‘The Giver’ what happens when we destroy what makes us human

Jeff Bridges, left, and Brenton Thwaites star in "The Giver" (©The Weinstein Company)

 The word "dystopian" has always intrigued me. The easy definition is that it means "anti-utopian," but it sets up too facile a dichotomy because life never reaches the utopian ideal except in dreams, books and movies. If anything, dystopian means post-apocalyptic, which most often brings us into the realm of science fiction. A once acceptable world, however imperfect, has self-destructed or suffered destruction from outside forces, or a combination of the two. Whatever is left is … [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...]

‘The Monuments Men” wonders: is art worth a life?

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 Here's my review for "The Monuments Men" at The INNudstry with Sister Rose on the INNetwork:This is my written review at The National Catholic ReporterThe plot for filmmaker (director, co-writer, co-producer, lead actor) George Clooney's newest film is at once simple and complex as well as intriguing. The promo lines for the film say that "The Monuments Men" is about the greatest treasure hunt in history, but it's so much more than this. It's about culture, justice, art, war and the … [Read more...]

“Game Change” focuses plenty on Palin but lacks punch

(c) HBOHBO film 'Game Change' focuses plenty on Palin, but lacks punchby Sr. Rose Pacatte on Mar. 08, 2012NCR Today"Game Change" 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST Saturday, March 10, HBOIn August 2007, the media pundits were after Republican presidential candidate John McCain (Ed Harris), and he hated being their target. He brought in experienced strategist Steve Schmidt (Woody Harrelson) to take over the senior staff position on his campaign, shaking up the team then headed by campaign manager … [Read more...]


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