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For the Season of Grace and Redemption: 10 Movies to Watch During Lent

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–By Sam Hendrian– Well, the season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving is upon us once again, and people will be scrambling to find something to give up or good deeds/spiritually-fruitful activities to perform. While watching movies may not be everyone’s idea of a fruitful Lenten activity (some people respectably sacrifice television for the season), there are several mainstream films that …

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An Inside Look: Working in Hollywood as a Christian

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For years, many Christian circles have held an “Us-vs-Them” mentality when it comes to Hollywood. The industry represents a kind of modern-day Nineveh that exports its secular culture and moral depravity across the globe. But are “Christian” and “Hollywood” really antonyms? Three JPCatholic professors and long-time Hollywood veterans shared their experiences of being a Christian in the film industry, while …

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Up-and-Coming Catholic Production Company Produces ‘The Hidden Rebellion’

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–By Sam Hendrian– On the rise in the entertainment industry is an up-and-coming Catholic production company called For You, Joan, LLC. Founded by Daniel Rabourdin, a French immigrant and former host/producer of Theology of the Table at EWTN, its goal is to produce universally-appealing movies that powerfully yet subtly transmit important messages about our modern times. Its first production as …

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On ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ and Hedonism

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– 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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The Transcendence of Paul Simon’s Music

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– By Sam Hendrian – Music always has and always will have the power to lift up our souls towards the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. The songs of legendary musician Paul Simon have achieved this noble purpose multiple times throughout the years. Fueled by poignant spiritual pondering and immense emotional honesty, much of Simon’s music speaks to the deep …

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Seven Valentine’s Movies for the Seven Heavenly Virtues

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–By Sam Hendrian– Valentine’s Day (and Lent) is here, and chocolate (and people giving up chocolate) abounds. While the word “love” has been grossly commercialized and abused throughout history, it is important to remember its true meaning and purpose: the selfless giving of one’s self. As my favorite high school teacher once challenged us, “sacrificial love” is redundant. Immersing ourselves …

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Reflections on JPCatholic’s Production of ‘Our Town’

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– By Sam Hendrian – This past November, eleven JPCatholic acting students brought to life Thornton Wilder’s classic play Our Town under the direction of adjunct acting professor Angie Bitsko. Set in a small New Hampshire town at the beginning of the twentieth century, it tells the simple but poignant story of the daily routines and ruminations of everyday folk. …

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25 Films with Hidden Christian Themes

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– By Sam Hendrian – While Hollywood has produced a good share of well-made movies that are clearly Christian through-and-through (A Man For All Seasons, The Passion of the Christ), it has also produced countless other gems that are deeply Christian at their core despite not looking so on the surface. Here are 25 excellent films that convey various Christian themes …

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On ‘Superman: The Movie’ and Divine Purpose

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – In our modern era glutted with superhero movies, it is hard to imagine a time when they were a dearth. The 1970s was such a time, and when Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie hit theaters in 1978, it must have been a breath of fresh air for …

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Scaling the Walls of Hollywood: Prof. Mortensen Discusses How to Stand Out

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– By Sam Hendrian – To make movies has been one of the most popular American dreams over the last century. In the digital age, this dream is easier to achieve than ever before, although perhaps not on a grand scale. To “make it big” in Hollywood is still a “many are called, few are chosen” sort of deal, with …