Epic 60s: Hobbit, Unbroken, Annie, Into the Woods, Exodus, much more!

12/20/2014 Comments (5)

Well, another semester down … three more to go.

This was a tough one — not so much because of the studies, but because of, well, everything at once. I did another holiday season of “Reel Faith,” but I’m also doing more writing than before, both for the Register and elsewhere. (Last month I screened and reviewed Interstellar and Big Hero 6 in the same week, all while keeping up with classes and other writing. That’s crazy!)

This week I had two final exams and shot the holiday season finale of “Reel Faith.” (There’s still time to catch it! Updated air times: Sunday the 21st, 7:30pm (Eastern); Tuesday the 23rd at 3am; Wednesday the 24th at 3am and 10:30pm. More times posted as they become...READ MORE

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Why I became Catholic: My appearance on “The Journey Home”

12/04/2014 Comments (7)

I look older than this today.

From time to time people ask me how a nice Dutch Calvinist boy like me wound up converting from Evangelical Protestantism to Catholicism.

I’ve written and talked about this in the past, notably in a 2003 appearance on EWTN’s “The Journey Home” with Marcus Grodi, but this hasn’t been readily available — until now!

Thanks to an alert friend on Twitter, I’ve just learned that EWTN has posted my appearance on  “The Journey Home” on YouTube for all to see. So here it is! 

Revisiting this early TV appearance, years before “Reel Faith,” I find that, despite some mistakes, I’m reasonably pleased with how I did, given my level of inexperience. (It occurs to me that “The Journey Home” occasionally...READ MORE

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SDG news! Deacon schoolin’! Reel Faith! Mockingjay! More!

11/21/2014 Comments (4)

Hey! Long time no posts!

Well, deacon schooling has been keeping me busy, among other things. My fellow seminarians and I hit a new milestone a few weeks ago as we were installed as acolytes by our archdiocese’s coadjutor archbishop, Bernard Hebda. (That’s the event pictured on the right, with me in my alb and my lovely lady.) This is our last big milestone before ordination in 2016!

I’ll also confess that I’m hard at work on an exciting project, one that I won’t come right out and announce, but I’ll say this: It’s getting ve-ery hard for me to look at my own website right now — a problem likely to persist for several weeks yet. More to come!

Reel Faith news! This week David DiCerto and...READ MORE

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Gays, Jesus and St. Patrick’s Day

Why I agree with Phil Lawler, and disagree with The Anchoress

09/10/2014 Comments (132)

I love Elizabeth Scalia, aka The Anchoress, and I very much appreciate her effort yesterday to inject a new perspective into the controversy over New York’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and the LGBT group that will be marching in it: a perspective that seeks to be thoughtful and compassionate as well as orthodox.

This is important, because Catholics have historically done a poor job loving our neighbors who are same-sex attracted and/or self-identify as gay. (For the purposes of this discussion, by “gay” I simply mean those who identify as gay.)

Unjust hostility toward the same-sex attracted, and fear of being associated or identified with them, are real phenomena with deep roots in human...READ MORE

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Why is this Lord’s Day no different from any other day?

Thoughts on the Third Commandment

09/06/2014 Comments (31)

In our neighborhood, on almost any day of the week, you might walk into a supermarket and notice a conservatively dressed woman with a hat and skirt and a rather large number of children in tow, and you might make a shrewd guess that she was a conservative or orthodox Jew, and there’s a good chance that you would be right.

On almost any day, that is, except the Sabbath. From sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, those women and their children vanish. The kosher aisle is deserted, the kosher deli shuttered. Conservative and orthodox Jews take the Sabbath seriously.

The Muslim women are easier to spot. The women wear the hijab or head scarf, sometimes with Western clothes, sometimes with the...READ MORE

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Auf Wiedersehen! Stay tuned!

08/29/2014 Comments (30)

Well, here we are at the end of another busy summer season. Sarah is back at Christendom, and I’m back at Immaculate Conception Seminary with my fellow diaconal candidates as we begin year 3 of our studies. More than halfway there!

This year, though, my retreat into reviewing semi-hiatus comes with a twist: I have a couple of exciting announcements coming in the short term.

Now, I’m sadly aware that I’ve been teasing a couple of big exciting announcements that keep on retreating indefinitely—but trust me, these ones are coming sooner rather than later. How much sooner? Next week, for one. For the other, the plan is by New Year’s, 2015, if not sooner. (These are both new announcements....READ MORE

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UPDATED: Full Jim Caviezel interview! Plus: Turtles! 100 Foot Journey! More!

08/18/2014 Comments (9)

Updated: Recently my Reel Faith cohost David DiCerto had a chance to sit down with Jim Caviezel and chat about his upcoming movie When the Game Stands Tall. Here’s their full interview. (Watch for the summer season finale of Reel Faith this week; here’s where and when. And check out the latest Reel Faith reviews below!)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (SDG)

Thanks to this film, I’ll be adding “Shrinking World Syndrome” to SDG’s Very, Very Little Movie Glossary. You know, how it turns out that the Joker killed Batman’s parents, Anakin Skywalker created C-3PO, and now April O’Neil is connected to the Turtles’ origins.

The Hundred-Foot Journey (SDG)

While I didn’t care for this movie as...READ MORE

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The Christ of Muscle Beach!

(Or: What I Did On My Summer Vacation)

08/05/2014 Comments (18)

“Christ in Majesty” is the official name of the striking, somewhat controversial mosaic on the apse wall of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, but someone Suz and I once knew jokingly nicknamed it “the Christ of Muscle Beach,” in reference to its half-bared chest and arm, muscular build and intimidating gaze.

It’s a nickname that came back to me last week on family vacation in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, as I worked on a sand sculpture of a subject I’ve done a couple of times in the past, though not in eight years: the crucifixion of Jesus.

Not just because I was actually at the beach, but also because, in part due to my lifelong love of...READ MORE

Filed under leisure, sacred art, summer, vacation

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About Steven D. Greydanus

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Steven D. Greydanus is film critic for the National Catholic Register and Decent Films, the online home for his film writing. He writes regularly for Christianity Today, Catholic World Report and other venues, and is a regular guest on several radio shows. Steven has contributed several entries to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, including “The Church and Film” and a number of filmmaker biographies. He has also written about film for the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy. He has a BFA in Media Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and an MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, PA. He is pursuing diaconal studies in the Archdiocese of Newark. Steven and Suzanne have seven children.