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...]

Bl. James Alberione, founder of the Daughters of St. Paul, on cinema

“We need to put down the scissors of censorship and pick up the camera” because “the power of the cinema surpasses that of the school, the pulpit, and the press and always produces greater results."These are the words of Blessed James Alberione, who initiated his apostolate of the cinema and film activity on March 18, 1938. … [Read more...]

CineRose Awards 2009 films

Here is the link to my CineRose Awards 2009.My deadline for my St. Anthony Messenger column is early so I did not have a chance to see every film, such as AVATAR, in time for the issue. … [Read more...]

The anti-popcorn agenda

Between NBC's Today Show and the Los Angeles Times on November 19,  it seemed like a concerted effort to scare us away from concessional popcorn.Here's a link to my blog posting at NCReporter: the Anti-popcorn agenda.Enjoy!I  … [Read more...]

Screen Memories by A. O. Scott (or ten most influential films of the last decade)

llustrations by Cristiana Couceiro; clockwise from top left: “The Best of Youth,” Miramax Films/Photofest. “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” Universal Pictures/Photofest. “Million Dollar Baby,” Warner Brothers/Photofest. “Wall-E,” Disney/Photofest (2). Take a look at this interesting article by New York Times film critic A.O. Scott. I found his Top Ten most influential films of interest as well, though he left out The Matrix which to me remains the most defining film of the last decade. Still, t … [Read more...]


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