Scarier Things Than Scarecrow

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(Jonathan Ryan posting on behalf of new Rogue writer, Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)I enjoy Gotham without shame. I look forward to it every week. I like seeing the development of the supervillains and of little Bruce Wayne. Monday’s episode showed the beginnings of one of my favorite villains, Dr. Jonathan Crane; aka Scarecrow. Last night, I inadvertently became scarier than Scarecrow after watching the show and getting the idea for this blog. I tried to text myself this line from the show so that w … [Read more...]

Can ‘Better Call Saul’ Break Out of Bad’s Shadow?

(Jonathan Ryan posting on behalf of The Rogue's newest writer, Jenn O'Mara.)For the last two nights, I’ve stayed up way too late to watch the two part premiere of AMC’s newest original series, Better Call Saul, co-created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. Saul is the prequel-spin off (prin-off? Is that a thing?) of AMC’s smash hit, Breaking Bad, of which I was also a huge fan. Saul is shifting the light away from drug-cooking teachers and focusing on Saul Goodman, the lucrative, money … [Read more...]

Daredevil Teaser Trailer is Here! Fighting! Blindness! Catholicism!

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As everyone who has been around the Rogue long enough knows, I'm a huge Daredevil fan (Click here  and here to see why). So, when Marvel announced they would do a TV series on Netflix, it was all I could do to refrain from uttering a Ron Swanson giggle of glee.The tone of this trailer...wow. It got everything right, especially Matt's conflicted Catholicism, which is the heart of his story. Bam. I'm totally in.     … [Read more...]

I Believe…In An X-Files Reboot!!!

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(Jonathan Ryan posting on behalf of new Rogue writer, Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)About a year ago our parish had a visiting priest saying Mass who had one of the most astonishing homilies I’ve ever heard. It was all about The X-Files. Yes—I said about a year ago. My first thought was, “Wow! I LOVE The X-Files! How cool is this!” My second thought was, “Wait…that was on like 20 years ago. Did this guy just pull out a 20 year old homily and lay it on us like it was nothing?!” I’m going to go wit … [Read more...]

Looking in the Mirror: The Parenthood Series Finale

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Ecclesiastes 3 sums it up like this: For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to … [Read more...]

Tom Brady’s Deflated Balls

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By now, you've probably heard that the New England Patriots are headed to yet another Super Bowl. If you feel as I do about that, pause now to stifle your vomit or go ahead and let it spew. Ok sure, they've won a lot of Super Bowls lately and that's cause for respect and commendation, right? The New York Yankees of football, right? Maybe, but not so fast.This week, as you've probably also heard, the NFL discovered that eleven out of twelve balls the Patriots used during their lopsided 45-7 … [Read more...]

Ron Swanson, Meat, and the Art of Being a Real Man

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(We here at the Rogue are huge Parks and Recreation fans. On January 13, it begins its final season at 8:00 PM EST. Jo Schaffer writes about her favorite character on the show)Some say that gender roles are dead. The “new woman” can do anything a man does and the “new man” is allowed his feelings, to love shopping for clothes and even the occasional manicure. While some of this may be progress there are a few things happening as a result that may be less than an improvement.In the book Bo … [Read more...]

Groundhog Day and Waking Up With Humility

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“What would you do if you were stuck in one place, and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?” I’ve been thinking a lot recently about movies which have had a profound impact on my faith. One such movie is the 1993 comedy Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray and Andie McDowell. Our lead character Phil, an arrogant TV weatherman is assigned to cover the annual Groundhog Day celebration in Puxatawney, PA and manages to become stuck in a time loop where he awakes promp … [Read more...]

2015: Yes, Marty, We’re in the Future (But Not Quite)

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We're now a week into 2015 and if you're anything like me, you might have noticed we've finally reached the year that Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to in Back to the Future Part II. The crazy unknown they zapped themselves into, aka the future. Back when the film was released in 1989, trying to picture 2015 was nearly as hard as trying to picture 3015. After all, while the world of the 80s saw some advances in technology, namely the VCR, it wasn't until the early 90s, and now the 21st … [Read more...]

If Your God Doesn’t have a Sense of Humor, He’s Not Worth Serving.

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  Like the rest of the world, I’m horrified at the Charlie Hebdo shootings in France. Gunmen killed twelve people because the humor magazine posted supposedly offensive cartoons of Mohammed.  People have reacted to the horrific events with outrage and holding up pens to show their solidarity with those slain on the alter of free speech.This is all very good. Certainly, those who write or create art shouldn’t be cowed by the barrel of a gun. Terror can never dictate what we c … [Read more...]


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