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Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast

A film club podcast devoted to works of high artistic caliber and Catholic interest, exploring the Vatican film list and beyond. Hosted by Thomas V. Mirus and actor James T. Majewski, with special guests.

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Most Recent Posts

The Life You Save—Dekalog: Three (1988)

Krzysztof Kieślowski's DEKALOG (1988) is a series of 10 short films inspired by the Ten Commandments. With this episode we discuss the third film in the series, which deals with the third commandment: "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy."

Are heist films moral? The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Alec Guinness stars in this 1951 heist-comedy that stands apart as perhaps the most purely entertaining film included on the Vatican Film List.

Vie et Passion du Christ (1903)

Vie et Passion du Christ (Life and Passion of the Christ) is is one of the earliest feature-length narrative films, produced and released in 1903. The film portrays the events of the Gospels - from the Annunciation to the Ascension - employing only visual language (it is a silent film, with inter-titles used only to introduce the scene titles).

The Illusion of Choice —Dekalog: Two (1988)

James and Thomas discuss Krzysztof Kieślowski's DEKALOG, a series of 10 short-films inspired by the Ten Commandments.

Fatima (2020)

Our first response to the new feature film based on the events surrounding Our Lady of Fatima's appearance in 1917.

A Prison Is For Escaping: La Grande Illusion (1937)

James and Thomas discuss this seminal work by director Jean Renoir, son of the famous French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Scandinavian Scrooge: Wild Strawberries (1957) w/ James Matthew Wilson

James and Thomas discuss Ingmar Bergman's WILD STRAWBERRIES, one of his greatest and most moving films.

Those Who Make Them Are Like Them —Dekalog: One (1988)

James and Thomas discuss Krzysztof Kieślowski's DEKALOG, a series of 10 short-films inspired by the Ten Commandments.

Gone with the Wind (1939) w/ Stephen M. Klugewicz

James and Thomas take a momentary departure from the Vatican Film List to discuss the classic and controversial film, Gone with the Wind.

Robert Bolt’s Man for All Seasons: Christian saint or “hero of selfhood”?

In this bonus episode of Criteria, Thomas asks Louis Karlin whether Robert Bolt’s play and film A Man for All Seasons accurately depict St. Thomas More’s views on the rights of conscience, and his motives for martyrdom.

From Stage to Screen: A Man for All Seasons (1966)

James and Thomas discuss A Man for All Seasons, the film adaptation of Robert Bolt's award-winning play about St. Thomas More.

Community on the Margins: Stagecoach (1939) w/ Anthony Esolen

James and Thomas discuss Stagecoach, the classic American Western directed by John Ford.

Robots Don’t Matter! 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

James and Thomas discuss 2001: A Space Odyssey, the classic science fiction film directed by Stanley Kubrick.

An Artist Is Never Poor: Babette’s Feast (1987)

James and Thomas discuss Babette's Feast, an Oscar-winning religious classic directed by Gabriel Axel and based on a short story by Karen Blixen.

Introducing Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast

Introducing Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast! This is a show dedicated to exploring films of significant artistic merit and Catholic interest, starting with the Vatican’s 1995 list of "Some Important Films".

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