Earth Day Films from the Sundance Institute

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  I got an email today from The Sundance Institute - it is offering people five films - handpicked -  to watch for Earth Day - today. Click here to access the films - though you may have to register first. As a disclaimer I haven't seen the films but knowing the quality of Sundance documentaries I'll let you be the judge. If all else fails, see Rio 2, a stunning fable for Earth Day.  … [Read more...]

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

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It is never easy to define, much less critique, a Wes Anderson film. They are filled to the brim with quirky characters who march a crooked but adventurous journey to the finish line. The Grand Budapest Hotel is the most bizarre caper of them all.It is 1985, and the once stately hotel in the Republic of Zubrowka—somewhere between Germany, Hungary, and Russia—is worn and sagging. We travel back further in time to its former owner, Mr. Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham). We learnClick here to con … [Read more...]

“Heaven is for Real” is a compelling story, not a canned sermon

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By now, most people know that I am not a fan of the "Christian" movie genre when these films are more about teaching than storytelling and making sure audiences get "the message" rather than trusting them to use their own moral and religious imagination to savor the story. These films might be movies, but they are certainly not art. In response to the film "God's Not Dead," I wrote an essay called "How movies can save people," and I make the distinction between "Christian" genre films that are … [Read more...]

“Small Change” Lenten Film Series 7th Episode – perfect for Holy Week

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 A small but loving gesture from one sibling to another brings hope to a struggling family. This is the last episode in our Lenten Film Series and we hope you have enjoyed it!Here is my interview with Australian director Anna McGrath where she speaks about her inspiration for the film.Click here to access the entire Lenten Film Series and the questions for reflection and conversation … [Read more...]

Best Wedding Video Ever & the Singing Priest

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 Over 21 million hits so far (amazing if April 7, 2014 is the actual date it was posted) of Irish priest Fr. Ray Kelly surprise song at the end of the nuptial mass for Chris and Leah O'Kane.  Inspiring and beautiful. I know some liturgists have voiced their dismay at the non-liturigcal nature of the song or its use within the mass but it's done now and it was a beautiful gift for the couple. All is grace.Here is "SonLight" singing "Be Thou My Vision" (they are in the video, too, at … [Read more...]

Pope Francis on 60 Minutes – awesome coverage

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Major KUDOS to CBS' "60 Minutes" tonight for their cover story on Pope Francis' first year. It was reverent and used accurate terminology! I loved the piece with Pope Francis' friend Rabbi Abraham Skorka and their soccer rivalry. This is a gift from CBS and "60 Minutes" for Palm Sunday … Thank you.Click here to see the segment on Pope Francis.And blessings for Holy Week and for Passover to our Jewish brothers and sisters. … [Read more...]

UP Network airing classic Bible films before Easter

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If you get cable or satellite TV check out the UP Network for more than 20 Bible films (including The Passion of the Christ - edited for TV) they started airing on April 7 and will continue through Easter. The UP Network used to be GMC, the Gospel Music Channel. It is a Christian network and has now expanded into  family friendly films (some of them are actually good), reruns of favorite shows like "Touched by an Angel" and "7th Heaven" and original inspirational movies with a H … [Read more...]

Stephen Colbert to replace Letterman on ‘Late Show’

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 CBS announced today that when David Letterman retires in 2015, Stephen Colbert will replace him.Colbert's "The Colbert Report" is one of Comedy Central's best shows, right up there with Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show." In fact, Colbert worked as a "correspondent" on Stewart's parody of a news show before getting his own political, ultraconservative, talking-head satire pulpit in 2005.Colbert has always shamelessly admitted he is a practicing Catholic and, as far as I know, … [Read more...]

How movies can “save” people

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You know, there is something about all these new faith-based movies that bothers me. While they are well intended (and looking to make good box office just like regular Hollywood movies), they aren't really art. They are created to give, promote, propagate the "Christian message" to people who, for the most part, already believe and are willing to forgive the sermon-like confessional (apologetic) nature of the movie. These message movies (e.g. "God's Not Dead") differ from movies that tell … [Read more...]

“Haters of the Lost Ark” Jon Stewart finds “God” in “Noah”

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   I must say that Jon Stewart takes some of the bite out of the controversy about filmmaker Darren Aronofsky's film "Noah" that came out on March 28.  Stewart's commentary and his choice sound bites from some commentators are nothing less than hilarious. By the way, "Noah" made almost $200 million worldwide already meaning that many people have gone to see it and are most likely talking about it and perhaps reading the Bible to check out the Book of … [Read more...]


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