The anti-popcorn agenda

Between NBC’s Today Show and the Los Angeles Times on November 19,  it seemed like a concerted effort to scare us away from concessional popcorn.

Here’s a link to my blog posting at NCReporter: the Anti-popcorn agenda.

Enjoy!

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Screen Memories by A. O. Scott (or ten most influential films of the last decade)

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llustrations by Cristiana Couceiro; clockwise from top left: “The Best of Youth,” Miramax Films/Photofest. “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” Universal Pictures/Photofest. “Million Dollar Baby,” Warner Brothers/Photofest. “Wall-E,” Disney/Photofest (2).

 

Take a look at this interesting article by New York Times film critic A.O. Scott. I found his Top Ten most influential films of interest as well, though he left out The Matrix which to me remains the most defining film of the last decade. Still, the article is worth the read : Screen Memories by A. O. Scott

 

 

Amelia: Free to roam among the clouds

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My review for AMELIA is up on my NCR blog AMELIA: Free to roam among the clouds

Vatican conference discusses extraterrestrial life and its implications for Catholic theology

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Here is a link to a couple of stories about the Vatican’s interest in extraterrestrial life (catching up with literature and cinema?) :

Vatican conference discusses extraterrestrial life and its implications for Catholic theology

Celebrate the fall of the wall through movies

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With all the coverage of the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, I tried to think of a way to commemorate this historic, history-changing event that happened 20 years ago. A generation ago. Anyone 30 years old and younger probably has no emotional link with images of a bunch of young people dancing while they tore down a far away wall covered in graffiti.

Continue reading my blog post Celebrate the fall of the wall

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Approaching Eden: Adam & Eve in Popular Culture

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This theologically rich book is now available; I have read it and wrote a blurb for the cover:

Approaching Eden is a gift to anyone attempting to bring faith and life closer in a world filled with mediated stories: in this case, tales and images influenced by the Biblical creation narrative of Genesis 1-3. Sanders is fearless in her critical analysis but never cavalier. Her prose is energetic and accessible; her surveys broad and her insights bold. Sanders makes theology a pleasure while enticing the reader to deeper theological scrutiny of accepted widely-held interpretations of Genesis through representations of Adam and Eve from movies to museums. Approaching Eden is an intellectual and spiritual delight.”—Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP, founding director, Pauline Center for Media Studies; St. Anthony Messenger film and television columnist

Approaching Eden: Adam and Eve in Popular Culture
 

Back in 2000 I reviewed Celluloid Saints: Images of Sanctity in Film; wonderful. I would read anything Sanders writes.

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Singers, Architects, Painters to Gather in Sistine Chapel with Pope

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On the 10th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s Letter to Artists, Pope Benedict is meeting with artists: Singers, Architects, Painters to Gather in Sistine Chapel

 

Pianist Pope to Meet With Artists 

I look forward to reading what transpires!