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Alumni Successfully Launch ‘The Catholic Card Game’

In Alumni Profiles, Campus News, Featured by Impact Admin

“Stop your prayers to St. Jude, because here it is: a game that is made by Catholics, for Catholics. Finally, a party game that is everything you could hope for. Well, it doesn’t guarantee salvation, but it’s fun, witty, and contains inside jokes that only Catholics would understand.” Matt and Lisa Martinusen both graduated from John Paul the Great Catholic …

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Winning Essay: The Power of The Lego Movie

In Featured, Movie & TV Reviews, Posts by Impact Admin

John Paul the Great Catholic University believes in the power of story to impact us in profound ways. The Power of Story Essay Contest asks prospective students (juniors or seniors in high school) to write an essay reflecting on a story they have experienced (could be a Film, TV show, Play, Novel, Video Game, or Graphic Novel) that was particularly effective …

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For the Season of Grace and Redemption: 10 Movies to Watch During Lent

In Faith, Film, and Culture, Featured, Media and Culture by Sam Hendrian

–By Sam Hendrian– Well, the season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving is upon us once again, and people will be scrambling to find something to give up or good deeds/spiritually-fruitful activities to perform. While watching movies may not be everyone’s idea of a fruitful Lenten activity (some people respectably sacrifice television for the season), there are several mainstream films that …

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An Inside Look: Working in Hollywood as a Christian

In Faith, Film, and Culture, Featured, Media and Culture by Sam Hendrian

For years, many Christian circles have held an “Us-vs-Them” mentality when it comes to Hollywood. The industry represents a kind of modern-day Nineveh that exports its secular culture and moral depravity across the globe. But are “Christian” and “Hollywood” really antonyms? Three JPCatholic professors and long-time Hollywood veterans shared their experiences of being a Christian in the film industry, while …

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Up-and-Coming Catholic Production Company Produces ‘The Hidden Rebellion’

In Faith, Film, and Culture, Featured, Media and Culture, Posts by Sam Hendrian

–By Sam Hendrian– On the rise in the entertainment industry is an up-and-coming Catholic production company called For You, Joan, LLC. Founded by Daniel Rabourdin, a French immigrant and former host/producer of Theology of the Table at EWTN, its goal is to produce universally-appealing movies that powerfully yet subtly transmit important messages about our modern times. Its first production as …

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Seven Valentine’s Movies for the Seven Heavenly Virtues

In Featured, Media and Culture by Sam Hendrian

–By Sam Hendrian– Valentine’s Day (and Lent) is here, and chocolate (and people giving up chocolate) abounds. While the word “love” has been grossly commercialized and abused throughout history, it is important to remember its true meaning and purpose: the selfless giving of one’s self. As my favorite high school teacher once challenged us, “sacrificial love” is redundant. Immersing ourselves …

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‘Mary & the Witch’s Flower’: Studio Ponoc’s Safe But Assured Feature Debut

In Featured, Media and Culture, Movie & TV Reviews, Renard's Movie Reviews by Impact Admin

(2017—Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (out of 5 stars) “What’s done is done until it’s undone.” — The Incantation for “the Spell to Undo All Magic” Potential spoilers below It saddened the animation world in 2014 when Japan’s famous Studio Ghibli announced that it will go on an indefinite hiatus. This followed the announced retirement …