We spend a lot of time consuming "entertainment" in all of its forms. But whether it's movies, television, video games, music, sports, or even literature, these things do more than just offer an escape from our world for the sake of pleasure. When done right, they offer a window into a deeper experience of our own world and a connection to a transcendent world in our midst.
Everyday Liminality 11 - Week 4
Imagine a world where if you open your eyes outside, you die. You must survive entirely by touch and sound, feeling your way around the world, lest the monsters get you. For this reason, Bird Box might be the most unsettling movie I've ever seen.
A Quiet Place is Religious?
A Quiet Place is about monsters that kill people who make sounds. It's also about coming together as family to live a contemplative life. I dare you not to see the Catholic imagery in this movie.
Hook: An Escape to Find Oneself
Robin Williams as Peter Pan? Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook? Sign me up! While the classic kid's movie Hook has a lot of flaws, there's something really wonderful about it. Fr. Tito and Fr. Casey find a lot to discuss in this episode.
Bridge to Terabithia: Imaginative and Tragic
How do you help a kid that feels alone? How do you help a kid when he loses his best friend in a tragic death? These were questions that Katherine Paterson had with her son in 1977, inspiring her to write the classic novel, The Bridge to Terabithia. The movie is a bit uneven, but it has something important to say.
Mean Girls isn't Just Iconic
For people of my generation, there is no more iconic high school movie than Mean Girls. If you were in high school in the early 00's, you can probably quote a dozen famous lines from it. But it's not just an iconic movie: it tells a great story and shares a relatable lesson.
Easy A: When Lies Get Out of Hand
Everyone in high school wants to be noticed and to fit in. But what if it takes lying about something to achieve that? What if that lie gets out of hand? Based on the themes of the Scarlet Letter, Easy A is a warning about how rumors can spread.
My new favorite podcast!
Fr. Tito’s and Fr. Casey’s knowledge of both the cinematic arts and the depths of philosophy/theology forms great podcast episodes. They are informative, faith-filled, and fun! Thank you, Fathers!
Fr Casey and Fr Tito have presented and reviewed a lot of eclectic movies. Thank you for pulling out different aspects, plots and ways of watching a movie. You guys have got my interest piqued to see movies I might never have watched before. Thank you, for the most part (Cloud Atlas 🤦🏻♂️) I look forward to whatever the theme is next. God bless you on your adventure to see all the major league ball parks.