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...]

War Horse review

Among the many themes that emerge or converge in the films of director, producer, writer Steven Spielberg are lonely children and war, specifically World War II. From the kids in “E.T”: the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982) to the Oscar-winning “Schindler’s List” (1993),  a black and white film but viewers may remember the little Jewish girl in a red coat, waiting for transport to the Nazi death camps. And from “The Color Purple” (1985) for which he deserved an Oscar, to one of my … [Read more...]

Our Media World book signing Saturday, Jan 30th Paulist Book Store, Costa Mesa, CA 1-4 pm

Please join Sr Gretchen and I, the authors, for this book signing and enjoy the gracious hospitality of the Paulist Book Center in Costa Mesa: OUR MEDIA WORLD: Educating Kids K-8 about Faith & Media book signing this Saturday, January 30, at the PAULIST BOOK CENTER 801 Baker Street (just off the 405 after Fountain Valley if going south) Costa Mesa, CA 92626-4347(714) 545-8021 from 1-4pm. Sr. Gretchen and I will be on hand to sign copies of our new book! … [Read more...]

Zero Gravity & God’s Call: Sister Rose’s 42nd anniversary as a Daughter of St. Paul today!

   Yes, 42 years ago, on August 5th, a Saturday and the feast of Our Lady of the Snows (now called the commemoration of St. Mary Major), I flew from San Diego via American Airlines to JFK, stayed in the terminal for a few hours because of a thunderstorm (had supper with my Uncle Richard who my mom alerted) and then onto Boston. We (Sr. Mary Thecla and another aspirant) arrived very late. If you can believe it, Mother Paula and two other sisters met us on the tarmac (before the days of … [Read more...]

Angels & Demons: Halos and pitchforks clash in the sequel to “The Da Vinci Code” Film Essay

When director Ron Howard’s new film Angels & Demons marches into theaters on May 15 some people may be expecting the same controversy that accompanied his 2006 film The Da Vinci Code. Alas, I am sorry to be a killjoy but audiences just may be inspired instead. I know I was. The Story Some time has passed since Dr. Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks), a Harvard University “symbologist” attempted to solve a mystery that seemed to indicate that Leonardo Da Vinci had hidden in his Last Supper … [Read more...]


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