Music Videos Shape Teens’ Values

MTV doesn’t focus much on music these days. But the medium that the cable channel helped pioneer back in the 1980s, the music video, continues to exert significant cultural influence. Specifically, a new study conducted by researchers at Catholic University of Leuven in Flanders, Belgium, finds that some teens who watch music videos today are […]

Continue Reading

The Pope Talks Media Influence on Families

Technology can be a great boon to communication. But it can also be an isolating influence too, something that keeps families from talking instead of enhancing their relational ties. That’s one of the significant takeaways from Pope Francis’ recent message on the 49th World Communications Day. I’m not Catholic, but I appreciated the Pope’s recognition […]

Continue Reading

Fifty Trades of ‘Shades’?

The big-screen adaptation of E.L. James’ bestselling bondage novel Fifty Shades of Grey lands in theaters later this week. Some industry prognosticators are predicting the explicit, controversial film could generate as much as $60 million in its opening weekend. Other voices, however, are not just calling for a boycott of the movie, but asking would-be […]

Continue Reading

Superheroes Make Super Bet

Well, the Super Bowl is over and you’ve likely read about all the many ruminations, cheers, commercials and jeers that have recently been associated with that sporting weekend event—everything from exasperated cries over coach calls to the fact that America consumed some 1 billion chicken wings during the big game. But there’s one connected story […]

Continue Reading

Movie Monday: Taken 3

Promotional still for Taken 3

Movie audiences apparently aren’t as tired of being Taken as all of us movie critics are. Liam Neeson’s third PG-13 patriarchal vengeance fantasy took in an estimated $40.4 million over the weekend, despite the fact that it had barely climbed out of the single digits to a 12% approval rating over at Rotten Tomatoes. In my review of […]

Continue Reading

Megatron Hates Selfies

Still of Megatron

Finally, we can say something good about the Transformers. Oh, not about the movies! But Megatron, who Universal Studios in Florida somehow convinced to entertain its paying customers, offers more wisdom in 38 seconds than the four movies did in 10 hours. “Use your mind!” He (it?) says. “Create new memories! Interact, don’t just add it […]

Continue Reading

Movie Monday: The Hobbit Remains Unbroken

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

Despite a challenge from two formidable newcomers, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies once again stood at the summit of the box office’s lonely mountain, presumably hurling taunts down at the movies below. The third Hobbit movie pillaged moviegoers for an estimated $41.4 million in the days following Christmas, bringing its estimated total take to a very […]

Continue Reading