60s are Back! Cloudy 2! Wizard of Oz! Rush! Prisoners!

09/27/2013 Comments (1)

My second year of diaconal studies are well underway, but I’ve got a couple of full-length reviews coming up: Gravity and 12 Years a Slave.

Meanwhile, David and I have returned to NET and shot some new 60 second reviews. Here’s the first batch!

By the way, if you didn’t know, The Wizard of Oz is in theaters for one more week, till October 3, in IMAX and IMAX 3D. Do not miss this chance to see this classic on the big screen.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (SDG)

Part of me kind of wishes they had kept the original title, Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers. (See my full review of the original.)

The Wizard of Oz (SDG)

Digitally remastered from the original negatives,...READ MORE

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Go Home New York Times, You’re Drunk

09/20/2013 Comments (115)

"The Times said what?!"

So apparently The New York Times is so beside itself over Pope Francis' epic interview yesterday, it can't decide what it wants to say about it.

In fact, in less than 24 hours, it seems there've been at least three different headlines for the same story: an inflammatory headline, a more moderate one, and then a crazy, go-for-broke moonbat insane headline.

The original headline (still preserved in the article URL) was bad enough:

Pope Bluntly Faults Church's Focus on Gays and Abortion

After that, for some reason, in an apparent fit of moderation, a more accurate headline was substituted:

Pope, Criticizing Narrow Focus, Calls for Church as 'Home for All'

Well, of course that...READ MORE

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So Long! Farewell!

08/27/2013 Comments (31)

Labor Day isn’t until next week, but for all practical intents and purposes it’s time to say goodbye to the summer season. This past weekend Suz and I drove Sarah back to Christendom College — and this week I begin year 2 of my diaconal studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary.

And that means that, along with my studies, it’s time, alas, to resume my semi-hiatus from film reviewing. Over the summer I enjoyed a prolific streak, reviewing movies almost every week, in writing, in 60-second reviews and on “Reel Faith.” (By the way, our “Reel Faith” summer season finale, with summer round-up and fall preview, is online at the show’s website.)

Now, though, it’s time to go back to reviewing...READ MORE

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Reel Faith season finale! In 60 seconds: The Butler! Elysium! More!

08/19/2013 Comments (3)

Last week David DiCerto and I wrapped up our fourth summer season of “Reel Faith” with reviews of Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Elysium, looking back over the best and worst films of summer and ahead to the coming fall season.

Our season finale aired Friday at 8pm, and will be available soon on the show’s website. At this writing it’s not too late to catch the previous episode, in which we review Disney’s Planes, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and We’re The Millers.

If you’ve enjoyed “Reel Faith,” or our 60 second reviews, please stop by the show’s Facebook page and like us!

Meanwhile, enjoy the latest 60 second reviews. (For more 60s, including The Wolverine, 2 Guns and Smurfs 2, see...READ MORE

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In 60 Seconds: The Wolverine! 2 Guns! Smurfs 2! More!

08/02/2013 Comments (13)

Tonight on “Reel Faith” David and I review The Wolverine, 2 Guns, and Smurfs 2 (and I catch up with The Heat). Tune in tonight at 8pm EDT (watch NET live). You can also see last week’s episode at our website.

If you enjoy the 60s below, please do me a favor and like us on Facebook! Thanks.

The Wolverine (SDG)

He’s the best there is as what he does, but what he does isn’t very nice. In a summer of overcooked Big Macs, Hugh Jackman’s latest is a gingery palate cleanser.

2 Guns (SDG)

Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are two great tastes that taste great together. So why did this film leave a sour taste in my mouth?

Smurfs 2 (DD)

David says the sequel is an upgrade on...READ MORE

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In 60 Seconds: Turbo! The Conjuring! Pacific Rim! Fruitvale Station!

07/19/2013 Comments (4)

The last two episodes of “Reel Faith” I think are among our best.

Last week’s episode, with The Lone Ranger, Despicable Me 2 and The Way, Way Back, is up right now at the “Reel Faith” website, and will be available through the weekend.

Tonight’s episode, with The Conjuring, Turbo and Pacific Rim, airs tonight at 8pm EDT (watch NET live), and will be up at the website sometime early next week.

Check them out — and if you like the show, or if you enjoy the 60 second reviews below, do me a favor and visit the “Reel Faith” Facebook page and “like” it.

P.S. Do not miss the 60 second review of Fruitvale Station below. You may not have heard of this one — an indie drama about the last...READ MORE

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In 60 Seconds: Despicable Me 2! Lone Ranger! More!

07/12/2013 Comment

The latest season of “Reel Faith” is going strong—we’ve just wrapped our seventh episode, airing tonight, and while I haven’t seen it yet, I think it may be one of our best. David and I rip into The Lone Ranger and talk about Steve Carrell’s summer, from Despicable Me 2 to The Way, Way Back.

There’s nothing like “Reel Faith” on Catholic TV, and I hope you’ll check us out tonight at 8pm EDT (watch NET live). If you’ve enjoyed our show—or our 60 Second Reviews—do me a favor and stop by the Reel Faith Show Facebook page and either leave us a message, or click “like,” or both. Your support helps the show, and helps me. Thanks! 

Either way, enjoy the 60s! (For more 60s, including dueling...READ MORE

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SDG’s Very, Very Little Movie Glossary

My sometimes obscure review tagging system — explained!

07/06/2013 Comments (36)

Yes, I really have two different terms named after Aragorn. No, I have no excuse for that.

Roger Ebert’s Little Movie Glossary is a minor classic of meta-criticism and an entertaining skewering of movie foibles. We’ve all seen the Climbing Villain, the Nerd Rule and the Waterfall Rule in action, and maybe we were willing to overlook them before, but once a name has been put to them, we start hooting and eye-rolling as soon as we see them coming.

This little essay is barely a footnote to Ebert’s book. Still, in the dozen or so years that I’ve been writing movie reviews, I’d like to think I’ve come up with a few witty, possibly even useful terms — Everything Picture, Medieval Grunge and Mythology-Bound among them — that might contribute to movie discussion.

Anyway, they’ve been...READ MORE

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About Steven D. Greydanus

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Steven D. Greydanus is film critic for the National Catholic Register and Decent Films, the online home for his film writing. He writes regularly for Christianity Today, Catholic World Report and other venues, and is a regular guest on several radio shows. Steven 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. He is pursuing diaconal studies in the Archdiocese of Newark. Steven and Suzanne have seven children.