Sunday, August 16, 2009

From Showgirls To Our Lady Of Guadalupe

Joe Eszterhaus has done a lot of growing over the last decade or so. He is now planning a movie based on Our Lady's appearance to St. Juan Diego.

With that in mind, I began thinking of the various Catholic epics that would freaking rule if they were ever given the appropriate big screen treatment. We used to be able to get away with this on a decently regular basis. Man For All Seasons and Becket come to mind. Sure, there's Passion of the Christ, but let's be real about it. Gibson got that one to be a big hit by promoting it to the Protestants. You aren't going to be able to make that sort of play with St. Thomas More and St. Thomas Becket.

Anyways, here are my top 5 wishes for good Catholic movies:

1. St. Pius V, Don Juan of Austria, and the Holy League at Lepanto

2. The Confessions of St. Augustine

3. The Council of Nicea

4. The Life and Times of Pope Pius VII

5. The Life and Times of Pope Leo the Great

What say you? What did I leave out?

1 comment:

Todd said...

I've always thought the life and times of St. Peter would make a great film. A slightly slow, big goofy fisherman encounters the God-man, goes to Rome, starts what becomes a 2000 year-old institution, and is martyred.

Somewhat related to this discussion, here's the best 50 Catholic movies of all time from Inside Catholic: