The Ayn Rand Movie Recall Hilarity

This might be an Onion story but…this just in: 100,000 Atlas Shrugged DVD’s Recalled for Perfectly Hilarious Reason

In what appears to be a legitimate press release on the blog of the official Atlas Shrugged Part I website, the producers of the film have announced that they will “replace more than 100,000 title sheets appearing on the Atlas Shrugged Part 1 DVD and Blu-ray versions.” Sounds like a pain in the ass. Why? Did child porn pics somehow show up on them? No! But the ultimate Randian curse word — “self-sacrifice” — did, and that’s worse. [Read more...]

For “Flannery O’Connor Nite” at the Movies

Originally published last year on this same day. Cue the Twilight Zone theme.

As I was reading Flannery O’Connor’s first novel Wise Blood, I couldn’t help thinking that this was almost tailor made for adaptation to the screen by the Coen Brothers. Then I found out that iconic film director John Huston had made the film version of Wise Blood in 1979. [Read more...]

I’m The Worst Film Producer Ever UPDATED

It’s true. Good thing being a film producer isn’t my day job, or my friends over at Major Oak Entertainment, Ian and Dominic Higgins, would have fired me long ago. Here they are trying to pack their bags for the trip to Nagasaki (they fly out on November 22), all the while knowing that the funding fuel tank is almost bone dry. Is it all my fault? [Read more...]

Colbert on the Other 1%

Sorry, sportsfans, but I gave at the office (and at the Naval Hospital). I hear you knocking, but you can’t come in. Roll tape,  [Read more...]

Because the Reality of Our Fallenness Isn’t Pretty-UPDATED

David Brooks explains it pretty well in his Op-Ed in New York Times from a few days ago,

People are really good at self-deception. We attend to the facts we like and suppress the ones we don’t. We inflate our own virtues and predict we will behave more nobly than we actually do… [Read more...]

“Catholicism” Premiering on EWTN

Very good news, especially for viewers left out in the cold like me. See, the folks at the local PBS affiliate let me down in my area (“Do what? We ain’t never heard of such a show”). Well, they tried to sound more intelligent than that but they completely missed the boat on the greatest documentary mini-series to hit the small screen since Ken Burn’s The Civil War.

Thank God my cable provider carries EWTN, which will premier Catholicism on Wednesday at 9 PM, Eastern Standard time. This will be “must see TV” as Greydanus and DiCerto point out in their video review here, [Read more...]

In Praise of Joan of Arc (Music for Mondays)

The other day, during my commute home from work, I heard a catchy tune that mentioned St. Joan of Arc (the patroness of this blog) in the lyrics. I thought to myself, I should put that in the next MfM post. Then a friend posted another song about Joan on her Facebook page yesterday and I got to work in earnest. [Read more...]

These Nuns Didn’t Occupy Wall Street…They Bought It

There are other ways to Occupy Wall Street, you know. As owners in the boardroom. I’ve shared thoughts along these lines by folks like John Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group of Investment Companies. He argues, and pretty convincingly, that the problem for a long time now is that a heretical form of capitalism, managers capitalism, has risen to prominence. [Read more...]

Because Tolkien and Lewis Took A Walk After Dinner

I had someone leave a comment on a post who lamented questioningly,

“After all, do Christians proselytize to others as they wish others would proselytize to them? The very notion is ridiculous.”

Below is a great video clip, courtesy of Kevin O’Brien’s Theater of the Word, Incorporated, that puts that statement to the test. Because we are called to spread the Good News in ways that appeal to all people. [Read more...]

Thoughts On the Penn State Scandal, On A Friday

Back in March of 2010, when the sexual abuse scandal in the Church got its second wind, I wrote a post where I said if any of us knew of abuse of this nature occurring, we should “call the cops. Serious people with guns and badges looking for bad guys tend to get things done a little quicker than the average bureaucracy.” [Read more...]


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