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    Film in review – “Two Days, One Night” (Deux jours, une nuit)

    Film in review – “Two Days, One Night” (Deux jours, une nuit)

    by Ronald P. Salfen
    Yes, there are some red-blooded American moviegoers who absolutely refuse to mess with subtitles. In a way, I can’t blame them. It’s distracting to be trying to read the English printed at the bottom of the screen while you’re trying to watch the movie at the same time. And if you happen to not have much familiarity with the language being spoken by the characters (in this case French), you miss a lot of nuance (when they switch between informal and formal second person endings, for instance). But if you… continue reading...
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    Film in review – “Cake”

    Film in review – “Cake”

    by Ronald P. Salfen
    Jennifer Aniston forsakes all attempts at Hollywood glamour in “Cake.” She plays Claire, a severely wounded middle-aged woman who has suffered a great tragedy and, frankly, is just not dealing very well with it. We don’t get the story in sequential order, but learn that Claire was the victim of a horrible car accident, which took the life of her only child, a preschool son. She barely survived; but she’s in constant pain and suffers from visible scarring over much of her body, including her face. Though she was a… continue reading...
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    Film in review – “The Humbling”

    Film in review – “The Humbling”

    by Ronald P. Salfen
    Al Pacino is a whirling dervish of a screen presence. He sucks the air out of the room for anybody brave enough to take a role alongside him. Whoever it is will definitely be outshone. But that doesn’t mean that the venerable, but barely-decorated, actor doesn’t need supporting foils. He does. Because nobody is so interesting that you want to listen to him for the entire two hours, though in “The Humbling” there is scarcely a scene where he’s not present. It’s just that the focus might temporarily be elsewhere,… continue reading...
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Film in review – “Two Days, One Night” (Deux jours, une nuit)

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Yes, there are some red-blooded American moviegoers who absolutely refuse to mess with subtitles. In a way, I can't blame them. It's distracting to be trying to read the English printed at the bottom of the screen while you're trying to watch the movie at the same time. And if you happen to not have much familiarity with the language being spoken by the characters (in this case French), you miss a lot of nuance (when they switch between informal and formal second person endings, for instance). But if you choose to skip this one, dear readers, you're going to miss a gem. Marion Cotillard plays Sandra, a Belgian factory worker at a small plant where they make solar panels. Sandra is blessed with a caring husband, Manu (Fabrizio Rongione), and two lovely children. She's obviously an attractive woman, but she seems depressed and distracted. Soon we learn that she is just emerging from a hospitalization for clinical depression. She took a leave of absence from her job and was “on the … [Read more...]

Film in review – “Cake”

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Jennifer Aniston forsakes all attempts at Hollywood glamour in “Cake.” She plays Claire, a severely wounded middle-aged woman who has suffered a great tragedy and, frankly, is just not dealing very well with it. We don't get the story in sequential order, but learn that Claire was the victim of a horrible car accident, which took the life of her only child, a preschool son. She barely survived; but she's in constant pain and suffers from visible scarring over much of her body, including her face. Though she was a practicing attorney prior to the accident, now she mostly practices being caustic and vindictive to everyone who can still stand being around her. Her husband, Jason (Chris Messina), left because he couldn’t deal with somebody so morose and depressed. Claire doesn't seem to have any other family or close friends; in fact, the only person who still cares about her is her housekeeper/former nanny, Silvana (Adriana Barraza). Silvana takes all the verbal abuse from the “señora” … [Read more...]

Film in review – “The Humbling”

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Al Pacino is a whirling dervish of a screen presence. He sucks the air out of the room for anybody brave enough to take a role alongside him. Whoever it is will definitely be outshone. But that doesn't mean that the venerable, but barely-decorated, actor doesn't need supporting foils. He does. Because nobody is so interesting that you want to listen to him for the entire two hours, though in “The Humbling” there is scarcely a scene where he's not present. It's just that the focus might temporarily be elsewhere, what with his lesbian goddaughter deciding to seduce him. Yeah, the plot is ridiculously scandalous enough to at least add some secondary interest to watching Pacino do his thespian thing. He plays Simon Axler, a veteran Shakespearean stage actor who has suddenly lost his mojo. Feeling that a demise of acting chops would be a fate worse than death, he decides to literally take a flying leap into the orchestra pit at a moment when it happens to be devoid of orchestra members. … [Read more...]

Director of Children and Youth Ministries

First Presbyterian Church (Wichita, Kansas) is seeking a full-time leader to foster a strong Christian education program through building relationships that strengthen children and youths’ commitment to faith in Jesus Christ and the church.Visit firstchurchwichita.org to view a complete job description. Questions? Contact Rev. Amy Baumgartner at [email protected] First Presbyterian Church 525 N. Broadway Wichita KS 67214 firstchurchwichita.org Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]

Pastor

Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado is seeking a full-time solo pastor. View our MIF #01172 at pccrusa.org and pcusa.org/clc. E-mail PIF/résumé/inquiries to [email protected] Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies 1700 Brodie Ave Estes Park CO 80517 pccrusa.org Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]

Eight ministries awarded DREAM Grants

LOUISVILLE (PNS) Eight new missional ventures in churches and presbyteries have received DREAM Grants from the Presbyterian Mission Agency. The DREAM (Developmental, Risky, Experimental, Adaptive Mission) Grant is meant to encourage risk-takers who are not afraid to fail in church cultures. Preference for DREAM grants of up to $10,000 was given to ministries within the following synods: Alaska-Northwest, Puerto Rico, the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest These synods were most impacted by the 2013 closing of the National Mission Partnership Funds, which had supported ministry efforts in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Recipients of the 2015 DREAM Grants: Synod of Alaska-Northwest Eden, Presbytery of the Inland Northwest ($10,000). Since the empty lot next to Community Presbyterian Church in Wilbur, Washington, was transformed into a community garden in the shape of the Jerusalem cross, worship has become more vital, small groups and Sunday school more active and a … [Read more...]