Rooting for the “Good” Bad Guys

Sep 25 Rooting for the “Good” Bad Guys

I watch a lot of TV.  Well, not necessarily TV shows, although I do watch plenty of them, but other things on TV, like mini-series and movies (and things from England, for some reason).  Let’s just say, I thank God for Netflix on a daily basis.  This isn’t generally a problem, but at times, a show that sounds good from the description turns out so terribly that I turn it off before...

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The Church, Unoriginality, and My Failure to Communicate

Jan 28 The Church, Unoriginality, and My Failure to Communicate

One of Christianity’s many charms is its history of assimilating pagan cultural practices and recalibrating the character into something more pleasing to the palate of the faithful. Like the Borg (face it, “Keep calm and Catholic on” is a religious rendition of “resistance is futile”). Be it wedding rings, Christmas trees or pipe organs, we outfit our lives and...

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Not New Movie Review: The Seventh Seal

Dec 31 Not New Movie Review: The Seventh Seal

Why did I like Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal? I knew its basic premise beforehand: a knight returns from the Crusades, questioning God’s existence, and engages in a chess match with Death. I knew that its conclusion wasn’t exactly sympathetic to faith. I knew that it starred a young Max von Sydow, who in the DVD extras for my favorite movie stated plainly that he thought...

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Movie Review: For Greater Glory

Jun 06 Movie Review: For Greater Glory

Three Catholic friends and I had the great fortune of seeing For Greater Glory on opening night.  Of course, this is no great feat considering we live in the middle of Baptist country. For those of you who are unfamiliar, For Greater Glory is based on real life events during the Cristero’s War, a rebellion against persecution of Christians by the atheistic Mexican government resulting in...

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The Human Brokenness Found Within ‘October Baby’

Mar 28 The Human Brokenness Found Within ‘October Baby’

Over the last couple of weeks, my wife has been suggesting that we rent the movie Courageous, which after seeing the preview, we both agreed would be a good flick.  In spite of this, I’ve put off renting it because, while the theme story may be encouraging or even inspiring, the format of similar films made by the same group (Facing the Giants, Fireproof) is rather formulaic and in such a...

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