‘The Theory of Everything’ – a good watch

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Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) is a nerdy student of physics at Oxford in the early 1960s when he meets Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones), a literature student, at a party. They feel an immediate attraction. Stephen does not believe in God. Instead, he wants to discover an elegant theory for everything based in science. After a move to Cambridge to continue his doctoral studies in cosmology, he experiences muscle weakness and then collapses. He is diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and is g … [Read more...]

‘Interstellar’ – the main character is time

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In director Christopher Nolan’s haunting, bold new film, monoculture (the cultivation of a single crop) dominates in an environment that can no longer sustain crop diversity. Even though corn is that one crop, it no longer thrives, and sudden, gigantic dust storms smother the population.Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is a former NASA pilot who now runs a farm. He lives with his son and father-in-law, but is closest to his daughter, Murph (Mackenzie Foy), who hears voices and thinks her bedroom … [Read more...]

“Apocalyptic themes in movies”: 12/21/12 and the end of the world … again

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According to the Mayan Calendar the end of the world is to happen on December 21, 2012: 12/21/12.But it did not happen on all the other dates that have foretold this terrible, cataclysmic event. It is already 12/12/12  and so far, so good. We’re still here.Earlier this year I was invited to give a presentation at a local parish on “Apocalyptic Themes in Cinema”.  I wondered why people are so fascinated by the end of the world and posed the question on Facebook. Angelene Shewfelt, an under … [Read more...]

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen opens March 9

I've seen this and will be reviewing it soon. I must say, I really liked it. It's a dream that imagines faith and possibility.  … [Read more...]

Vatican conference discusses extraterrestrial life and its implications for Catholic theology

Here is a link to a couple of stories about the Vatican's interest in extraterrestrial life (catching up with literature and cinema?) :Vatican conference discusses extraterrestrial life and its implications for Catholic theology … [Read more...]


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