Salut Salon – sensational string quartet from Germany

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Thanks to Deacon Greg Kandra (The Deacon's Bench) for posting this wonderful YouTube video that will make you smile even if you don't feel like it. These ladies of "Salut Salon" are artistic and fun. Their performance is another reason why we need arts education, folks.  They call themselves "a Chamber Music acrobatic ensemble." This paragraph is from their website (that Google will translate for you): "Ludwig van Beethoven is often quoted as saying: "I will grab fate by the throat, all bow … [Read more...]

‘God’s Not Dead” lacks imagination and mystery

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It would be too easy to disparage “God’s Not Dead” from almost any perspective except that it has made almost $25 million since its domestic release on March 21. This is more than respectable for an independent Christian film. It is a mark of success that most filmmakers would die for. But herein lies the problem for me. This story of a freshman college student, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), who, along with his fellow philosophy students, is forced by Professor Radisson (KevinSorbo) to … [Read more...]

Sister Rose makes PEOPLE magazine!

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At the press screening for NOAH last week at Paramount Studios Sr Jennifer and I sat next to PEOPLE magazine writer Alynda Wheat and her sweet mother (we spent the wait time talking Candy Crush strategy). After we chatted about the film - now look! We have a date to go to the press screening for Exodus come autumn. This is in the April 14, 2014 issue. I know ALL of you read PEOPLE magazine so you probably saw this already. (My sister Libby sent me a message that she'd seen it though we knew … [Read more...]

National Film Retreat 2014 announced

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      It's been a couple of years since we have had the National Film Retreat  and I am so happy to tell you all IT IS ON again - and we are going back to our roots in New Jersey! The first National Film Retreat was held at St. Pius X Retreat House in the Diocese of Camden in 2000. This year we are going to the Jersey Shore and it's going to be great. The National Film Retreat is all about the stories told through image and sound and each person's personal … [Read more...]

U2′s Bono answers “Who is Jesus?”

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In this brief interview posted over at CharismaNews, Bono, frontman for U2 answers that essential question, "Who is Jesus?" and others. Bono is known for his work -and music - for the poor, social justice, and the environment. It comes from somewhere …. … [Read more...]

I AM with director Tom Shadyac LENTEN FILM SERIES Week 5

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  Today's latest episode of our Lenten Film Series from the INNdustry with Sister Rose on the INNetwork features director/filmmaker Tom Shadyac (known for his comedies Liar, Liar; Bruce Almighty; Evan Almighty; Ace Ventura Pet Detective) talking about a serious brain injury and how it changed his life. His film I AM follows his journey - perfect for Lent. Click HERE for the film clip and my interview with Tom. Hope your Lenten journey is filled with peace and … [Read more...]

“John Wayne: the Life and Legend” review by Peter Bogdanovich

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This morning's New York Times Book Review section has a highly enthusiastic review of Scott Eyman's new biography of John Wayne by director (and former journalist) Peter Bogdanovich: ""Playing John Wayne: Scott Eyeman's 'John Wayne: the Life and Legend.'"  Bogdanovich, who knew "The Duke" for about fifteen years - much longer than the author - reveals his own admiration for the iconic actor and makes you want to read the book. Loyola Press has a special online webpage called "Arts and … [Read more...]

“Noah” my on camera review

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Here's my on camera review of NOAH on the INNdustry with Sister Rose. It goes along with my print review that you can read HERE at my blog with a link through to NCROnline.   … [Read more...]

Cesar Chavez – my on camera review

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Here's my online video review of "Cesar Chavez" along with insights and excellent comments by the director Diego Luna and Cesar Chavez' son Paul Chavez. This goes along well with my written review from The Tidings last week. Click here for the print review       … [Read more...]