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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Year in Liturgical Cinema: Ash Wednesday and Lent

The second essay in The Year in Liturgical Cinema was posted at Christianity Today. (You can read the first essay on Epiphany here). This is a series exploring the theological themes of the Christian liturgical calendar and finding those themes within films. I explored Ash Wednesday and Lent, looking at films regarding human mortality and […]

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THE FRESHMAN

5 Great Football Movies

With the big game coming up this Sunday, some cinephiles may find themselves with little to watch if they’re not sports fans. Here are five great films spanning genres and decades, all about football (in alphabetical order): Brian’s Song (1971, Kulik). Based on a true story, Brian’s Song focuses on the friendship between two professional […]

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