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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 …

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Is MoviePass Sustainable?

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Professors Vernon Mortensen and Kevin Culbertson discuss MoviePass’ Business Model – By Sam Hendrian – While founded back in 2011, the moviegoing service MoviePass has soared to new heights of popularity in recent days because of its bold new service enhancement: subscription holders can now see a movie a day for only $9.95 a month at any participating theater location. …

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Soul-Eating Fame and Dishonest Love in ‘Sunset Boulevard’

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “I am big. It’s the pictures that got small!” So go the famous words of Norma Desmond, the delusional and ultimately crazy silent movie star at the center of Billy Wilder’s classic 1950 film Sunset Boulevard. Controversial at the time among Hollywood circles for its biting …

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Longing for Love in ‘On the Waterfront’

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – One of the most powerful and inspiring films of all time is Elia Kazan’s 1954 masterpiece On the Waterfront. Starring Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint, it masterfully conveys the longing we each have for love and respect amidst guilt and the acute knowledge of our …

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Chutzpah: What Famous Filmmakers Have in Common

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– By Sam Hendrian – There are many roads that lead to a career in the film industry, and almost none of them are straight. This fact may cause young filmmakers to wonder: How do I know what the right path is to take? While taking film courses at a university certainly builds skill-sets and provides much-needed experience, it is still …