Doubt (John Patrick Shanley, 2008, USA)

#93 in my list of the top 100 spiritually literate films is Doubt. In Doubt, Father Brendan Flynn tells us that “Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty. When you are lost, you are not alone.” This belief becomes the crux of this story's conflict when he gets questioned about his … Continue reading Doubt (John Patrick Shanley, 2008, USA)

Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick, 1957, USA)

#95 in my list of the top 100 spiritually literate films is Paths of Glory. This is a film about moral boundaries, the nature of man, and justice. Paths of Glory is perhaps the most famous anti-war film that has ever been made and brings up many themes that Kubrick returns to in his later … Continue reading Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick, 1957, USA)

A Monster Calls (J.A. Bayona, 2016, USA)

I first read the brilliant novel A Monster Calls written by Patrick Ness almost two years ago. Immediately after finishing the last page I went to my son and told him that we were going to read it together. That night I began it again, reading it out loud to him. The novel so moved … Continue reading A Monster Calls (J.A. Bayona, 2016, USA)

Bella (Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, 2006, USA)

#100 in my top 100 spiritually literate films is Bella. This is a film that treads lightly but sensitively around abortion, adoption, and the sanctity of life. It’s a tragic but ultimately triumphant film about overcoming evil with good by confronting your own demons and learning to care for those that can’t care for themselves. … Continue reading Bella (Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, 2006, USA)