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The Orthodox Moviegoer

The Orthodox Moviegoer

The Orthodox Moviegoer—Part Two

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In part two of his introduction to this podcast, Bobby explains why we should risk exposure to art originating from outside the Church.

Last week, I answered the question “Why watch movies?” Today I will explain why we should risk exposure to art originating from outside the Church. Here, I can turn to an Orthodox source for my answer, and not just any Orthodox source, but His Beatitude Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware). When I first became Orthodox, I wasn’t sure what to do with the cheap prints of my favorite paintings that had followed my wife and me, as they had many a pair of pseudo-intellectuals…

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The Orthodox Moviegoer

The Orthodox Moviegoer—Part One

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In this first episode, Bobby explains why it is important to watch movies.

The fact is, I’m quite happy in a movie, even a bad movie. Other people, so I have read, treasure memorable moments in their lives: the time one climbed the Parthenon at sunrise, the summer night one met a lonely girl in Central Park and achieved with her a sweet and natural relationship, as they say in books. I, too, once met a girl in Central Park, but it is not much to remember. What I remember is the time John Wayne killed three men with a carbine…

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The Orthodox Moviegoer

Andrei Tarkovsky

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Bobby provides an introduction to Andrei Tarkovsky in preparation for a new series on six of the great Russian director's films.

I was going to start this episode by saying, “I’m back!” But then I thought, “Who cares that I’m back? And if someone does care, he surely doesn’t want to hear me say that I’m back as if I think so highly of myself that I imagine hundreds of listeners just salivating for my next episode: When will he be back?” The real question is why it has taken me so long to post a new episode. I would like…

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The Ice Storm

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Bobby reviews The Ice Storm (1997), directed by Ang Lee and starring Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, and Sigourney Weaver.

I am going to begin this program with one of the most obvious statements ever associated with film criticism: My opinions will not necessarily reflect yours. In fact, they may be in every way wrong, misguided, and completely out of step with whatever absolute notions of quality exist out there that transcend human subjectivity. For this I apologize profusely.

My favorite film critic is Anthony Lane of The New Yorker. It’s not that I always agree…

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Lars and the Real Girl

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Bobby reviews Lars and the Real Girl, directed by Craig Gillespie and starring Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, and Paul Schneider.

I had planned to do another podcast episode long before this. I had also planned to start a series on the great Russian director Andre Tarkovsky. Life, however, intervened. Up until two weeks ago, my wife and I were expecting our third child. This was a very important baby to us. Though I find it difficult to explain why.

Perhaps it was because we were truly and for the first time entrusting our family to God—allowing Him to determine its size and to…

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