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Fatherhood and Redemption in “Pirates of the Caribbean 5”

August 15, AD 2017 0 Comments
Fatherhood and Redemption in “Pirates of the Caribbean 5”

[Caution: spoilers ahead] Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a moving paean to fatherhood. The entire movie centers around Henry Turner’s quest to release his father Will from a curse damning him to eternal servitude on The Flying Dutchman. The movie opens with 12-year-old Henry locating the sunken ship which holds […]

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Moana: the Ocean & the Holy Spirit

July 27, AD 2017 1 Comment
Moana: the Ocean & the Holy Spirit

Guest post by Magdalyn Fiore. A lengthy comparison between the Ocean and the Holy Ghost? What can I say except you’re welcome! I recently saw the Disney film Moana for the first time. As you might know by now, the movie has some encouraging themes, such as stepping up to responsibility, discerning one’s calling, and […]

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The Seven Deadly Sins in “The Jungle Book”

July 11, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Seven Deadly Sins in “The Jungle Book”

The Jungle Book (2016) is a masterful adaptation of Kipling’s book, paying due homage to the classic Disney film with its meshing of the familiar soundtrack with exquisitely-rendered new visuals. It is also a tale of growing up in a dangerous world, of fulfilling one’s telos or true end, and of choosing to practice virtue […]

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The Silence of Mary vs Endō’s “Silence”

April 11, AD 2017 1 Comment
The Silence of Mary vs Endō’s “Silence”

In the Martin Scorsese film Silence, based on the book by Shūsaku Endō, the Jesuit protagonists face a terrible choice: to renounce their faith and trample on the image of Christ, or to let their flock of Japanese faithful suffer torture and death. In saving their flock in the temporal realm, did they not risk […]

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Rogue One: An Advent Story

December 22, AD 2016 1 Comment
Rogue One: An Advent Story

If you are a Star Wars fan, you have likely felt either excitement or apprehension when considering the release of “Rogue One”. This is uncharted territory for the Star Wars universe. A movie without an episode number, without an opening scroll, and independent of a trilogy to tell the story. We knew it would be […]

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Spiritual Truths in “The Girl on the Train”

October 12, AD 2016 1 Comment
Spiritual Truths in “The Girl on the Train”

I am not an avid fiction reader. If I’m lucky I make my way through one or two novels a year. More often than not my nose can be found in theological texts, most likely Mariological in nature. My reading of novels might make an increase as I recently discovered the wonders of Audible and […]

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Thoughts on Captain America: Civil War

May 21, AD 2016 2 Comments
Thoughts on Captain America: Civil War

  (The article below contains a few minor spoilers. Continue only if you don’t mind or have already seen the film!) Yet another installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and yet again stores and the Internet are bursting with promotional materials. It seems that nearly everywhere we turn we come across another image of Captain […]

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Risen Movie Review: A Jerusalem X-File

February 29, AD 2016 0 Comments
Risen Movie Review: A Jerusalem X-File

Every Lent and Easter brings up movie adaptations of Jesus’ life, and this year’s new installment is Risen, produced by Sony’s Affirm Films faith-based division. Recently I was able to attend a premiere screening of Risen at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in New York City. A roundtable discussion afterwards with the star, […]

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The Force of Mercy

January 18, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Force of Mercy

About a week ago, I joined the cool kids club and got to see The Force Awakens in theaters.  It was a fantastic movie, and because I just finished reading a dissertation on John Paul II, there were a lot of really intense philosophical and theological ideas bouncing around my brain as I tried to […]

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Faith and Femininity in Disney’s Tangled

January 5, AD 2016 4 Comments
Faith and Femininity in Disney’s Tangled

As a father of three girls all under the age of five, I see my fair share of princess tales.  To be perfectly honest, most of them don’t really stick with me, a lot of it is forgettable, and a lot of it makes me wish it was forgettable.  However, on a recent car trip, […]

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7 Websites Every Catholic Should Visit

September 29, AD 2015 9 Comments
7 Websites Every Catholic Should Visit

There are many great Catholic websites on the web, but have you heard of these seven?  1. Tiny Saints These pocket size little caricatures are the perfect accessory to any Catholic. They”re hip, they”re cool, and they”re “pretty much the coolest saint charms ever.” Wear as a necklace, put on your keychain, tag on your dog”s […]

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Rocky Balboa, John’s Gospel, and the New Evangelization

July 25, AD 2015 1 Comment
Rocky Balboa, John’s Gospel, and the New Evangelization

“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place…it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.” These words were uttered by Sylvester Stallone in Rocky Balboa, a final chapter to the famous Rocky movies. Balboa is speaking these words to his grown […]

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On Evangelium Vitae and Star Wars

June 18, AD 2015 0 Comments
On Evangelium Vitae and Star Wars

What was said about history being philosophy teaching by example can also be said of movies. Movies can illustrate philosophy (and even theology) by showing the consequences of following ideas to their logical conclusions. Due to the extent to which people, consciously or unconsciously, turn to movies as their source of principles to guide their […]

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Would Jesus Watch “Game of Thrones?”

May 26, AD 2015 10 Comments
Would Jesus Watch “Game of Thrones?”

The news media briefly turned its attention to the Hit HBO series, “Game of Thrones” last week after US Senator Claire McCaskill (Dem, MO) tweeted that she was done watching the show because of a rape scene that aired on the most recent episode. The news attention to Madam Senator’s comments and controversy it generated […]

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Give Fairy Tales a Chance

April 17, AD 2015 0 Comments
Give Fairy Tales a Chance

Fairy tales (especially princesses and Santa Claus) get a lot of crap. From comments such as, “princesses teach girls that the only way to attain happiness is to find a man” or “telling your kids a fat man in a red suit delivers presents to them is lying” to “these stories don’t present strong, realistic […]

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