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...]

The Dawn Treader Movie: Lots of Excitement, But No Star Song


Okay, here is my initial response to the movie adaptation of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which I saw Friday evening. Spoilers abound. Read on at your own risk. … [Read more...]

Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen

On Monday Fran and I went to see Vision, a recent German-language film directed by Margarethe Von Trotta and starring Barbara Sukowa, on the life of the twefth-century visionary abbess, Hildegard of Bingen. Many people in our time know of Hildegard exclusively through her music, thanks to beautiful contemporary recordings like Gothic Voices and Emma Kirkby's luminous A Feather on the Breath of God. But Hildegard was more than just a composer — she was truly a renaissance woman, centuries before t … [Read more...]

“You’ve got an extraordinary destiny. Something greater than you could have imagined.”

The trailer for the movie adaptation of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has been released.Needless to say, I'm excited. … [Read more...]

Training Your Dragon

We went to see How to Train Your Dragon last night, and were delighted. It's quite a fun movie, filled with action, but good for kids aged about 7 up; it's got a wonderful storyline about learning to think outside the, er, dragon's nest and looking for solutions to problems that don't involve violence. It portrays disabled characters with dignity and grace. But perhaps the most important message of all has to do with fear. The hero, Hiccup (gotta love his name) is a runt of a Viking, a scrawny … [Read more...]

Not a Tame Wild Thing…

We went to see Where the Wild Things Are last night. It's a basic go-to-the-otherworld-to-find-yourself kind of story, in which our hero Max (wonderfully portrayed by the too-cute-for-words Max Records) responds to his mother's exasperated declaration that he's "out of control" by running off to where the wild things are. He talks them out of eating him and into getting appointed King of the Wild Things, and the Wild Rumpus ensues. At first Max finds it's great to be king, but eventually things … [Read more...]

Prince Caspian

Fran and Rhiannon and I went to see Prince Caspian last night. Just a few thoughts on it... … [Read more...]