Because Of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

A reflection for December 9, 2009 from The Little Blue Book: Advent & Christmas Seasons 2009-2010. I have no idea who wrote it, but after yesterday’s Gospel reading,  it hits the mark.

“I said if I were going to do a Christmas show, we have to use the passage from St. Luke (about the birth of Christ).”—Charles Schultz, creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip

On this day (December 9) in 1965 (I was two years old!) the classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” premiered on TV. It was based on the infancy narrative of St. Luke. In the plot, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. Linus recounts the story of the birth of Jesus.

The program won an Emmy and a Peabody Award, and led to more than thirty additional Peanuts TV specials. [Read more...]

Quote of the Week: Christian Bale

On being roughed up while attempting to visit the blind, imprisoned, pro-life activist named Chen Guangcheng, [Read more...]

“All That Remains” Report: Back From Nagasaki!

The photograph above is of Nyokodo, the small hut where Dr. Takashi Nagai and his children lived after his city was destroyed. Ian Higgins, and others from Major Oak Entertainment, spent 10 days in Nagasaki and environs interviewing folks, and filming scenes for the film about Dr. Nagai’s experience in the aftermath of that cataclysmic event. [Read more...]

Marc Barnes is Studying, So Watch His Best Film Ever

In need of a Marc Barnes fix? I’ve got just the ticket for you. You see what I said in the title. Marc’s busy at the moment. He’s off aceing his finals, and writing all kinds of epic papers, finishing up his first semester at Franciscan University in Steubenville. [Read more...]

Because Nice Girls Kill Vampires

Some folks wonder if we are Facebooking ourselves to death. I say no. The reason? Because unrelated Friend “A” posts a great photograph like the one you see above. Silly me shares it on my wall, and even over there in the ghost town of Google+. [Read more...]

Major Oak is Headed to Nagasaki Tomorrow!

Ian Higgins writes from the studio,

As our Phase 2 campaign comes to an end we’re packing our bags and making last minute preparations for our trip to Japan. It’s going to be a very busy 10 days but we’re very excited at the thought of all the great footage we’ll come back with. [Read more...]

For “Flannery O’Connor Nite” at the Movies

Originally published last year on this same day. Cue the Twilight Zone theme.

As I was reading Flannery O’Connor’s first novel Wise Blood, I couldn’t help thinking that this was almost tailor made for adaptation to the screen by the Coen Brothers. Then I found out that iconic film director John Huston had made the film version of Wise Blood in 1979. [Read more...]

I’m The Worst Film Producer Ever UPDATED

It’s true. Good thing being a film producer isn’t my day job, or my friends over at Major Oak Entertainment, Ian and Dominic Higgins, would have fired me long ago. Here they are trying to pack their bags for the trip to Nagasaki (they fly out on November 22), all the while knowing that the funding fuel tank is almost bone dry. Is it all my fault? [Read more...]

Colbert on the Other 1%

Sorry, sportsfans, but I gave at the office (and at the Naval Hospital). I hear you knocking, but you can’t come in. Roll tape,  [Read more...]

“Catholicism” Premiering on EWTN

Very good news, especially for viewers left out in the cold like me. See, the folks at the local PBS affiliate let me down in my area (“Do what? We ain’t never heard of such a show”). Well, they tried to sound more intelligent than that but they completely missed the boat on the greatest documentary mini-series to hit the small screen since Ken Burn’s The Civil War.

Thank God my cable provider carries EWTN, which will premier Catholicism on Wednesday at 9 PM, Eastern Standard time. This will be “must see TV” as Greydanus and DiCerto point out in their video review here, [Read more...]


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