The INNdustry with Sister Rose, Oscars Edition “Zero Dark Thirty” “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, “Argo”


  The INNdustry with Sister Rose, Oscars Edition: Zero Dark ThirtyThe INNdustry with Sister Rose: Oscars Edition: Beasts of the Southern WildThe INNdustry with Sister Rose: Oscars Edition: Argo … [Read more...]

The INNdustry with Sister Rose, Oscars Edition “Silver Linings Playbook” “Django Unchained” “Lincoln”


Here are more reviews from The IN Network from the Jesuits:The INNdustry with Sister Rose, Oscars Edition "Silver Linings Playbook"The INNdustry with Sister Rose, Oscars Edition "Django Unchained"The INNdustry with Sister Rose, Oscars Edition, "Lincoln" … [Read more...]

Sr. Rose’s Oscar Picks for Best Picture 2013


I think Lincoln should win this category, but don't be surprised if Silver Linings, Argo, Les Miz, or Zero Dark Thirty actually do take home Oscar. A real surprise would be Django Unchained. Argo – The best performance in Ben Affleck’s political thriller is by Alan Arkin who plays a Hollywood producer dedicated to making a great fake movie to provide a cover for a CIA agent, played by Ben Affleck, who poses as a Canadian filmmaker, to rescue six members of the US diplomatic staff from Tehran, Ir … [Read more...]

Les Miserables: a conversation about what the movie means


   Here's is a conversation that I had with radio host Sharon DiCicca of Toronto's Radio Maria. Sharon is a wonderful host and producer and I think you will enjoy this show.  HMWN Radio Maria is a Canadian Catholic Radio Station based in Toronto.This is a link to the HMWN Radio Maria Audio Archives:Click here for the audio file: In conversation about the 2012 film"Les Miserables". -- Sharon DiCecco says:  -- -- To love another person is to see the face of … [Read more...]

Using Popular Film and Television in Catechesis: A Conversation with Sr. Rose Pacatte, F.S.P.

         Saturday, February 16 at 9:30am to 12:00pm UH - University Hall, 1000 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045In a lecture on film ethics, a minister once asked his students: “up until 50 years ago, people learned values, ethics, morals, and spirituality through their sacred texts and clergy. Today, much of our culture learns about these things through the movies. How can we enhance our lives through a deeper understanding of this powerful media?”This question and others will be … [Read more...]

‘Les Misérables’ a fusion of heaven and earth, sight and sound

Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway star as Jean Valjean and Fantine, respectively, in "Les Miserables," the big-screen adaptation of the long-running stage show. (Universal Studios)

 Millions of people have seen the musical "Les Misérables" since the English version premiered in London in 1985 and New York in 1987. Countless others have read the original 1862 novel by Victor Hugo or seen the more than 70 film adaptations in 15 languages. (My personal favorites are the 1978 British telefilm starring Richard Jordan and the 1998 feature film with Liam Neeson, both playing Jean Valjean.)The tale of the suffering poor of France in the years following the French … [Read more...]

‘The Rise of the Guardians’ an inspiring fantasy mash-up

North (Alec Baldwin) welcomes Jack Frost (Chris Pine) in this scene from the animated movie "Rise of the Guardians." (CNS/DreamWorks Animation)

Although it took me some time to figure out what was going on and what Dreamworks' handsome, over-long film was trying to say, it became apparent about halfway through that I could easily make connections between the imaginative narrative and Christian beliefs. Seeing "Guardians" bears out the saying "You get out of a film what you bring to it" because you make meaning according to your own lens.The story opens with Jack Frost (the voice of Chris Pine) telling us how he came to be the spirit … [Read more...]

“Restless Heart: The Confessions of St. Augustine” theatrical screening 12/10/12 in Los Angeles

FINAL Restless miniposter

You are welcome to come in to purchase tickets or to call 310-397-8676. Tickets must be pre-purchased. All sales are final. No tickets will be sold at the door.This is a benefit screening of the film; proceeds will go to the Building Fund of the Daughters of St. Paul here in Culver City, CA (for repairs, new roofs, remodeling, new  carpet, tuckpointing of chapel exterior wall  if the budget can manage it).Bless you!Although there is nothing objectionable in the film it may be over t … [Read more...]

The Writer’s Speech: Frank Cortrell Boyce

Frank Cottrell Boyce (right) with Danny Boyle Photo by riviera 2005 at

When Oscar nominee, Colin Firth was asked to guest-edit the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, he wanted to look at the sometimes complex relationship between faith and film. Who better to talk about this than renowned screenwriter, Frank Cottrell Boyce? The writer of several films, including Hilary and Jackie and Welcome to Sarajevo, describes what it is like to be a Catholic in the film industry:Cinema and religion are completely – in fact, architecturally – tangled up in my head. That’s large … [Read more...]