Monthly Archives: October 2017

Happy Halloween!

And don’t forget tomorrow is All Saints’ Day, a Holy Day of Obligation, so get to Mass! In the meantime, enjoy this fascinating video about some of the Catholic imagery and symbolism in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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Christ the King 2017

Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat!

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Silent Movies for Halloween

What could be better for Halloween than classic silent horror films? I’ve mentioned some of these before, but I always like to trot them out again around this time of year.

  • Nosferatu (1922): It’s the classic copyright-infringing adaptation of Dracula that was almost lost forever when Bram Stoker’s widow Florence sued the studio for not acquiring the rights to film her late husband’s story. It’s not only a great example of silent films, it’s also a great vampire story.
  • The Phantom of the Opera (1925): If you’re surprised to see me mention this gem…you clearly must be new.
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919/1920, I keep finding conflicting dates for this): I don’t think I’ve mentioned this one before, but I discovered it last year and absolutely fell in love with it. It’s the story of a man who believes a traveling magician and his somnambulist exhibit are responsible for a series of bizarre deaths, including the murder of his best friend.

Enjoy!

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Cause for Tolkien’s Canonization

You read that right, folks; there’s a cause in progress for the canonization of J. R. R. Tolkien! It should be noted that’s in the very, very early stages–right now it’s on step 1, the actor causae, which is the formation of a group that will formally petition the bishop of the diocese where Tolkien died to investigate his life and determine if he is a worthy candidate for beatification and canonization. If the bishop finds sufficient evidence, he will submit his findings to Rome, which will then conduct its own investigation.

Needless to say, it’s a very long process–it’s going to take years, and it may not succeed at all. But as someone who has said for years that Tolkien should be canonized, I’m just thrilled the ball is finally rolling.

“Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament… There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth.”–J. R. R. Tolkien

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Why are Our Heroes being Corrupted?

I’m not talking about characters like Wolverine who have sometimes been morally murky. Nor am I talking about characters like Darth Vader who fell and still found redemption. I’m talking about characters we’ve seen turned into distorted parodies of themselves like Superman in Man of Steel or Batman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. It was shocking to learn of Snow and Charming’s decision to exile Maleficent’s child in Once Upon a Time (although we later learned that their actions were solely being controlled by the Author at that point). And now with the rumors that Luke will be turning to the Dark Side in The Last Jedi, I’m forced to ask…why? Why are heroes being corrupted? Do the authors think it makes for a better story? But what is to be gained? Why kill the hope that these characters represented? With the way the world currently is, I would think we could all do with a little hope.

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Overthinking Movies…Again

A lot of times movies are just movies, and I really shouldn’t be dissecting every tiny detail when something doesn’t make sense. BUT I CAN’T HELP IT!

A few days ago I was watching Dracula’s Daughter, and Van Helsing made a few remarks about dates that got me wondering about how exactly Countess Zaleska can be Dracula’s actual daughter. According to Van Helsing, Dracula died and was turned into a vampire 500 years ago. His daughter Marya died and was converted 100 years ago. This means that Dracula was already a vampire when Marya was born. Does this mean that the vampirism was something she inherited? And who was her mother–one of Dracula’s vampire wives or some random woman who wasn’t a vampire? If her mother was still human, does that mean she had a normal human childhood and was converted once she reached adulthood?

These are questions that will probably never be answered, much to my disappointed. Still, it had been a long time since I’d seen Dracula’s Daughter, and while I’m not one of the people who thinks it surpasses the original Dracula, it’s undeniably a good movie.

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