What are the 25 best Christian movies of all time? Big Hollywood’s John Nolte is preparing to name names. My personal nominees: Jesus of Nazareth, Schindler’s List, Joe Versus the Volcano, Tender Mercies, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Bells of St. Mary’s, Doubt, Signs and Amazing Grace.  

Catholic guilt goes digital.
Catholic Church officials have approved a new iPhone app that is
designed to help users prepare for their next confession. It retails for
$1.99. While some Catholics are on board with this, I have my doubts. Besides privacy concerns (despite password protection), I’m concerned about how the gizmo could feed scrupulosity, the little-discussed psychological problem involving an obsessive and fearful preoccupation with the concept of  sin which affects many Catholics. It’s actually a problem within the Church that could use more light shed upon it. I’ll return to this subject on another day.   

Noah’s Ark: The Graphic Novel. Darren Aronofsky, currently up for an Oscar for directing Black Swan, is planning to give the Old Testament story a comic book makeover. Says Aronofsky: “Noah was the first person to plant vineyards and drink wine and get
drunk. It’s there in the Bible – it was one of the first things he did
when he reached land. There was some real survivor’s guilt going on
there. He’s a dark, complicated character.”

Also getting a modern treatment:
New Captain America won’t be “a jingoistic flag waver.” 
The superhero, star of an upcoming movie, is being updated to fit the times — and international markets.

GOP seeks Public Broadcasting defunding. Getting government money out of Public Broadcasting will be good for the independence of Public Broadcasting.

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