60 Sec Reviews: Avengers! Dark Shadows! More!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 12:36 PM Comments (8)

Latest 60 Second Reviews! Enjoy!

The Avengers (SDG)

The Avengers (DD)

Dark Shadows (SDG)

Think Like a Man (DD)

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Dark Shadows: The Vampire & the Mirror Ball

Friday, May 11, 2012 9:21 AM Comments (13)

“Dark Shadows” occupied a unique place on the narrow spectrum of afternoon television programming in the late 1960s and early 1970s. A gothic daytime soap opera with paranormal elements, it gave the world the first vampire heartthrob, Barnabas Collins, played by Jonathan Frid (who died only a few weeks ago).

For a generation of housewives, Barnabas was a figure of immortal intrigue and romance long before the similarly named (and less age-appropriate) Edward Cullen or Buffy’s romances with Angel and Spike. For a generation of youngsters, too, “Dark Shadows” was a daily after-school dose of shivery thrills.

Unsurprisingly, both Tim Burton and Johnny Depp were part of this “Dark...READ MORE

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60 Sec Reviews: The Pirates! Cabin in the Woods! Chimps! Hunger Games!

Friday, April 27, 2012 7:47 AM Comments (0)

The latest batch of 60-second reviews is here! Enjoy!

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (SDG)

The Cabin in the Woods (SDG)

Chimpanzee (SDG)

The Hunger Games (SDG)

The Three Stooges (DD)

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60 Sec Reviews: The Pirates! Cabin in the Woods! Chimps! Hunger Games!

Friday, April 27, 2012 6:50 AM Comments (0)

The latest batch of 60-second reviews is here! Enjoy!

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (SDG)

The Cabin in the Woods (SDG)

Chimpanzee (SDG)

The Hunger Games (SDG)

The Three Stooges (DD)

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When Devotions Aren't Helpful

Friday, April 13, 2012 8:24 AM Comments (163)

Suz and I have a framed Divine Mercy image in our living room — not the most popular and widely disseminated version of the image (like the one on the right), but a different one that we greatly prefer.

We’ve never liked the Divine Mercy images you see on most holy cards and website — the ones based on the 1943 painting by Adolf Hyla, with Jesus tilting his head to one side and making good eye contact with the viewer. To our eyes this Jesus looks too much like the mild, slightly effeminate, northern European Jesus of too much sentimental Protestant devotional art — something that, as converts, we’re more than slightly allergic to.

Everything about the Hyla-influenced Divine Mercy...READ MORE

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Habemus Papam?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 1:40 PM Comments (7)

Do we have a pope? Do we even have a movie?

The premise for Nanni Moretti's lightweight comedy/drama Habemus Papam or We Have a Pope is an intriguing one: What if a newly elected pope had a panic attack after accepting his election, feeling overwhelmed and unable to lead, or even to appear at the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica and give his first Urbi et Orbi blessing, and retreated into the depths of the Apostolic Palace?

I'm not talking about a momentary emotional breakdown. The election process provides for that: Adjacent to the Sistine Chapel is the Room of Tears, to which the the newly elected pope retreats after accepting his election in order to don the white papal...READ MORE

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60 Sec Reviews: 21 Jump Street! Wrath! Kid w/Bike! October Baby! More!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 12:38 PM Comments (12)

Here's the second installment of my new Reel Faith 60-second reviews, for the crude comedy 21 Jump Street, the Dardennes' masterful The Kid with a Bike and the action sequel Wrath of the Titans.

I've also included David DiCerto's latest 60-second reviews for October Baby, The Hunger Games and Undefeated.

What do you think of the new 60-second format? The comboxes for these posts are always quiet, but they get a lot of hits, so I know y'all are out there watching. Is this approach working for you? Let me know.

21 Jump Street (SDG)

The Kid with a Bike (SDG)

Wrath of the Titans (SDG)

October Baby

The Hunger Games

Undefeated

 

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Saving the Titanic on PBS

Friday, March 30, 2012 9:41 PM Comments (4)

Titanic is like a stage where God says to you, “You have two hours to play out the rest of your life. What will you be? Will you be a hero? Will you be a coward?”

Those words, uttered by Titanic actor Bill Paxton in James Cameron’s other film about the Titanic, the undersea documentary Ghosts of the Abyss, are about as appropriate a prelude to one of my grievances with Cameron’s mega-hit as anything.

It is a moral crime that Cameron’s film, which has sadly become the definitive retelling of the story for our generation, is so stunted in its depiction of the range of human moral behavior in times of crisis. Titanic highlights and indeed exaggerates the cowardice, the folly, the...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.