Category Archives: REVIEWS

Netflix’s “Daredevil” is Catholic

A while back, at the urging of a friend, I watched the Netflix series Daredevil.  I didn’t have any expectations going into it, and so I wasn’t disappointed.  As the beatitude which didn’t make it into the list says, “Beati qui … Continue reading

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NEW “Pontifical Canon” for use by Bishops in the Extraordinary Form

I just received a copy of the recently reprinted Canon Missae ad usum Episcoporum ac Praelatorum pontificaliter vel non pontificaliter celebrantium, cui accedunt formulae variae e Pontificali Romano depromptae et cantus ad libitum – “Pontifical Canon” for short – done by … Continue reading

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Bl. J.H. Newman’s “To be deep in history” Mug (and a tease)

It’s the feast (in some places and for some groups) of Bl. John Henry Newman.  Who can forget his beatification by Benedict XVI? Those of you who may be new readers may not know about the mug I made with … Continue reading

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MOVIE – When The Game Stands Tall – ACTION ITEM!

When I was at the recent Napa Institute Conference, we were offered an early screening of the new movie with Jim Caviezel called When The Game Stands Tall.  I wrote at that time: I saw an advance screening of a movie with Jim … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Giver

I went to see The Giver today, since it had been touted as a solidly pro-life movie. It was that! I won’t reveal any spoilers, although many of you have probably read the book. As I watched, I suspected I was … Continue reading

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Napa Institute Conference: Day 1

I arrived last night in Napa for the Napa Institute conference.  I got here, despite the interference of Pres. Obama.  I digress. The digs are elegant, the weather, perfect.  I know quite a few people, since there is some cross … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Movie “Persecuted”

This is a public service announcement. I prefer to be kind about Christian movies.  That said, save yourself some irritation.  The newly released “Persecuted” isn’t good. “Persecution” addresses a theme which I think is real: there is/will be persecution of … Continue reading

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BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Disinformation

The other day I recommended Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism by Ronald Rychlak and Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa. Now I want to recommend it warmly.  (UK link HERE) Rychlak has written … Continue reading

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Book recommendations

Today I received a copy of a new book by Anthony Esolen (Dante translator) called Defending Marriage: Twelve Arguments for Sanity. I have such regard for Prof. Esolen that I’ll recommend the book even before I read it! I would also … Continue reading

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A great Chinese movie

I am a fan of good new Chinese cinema and one of my favorite directors in the genre is Zhang Yimou. Last night I rewatched, after quite some time, his uplifting movie To Live, based on the depressing but striking … Continue reading

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Libs should be tied to chairs and forced, to their shame, to watch this film about migrant workers

Tonight I watched The Last Train Home. UK link HERE Long-time readers here know that I keep an eye on Chinese films.  This is a documentary about the 130+ million migrant workers in China who strive to return home for the … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The ULTIMATE Priest’s Gift – Super Cool Portable Altar

Sometime ago I learned of a carpenter who made a portable altar of wood, rather like a suitcase, with wings that folded out and drawers, and an embedded altar stone. I contacted the carpenter and he said he would make … Continue reading

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REVIEW (sort of): “Noah” movie

I will not be seeing this movie. I’ve been talking about it with some people in the know, but this review from Breitbart clinched it. Too bad. I have enjoyed some movies with Russell Crowe (for example Cinderella Man, Master … Continue reading

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New art from Daniel Mitsui: Our Lady of Walsingham!

The Catholic sacred artist Daniel Mitsui sent me a beautiful rendering of Our Lady of Walsingham. The 7″ x 10″ print is ready for ordering HERE. Those saint in the corners are Catherine of Alexandria, Margaret of Antioch and Lawrence … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Voyage to Alpha Centauri: A Novel by Michael O’Brien

I recently finished reading Voyage to Alpha Centauri by Michael D. O’Brien. (UK LINK HERE) I hope he writes in this genre again! This novel deals with an expedition in the future aboard a massive, city-like ship the Kosmos to … Continue reading

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