Category Archives: Movies

The latest Ben-Hur movie

The newest Ben-Hur movie is out now though I haven’t had the opportunity to watch it. It is a remake of the blockbuster 1959 film, a historical drama directed by William Wyler that won 11 Academy Awards. That is the … Continue reading

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Spotlight

Well I have now seen the Academy Award winning movie Spotlight basically twice. The language is coarse at times, but generally I think the movie is very good. According to Wikipedia: Spotlight is a 2015 American biographical drama film directed … Continue reading

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150 years today, some of the Lincoln conspirators were executed.

Today is the sesquicentennial of the hanging of four of the people who conspired to murder Abraham Lincoln and other high-ranking US government officials. They included Mary Surratt, the first woman ever executed by the federal government. The executions took … Continue reading

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New documentary, old problems for the Church of Rome?

Recently, I viewed the “Secrets of the Vatican” (2014), on PBS, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/secrets-of-the-vatican/.  It is a new documentary that, according to its subtitle, is: “A report on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the first pope to step down voluntarily in 600 … Continue reading

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Civil Liberties from Lincoln to now

With the tragic bombing of the recent Boston marathon, there is talk of curtailing civil liberties in the U.S. Prominent people have called for the remaining bomber to be treated as an enemy combatant. However Yahoo News has reported that: … Continue reading

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Scrutinizing the Catholic Church

I recently saw a story mentioned in my favourite unknown media entity, the Chicago Daily Observer. Is it the unofficial mouthpiece of the Bishop of Chicago? That bears further scrutiny. The story mentioned concerned a Chicago mob figure. A mob … Continue reading

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Booksignings and Spielberg’s Lincoln

My recent book signing, short book tour / promotion trip to the BC lower mainland went pretty well. The special event at the Coles in the Willowbrook Shopping Centre in Langley, which my publicist Rachel, and myself, found out about … Continue reading

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Honest Abe’s Canadian Friend- National Post letter

My letter was printed in the National Post this weekend. Below is my portion. And here is the link  for reference http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/10/12/todays-letters-freedom-of-speech-for-all-even-pastor-terry-jones/ “Conrad Black penned an accurate and complimentary portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Many, however, do not know that there is … Continue reading

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Religion and the Race for the Presidency 2012

  Last week, the National Post’s Catholic-in-residence, Raymond De Souza, wrote about how pleased he was about the growing influence of the Catholic Church in the United States, “America’s two (political) Catholic tribes”, August 30, p A14. In his latest … Continue reading

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The Conspirator and Joe Ricketts

So Joe Ricketts bankrolls a movie about Mary Surratt. “The Conspirator,” recounted the story of Mary Surratt, the only woman charged in the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. Directed by Robert Redford, “The Conspirator” was released in 2011.  The movie … Continue reading

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