Victor Hugo: miserable Catholic?

As I mentioned, the movie of “Les Miserables” is teeming with Catholic references.  It lead me to wonder about the background of the novel’s author, Victor Hugo. From Wikipedia:  Hugo’s religious views changed radically over the course of his life. In his youth, he identified himself as a Catholic and professed respect for Church hierarchy [Read More...]

6 things that struck me about “Les Miserables”

At long last, I saw the movie version of “Les Miserables” tonight, tears dribbling off my cheeks and into my popcorn.  I have long been smitten by the score, the story, the unabashed emotion of the piece, and the movie does justice to all of that.  In fact, one of the things that struck me [Read More...]

“When you’re worried, and you can’t sleep…”

…count your blessings, instead of sheep…” Herewith, one of my favorite songs for the holidays—which really isn’t a Christmas carol, or a hymn, and it doesn’t even mention the season.  But it never fails to strike a chord and say to me, “Christmas.” It comes, of course, from the 1954 film “White Christmas,” which they’ve [Read More...]

“Les Miserables”: timeless—and timely

Tony Rossi offers his review of this year’s must-see movie musical: The Christmas debut is appropriate since it’s the most profoundly Christian story for mainstream audiences that’s been produced in years. Far from being a niche movie just designed for religious viewers, this is a big budget drama whose universal values will appeal to anyone yearning for [Read More...]

India produces a movie about Jesus: Passion of the (Hindu) Christ?

Now for something completely different. Details: Christaayan, the first Hindi production about Jesus, has been presented to the public. Situated in India, it is inspired by the country’s traditional culture. The six-hour epic was produced by Satprakashan Sanchar Kendra in Indore for the Divine Verb Society and will be broadcast nation-wide as a TV series. [Read More...]

“Man of Steel”: Messiah?

More than a few people have mentioned the striking Christian allegory of Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy.  Now Nolan is about to bring us (as producer, not director) another pulpy comic book hero with characteristics that appear not only startlingly Christ-like, but downright Messianic. Check out the new trailer for next summer’s “Man of Steel” [Read More...]

“What God means in practice is the act of compassion…”

“We live in a selfish age, obsessed with how we project various versions of ourselves. But you have to tell this story from the point of view that God exists. And what God means in practice is the act of compassion, the struggle of living your life in a moral way. Les Miz is the [Read More...]

On “Les Miserables”: “This is me honoring that this pain lives in the world…”

My blog neighbor Tony Rossi has a terrific posting up today about the new movie of “Les Miserables,” and some fascinating quotes from the stars about the show’s message and meaning, particularly for today: For her role as Fantine, the young mother forced to work as a prostitute in order to earn money to support [Read More...]

“Will you join in our crusade…?”

More “Les Mis” music! Below, the international trailer for what looks, increasingly, like something truly great. [Read more...]

George Lucas to donate billions from Disney sale to charity

He called the first Star Wars epic “A New Hope.”  From the Hollywood Reporter, here’s something spectacular to give all of us hope: By the end of the year, the $4.05 billion sale of Lucasfilm to Disney should be finalized. And since George Lucas owns 100 percent of his company – which has little to [Read More...]