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Films Recommended by Episcopalians
Films Recommended by Episcopalians
Compiled by Louie Crew
I asked various email lists of Episcopalians to tell me which films have
lives or most deeply moved them. Here are the responses so far. If you
are an Episcopalian
and want me to consider adding your response, write to email@example.com
me know your choices. Indicate why in 25 words or less for each. Indicate
The Rev. Randall Day has suggested that the list is a good resource for
planning a parish film festival. Enjoy!
- About Schmidt starring Jack Nicholson. Recommended by
Kate Hall. St. Dunstan's, Houston, TX. "Similar to Pay It Forward - we can
make a difference even when we don't know it - and even when we're not
particularly saintly people."
- Adam & Steve starring Chester, Malcolm Gets, Parker
Posey, Chris Kattan. . Recommended by Wade Glascock. Calvary in Memphis.
"A sweet, old-fashioned gay romantic comedy. This film makes same sex
marriage look down right mainstream.."
- The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert starring
Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terrance Stamps et al.. Recommended by Prsicilla
Bailous. Cathedral of St. Paul in Boston. "Drag queens take a trip across
Australia in a pink bus named 'Priscilla.' "I admit to a personal affection
for 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert'
because of all the nicknames I have acquired from it, primarily at Camp.
(Do folks know about 'Camp' Camp? Please excuse a quick little PR plug.
It's a week long summer camp in Maine for GLBT folks. REAL summer camp, not
sex camp. See ttp://campcamp.com/. )"."
- The African Queen starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine
Hepburn. Recommended by Charles Nightingale. Holy Trinity, Clemson. "Set
in WWI Africa, with Kate as a missionary whose brother, also a missionary,
was killed. Bogart is the boozy river pilot who is taking her to
civilization, and they have to evade German raiders. ."
- Agony and the Ecstasy, the starring Charlton Heston, Rex
Harrison, and Dine Cilento. Recommended by Alice Hanson. St. Paul's
Cathedral in San Diego. "A two-volume video about Michaelangelo and his
milieu. A story and performance not easily forgotten for who does not echo
the pope's whisper `When will you be done?'."
- All About Eve starring Bette Davis, Celeste Holme and Ann
Baxter. Recommended by The Rev. T. Scott Allen. Saint Elizabeth's Church,
Schnecksville, PA. "The story of a fading theater diva and the treachery an
aspiring actress shows in climbing over the established star to the
top. Themes of trust versus deceit, mis-directed kindness,
age discrimination/concerns, and forgiveness in the face of humiliation."
- All About My Mother starring Cecilia Roth. Recommended
by Netflix. . "After her son's accidental death, a mother flees and bonds
with a pre-operation transgendered person.."
- Amadeus starring F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce.
Recommended by Jim Hammond. St. Luke's, Remington, VA. "A dramatic
rendering of the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart notable for the blending
of world-class performances of Mozart's music into the composer's troubled
- Amazing Grace starring Ioan Gruffodd. Recommended by Dom
Lawton. St. Johns in San Francisco. "A dramatic portrayal of William
Wilberforce's leadership in abolishing the slave trade in Britain. Social
justice advocates have to struggle a lot harder to stay on message during a
time of war and rallying around the flag.."
- Amelie starring Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz.
Recommended by Randy William Ash. St. Margaret's in DC. "Magic realism at
it's best and the DVD contains many thought provoking interviews, creative
insights, and even a panel discussion filmed at a French University."
- American President starring Annette Bening, Michael
Douglas, Michael J. Fox, Martin Sheen. Recommended by The Rev. Frank
Crumbaugh. Holy Innocents, Beach Haven, NJ. "The time to return fire is
different in every exchange, but once it's time, it's TIME."
- Angels in America starring Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Ben
Shenkman, Patrick Wilson, Mary-Louise Parker et al. Recommended by The
Rev. Peter R. Powell. President, The Interfaith Housing Association. "a
graphic tale of the early Aids crisis in the US. It's well done w/ an all
star cast but takes a time commitment of 6 hours. It also treats theodicy
and deals w/ God as Deus Absconditus.."
- Anne of Green Gables (modern edition) starring Megan
Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Farnsworth. Recommended by Jackie
Leftwich Williams. Trinity in Tariffville, CT. "A red headed orphan
tranforms the lives of an elderly sister and brother and the place where
she lives, Prince Edward Island. Great for kids and adults. An
especially positive message for young girls. This video and its
sequels should be purchased as they will be family treasures."
