After having power and internet losses for most of yesterday and part of today, and after looking at my inbox, and after looking at the spammer attacks I have to clean up, and after looking at the news about the Pope on the plane, and after looking at the Holy See’s take over of the Franciscans of the Immaculate …

I think I’ll go to a movie.

Wolverine, perhaps?  Don’t know much about that character, since I wasn’t a Marvel sort of guy when young.

I rather like one of his tags, however:

“I’m the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn’t very nice.”

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. e.davison49 says:

    HA! Could be your tag too!

    Enjoy the movie.

  2. Hmmmm…. not quite sure how to take that! o{]:¬)

  3. wmeyer says:

    Haven’t seen it, but I do like Hugh Jackman in the part. He gives it an intensity that the character needs.

  4. acardnal says:

    iPadre thought The Conjuring was worthwhile.

  5. paul_leone says:

    I saw Pacific Rim just this afternoon, and enjoyed it. The movie is hardly sophisticated fare, but watching giant robots punch giant monsters – how can you go wrong with that? Plus it has Idris Elba, Ron Perlman and Max Martini, a fine trio of actors.

    (Wolverine should be fun, too, but I haven’t had a chance to see it yet.)

  6. Supertradmum says:

    Just read a really long Dickens novel, like Little Dorrit.

  7. Supertradmum says:

    PS Actually, I felt like you do on Saturday and watched all of The Curiosity Shop, which was a huge mistake…

  8. Father Z!

    Have a great night out on the town. Take a break and enjoy your rest.

  9. The Masked Chicken says:

    “Wolverine, perhaps? Don’t know much about that character, since I wasn’t a Marvel sort of guy when young.”

    Ha! I knew it. D. C., right? It’s time for a comic about a meek mild-mannered priest by day, but at night, The Z. Any artists in the crowd?

    The Chicken

  10. JamesA says:

    That quote (“I’m the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn’t very nice.”) makes me think of Walter White from “Breaking Bad”. Are you a fan of that show, Father ? I love it. It is fascinating, especially when viewed through a theological lens. I heartily recommend it for future watching.

    Have a restful evening, Pater.

  11. acardnal says:

    JamesA, I concur.

    I don’t think Fr. Z watches it despite my recommendation. Fr. Jim is a fan tho’.

  12. Not only have I not seen Breaking Bad, I have never heard if it!

    I did see Wolverine, however.

  13. APX says:

    I can’t remember the last time I saw a good movie in a theatre. Do they even still make any??

  14. acardnal says:

    I concur.

    It’s my “word of the day”.

  15. TundraMN says:

    Such a great movie!!! A bit violent, but otherwise tastefully done for a Hollywood film these days.

  16. acardnal says:

    I’m just finishing “Downton Abbey”, season 3 on dvd. Watched all episodes via dvd. I find the whole series rather depressing! They rarely have any good moments. It’s mostly a very sad, pessimistic TV series . . . and yet I watched it.

    I say this only because I know this was on Fr. Z’s “Wish List”. Am interested in his views.

  17. HeatherH. says:

    Ahh… the newly famous annoying power outing. I was there today and heard about it from those displaced from computer jobs to sort books. Work can always be made.

    I like Hugh Jackman in Les Mis. Is he as good as Wolverine?

  18. Lisa Graas says:

    My head is clear now. I am writing a post and will be done within an hour. I think the remarks quoted in the WSJ might actually point to something good. I look forward to what you have to say. Thank you for helping me through another difficult time.

  19. Traditium says:

    The worst of the recent comic movies. Two words: Samarii robot.

  20. Traditium says:

    Note to self: If your comment is two words, look them both up.

  21. Montenegro says:

    Between the traddies freaking out over the FIs, and the MSM feasting on Pope Francis’s remarks on the flight back from WYD, I feel the need to log off the internet for the day. It’s not even noon where I am. UGH, indeed!

  22. Anchorite says:

    You did a great job explaining the events and staying true to your “Reading Francis Through Benedict” approach. You must be indeed tired.
    Please, enjoy your cinematic break. Many of us need it today.

  23. jameeka says:

    father Z ,my son turned me on to : Breaking Bad and The Wire. I did not think I would like them, but after the first episodes I was hooked, the desperation always seems to happen the last half of summer, when I just needed some diversion from Real Life.

  24. UncleBlobb says:

    “I’m the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn’t very nice.”
    What an interesting episcopal motto that would be….

    [Perhaps I’ll switch to that if they make me a bishop. Remember, when I take possession of my cathedral the music will be the Imperial March and the Mass will be in black vestments.]

  25. tjg says:

    I loved Marvel and DC comics as a kid. That was 40 or so years ago, changes in comic story lines and what is considered acceptable has me really struggling whether I allow my sons to view this fare.
    1) The female dress code is atrocious. There is only one thing they are selling and it’s not a conservative / Catholic style
    2) The language (we recently viewed Iron Man 2) can be offensive. IM2 was very suggestive and several choice words that did not add to the story one iota. And I think Downey can be a great actor.
    3) Both organizations have chosen to enter the remake society fray by choosing to have some of their characters “come out of the closet”.
    Hopefully this isn’t a rabbit hole and will induce some reasoned responses… Thanks.

  26. Bea says:

    I watched 2 of the 3 series of Downton Abbey. Didn’t want to watch the 3rd (on loan from a friend).
    There was not a redeeming character in the series: “ugh” indeed to all modern movies.
    Going back to my vintage movies of the 30’s and 40’s and a handful of 50’s.

  27. AnnAsher says:

    My 18 year old Daughter and I saw The Conjuring tonight. It was riveting. I prayed several Hail Marys and St Michael’s throughout because I knew I was seeing evil exposed. More importantly reminded of the Awesomeness and Greatness of God. The gift that is Faith. It was a positive Catholic movie. One could take a negative connotation from the layman performing the exorcism – but he has stressed throughout that is it the duty of a priest through proper channels because it is dangerous and that danger was conveyed when he trepidatiously deviated. The ending is awesome.

  28. acardnal says:

    Bea wrote, “Going back to my vintage movies of the 30?s and 40?s and a handful of 50?s.”

    I agree with you about the classics.

    Lately, I have been watching John Wayne and Alfred Hitchcock movies on dvd. At least they have a plot!

  29. Kent Wendler says:

    So, Father, what is your take on Logan’s “practical immortality”? I haven’t seen this movie yet, but in the past he always heals from injuries rather quickly – even from attempts at disintegration (The Last Stand). Even an adamantium bullet to the head only caused amnesia. And he hasn’t aged a bit in adulthood – he was born in the 1800’s.

    [I think it is a movie based on a COMIC BOOK.]

  30. e.davison49 says:

    Fr Z wrote: “Hmmmm…. not quite sure how to take that! o{]:¬)”

    Perhaps you, Father, are the Wolverine of the Catholic Blogosphere?

  31. JamesA says:

    Never heard of “Breaking Bad” ?!? Oh, Father, what you are missing ! (I don’t even have a TV and have only just started watching online) Hurry and catch up — the last 8 episodes start Aug. 11. You won’t be sorry !

  32. Not The Hulk (SMASH!)? Or Spiderman (webs and attitude)? Or Batman? (reclusive, mean cave dweller)?

  33. acardnal says:

    JamesA, if anyone is going to watch “Breaking Bad”, they really, really should start with season 1, episode 1. I wouldn’t recommend just jumping into the middle of it. Anyone can watch them online for free as you mentioned.

    I love BA. Great acting, writing, editing and cinematography.

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