In “Skyfall” 007 gets religion! Well, kind of

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 If “Quantum of Solace”, the last James Bond movie, was remarkable for themes of social justice, then the new Bond cat-and-mouse film is just as remarkable for its theology. Well, kind of. It’s more about God embracing James Bond then the other way around. But who knows what will happen in movie 24 of this 50-year franchise when it comes out at some future date?In this latest installment of 007's next incarnation James (Daniel Craig) is riding a motorbike up and down staircases and   … [Read more...]

Trouble with the Curve, Hotel Transylvania,The Perks of Being a Wallflower,

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  This small movie is about the relationship between a grumpy, growling, aging baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves, Gus (Clint Eastwood), and his lawyer-daughter Mickey (Amy Adams). When Gus’ friend Pete (John Goodman) alerts Mickey to Gus’ eyesight problems, she joins her dad to scout players in North Carolina, jeopardizing her promotion to partner at her law firm.Father and daughter spar, but they love each other—and the game—even though Mickey, named for Mickey Mant … [Read more...]

Seven Psychopaths – derivative retread hell

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 "Seven Psychopaths" is what a filmmaker makes when he thinks no one is looking.  Writer/director Michael McDonagh has hit the skids of derivative and retread hell – think “Pulp Fiction” only on a smaller budget, if that’s possible. He says his new film has a moral conundrum (NY Times Magazine October 14, 2012) but if it does he does not commit to it.McDonagh also says he finds Shakespeare boring. Fine, everyone has a right to their own opinion. But why did you choose to become b … [Read more...]

The Writer’s Speech: Frank Cortrell Boyce

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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...]

‘The Flat’ is a fascinating detective story

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 "The Flat," an award-winning documentary, follows the story of Israeli documentary filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger, whose 98-year-old grandmother died in Tel Aviv a few years ago, sparking a search to understand who the woman really was.Along with Goldfinger's mother, Gerta, his siblings and his cousins, he begins to go through the woman's flat, especially her papers and photographs.In the flat, which Goldfinger describes as "Berlin in an apartment," they discover dozens of pairs of … [Read more...]

Hildegard of Bingen: prayer, supper & movie with a saint

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Last night Sister Marie surprised us by making supper according to what St. Hildegard of Bingen (1089- 1179) might have served for her community of nuns back in the day – or a slight variation thereof.First Sister Marie told us about the one-day retreat she attended last weekend to prepare for this coming Sunday, October 7, when Pope Benedict VXI will name Hildegard a Doctor of the Church. She spoke about Hildegard’s “viriditas”   because Hildegard knew that if we care for the God’s earth it … [Read more...]

For Greater Glory on DVD Sept 11

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In 1917 the Mexican Constitutional Congress adopted a new constitution. It confirmed the separation of church and state first decreed in the 1857 constitution, returned subsoil rights to the government from ownership and control by foreign corporations, established the basis for secular education, and provided for land reforms. Five articles restricted the power and liberty of the Catholic church. These forbade public worship outside of churches, restricted the church’s right to own property, c … [Read more...]

Movie reviews and study guides for catechists and parents – and kids!

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  Late last year I began doing video reviews and writing study guides for the catechetical publisher RCL/Benziger through the website Sister Rose Goes to the Movies.Click here for a brief introduction about why a nun is reviewing movies!Here is a list of the video reviews and guides that you can play in class or for groups; you can download the guides and make copies for reflection and conversation:The Dark Knight RisesHow to Talk to Kids about the Aurora T … [Read more...]


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