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

In Featured, Movie & TV Reviews, Uncategorized by John LaCrosse

(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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Family and Heartbreak: ‘This Is Us’ Review

In Movie & TV Reviews by John LaCrosse

— By Carly Twehous — Randall is a moderately successful lawyer, with a wife, two daughters, and an estranged, terminally ill biological father who’s now living in the guest bedroom. Kevin is the dreamer of improbable dreams, whose face is plastered on every billboard across America, but loses a piece of his soul every time he steps in front of …

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Too Little, Too Late: 13 Reasons Why

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— By Carly Twehous — [Warning for spoilers and discussion on suicide.] Since it hit Netflix last month, 13 Reasons Why has been a subject of debate, discussion, and deliberation among both critics and the general audiences. Whether negative or positive, 13 Reasons has caused quite a stir, given its graphic depiction of suicide in the final episode. School districts …

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The Perils of Corporate Omniscience: The Circle Review

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(2017—Director: James Ponsoldt) ★★ (out of 5 stars) One of The Circle’s first trailers, released last December, starts off with a modified version of the scene in which Emma Watson’s character undergoes an interview for a job at the titular Internet corporation. The interviewer presses her, “You’re most scared of…?” to which she replies, “Unfulfilled potential.” In that case, the …

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The Darkest Corners of the Internet

In Faith, Film, and Culture, Featured, Uncategorized by John LaCrosse

An Open Discussion on Fan-Fiction Part Two: The Darkest Corners of the Internet By Carly Twehous If we’re going to have an open and frank discussion on fan-fiction, I believe it is important to first get the facts straight. Of the main platforms of fan-fiction distribution—Archive of Our Own (AO3), Tumblr, Fanfiction.net, and LiveJournal—only AO3 has a sufficient enough tagging …

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An Open Discussion on Fan-Fiction

In Faith, Film, and Culture, Uncategorized by John LaCrosse

(This is the first in a series of articles, in which JPCatholic student Carly Twehous discusses erotic written pornography, specifically fan-fiction. Through these articles Carly will explore the dangers, addiction, history, and statistics related to this type of fan-fiction and its harmful effects on our culture. Carly is also working on a documentary on this subject.) Part One: A Brief and …

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The Power of Super Hero Stories

In Faith, Film, and Culture, Thought Leadership by John LaCrosse

In this bonus clip from our Faculty Insights Interview, filmmaker Nathan Scoggins discusses the role that stories play in bringing good news to audiences, specifically super-hero movies. To watch the entire Faculty Insights Interview with Professor Nathan Scoggins click here. If you like super hero movies, click here to read our review of the new superhero movie Logan.

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Film Students Travel to ‘Endor’ to Shoot ‘Star Wars’ Fan Film

In Campus News, Creativity and Innovation on Campus, Faith, Film, and Culture, Media and Culture, Posts, Uncategorized by John LaCrosse

–By Denis Grasska — (Originally published in The Southern Cross) SAN DIEGO — During the first day of production on his most recent film, Preston Yarger was concerned for the well-being of his cast and crew. “It was 40 degrees and raining all day long, and everyone was soaked to the bone and just completely shivering,” the 21-year-old recalled. But as it turned …

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What do Rap & Country Music Have in Common?

In Industry News and Interviews, Posts, Uncategorized by John LaCrosse

This clip was part of a larger discussion, in which Dr. Peterson expressed his views on the similarities between country and rap music. He explained that while traditionally both genres shared their experiences of hardships, now many current artists in rap and country are faced with the pressure to prove they are still authentic despite having money. To see Dr. Peterson’s full …