We spend a lot of time consuming "entertainment" in all of its forms. But whether it's movies, television, video games, music, sports, or even literature, these things do more than just offer an escape from our world for the sake of pleasure. When done right, they offer a window into a deeper experience of our own world and a connection to a transcendent world in our midst.
In 1955, Rebel Without a Cause began a new genre of movies: the teenage angst movie. In this episode, Fr. Tito and Fr. Casey discuss its significance in the history of cinema.
Few movies have been quite so influential—and bizarre—than Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. To say that it's a bit different than other movies is an understatement.
There are a lot of problems with 1995 film Braveheart. That said, we still think it's a classic everyone should see.
The Dark Knight is one of the most iconic movies of the new millennium. We take a look at what makes it so memorable.
Field of Dreams is arguably the greatest sports movie of all time. But it's about much more than just sports.
Few movies have had quite the impact on cinema goers than The Godfather. And yet, one of the hosts just doesn't like it.
Everyone talks about how good of a movie Casablanca is... and they're right. Fr. Tito and Fr. Casey discuss what makes this such a timeless work of art.
This season, we're sticking to a theme: classic movies. Each week, Tito and I will select one all-time must-see movie, never more than one each per decade.
Some of the largest blockbusters, greatest dramas, and whackiest comedies took place in the 90s. But which one is best?
For those born in the late 80s or early 90s, it doesn't get much better than The Sandlot. It's got it all!
Kung Fu movies are often deeply serious, detailing an epic journey of a hero to protect a people or avenge lost honor. Kung Fu Hustle is not that. Seemingly influenced by Loonie Tunes, there is very little serious about it... and we appreciate that.
In 1953, Arthur Miller released The Crucible, a play dramatizing the events of the Salem witch trials. In 2018, Aaron Sorkin used it as a framework to tell the story of Molly Bloom, a woman known for running poker games, falsely accused of laws she didn't break but unwilling to tarnish her name to avoid punishment.…
Aaron Sorkin's first movie set the tone for an incredible career. A Few Good Men has everything you love from his other words including quick banter, long monologues, baseball, honor, and respect for the military. Not only that, it offers a catalyst for an interesting discussion about obedience and conscience. Definitely worth a rewatch!…
Independence Day isn't just one of the most iconic action movie of the 90s. It's also a story with well-developed characters and excellent pacing. While many actions movies these days are dark and cold, this one is hopeful, inspiring, and keeps you invested in the characters until the very end.
Space Jam is an incredibly iconic 90s movie dripping with nostalgia. Unfortunately, it's a bit lacking in story structure, acting, and just common sense... but man! That soundtrack! Frs. Tito and Casey discuss what makes this movie so likable despite its many flaws.
The Chosen is a hit show unlike any other. For one, it's about Jesus. Two, it's actually done well. Three, and maybe best of all, it's entirely free to watch on YouTube. It's not without its flaws, but Fr. Tito and Fr. Casey approve.
Few movies stand the test of time quite like the original Jurassic Park (1993). As Hollywood continues to churn out sequels, Frs. Tito and Casey discuss why the original is an absolute masterpiece.
What do you get when you put Ned Flanders in the movie Major League? Apparently a hit British comedy called Ted Lasso. It's funny, hopeful, crude, and generally speaking, the above average comedy that a post-2020 world needs.
The Wizard of Oz is one of the most iconic movies in history. It has been referenced and reinterpreted countless times, making it an absolute classic. But returning to the original source material, what can we say its original purpose was?
What if you had to live the same day over and over and over again? In the world of COVID-19, it's actually not that hard to imagine. In this 1993 classic, Bill Murray is cursed to relive the same events time and again, until he realizes that it's not a curse at all, but an opportunity.
The Coen brothers O Brother, Where Art Thou is a clever retelling of the epic poem The Odyssey. Except, it is more than that. As. Frs. Casey and Tito discuss, it begins with the source material, but takes the story in its own direction.
Christopher Nolan's new movie Tenet is unlike anything you've ever seen before. Truly, a masterpiece of cinema. But is it actually good?
The Goonies was a huge hit in 1985, and fans have made it a cult classic. But those who didn't see it as kids aren't as convinced. Fr. Casey and Fr. Tito discuss.
Pixar's Soul is yet another incredible work of imagination and animation. Frs. Tito and Casey just wish the story had been given as much attention.
In this episode, Fr. Casey, Br. Tito, and a special guest discuss the merits of 32 Christmas movies and determine the best on by putting them head-to-head in a bracket format.
Not every movie is going to win awards. But that doesn't mean that there can't be truly delightful, average movies out there. That's what Br. Tito and Fr. Casey thought about the new Netflix movie Enola Holmes. It won't blow you away, but it's a well-spent two hours!
Netflix just released six more episodes of its Unsolved Mysteries reboot, and it is wildly entertaining. But is it healthy in our current climate of distrust of authority and conspiracy theories?
