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Manly Movie Moment: Boromir’s Last Stand

It's no secret that I'm a big Tolkien fan. Not only are his works fantastic literature, they are also rich with Catholic motifs that inspire one to fight for what is good and true in the face of growing darkness. Then there's the films. While I'm highly disappointed with the new Hobbit movies, I think the Lord of the Rings trilogy, though flawed, captures...

Manly Movie Moment: Forgiveness in The Mission

While it is difficult for those who don't frequent the sacrament of confession to understand, there is great joy to be found in true repentance. Perhaps one of the best illustrations of this joy is found in the 1986 movie, The Mission. First, some context. Rodrigo Mendoza is a former slave trader and mercenary, and he has spent years capturing native Guarani people and selling...

Movie Review: The Way

Every once in a while, I encounter a movie that exceeds my expectations, and Emilio Estevez' The Way is just such a movie. Here's why I liked it. Plot The movie starts off with Thomas Avery, played by Martin Sheen, receiving the devastating news that his son, Daniel (Emilio Estevez), has died. The news is all the more tragic because...

Manly Movie Moment: Clark Saves His Mother

I usually don't get too excited about superhero movies, but I really enjoyed Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. In addition to great action sequences, there's a lot of Christian imagery. It's a great movie. In one of my favorite scenes, General Zod arrives at Clark's childhood home and begins to interrogate his mother. Miles away, Clark senses that his mom...

Manly Movie Moment: Gunfight Scene from Shane

If you're a fan of Westerns, you'll know that Shane has a place as one of the greatest Western films of all time. The movie centers on homesteaders in Wyoming who are battling a ruthless cattle baron, Rufus Ryker, who wants to force them off their land. Eventually, Ryker hires a sadistic gunslinger, Jack Wilson (played by Jack Palance, the...

Manly Movie Moment: I can carry you!

Frodo and Sam have traveled countless miles and escaped many dangers. They are at the foot of Mount Doom where they are to destroy the One Ring for good. Frodo has no strength left, and despite how far they have come, he feels he can't go on. Faithful and stalwart Samwise isn't one to quit, and he does what it...

Manly Movie Moment: Becket Excommunicates Lord Gilbert

St. Thomas Becket was a man in search of honor. Throughout his early life, he was consumed by ambition and was a consummate politician. He was best friends with king Henry II of England, and his political skill strengthened the king's reign immensely. But when king Henry appointed St. Thomas Archbishop of Canterbury for his own political purposes, Becket became...