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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!