“Fury” – explores moral injury but comes off like a video game

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 It is 1945. The Allies are pushing deep into Germany after the invasion at Normandy. In the opening scene, Army Sgt. Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt) commands a tank crew of four soldiers. When they arrive at an Army rendezvous, the very young Norman (Logan Lerman) is assigned to the unit. He has been in the Army for two months, and is unprepared for the horrors he will face.Wardaddy and his men lead a battalion to take over a town and then head to a crossroads that they are to ho … [Read more...]

‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ explores complex themes (but bring ear plugs)

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 Of all the comic-book-turned-into-movie superheroes, Spider-Man has always been my favorite. Despite the launch of this new franchise in 2012 with director Marc Webb at the helm, my favorite film about the araneae homo is Sam Raimi's 2004 "Spider-Man 2." It's one of the best interpretations of creator Stan Lee's teenage hero as a young man of character and virtue.Ten years later, we have "The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise of Electro," and the title says almost everything about … [Read more...]

T.H.I.N.K. Five ways to bridge faith and culture in a social media world

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 Because so many folks wanted a copy of my presentation from "Roots+Wings National Religious Education Conference" in Durban this weekend, I posted it on SlideShare.net. I hope the links work! If not you can google the videos with the title that is on the slide.It was a wonderful conference. About 330 Catholic school principals teachers and Religious Education teachers attended. Religious Education is not catechesis in South Africa which happens in the parish, but a study, from … [Read more...]

“Space Warriors” family film premieres Friday, May 31, Hallmark Channel 8/7

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Hallmark ChannelFriday, May 31, 20138/7Jimmy Hawkins (Thomas Horn) is the son of a retired NASA astronaut, Captain Andy Hawkins (Dermot Mulroney) who once worked on the International Space Station.  Jimmy lives with his mom, Sally (Mira Sorvino), who is divorced from Andy.Jimmy love astrophysics and has always dreamed of being an astronaut and against his parents’ wishes, secretly applies to attend a special summer camp session at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama. Th … [Read more...]

Video gamers prefer story to savagery, study finds

 Video gamers prefer story to savagery, study finds By EZRA GINSBURG, SUN MEDIA 18th January 2009 http://www.winnipegsun.com/news/world/2009/01/18/8062236-sun.htmlDoes watching a character's head explode on a television screen provide you with ultimate gratification when you are playing your favourite video game?If so, then the results of a new study may surprise you. The findings -- that plot and challenge are more important than death and destruction -- contradict the popularly held … [Read more...]


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