X-Men: The Last Stand

[somewhat of a spoiler]   In X-Men (2000) Stan Lee’s classic Marvel comic is brought to the screen. It tells the story of children who are mutants, that is, they are born with an X-Factor in their genes. This factor gives them special powers. Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) runs a school for these mutants and wants them to learn to control their powers so as to live peacefully with other humans.   In X-2 (2003) an attempt is made on the president’s life and he does already h … [Read more...]

An Inconvenient Truth

On Larry King Live last night (June 20th) Al Gore appeared to talk about his film, the book, and the web site ( see http://www.climatecrisis.net/)   for An Inconvenient Truth. Someone emailed him a question that went something like this: no one has died of global warming, so what are you talking about?    The fact is, as Gore pointed out, tens of thousands of people have died because human practices have caused drastic changes in weather patterns with consequences showing … [Read more...]

Prairie Home Companion, A

Guy Noir (Kevin Kline) reflects on his job while at the local diner. He is the backstage doorkeeper (and seeker of all things secret and potentially sinister within because he used to be a private eye and assiduously maintains his persona) at the Fitzgerald Theater in  St. Paul, MN.   The Fitzgerald Theater, named for native son and novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, is home to “The Prairie Home Companion”, a weekly radio variety show. No one is supposed to know - but everyone does – that th … [Read more...]

The Omen: 666

                                                    The Omen: Popcorn Theology and Devil’s Food              Fans of the 1976 cult classic film The Omen about the birth of the a … [Read more...]

Da Vinci Code, The

  A retired English teacher approached me last week at Sacred Heart Parish in Covina, CA after I gave a presentation on The Da Vinci Code. She spoke to me in that quiet tone of disappointment used by English teachers and said, “What I regret the most about The Da Vinci Code is that it gives us no heroes.”               Alas, even with such high production qualities, an A-list cast, and the character of Sir Leigh Teabing (Ian Mc … [Read more...]

Da Vinci Code Statement by SIGNIS

World Catholic Association for Communication http://www.signis.net/   “Media for a Culture of Peace”     “The Da Vinci Code”: A film which, finally, the Church has little to be concerned about. Cannes, 17 May 2006 (SIGNIS) – Much ado about very little… Many Christians from different backgrounds and sensibilities were anxious about the release of the film of The Da Vinci Code, directed by Ron Howard.  However, far from being a cinema masterpiece, the film is simply a popular en … [Read more...]

Akeelah still free to teachers

AMC ENTERTAINMENT AND LIONSGATE TO KEEP “AKEELAH AND THE BEE” F-R-E-E TO U.S. TEACHERS   WHAT:           With teachers swarming their local AMC theatres this past weekend and AKEELAH AND THE BEE holding strong in the top ten, AMC Entertainment and Lionsgate are extending the offer for every teacher in the United States to receive one free ticket to the film Friday, May 19 through Thursday, May 25, 2006.  The offer is valid exclusively a … [Read more...]

Goal! (The Dream Begins)

 Goal! Or Goal! The Dream Begins is a very good film that is filled with the kindness of strangers. It is about a young llegal immigrant to the United States from Mexico who makes his away to soccer (football) stardom with the Newcastle United team in England.   The film opens with the Munez family crossing the border under the cloak of night. They end up in Los Angeles. Ten years later, Santiago’s mother has deserted the family, but his father (the ever-dependable Latino actor Tony P … [Read more...]

Da Vinci Code Radio Interview on Sunday

This press release is from Barry Gordon's office: Sunday, May 21, from about 3:00 to 3:30 p.m., Sister Rose Pacatte, FSP, of the Pauline Center for Media Studies, in Culver City, CA, will discuss the newly released movie "The Da Vinci Code" and the likewise controversial book "The End of Faith" with Barry Gordon, former candidate for Congress and president of the Screen Actors Guild, on "Barry Gordon From Left Field," broadcast on KCAA 1050 AM in the Inland Empire of California … [Read more...]

Mission: Impossible III

In an almost perfect blending of the MI film franchise and the soon-to-be-retired-into-syndication Alias television show, the multi-talented J.J. Abrams delivers another manic-paced adrenalin rushing full-tilt workout thriller without a point. Not that it matters.   For fans who are along just for the ride, what they get is a genuine run-along with the Tom Cruise character Ethan Hunt, who, with his new wife Julia (Katie Holmes look-alike Michelle Monaghan), is threatened by the newly … [Read more...]