View Post

Reluctant Revenge and Biblical References in ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’

(2017—Director: Matt Reeves) Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars) “Maurice was right. I am like Koba. He could not escape his hate…and I still cannot escape mine.” – Caesar (Andy Serkis) Potential spoilers below The rebooted Planet of the Apes prequel trilogy has become the defining trilogy of the 2010s, managing to improve with each installment. Rise of the Planet …

View Post

Peter Just Can’t Wait to Be an Avenger in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

(2017—Director: Jon Watts) Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars) Earlier this year, I was visiting my local library when I came across a DVD of Cop Car, the 2015 sophomore effort of writer-director Jon Watts (Clown). I chose to borrow it. By the time its 88 minutes of kids joyriding in a police cruiser with corrupt cop Kevin Bacon hot on their …

View Post

Finding My Path at Skydance Media

(Pictured: An image from the upcoming film Geostorm, created by Skydance Media). — By Tyler Carlos, 2016 Graduate — During my final quarter in the MBA in Film Producing program at John Paul the Great Catholic University, I had the opportunity to intern at Skydance Media, a diversified media company that creates feature films, television, and interactive platforms. My internship …

View Post

Virgin Territory: A ‘Jane the Virgin’ Review

— By Carly Twehous — At a young age, Jane Villanueva made a promise to her telenovela-obsessed grandmother. Whilst holding a beautiful white flower in her hand, Jane swore to never crumble the flower of her virginity… Until marriage. Jane, ever the quirky, charming, loyal, and perfect granddaughter, keeps her promise to her grandmother, in the hopes of not ending …

View Post

Missionaries in Hollywood: Evangelizing through Film

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 meet and network with a variety of top executives and professionals in all sectors of the film industry in Los Angeles. MBA graduate Tyler Carlos shares the lessons he learned from these meetings: Our …

View Post

Hook, Line, and Sinker: A ‘Better Call Saul’ Review

— By Carly Twehous — Over the course of its five seasons Breaking Bad was able to accomplish something rather unique: it captivated the audience so much that, by the series finale, the show presented absolutely no characters with any semblance of a moral backbone. Breaking Bad became a series of choices between far lesser evils and roads paved with …

View Post

What the People Want: Review of HBO’s The Young Pope

— By Carly Twehous — Most people can reluctantly agree that when the phrases “fictional tale of modern Catholicism set in Vatican City” and “produced by HBO” are thrown around and mushed into the same sentence, assumptions are bound to be made. Those coming from a secular background with no influence from organized religion automatically assume that such a show …

View Post

Tumultuous Upbringings in ‘The Glass Castle’

(2017—Director: Destin Daniel Cretton) Low ★★★½ (out of 5 stars) “I swear, there are times I think that you’re the only one around who still has any faith in me.” — Rex Walls (Woody Harrelson) to his pre-teen daughter Jeannette Walls (Ella Anderson) Potential spoilers below Writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton burst onto the film scene with his 2013 sophomore feature …

View Post

From Lawyer to Actor

In this Faculty Insights interview, Prof. Shun Lee Fong and Josh Reznicek discuss Shun Lee’s journey from working as a lawyer in Nebraska to acting and writing in Hollywood. Shun Lee also discusses The Greenhouse Productions, an incubator for creative artists in Hollywood. For more info on the Greenhouse, click here!

View Post

Changing Climates: A Comparison of ‘The West Wing’ and ‘House of Cards’

— By Carly Twehous — When the critically-acclaimed political drama, The West Wing, first aired, way back in September 1999, headlines were relatively mild, bi-partisan at best, and hardly ever indicated that Bill Clinton was president. When the equally critically-acclaimed political drama, House of Cards aired, way back in February 2013, North Korea tested its third nuclear bomb, Pope Benedict …