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On ‘The Dark Knight’ and the Tactics of Satan

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Featured, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Evil is not always depicted accurately in art, especially in works intended to entertain the masses. Bumbling, relatively un-scary villains are all too common in films, and corruption is often startlingly portrayed as lighthearted and humorous rather than a serious threat to the goodness in Man’s …

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On ‘Jaws’ and Resisting Cowardice

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Featured, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Of all the things that unite us as human beings, one of the most prominent is fear. Fears vary from person to person, but they apply similar amounts of pressure; that is, they can make or break a person’s character. Steven Spielberg’s suspense classic Jaws (1975) …

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On ‘E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,’ Friendship, and Motherhood

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Featured, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “I’ll be right here.” Such are the simple but transcendentally comforting words that any of us would love to hear from someone we cherish. A promise of spiritual companionship even when worlds apart, they are the last lines the alien creature E.T. speaks to the human …

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On ‘Schindler’s List,’ Human Value, and the Mysterious Power of Grace

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Featured, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.” So goes a Jewish proverb that Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley) uses to console a regret-haunted Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) at the end of Steven Spielberg’s life-affirming masterpiece Schindler’s List (1993). These simple yet poignant words capture the essence …

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On ‘A Quiet Place’ and What It Truly Means to Be Pro-Life

In Featured, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

–By Sam Hendrian– Spoilers Below The label “pro-life” is thrown around constantly in America’s ongoing abortion debate. Many people interpret this label to mean pro the life of an unborn child and any life that society deems unworthy of the utmost protection. While this interpretation is not wrong, it is incomplete. After all, the word “life” refers not only to …

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On ‘The Breakfast Club’ and Youthful Restlessness

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Featured, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “When you grow up, your heart dies.” So goes the haunting statement made by high schooler Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy) to her fellow detention inmates towards the end of John Hughes’s popular film The Breakfast Club (1985). While such a bold statement may seem unfairly cynical, …

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Mentor Reflections: Chris Riley’s Advice for Screenwriters

In Featured, Industry Insights by Impact Admin

– By Sam Hendrian – JPCatholic screenwriting professor Chris Riley’s professional career in film has included fourteen years in the script department at Warner Brothers and multiple screenplays, including the award-winning courtroom thriller After the Truth. He also wrote The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style, which is used as a textbook in film schools across …

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MBA Students Attend Sundance Film Festival

In Campus News by Sam Hendrian

 – By Sam Hendrian – This past January, JPCatholic directing professor Nathan Scoggins took four MBA students to Sundance, the country’s largest independent film festival. Staged in Park City, Utah, and founded in 1978, it showcases films of all genres from filmmakers around the world. The four students who attended were Mary Pelchat, Vince Salerno, Gabe Moore, and J.J. Schindler, all …

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“Don’t Dream It, Make It!” – Film Club at JPCatholic

In Campus News by Impact Admin

  Pictured: Concept art for Roy, by Joe Fifelski –By Sam Hendrian– “You shouldn’t dream your film, you should make it!” Such is the wisdom that legendary director Steven Spielberg imparts to all filmmakers, young and old. Here at JPCatholic, lots of young filmmakers take these words to heart and get busy turning their dreams into reality using the University’s …