Thomas Merton’s love life to be made into a movie

Longtime readers of the blog know that I’m a Thomas Merton fanboy.  His life and work were instrumental in my own vocation, and I once spent a memorable afternoon in his Kentucky hermitage, thinking “I can’t believe I’m HERE.” So I’ve got some mixed feelings about this news, which if handled clumsily could turn the [Read More...]

This looks great: Ben Stiller as Walter Mitty

James Thurber’s classic short story is being remade—Danny Kaye did it years ago—and Ben Stiller is the star and director. Look for it under the tree on Christmas Day. Here’s the trailer.  Ta-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa. [Read more...]

If I could vote in the Oscars…

…here’s my pick for picture of the year. There is more truth, pain, joy, poetry and poignancy in this five minute clip than in any other I can imagine.  And I love that the final moment of the trilogy ends the way the first movie began, with a shot of an impossibly beautiful sky, and [Read More...]

Happy Groundhog Day

Classic moments from a favorite movie that has a sneaky way of saying a lot about transformation, conversion, and redemption –  you know, all the usual stuff in a Bill Murray comedy. Enjoy. [Read more...]

A first look at "Of Gods and Men"

For my money, this is the first must-see movie of 2011.  I read the book “The Monks of Tibhirine” a few years back, and was deeply moved by this story of a Trappist monks martyred by radical Muslims in Algeria in the 1990s.  The movie tells this same story, and strikes me as carrying a [Read More...]


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