Anime is an incredibly popular genre in the world of entertainment. In this episode, Br. Tito introduces Fr. Casey to the genre by way of the 1988 movie Akira.
This election day, you might be looking for a small escape from your current reality. If so, check out the 1993 movie Dave, which offers a view of politics far from our own, one that asks, "Could we simply elect a good person for once?"
Horror movies are always about reckoning with something we have suppressed or believed gone for good--a demon, vampire, werewolf, etc. But when you think about it, the scariest thing that we ever have to reckon with is ourselves. Jordan Peele explores this concept in the movie Us by having literal doubles of the main characters appear with a choice…
Even those who do the worst things have the capacity to be heroic. Even those who do heroic work are still capable of major sins. That's what the movie Crash captures so well.
Shrek is the ultimate anti-Disney movie with a great message for those who feel left out. That said, Br. Tito and Fr. Casey wish the movie would have ended differently.
Little Miss Sunshine is a wonderful tragi-comedy about a dysfunctional family forced on a road trip together. While it is their common goal of arriving at their destination that initially holds them together, it is in their disillusionment with the goal that ultimately changes them for the better and makes them a healthier family.…
St. Francis is arguably the most revered saint in history. Books have been written about him, paintings commissioned to depict his life, and movies upon movies produced to inspire the world. And yet, despite all his attention in Hollywood... Br. Tito and I aren't exactly impressed. Here's what we make of two of the most famous movies, and how we wo…
History is often boring an irrelevant to people. Which is a shame, because it is often repeated in our own day. The Gangs of New York may appear, at first, to be a movie about a time completely unlike our own, but the themes and values of the 1860s are the same ones driving our political and social lives today.…
St. Vincent is a funny, heartwarming, and mildly tragic movie starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy. In it, Hollywood gives it take on what it means to be a saint, but Br. Tito and Fr. Casey thinks it falls flat. Great entertainment, horrible life advice.
Arrival might be the greatest movie ever made. Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but it is a top 5 movie for both Br. Tito and Fr. Casey. If you haven't seen it, you might want to watch before listening... spoilers ahead.
Black Jeopardy is just a stupid sketch on SNL making fun of white people, right? Not exactly. Through self-deprecating humor and subtle satire, what is achieved is a powerful message of encounter across cultural lines.
Many movies use Christological imagery to cement the main character as the hero. We can certainly see Christ-like characters taking on a variety of forms. What can we learn about these characters, and what might we want to be careful of?
Heist movies are often fun, creative, and so very satisfying. Which is weird, right? Are we doing anything more than glamorizing criminals?
In the 17th century, Christians in Japan faced persecution. Jesuits ministered to them but also fell to persecution. The 1966 book and 2016 movie Silence offers a fictional account of the horrors faced by those Christians, asking a difficult question: in the midst of torture and stress, why is God silent?…
In the art and entertainment industry, there are certain things that "haven't aged well." Whether it be a portrayal of a certain race or ethnic group, our use of language, or the overall values we express, something that was acceptable in a certain time may not be acceptable in our time today. What do we with these works today?…
There are certain works of cinema that defy explanation. Despite being a technical train wreck, unappealing to the majority of people, they find a home among a fanatical base. What is it with these films that makes them so likable among some groups of people?
War movies are among the most popular in the industry, often given large budgets and grossing hundreds of millions of dollars. There are certainly some well-made films about war, but should we be watching them? Br. Tito and Fr. Casey discuss the merits, and dangers, of this popular genre.
Network television and major production companies can create awe-inspiring works of art, but they are often limited by industry standards, engrained expectations, and bottom lines. Not YouTube. On this platform, creators are in charge, meaning the world gets an incredible mix of informative, inspirational, and weird.…
Her is one of the most beautiful, creative, thoughtful, and weird movies ever made. So contends Br. Tito and Fr. Casey in this episode, as they analyze the nature of human communication in light of artificial intelligence.
In the absence of an NCAA tournament, we figured that it was important that people be able to fill out a bracket. This week. Br. Tito, Fr. Casey, and guest T.J. Cofield discuss 32 classic sports films in an attempt to crown one the greatest of all time. To follow along with our bracket, you can access the file here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/…
What's it like working in a hospital? At first glance, Scrubs gives the impression that it is a wacky, slapstick, and absolutely absurd existence, filled with games, fantasies, and constant fun. But beneath the comedic exterior, what we see is that it is all a coping mechanism to the tragic occurrences that happen on any given day. The show makes y…
One of the obvious casualties of the coronavirus shutdown is the loss of all sports. No NCAA tournament. No NBA. No NHL. No MLB. No nothing. Because of the immediate health risk to fans, nothing can take place. It has left a void so deep in our lives that ESPN has resorted to showing anything they can to keep fans interesting, including stone skipp…
Today, there is only one thing on the world's mind: the COVID-19 virus. It is causing many to get sick, but more widespread is the panic and fear that it is causing. This week, Br. Tito and Fr. Casey reflect on a movie that captured this exact scenario 9 years ago: Contagion.