Category Movies

Movie Review: Princess Mononoke

This is based an old post that was originally published elsewhere.  We live in an age of transition (or as I like to say, an apocalyptic age): older ways of experiencing the world are dying away, and we do not know what the new world will bring. Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke, which takes place in medieval Japan, is […]

Who Did It Better?

Who did it better? Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall:   Or Mike Myers and Dana Carvey? Hard call. I had a crush on Cindy Williams (Shirley) as a little boy, but Garth is pretty cute too. Meanwhile, did you know that Lenny and Squiggy had a band? They were awful. At 3:38 take a good look […]

Hail Ceasar!

I once said that the only decent movies about God are made by Jews – two Jews to be precise, Joel and Ethan Cohen. Turns out they are also the only ones making good movies about the Catholic Church too. Their latest, Hail Ceasar, can be enjoyed as an homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood, where […]

Movie: The Good Shepherd

In Robert Di Nero’s The Good Shepherd an Italian-American (Joe Pesci) asks a CIA agent (Matt Damon): Q: We Italians, we have the Church and the family; the Irish, they have their homeland; the Jews, tradition. Hell, even the niggers have their music… What do you people have? A: We have the United States of America, the rest […]

Art for Children

My recent posts on the Nickelodeon show Avatar: The Last Airbender has reminds me of the fact that the lines between children’s entertainment and adult entertainment are often artificial. I was about four years old when I watched the film adaptation of Watership Down. People will often emphatically say that Watership Down is not for children, but it sure held my attention. […]

Ideology and Bad Movies

Molly Hemingway theorizes that the new Ghostbusters film is being promoted as a feminist film because the producers know it is a bad movie and need to get people to go see it anyway. By promoting it as a polarizing feminist film, feminists will feel the need to go and see it no matter how […]

Movie Review: Doubt

Doubt: A Parable is a little slow at times, but worth watching if only to see two of the best contemporary American actors, Merrill Streep and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, pitted against each other. Every review you read of Doubt has a completely different take: some see Fr Flynn as a Christ figure and Sister Aloysius as “the Accuser”, an […]