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.
Shrek: Stop Living In A Fairy Tale World
Shrek is the ultimate anti-Disney movie with a great message for those who feel left out. That said, Br. Tito and Fr. Casey wish the movie would have ended differently.
Little Miss Sunshine: You Do You... Sort of.
Little Miss Sunshine is a wonderful tragi-comedy about a dysfunctional family forced on a road trip together. While it is their common goal of arriving at their destination that initially holds them together, it is in their disillusionment with the goal that ultimately changes them for the better and makes them a healthier family.
Francis Movies Are... Okay
St. Francis is arguably the most revered saint in history. Books have been written about him, paintings commissioned to depict his life, and movies upon movies produced to inspire the world. And yet, despite all his attention in Hollywood... Br. Tito and I aren't exactly impressed. Here's what we make of two of the most famous movies, and how we would make our own Francis movie.
Gangs of New York: A Story for Today
History is often boring an irrelevant to people. Which is a shame, because it is often repeated in our own day. The Gangs of New York may appear, at first, to be a movie about a time completely unlike our own, but the themes and values of the 1860s are the same ones driving our political and social lives today.
St. Vincent is not the way to Sainthood...
St. Vincent is a funny, heartwarming, and mildly tragic movie starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy. In it, Hollywood gives it take on what it means to be a saint, but Br. Tito and Fr. Casey thinks it falls flat. Great entertainment, horrible life advice.
Arrival: The Greatest Movie You Never Saw
Arrival might be the greatest movie ever made. Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but it is a top 5 movie for both Br. Tito and Fr. Casey. If you haven't seen it, you might want to watch before listening... spoilers ahead.