Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Can You Ever Forgive Me? comes from a place of understanding and love that few other biopics do, and it makes this difficult character a…
From: Mary Jo Kaiserlian
Yes, Dan Brown's book ["The Da Vinci Code'], hence the film, is fiction but an underlying reality exists. That being, the Catholic Church's refusal to acknowledge scholarly research that serves to question as well as illuminate the "faith" from the traditional interpretations of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The discovery of the scrolls in Nag Hammadi (see books by Elaine Pagels) is a sample of this thought provoking scholarly research.
The church's stance of that's the way it was, that's the way it is and that's the way it will always be is spiritually stiffling. The work done by many academic searchers is seen as a threat to ecclesiastical power, a power that is self perceived, often ignored by many Catholic people, since it defies common sense. For example, Opus Dei could be interpreted here as a symbol of that control, Mary Magdalene a symbol of the subjugation of women in the Catholic Church although in '69 the Church gave up the ghost on MM being a prostitute.
It becomes increasingly obvious even in the approved books of the New Testament that Mary Magdalene held a pivotal place in Jesus's life and that there existed a more spirtitually intimate relationship than previously believed, a private relationship over-riding that of the apostles. "The Da Vinci Code" encourages a focused look into that relationship. Let's face it, this book/film has many milllions of people paying attention to Christianity again. No small achievement.
This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland. He and a fr...
A review of Mike Flanagan's new horror series based on the Shirley Jackson novel, The Haunting of Hill House.
Peter Bogdanovich, film historian and filmmaker, talks about Buster Keaton, the subject of his new documentary.
A look back at one of the best films of all time.