- The Apostle starring Robert Duvall. Recommended by Susan
Hagen. Emmanuel Parish, Harrisonburg, Virginia. "Duvall plays a Pentecostal
preacher, on the run after killing his wife's lover. A satisfying story
about a complicated man who does bad things but is on fire for God."
- As Good As It Gets starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt,
Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr., et al. Recommended by Jim Strader. Grace
St. Paul's Church - Tucson, AZ. "Honestly portrays the struggle gay people
face with acceptance in their own neighborhood, and the world while
affirming the virtue of redeemed relationships."
- Auntie Mame starring Rosalind Russell et al. Recommended
by The Rev. T. Scott Allen. Saint Elizabeth's Church, Schnecksville, PA.
"The story of a eccentric `Aunt' who throws convention to the wind in the
pursuit of truth, inclusively and honesty. Entertaining and funny film
based on the book by Patrick Dennis (the heroin's nephew)."
- Babe starring James Cromwell and Magda Szubanski.
Recommended by The Rev. Tobias Haller, BSG. St. James-fordham, the Bronx,
NY. "A profound message about exceeding expectations."
- Babette's Feast starring Gabriel Axel, Stéphane
Audran, et al. Recommended by Ana Hernandez. St. Clements, NYC. "It's a
beautifully crafted, haunting film about at least fifty things! Vocation,
goodness, beauty, thanksgiving, relationships, pain, sadness, joy,
graciousness, quiet, stinginess, etc... Besides, it keeps me mindful of the
fact that you can never be sure who is cooking your meals and for what
reasons - from the other side, as a cook, you never know who might be
eating what you've made."
- Barn Burning starring Henry Fonda and Diane Kagan.
Recommended by Louie Crew. . "1980 film of Faulkner's short story, about a
son who must decide whether to win his father's love when that entails
participating in violence."
- Beaches starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey .
Recommended by Alice Hanson. St. Paul's Cathedral in San Diego. "About two
women who meet on a beach in their youth and continue the friendship into
maturity even unto death."
- Beau Geste starring Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, and Robert
Preston. Recommended by Charles Cummings. Grace Church in Newark, NJ.
"1939 adventure in the French Foregin Legion."
- Beautiful Boxer starring Asanee Suwan . Recommended by
Randy William Ash. St. Margaret's in DC. "portrays kickboxer Parinya
Charoenphol, who's harboring an unusual secret: He's a transvestite.
Inspired by a famous Thai pugilist who lived two drastically different
lives, through this moving film written and directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham
recounts Parinya's painful attempts to exist in paradoxical worlds. To fund
the sex change he longs for, Parinya earns money in the ring, participating
day after day in the ultimate male sport. ."
- Becket starring Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton.
Recommended by Netflix. St. Luke's, Remington, VA. "The story of Norman
King Henry II and the Saxon Thomas Becket, Chancellor of England, elevated
to Archbishop of Canterbury and ultimately slain by Henry II in Canterbury
- Bed Among the Lentils starring Maggie Smith. Recommended
by Susan Hagen. Emmanuel Parish, Harrisonburg, Virginia. "One of Alan
Bennett's Talking Heads monologs. Maggie Smith plays a disaffected and
alcoholic vicar's wife who finds redemption with her grocer. A superb piece
- Bedazzled starring Peter Cook, Raquel Welch and Dudley
Moore. Recommended by James Toy. Episcopal Church of St. Matthew & St.
Joseph, Detroit. "Computer programmer makes a pact with the devil.."
- Bend It Like Beckham starring Rhys-Meyers, Parminder K.
Nagra and Keira Knightley. Recommended by R. F. Allen. Holy Comforter,
Richmond, VA. "A marvelous and funny movie for teenagers apparently about
adolescent rebellion; this is really about alienation and reconciliation."
- Big Eden starring Arye Gross, Eric Schweig Director:
Thomas Bezucha. Recommended by Paul Goercke. Grace Cathedral in San
Francisco. "The film shows acceptance in an unexpected setting."
- Big Fish starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy
Crudup and Jessica Lange and directed by Tim Burton. Recommended by L. Zoe
Cole. St. Luke's Denver, CO. "First you believe everything is true, then
you think it's all a lie; in the end you understand what truth really is -
like the Bible.."
