Andrew Garfield on the Spiritual Exercises

Martin Scorsese’s film Silence has its widespread release today. America magazine has an excellent interview with star Andrew Garfield on his experience doing the Spiritual Exercises as preparation for his role as a Jesuit priest. Interviewer Brendan Busse, SJ, says: When I asked what stood out in the Exercises, he fixed his eyes vaguely on a point in the near distance, wandering off into a place of memory. Then, as if the question had brought […]

Scorsese’s “Silence”

Martin Scorsese’s next film Silence tells the story of Portuguese Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan. Based on the historical novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo, the movie project has been rumored for years but now has a December release date set. The cast is led by Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, and Adam Driver. Tim Muldoon wrote about the movie rumors a couple of years ago here at dotMagis, citing Scorsese’s preface to one […]

Finding Dory, Finding My Grandmother

The hype has started for the release of Disney-Pixar’s new movie, Finding Dory (the sequel to Finding Nemo), and it has me thinking of my grandmother. Yes, the movie is making me really miss my grandmother, and not just because the release date happens to be the day preceding my grandmother’s birthday. Finding Nemo came out when our daughter was a toddler and when my grandmother was battling Alzheimer’s a few years before her death. […]

A Jesuit-Jedi Connection?

Star Wars fans have watched the new movie, and many have commented on it online. Our friends at The Jesuit Post provide some commentary that should be of interest to Ignatian fans of the movie franchise: 8 Ways Jesuits & Jedi Are Alike, and 3 Ways They’re Not.

Film and Faith

In advance of the Academy Awards, Loyola Press is celebrating Film and Faith. One of the articles in the week-long series finds film critic Richard Leonard, SJ, looking at spiritual themes found in some of this year’s Oscar nominees. Read his article “The Top Spiritual Themes from Five Oscar Movies.” What’s your favorite movie with a spiritual theme?

Best Ignatian Songs: I Dreamed a Dream

Right after she saw the movie Les Misérables, my daughter Sarah texted me: “Great movie. Bring Kleenex.” Right on both counts. Great movie. Les Miz is a profoundly Christian story of sacrifice, forgiveness, and redemption. The moviemakers didn’t camouflage the religious themes at all. In fact they underlined them, using big stars, superb cinematography, great music, and all the other tools of a big-time Hollywood production. Sarah was right about the Kleenex too. I heard lots of […]

Movies about Saints

November is movie month. Hollywood starts releasing its best, Oscar-worthy films, and the end of Daylight Savings time means it’s time for indoor entertainment. Since we just celebrated All Saints Day, I though I’d highlight movies about saints. Fr. Jim Martin, author of My Life with the Saints, has a top-ten list of saint movies on the Loyola Press site. You’ll also find some good films on this list of movies about “religious innovators.” I’ll add […]

Bromantic Classics

At the Jesuit Post, Jeff Sullivan lists his top 10 bromantic movies.  (A “bromance” is a close, non-sexual relationship between two or more men.  Yes, I had to look it up too). I can’t believe “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” didn’t make the list. Image by smellyavocado under a Creative Commons license.

Scorsese’s Next Film?

There have been rumblings about director Martin Scorsese making a film of Shusaku Endo’s magnificent historical novel Silence, about Japanese martyrs of the 17th century.  Now it seems that the rumor may become a reality, according to Spero Forum. In a preface to Endo’s book, Scorsese writes perceptively about faith: How do you tell the story of Christian faith? The difficulty, the crisis, of believing? How do you describe the struggle? … Shusaku Endo understood […]

A Good Camino

I went to see the new movie The Way this week, and I can warmly recommend it.  It’s one of those movies that causes you to ask “How can they make an interesting movie out of that?”  Recent examples are Moneyball (statistical analysis changes the way front office executives put together baseball teams) and The Social Network (a Harvard nerd creates a popular website).  Like those movies, The Way is gripping.  I’m only afraid that […]

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