they aren't really art. They are created to give, promote, propagate the "Christian message" to people who, for the most part, already believe and are willing to forgive the sermon-like confessional (apologetic) nature of the movie. These message movies (e.g. "God's Not Dead") differ from movies that tell … [Read more...]

“Haters of the Lost Ark” Jon Stewart finds “God” in “Noah”

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   I must say that Jon Stewart takes some of the bite out of the controversy about filmmaker Darren Aronofsky's film "Noah" that came out on March 28.  Stewart's commentary and his choice sound bites from some commentators are nothing less than hilarious. By the way, "Noah" made almost $200 million worldwide already meaning that many people have gone to see it and are most likely talking about it and perhaps reading the Bible to check out the Book of … [Read more...]

Sister Rose makes PEOPLE magazine!

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At the press screening for NOAH last week at Paramount Studios Sr Jennifer and I sat next to PEOPLE magazine writer Alynda Wheat and her sweet mother (we spent the wait time talking Candy Crush strategy). After we chatted about the film - now look! We have a date to go to the press screening for Exodus come autumn. This is in the April 14, 2014 issue.I know ALL of you read PEOPLE magazine so you probably saw this already. (My sister Libby sent me a message that she'd seen it though we knew … [Read more...]

Cesar Chavez – my on camera review

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Here's my online video review of "Cesar Chavez" along with insights and excellent comments by the director Diego Luna and Cesar Chavez' son Paul Chavez. This goes along well with my written review from The Tidings last week. Click here for the print review    … [Read more...]

“Veiled Desires” reveals the inner realities of cinematic sisters (book review)

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 VEILED DESIRES: INTIMATE PORTRAYALS OF NUNS IN POSTWAR ANGLO-AMERICAN FILM By Maureen A. Sabine Published by Fordham University Press, $30Sometimes there can be a sacramental quality about cinema. When movies tell stories well, they become outward manifestations that transcend the inner realities of their characters in ways that touch the audience. Maureen Sabine has written a masterful book that reveals the sacramentality of cinema about religious women. She is confident of her … [Read more...]

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”: my review on The Industry with Sr. Rose on the INNetwork

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 Sister Rose reviews the second installment of The Hunger Games, released on November 22nd. Hear why the film “haunted” her days after seeing it.About “The INNdustry with Sister Rose”: The INNdustry is an IN Network Original Series featuring movie reviews and interviews with filmmakers, authors, and other media personas. Take a look at the entertainment industry, faith, and life through Sister Rose colored glasses.    … [Read more...]


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