- Billy Budd starring Melville's story of innocence
betrayed by law, simplicity by statute. The good captain driven by his
legal code to execute the guileless (and forgiving) boy. Recommended by
The Rev. John-Julian, OJN. Order of Julian of Norwich. "Terrence Stamps."
- Billy Elliot starring Jamie Bell and Gary Lewis.
Recommended by Wade Glascock. Calvary in Memphis. "A working class British
boy realizes his dream of becoming a dancer. WARNING: I found the English
dialect used in the film difficult to follow and had to use the subtitles
to understand the dialogue.."
- Bird Cage starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane.
Recommended by Louie Crew. Grace/Newark, NJ. "Armand & Albert,a middle-aged
gay couple, reluctantly accept Armand's son's intention to marry the
daughter of a conservative Senator, but when the fiancee's family comes to
visit, the whole household is turned upside down."
- Birth of a Nation starring Lillian Gish. Directed by
D.W. Griffith. Recommended by Nigel A. Renton. St. Mark's in Berkeley, CA.
"It helped me understand the entrenched racism of Southerners whose
families suffered during Reconstruction--and what a powerful propaganda
weapon a well-made movie could become."
- Body & Soul (PBS Mini-Series, Adult) starring Kristin
Scott Thomas, Patrick Allen, Gary Mavers, et al.. Recommended by Jim
Hammond. St. Luke's, Remington, VA. "A nun chooses between obligations to
her family and commitment to the convent while facing a difficult choice
- Boys Don't Cry starring Hilary Swank. Recommended by The
Rev. Gari Green. St. Andrew's, Kenosha. "It was one of the first, if not
the first, movie to bring the trans matter to the general movie viewing
- Boys' Shorts starring . Recommended by Louie Crew. .
"Short films on black gay young men."
- Breakfast on Pluto starring Liam Neeson. Recommended by
Gwen Thomas. St. Dunstan's at Auburn University, Alabama. "A transvestite
(the love child of a priest) flees his small town in Ireland and meets up
in London with the mother who abandoned him. I love the little film with
its theme of reconciliation of past sins and hurts. It shows the power of a
gentle will to survive the most awful things life can throw at us. ."
- Brief Encounter starring Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard.
Recommended by J. Collins Fisher. St. James Episcopal Church, Albion, MI.
"A simple tale, stunningly well-told. The emotion is almost over-powering.
A love story for grown-ups."
- Brokeback Mountain starring . Recommended by Robert E.
Stiefel. . "A film by Ang Lee based upon the short story by E. Annie
Proulx. Two young sheepherders -- Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar (Jake
Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger)-- meet and fall in love while working together
near Wyoming's Brokeback Mountain in 1963. This independent film has won
more awards than any other motion picture to date. Because of its openly
gay content, it was not expected to be shown in cinemaplexes, but it was.
- Broken Hearts Club starring Dean Cain and Andrew Keegan.
Recommended by Harry Coverston. . "I love this movie. Gay. My former life
- Brother Sun, Sister Moon starring Graham Faulkner and
Judi Bowker. Recommended by The Rev. T. Scott Allen. Saint Elizabeth's
Church, Schnecksville, PA. "The story of St. Francis of Assisi. It had
an impact on me as a youth in the 70's but seeing again, it looks very
dated and `hippy-ish'. Still a great portrayal of the saint's life."
- Brother to Brother starring . Recommended by Murdoch
Matthew. . "About a young gay black manbefriending an elderly survivor of
the Harlem Renaissance, with manyflashbacks to Langston Hughes, Zora Neal
Hurston, et al. LangstonHughes is played by the actor who starred on
Broadway in Take Me Out.."
- Brother, Where Art Thous starring George Clooney, John
Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson. Recommended by The Rev. Kay Sylvester. St.
Paul's, Tustin, CA. "An epic and hilarious re-telling of the Odessey,
Southern Gothic style. The music functions beautifully as part of the
narrative. the entire cast is pitch-perfect. Great river baptism scene."
- Bullets Over Broadway starring Woody Allen. Recommended
by Randy William Ash. St. Margaret's in DC. "Best line: `You're a
- C.R.A.Z.Y. starring . Recommended by Louie Crew.
