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...]

“The Conjuring” – are horror films C(c)atholic?

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The first horror film I ever saw at age eight, indeed the first film I ever saw in a theater, was the 1959 House on Haunted Hill. It starred Vincent Price, and I now know it was directed by William Castle, called “the poor man’s Hitchcock,” who churned out many “B” thriller movies. Although Castle’s genre was the psychological thriller, his films are subgenres of horror. House on Haunted Hill was projected in “Emergo”, one of the gimmicks Castle was known for. In this case it meant that a large f … [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...]

“To the Wonder” yearning to feel life

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 When writer/director Terrence Malick’s latest cinematic painting unfolds Neil (Ben Affleck) and Marina (Olga Kuryenko), playfully cross the causeway to Mont St. Michel at low tide. They visit the old monastery. Neil says nothing but Marina reflects on love and wonders what will come next.They go from France to Oklahoma, with Marina’s daughter, Tatiana (Tatiana Chiline). The house is new, empty, and though almost sterile, filled with light. Marina and Tatiana begin to adapt, but Mar … [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...]

“The Vatican” Showtime announces new TV thriller about spirituality, power, politics

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, in various announcements since mid-Feburary, this new series "The Vatican" is helmed by Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott (Prometheus, The Good Wife) and Paul Attanasio (House). It is set to star Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies), Matthew Goode (Watchmen), and as of yesterday, when Pope Francis was elected as Pope, Ewan Bremner (Trainspotting), was added to the cast.Click here to read today's announcement and to catch … [Read more...]

More Oscar picks and an interview on Faith and Film for the Odyssey Network

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2012 was an excellent year for cinema. However, three films about aging that I liked were not even nominated, such as Dustin Hoffman's "Quartet," Jake Schreier's "Robot & Frank" or John Madden's "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." Instead, Michael Haneke's accomplished and artistic yet bleak French-language film "Amour," about an aging couple in Paris, received four nominations. Please note that Dame Maggie Smith appears in both "Quartet" and "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," which makes home viewing … [Read more...]


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