Category: Entertainment

Saint Joseph, Ben Parker and the Virtue of Silence

On March 19th we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph, protector of the Church, patron saint of workers and the foster father of Jesus. When we consider the responsibilities of fatherhood, and of foster fatherhood in particular, we see similarities between the great St. Joseph and the fictional character Uncle Ben Parker from the Spider-Man ...

Ashes and Bats: The Power of Symbols

“People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy, and I can’t do that as Bruce Wayne. As a man, I’m flesh and blood; I can be ignored, I can be destroyed. But as a symbol … as a symbol I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting.”Bruce Wayne, Batman Begins In Batman Begins, ...

How Saint Antony and Bruce Wayne responded to fear

In the movie Batman Begins, young Bruce Wayne falls into a well at Wayne Manor while playing with his friend Rachel Dawes. He fractures his leg and is terrified when a swarm of bats attack him from out of the darkness of the surrounding caves.  After Bruce’s father, Thomas Wayne, rescues Bruce from the well, ...

Why the world needs Catholic artists

No honest person would disagree that most popular culture lacks a Catholic perspective, and some of it, like Netflix’s recent “Christmas movie,” is even directly hostile toward Christianity. This movie, produced by a Brazilian studio, portrays Jesus Christ as a homosexual, the Apostles as drunks, and insults the Virgin Mary in ways I won’t write ...

Baptism, Redemption, Sacrifice and Resurrection in “The Rise of Skywalker”

Star Wars spoilers ahead! The Rise of Skywalker contains several Christian themes. Here are a few. Baptism and Redemption Water is one of the four signs of baptism (CCC 1238). “Immersion in water symbolizes not only death and purification, but also regeneration and renewal. Thus the two principal effects are purification from sins and new ...

Why “The Rise of Skywalker” may tell us something deeper about our culture

Here’s why I am worried about the final film in the Star Wars saga, The Rise of Skywalker, which is set to hit theaters on December 20th.  First, JJ Abrams, the writer and director of the film, is known to have a hard time ending a story well. As you may recall, he co-created and ...

Should Christians Avoid Video Games?

The video game industry generated a record $43.4 billion in worldwide revenue in 2018. That was an 18% increase over the previous year. For comparison, in 2018 global box office revenues were $41.7 billion and revenues for streaming video services were around $28.8 billion. Video gaming has come a long way since Pac-Man and with ...

Why St Paul Would Have Kept His Netflix Subscription

If you decided to cancel your Netflix subscription because of their comments about abortion laws, good for you for taking a stand. But now you don’t have access to some of the most watched media content in the world. In the spirit of John 15:19 you may be thinking, “Good, because I am in the ...

The Virgin Mary in the Netflix Film “I Am Mother”

Spoilers ahead! I Am Mother is a Netflix original sci-fi thriller that takes place after an extinction event wipes out most of humanity. Mother, an advanced artificial intelligence robot, raises Daughter who is born one of 63,000 human embryos stored in an underground facility built to restart the human race.  I am not sure how ...

Why superhero movies touch our soul

This past weekend the Marvel Avengers: Endgame movie came out in theaters. It shattered all previous opening weekend records making over $1.2 billion worldwide. Endgame is the final film closing out an epic consisting of more than 20 movies that have been made over the last 10 years covering the stories of various characters, beginning ...