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...]

Martyred monks film nabs second prize & Ecumenical Prize at Cannes festival “Of Gods and Men” Des hommes et des Dieux

At the Cannes Film Festival, the 2010 Ecumenical Jury awards its Prize to:Of Gods & Menby Xavier Beauvois (France, 2010)This movie of great artistic value benefits from a remarkable group of actors and follows the daily rhythm of work and liturgy. It depicts the sacrifice of the monks of Tibhirine(Algeria 1996) choosing to maintain their peaceful presence despite surrounding violence. The deep humanity of the monks, their respect for Islam and their generosity towards their village … [Read more...]

Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis”, restored, expanded version released

Restored, expanded version of film classic 'Metropolis' rereleasedNEW YORK (CNS) -- More than eight decades after its premiere, "Metropolis" -- the German silent film that set the standard for science fiction on the silver screen -- has returned to theaters (and, come November, will be available on DVD) following an extensive restoration. This new version, including lost scenes and the original score by Gottfried Huppertz, approximates the original vision of its legendary director and … [Read more...]

Best Movie Priests and Priests in Films: Models of Faith and Humanity

Best Movie Priests article by Sr. Rose Pacatte, St. Anthony Messenger, June 2010Priests in Films: Models of Faith and HumanityCINCINNATI—When Pope Benedict XVI announced the Year for Priests last June, he wanted it “to deepen the commitment of all priests to interior renewal for the sake of a stronger and more incisive witness to the Gospel in today’s world.” His announcement inspired lists of favorite priest films or priest characters posted on various blogs. An informal poll sent out via th … [Read more...]

Urban Mystic at the Crossroads

The worst riots in urban U.S. history, or civil unrest as some prefer to call them, erupted on April 29, 1992, a reaction to the acquittal of four white Los Angeles policemen for using excessive force in apprehending a black motorist, Rodney King.Racism and brutality, the lack of opportunities, poverty, historical and current official negligence on the part of the city governance and police, and reverse racism, all these socially flammable realities contributed to the 1992 Los Angeles … [Read more...]

City of Angels Film Festival March 12-14 Directors Guild of America, Los Angeles

Check out the film slate at The City of Angels Film FestivalThere will also be an alternative trackFounder's Forays into FilmSaturday, March 13hosted by the City of Angels Film Festival co-founder, Scott D. Young.Theater 3, Directors Guild of America1 pm FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES Director, Gerald PearyDocumentary on the (melo)dramatic story of film criticism"a fascinating look at the vibrant personalities who changed the way we look at film"  Chris GoreScreening followed by … [Read more...]

Open Culture – free classic movies (and more) online

Very impressive online access to some fantastic movies.... www.OpenCulture.com … [Read more...]


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