‘Family values’ entertainment needs to also tell great stories

rom left: David Alan Grier, Anika Noni Rose, Skai Jackson, Harrison Knight, Bryce Clyde Jenkins and Wood Harris star in Walden Family Theater’s film “The Watsons go to Birmingham,” scheduled to air on the Hallmark Channel in September. (©Crown Media United States, LLC)

There has been some interesting activity regarding faith-based entertainment this summer, including a summit between Hollywood and faith-based production companies, an analysis by the Vatican's newspaper of comic book superheroes, and the June 22 announcement by former U.S. senator and one-time GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum that he is now the CEO of EchoLight Studios, a Dallas company that will produce faith-based and family productions across all platforms.I was present at the wel … [Read more...]

“Wuthering Heights” is a stark psychological drama

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 Director/writer Andrea Arnold's anti-romantic narrative is a journey to the center of human darkness that perhaps for the first time depicts what Emily Brontë was trying to say in her 1847 story, Wuthering Heights -- her only novel.Mr. Earnshaw (Paul Hilton) brings home to his bleak farm a black child he found wandering the streets of Liverpool because it is the Christian thing to do. He has the boy baptized and names him Heathcliff (Solomon Glave/James Howson). The child bo … [Read more...]

Listening to Flannery O’Connor

I was chatting with an acquaintance recently about Flannery O’Connor (1925 – 1964) when he told me about a recent find and that it is available on the Internet.In January 2012 “Deep South” online magazine  editor Erin Z. Bass wrote: “Professor of English with a focus on Southern lit and women’s studies at UL Lafayette, Dr. Mary Ann Wilson was cleaning out her office and came across an old audio reel labeled ‘Flannery O’Connor.’ It turned out to be a recording of the author’s 1962 lecture at the … [Read more...]

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...]

Teresa Deevy; Lost Works Return to the Stage

Teresa Deevy 1894-1963 Theater aims to rescue Irish Catholic playwright from unmerited obscurityBy Retta BlaneyNational Catholic ReporterShe had six plays produced at Dublin, Ireland’s Abbey Theater in six years in the 1930s. When her seventh met with rejection, she began writing for radio, despite having been deaf since 19, the result of Ménière’s disease. In 1954 she was elected to the prestigious Irish Academy of Letters. The Irish Timescalled her one of the most significant Irish playwr … [Read more...]

Rare Austen letters cause excitement

There are times when I wish I could be in New York - like to see this exhibition of Jane Austin's letters and the handwritten manuscript Lady Susan. Article by Claire Prentice BBC News, New YorkA major Jane Austen exhibition, which has opened in New York, is creating a huge stir among fans and cultural commentators.Rare Austin Letters on Display in New York … [Read more...]


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