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Old 01-12-2009, 06:49 AM
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I often hate how movies present Catholics and the Church, but I just saw Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino", and besides being a very good movie, it was well done from a Catholic perspective.

Definitely two thumbs up.
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Old 01-12-2009, 03:08 PM
 
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I don't like it how in movies churches and churchgoers are usually shown either as Roman Catholic or Fundamentalist. How many clearly mainline protestants and their churches have been portrayed in recent movies? Raising Helen (Pastor Dan is Lutheran).... I thought I'd have more to list but that's all I can think of.

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Old 01-12-2009, 04:27 PM
 
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DOOL soap opera portrays themselves as catholic. Their writers should do some research because they really don't know anything about the catholic faith!
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:52 PM
 
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Good movies with good portrayals of Catholics:

The Mission
The Secret of Roan Inish
Hellboy
X-Men 2
El Cid
Rudy
Crossfire Trail
The episode of the Simpsons with Liam Neeson as the Catholic priest
Becket
The Exorcist
On the Waterfront
Schindler's List


It's A Wonderful Life, while not being overtly Catholic, plays on the Catholic themes of subsidarity (and Catholic Chesterton's Distributivism) better than any other movie I know.
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:47 PM
 
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Good movies with good portrayals of Catholics:

The Mission
The Secret of Roan Inish
Hellboy
X-Men 2
El Cid
Rudy
Crossfire Trail
The episode of the Simpsons with Liam Neeson as the Catholic priest
Becket
The Exorcist
On the Waterfront
Schindler's List


It's A Wonderful Life, while not being overtly Catholic, plays on the Catholic themes of subsidarity (and Catholic Chesterton's Distributivism) better than any other movie I know.
Are these the movies you watched? There are others. I remember Sister Act I and II with Whoopie Goldberg. Then there is the Bing Crosby films.
He's always a priest, you know. What about the Passion put out by Mel?
That was catholic in the sense that it was portraying the very beginning of the church.
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:42 PM
 
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Are these the movies you watched? There are others. I remember Sister Act I and II with Whoopie Goldberg. Then there is the Bing Crosby films.
He's always a priest, you know. What about the Passion put out by Mel?
That was catholic in the sense that it was portraying the very beginning of the church.
Sister Act was in no way shape or form a good portrayal of the Catholic Church.
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:51 PM
 
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Remember who makes the movies. They have as hard a time in getting to heaven as the camel thru the needle.
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Old 01-13-2009, 02:26 PM
 
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Remember who makes the movies. They have as hard a time in getting to heaven as the camel thru the needle.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha.
I'm falling off my chair laughing.
That is one of the passages in scripture I remember the best, thinking of all the pretentious a-holes out there that worship money and then make an appearance at church.
I especially remember hearing this Gospel at church while living in a fairly monied suburb of Atlanta. As the priest was doing the homily, I was looking around and getting an eyeful of fur coats!
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Old 01-13-2009, 02:28 PM
 
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The Exorcist
Great flick. Pretty scary, at least the first time.

I saw it as more "historical" rather than as a portrayal of Catholicism. Maybe because it started with actor Max Von Sydow doing excavations in Iraq.
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Old 01-13-2009, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Are these the movies you watched?
Yup. Although it's been a good long while since I last saw Becket and On the Waterfront.


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I remember Sister Act I and II with Whoopie Goldberg.
I wouldn't say they were "accurate" portrayals of the Church at all, though I do consider them pretty harmless and funny.


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Then there is the Bing Crosby films.
He's always a priest, you know. What about the Passion put out by Mel?
That was catholic in the sense that it was portraying the very beginning of the church.
I haven't seen either of them. My biggest exposure to Bing Crosby was him singing with David Bowie.
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