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Every Life Matters in Captain America: Civil War

Fr. Joel Society Today

Superhero movies always have collateral damage. That’s the innocent people who run away screaming as the bad guy blows up their city. You aren’t supposed to worry about those people. The superheros saved the day. Yeah! This movie is about those other people. They leave behind loved ones who grieve their loss. Their lives mattered, even if they came from unimportant …

Concussion: A Hard-Hitting Movie

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Society Today

“Nothing hits harder than the truth” is the tag line from the movie Concussion. Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith), a Nigerian immigrant and county coroner, investigates the tragic death of former football player Mike Webster (David Morse). He won’t stop digging until he discovers the true cause of death: football. That’s not something the National Football League wants to hear. …

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God’s Not Dead – Movie Review

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Life on Planet Earth

God’s Not Dead was one of the “Christian” movies this year. It’s about a young man whose atheist professor begins every freshman philosophy class by having the students sign a declaration that God is Dead. Josh (Shane Harper) refuses to sign the paper, and finds himself having to argue before his classmates that God’s not dead. The consequences change his …

Zombies vs. Vampires

Fr. Joel Society Today

Halloween is the perfect time to reflect on the strange new popularity of zombies and vampires. The early vampire movies depicted creepy old men sucking the blood of young women while they slept. They were a form of undead that had to sleep during the day to avoid the killing power of sunlight. But the new vampires are young and …

Apocalypse 2012 end of the world!

Benjamin Society Today

Hollywood is churning out more and more films that destroy the world. The classic nuclear holocaust and radioactive winter has lost popularity recently, but climate change might cause floods of biblical proportions or a new ice age. Gigantic meteors could pulverize the earth. When the possibility of natural disasters ends, the real terror begins. An unstoppable pandemic viruses, engineered in …

Dark Nights

Benjamin Society Today

Fr. J: So you finally saw The Dark Knight. What did you think? Fr. B: It was powerful. It was long and rather dark, but the director moved the plot along well so it didn’t drag. I like the fact that the action followed the story and not the other way around. Fr. J: I found it a very heavy …

Wall-E

Fr. Joel Life on Planet Earth

I just came back from an early showing of the spectacular new PIXAR film “WALL-E”. I have to confess that I am a big fan of Pixar films. They have a genius for attention to detail and for creating compelling characters with real personality. Wall-E is no exception. It opens on the planet Earth in approximately the year 2800. The …