Apocalyptic Themes in Cinema

Click here  to view the presentation I gave last night at St. Monica's Parish in Santa Monica, CA. The film clips are missing but the list of the films I referenced are in the last slide. (Thanks to Mary Sperry; she'll know!) … [Read more...]

Jesus at the Movies

   Movies featuring the life of Jesus have been around almost since the beginning of cinema. The first narrative film about his life was a series of shorts edited by Lucien Nonguet. Historian Charles Keil described these early attempts as a “series of tableaux, autonomous units.” It was up to the viewer to knit the narrative together in his or her imagination.In his book Imaging the Divine: Jesus and Christ Figures in Film (1997), Lloyd Baugh makes a distinction between f … [Read more...]

Undefeated – best sports film of the year

The nation, indeed the world, is enthralled by Jeremy Lin, the undrafted humble Harvard underdog who has stunned the NBA and the New York Knicks with his performances on the basketball court these last couple of weeks.But hidden in the deep South, somewhere around the decrepit environs of North Memphis, Tenn., a high school football team struggles to succeed just as it did in 2010 when The Tigers, the school’s football team, for the first time in the school’s 110 year history, made it to the pl … [Read more...]

Stay Awake! Advent readings inspire Occupy LA arrest

Last Sunday night at the launch for Jeff Dietrich's book "Broken and Shared" he ended the readings with an Advent reflection he had just written a few days before. It is very moving and gives a whole different view of the "occupy" movement.COMMENTARYThey came just before dawn; they came with fire trucks and ambulances and sirens blaring; they came in helicopters with rotary blades flapping; they came marching in lock step with helmets and visors and steel batons at "port arms." They came and … [Read more...]

New movie review site at RCL Benziger for Catechesis & Religious Education

 Click here to access site http://sisterrosemovies.com … [Read more...]

Have a Little Faith to air Sunday, November 27 (Hallmark Hall of Fame)

Have a Little Faith (Sunday, November 27, ABC, 9/8) is Mitch Albom's fourth book into a made-for-TV movie and the Hallmark Hall of Fame latest holiday offering.The movie will seem familiar territory for Albom fans at first, then it moves beyond the interview with a beloved mentor, to living the lessons learned. Based on a series of interviews, like "Tuesdays with Morrie", Albom (Bradley Whitford) visits Rabbi Lewis (Martin Landau) who asks Mitch to write and deliver his eulogy. Mitch accepts … [Read more...]

The Way with Martin Sheen – don’t miss it!

The panel for the special screening of THE WAY last Saturday night in Los Angeles; photo by Frederic CharpentierOn Nov. 5, Catholics in Media Associates (CIMA) of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in collaboration with Mt. St. Mary's College Chalon Campus, hosted a screening and panel discussion of Emilio Estevez's new film "The Way."  The main attraction, besides the film, was the participation of the film's star, Martin Sheen, his eldest son writer/director, Emilio Estevez, and producer David A … [Read more...]

Patrick Ferraro’s Remarkable Adoption Story

Here is an article I wrote for this month's St. Anthony Messenger about a man's search over five years and three countries to find his birth mother and the nun who helped him. Magazine publishing is so interesting: you have to turn in articles six months in advance! But here it is and I get goose bumps every time I read it - and I wrote it! The story has a B.K. rating (bring Kleenex).The photo is of Sr. Mary Joan Baldino, FSP, and Patrick Ferraro.November is National Adoption Month in the … [Read more...]

The Twilight Saga: Basically a love story

For a film essay by Sr. Hosea Rupprecht and I, visit The Tidings or a slightly different version at Arkansas Catholic. … [Read more...]


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