For His Majesty’s Secret Service: Agent Henry Morse, SJ


About a week ago, I reported that the world thought the Vatican got all starry-eyed about the latest James Bond film. Did you know that the Bond family were a line of recusant CatholicsOrbis non sufficit.

Perhaps that is part of the reason why L’Osservatore Romano loved the film.

Idea! How about a look at a nonfictional story of recusant Catholics? [Read more…]

Scariest Political Movie I Ever Saw…

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You may have seen it too. No, it wasn’t Bob Roberts, nor was it The Manchurian Candidate.

The one I’m thinking about even starred Martin Sheen, long before he even knew he would be President in the television series The West Wing. Everybody loved President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet back in the day, didn’t we? Jed was even a Noble laureate, as I recall.

Anyway, I said “scariest” so in this movie, see, Sheen was a supporting actor. The star was Christopher Walken, and he was definitely suited for the role of Johnny Smith, in the Stephen King derived thriller, The Dead Zone. [Read more…]

The Whole World Says the Vatican is GaGa over James Bond UPDATED

Really. According to every news organ on the planet, the movie is blessed by His Holiness Himself. NPR said the Vatican loves the film, so the Pope must be alerting his staff to stock up on Orville Redenbacher Popcorn and extra cases of Fanta Orange. The truth? [Read more…]

Injunction Junction, What’s Your Function?


“Puttin’ on hold the laws that are stinky.”

Pardon me for thinking about the Schoolhouse Rock song that taught us about conjunctions. Remember it? [Read more…]

Argo, See It! And Other Movie Stuff…

Or should I say ARGOSEEIT! You’ll “get” that after you do.

I know I’m way out of my depth here, recommending movies and such, but my wife and I went and saw Ben Affleck in Argo last night and I recommend that you do too.

Boldly going on Facebook and telling the world to go see a film is something I rarely do. The last time I did something as foolhardy as this, it was to recommend Moonrise Kingdom, which is Wes Anderson’s best film ever. Joe Six-Pack knows. [Read more…]

Go Buy the Book I Helped Write, And Help a School!

Some of the authors of One Body, Many Blogs *cough*

So today is the official launch of the e-book I mentioned that I was contributing to a fortnight ago. Go buy it now! [Read more…]

The Illusionist…UPDATED

Here you see him, and there you see him. The Great Obama and Mitt the Magnificent. You see,

A good storyteller, like a good magician, knows that the audience wants to be fooled, at least while the show is in progress. [Read more…]

What Would President Obama’s Second Term Look Like?

Dinesh D’Souza has an idea. And he has a film coming out soon wherein he hopes to explain the current Presidents’ vision for the future of America.

I’ve always admired D’Souza since bumping into his work while I was trying to get into UCLA.  I had heard of him, and his book Illiberal Educationwhile I was channel surfing and landed on his appearance on C-SPAN’s book review program way back in 1991.  I lost track of him after I graduated, as I had more important things to attend to (like start a new career and a family, etc.). [Read more…]

Want To Be In A Movie? Casting Call!

Urakami Cathedral, 500 meters from Ground Zero.

What am I talking about? The film by Ian and Dominic Higgins, that’s what. You remember the one? It’s called All That Remains, and it’s the amazing story of Takashi Nagai, and how he responded to the bombing of his beloved city, Nagasaki.

Here’s a little message Nigel Martin Davey, one of my Co-Producers (a real one, not an honorary one like me) put out recently if you are interested. [Read more…]

Quote of the Week: Christopher Nolan

 

From The Dark Knight Rises website,

Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on the screen is an important  and joyful pastime. The movie theater is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families. —Christopher Nolan

And our prayers are with them too.