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The protagonist of the film Groundhog Day discovers that what makes life worth living is not immediate gratification, or moral autonomy, or flippant cynicism, or self-deification, but rather encountering those things that give meaning and purpose to our lives...
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The principal difficulty of mankind today is the decay of the moral imagination in our civilization... In the spring of 1989, videographer Ken Martinek and I made the trip to Piety Hill to interview Russell about the moral imagination (as first conceived by Edmund Burke...
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Netflix's series The Crown is gripping stuff, and it is a reminder of what genuinely high drama the British royal family have lived through, and why they continue to be so intriguing not only for the English, but for the world...
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The Mayberry that we see in the first few seasons of The Andy Griffith Show is systematically undermined, desecrated, and destroyed by the iconoclasm of sixties' ideological hedonism... Believe it or not, I had never heard of Andy Griffith...
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The Last Jedi seems intent on burning down the archetypes of the heroic past. When the hero fails to be a hero, and furthermore denies his own status as a hero, what is the rationality behind such postmodern disenchantment?...
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The body language of the band is one of a frozen watchfulness. Each band member has the look and stance of one who has witnessed something truly awful, and yet is powerless to do anything about it. Before their eyes, what the Rolling Stones were witnessing was...
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The author doing his best James Bond impression It has been quipped that every man wants to be James Bond and every woman wants to be with him. If you really want to know James Bond...
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The Miracle of the Bells doesn’t claim to be great literature, but it is a richly-drawn story about faith and Hollywood, a time capsule of a bygone era that retains its inspirational charm... The Miracle of the Bells by Russell Janney (510 pages, Forgotten...
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For students of leadership for a just society, Ride the High Country crystallizes beliefs and codes of behavior worth studying, affirming, and claiming today... If you want to know what made the statesman and military leader George Catlett...
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The papacy is ripe fruit for any filmmaker. As actors played the role of the pope, so each man who was elected pope stepped into a role that was bigger than himself... With the HBO series The...
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A rotten culture that has long taught men that “everything goes” is now turning on those who pursued this norm with great passion... The spectacular fall of Harvey Weinstein represents more than just the rejection of the...
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Utilizing the keen wit and boundless creativity all filmmakers should possess, Mr. Anderson provides fantastical tales, but never neglects to include accessible examples of human longing... Through the unique directorial vision of Wes Anderson, audiences have seen...

Bruce Timm’s Batman is a critical marker for modern Western civilization, reminding us that the war is always worth waging, even in the twilight... Bruce Timm Twenty-five years ago, on September 5, 1992,...
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The story of Beauty and the Beast is the oldest story in the Christian world. It’s the story about love, sacrifice, and redemption... Several nights ago, I reluctantly watched Disney’s 2017 live version of Beauty...