August 2016 Journal

Inside this Issue: Hell or High Water, Star Trek Beyond, The Secret Life of Pets, Now You See Me 2, Wiener-Dog, The Purge: Election Year, and more.

Finding Spiritual Values in Oscar’s “Best Pictures”

Courtesy of the Presbyterian News Service Each year the Academy for Motion Pictures and Sciences nominates five to ten films for the “Best Picture” category. I wish that it were a full ten this year, with the addition of Martin Scorcese’s haunting Silence rounding out the number. This well-filmed story, based on the terrible persecution …

Storm Warning (1950)

The people who made this early film about the KKK water down its attack, as we will see, with the script barely mentioning racism. It is distinguished mainly because it features three stars who seldom appeared in a film purportedly dealing seriously with social issues. Ginger Rogers, Doris Day, and Ronald Reagan were better known …

Asphalt City (2023)

French-born director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire has gifted us with the most harrowing parable about an ambulance medic since Martin Scorsese’ 1999 film Bringing Out the Dead. That title fits the newer film as well, with so many of the victims treated by the two medics in this story dying before or just after arriving at the hospital, …

Causeway (2022)

Lynsey, a wounded Army vet, returns to New Orleans & bonds with a Black man who also has suffered a trauma, but not in a romantic way because she prefers girls.