Check out the animated show Bat out of Hell on Kickstarter!

Archives for June 2009

30 Days.

Okay, so there are 30 days left over at my attempt on Kickstarter to raise money for Alphonse issue two. We’re at not quite one-quarter funded. But you know what? I’m gonna keep hoping. Thanks to everyone who has donated.

52 Movies for the Year of the Priest at Korrektiv

Rufus & Co. are having a festival! I’ve gone and italicized the ones I’ve seen, and starred my favorites. Because dammit, it’s my blog.

“Korrektiv and Transcendental Musings are celebrating the Year for Priests (or the Year of the Priest, if you please) by launching an entirely unofficial 52-week (beginning last week) festival of films about priests.

What follows is our list — hammered out over a bunch of Twitter posts and blog comments, a few beers and prayers — of 52 movies in which a priest or priests take center stage or at least play a pivotal role in the development of the films’ concerns.

I’ve arranged our selections chronologically, with the notion that it might be interesting to thus trace the evolution of filmmaking over the past seventy years while at the same time considering how perceptions of the priesthood, as reflected in these cinematic images, may have changed over that same period.
1. San Francisco (1936) [view the week of 6/19/09*]
2. Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) [6/26/09]
3. Boys Town (1938) [7/3/09]
4. The Fighting 69th (1940) [7/10/09]
5. The Devil at 4 O’Clock (1941) [7/17/09]
6. The Keys of the Kingdom (1944) [7/24/09]
7. Going My Way (1944) [7/31/09]
8. The Bells of St Mary’s (1945) [8/7/09]
9. The Fugitive (1947) [8/14/09]
10. Monsieur Vincent (1947) [8/21/09]
11. Fighting Father Dunne (1948) [8/28/09]
12. The Miracle of the Bells (1948) [9/4/09]
13. Diary of a Country Priest* (1951) [9/11/09]
14. I Confess (1953) [9/18/09]
15. Father Brown (1954) [9/25/09]
16. On the Waterfront* (1954) [10/2/09]
17. The Left Hand of God (1955) [10/9/09]
18. The Miracle of Marcelino (1955) [10/16/09]
19. The Prisoner* (1955) [10/23/09]
20. Seven Cities of Gold (1955) [10/30/09]
21. Nazarin (1959) [11/6/09]
22. Hoodlum Priest (1961) [11/13/09]
23. The Cardinal (1963) [11/20/09]
24. Becket (1964) [11/27/09]
25. The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968) [12/4/09]
26. The Exorcist (1973) [12/11/09]
27. The Massacre in Rome (1973) [12/18/09]
28. Hounds of Notre Dame (1980) [12/25/09]
29. True Confessions (1981) [1/1/10]
30. The Scarlet and the Black (1983) [1/8/10]
31. Mass Appeal (1984) [1/15/10]
32. The Assisi Underground (1985) [1/22/10]
33. The Mission (1986) [1/29/10]
34. Au Revoir les Enfant* (1987) [2/5/10]
35. The Fr. Clements Story (1987) [2/12/10]
36. Under Satan’s Sun (1987) [2/19/10]
37. Don Bosco (1988) [2/26/10]
38. Francesco (1989) [3/5/10]
39. Black Robe (1991) [3/12/10]
40. Zycie za Zycie (Life for Life) (1991) [3/19/10]
41. Sleepers (1996) [3/26/10]
42. Molokai: The Story of Fr. Damian (1999) [4/2/10]
43. The Third Miracle (1999) [4/9/10]
44. Keeping the Faith (2000) [4/16/10]
45. The Confessor (The Good Shepherd) (2004) [4/23/10]
46. The Ninth Day (2004) [4/30/10]
47. Saint Ralph (2004) [5/7/10]
48. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) [5/14/10]
49. Pope John Paul II (2005) [5/21/10]
50. The Novice (aka Crossroads) (2006) [5/28/10]
51. Doubt (2008) [6/2/10]
52. Gran Torino* (2008) [6/9/10]

Alternate Selections
· Francis of Assisi (1961)
· The Reluctant Saint (1962)
· A Man for All Seasons (1966)
· Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)
· Jesus of Montreal (1989)
· Stigmata (1999)
· St. Patrick: The Irish Legend (2000)
· Papa Giovanni John XXIII (2002)
· The Order (2003)
· Twist of Faith (2004)
· Into Great Silence (2005)
· Karol: The Man Who Became Pope (2005)

"Fields of Gold" in my living room.

The sound is terrible, but that is the fault of my recorder – not the guitarist.

The man has a gift. Go buy his stuff.

How it’s done.

Now that’s a pie:

The Wife goes from strength to strength.

52 Movies for the Year of the Priest: It’s a Wrap


Korrektiv and Transcendental Musings are celebrating the Year for Priests (or the Year of the Priest, if you please) by launching an entirely unofficial 52-week (beginning last week) festival of films about priests.

What follows is our list — hammered out over a bunch of Twitter posts and blog comments, a few beers and prayers — of 52 movies in which a priest or priests take center stage or at least play a pivotal role in the development of the films’ concerns.

