Scorsese’s Silence

Posted on 15. Dec, 2016 in Book Reviews, Charity, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Eastern Spirituality, Faith and Justice, Film Reviews, Gospel Values

Martin Scorsese considered joining the priesthood before becoming a director and that interest is certainly obviously in Silence, his most theologically dense film yet. James Martin SJ, an advisor on the film said ‘it was like a prayer’. An adaptation of the book by Shūsaku Endō, it follows two 17th century Jesuit priests, Father Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) […]

Thanks to your Noble Shadow

Posted on 03. Mar, 2016 in Achievement, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Eastern Spirituality, Education, Feminism/Women in the Church, Film Reviews, Gospel Values, Older People, Vocation, Working Abroad

“Thanks to your Noble Shadow” is a feature-length independent documentary film about Ireland’s last missionary nun in Japan. Sr. Paschal O’ Sullivan returned to Cork in 2010 after 75 years as a missionary nun with the Infant Jesus (Drishane) Sisters in Tokyo. Her cousin, James Creedon – a journalist for the international news channel, France […]

Film Review: ‘Doubt’

Posted on 18. Feb, 2009 in Film Reviews

Doubt is a film based on John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize winning play. The story centres around a nun, Sr Aloysius, played by Meryl Streep, who believes that Fr. Flynn, played by Phillip Seymour Hoffmann is molesting one of the pupil’s in the school. The film explores this difficult topic with few easy answers. Miriam […]

The Golden Compass

Posted on 14. May, 2008 in Film Reviews

This week Peter O’Connor reviews The Golden Compass starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig.  The film has aroused much controversy on the grounds that it denigrates church and religion.  Let’s hear his views.

Movies that Matter

Posted on 16. Apr, 2008 in Book Reviews, Film Reviews

Richard Leonard is Director of the Australian Catholic Film Office and Catholic Church Television in Australia, where he also lectures in film and media in the University of Melbourne.  He was in Ireland recently to launch his book ‘Movies that Matter – Reading film through the Lens of Faith.’  Pat Coyle met with him and […]

Movie Review: Michael Clayton

Posted on 02. Apr, 2008 in Film Reviews

Michael Clayton is a legal thriller film which chronicles the attempts of attorney Michael Clayton to cope with a colleague’s apparent mental breakdown and the corruption and murderous intrigue within a major client of his law firm. As well as George Clooney the movie stars Tilda Swinton who won an Oscar for her role as […]

All You Need is Love

Posted on 20. Feb, 2008 in Film Reviews, Music

This week Peter O’Connor reviews All You Need Is Love, a musical love story directed by Julie Taymor.  Set in the 1960’s and moving from Liverpool to New York, All You Need is Love is paired with a whole host of songs that defined the era.

Church and Movies

Posted on 05. Feb, 2008 in Film Reviews, Media

Are films just all sex and violence, or do they have a message for us. Richard Leonard is a Jesuit whose enviable job is to go to films and write reviews.  He claims that we need to be aware of what is going on in films, but also that we have to keep an open […]

Film Reviews

Posted on 09. Jan, 2008 in Film Reviews

Our regular film reviewer Fr. Peter O’Connor has been out and about reviewing DVD’s that the whole family can enjoy together.  This week he takes a look at Shrek 3, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Pirates of the Caribbean 3– At the World’s End.

Latest DVD Reviews

Posted on 17. Oct, 2007 in Film Reviews

Here Peter o’ Connor takes a look at some two DVDs which offer us two very different views of England..  Firstly he looks at the period drama “Becoming Jane” which is based on the life of Jane Austen.  The second DVD Peter reviews is “This is England” a part documentary, part drama look at England […]