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On ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’ and the Power of Innocence

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Media and Culture, Movie & TV Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian –  “My dad had the right idea. He had it all worked out. He used to say to me, ‘Son, don’t miss the wonders that surround you. Because every tree, every rock, every ant hill, every star is filled with the wonders of nature.’ And he used …

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On ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and Why Marriage Matters

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Media and Culture, Movie & TV Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “I’ll have what she’s having.” So goes the legendary line delivered by director Rob Reiner’s mother at the end of a decidedly off-color (if undeniably funny) scene in the classic 1989 romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally. This particular scene signifies the film’s large preoccupation with …

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On ‘Groundhog Day’ and Escaping Spiritual Time Loops

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Media and Culture, Movie & TV Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Those convinced against their will are of the same opinion still. So goes the old maxim that succinctly states how immensely hard it is for human beings to truly change. In the 1993 comedy classic Groundhog Day, Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is a cynical, sarcastic, generally …

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Pride, Fatalism, and Human Connection in ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Media and Culture, Movie & TV Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “Madness. Madness!” So go the tragic final words of David Lean’s The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), a spectacular and deeply-moving WWII adventure film that still entertains and challenges over sixty years later. Starring Alec Guinness, William Holden, and Sessue Hayakawa, among others, it paints …

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Winning Essay: The Power of The Lego Movie

In Featured, Movie & TV Reviews, Posts by Impact Admin

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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On ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ and Hedonism

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Faith, Film, and Culture, Media and Culture by Impact Admin

– By Sam Hendrian – After a lengthy battle with what I feared might be unhealthy curiosity, I finally decided to sit down and watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show. As someone who deeply loves his fellow human beings and desires to understand why they like the things that they do, I have been quite determined for months now to figure …

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Reaches the Stars

In Carly's TV Reviews, Media and Culture, Movie & TV Reviews by Impact Admin

– By Carly Twehous – Spoilers Below Whenever I hear of a new show—and especially after I see the trailer for one—naturally, I have some expectations. Usually, the bar is pretty low. First seasons and pilot episodes are not always the prettiest things out there, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the show itself is going to be terrible. (Case …