Grace/Newark, NJ. "There are five boys in the Beaulieu family -- Christian,
Raymond, Antoine, Zachary and Yvan. But Zac (played by Emile Vallee and
Marc-Andre Grondin) is the only one who's gay. That's why growing up in
Montreal alongside his heterosexual brothers and his strict, emotionally
distant father (Michel Cote) proves especially challenging for the
blossoming outsider, who finds solace in the music of Pink Floyd, the
Rolling Stones and David Bowie. ."
- Cardinal starring Tom Tryon and Cecil Kellaway et al.
Directed by Otto Preminger. . Recommended by Jim Hammond. St. Luke's,
Remington, VA. "An ambitious priest faces excruciating moral choices while
rising to the rank of Cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church. ."
- Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman.
Recommended by J. Collins Fisher. St. James Episcopal Church, Albion, MI.
"One of the greatest scripts ever (classic lines galore), w/ the moving
transformation of anti-hero into hero, via self-sacrificing love (plus `As
Time Goes By’!)."
- Central Station starring Fernanda Montenegro.
Recommended by Randy William Ash. St. Margaret's in DC. "I swear to God, if
you want a definition of grace, see this movie. I'm nearly crying just
thinking about it."
- Changing Times starring Gerard Depardieu and Catherine
Deneuve. Recommended by The Rev. Peter R. Powell. President, The
Interfaith Housing Association. "Set in Morocco, this French film tells the
story of a man who has obsessed over his 1st love for 30 years, finds her,
pursues her and comes close to capturing her. Both actors are fantastic.."
- Children of Heaven starring . Recommended by Louie Crew.
Grace/Newark, NJ. "An Iranian boy accidentally loses his sister's shoes. A
delightful focus on innocence while all the other stuff we know is going on
in the background."
- Children of Men starring Clive Owen and Julianne Moore.
Recommended by The Rev. Kay Sylvester. St. Paul's, Tustin, CA. "Based on
the novel by P.D. James; imagines a world only slightly more violent and
anarchic than our own in which people can no longer reproduce. The main
character is introduced to and becomes the protector of a pregnant woman.
VERY violent but powerfully-told fable.."
- Chocolat starring Binoche, Lena Olin, Judi Dench, and
Alfred Molina. Recommended by The Rev. Sherman Hesselgrave. St. George's,
Roseburg, OR. "How one person can transform a community."
- Choir (1995 PBS mini-series -- adult) starring Nicholas
Farrell, James Fox and David Warner. . Recommended by Jim Hammond. St.
Luke's, Remington, VA. "Story of a gifted musician in an affair with the
mother of a chorister, set in the midst of British choral music and gothic
cathedral architecture; sub-plot analyzes the cathedral's intriguing
- The Chorus starring . Recommended by Louie Crew.
Grace/Newark, NJ. "Gay teacher in French school who starts a choir."
- The Client starring Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad
Renfro, Mary-Louise Parker.. Recommended by Louie Crew. . "Based on the
John Grisham novel. Mark Sway is an 11-year-old torn between what he knows
and what he can never tell. A hitman will snuff him in half a heartbeat if
Mark reveals what he learned about a Mob murder. An ambitious federal
prosecutor will keep the pressure on until Mark tells all. Suddenly, Mark
isn't a boy playing air guitar anymore."
- Cold Comfort Farm starring Kate Beckinsale, Joanna
Lumley, Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry, and Eileen Atkins. Directed by John
Schlessinger, 1995. Recommended by The Rev. Randall Day. St. Mark's,
Teaneck, NJ. "The power of one vibrant soul to bring a whole community to
new life. Great comedy and remarkable portrayals of a host of bizarre
characters by an all-star cast. This is also a great `systems' movie
showing the effect of self-differentiation and healthy functioning."
- Color of Fear starring Director Lee Mun Wah and a men's
collaborative. Recommended by Louie Crew. Grace/Newark, NJ. "I have used
this powerful documentary in my classes to sensitize us to racism. The
House of Bishops viewed it in the mid-1990s."
- Color Purple starring Whoopie Goldberg, Danny Glover,
Oprah Winfrey..... Recommended by The Rev. Brad Whitaker. Christ Church,
Grosse Point, MI. "I always turn to this anytime it is being re-run on TV."
- Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
starring "Cher (her first movie) Sudie Bond, Karen Black, & Kathy Bates.