I’ve arranged our selections chronologically, with the notion that it might be interesting to thus trace the evolution of filmmaking over the past seventy years while at the same time considering how perceptions of the priesthood, as reflected in these cinematic images, may have changed over that same period.

1. San Francisco (1936) [view the week of 6/19/09*]
2. Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) [6/26/09]
3. Boys Town (1938) [7/3/09]
4. The Fighting 69th (1940) [7/10/09]
5. Going My Way (1944) [7/17/09]
6. The Keys of the Kingdom (1944) [7/24/09]
7. The Bells of St Mary’s (1945) [7/31/09]
8. The Fugitive (1947) [8/7/09]
9. Monsieur Vincent (1947) [8/14/09]
10. Fighting Father Dunne (1948) [8/21/09]
11. The Miracle of the Bells (1948) [8/28/09]
12. Diary of a Country Priest (1951) [9/4/09]
13. I Confess (1953) [9/11/09]
14. Father Brown (1954) [9/18/09]
15. On the Waterfront (1954) [9/25/09]
16. The Left Hand of God (1955) [10/2/09]
17. The Miracle of Marcelino (1955) [10/9/09]
18. The Prisoner (1955) [10/16/09]
19. Seven Cities of Gold (1955) [10/23/09]
20. Nazarin (1959) [10/30/09]
21. The Devil at 4 O’Clock (1961) [11/6/09]
22. Hoodlum Priest (1961) [11/13/09]
23. The Cardinal (1963) [11/20/09]
24. Becket (1964) [11/27/09]
25. The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968) [12/4/09]
26. The Exorcist (1973) [12/11/09]
27. The Massacre in Rome (1973) [12/18/09]
28. Hounds of Notre Dame (1980) [12/25/09]
29. True Confessions (1981) [1/1/10]
30. The Scarlet and the Black (1983) [1/8/10]
31. Mass Appeal (1984) [1/15/10]
32. The Assisi Underground (1985) [1/22/10]
33. The Mission (1986) [1/29/10]
34. Au Revoir les Enfant (1987) [2/5/10]
35. The Fr. Clements Story (1987) [2/12/10]
36. Under Satan’s Sun (1987) [2/19/10]
37. Don Bosco (1988) [2/26/10]
38. Francesco (1989) [3/5/10]
39. Black Robe (1991) [3/12/10]
40. Zycie za Zycie (Life for Life) (1991) [3/19/10]
41. Sleepers (1996) [3/26/10]
42. Molokai: The Story of Fr. Damian (1999) [4/2/10]
43. The Third Miracle (1999) [4/9/10]
44. Keeping the Faith (2000) [4/16/10]
45. The Confessor (The Good Shepherd) (2004) [4/23/10]
46. The Ninth Day (2004) [4/30/10]
47. Saint Ralph (2004) [5/7/10]
48. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) [5/14/10]
49. Pope John Paul II (2005) [5/21/10]
50. The Novice (aka Crossroads) (2006) [5/28/10]
51. Doubt (2008) [6/2/10]
52. Gran Torino (2008) [6/9/10]

Alternate Selections

· La passion de Jeanne d’Arc (1928)
· Francis of Assisi (1961)
· The Reluctant Saint (1962)
· A Man for All Seasons (1966)
· Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)
· The Juggler of Notre Dame (1984)
· Jesus of Montreal (1989)
· Romero (1989)
· Stigmata (1999)
· St. Patrick: The Irish Legend (2000)
· Papa Giovanni John XXIII (2002)
· The Order (2003)
· Twist of Faith (2004)
· Into Great Silence (2005)
· Karol: The Man Who Became Pope (2005)

From the YouTube Music Video Archives: Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

On the other hand, when you have had enough, by all means do stop. Anyway, here is Michael Jackson at his best. I like to think that between the royally screwed-up childhood he never chose and … all that other stuff, there were a few years in which he lived a life instead of a nightmare. R.I.P.

On Le Feu Follet

Le Feu Follet is another movie directed by Louis Malle, from 1963. It’s an interesting time-capsule of a film: America is referred to as “Kennedy land”, and newspaper clippings of Marilyn Monroe are taped up all over the room of the main character. Alain Leroy, an alcoholic is “taking the cure” at a rehab center in Versailles – actually, the cure has taken and he hasn’t had a drink in three months. His doctor strongly hints that it’s time to move on. The trouble is that Leroy’s wife is now living in New York and isn’t convinced that Leroy won’t start drinking again. Leroy himself is convinced he will if he leaves the hospital, and in this stand-off with himself he has spiralled into a depression that he can’t pull himself out of. One strength of this movie is Malle’s mostly realistic portrayal of a kind of relentless indolence that accompanies clinical depression, and indeed the grim determination that accompanies suicide. On the other hand, all those Marilyn Monroe clippings (like the music of Brahms in Les Amants) struck me as much too obvious. If we’re supposed to notice these signs, shouldn’t we expect that the doctor would, too?

Happy Feast.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Help Us Perpetually.

Red Ink VII

No point getting mad at Obama. I’ve come to the conclusion that he is a force of nature like a category 5 hurricane or a major earthquake.

We will all be spiritually better people when he’s done.

Those whom the gods wish to destroy…

…they allow to self-interview. Me yammering to myself about Alphonse.