A GOOD WAY TO SPEND A MONTH I got this message from my friend Mike Wallacavage at the International Institute for Culture. I can’t go, [grumble, grumble] but hopefully some of you can. Study Faith and Culture in Europe! “Communitas: The Restoration of Christian Community in an Age of Alienation” Summer Seminar held June 14-July [Read More…]


A SIX FOOT TALL WHITE SCIENTOLOGIST The Hollywood Reporter reports today that John Travolta is in negotiations to play Jimmy Stewart’s character in the update of the 1950 classic, Harvey. The story revolves around an otherwise normal man who claims to have befriended a six-foot tall, white rabbit. His friends and family put him in [Read More…]


PROPOSED: “ENVY IS BAD FOR DIPLOMACY.” For the week of March 11, 2003, U.S. made movies…. …held six of the top seven spots at the box-office in France. …held all top ten spots in Germany. …held nine of the top ten spots in Italy. …held eight of the top ten spots in Sweden. …held all [Read More…]


ELEMENTS OF A CHRISTIAN CINEMA I promised to discuss elements predicable of a Catholic cinema. Before we do that, we need to set out themes that would distinguish a Christian cinema. I am indebted for some of what follows to a book called After Image, by Fr. Richard Blake, SJ. Clearly, we are looking at [Read More…]


GROAN “The word family has taken on a wonderful and extended meaning…and can include people like coworkers or roommates.” Angela Shapiro, president of the ABC Family Cable network, explaining the channel’s racier fare. [Read more…]


“WHEN I’M WIDE AWAKE, I SEE SIGNS OF AN UNBREAKABLE CATHOLIC SIXTH SENSE.” Tim Drake has posted an extensive critique over on CatholicPundit called “The ‘Catholic’ Imagination of M. Night Shyamalan.” There is lots of info about the director’s personal history and filmography. It’s interesting and well-written, although I don’t agree with the central thesis [Read More…]


MEL’S PASSION My friend, Raymond Arroyo, is fresh back from a visit to the set of The Passion in Italy. Has there ever been a film that has ever generated so much buzz in Christian circles? I wonder if Mel minds that the buzz isn’t in Aramaic and Latin… Ray has written a piece about [Read More…]


THREE WEEKS LEFT! “Christian communicators need a formation which enables them to work effectively in the media environment. Such a formation will have to be comprehensive: training in skills; training in ethics and morality, with particular attention to values and norms relevant to their professional work; training in human culture, in philosophy, and aestetics. Before [Read More…]


“A LEGAL FICTION” Okay, what is going on? While watching Law and Order tonight, the character of the new D.A., played by former Sen. Fred Thompson notes that he opposes Roe v. Wade because it is “bad law.” He goes on to note that there is no “Right to Privacy” in the Constitution, and therefore [Read More…]


ARTIST AS THEOLOGIAN “In order to communicate the message entrusted to her by Christ, the Church needs art. Art must make perceptible, and as far as possible attractive, the world of the spirit, of the invisible, of God. It must therefore, translate into meaningful terms that which in itself is ineffable.” (JPII Letter to Artists, [Read More…]


PITHY REVIEWS A friend asked me the other day what I thought of Gangs of New York. “I reviewed it on my blog,” said I. To which my friend replied, “Too many words. Just tell me whether I should see it or not.” So, in an effort to reach and edify this visually oriented culture [Read More…]


SO WHY DO THEY DO IT? AOL ran a poll last week that asked the question: Do celebrity activists affect your political opinions? 472,469 people voted in the poll, with 93% registering a “No” vote. Personally, celebrity activists do sway me. They make me want to be on the opposite side. [Read more…]


MOVING BEYOND THE FISH, RAINBOW, SHEPHERD AND EARTHEN VESSEL I’m going to spend lots of time in this blog, plumbing the depths of the 1999 Letter to Artists written by John Paul II. Here is a paragraph that regularly sends me spinning off into creative pondering. “The art which Christianity encountered in its early days [Read More…]


TOWARDS A CHRISTIAN AESTETHIC OF ENTERTAINMENT This just in: The Popular Culture is Not Going Away. If we, the People of God, are going to see any improvement in entertainment, we first have to know what actually is the goal in entertainment productions. What is the role of entertainment in human life, and what would [Read More…]