‘The Decent One’: Documentary on Himmler a compelling contribution to Holocaust filmography

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 Heinrich Himmler -- the Nazi Gestapo chief, head of the German police in the Third Reich, head of the Reich Main Security Office, and Reich Minister of the Interior -- was born to a Catholic family Oct. 7, 1900, in Munich. His father, Gebhard Himmler, was a tutor to Prince Heinrich of Bavaria, who in turn was young Heinrich's godfather.Heinrich was a good student but poor athlete, and his father used his influence with the royal family so that Heinrich could enter officer training … [Read more...]

‘The Good Lie’ and the true story of the Lost Boys of Sudan

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 Catholic moral theology teaches that it is never acceptable to lie. It also teaches that there is no such thing as a “good lie,” so the title of the film is unfortunate. But it is in literary reference to Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer, as the film demonstrates. During the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983–2005), thousands of boys and girls were orphaned when their parents were killed. Some of them were recruited to be child soldiers; others marched hundreds of miles to a refugee camp in Ke … [Read more...]

‘The Roosevelts: An Intimate History’ best TV you may not be watching

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  Last Sunday night, September 14, PBS began airing a 7-part, 14-hour documentary series about two U.S. presidents, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt.This is another masterpiece by Ken Burns, that is, if you like interesting and lengthy stories based on extensive research and seamlessly stitched together for our viewing pleasure.All I really want to say here is that if you want to understand much about politics and … [Read more...]

“JFK: Like No Other” PBS documentary on 50th anniversary of JFK’s death

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"JFK: Like No Other," PBS American Experience9 p.m. Eastern time Nov. 11 (part one) and Nov. 12 (part two) (Check local listings)Millions of us remember where we were at the exact moment we heard the news that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963. It was about 11:30 a.m. in San Diego that Friday, and I was going to my locker to get my lunch. One of my seventh-grade classmates -- I think his name was Johnny -- came running by the bank of lockers, screaming over and … [Read more...]

“The Summit” – documentary tells of disaster on K2

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Anyone who is intrigued by mountain climbing and why people are willing to risk their lives to scale the highest peaks on the earth, will be intrigued by “The Summit.”In some ways it’s not that different from the 1998 IMAX documentary “Everest” that chronicled the disaster that Jon Krakauer wrote about in his best-seller “Into Thin Air” (at least two other films were made about this tragedy as well.)  In a freak storm in 1996 eight climbers, some of the best in the world, lost their lives. … [Read more...]

COMPLETE INTERVIEW Sr. Rose interviews Reza Aslan on controversial best seller “Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth”

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About two weeks ago I had the opportunity to interview Reza Azlan author of the new best seller "Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth." Now with the Reza Aslan interview trending on Fox News, here's my complete interview in nine parts!Today, August 2, 2013, The Raw Story published an article about my interview with Raza Aslan with a partial transcript of one of the segments.I think my favorite segments are when Reza talks about the new pope and the preferential option for the … [Read more...]

“42″ the story of two men who would not let history pass them by

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 In John Sexton’s passionate book about the game of baseball, “Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game: Seeing Beyond the Game” (Gotham/Penguin, 2013), he describes the mysticism of the game in perfectly accessible terms:“Baseball, as it turns out, can help us develop the capacity to see through to another, sacred space. Indeed, the more we come to appreciate the sport’s intricacies and evocative power, the clearer it is that it shares much with what we traditionally ha … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Pope Francis speaks to journalists about his name, wanting a church that is poor, and role of media

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  This morning Pope Francis revealed why he chose the name Francis and then spoke encouraging words to 5,000 members of the press who have been covering the events of the last weeks since Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI announced his retirement.Joshua McElwee of the National Catholic Reporter has been in Rome covering the conclave and wrote the following this morning: Pope Francis: I would love a church that is poor.In another post NCR added the complete text of the … [Read more...]

Questions In the Night: The Crises of Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker

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 In the months and years following the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, DC and the crash of the fourth plane into a field in Pennsylvania, the CIA pursued Osama Bin Laden, the founder of the global terrorist network al-Qaeda who claimed responsibility for the events of September 11, 2001.At a secret “black site” an agent, Dan, interrogates a man named Ammar (Reda Kateb) suspected of having knowledge about Bin Laden and his network. A C … [Read more...]


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