M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable Success

Executive producer and director M. Night Shyamalan attends a panel for the television series "Wayward Pines" during Fox Broadcasting Company's part of the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter 2015 presentations in Pasadena, California, January 17, 2015. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Deal W. Hudson January 2, 2001 Shyamalan’s 1999 blockbuster, The Sixth Sense, took the movie-going public by surprise. His previous film, the brilliant but underappreciated Wide Awake (1998), had gone straight from lackluster reviews to video-store oblivion, so Shyamalan well-deserved the success and acclaim The Sixth Sense suddenly brought him. It made more than $250 million and has passed Raiders of… Continue reading M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable Success

San Francisco Pro-Lifers Start a Film Festival

Deal W. Hudson March 5, 2008 A new and unusual film festival focused on pro-life issues will be held in San Francisco this coming Friday, March 7. The Cinema Vita Film Festival is “dedicated to encouraging emerging filmmakers, showcasing movies about contemporary issues concerning life, and exploring life’s deep significance.” Sponsored by the Archdiocese of San Francisco,… Continue reading San Francisco Pro-Lifers Start a Film Festival

Brideshead Reinvented

Deal W. Hudson July 24, 2008 Brideshead Revisited, the classic Catholic novel by Evelyn Waugh, was made into a highly successful television miniseries in 1981. The 11-part series – written by John Mortimer, produced by Granada Television, and starring Jeremy Irons – was praised for its fidelity to Waugh’s novel, particularly for its respectful treatment of the… Continue reading Brideshead Reinvented

Sed Contra: Late-Night Humor That Hurts

Deal W. Hudson April 1, 2000 With the departure of Johnny Carson, I lost my late-night viewing habit. Like his predecessor, Jack Parr, Carson could entertain a broad audience while maintaining a reasonable standard of taste and decorum. When we laughed at Carson’s jokes, we laughed not just at others but at ourselves, as well… Continue reading Sed Contra: Late-Night Humor That Hurts