Home Video Picks & Passes 11.25.18

A film about a superhero family is among the picks this week.

(photo: Pixar)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) — PICK

The BlacKkKlansman (2018) — PICK

Incredibles 2 (2018) — PICK

A 1995 Vatican film list honoree in the “Art” category, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is newly available on Blu-ray, digitally remastered in 4K from the original negative. Inspired by a short story by Arthur C. Clarke and co-written by Clarke and director Stanley Kubrick, it’s a paean to awe and wonder at the mystery of existence.

Also new on home video, Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman tells the astonishing true story of how Colorado Springs’ first black cop infiltrated the KKK by adopting the identity of a white racist via phone calls, with a Jewish partner playing the role in face-to-face encounters. With caveats regarding Lee’s last-act political provocateurship, it’s riveting filmmaking.

Finally, Incredibles 2 is a fine sequel to a great film, recalling without quite recapturing the crackling, incandescent brilliance of the original (see related story on page B6). Strengths include filmmaker Brad Bird’s flair for creative action set pieces and well-observed family dynamics.


Caveat Spectator: 2001: A Space Odyssey: Some deadly violence and menace; fleeting minor profanity. Teens and up. The BlacKkKlansman: Frequent racial slurs and overt expressions of racism and racial animus; violence and threats of violence; much strong and crude language. Mature viewing. Incredibles 2: Intense action violence; limited cursing and rude language. Older kids and up.

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.