We have our own Hero’s Journey to fulfill

By John Ruberry As we are in the Lenten season it is natural to look at Christ's life and teachings--even if you are not a person of faith or you are a believer of a non-Christian religion. In these reflections, however, what is often overlooked is that Jesus faced three temptations. I was reminded of … Continue reading We have our own Hero’s Journey to fulfill

Premiering this week: “Unplanned”

The film Unplanned is coming to theaters beginning March 29. Its related web site lets you find where the movie is showing in your area. I saw an advance screening a few weeks ago, and I think it's a story that deserves to be better known. (The following review first appeared on my blog Leaven … Continue reading Premiering this week: “Unplanned”

Monday Thoughts Under the Fedora: Michael Who? (TV) Movies of the 30’s The Orville, Get Ready for $8 Pizza, More Titles for Boston?

With Radio Stations removing Michael Jackson from their playlists and even the Simpsons are removing his episode from their rotation and new DVD it's easy to forget that the revelations in the latest Documentary concerning Michael Jackson and children not only confirmed things that the general public suspected was true. However it's much more important … Continue reading Monday Thoughts Under the Fedora: Michael Who? (TV) Movies of the 30’s The Orville, Get Ready for $8 Pizza, More Titles for Boston?

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