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‘American Made’: Doug Liman’s Second Halfway-Decent 2017 Release

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

(2017—Director: Matthew Vaughn) Low ★★★ (out of 5 stars) “All this is legal?” “If you’re working for the good guys, yeah. Just don’t get caught.” — Barry Seal (Tom Cruise) and Agent Monty Schafer (Domhnall Gleeson) Potential spoilers below Director Doug Liman is one 21st-century director whose reputation tends to fall under the radar with even the slightest disappointment. His …

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Both Feet in the Door: Internship Reflection

In Campus News, Featured by Impact Admin

— By Matthew Sawczyn — The highway dark gives way to the glowing headlights, and floral scents drift through the window on the cool, crisp air. The digital numbers on the dashboard read “5:36 am”. I already know I’m cutting it close. And I’m not the only one. By 7:00 am, traffic has halted to a standstill, as the sea …

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‘Shameless’ Is Why We Still Believe

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

— By Carly Twehous — Here’s the pitch: South-side Chicago. Six Irish-Catholic kids, raised by the oldest sister, Fiona Gallagher, from the time she was eleven years old. Their father, Frank, is a drug addict and alcoholic con-man, who has frequent flyer miles at the local ER because sometimes overdosing is the only way he’ll get a decent bed. Their …

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‘Gotham’ Is Not the Show We Deserve

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

— By Carly Twehous — I think it’s fair to say—although I may get burned at the stake for this one—that Batman is a little… overhyped. I mean, come on! How many Batman movies are there now? And that’s not including the successive animated television shows and movies or the comic book source material that predates the amazing and ineffable …

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

In Movie & TV Reviews, Renard's Movie Reviews by John LaCrosse

(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 …

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Finding My Path at Skydance Media

In Industry News and Interviews, Uncategorized by John LaCrosse

(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 …

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Virgin Territory: A ‘Jane the Virgin’ Review

In Carly's TV Reviews, Movie & TV Reviews, Uncategorized by John LaCrosse

— 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 …

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Missionaries in Hollywood: Evangelizing through Film

In Industry News and Interviews by John LaCrosse

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 …

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Pop Song-Saturated Spy Shenanigans in ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’

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(2017—Director: Matthew Vaughn) Low ★★½ (out of 5 stars) “Manners…maketh…man. Let me translate that for you.” — Agent Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) to some Kentucky bar thugs Spoilers below When writer-producer-director Matthew Vaughn released Kingsman: The Secret Service in 2015, audiences loved it for its stylized action sequences, charismatic characters, and slick aesthetics. Critics gave Kingsman positive notices as well, although …

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Star Trek: The Show that Shaped the Century

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

— By Carly Twehous — I say, “Star Trek”, and what’s your first thought? Maybe it’s, “Live long and prosper, Mr. Spock”, and the classic, split-finger hand-gesture. Maybe you think of those few reruns you saw in the 70’s-80’s-90’s, and get this odd zing of nostalgia for a time when there will still reruns on television. Or perhaps you’re fresh …