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The 14 Greatest Cinematic Couples From Outside the Romance Genre

In Culture, Featured, Sam Hendrian by Samuel Hendrian

–By Sam Hendrian– Valentine’s Day is here once again, and cable TV channels will likely be flooded with romantic dramas and comedies. Harry and Sally, Rick and Ilsa, Noah and Allie, and countless other couples will be generating sentimental tears in many a living room. But what about great cinematic couples who are not from romances genre-wise? Do not they …

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Want to Be a Great Artist? Just Sell Out Already!

In Culture, Featured, James Powers by Impact Admin

– By James Powers – One of my absolute favorite pieces of cinema anywhere is just over four minutes long. I couldn’t tell you precisely what the plot is, because there isn’t any dialogue to speak of and the setting is – foreign, to say the least. Reading between the lines, though, I think it has something to do with …

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On Lasseter, #MeToo, and Theology of the Body

In Culture, Featured, James Powers by Impact Admin

– By James Powers – It’s a bit of an odd time to be a young Catholic trying to break into the film and TV industry. I mean, I suppose it always has been: if you love pop culture, while trying to love Jesus more, you’re always going to be grappling with the friction between God and mammon, between what …

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A Catchy Tune is Born: 15 Memorable Movie Songs

In Culture, Featured, Sam Hendrian by Samuel Hendrian

–By Sam Hendrian– From Mary Poppins Returns to A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody, 2018 proved that using songs to advance and/or enhance a movie’s plot is once again a relevant cinematic technique after years of declining in usage. What is it about lyrical music that makes onscreen images extra resonant? In order to answer this question, let us …

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10 Major Movie Anniversaries in 2019

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–By Sam Hendrian– Well, 2019 is in full swing, and while there are plenty of new films to look forward to, it is fun to take a look back at some of the classics that helped shape American cinematic culture. Here are ten culturally-significant movies that are celebrating major anniversaries this year. 1. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (80th anniversary) Directed …

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The 6 Best Shows You’ve Never Heard Of

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– By Matthew Sawczyn – TV shows are like insect species: hundreds are discovered each year, and we forget the names of most of them. Fleabag, Dark, 3%, The Red Green Show… who has time for all these? Well, if you’re looking for some guaranteed gems to start off the new year, here is a curated list of the 6 …

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Advent Aphorisms: 10 Inspiring Christmas Movie Quotes

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–By Sam Hendrian– As wonderful as they are supposed to be, the days leading up to Christmas can often feel rather hollow. Beyond the obvious superficiality of commercialized cheer, even religious rituals and the true meaning of the season may become darkened by rote routine and existential doubts. When illusions of meaninglessness creep into our souls, it is important to …

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With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility: The Timeless Wisdom of Stan Lee’s Stories

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–By Sam Hendrian– “That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero.” These earnest words said by legendary comic book writer Stan Lee capture the virtuous spirit of the many superhero stories he co-created throughout the years. From Spider-Man …

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7 Overlooked (But Excellent!) Christmas Movies

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– By Matthew Sawczyn – We all have them, those films we watch this time of year, every year. It’s A Wonderful Life, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, A Christmas Story, Die Hard… (insert your own personal or family favorites). But, because the Christmas season lasts until the Feast of the Baptism …