“Oz the Great and Wonderful” is about the wizard of ‘id’

 "Oz the Great and Powerful" opens with Oscar "Oz" Diggs (James Franco), a self-centered small-time carnival magician and would-be ladies' man in Kansas more than a century ago. He tries to woo young women by including them in his shows, just as he tries to con the meager profits out of his assistant, Frank (Zach Braff). As the show is about to begin, Annie (Michelle Williams), perhaps the one woman Oscar truly loves, comes to tell him another man has asked her to marry him. She … [Read more...]

‘Beyond the Hills’ finds the devil in ignorance, fear

In "Beyond the Hills," a young woman, Alina (Cristina Flutur), returns home to Romania after living and working in Germany for several years. She visits her childhood friend Voichita (Cosmina Stratan), who is a novice in a Greek Orthodox monastery in a remote area. Both women were raised in a state orphanage and seem to have had an intimate relationship in their teen years that Alina now wants to rekindle. Voichita, however, wants to be kind but is focused on dedicating her life to God and … [Read more...]

So you have a movie idea? Want to write a script?

"So You Have a Movie Idea?" Quite frequently I receive requests to read scripts and story ideas from people who have written scripts, are starting to write one, or want to write one.For a while I was consulting on scripts but discovered that 99.9% of those who contacted me really didn't want a critique or analysis as much as they wanted me to tell them they were on to something great. The truth is, good will and passion count, but they are not enough to create a great script.It takes a … [Read more...]

The INNdustry with Sister Rose, Oscars Edition “Zero Dark Thirty” “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, “Argo”

  The INNdustry with Sister Rose, Oscars Edition: Zero Dark ThirtyThe INNdustry with Sister Rose: Oscars Edition: Beasts of the Southern WildThe INNdustry with Sister Rose: Oscars Edition: Argo … [Read more...]

The INNdustry with Sister Rose, Oscars Edition: “Les Miserables”, “Amour”, “Life of Pi”

The INNdustry with Sister Rose OSCAR EDITION: "Les Miserables"The INNdustry with Sister Rose, Oscars Edition "Amour"The INNdustry with Sister Rose, Oscar Edition "Life of Pi"  … [Read more...]

More Oscar picks and an interview on Faith and Film for the Odyssey Network

2012 was an excellent year for cinema. However, three films about aging that I liked were not even nominated, such as Dustin Hoffman's "Quartet," Jake Schreier's "Robot & Frank" or John Madden's "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." Instead, Michael Haneke's accomplished and artistic yet bleak French-language film "Amour," about an aging couple in Paris, received four nominations. Please note that Dame Maggie Smith appears in both "Quartet" and "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," which makes home viewing … [Read more...]

Wandering popes, real and fictional: “We have a pope”

 Almost a year ago (April 5, 2012) I reviewed Nanni Moretti's dramedy "We have a Pope". Click here for the full review.Here is the sidebar I wrote to accompany the review:Wandering popes, real and fictionalFor “We Have a Pope,” Italian director Nanni Moretti seems to draw on previous stories about wandering popes and those who resigned, real and fictional.Ignazio Silone’s 1968 The Story of a Humble Christian offers a fictional imagining of the true-life election and r … [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...]


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