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The Reel March Madness: March 2018

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— by Tyler Carlos — As the shortest, and yet somehow longest, month comes to a close, the moviegoers have much to be excited about as we head into March. Similar to last year, it seems that movie studios are eager to release some of the most anticipated titles to end the first quarter of 2018 with a bang. Each week …

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‘The Pursuit of Self-Discovery’: Why Independent Cinema is an Aspiring Filmmaker’s Greatest Asset

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– By Ben Escobar – How many times have you seen a really good movie and immediately after can’t help but say, “I want to make movies like that one day,” and then you give it a shot, but then end up failing miserably? Depending on the number of movies you’ve made, probably more than you’re comfortable with. We’ve all been …

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‘Broadchurch’ Flips the Procedural Script

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– By Carly Twehous – Admittedly, I have a bit of a personal vendetta against procedural crime shows. Let’s do a head count. Name all the cop shows on network television today. All the variations and flavors of C.S.I., N.C.I.S., and Law & Order, Criminal Minds, Castle, Bones, Blue Bloods, Blindspot, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Sorry, Marvel. I still love you.), …

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10 Biggest Oscar Snubs of All Time

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–By Sam Hendrian– “And the winner is… La La Land!” A few moments later… “Actually, Moonlight won.” So went one of the biggest flubs in Oscar history at the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony in 2017. While legitimate mistakes like this have not been made too often over the course of Academy Awards history, many decisions that opinionated movie fans …

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A Superhero-King Confronts the Sins of His Father in ‘Black Panther’

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(2018—Director: Ryan Coogler) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★½ (out of 5 stars) “A man who has not prepared his children for his own death has failed as a father.” — T’Chaka (John Kani) to T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) Potential spoilers below Greetings, cinema of 2018! It is hard to believe that I have jumped from watching around …

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Alumni Successfully Launch ‘The Catholic Card Game’

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“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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‘Boyhood’: A Bittersweet Return to Adolescence

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– By Ben Escobar – If someone were to ask me about my favorite memory of my senior year of high school, the first thing that comes to mind is the life-changing night that I watched the masterpiece by Richard Linklater that is known simply as, Boyhood. Having not known much about the film, other than its iconic 12-year production using …

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Winning Essay: The Power of The Lego Movie

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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

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–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

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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 …