Category Archives: Audio and Video

Best Films?

By | January 1, 2018

It’s not unusual to see a “best films list” these days. So, why not do one myself? I’m thinking here of films that have a message that is worth paying attention to. Although some of these are fairly big movies, they are not Casablanca or Lawrence of Arabia. I am trying to look at movies… Read More »

Catholic Documentaries

By | June 21, 2016

I’ve decided to highlight a few Catholic documentaries I’ve seen recently. Some can be watched completely online, and some must be purchased. One that is quite touching is La Mama: An American Nun’s Life in a Mexican Prison. Here a clip from the beginning of the documentary: The story is quite amazing. Antonia Brenner (1926-2013)… Read More »

Max and Me

By | August 27, 2015

If you’ve seen the CGI movie The Greatest Miracle, then you know Dos Corazones films. The CGI in that movie was somewhat primative, but they have boosted their efforts for their next movie: Max and Me. This will interweave a modern story with the story of St. Maximillian Kolbe. Although there is not a trailer… Read More »

78 RPM

By | February 11, 2015

That Emile Berliner really started something with his “gramophone.” Recently I got a “Premium Gramophone,” which is a kit from Japan that allows one to play 78 RPM records in a way very similar to the early days of Berliner’s gramophone, an image of which was used on the RCA label for a long time… Read More »

Vatican Radio Roku Private Channel

By | September 15, 2014

I built a private Roku channel for listening to some Vatican Radio podcasts in English–namely, the morning and evening news reports and the latest Lauds, Vespers, and Compline in Latin. It is very primitive. It shows up as “My Channel.” No frills here, it just gets the job done. Private Channel code: MZZNE

Over 10 Years???

By | February 12, 2014

Can it be that this blog is now over 10 years old? Yes… but how could this be? Ten years ago I was a brother in the Marians and student at the Dominican House of Studies blogging about the soon to-be-released movie The Passion of the Christ. There was a lot of controversy surrounding it… Read More »

Mary’s Meals

By | December 29, 2013

It’s hard to not want to promote this group. They are doing some incredible work. Yes, to give one decent meal to over 700,000 children a day–children that would otherwise struggle to get that meal, that often suffer from hunger–is quite an accomplishment. It’s a very simple program, yet it makes a huge impact. A… Read More »

WYD 2013 Archived Video

By | July 28, 2013

Ok, now that it’s over, where are all the hours and hours of videos? Youtube has Hi-Def videos but without any added translations at the Vatican Channel. For videos with some English translations, but other times no translations, go to the archive at WYDCentral. The last half of the Canadian Gathering is actually an international… Read More »

Free American History Lessons

By | December 27, 2012

… on old time radio shows. The Cavalcade of America was a show that ran for many years on radio and presented plenty of scenes of American history. There are a number of episodes that deal with Abraham Lincoln, as you might expect. There are also shows that deal with, for instance, the history of… Read More »

On the Turntable

By | November 28, 2012

Occasionally I’ll say what’s “on the turntable.” And today, it’s Dvorak’s Te Deum (a rare 10″ LP version). This is a strong choral piece with a great ending. If you’ve followed my blog, you know I’m a big fan of Antonin Dvorak. A recent LP find is the “Golden Treasury of Catholic Verse.” The LP… Read More »