Vampire Notes

Vampire Notes

The movie Breaking Dawn, Part I, is about to hit theaters. This and other media productions like The Gates, The Vampire Diaries, and True Blood, are just a few of the recent crop of vampire stories. But the fear that motivated the stories of those grave robbers stems from a long history of folklore reaching […]

Mighty Macs

Mighty Macs

  Great sports movie about unlikely heroes. Based very closely on a true story.   (Spoiler alert) A small, Catholic women’s college (Immaculata College) in the suburbs of Philadelphia is facing closure at the beginning of the 1970’s.  A new coach is hired for the girls’ basketball team.  But she has no budget, no uniforms, […]

Johnny English Reborn

Johnny English Reborn

  Good movie for comic relief. Slapstick spy movie, along the classical lines of Get Smart. Best scene is in the beginning, while the hero is still at the Buddhist monastery: hilarious, although silly. Of course that scene is relived in another context at the end of the movie. I’ve seen funnier movies, but this […]

Colt McCoy: Beyond Expectations

Colt McCoy: Beyond Expectations

(October 31, 2011)  Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy is only in his second year in the NFL, but he has already surprised many critics by his ability to compete better than most people thought he would.   Colt credits his ability to play beyond expectations to his upbringing. He says his parents and his faith […]

Footloose

Footloose

A dance movie produced by MTV and Spyglass Entertainment. (A remake of the 1984 movie)   The storyline is this: (spoiler alert!) 1. A town creates a law against provocative dancing after four teens are killed in a tragic car accident. 2. Three years later a new boy (played by Kenny Wormald) shows up in town: […]

The Way

The Way

  Adults will find this movie interesting, but teenagers may not like its slow pace and understated message. A man dies when he is beginning a walking pilgrimage.  His grief-stricken father (played by Martin Sheen) decides to do the walk in his son’s place. The walk  is from southern France to the shrine of St. […]

Real Steel

Real Steel

I didn’t think I was going to like this movie, but I did. My fear was that the robot fighting element would make the movie totally stupid, but I found that the story line around the reconciliation between the boy and his long-absent dad grabbed my attention much more than the stupid robot fighting scenes. […]

Wall Street Protests

Wall Street Protests

Over the last weeks there have been numerous protests on the streets of New York and around the world about corporate greed. Participants in these protests are trying to draw attention to how greed has damaged the economy and contributed to the loss of many jobs.   It is true that businesses always have a […]

Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn

  The movie version of the Twilight series is reaching its end. This month the second-to-last installment of the movie version was released to theaters. The movie shows the marriage of the heroine Bella, the human girl, to her great love, Edward Cullen, the vampire. Fiction, yeah, but interesting. The movie also shows the pregnancy […]

Courageous

Courageous

This movie tells a moving story about a group of five men discovering their call to be better fathers. They make this discovery as they struggle with danger, tragedy, joy, and heartbreak in their lives. The movie does a good job but sometimes comes across a bit too heavy handed when dealing with conversion and […]