Going Back to the Classics

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The Classic of Classics: Casablanca (1942)

I’ll admit it: up until last week, I had never seen Casablanca. In my mind, it’s old. It’s in black and white. The people who always say, “Oh, you have to see it are always the snobbiest. I just never saw a reason to watch it when the film industry had advanced so much over the years.

Let me tell you, I was wrong. If you’ve never seen it, check it out immediately! Fr. Tito and I are big fans. There is a reason that it is the first in our “Classics” theme this year on Everyday Liminality.

Hypocrisy, Old and New

Casablanca wasn’t the only near-ancient thing I looked at this week. On Breaking in the Habit, I took a trip down memory lane to look at the famous 1987 apology from Jimmy Swaggart, a man known for his hypocrisy. What do situations like his tell us about our own lives? A ton. If you’re unfamiliar with the idea of moral licensing, you’re going to want to watch this video.

A Terrible Movie of Biblical Proportions

Going furthest back of all, Fr. Patrick and I look at one of the oldest stories known to humanity, the flood. In this week’s Upon Friar Review, we look at the 2007 flop, Evan Almighty. Falling short of its predecessor, Bruce Almighty, this sequel has some laughs and a few lessons to take from it, but it’s ultimately a shallow work of Hollywood.


Let’s see… a few odds and ends to share this week.

After 6 years on Breaking In The Habit and a little less than 1 on Upon Friar Review, I had two videos hit 1 million views this past week. What a crazy thing to think about, that things I made have been viewed over a million times. Very humbling to see!

From Twitter, I thought this was a pretty good experience worth sharing. Maybe we could all do a little better to work on the corporal works of mercy in our area, ensuring that everyone has the dignity of body.

Sadly, there was a casualty this week in the Franciscan family… My habit. As many of you know, our habits are often handed down to us by friars who have lived before us, which means that they usually aren’t in the best shape. Sitting down yesterday, I got my hem caught on something, and it ripped quite a huge hole. I have a second habit (which is actually in worse shape but was made with greater original quality) and this habit might be salvageable, but we’ll see…

Until next week, Peace and good!

Fr. Casey

7 Comments on “Going Back to the Classics

  1. hmm… I’m confused (having just landed and disembarked from my flying saucer, and followed a link of cookie crumbs to this Web page): a “Bogie” movie re-hash podcast; a couple of YouBoob vids; a horrible garment rendering (with no sacrilegious or scandalous association, purely accidental) of garments—what area or part of this page does the, “Leave a Reply” invite comments to address? I expect my comments about Casablanca would be misunderstood and even considered offensive if associated with Fr. Casey’s robe. (Sorry, “habit” has unpleasant associations for this old geezer.)

    Sorta wish I could have coached Fr Casey and Fr Tito about the conditions of the release and life of Casablanca: in many ways it was a _generation_ before TV dramas and movies, and a couple of television generations before family-fare sitcoms and shows. Significance? It truly was cutting-edge crafting and editing, and done without lifelines and lifeboats—as you addressed, it was developed _and_filmed_ at a time of great ambivalence and upheaval in the U.S.: the German/NAZI sympathy was _very_ strong in the country then (I was conceived in early 1942, so I’m taking it on faith that what I’ve been told and read is correct—we didn’t have womb-TV or womb-Internet in those primitive days). And to clarify the significance: if the conditions were taken into account, I expect that Fr Casey’s opinion—and perhaps Fr Tito’s as well—would have been even higher of the exceptional nature of this film.

    Okay, I am a mindless fan of Bogart and everything I say about him should be diluted with huge amounts of sterilized water, but even so….

  2. I would love for you and Father Pat to view and review an underrated classic: “The Keys of the Kingdom” with Gregory Peck. Next to Atticus Finch I consider it to be Peck’s greatest characterization. It’s the story of a missionary priest in China who, after all he accomplishes, at the end of his life considers himself and his contributions, insignificant. In these days when Catholicism is often a punch line, you’ll find this film thoroughly refreshing in spite of its age!

  3. I thought it was great…it certainly would be calssifed as a well thought out ‘hominy ‘ I know it would not qualify for the “20 Minute Hominy” but to annualize “Evan the Great the way you have presented. shore held my interest
    Bless you both

    • Although I don’t remember seeing that one, I agree that a review would be great.

  4. It’s funny how you did a video on hypocrisy essentially defending it while never acknowledging that your are a hypocrite. Why don’t you be honest? You’ve taken a vow of poverty yet don’t live in poverty.. In addition to the fact that you don’t truly practice or embrace Christian values. What you are is a man with modern values and on top of that you sprinkle Christian notions with piety.

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