Book cover image provided by Brian Godawa, author.
On a recent episode of Janet Parshall's syndicated radio show, author Brian Godawa outlined one tenet of his storytelling philosophy: "If you don't accurately depict man's depravity, the redemption in your story will not ring true." That principle certainly applies to Godawa's latest novel. more»
“Kingsman” is a slick, funny, exciting spy thriller that feels both charmingly old-fashioned and thoroughly contemporary.
Subtitled “The Secret Service,” this high-octane actioner concerns a fictional British operation that prides itself on combating global crime while remaining privately funded and completely unacknowledged by the public. more»
Julianne Moore puts on quite a show in “Still Alice.”
Fortunately, it’s not a one-man show. Or one woman.
This quiet but deeply affecting story of an NYU linguistics prof with early-onset Alzheimer’s is top-drawer in every department: direction, script, music, photography and acting by the entire cast. more»
Along with the usual prognostications, Oscar-time nowadays tends to generate two types of articles: one observes how the show’s popularity has waned because it no longer honors box-office hits; the other mediates on past snubs of great films that weren’t especially popular when they came out -- films like “Vertigo” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” more»
Good bands regularly reinvent themselves, and Coldplay has done it with rip-roaring success on their latest album. The cryptically named “Mylo Xyloto” is such a blast that it nearly qualifies as a controlled substance; once you start listening, you’ll find it tough to stop. more»
Omega members prepare for worship on Sunday morning.
There has been a mission in the making in Williamsport for the past 2 years and over a week ago it came to fruition. Sunday, August 21, was the first official gathering of Omega Orthodox Presbyterian Church, a congregation of people who attended New Life OPC just over a week ago. more»
The best movie ever made about Little League is finally available on DVD. With exceptionally strong online reviews despite its limited theatrical run more than 15 months ago, “The Perfect Game” can best be described with the word “unlikely.” more»
“Soul Surfer” is not especially well written or directed -- but it’s a marvelous movie. Absolutely marvelous. I can’t imagine anybody seriously disliking it. This inauspicious little-engine-that-could tale concerns real-life surfer Bethany Hamilton, whose entire arm was bitten off by a tiger shark while she was surfing in Hawaii at the age of 13. more»
Scene from Jumping the Broom movie (Google images)
JUMPING THE BROOM
Over-the-top is okay sometimes -- and “Jumping the Broom” is one of those times. The film has enough conflict, trauma and romance for three or four movies -- too much, really; and none of it is subtle.