Category Archives: REVIEWS


I finally slogged my way through HBO’s The Young Pope.  “Slogged”, I say, firstly because it is a weekly series.   Next, because as the series dragged on I gradually lost interest.  Lastly, as it came to “The End” at … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Nightingale – Wherein Fr. Z suggests good movies

I’m a fan of Chinese cinema. I’m sort of a fan of French cinema.  With the help of Netflix today, to the accompaniment of stir fried pork and vegetables I watched a Chinese-French film (in China, on Chinese themes, by … Continue reading

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Recently Received BOOKS

Quickly, here are a few of the books which I have lately received. First, when Anthony Esolen writes something, we should pay attention.  I haven’t read the whole thing yet, but the intro is great. US HERE – UK HERE … Continue reading

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BOOKS Recently Received: Beautiful manuals for devotions

I have recently received some books from TAN. First, let me mention a couple of “manuals”. There is the Manual for Marian Devotion (US HERE – UK HERE) and the Manual for Eucharistic Devotion.  (US HERE – UK HERE) They are available on Kindle … Continue reading

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REACTION: HBO’s The Young Pope

I have now seen two episodes of the new HBO (etc.) series The Young Pope. It has already run across the Pond. It is visually rich, cynical, creepy, weird, unpredictable, sacrilegious and clever. Try to get your head around Fellini’s Roma … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Robert Harris – Conclave

I am minded of a witty review back in the day by Dorothy Parker, who wrote of a book that it should not be put down lightly; it should be hurled with great force. A scan of the acknowledgments at … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Best translation of St. Augustine’s “Confessions”?

Since today is the also the feast of St. Augustine of Hippo, here is an oldie post which some of you found helpful. From a reader: Thank you for the recommendation on the biography [of St. Augustine by Hollingworth]; I … Continue reading

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New books by St. Robert Bellarmine, Doctor of the Church, now in English

Lately I received notice of, and a concrete copy of, newly released English translations of works by the great Doctor of the Church St. Robert Bellarmine (+1621). St. Robert was a Jesuit (a good one), a Cardinal, theology and profession … Continue reading

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Card. Burke’s new book: Hope for the World – To Unite All Things in Christ

I was pleased to see that the UK’s best Catholic weekly has taken interest in His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke’s most recent book, Hope for the World: To Unite All Things in Christ.  UK HERE The cardinal said the devil … Continue reading

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BOOK: Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War

As we approach Independence Day, I am reading … Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War by Sebastian Gorka. (UK HERE) Many thanks to the reader who sent me the Kindle version from my wishlist.   Get a Kindle!  US HERE – UK … Continue reading

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A quick book recommendation.  On my drive home from Michigan yesterday I started listening to a book, read to me by my older gen Kindle (don’t have one yet?  US HERE – UK HERE) by Rodney Stark, Bearing False Witness: … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Movie “Risen” is a “resurrection mystery” and a reflection on death

I went to see Risen yesterday. It starts like a mystery novel/show, but not a murder mystery. It’s a resurrection mystery. Its starting point is the mystery surrounding the whereabouts of the body of Jesus of Nazareth, which could become a … Continue reading

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REVIEW: 13 Hours

Tuesdays are my movie days.  $5 all films all day and free pop corn. I went to see 13 Hours yesterday. Everyone who can stand some blood and extreme suspense and action should see this.   I’m fairly hard-boiled but … Continue reading

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Movie Recommendation and Books Received

I don’t like to expose much about plots of movies I see because I detest spoilers. Yesterday (being Tuesday, my movie day, $5 all day and free popcorn), I saw The Martian (from the book HERE).  Gorgeous martian landscapes, apparently … Continue reading

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Recent Arrivals: spiffy books

While I was on the road, five new books came in. This, from a reader, CF… God or Nothing: A Conversation on Faith by Robert Card. Sarah  UK HERE Then the Eleven Cardinals Book™ Eleven Cardinals Speak on Marriage and the … Continue reading

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