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March 18th, 2012

The Woodcarver – Movie Review

The Woodcarver Movie Review

The Woodcarver – Movie Review

Release Date: March 13th, 2012
Director: Terry Ingram
Writers: Thomas Makowski, Jack Nasser
Stars: John Ratzenberger, Dakota Daulby and Woody Jeffreys

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Matthew Stevenson is a troubled kid from a broken home. When he vandalizes the local church to get back at his parents, Matthew has to repair the damage to the church to avoid criminal charges. While working at the church, he meets Ernest (John Ratzenberger), an accomplished wood-carver who created the intricate woodwork decoration that Matthew destroyed.

Ernest has become something of a hermit, but reluctantly comes out of reclusion to help repair the church. Now Ernest and Matthew must work together to preserve the church’s beautiful antiquity, and along the way, they also manage to restore their faith in God and in life.

The Woodcarver Review

This is an awesome movie and a great family story. John Ratzenberger is terrific as a wood carver named Ernest Otto who misses his wife, who recently died from cancer. However, he finds a young man to help mold and guide, Matthew Stevenson (Dakota Daulby).

Matt’s father and mother are divorcing and they become angry with each other every time they see each other. Matt’s father, Jack, takes his stress out on Matt by constantly getting on his case. His mother Rita cannot control her temper when she gets around Jack. Matt gets into trouble at the beginning of the movie, vandalizing a church, but he likes Mr. Otto and as he works with him, Mr. Otto gets him to open up about how his parent’s relationship changed when his dad stopped attending church, and how their divorce is tearing Matt up. However, when Mr. Otto gets Matt to think in terms of “What would Jesus do?” his life begins to change in amazing ways.

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The Woodcarver is an incredible movie, filled with wonderful themes of faith and forgiveness and it promotes the idea that change is possible when people simply follow God. Don’t miss this one!

September 19th, 2011

Rust – Movie Review

Rust Movie Review

Rust, an inspirational film starring Golden Globe nominee Corbin Bernsen, was a nice surprise. A little fed up with many of the plot-poor movies of late, I found myself browsing the shelves at Blockbuster not even hoping to find anything worth watching, when I stumbled into this title.

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Rust tells the story of James Moore, a former pastor going through a midlife crisis of faith. Unable to come to terms with his doubts, he returns to his hometown seeking answers he hopes to find at the old church where he initially felt his calling as a child.

Upon his return, James finds the place quite changed, and he learns of a local family who perished in a fire apparently set by Travis, his childhood friend and local loon. James goes to visit Travis in jail, and while he is a little surprised about his friend’s implication, he can’t but accept the man’s own rendition of what happened the fatal night of the fire.

A few days later, a disturbed local youth takes his life, and the town mourns the loss while collectively shaking its head at what could have motivated the young man to go through with such an unthinkable act. James continues to visit Travis in jail, and time after time, he becomes more and more convinced of the man’s innocence, even if Travis himself accepts his fate as it is; his memorable words at some point: “My mother is fine; I am fine. It’s all according to God’s plan – He creates the plan, we only have to play our part.”

Mindless of Travis’s acceptance of whatever plan may be at play, James begins to dig deeper to find out what truly happened. Friendship and an unquenchable thirst for justice set him on a path of discovery sometimes at odds with the will of the rest of the town, only too glad to have someone to blame for the deaths. The plot continues to evolve in a crescendo of events interesting enough to stand out, yet average enough to be credible.

The film makes many excellent points. One of them is James’s growing awareness of each person being connected to everyone else.

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Rust is one of those rare movies with a story so compelling that it stands out on its own, without need of explosions or foul language to capture one’s attention. Rust is heartwarming and profound; definitely a movie that can be enjoyed by the whole family, and one filled with powerful lessons that will likely stick with the viewer for a long time to come.

August 5th, 2010

Indian Film Takes Top Prize at International Catholic Festival

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An Indian film about seven nuns and a divorcee has won the first prize at the 25th International Catholic Film Festival held at Niepokalanow, near Warsaw in Poland. The movie Nurunguvettangal (“gems of light”) by Leo Thaddeus from Kerala in south India, was among 172 films and 40 radio programs from 20 countries scrutinized at the three-day festival that ended May 30, said a report on CathNews India.

The 56-minute film, in Malayalam with English subtitles about seven nuns with their issues of attachments, boredom, conservatism, prejudice, workaholism, desires and fears, used a high degree of symbolism in photography, music, dialogue and art work, the jury noted.

“I do not want to label it a Christian film but as a film that looks deep into the convent life of certain human characters,” says Thaddeus.

This movie came on television recently and I had a chance to watch it. I really loved the story line and the way all things were pictured in this short movie. It will surely touch your heart.

Though the nine-member jury did not find any film fit for third prize in the feature film category, they made special mention of two films by Indian directors, the report adds. They were: the festival opening film in English entitled The Last Appeal, a story of St Faustina of the Divine Mercy devotion by Fr. Bala Udumala; and To My Beloved Teacher, a Malayalam film with English subtitles by Salesain Father Jiji Kalavanal, based in Kerala.

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