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The Secret Life of a Pope on the Slopes

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Keeping it Real   with true stories on TheArchive: This Easter, celebrate the majesty of nature and mystery of faith with the true story of a ski-loving Pope. The Secret Life of John Paul II (2004) The Skiing Pope that will inspire and melt away your winter blues. Behold the true story of Pope John Paul II when, in July of ‘84, his Holiness met a young man by the name of Lino Zani on the Italian slopes. Indulging in his beloved Winter hobby (held privately dear to the Pope), divine chance--perhaps a miracle-- brought these two together, under an umbrella for their shared love of skiing.  The Secret Life of John Paul II (2004) The unsuspecting ski lodge expert, Lino Zani, witnesses much upon the mountain and, over the years, remain friends with His Majesty, the Pope. Brothers of the mountain, united in adventure, the two would fulfill a magnificent journey of friendship, perseverance, and faith.  …Not to mention, adventure.   The Secret Life of John Paul II (2004) The Secret Life of

Can David Mamet "Pass Over" a New York Times Film Review?

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This post was originally published on (3/24/21) and updated on (4/14/22) . No doubt, even as new variants on the rise with names longer and more numerically elaborate than their chemical makeup pervade our newfound freedom, the spring exodus is in full swing. This weekend, make time after dinner for a holiday movie. In fact, as Passover movies go, When Do We Eat? is definitely a memorable one that may also rub some people the wrong way. With the tagline, “My big fat Jewish Seder” the viewer has a sense of what’s on the table. And it’s hard to dispute Jmerica.com whose review of the movie exalts it as, “History’s most hilarious Passover comedy.” That is only if Shalom Sesame: It's Passover, Grover! Is not as funny as it potentially sounds. That being said, Salvador Litvak's  When Do We Eat?  is well worth the watch if only to get a better sense of the “mishegas” (Yiddish for crazy) that can transpire when family gets together to celebrate the holidays; in this particular case,

From After the Silence to Academy Award Winning CODA: Deaf Characters and their Cinematic Representation

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Written by Multicom's Nicole Bajorek (artwork by Nicole Bajorek) This post was originally published on (2/15/21) and updated on (3/27/22) . CODA has won Best Picture tonight at the 94th annual Academy Awards, a a historic win for the Deaf community. Deaf characters and actors have long been underrepresented, stereotyped, and ignored in the history of cinema and television. A majority of the few deaf characters featured or included in movies and shows were often played by hearing actors (usually with no ties to the Deaf community), and painted as highly-dependent beings. A deaf character was also often dismissed by the majority of (hearing) characters, and regarded as slow-minded and gullible.   While I cannot speak for deaf people, as a #CODA (acronym for Child of Deaf Adults), I’ve grown up among the Deaf community and have experienced, understood, admired, and respected Deaf culture firsthand. My mother was born deaf, while my father became deaf at the age of three due to tubercu

MLK: Love Makes the World Go Round

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This post was originally published on (1/18/21) and updated on (1/16/22) . I am still convinced that it is love that makes the world go round, and somehow this kind of love can be a powerful force for social change. And I believe firmly that it is through this kind of powerful nonviolent action, this kind of love that organizes itself into mass action, that we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation and the world into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. Certainly this is the great challenge facing us.      - Martin Luther King, Jr.  Aside from inspiring the world with love through his own action and words, Martin Luther King Jr. also often quoted other iconoclasts to punctuate his messages.  One such quote from Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables was especially prophetic and came during King’s 1968 appearance on the Mike Douglas Show. "Where there is darkness, crimes will be committed. The guilty one is not merely he who commits a crime but he who cause the darknes

A Guy, a Girl, and a Pizza

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Bank Robber is legit.  If ever you wanted to see McDreamy in his birthday suit, no less on his birthday, then fire up Bank Robber now! McDreamy is everything and a bag of chips (and a pizza - you'll see why) and Lisa Bonet is super legit hot in every way. And the two of them...magic. Here's the premise. After robbing a bank, Billy hides out from the police in a seedy hotel where he is forced to bribe various tenants for their silence. Soon the tenants begin to up the price for their trouble. It is fun, silly, and totally watchable. And did we mention Lisa Bonet is super hot? And it has a ridiculous cast: Patrick Dempsey, Lisa Bonet, Judge Reinhold, Forest Whitaker, Olivia d'Abo, Mariska Hargitay, Michael Jeter, and JB Rogers, better known as the director of American Pie 2.  Say it Isn't So?! (JB Rogers fan humor). The premise is fantastic. A guy robs a bank because his gold digging girl is simply unsatisfied. Utterly unimpressed she bails anyway, so he hides out in a h

Top Ten Rare Christmas Gems for the Whole Family

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Christmas movies have that timeless nostalgia that keeps us coming back for more. It's hard to find ones you have not seen so  this holiday season we decided to curate a list of ten old school classics you can only stream on  TheArchive . Hopefully you will keep coming back for more! Let's start with our favorite.... CHARLES DICKENS A CHRISTMAS CAROL : How do we not start with the best? Does this one really need explaining? Grab a kid, hopefully your own, and enjoy a journey through time that will take you back. THE CHRISTMAS STALLION : Horses. Snow. Sad. It's the joys of the holidays. When Gwen’s grandfather dies, he leaves her the farm and horses that they’ve raised together, but places her under the legal care of her uncle. When a greedy land developer pesters the family, a decision regarding whether to sell the farm rests solely on her uncle’s shoulders. SPEND THE HOLIDAYS WITH LIBERACE : This one's a serious throw back and oozes nostalgia thicker than the Macassar

Family Beef on Thanksgiving

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TheArchive could go buck wild or whole hog this Thanksgiving, but instead we're going to take the bull by the horns and serve up some good ole family dysfunction (and gore) with... Buzzard Hollow Beef .  Be careful who has you for dinner... Here's to a Cannibal Thanksgiving like no other! Whether you're celebrating Thanksgiving in America or going about your daily routine the world over, this creative carnivorous carnival could be candy for the curious.  It's one tasty holiday horror movie you'll want to binge. The beef-themed thriller (apparently that's a genre and since it's free, and streaming in HD, don't judge) tells the story of Jordan Vollmer, a recently divorced single-mother heading home to her family for the Thanksgiving holiday in the mysterious town of Buzzard Hollow.  When the family and friends begin experiencing vivid hallucinations after eating locally sourced beef of the not so grass fed organic variety, they suspect the town farmers of

Celebrating Veterans Around the World

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Beneath the Helmet explores the story of Five Israeli high school graduates drafted into the military. Eden Adler (First Lieutenant), Oren Giladi (Private), Mekonan Abebe (Private), Eilon Cohen (Private), Coral Amarani (Sergeant) enter training for eight months,  discovering their core values, unearthing emotions from the past, and learning that their teenage lives are now changed forever. The documentary highlights a few different positions the teens hold, ranging from First Lieutenant to Private, Sergeant and Commander.  Mekonen and Oren are both Privates, who emigrated to Israel from Ethiopia and Switzerland. After joining the army, the two became the best of friends — despite their different upbringing. The other three teens featured are Coral, Eden, and Eilon — all of whom hail from Israel.   Coral is from the affluent neighborhood of Herzliya Pituach and is a Sergeant at a pre-basic training program, working to get 12 soldiers integrated into the IDF (Is