Singing to Babies (and Kids)

09/04/2012 Comments (32)

Our new arrival, Matthew, is going on a month old, and he’s learning a lot about the world. One of the things he’s learning is that when Papa holds him, it’s not delicious like with Mama — but Papa sings songs, which seems to interest him. Suz says that when he’s not hungry he seems to prefer to be held by Papa, which may have as much to do with my patented rocking hold technique as my crooning, but I like to think the crooning helps too.

I’ve always sung songs to all our kids. We sing hymns every evening with prayers, and occasionally I sing religious songs, but for the most part my eclectic repertoire centers on folk, work songs, lullabies and songs for children.

When I was a kid I...READ MORE

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Announcement: Where I’ll Be and What I’ll Be Doing

08/21/2012 Comments (45)

Saint Stephen the Protomartyr: Ora pro nobis.

Everything is always changing, but August 2012 will go down as a month of particularly momentous milestones for the Greydanus family—some of which will have repercussions on my life and work, including my film review work, for many years to come.

Just a few days ago, our eldest, Sarah Elisabeth, left us and began life at college—the first of our children to depart the nest. (If you missed my blog post on Sarah’s review of Whisper of the Heart, check it out.)

The week before that, Suz and I welcomed our seventh child, Matthew Richard. Around the same time, I wrapped up the third summer season of “Reel Faith.” (If you missed our season finale, catch it at the show’s website (coming...READ MORE

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In 60 Seconds: ParaNorman! Odd Life of Timothy Green! Bourne! Total Recall!

08/16/2012 Comment

Latest 60s … enjoy!

Note: If you want my take on The Odd Life of Timothy Green, be sure to tune into the season finale of “Reel Faith” on Friday, August 17 at 8pm ET (watch NET live). See also the penultimate episode (still available on the show’s website) for my takes on The Bourne Legacy and Total Recall.

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Total Recall (DD)

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Sarah Greydanus Reviews Whisper of the Heart

08/14/2012 Comments (23)

Note: Eight years ago, I collaborated with my nine-year-old daughter Sarah on a brief review of an animated film starring Clifford the Big Red Dog. It seems like yesterday, yet here Sarah is about to be a college student. In fact, she's leaving us this week. Her writing and her critical insights have matured a great deal in the last eight years, and over the years she's tried her hand at a few more movie reviews. This one, an essay on the Studio Ghibli coming-of-age tale Whisper of the Heart, is, I think, one of her best; certainly the first review I wrote as a college graduate (for the Warren Beatty film Dick Tracy, as I recall) doesn't hold a candle to this. Sarah captures this film so...READ MORE

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In 60 Seconds: Ruby Sparks! Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3!

08/03/2012 Comment

Latest 60s. Enjoy!

Ruby Sparks (SDG)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (DD)

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Lots of 60s! The Watch! Dark Knight Rises! Savages! Spider-Man! More!

07/27/2012 Comments (2)

I've been out of pocket a bit recently, so I've got quite a backlog of 60 Second Reviews! David DiCerto and I offer our takes on The Watch, The Dark Knight Rises, Savages, The Amazing Spider-Man, People Like Us, Ice Age: Continental Drift and Ted!

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The Dark Knight Rises (DD)

Savages (SDG)

The Amazing Spider-Man (SDG)

People Like Us (DD)

Ice Age: Continental Drift

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My favorite film blogging: Looking Closer & FilmChat

07/10/2012 Comments (13)

Regular readers have noticed that my film blogging has been lighter of late—and if anything, that trend is going to continue, for reasons that will become clear soon.

For now, though, I want to highlight a welcome development in film blogging that I’m very much looking forward to following in the months and years ahead.

Two of my dear friends and fellow film writers have joined the new Film channel at Patheos: Jeffrey Overstreet of Looking Closer and Peter Chattaway of FilmChat.

I’m especially pleased to see Peter coming out of a long blogging and writing hiatus. Jeff has remained consistently prolific as long as I’ve been reading him, but I’ve missed Peter’s presence for awhile,...READ MORE

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In 60 Seconds: To Rome With Love! Beasts of the Southern Wild! More!

06/29/2012 Comments (1)

Latest Reel Faith 60 Second Reviews … enjoy!

To Rome, With Love

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

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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.