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Beauty in Frailty: What ‘The Wilds’ Teaches Us About Empathy

In Featured, Reviews, Sam Hendrian, TV Reviews by Impact Admin

–By Sam Hendrian– Contains Minor Spoilers The greatest value of art is that it offers us a window into another human person, if only for a fleeting moment. More often than not, this window becomes a mirror, and we realize that no matter who we each are and where we come from, our similarities outweigh our differences. Amazon Prime’s original …

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My First Month in a Writers’ Room: 6 Tips for All Creatives

In Featured, Industry Insights, Matthew Sawczyn by Impact Admin

By Matthew Sawczyn I don’t think I will ever forget that phone call. It came at an awkward and unexpected time, as most changes seem to. I had been in California for five years, and Los Angeles for three. I had worked tirelessly, networked endlessly, and dreamed longingly. I had acquired that strange cocktail of jaded and pragmatic that creatives …

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God and the Problem of Hope in ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’

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–By Sam Hendrian– Contains Spoilers It is safe to say that after staying up to 2:30 AM watching I’m Thinking of Ending Things for a second time within 48 hours, I have never been so profoundly haunted and baffled by a cinematic experience. This new Netflix film from writer/director Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich) …

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Searching for the Miraculous in ‘Fatima’

In Featured, Maria Andress, Movie Reviews, Reviews by Impact Admin

– By Maria Andress – After two postponements due to Covid-19, the feature film Fatima finally released this past weekend. With many theaters still in shutdown and the film primarily released on streaming,  Marco Pontecorvo’s new film in the faith genre (and first film in English) won’t be garnering huge box office success. However, its 87% Audience Rating on Rotten …

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A Saint for the Sick: Damien of Molokaʻi

In Culture, Featured, Matthew Sawczyn, Movie Reviews, Reviews by Impact Admin

By Matthew Sawczyn “Dear Lord, you died at thirty-three. I begin my life at thirty-three.” Thus prays Fr. Damien upon landing at Molokaʻi, the island where “no patient leaves except in a coffin.” The year is 1873. The terrifying, still mysterious scourge of leprosy ravages the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, and the island of Molokaʻi has been designated as a quarantine …

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Why ‘Dark’ Is the Show That 2020 Needs

In Featured, James Powers, Reviews, TV Reviews by Amanda Valdovinos

By James Powers I remember reading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe as a kid and having my mind blown when, at the end, the four Pevensie siblings return to 1940’s England and find themselves children again after having already grown to adulthood in Narnia. What a weird experience that must be, I thought, to go back to childhood …

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Cool, Christian, Korean: How ‘Kim’s Convenience’ Celebrates Family and Culture in the Everyday

In Featured, Matthew Sawczyn, Reviews, TV Reviews by Impact Admin

By Matthew Sawczyn There’s a conversation in the pilot of Kim’s Convenience between Mrs. Kim (affectionately called ‘Umma’) and her daughter Janet, a back and forth about why Janet is not married yet. It’s a familiar family scenario, made even more hilarious when Umma pulls the church directory out to show Janet all the available boys Umma’s found for her. …