My acceptance speech “Sr. Rose Pacatte Receives 2014 Dane Kane Award”

The Daniel J. Kane Award 2014 University of Dayton

  It's been some time now since I received the Daniel J. Kane Award from the University of Dayton - March 6, 2014, to be exact. I've had photos ready to post but I just discovered last week that the video of the presentation and my acceptance "speech" was posted on YouTube. You can see it below along with some photos of the very lovely event. I continue to feel humbled and grateful for this recognition.     … [Read more...]

Cesar Chavez’ last fast frames new documentary

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If you ask director and filmmaker Richard Ray Perez if the story of Cesar Chavez chose him or if he chose to tell Chavez's story, he would say both.Following the screening of his new film, "Cesar's Last Fast," at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Film Showcase March 14, he told the audience that when he was 5 years old in the late 1960s, he first became aware of the table grape boycott while eating lunch at Head Start.Perez came from a family of migrant workers, but it was a … [Read more...]

“Heaven is for Real” is a compelling story, not a canned sermon

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By now, most people know that I am not a fan of the "Christian" movie genre when these films are more about teaching than storytelling and making sure audiences get "the message" rather than trusting them to use their own moral and religious imagination to savor the story. These films might be movies, but they are certainly not art. In response to the film "God's Not Dead," I wrote an essay called "How movies can save people," and I make the distinction between "Christian" genre films that are … [Read more...]

“Small Change” Lenten Film Series 7th Episode – perfect for Holy Week

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 A small but loving gesture from one sibling to another brings hope to a struggling family. This is the last episode in our Lenten Film Series and we hope you have enjoyed it!Here is my interview with Australian director Anna McGrath where she speaks about her inspiration for the film.Click here to access the entire Lenten Film Series and the questions for reflection and conversation … [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...]

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...]

Vote for your favorite 2013 movie, star, director at “Reader Selection Award” at Patheos

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  As you may know, the religion blog web portal "Patheos" has an Entertainment Channel (where my blog lives) with many film critics from various faith communities sharing about their favorite films. We would like to ask you to weigh in and vote for the "Reader SelectionAward" - CLICK HERE to vote.According to editor Rebecca Cusey, "The Patheos Movie Awards (aka the #Pathies) will be announced February 26, 2014."The Nominees are: Best Picture of 201312 Years a … [Read more...]

“Gimme Shelter” star Vanessa Hudgens on her role as a homeless, pregnant teen

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I previewed "Gimme Shelter" yesterday; it comes out in January just around National Right to Life Day. This is based on a true story of  Apple (Vanessa Hudgens), one of the thousands of teens and women who are pregnant and homeless helped by a Catholic Christian laywoman Kathy DeFiore (Ann Dowd, who played a nun in the TV series "Nothing Sacred"). Kathy's work is extraordinary; the homes she has founded have helped women give birth to over 60,000 babies. My review will come out later but you can … [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...]

‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is haunting but ripe for discussion

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In the months after "winning" the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) are back home, living with their families at the Victors' Village in District 12. Their mentor, Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), has his own house there, too.Katniss and Peeta are preparing to embark on their Victory Tour. Katniss meets with Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), her soul mate who is now working in the mines and becoming more and more angry at what the … [Read more...]


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