Category: Movies

Christ the Uncommon King

Christ the Uncommon King

[ 2 ] January 16, AD 2015 |

One of the greatest sporting event upsets of all time arguably happened during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York when the United States defeated the Soviet Union for the gold medal in men’s ice hockey. The United States men’s hockey team was comprised of college students from rival schools. Under coach Herb […]

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Into the Woods: A Catholic Perspective

Into the Woods: A Catholic Perspective

[ 1 ] January 16, AD 2015 |

The movie points to a basic human fact that is often overlooked: humanity is messy

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Why Everyone Should Just “Let It Go”

Why Everyone Should Just “Let It Go”

[ 0 ] May 30, AD 2014 |

After watching Disney’s extremely popular and highly controversial Frozen for the third time last night, I’ve come to the conclusion that everyone- bloggers, movie reviewers, and Facebook moms included- needs to just “cool” down, take a step back, and examine why this movie has had so much opinionated hype swirling around it in the first […]

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The Dignity of The Wolf of Wall Street

The Dignity of The Wolf of Wall Street

[ 2 ] May 9, AD 2014 |

I enjoyed the movie The Wolf of Wall Street…sort of. Now, before I am put on trial and judged as being a terrible Catholic for such a statement, allow me to explain. Was the movie full of vulgarity and immorality? Absolutely. In fact, I’m having trouble thinking of another mainstream movie where I have seen […]

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Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and the Catholic Imagination

Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and the Catholic Imagination

[ 1 ] May 8, AD 2014 |

Growing up, I spent most of my childhood reading, writing, and pretending I lived in fantastical stories. As I got older, I wondered how I could return to the wonderful world of fairyland. Now that I am a mama to a brave knight and princess, I find that I never left. I have come to […]

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John Paul II’s Legacy Can Help Us Win Back Religious Liberty

John Paul II’s Legacy Can Help Us Win Back Religious Liberty

[ 0 ] April 14, AD 2014 |

The continuous setbacks and attacks on religious liberty that plague men and women of faith in the United States and across the world require responses and actions that not only are intellectually convincing, but also require the engagement of media in creative, engaging, and “culture-ready” ways. With the canonization of John Paul the Great in the immediate […]

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Seven Inspiring Movies for Lent

Seven Inspiring Movies for Lent

[ 4 ] March 27, AD 2014 |

Lent is a great time to be inspired. If you haven’t given up your television, laptop, media, or internet, try and find one or more of these titles. Watch, pray, be inspired. The Way – Currently on Netflix and Amazon Prime (March 2014) (Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez) A deeply Catholic movie. Tom (Martin Sheen) finds […]

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Are We a Well Read Culture?

Are We a Well Read Culture?

[ 3 ] March 10, AD 2014 |

Two years ago when the first Hunger Games movie was released, I wanted to be in the know because all my friends were talking about the books and movie. Consequently, I wanted to read the first book before seeing the film. I read the first of Suzanne Collins trilogy which I found to be a […]

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25 Days of . . . ?

25 Days of . . . ?

[ 1 ] December 20, AD 2013 |

A short reflection on Christmas Each year since I was a little kid, there were always Christmas movies played on TV in the month of December. This eventually evolved into the “25 Days of Christmas” on a regular network. I remember getting so excited coming home from school to check the TV Guide (That was […]

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Merry Digital Christmas

Merry Digital Christmas

[ 0 ] December 15, AD 2013 |

As the day of Christ’s birth hurtles towards us, it is definitely easy to get caught up in the spin of things. Retailers, desperate to meet their bottom line and land a huge haul this shopping season, barrage us with seemingly great offers on all kinds of interesting items. Some are actually great gifts, others […]

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The Hidden Rebellion

The Hidden Rebellion

[ 3 ] September 20, AD 2013 |

Why would a successful producer with 16 years of high-level experience and an offer to become the lead production manager for one of the most prominent major global media outlets suddenly give his notice? It’s the same reason an award-winning director with a number of projects (and–even more time-consuming–a number of kids) would pick up […]

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The Skirt that Launched a Thousand Wars

The Skirt that Launched a Thousand Wars

[ 21 ] September 16, AD 2013 |

My wife blogs about feminine genius and recently wrote a reflection on her year of wearing skirts. Unsurprisingly, at least to me, it provoked some backlash and criticism from a few faithful Catholics. The Pants vs. Skirts war has gone back and forth across the Catholic blogosphere over the past few years, with new battles […]

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Redeeming Disney

Redeeming Disney

[ 20 ] June 30, AD 2013 |

“I kissed you like the prince, and now you’re all better!” I was sick a few weeks ago, and my three-year-old son tried to make me all better with a kiss. I was, of course, touched that he wanted me to feel better, but more amazed that he really believed that he could do it. […]

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Why I Love M*A*S*H

Why I Love M*A*S*H

[ 0 ] May 18, AD 2013 |

I have been reading lately how it is bad for the mind to watch TV and that the world’s wealthiest people generally don’t waste their time on the boob tube. For similar reasons I don’t get cable TV. However,  I still get the digital TV stations through the air and do turn on the idiot box from […]

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What Are We Holding Onto, Sam?

