Liam Neeson sees God as love, not a stern master (interview)

Actor Liam Neeson plays the apostate Jesuit priest Fr. Ferreira in Martin Scorsese's new film "Silence."  I interviewed Neeson by phone on Jan. 18. It was a short interview (about twelve minutes). You can read my interview with Matt Malek, an executive producer on the film and my review at Sister Rose Movies and at the National Catholic Reporter.NCR: Have you seen the film?Neeson: Yes, twice in fact.What did you think of it?When you've worked on a film and see it for the first tim … [Read more...]

‘Patriot’s Day’ inspires and surprises

Patriots Day Most people will remember April 15, 2013, when brothers Tamerlan (Themo Melikidze) and Dzhokhar (Alex Wolff) Tsarnaev set off two homemade bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. It was Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts, the day of the Boston Marathon, held annually to commemorate the first two battles of the Revolutionary War: Concord and Lexington.Click here to continue reading at St. Anthony Messenger, February, 2017 (scroll down).P.S. I am adding this today, Jan … [Read more...]

Elizabeth “Liz” Thoman, Media Literacy Pioneer, Memorial Planned

Sister Elizabeth "Liz" Thoman, CHM died on December 22, 2019. She was a media literacy education pioneer, advocate, and educator.Here is a link to her obituary: Sr. Elizabeth Thoman, Media Literacy Leader DiesHere is a link to my essay about her, written in gratitude for her life, work, and influence on my life:Sister Elizabeth Thoman Altered the Course of My LifeTo RSVP for the Memorial Service, click here (or copy and paste): cml@medialit.orgIf you come, bring a memory to … [Read more...]

Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ is his most Catholic film

(Andrew Garfield, left, plays Fr. Rodrigues, and Shinya Tsukamoto plays Mokichi in the film "Silence" by Paramount)Shûsaku Endô (1923-1996) was a Japanese Catholic novelist whose extensive writings probed the conflicts and paradoxes of faith. He was born in Tokyo, lived in Manchuria, then returned to Japan and was baptized at about the age of 11. After university, he married, had a son and lived in France. The novelist Graham Greene, with whom Endo has often been compared, said h … [Read more...]

“The Shack” official trailer released!

The official trailer for "The Shack" was released today. The film, based on the NYTimes best seller, will be released in March, 2017.Just know that this film goes where no other film has gone before, speaking theologically. I normally don't post trailers before release but since I have seen this film twice I am posting it so you can get a taste of the film.    … [Read more...]

How taco trucks caused a mystical moment

 One day in 1958 on a street corner in Louisville, KY, the Catholic monk Thomas Merton had a mystical experience that he recounts in his book “Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander”:  “In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the center of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all those people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total stran … [Read more...]

For stories that ‘transcend daily life’: CIMA presents 23rd annual entertainment awards

 These days, when many perceive heaven and Hollywood to be polar opposite, mutually exclusive destinations, it’s easy to forget that film and faith have the capacity to intersect in vital, remarkable ways. Catholics in Media Associates (CIMA) was founded in 1992 to serve as a reminder that Hollywood has many professionals who strive “to tell stories that transcend daily life in compelling ways and to communicate the true, the good and the beautiful.”Their work in the entertainment in … [Read more...]