Category Archives: movies

The phinal Philomena

It’s with a heavy heart that I inform you that, after today’s post, we’ll have exhausted all of Philomena Cunk’s “Moments of Wonder” clips—and I don’t know if there will be any more. But reader Alex kindly called my attention the new posting on YouTube of the entire episode of “Weekly Wipe” from last Friday, and if you […]

Steven’s Oscar predictions: how good were they?

On January 20, my nephew Steven, a movie maven of great insight, made his predictions for the 2014 Oscar winners, which I posted here. Let’s see how well he did this year. In the list below, Steven’s predictions are in regular type, and the actual winners are in bold: Picture: Boyhood WRONG: Birdman Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood WRONG: Alejandro González Iñárritu […]

Nominees for The Golden Steve Awards

As he does yearly, my movie-maven nephew Steven, with his usual hubris, has nominated last year’s movies for what he humbly calls the “Golden Steve” awards. As he says on his website “Truth at 24“: Far and away the most coveted of motion picture accolades, Golden Steves are frequently described as the Oscars without the […]

My nephew’s 2015 Oscar picks

My nephew Steven is a film buff trying to carve out a career as a movie critic in New York. And, against all odds, he seems to be succeeding. So far he’s interviewed three of this year’s Oscar nominees for Film Comment and has written a number of other pieces for that organ. Steven’s latest interview latest is with […]

“Gone Girl”

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen the movie, and don’t want to know elements of the plot, don’t read what’s below. One of the benefits of having finished The Albatross (soon to be available in fine bookstores everywhere) is that I can now get back not only to reading stuff that isn’t theology, but can also […]

Move over, “God is Not Dead”: here comes “Do You Believe?”

I bet you’ve been asking yourself (as I have from time to time), “Whatever happened to Mira Sorvino?” She was an excellent actor, nabbing an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Woody Allen’s “Mighty Aphrodite”; and her performance in “Summer of Sam” wasn’t to be sneezed at, either. Well, the news is sad. Sorvino’s one of […]

“Jurassic World” trailer released, seven months in advance

Well, Steven Spielberg can’t leave well enough alone, and so he’s produced yet another sequel—the third after the original—in the Jurassic Park film series. This one’s called Jurassic World, the name of a theme park that features in the movie.  Here’s the summary from Wikipedia: 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar […]

Grumpy Cat sells out big time

This being American, they just can’t let the poor, deformed cat be—she has to be turned into a cash cow. Besides, if Grumpy could speak she wouldn’t sound like that at all. She’d sound more like Joan Rivers. h/t: Grania

A video response by the godless to the movie “God’s Not Dead”

In July I posted about Bo Gardiner’s video, “What in God’s name are they doing to the children?”, showing what is clearly child abuse in getting uncomprehending children to be “slain in the spirit” (video embedded in the post). According to Bo, it got picked up by the Dawkins site and then tw**ted by Ricky Gervais, […]

A great profile of Al Pacino

I’m not big on articles about Hollywood stars, but this is an exception. John Lahr, the head drama critic for The New Yorker (and son of Bert Lahr, the Cowardly Lion), has written a terrific profile of actor Al Pacino, and I’m pleased to say that it’s online for free. Pacino hasn’t done much lately, for, as […]


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