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...]

Catholics in Media Awards: honorees announced

19th Annual Catholics in Media Awards c/o Catholics in Media Associates 12400 Ventura Blvd. PMB 228 Studio City, CA 91604 818.907.2734 www.catholicsinmedia.org catholicsinmedia@aol.com 19th Catholics in Media Awards to Hugo, Modern Family, I Am & The Way at April 29th Awards Program“Bold and Beautiful” Star John McCook to MC Ubiquity Pictures CEO Barbara M. Gangi is Honorary Chairperson  (Los Angeles, CA, April 2, 2012) – The Catholics in Media Associates (CIMA) 19th Annual Mass and Awards … [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...]

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

See my review: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Just thought I'd mention that my sister Emilie and I are going to the premiere next week! Will let you know how it goes! … [Read more...]

Tree of Life screening in 35mm + panel Jan. 14, 2012, UCLA

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War Horse review

Among the many themes that emerge or converge in the films of director, producer, writer Steven Spielberg are lonely children and war, specifically World War II. From the kids in “E.T”: the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982) to the Oscar-winning “Schindler’s List” (1993),  a black and white film but viewers may remember the little Jewish girl in a red coat, waiting for transport to the Nazi death camps. And from “The Color Purple” (1985) for which he deserved an Oscar, to one of my personal favorite’s, th … [Read more...]

10 Commandments re-released (the ones by De Mille) for 55th anniversary with new features

 Paramount released the 55th anniversary edition of "The Ten Commandments" in DVD and Blu-ray today. For my capsule review click here and scroll down.Did you know that Charlton Heston's son Fraser played the baby Moses? Son Fraser narrates the new documentary included in the new release - and says he was born just in time to play this key role!Here's an interview with Fraser by James Plath Fraser Heston talks about the making of The Ten CommandmentsAs one of the best movies ever m … [Read more...]

Transformers 3 filming in Chicago

For several days now our Sr Helena has been posting on Facebook (Sr Anne, too) about Transformers being filmed in our back alley and in Chicago... Here is Sr Helena's short video of the "disaster" in our alley behind 172 N Michigan Ave a couple of days ago.... All media are constructed realities.... Oh, and Sr Helena met Shia Lebeuouf, too! … [Read more...]

Hollywood rips off Shakespeare: Henry V & Independence Day

Today a friend posted Kenneth Branagh's St Crispan's Day Speech from Henry V  on Facebook and I was reminded of one of Hollywood's great rip offs of Shakespeare. Listen, compare it with Bill Pullman's Independence Day speech from the film ... enjoy! True, it's old news, but a good example of extreme intertextuality!  President's Speech Independence Day … [Read more...]

Robin Hood: The Sword and Magna Carta

In "Robin Hood," Ridley Scott's and Russell Crowe epic foray into the time of the crusades, NCR media critic Sr. Rose Pacatte finds an examination of the meaning of our myths, our heroes, and our stories. This is important, she writes, "so we will never give up our passion for life and justice for all."Click here for Sr. Rose's review of Robin Hood … [Read more...]


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