The “Apostles Creed” in Hollywood … it keeps coming up

A few years ago, in early 2006, Jonathan Bock, the president of Grace Hill Media, a firm that markets major motion pictures to the faith audience, arranged for a panel presentation about Christianity to both the Los Angeles and New York administrative and creative support teams for New Line Cinema. New Line Cinema had just signed on to produce "The Nativity Story," and there was interest in making sure everyone involved understood what this story would mean to millions of viewers. Jonathan asked … [Read more...]

“Remember Sunday” Hallmark’s sweet but improbable new movie

Hallmark Hall of FameSunday, April 21ABC -check local listingsMolly (Alexis Bledel) is a sweet, ditzy, waitress and college student in New Orleans on a first name basis with the traffic man who comes to take the boot off of her car over and over again. She is romantically challenged and shares an apartment with Jolene (Valery Azlynn) who constantly nags her to find a good man. Molly has college loans but is in a waiting pattern because she is expecting her portion of an inheritance … [Read more...]

Hope in disaster from Mr. Rogers

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Plato comes to life in DreamWorks “The Croods”

 In "The Croods," the prehistoric caveman Grug (voice of Nicolas Cage) is the head of the Crood family. These beings believe they are the only creatures of their kind in existence. They live somewhere on the earth in a dark cave and only go out during the day if necessary. Grug tells the younger members of the family -- Eep (voice of Emma Stone), Thunk (voice of Clark Duke) and Sandy (Randy Thom) -- the same bedtime story every night: Obey the rules of the cave that are marked on … [Read more...]

What people are saying about the new pope!

Watch late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel's reporter interview people on the street about the new pope!Even though, as yet, there is not a new pope. Remember, these people will vote, probably marry and have children. These are the people to whom the new Holy Father will want to direct the new evangelization. The good news is, these young people have good hearts. But what a commentary. … [Read more...]

Sundance Film Festival captures human experience (final blog post from Sundance)

My final blog post about Sundance 2013:In this year's Sundance Film Festival, the first I've attended, women made half of the approximately 200 films screened. This is a milestone even for a festival that has celebrated independent filmmaking from its beginning in the early 1980s.The cinematic lineup of the 2013 festival, held Jan. 17-27, included films from 39 countries and 51 first-time filmmakers. I saw only 21 films in competition or premiering at the festival (and three others), but … [Read more...]

Les Miserables: a conversation about what the movie means

   Here's is a conversation that I had with radio host Sharon DiCicca of Toronto's Radio Maria. Sharon is a wonderful host and producer and I think you will enjoy this show.  HMWN Radio Maria is a Canadian Catholic Radio Station based in Toronto.This is a link to the HMWN Radio Maria Audio Archives:Click here for the audio file: In conversation about the 2012 film"Les Miserables". -- Sharon DiCecco says:  -- -- To love another person is to see the face of … [Read more...]

Lincoln, Breaking Dawn II, Silver Linings Playbook

 Just weeks after President Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) is reelected to a second term in 1864, he pushes for the passage of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution that would outlaw slavery and involuntary servitude. It had already passed the Senate, but it stalled in the House of Representatives.At the same time, word comes that the Confederacy is ready for peace discussions between the North and the South as the Civil War rages. The Senate figures that if peace … [Read more...]

“Wreck It Ralph” and the shooting at the elementary school in Connecticut today

Today, December, 14, a gunman killed 26 people in Newtown, CT, including 20 elementary school children."Wreck It Ralph" opened in November I didn't have a chance to see it until today. I was driving home from seeing the film and listening to the news on NPR. The newsperson described President Obama as wiping away tears as he spoke words of comfort to parents, his behavior noted by many news outlets.2012 has been a year marked by gun violence tragedies.On August 22 I recorded a video a … [Read more...]


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