What Are We Holding Onto, Sam?

[ 5 ] November 15, AD 2012 |

I was inspired to re-post this article after reading Cristina Montes”s On Spe Salvi and The Lord of the Rings.  I would highly recommend that one read her article first, and then read this as a follow-up meditation. In light of the most recent presidential election, the continued shortage of jobs, money, security, and Hurricane Sandy, this country has been low […]

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On Spe Salvi and The Lord of the Rings

On Spe Salvi and The Lord of the Rings

[ 7 ] November 8, AD 2012 |

I remembered the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy several times while I was reading Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical Spe Salvi five years ago.  When someone, upon encouraging me to read the encyclical, recounted to me the encyclical’s treatment of eternal life, death, immortality, and the human dilemma between not wanting to die and not wanting […]

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On Saints and Movies

On Saints and Movies

[ 2 ] October 22, AD 2012 |

St. Pedro Calungsod, whom I wrote about in my last post, was not the only one who was canonized on October 21, 2012. Also canonized with him were two Americans (St. Marianne Cope and St. Kateri Tekakwitha), a German laywoman named St.Anna Schafer, the martyred French Jesuit St., Jacques Berthieu, the Italian St. Giovanni Battista […]

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The Wager for Greater Glory

The Wager for Greater Glory

[ 0 ] June 12, AD 2012 |

All right Frank Weathers, my fellow teufel hunden, I am throwing the gauntlet down.  If you don’t go see Dean Wright’s “For Greater Glory” in a theater, you (in Marine speak) are wrong.  Oh, and for those confused right now, and who don’t know, our dear friend Mr. Weathers refuses to spend a cent on […]

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There’s Only One God, M’am

There’s Only One God, M’am

[ 7 ] May 31, AD 2012 |

Warning: This post contains specific quotes and plot descriptions from the movie The Avengers.  Those who have not seen the movie and still plan to may want to watch first, read later. Superheroes, villans, new gadgets, and old favorites come together in the latest record-breaking movie, The Avengers.  Marvel’s top men (and woman) are made up of unique personalities and different “talents” […]

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The Monks of Tibhirine + Of Gods and Men

The Monks of Tibhirine + Of Gods and Men

[ 5 ] April 26, AD 2012 |

I have a deep love of Algeria. Which is weird, considering I’ve never visited, never heard much about it, and couldn’t tell you anything besides the fact that it’s in Africa…somewhere (northern border?). But, two of my favorite books have taken place there: Albert Camus’ The Stranger and John Kiser’s The Monks of Tibhirine. For […]

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Logic, Science and History Prevail!

Logic, Science and History Prevail!

[ 7 ] November 3, AD 2011 |

I came across an amazing documentary called “180” paralleling the Holocaust and abortion. It is produced by Living Waters, a ministry run by Ray Comfort. Comfort was born a Jew, and, while he still identifies himself as such, is an Evangelical Christian pastor in California. Comfort begins the movie by discussing with people what they would […]

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October Baby: Another Awesome Christian Film.

October Baby: Another Awesome Christian Film.

[ 5 ] November 1, AD 2011 |

This fall there have actual been a few movies out there that are more than “just ok” These movies make you laugh, cry, and walk away wanting to be a better person.(Courageous, Mighty Macs, to name a few), but this past weekend I was introduced to the movie October Baby. “October Baby” tells the story […]

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Being nun the wiser

Being nun the wiser

[ 9 ] October 27, AD 2011 |

With the help of a winky face, Sister Lisa challenged me to reach into the deep end of my spirituality. Her honest and beautiful approach to a recent wedding led to her curiosity of my perspective on the possibility of religious life today. The winky face was for effect. Other than the occasional pop culture reference, […]

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Whatever Is Noble

Whatever Is Noble

[ 4 ] August 24, AD 2011 |

I finally had the chance to sit down and watch The King’s Speech.  Way before it won all its awards I knew I would like it as it possesses the following qualities:  a plot about royalty (check), British accents (check), period costuming (check), and Colin Firth (check).  All of these qualities, plus the lack of a […]

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