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Three Coins in the Fountain: Movie Review

— By Timmerie Millington — I recently watched the Golden Age film, Three Coins in the Fountain for the first time on Netflix.  This is a classic movie everyone should watch.  Three Coins in the Fountain will leave you reflecting on relationships, deception, and sacrifices, and not to mention nostalgically musing on time spent in Rome or pining for future …

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Why a missionary in Africa became a Hollywood actor

(Pictured: Eddie Kaulukukui in the film 40 Nights, which tells the story of the pre-ministry life of Jesus and the time He spent in the wilderness for 40 nights after being baptized by John the Baptist.) The following article is part of a reflection from the “Hollywood Mentor Series.” Through the Hollywood Mentor Series students in JPCatholic’s MBA in Film Producing program get the …

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Five Hundred, Twenty-Five Thousand, Six Hundred Minutes

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Review By Carly Twehous Stars Hollow, Connecticut and the spunky mother-daughter duo of Lorelei and Lorelei (Rory) Gilmore immediately captured the hearts of viewers way back in 2000, when it first aired. Back then, Rory was a high school sophomore, who always had her nose in a book, and Lorelei was a fast-talking, …

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Love in the Time of Genocide: ‘The Promise’ Review

(2017—Director: Terry George) ★★★ (out of 5 stars) For much of his career, Irish writer-director Terry George drew from his experiences of the Irish “Troubles” to craft absorbing tales of perseverance in an oppressive landscape. This ranges from Daniel Day-Lewis and Pete Postlethwaite getting framed and imprisoned for a crime they didn’t commit in 1993’s In the Name of the …

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The Work-Life Balance in Filmmaking

In this bonus clip from our Faculty Insights Interview, filmmaker Nathan Scoggins discusses keeping a work life balance in the film industry. To see our entire interview with Professor Scoggins click here. Click here for a bonus clip on “Evoking Emotions through Film” Click here for a bonus clip on “The Power of Super Hero Stories”

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An American Horror Story: Review of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

— By Carly Twehous — Best-selling author, Margaret Atwood, published her prolific dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, in 1985, a year after George Orwell’s famous Big Brother society was supposed to take place. Western culture, it seems, has an innate fascination with end-of-society epics and forlorn, tragic heroes. There an inherent cultural fear that began with Orwell and Aldus Huxley …

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‘Alien: Covenant’—Michael Fassbender(s) Steals the Show

(2017—Director: Ridley Scott) ★★★ 1/2  (out of 5 stars) (Potential spoilers below) 2017 marks the fortieth year in the career of celebrated director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, The Martian). Scott at the moment appears to devote the majority of his interests and seasoned talents in returning to the roots of Alien, his 1979 commercial breakthrough, through a more intelligent …

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‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’—Legend Meets Excessive Style

(2017—Director: Guy Ritchie) ★★ 1/2 (out of 5 stars) Director Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) tends to emphasize style over substance in his films. This remains the case with his latest work—Warner Bros.’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Ritchie tries to combine the classical nature of Arthurian legends with his trademark montages and quick cuts. The …

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History And Myth

American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Review By Carly Twehous On June 12, 1994, Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman were brutally murdered in a ritzy Los Angles neighborhood that, up until this date in history, hadn’t seen a crime worse than petty theft. The high-profile neighborhood and the celebrity status of one of the victims began a brand new era …

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’: A Spirited Comic Book Sequel

(2017—Director: James Gunn) ★★★ 1/2  (out of 5 stars) The first Guardians of the Galaxy came out in August of 2014. It surprised many with its playful tone and the charisma of its ensemble. With James Gunn returning to write and direct, the sequel (subtitled Vol. 2) delivers the same characters and amps up the colorful fun for the most …