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On Greed and Father-Son Relationships in ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Reviews, Sam Hendrian by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Definition of “parable”: a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson. In many ways, this is what the Indiana Jones films are at their core: highly-entertaining parables with simple but relevant themes such as the drastic consequences of greed and the vitality of …

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On ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and Why Marriage Matters

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Reviews, Sam Hendrian 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, Reviews, Sam Hendrian 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, Reviews, Sam Hendrian 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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Will Armstrong Discusses Crafting the World of ‘The Long Road Home’

In Alumni Profiles, Campus News, Sam Hendrian by Impact Admin

 – By Sam Hendrian – After graduating from JPCatholic’s MBA in Film Producing in 2013, Chicago suburbs native Will Armstrong has gone on to work multiple jobs in the Hollywood film industry. He has always had an eye for production design and most recently worked as an Assistant Art Director on National Geographic’s mini-series The Long Road Home. Having earned an …

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MBA Students Attend Sundance Film Festival

In Campus News, Sam Hendrian by Sam Hendrian

 – By Sam Hendrian – This past January, JPCatholic directing professor Nathan Scoggins took four MBA students to Sundance, the country’s largest independent film festival. Staged in Park City, Utah, and founded in 1978, it showcases films of all genres from filmmakers around the world. The four students who attended were Mary Pelchat, Vince Salerno, Gabe Moore, and J.J. Schindler, all …

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“Don’t Dream It, Make It!” – Film Club at JPCatholic

In Campus News, Sam Hendrian by Impact Admin

  Pictured: Concept art for Roy, by Joe Fifelski –By Sam Hendrian– “You shouldn’t dream your film, you should make it!” Such is the wisdom that legendary director Steven Spielberg imparts to all filmmakers, young and old. Here at JPCatholic, lots of young filmmakers take these words to heart and get busy turning their dreams into reality using the University’s …

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Script Reading Series at JPCatholic

In Campus News, Sam Hendrian by Impact Admin

 – By Sam Hendrian – Every movie, from the dullest of dull to the most dazzlingly cinematic, begins as words on a page. These words on a page compose what is known as the script, an often unsung but inestimably important part of the movie-making process. What are acclaimed cinematic treasures like The Godfather, Citizen Kane, To Kill a Mockingbird, and …

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‘Households’ at JPCatholic – Providing Opportunities for Faith and Service

In Campus News, Sam Hendrian by Impact Admin

 – By Sam Hendrian – As a Newman Guide Recommended school, John Paul the Great Catholic University strives to provide an authentically Catholic environment in which students can both prepare for their careers and grow in their spiritual lives. One of the many resources on campus for students to develop their faith is a program called “households”. Having originated at Franciscan …