Catechetical Movie Review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Spoilers—including the major one—for this movie are present below so only read if you have seen the movie

The seventh installment in the Star Wars franchise is smashing box office records and overwhelmingly pleasing critics. It has returned the franchise to its roots while establishing a future trajectory for the saga that promises more intrigue and hope. More than any other movie franchise, Star Wars expresses the hopes and desires of the people throughout the planet. Continue reading

Catechetical Movie Review of Avengers: Age of Ultron

Fr. Robert Baron has written an insightful post about how Joss Whedon’s second installment of the Avengers franchise contains themes from the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. Without disagreeing with his analysis, I do think there are some scenes in the movie that contain material useful for demonstrating Catholic teaching, even if these scenes are best approached to be examples of what not to do. Continue reading