make way for tomorrow

Reviewing the Classics: Make Way For Tomorrow

When Leo McCarey won an Academy Award for directing The Awful Truth, he began his acceptance speech with the following: “I want to thank the Academy for this wonderful award, but you gave it to me for the wrong picture.” That same year also saw the release of one McCarey’s saddest, and perhaps most significant […]

Continue Reading 0
mustang

Top Youth Ministry Films: Part 7

I love movies, but I am also in youth ministry–the spiritual and identity formation of teenagers and young adults. When those two passions find congruence, it’s a wonderful thing. Here are ten more films about adolescence, youth culture, mentorship, coming-of-age, and identity formation, listed in alphabetical order and with a brief synopsis. You can find […]

Continue Reading 0
last days in the desert

The Year in Liturgical Cinema: Easter

Note: “The Liturgical Year in Cinema” is an ongoing series, a personal exploration of the thematic connections between the Christian calendar and films. We celebrated Easter Sunday on March 27. This installment explores the connection between our personal Christologies and the cinematic Christ in the sub-genre of Jesus films. It’s come and gone. Easter. Resurrection Sunday. This […]

Continue Reading 0
casablanca

Reviewing the Classics: Casablanca

If you asked me about my top 10 favorite films of all-time, Casablanca would be on the list. It’s romantic, witty, adventurous. It is both ahead of its time and incredibly timely. The doomed romance between Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) is evocative, complex, and fulfilling. What gets me about Casablanca […]

Continue Reading 0
hail caesar

The Fixer: HAIL, CAESAR! and the Pastoral Vocation

Eddie Mannix is a good man. At least his priest thinks so when Eddie visits him only a day after his previous confession. “You’re really not that bad,” the priest mutters, a bit exasperated at the film producer’s self-deprecation and religious fervor. There are two scenes in this confession booth with a priest, the bookends […]

Continue Reading 1