Ida – Film Review

Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski, 2013, Poland) Pawel Pawlikowski’s exquisite masterwork Ida belongs within an entirely unique category of film. Its thoughtful ambiguity, its restraint and detached yet careful observation makes easy comparisons with the great cinematic auteurs of the 1960s. Even its undemonstrative black and white cinematography with its delicate palette of grays adds to this […]


Only Lovers Left Alive – Film Review

Only Lovers Left Alive  (Jim Jarmusch, 2014, United States) Vampire movies may be somewhat difficult for eucharistically-minded Catholics to stomach. As some scholars and critics have observed, these films evoke the notion of Christ’s eternal life-giving precious blood and reduce it to an earthbound “bloodsucking” that extends life through murder and violence.1 The holy is […]


Son of God – Film Review

Son of God (Christopher Spencer, 2014, United States). It is difficult to make a good Jesus film. It is difficult to manage audience expectations, with thoughtful biblical scholarship and the unique artistic vision of a filmmaker. Moreover, it is difficult to make a film out of a story that people are not only exceedingly familiar, […]


Decalogue I – Film Review

The Decalogue (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1988, Poland) In 1995 The Vatican released a list of what it considered to be the greatest achievements in film. Among these titles was the 1988 Polish film: The Decalogue, directed by the master filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski. The film is comprised of ten episodes exploring the themes of the Ten Commandments […]


Of Gods and Men – Film Review

Of Gods and Men (Xavier Beauvois, 2010, France) By John Christman, SSS. What does it mean for us to love God and our neighbor? How far are we willing to go? How far is God asking us to go? These are some of the questions urgently pressing upon the hearts of a group of Cistercian […]


Babette’s Feast – Film Review

The first film review for Emmanuel’s new “Eucharist & Culture” section, looks at the lusciously restored and newly converted Blu-Ray edition of the quintessential “theology and food” film, Babette’s Feast. Gabriel Axel’s 1988 Academy Award winning film not only abounds with eucharistic undertones, but it is impossible to watch on an empty stomach. Add to this a stuffed with delectable extras and insightful documentaries, and you may just have the meal of the century.