Arts & Leisure

Robin Williams and inner peace

The mania was always part of the magic. Now, with Robin Williams dead by his own hand at the age of 63, we can only wonder if that magic came at a costly price. Of course, for those of us who didn’t know Williams, such wondering is grim, speculative and…  [more]

Discussing Kieslowski’s Decalogue I

This is part of a joint series with Elijah Davidson of Reel Spirituality, in which we’re considering each installment of The Decalogue. Krzysztof Kieslowski's landmark collection of short films was first released on Polish television in 1989 and is based on each of the Ten Commandments. Please join our conversation…  [more]

Calvary’s portrait of a priest

“That’s nonsense.” Not the sort of words you’d expect to hear from a priest, yet this is the most common phrase uttered by Calvary’s Father James. Played by the wonderfully belligerent Brendan Gleeson, Father James is a man in black, yes, but mostly in the manner of Johnny Cash: plainspoken…  [more]

TC, Reel Spirituality to discuss The Decalogue

To mark the 25th anniversary of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s The Decalogue, a landmark series of 10 short films related to the Ten Commandments, TC and Reel Spirituality will be embarking on a joint viewing and discussion series. Along with Elijah Davidson, co-director of Reel Spirituality, I’ll be watching each film and…  [more]

Understanding story through Richard Linklater’s Boyhood

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is unlike any movie I’ve seen, and one of the most rewarding viewing experiences of the year. Linklater spent 12 years creating this film, which charts the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from the age of 6 to 18. Because Linklater filmed scenes with Coltrane intermittently over…  [more]

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