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Almost There: 10 Disney Films to Help Us Through These Times

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–By Sam Hendrian– When we read the news or scroll through our social media feeds, there are plenty of daily reminders that “we’re not there yet” when it comes to defeating COVID-19, so it may be therapeutic (and healthier) to instead dance to Princess Tiana singing “Almost There” in The Princess and the Frog. Or empathize with Rapunzel singing “When Will …

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You have no choice but to read this analysis of FX’s ‘Devs’… right?

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By James Powers “The universe is deterministic. It’s godless and neutral, and defined only by physical laws. The life we lead, with all its apparent chaos, is actually a life on tramlines.”  In the first episode of FX’s new miniseries Devs, an enigmatic tech CEO gives this matter-of-fact explanation to one of his terrified employees who has just been caught …

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Meditation & Media: Finding Reflection in Troubled Times

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By Matthew Sawczyn For all of us, these have been trying times. Our world is on standstill. Many are sick, or dying. Many are suffering financially. Many work tirelessly to ease the suffering of others. And most of us, thankfully, simpy wait; relatively unscathed, we nevertheless do our small part by staying at home: watching the news, counting the hours, …

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My Thirty Days in the Shire

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– By Maria Andress – “I am in fact A Hobbit in all but size. I like gardens, trees, and unmechanized farmlands; I smoke a pipe, and like good plain food (unrefrigerated), but detest French cooking; I like, and even dare to wear in these dull days, ornamental waistcoats. I am fond of mushrooms (out of a field); have a …

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Growing ‘Til We Die: Lessons in Virtue from ‘Star Trek: Picard’

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By Sam Hendrian Editor’s Note: Some spoilers below for Season 1 of Picard DAHJ: “Have you ever been a stranger to yourself?” PICARD: “Many times.” This dialogue exchange from the first episode of Star Trek: Picard, a new sci-fi series on CBS All-Access that serves as a follow-up to the hit ‘80s/’90s TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation, profoundly …

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‘The Chosen’: A Fresh Take on the Life of Christ

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By Matthew Sawczyn If you’ve ever been blessed to visit the Holy Land, or have spoken with someone who has, a common description is that the Gospels suddenly felt real. Seeing the dirt, the water, the sky under which Jesus walked… there is an indescribable tangibility to the Faith that hits the pilgrim. Jesus really existed (I mean, really existed); …

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Quibi: Fad or the Future?

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– By Joe Campbell – Two years ago, I wrote an article entitled iPhone Filmmaking: Fad, or the Future?.  At the time, some filmmakers were experimenting with shooting feature films completely on smartphones and I wondered if this inexpensive and accessible form of filmmaking would open doors for low budget directors.  While it now seems that smartphone filmmaking was indeed …