Wildcat lacks O’Connor’s oddness, but brims with passion
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Wildcat bills itself as “based on short stories by Flannery O’Connor,” though it could equally be said to be based on O’Connor’s letters (the source for much of Flannery’s dialogue) and her prayer journal (used to depict her prayer life in earnest voiceovers ..read more
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Watch: The Song of Bernadette and Lourdes – An Arts & Faith Top 100 discussion with Kenneth R. Morefield
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3w ago
In which I chat with the editor of a collection of essays about the Arts & Faith Top 100 films about my contribution to the book ..read more
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The face of God in Cabrini
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1M ago
Does the movie “secularize a saint”? Reckoning with the curious dearth of God talk and overt religiosity in this faith-based biopic about the founder of a religious community ..read more
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Cabrini celebrates human dignity and solidarity; the saint remains an enigma
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2M ago
What kind of world do we want, and what will we do to achieve it? Those are the questions with which Alejandro Monteverdi’s Cabrini leaves us at the end of its 140 minutes. The questions land harder after the story we’ve seen ..read more
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Dune: Part Two exceeds expectations in every way — except humanity
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3M ago
There’s something bracing about a blockbuster epic in 2024 that doesn’t care what you think of it, that is primarily concerned with being the best possible version of itself ..read more
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Dune and The Lord of the Rings
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3M ago
In my reviews of Dune: Part One and now Dune: Part Two (filed and pending publication; stay tuned!) I’ve written a bit comparing and contrasting Dune with Star Wars. Here I’d like to consider Star Wars in relation to The Lord of the Rings and J.R.R. Tolkien’s larger legendarium ..read more
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Ethan Hunt’s Second Act and Tom Cruise’s Third: The Unending Impossible Mission
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11M ago
What the Mission: Impossible series discovers in this moment is this: Imperfect stunts can be more thrilling than perfect ones, and an unflappable superman who always knows exactly what to do and does it perfectly is less exciting than a fallible, vulnerable action hero — one who can be caught by surprise, who hesitates and has misgivings, who is forced to improvise, sometimes miscalculating and even getting hurt ..read more
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The Lourdes Effect: The Miracle Club director Thaddeus O’Sullivan on Irish trauma and miracles
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11M ago
Laura Linney stars in an Irish comedy set in 1967 about a group of women confronting their past on a pilgrimage to Lourdes. The director talks about the trauma that Irish movies set in this timeframe tend deal with, and what he calls the “Lourdes Effect ..read more
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Indiana Jones movies and Raiders of the Lost Ark: Why the original still stands alone
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11M ago
Eight years earlier, The Exorcist offered a gut-wrenching morality tale about, among other things, the spiritual dangers of messing around with Ouija boards and demons. The climax of Raiders offers a complementary warning about trifling with the no less terrible power of the holy ..read more
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A deep dive: The Little Mermaid then and now
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1y ago
There’s something profoundly melancholy about Disney returning, in its present state of creative exhaustion and corporate decadence, to The Little Mermaid — the nucleus from which the entire Disney renaissance exploded, in a way along with everything that has followed ..read more
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