Fences: My Favorite Play Becomes My Favorite Movie

If you haven’t seen Fences yet, run to the theatre. Oscar Worthy! On so many levels. This was my first Broadway play with Billy Dee Williams playing Troy Maxon! Denzel Washington captured the role perfectly in the movie along with Viola Davis as Rose. Fences is playwright August Wilson’s amazing tome about an inner city […]

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Desolation, Robin Williams and St. Ignatius

Desolation is the feeling that nothing matters, nothing can ever be set right again. God has no redemptive power and the world is meaningless. Desolation is the great abyss and Ignatius knew that we will all face it. Sometimes desolation is so severe that it takes over our minds to the point that we cannot […]

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Phillip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead

This just in from the NY Post: Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of an apparent drug overdose inside a Greenwich Village home on Sunday, cops said. Hoffman’s body was found by a friend at 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning in an apartment at 35 Bethune St., sources said. Cops are at the scene […]

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Do You Hear the People Sing?

I was a freshman in college the first time I saw Les Miserables on Broadway. I loved it. I spent hours with a borrowed soundtrack in the radio station listening to the songs on (of all things, an ancient artifact) the newsroom turntable. So I was skeptical that I would love the movie version of […]

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Thinkin’ Lincoln

If you haven’t seen the movie Lincoln yet…it’s a must-see and a very introspective movie. Daniel Day-Lewis has sewn up the Oscar for Best Actor and I think Sally Field will get much consideration for her role as Mary Todd Lincoln as well. The strength of the movie is how much they humanize Lincoln and […]

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Martin Sheen on The Way and More

If you haven’t seen the movie “The Way” yet, you are missing something indeed. This interview with Martin Sheen is incredible and discusses more than the movie. It dives into his inspiring life as a Catholic and as an actor who can simply be himself on the journey. Thanks to Jen Belock who pointed me […]

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Those Sexist Muppets

Peacebang, who is always insightful, mentioned her love for the muppets today but, also mentioned her distaste for an underlying (or perhaps not so underlying) sexism that runs through the recent movie. I get that the movie is a bit retro in its attitudes, as it’s trying to keep things innocent and fresh. I appreciate […]

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Pop Culture and Religion = Trying Too Hard

Over on Facebook, my colleague Tony Rossi over at the Christophers blogged a piece about how Greg Plageman a longtime TV writer got into the business because he noticed his then-students were more influenced by “Saved by the Bell” then by him as their teacher. My first thought was …Saved by the Bell?? You’ve got […]

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FOX Business Claims Muppets Are Communists

The Huffington Post has the scoop on the latest lunacy from FOX. I’d have watched it myself but I actually don’t like bile with my lunch. Last week, on the network’s “Follow the Money” program, host Eric Bolling went McCarthy on the new, Disney-released film, “The Muppets,” insisting that its storyline featuring an evil oil […]

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