1950 Hollywood on the Buyout of Democracy

I’ve been thinking this week about an old movie I saw recently: Born Yesterday, in which a boorish, unscrupulous business tycoon goes to Washington to wreak some havoc and perhaps make a few ill-gotten bucks.  If only that pesky press would stop bothering him with little annoyances like facts and ethics… Oh, and his trophy [Read More…]

The religious dimenion of Gravity

Note: this post discusses the content of the move Gravity. If you don’t want to know, don’t read on! [Read more…]

Watch This Video!

I got forwarded a link to this video and I was really blown away.  I will confess that I was in tears by the end of it.  I have been trying to come up with some commentary that didn’t sound trite and have been failing miserably.  Therefore, I am going to let the film speak [Read More…]

Spock Must Die, Spock Must Live: Spock and the Common Good

What is the relationship between the person and the common good? This question has been asked in the movies Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. In each film, the answer given seems to contradict each other. Spock, it appears, represents the argument from a logical standpoint, [Read More…]

Little Men and Godzilla

Humanity has been given great power and authority over the earth. Our dominion over the world comes to us as an obligation for the earth; it is not meant to be used for our sake. We are not meant to enslave the world and the powers of nature, but rather, to oversee them and to [Read More…]

Crazy Stupid Love: Quote of the Summer Movie Season

“The war between the sexes is over. We won the second women started doing pole dancing for exercise.”  Jacob (Ryan Gosling) A Pyrrhic victory if ever there was one. [Read more…]

Friends With Benefits and Robert Barron on the Theology of the Body

Please be warned that the first video is not suitable for all audiences. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoKigdXnJzU] [Read more…]

Vox Nova at the Movies – Tree of Life

Terence Malick’s new movie, Tree of Life, is a strange film. Strange, but brilliant and magnificent. Indeed, I believe this is one of the greatest movies ever made. For sure, it is not a simple, linear movie. As I said, it is strange. Too strange for some – I would say at least half of [Read More…]

Vox Nova At The Movies: Tron Legacy

Despite some of the negative criticism I saw of Tron: Legacy, I decided to see it. I wasn’t sure whether or not I was going to like it. The previews for it did not get me excited, but I thought there was the possibility that the film could pull through and do what the original [Read More…]

Portrayal of Priests on TV and Film

I write this post because I notice the same basic errors repeated over and over again on television and in the movies. One would think that a Catholic advisor would correct some basic problems, but they seem entrenched at this point. Here’s my list – maybe you can add to it: Priests are always walking [Read More…]