Home Video Picks & Passes 10.14.18

Space-related picks in light of First Man

In the Shadow of the Moon
In the Shadow of the Moon (photo: Register Files)

The Dish (2000) — PICK

In the Shadow of the Moon (2007) — PICK

Moon (2009) — PICK

What are some lunar-themed home-video options? Apollo 13, of course, but what else? Here are three worth your time.

The Dish stars Sam Neill in a charming, low-key, loosely fact-based Australian comedy about the biggest radio telescope in the Southern Hemisphere — located in a sheep field — and how its attendants and their small-town neighbors briefly play a crucial role in the Apollo 11 moon mission when NASA needs communications support “Down Under.”

In the Shadow of the Moon offers a splendid documentary look at the Apollo program, with interviews of 10 of the 11 then-surviving Apollo astronauts (not including, of course, Neil Armstrong).

Moon, starring Sam Rockwell, is smart, modest, cerebral sci-fi with shades of 2001, Blade Runner and Solaris, among others. Rockwell plays a contractor working alone on a mining base on the far side of the moon, where all is not as it seems.


Caveat Spectator: The Dish: Some crass language and profanity. Teens and up. In the Shadow of the Moon: Some language; footage of wartime bombings; a mild body-function reference. Kids and up. Moon: Recurring profane and obscene language; bloody injuries; violent illness; brief bedroom imagery (nothing explicit); brief rear nudity. Mature audiences.

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.