A ‘Sundance virgin’ on her first few films

Sundance wall

 This is my first year at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and as I listen to people chatter in the lines, what I hear most often is, "I am a Sundance virgin." OK, that fits.This Sundance trip came together after speaking with Dennis Coday, editor of the National Catholic Reporter, over breakfast at the Catholic Press Association's conference last summer. His response to my proposal was, "Let's go for it."The reason I think Sundance is important to the faith … [Read more...]

Bows, arrows and a sword: Girls rock this year on film

Princess Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald, in Disney/Pixar's "Brave"  (Disney/Pixar)

2012 is turning out to be a banner year for films with significant female lead characters: warriors, weapons and all.With an estimated budget of $185 million, the new Pixar/Disney 3-D animated feature, "Brave," opened June 22 and grossed $66 million. Made on half that budget, "The Hunger Games" opened March 25 with a box office of $152.5 million and has brought $400 million in North America and nearly $650 million worldwide. (The DVD is due out Aug. 18.) "Snow White and the Huntsman," made … [Read more...]

Urban Mystic: The Video for the 19th anniversary of the LA riots

On this day in 1992, four Los Angeles Police Department officers were acquitted of the beating of Rodney King and Los Angeles erupted in rioting. The beating of King, which had been video tapped, the trial and acquittal were seminal events in the history of race relations in this country.Last year I interviewed the Rev. Scott D. Young about his annual pilgrimage to the site of the flash point of the civil unrest following the acquittal of the police officers in the Rodney King … [Read more...]

What should Susan Boyle sing next?

Check out my posting today to the National Catholic Reporter's Blog     … [Read more...]

Angels & Demons: Everyone’s trying to save the Church

Here is my article (review cum commentary) in this week's National Catholic Reporter: Angels & Demons: Everyone's trying to save the Catholic Church and Is Hollywood anti-Catholic? Is the Catholic Church anti-Hollywood? … [Read more...]


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