Nine reasons why I enjoyed “The Hobbit”

I took the day off today, and caught the morning showing of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at my local theater (where you can get in for five bucks at shows before 11 AM). I've been nervous about this film, not sure it could possibly live up to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, even with Peter Jackson and his team in charge. The last Peter Jackson film I saw was King Kong, which was awful primarily because it was excessively overlong. So you can imagine my fear at The Hobbit – a lighthearted chi … [Read more...]

Dreaming the Tiger

My family and I went to see Life of Pi last night. I have not (yet) read the book, but Gareth Higgins (who knows a lot more about movies than I do) says it's one of the best novel adaptations he's ever seen. I can only judge the movie on its own merits, and I'd say it's well worth seeing. If you're worried about spoilers, stop reading this now and go see the movie. … [Read more...]

Atlas and Aurora

Over the past weekend, stunned and saddened like everyone else over the violence in Colorado, I took time to watch the movie Of Gods and Men for the third time. This was in preparation for an upcoming retreat.Watching that movie, about the monks of Our Lady of the Atlas Mountains, who were martyred during the Algerian Civil War in 1996, gave me a new and, I hope, contemplative perspective on both the shootings and how ordinary people might respond to them. The monks of Atlas lived Christlike … [Read more...]

The Holy Land from the air

Here's a little something for your Saturday morning viewing pleasure. This is a seven minute preview of an iMax movie currently in production about Jerusalem and its role as a holy city for the three Abrahamic faiths. The cinematography (all aerial in this clip, although the finished film will include footage from the ground) is gorgeous.The movie is scheduled for a 2013 release. If you want to learn more about it, visit www.jerusalemthemovie.com. … [Read more...]

General Orders No. 9

This past Saturday Fran, Rhiannon and I went to see General Orders No. 9, a new movie that was screening at Georgia State University's Cinefeste Film Theater. We first learned about the movie because it was directed by Bob Persons, who is married to our friend Lisa whom we know through the Friends of L'Arche Atlanta. Bob grew up in the same town Fran did, and when we poked around online to learn a bit more about the film we discovered that parts of it were filmed in and around their home. So, … [Read more...]

Of Gods and Men: Of Martyrs for Life

Of Gods and Men, the award-winning French film about Cistercian monks who lived at the Monastery of Tibhirine in Algeria and who were killed in 1996 during the Algerian civil war, will begin showing in Atlanta next Friday, April 1. I had the privilege to attend an advance screening sponsored by Sony Pictures today. The film has already been screening in New York, Los Angeles, and other major cities, so you can fairly easily find reviews of it online. And for the most part, it's getting plenty of … [Read more...]

Two Movie Trailers to Check Out…

Here are trailers for two movies concerning monasticism in our time:The first one, Of Gods and Men is a French film that will be released in American theaters this February. The second one, Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer is available for rent or purchase from iTunes. … [Read more...]


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