‘The Heart of the Story: Storytelling in a Digital Age’

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  Here is a link to a presentation I gave at the Communicators for Women Religious (CWR, formerly the NCNWR) conference last week in Long Beach.Click hereHere is the description for the presentation:How shall we tell our stories in the age when traditional and new media converge are creating new languages that in turn create new networks, communities and contested discourse? What are the key elements to craft our stories and to mediate those produced by the … [Read more...]

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ is a love story for our time

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Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) is in her 17th year of life and fourth year of thyroid cancer. The chemo has severely damaged her lungs, so she needs constant oxygen. She doesn't go anywhere without the tank and plastic tether that keeps her going.Her mom, Frannie (Laura Dern), drops a less-than-enthusiastic Hazel off at the local Episcopal church so she can join in a support group for teens coping with cancer. The group leader, Patrick (Mike Birbiglia), is a cancer survivor who … [Read more...]

“The Way” with Martin Sheen Week 3 Lenten Film Series

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You can access the entire series directly at Lenten Film Series 2014. I hope you are enjoying the series!Be sure to check out the questions for reflection and conversation.Have you ever walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela? If so, share some of your reflections here!Meanwhile "Buen Camino" for your Lenten journey wherever you are.   … [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...]

Children’s Holiday Collection: Ten animated classic stories

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 This wonderful collection of animated classic stories is a perfect stocking-stuffer for children of all ages. Created by Billy Budd Films in New York City, the films are child-friendly and most are done in wonderful claymation. The entire collection runs for 247 minutes allowing for variety and guaranteeing return visits by youngsters. Of all the films "Martin the Cobbler" by Leo Tolstoy is my favorite. Tolstoy's daughter Alexandria, is the narrator.   The Christmas stories on … [Read more...]

“The Bible” trailer released today

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  Here is the trailer for the new television series on The Bible from producers Roma Downey (Touched By An Angel) and Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice) comes THE BIBLE, an epic ten part mini-series that will debut on The History Channel on March 3, 2013.This new epic 10-part miniseries will premiere on The History Channel on March 3, 2013 (just two weeks or so into Lent!) It is produced by Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice) and Roma Downey … [Read more...]

PBS to revisit ‘Downton Abbey’ with Sunday special Nov 25

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"Who will marry whom?" and "Will Mr. Bates get out of prison?" are two of the driving questions that lingered as season two of PBS's highest-rated Masterpiece series came to an end in 2011. As a teaser and fundraising event, PBS is airing a special, hosted by Angela Lansbury, that revisits key moments of the first two seasons, sums up where the series left off and entices with clips about Downtown Abbey's upstairs/downstairs  folks post-World War I, coming up in season three. The new season … [Read more...]

Best Thanksgiving Movies (aka Sister Rose’s favorite Thanksgiving movies)

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 These are my all time favorite Thanksgiving movies. I will add comments as to why as soon as I can but I wanted to put up the list in case you were looking for a movie to see today or tomorrow. "Pieces of April", "Planes, Trains & Automobiles", and "What's Cooking" are for more mature viewers; "The New World" is more contemplative in scope and may require more attention that kids can give.Pieces of April - click on the title for my brief review; I love this movie where the … [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 Pianist of Willesden Lane to open in Boston Nov 23 – Dec 16

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This enthralling and deeply moving true story, starring pianist Mona Golabek, will have a two-week run at the Paramount Center, Emerson College, Boston. It has drama, humor, romance - the whole package. It is about hope, resilience and the power of music.I will post my review in the next week or so but this is an experience that will renew your faith in humanity and inspire your faith because it is how Christians and Jews can be together. It is excellent for children 12+.I cannot think … [Read more...]


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