Tommy Lee Jones in "No Country for Old Men"
04 Nov 2016

Are the Coen Brothers “filmmakers of faith”?

Last weekend, I accepted an invitation to St. Leo University near Tampa, Florida, to participate in a public discussion about — of all things — the movies of the Coen brothers. Brent Short, the school’s director of library services, organized this seminar, and we were joined by Erica Rowell (author

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Paul Scofield as Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons
29 Oct 2016

How to Prepare for Scorsese’s Silence…

A Man for All Seasons gives us Paul Scofield’s finest hour. As he sinks his teeth into Bolt’s delicious dialogue, I defy anyone to remain unmoved. I recommend we prepare for Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s Silence by revisiting this classic. Directed by Fred Zinnemann from a script by Robert

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By E. Benjamin Andrews [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
26 Oct 2016

A blessing upon your vote…

And now I invite Pastor Kenneth Tanner to the podium to give a blessing to all American voters, as they cast their votes for what vision of our nation’s future they find more in keeping with the ideals of “liberty and justice for all…” • May you remember that all

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23 Oct 2016

Before you vote, watch Vertigo…

The way that Vertigo shifts our sympathies from Detective Scottie Ferguson to Judy, his victim, convinces me that it’s as timely as ever. Oceans of ink have been spilled in the last few weeks on subjects like sexism, misogyny, and sexual assault. Last week, when recordings revealed a presidential candidate’s

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