The Wizard of Oz is one of the most iconic movies of all time. It has been referenced and reinterpreted countless times, making it an absolute classic. But returning to the original source material, what can we say its original purpose was? In this week’s episode of Everyday Liminality Fr. Tito and I discuss what could be beneath the surface.
Over the past few years, I’ve noticed something very disturbing about our world: we’re growing in despair. Everything seems to matter so much. Everything is treated like a life-or-death situation. Even the smallest things send people into catastrophic thinking that the end is near.
Folks. Have we forgotten God? Have we forgotten that He is in charge?
In this video, I simply want to remind everyone that no matter what happens, God is in control. We have free will and have been given the responsibility of being good stewards with God’s many gifts, but in the end, it isn’t up to us. We are not the saviors of the world.
This should be liberating. Give your trust to God, and live free.
What if you had to live the same day over and over again, without consequences or change, for 30 years? Some would argue that that is what their life is already like, but it’s nowhere close to what Bill Murray’s character had to endure in the movie Groundhog Day. A classic movie all about second chances (and third, and fourth, and fifth…) Br. Tito and I discuss the stages he goes through and how he ends up a better person on the other side.
Some stories are just too iconic to tell only once. So the Coen brothers thought when they wrote O Brother, Where Art Thou, an adaptation of the Greek epic The Odyssey. The classic story was too big to remain only in ancient Greece. It deserved a modern equivalent.
But simply transposing the story into a new setting wasn’t good enough. This is cheap adaptation. No, the Coen brothers understood that stories need to grow, adapt, evolve, an even change. They can begin with the source material, but unless something is added, it will not be a story that speaks to its time.
And so, that’s exactly what they did. Using the structure of The Odyssey and transposing it to the 1930s south, they began with something familiar in order to tell a new story.