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Scaling the Walls of Hollywood: Prof. Mortensen Discusses How to Stand Out

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– By Sam Hendrian – To make movies has been one of the most popular American dreams over the last century. In the digital age, this dream is easier to achieve than ever before, although perhaps not on a grand scale. To “make it big” in Hollywood is still a “many are called, few are chosen” sort of deal, with …

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Is MoviePass Sustainable?

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Professors Vernon Mortensen and Kevin Culbertson discuss MoviePass’ Business Model – By Sam Hendrian – While founded back in 2011, the moviegoing service MoviePass has soared to new heights of popularity in recent days because of its bold new service enhancement: subscription holders can now see a movie a day for only $9.95 a month at any participating theater location. …

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Soul-Eating Fame and Dishonest Love in ‘Sunset Boulevard’

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “I am big. It’s the pictures that got small!” So go the famous words of Norma Desmond, the delusional and ultimately crazy silent movie star at the center of Billy Wilder’s classic 1950 film Sunset Boulevard. Controversial at the time among Hollywood circles for its biting …

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Alumni Spotlight: Leah Murphy

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Year of Graduation: 2014 Major/Emphasis: B.S. in Communications Media, emphasis in New Evangelization Position: Coordinator of Digital Evangelization and Outreach at Life Teen, an international Catholic youth ministry. Where are you from originally? I am originally from San Diego, CA. Why did you choose JPCatholic for your education? I transferred into JPCatholic in my third year after attending Point Loma Nazarene University …

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An Unlikely Friendship Births a Cult Movie Phenomenon in ‘The Disaster Artist’

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(2017—Director: James Franco) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars) “Even the worst day on a movie set is better than the best day anywhere else.” — Carolyn Minnott (Jacki Weaver) to Greg Sestero (Dave Franco), Juliette Danielle (Ari Graynor), and Philip Haldiman (Josh Hutcherson) Potential spoilers below Any cinephile worth their salt will, at …

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‘Lady Bird’: Portrait of a Restless High School Senior

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(2017—Director: Greta Gerwig) ★★★★ (out of 5 stars) “The only thing exciting about 2002 is that it’s a palindrome.” — Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) to her mother Marion McPherson (Laurie Metcalf)  “Don’t you think they’re the same thing? Love and attention?” — Sister Sarah Joan (Lois Smith) to Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) Potential spoilers below From …

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Longing for Love in ‘On the Waterfront’

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – One of the most powerful and inspiring films of all time is Elia Kazan’s 1954 masterpiece On the Waterfront. Starring Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint, it masterfully conveys the longing we each have for love and respect amidst guilt and the acute knowledge of our …

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‘Jus in Bello’: The Punishment of ‘The Punisher’

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– By Carly Twehous – Jus in Bello = Right Conduct in War After completely stealing the show in the otherwise jumbled mess of a plot that was Season 2 of Daredevil, it was practically inevitable that Frank Castle would be deemed worthy of his own Netflix show. He’s an inherently fascinating character, especially when pitted against one Matt Murdock. …

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Music Unites Family in the Visual & Audial Splendor of ‘Coco’

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(2017—Director: Lee Unkrich) ★★★★ (out of 5 stars) “Remember me / Though I have to travel far / Remember me / Each time you hear a sad guitar…” Potential spoilers below Coco finds Pixar at the height of its powers as the preeminent storytellers of western cinematic animation. It originated from a concept centering on Mexico’s Día de Muertos (Español: “Day …