Mother Dolores Hart, former Hollywood starlet, stopping here on book signing tour

 The Daughters of St. Paul in Culver City and Catholics in Media are sponsoring a book signing event with Mother Dolores Hart, OSB, on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at their bookstore, 3908 Sepulveda Blvd, 90230.The event is open to the public, 1:00PM-4:00PM.Dolores Hart stunned Hollywood in 1963, when after ten highly successful feature films, she chose to enter a contemplative monastery. Now, fifty years later, Mother Dolores gives this fascinating account of her life in her … [Read more...]

Catholics in the Movies: a history

I'd like to recommend my friend Dr. Pat McNamera's Blog  and his special series on Catholics in the Movies. So far he has posted bios about Nita Naldi and Maurice Costello who appeared in 280 movies. Fascinating stuff from my favorite historian of all things Catholic.    … [Read more...]

Annette Funicello, Mouseketeer, dies at 70

Annette Funicello, arguably the most famous Disney Mousketeer of all, died today in Los Angeles due to complications from MS.Funicello was born in 1942 in Utica, New York, to Italian-American parents. She moved to Southern California with her family at age four. She sang, danced, and modeled and was discovered at the age of 12 by Walt Disney when he saw her perform. He invited her to audition for his new television show for children, “The Mickey Mouse Club”. I was four years old and my fam … [Read more...]

Roger Ebert film critic dies

Gene Siskel, left, and Roger Ebert are shown in a 1994 file photo.(Photo: Associated Press) Today American film critic, Roger Ebert (1942 – 2013), died at age 70 from the effects of salivary gland and thyroid cancer that he had been battling for eleven years.  He started reviewing films in 1967 for the Chicago Sun-Times and continued through several television shows (the most popular “Siskel & Ebert” was with fellow critic Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune who died in 1999) and his online j … [Read more...]

“Last Temptation of Christ” author’s “Christ Recrucified” acquired for film

Deadline Hollywood broke the news this morning that Nikos Kazantzakis  1954 novel "Christ Recrucified" has been acquired by Grindhouse Pictures, a company that seems to have only one other film to its credit, "Gabriela", 2001.The new film will be re-titled "Christ is Risen."Click here to read the entire article on Deadline Hollywood.Amazon's description of the novel says:"The inhabitants of a Greek village, ruled by the Turks, plan to enact the life of Christ in a mystery play - " … [Read more...]

“Blade Runner” old notes show that studio execs hated the movie at first

On Facebook today the great American film critic Roger Ebert posted a link to this story about what some fans believe is the greatest science fiction movie ever -"Blade Runner" and I'm sharing the REDDIT Salon story here.One executive's comment said, "The movie gets worse with every screening."Click here to see the actual notes."Blade Runner" (1982) was directed by Ridley Scott starring Harrison Ford is loosely based on the 1968 sci-fi novel by Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) "Do Androids … [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...]

Catholic Christian criteria for awarding films

 SIGNIS and INTERFILM Criteria for Juries I have had the privilege of serving on Catholic and Ecumenical Juries at Berlin (2004), Venice (2000, 2010), and Locarno (2006). Here are the criteria that SIGNIS, the World Catholic Organization for Communication, and INTERFILM (the International Interchurch Film Organization), have developed to inform and guide jury members as they discern winning films:The Ecumenical Jury makes awards to films and to filmmakers according to the c … [Read more...]

Want to be a film critic?

When I watch films for review I am attracted by two elements: relationships and mystery. Relationships between people, communities, or nations in this universe and beyond, or a mixture of any and all. The conflicts that provide the drama and drive the action can be resolved in so many ways but I am always looking at the human struggle and the human and Gospel values that underpin the resolution of the conflict or the denouement.I am always looking for grace – for the characters and for m … [Read more...]


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