Redefining Marriage, Part 2: The Root of the Problem

06/30/2011 Comments (282)

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How has marriage been redefined?

It’s not something that started a few years ago with juridical edicts (and now, sadly, legislative maneuverings) mandating same-sex marriage. That’s merely the latest permutation in an ongoing dismantling of marriage in a culture increasingly defined by serial monogamy, cohabitation, children born and raised out of wedlock, artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization, divorce-ready prenuptial agreements, pornography, abortion and contraception.

Of all these, the root of the problem, more than anything else, is contraception.

A contraceptive culture is a...READ MORE

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Cars vs. A Bug’s Life: What’s Pixar’s least impressive film?

06/21/2011 Comments (77)

With Cars 2 approaching this weekend, I thought I’d take a look back at Cars, easily Pixar’s least impressive and celebrated film since their second picture, A Bug’s Life.

It’s easy to forget that although A Bug’s Life followed Pixar’s masterful debut Toy Story, it came before the astonishing string of superior successes—Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles—that catapulted Pixar into its own orbit as the unquestioned kings of family entertainment.

When Cars came out, it was seen as a slight, flawed Pixar effort, simply because Pixar had raised the bar so high. Six or seven years earlier, when studios could release cartoons like Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Antz...READ MORE

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In 30 Seconds: Green Lantern, Popper's Penguins, Super 8, Tree of Life!

06/17/2011 Comments (2)

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Now that “Reel Faith” is back in production, I have to face the sad truth that I no longer have the time to invest writing 30-second reviews in verse. We’re still doing 30-second reviews, but they’re more straightforward now. Here are the latest from both David and myself, including Green Lantern, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Super 8 and Tree of Life.

Incidentally, have you been watching “Reel Faith”? Episode 2 (featuring Super 8, The Tree of Life and The Hangover Part 2) is still up at the show’s website (and probably will be all weekend), and Episode 3 (featuring Green Lantern, Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Judy Moody) airs tonight at 8:30pm ET on NET (watch online).

Incidentally, as you can...READ MORE

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Kids Say the Darndest Things

06/13/2011 Comments (36)

Catie loves Decent Films.

Most non-parents can pretty much skip this blog post, I guess. Well, unless they are about to become parents, and/or unless they’re fans of “The Simpsons” and/or the old 1960s “Spider-Man” TV show. (I’ll explain. It has to do with a song that our daughter Catie, who is not yet three, made up recently.)

First, though, let me note that ever since the invention of writing, parents have felt that they ought to transcribe the adorable, silly and/or incomprehensible things their kids say, which you always think you’ll remember but you never do. Many parents actually succeed in doing this, but often only for the first kid. The first kid also has whole photo albums dedicated to him or her (I refer...READ MORE

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J. J. Abrams does Spielberg in Super 8

06/10/2011 Comments (41)

Super 8 is the rarest thing in the world nowadays, a movie that wants to surprise you. It comes to theaters in unusual secrecy, amid a marketing compaign emphasizing suspense and anticipation over giving everything away. Somehow or other I got to the theater knowing practically nothing about the film except for the names of writer-director J. J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg. That’s next to impossible with most movies nowadays.

If Hollywood has learned anything in the last few decades, it’s that the last thing audiences want is anything unexpected. If audiences loved The Hangover once, they’ll love it even more the second time around, beat for beat, in the sequel. If they loved...READ MORE

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In 30 Seconds: Panda 2, Priest, Bridesmaids, X-Men!

06/07/2011 Comments (8)

“Reel Faith” is back in production (last week’s season premiere is currently archived at the show’s website if you haven’t seen it yet), but David and I are still doing 30-second reviews, right in the theater, which may take getting used to.

Last week we did two apiece: I did Kung Fu Panda 2 and Priest, while David did X-Men: First Class and Bridesmaids. I had a lot of fun with the rhymes for Kung Fu Panda 2, and as for Priest, I’ve finally worked in limericks! (Note: See also my full reviews of X-Men: First Class, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Priest.)

More 30-second reviews—lots more!

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Reel Faith Season 2 Begins!

06/03/2011 Comments (1)

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WE’RE BACK!

Summer means movie season—and this year it also means the second season of “Reel Faith” on NET NY, available in the New York area on cable (channel 97 Time Warner, channel 30 Cablevision) and streaming on the Internet everywhere at NetNY.net.

The season premiere airs tonight, Friday, June 3 at 8:30pm Eastern, and will be archived at the “Reel Faith” website afterwards, so if you miss the live webcast you can catch the show at NET’s homepage you can still catch up with it next week.

Every week on “Reel Faith” David DiCerto and I bring you movie clips and discussion about opening and recent movies. This week we discuss four movies—X-Men: First Class, Kung Fu Panda 2, Pirates...READ MORE

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30-Second Review Madness!

06/03/2011 Comments (4)

Over the last several months, while “Reel Faith” has been on hiatus, my co-host David DiCerto and I have kept our hands in the game a bit by taping 30-second video reviews. I’ve blogged mine as they became available, but to celebrate tonight’s season 2 premiere of “Reel Faith” I’ve collected every single 30-second review I could find done by either David or myself. Here they all are, in alphabetical order. If you’ve missed any, please enjoy them!

And please, let me know what you think.

I’ve had a blast scripting my 30-second reviews in rhyming verse—and occasionally using props and costumes—and I hope it’s made them entertaining to watch. David, on the other hand, has done more...READ MORE

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Steven D. Greydanus
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Deacon Steven D. Greydanus is film critic for the National Catholic Register, creator of Decent Films, and a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Newark. With David DiCerto, he co-hosts the Gabriel Award–winning cable TV show “Reel Faith” for New Evangelization Television. Steven has degrees in media arts and religious studies, and has contributed several entries to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, including “The Church and Film” and a number of filmmaker biographies. He has also written about film for the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy. He has a BFA in Media Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and an MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, PA. Steven and his wife Suzanne have seven children.