“Blackfish” examines the tragedy of orcas in captivity

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Tilikum, a longtime star of SeaWorld, is an orca that was captured near Iceland in 1983 at about 3 years of age. During these 30 years in captivity, Tilikum has killed three people and seriously injured another. Blackfish is a documentary by director Gabriela Cowperthwaite that traces the origins and development of Tilikum’s aggressive behavior and asks probing questions about the morality of capturing and keeping wild animals for entertainment and profit. Through interviews with former Se … [Read more...]

Cinema of our Golden Years

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My "On Faith and Media" column in the September 2012 issue of St. Anthony Messenger Erma Bombeck (1927–1996), the popular Catholic humorist, captured a Christian attitude about the afterlife: “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’” Bombeck also had a keen sense of what often drives cinema’s storytelling about aging: “Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic wh … [Read more...]

On Faith and Media Film Reviews

  For my recent reviews onTinker Tailor Soldier SpyYoung AdultMy Week with MarilynThe Descendantsand more ... visit http://OnFaithandMedia.org  … [Read more...]

Movie Reviews Food, Inc., My Sister’s Keeper, Harry Potter & Half-Blood Prince, etc.

My reviews for St. Anthony Messenger, September 2009 are online now.After the road trip my sister and I took these last couple of days from Half Moon Bay to Marin County, CA, organic takes on a whole new "feel". In case you haven't been to Marin County lately, it's one big celebration of organic edibles. The film Food, Inc. will make you evaluate the source of everything you put into your mouth, and the consequences of not questioning and speaking up about corn-fed and syrup-ed processed and … [Read more...]

“Imagine That” and June movie reviews

  Shadows and Light: the Faith Journey of Anne Rice by Kristen West McGuire IMAGINE THAT is a funny parable about dads being released just on time for Fathers Day. Check out my reviews of IMAGINE THAT and other films by clicking on the link belowEye on Entertainment June 2009 Imagine That, Departures, American Violet, State of Play, Two Lovers, Monsters vs. Aliens & Knowing … [Read more...]


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