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PhilomenaI hope I’m not the only movie nerd on WordPress today.  Eagerly looking forward to the Oscars tonight!

Stephen Frears’ “Philomena,” starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, has gotten quite a bit of buzz, with four Academy Award nominations and over $84 million to its name.

There has, however, been some controversy surrounding the film.  I wanted to share just a little over 10 minutes of an interview with Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, with regard thereto.  I have to be clear that I have neither seen this movie nor done any research into it, so I can’t say much; but this is a perspective that I think deserves to be added into the mix for discussion.

Again, the relevant portion of the interview lasts just a little over 10 minutes.  You’ll know when it’s over:

http://youtu.be/3fG6aPoVI9c?t=8m54s

Image from Wikipedia

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Joespeh_Pearce_microphoneNo, I’m not trying to be lazy — I do hope to post something more substantial (as far as my own contribution is concerned) tomorrow, when I will have more time.  In the meantime, I wanted to share a recent 10-minute interview with Joseph Pearce, an English literary biographer known for his biographies of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Alexander Solzhenitsyn and other such greats.

Race With the DevilIn his most recent book, “Race With the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love,” Pearce took the great risk of exposing his past as a white supremacist while also sharing the inspiring change of heart that took place in him.  Check out the interview below (it’s part of a larger show, but the link is set to the beginning of the 10-minute interview; watch only up to 49:55):

Joseph Pearce on “The World Over”

Just to give you a feel for what the white supremacist movement would have looked like at the time of Pearce’s involvement, here is a trailer for the 2006 film “This Is England” (just be advised that there is a little bit of bad language in it; and, worse, there is a little bit of vulgar imagery in the “suggested videos” that follow the trailer, so I would advise hitting the stop button as soon as the trailer ends):

Top image from Wikipedia; image of book from http://www.amazon.com

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I was going to post part 2 of my reflections on Ned Stark and Joffrey Baratheon in “Game of Thrones” today, but I think that can wait a bit longer.  I just watched an interview with Bishop Macram Gassis, of the Diocese of El Obeid in Sudan, who has been working feverishly to help his people in the war-torn African nation.

For reader convenience, I will share two links.  They are links to the same video, but each starts at a different point in the video.

Segment #1 is about three minutes and 29 seconds long (watch up until 39:49):
http://youtu.be/gjNC94DEJGQ?t=36m30s

Segment #2 is about two and a half minutes long (watch up until 43:05):

http://youtu.be/gjNC94DEJGQ?t=40m35s

Note: I realize I haven’t really done anything with movies/media this week — my apologies.  I will post part 2 of my “Game of Thrones” post as well as my DVD review of “The Dark Knight Rises” this coming week.

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