Reviews of two Netflix documentaries, Being Napoleon and Sad Hill Unearthed

By John Ruberry Because American politics, in my view, is dead in the water right now due of the partial government shut down--"Build the wall!" No, "Tear down the existing wall," I think today is a great time to take a peek at a couple of worthwhile Netflix documentaries. Being Napoleon explores the bicentennial reenactment … Continue reading Reviews of two Netflix documentaries, Being Napoleon and Sad Hill Unearthed

Review: The director’s cut of Heaven’s Gate

By John Ruberry Over the last few years I've been encountering snippets here and there about how that 1981 movie bomb, Heaven's Gate, was in fact, a better film than the reputation that surrounds it. After the success of The Deer Hunter, which gained him a Best Picture and Best Director Oscar, Michael Cimino, the … Continue reading Review: The director’s cut of Heaven’s Gate

Voices of CMN 2018 Bud McFarlane and Ginny Mooney on the Messiah mini series

I spoke to William "Bud" McFarlane and Ginny Mooney about the upcoming mini series Messiah at the 2018 Catholic Marketing Network tradeshow in Lancaster PA. You can find out more about the mini-series here Aug 15th Voices of CMN 2018 Bud McFarlane and Ginny Mooney on the Messiah mini series Aug 14th Voices of CMN … Continue reading Voices of CMN 2018 Bud McFarlane and Ginny Mooney on the Messiah mini series

Report from Louisiana: Oscar Movie Marathon

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- My grown son and I have a tradition where each year we go see all the Oscar nominated movies: at least those in the main categories.  We don't always master this completely.  Last year I don't think there were any we wanted to see, but Usually we see most of … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Oscar Movie Marathon

Humphrey Bogart Explains Capitalism in Under a Minute

Linus Larrabee: This, this is my home, no wife would ever understand it. David Larrabee:  Well neither can I You've got all the money is the world. Linus Larrabee:  Well what's money got to do with it? If making money were all there was to business it hardly be worthwhile going into the office. Money … Continue reading Humphrey Bogart Explains Capitalism in Under a Minute

Review: Kathryrn Bigelow’s “Detroit”

By John Ruberry I was out of town in July when Detroit, the movie about the destructive 1967 riot and a police attack on a small group of guests at the Algiers Motel, hit the theaters. Directed by Kathryrn Bigelow, who is best known for Zero Dark Thirty and the Academy Award-winning The Hurt Locker, … Continue reading Review: Kathryrn Bigelow’s “Detroit”

Review: Karl Marx City

By John Ruberry If you know a millennial who craves communism, then I suggest that you sit that person down to watch the documentary Karl Marx City by Petra Epperlein and her husband, Michael Tucker, which was released last year. Epperlein was born in 1966 in Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany, which is now, as it was … Continue reading Review: Karl Marx City

Review: Kings of Kallstadt, a film about Trump’s ancestral home

By John Ruberry Deep in southwestern Germany in the Rhineland-Palatinate state lies the small village of Kallstadt, which has about 1,200 residents. It is well-known for two reasons. It's a stop on the German Wine Route and it's the ancestral home of Henry J. Heinz, the founder of the H.J. Heinz Company, and President Donald … Continue reading Review: Kings of Kallstadt, a film about Trump’s ancestral home

“The Case for Christ” is a high-quality movie in a genre known for rotten reviews

Being a Christian in Hollywood can be difficult. There aren't a ton of movies being made today that fit in with a believing actor's moral compass. Moreover, there's a stigma attached to many actors who willingly profess their faith just as there's a stigma against conservatives. As such, the average Christian-themed movie is pretty poorly … Continue reading “The Case for Christ” is a high-quality movie in a genre known for rotten reviews

Don’t go anywhere with Tom Hanks!

It's Saint Patrick's Day, and I'm taking a break from politics, which always includes watching a movie. I've been a Tom Hanks fan since his Bosom Buddies days (1980-1982, that's how old I am), a series oddly prescient of some of today's headlines, Two young single ad men must disguise themselves as women to live … Continue reading Don’t go anywhere with Tom Hanks!

Mike Flynn: The Deep State Establishment Empire fights Back

Malone: [stopping at a post office] Well, here we are. Ness: What are we doing here? Malone: Liquor raid. Ness: [looking at the police station across the street] Here? Malone: Mr. Ness, everybody knows where the booze is. The problem isn't finding it, the problem is who wants to cross Capone. [...Enters Post office and … Continue reading Mike Flynn: The Deep State Establishment Empire fights Back

The Captains Courageous Presidency

Back in December we reprinted my post from Ladd Ehlinger's site on the movie Captains Courageous from 1937 as an appropriate repost with the election of Donald Trump because the posts in this series: serve to explain what happened to our friends on the left who are still pulling out their hair over the events … Continue reading The Captains Courageous Presidency

Movies And The Culture Wars: Part 2 Captains Courageous: 1937

This is the 2nd of three guest posts I did for Ladd Ehlinger's site back in late 2011.  I'm reprinting them here (With Ladd's permission) because I think the election of Donald Trump is a significant event in the culture wars and these posts (and the follow ups that I intend to write) serve to explain what … Continue reading Movies And The Culture Wars: Part 2 Captains Courageous: 1937

Donald Trump, Gunga Din and the return of Manliness as a virtue

A few weeks ago we reprinted the first of what will be three pieces on movies and the culture wars on the picture Gunga Din. When getting permission to reprint these pieces I stated that with the election of Trump the cultural significance of these pieces and these movies had increased. Why? Consider this passage … Continue reading Donald Trump, Gunga Din and the return of Manliness as a virtue