Mimesis, The Mission, and the World We Have Made

A period film is mysticism masquerading as empiricism–it’s sorcery posing as a telescope and a microscope. It’s the sublime adorned in the devious costume of verisimilitude. A period film is like a hall of mirrors, reflecting back reality so many times that the viewer doesn’t necessarily know what is mirroring what. The further the viewer dives into the film, the more dizzy that viewer might … Continue reading Mimesis, The Mission, and the World We Have Made

Fugu Fish, G.K. Chesterton, and Yesterday, the film that almost was what it wasn’t

Warning: Spoilers!!!!! ****************************** Some films are cotton candy, others oatmeal, and sometimes they’re somewhere in-between, like a bowl of Wheaties but with strawberries and sugar mixed in, or a salad with just a  . . . bit . . . too much salad dressing. Other films are basically a Snickers bar, and you’re not you until you’ve had that really ridiculous stupid film. Other films … Continue reading Fugu Fish, G.K. Chesterton, and Yesterday, the film that almost was what it wasn’t

Who’s Your Brother, and Where’s Your Church?: On the Waterfront and Social Obligation

Warning: mild spoilers below: Are you your brother’s keeper? Is there a value beyond looking out for one’s self? Is life basically about putting your own needs first, or is there something more to life, to spirituality, to solidarity, to citizenry than looking out for number one? Or are people who think so just playing a mug’s game? These are some of the questions that … Continue reading Who’s Your Brother, and Where’s Your Church?: On the Waterfront and Social Obligation