Recommended by Stephen Skardon. Grace in Charleston. "Directed by Robert
Altman. It is a 1970s reunion of a James Dean fan club from the 1950s."
- Cries and Whispers starring Harriet Andersson, Liv
Ullmann, Ingrid Thulin, Erland Josephson. An Ingmar Bergman film.
Recommended by James Toy. Episcopal Church of St. Matthew & St. Joseph,
Detroit. "I've seen it at least 6 times -- as I write I get chills just
thinking about it. The film speaks eloquently and luminously to the joy and
the tragedy of the human condition."
- Crimes and Misdemeanors starring Woody Allen.
Recommended by Randy William Ash. St. Margaret's in DC. "The Mouselini/Jack
Ass scene is an all time classic."
- Crimson Tide starring Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman.
Recommended by The Rev. Frank Crumbaugh. Holy Innocents, Beach Haven, NJ.
"Leadership and decisiveness are never absolute, either in their etiology
or in their application."
- Dark Crystal starring Puppets. Recommended by The Rev.
T. Scott Allen. Saint Elizabeth's Church, Schnecksville, PA. "1994 film
directed by Jim Hensen. This film explores the nature of Good and Evil
as actually having an integral and `yin-yang' relationship---the good does
not seek to destroy the evil, but seeks to absorb it in non-violent
ways. Themes of resurrection also appear."
- A Day without a Mexican starring Caroline Aaron, Tony
Abatemarco, Melinda Allen. Recommended by Lelanda Lee. St. Stephen's,
Longmont, CO. "Satire about what happens one day in California when a
mysterious pink cloud appears and not a single Latino/a is left in the
- Dead Man Walking starring Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon.
Recommended by Beth Strickland. Christ Church, Waukegan (Chicago). "`It
consolidied my feelings on the death penalty and demonstated what
it means to `seek and serveChrist in all persons, loving your neighbor
- Dead Poets Society starring Robin Williams. Recommended
by Br. Thomas Bushnell. . "About integrity and courage and passion--where
passion is a virtue which struggles against mediocrity of every kind and
against all compromise with injustice."
- Death at a Funeral starring Peter Dinklage, Matthew
Macfadyen and Rupert Graves. Recommended by Stephen Skardon, Jr.. . "truly
a side-splitting comedy. It looks like a screen adaptation of a very
British play. I watched it twice yesterday and my abdominals will
definitely not need a workout for a couple of weeks."
- Deer Hunter starring Robert De Niro, John Cazale, John
Savage, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep and directed by Michael Cimino.
Recommended by Mike Hignite. St. James, Dexter, MI. "The movie grabbed me
viscerally and showed how destructive war is. Lives are altered, only for
the worse, and no good comes at all. It showed the thin veneer of
civilization that we display hides sinful animal natures. It took me days
to recover from this one.."
- Diary of a Country Priest: Le Journal d'un Cure' de
Campagne starring Claude Laydu, Nicole Ladmiral, Jean Riveyre.
Directed by Robert Bresson. Recommended by David H. De Porte. St. John's
in the Village in Manhattan. "It is an extraordinary study in faith. I
have seen it at least ten times and every time am awash in tears. Because
of the way the voice-over narration works with the action, it absolutely
must be seen in its original French version, with subtitles, and not
- DIE BRÜCKE (German: THE BRIDGE) starring Volker
Bohnet, Fritz Wepper, Michael Hinz, and Cordula Trantow. Produced by
Bernhard Wicki. Recommended by The Rev. John-Julian, OJN. Order of Julian
of Norwich. "The most moving, powerful anti-war movie I know: the wasteful,
meaningless destruction of radiant and vibrant youth in the stupid,
patriotic, jingoistic name of war."
- Different for Girls starring Rubert Graves and Steven
MacIntosh. Recommended by Gwen Thomas. St. Dunstan's at Auburn University,
Alabama. "I shows the struggles of a relationship between a man and his
trans-woman paramour as it developed over many years.."
- Doctor. Zhivago starring Julie Christie, Omar Sharif, and
Rod Steiger. Recommended by Janet Tunick. St. Paul's in Montvale.
"Incredible epic film of the Russian revolution filmed magnificently -
based on the novel by Boris Pasternak. ."
- Dogfight starring River Phoenix, Lili Taylor, Richard
Panebianco, Holly Near. Recommended by Susan Hagen. Emmanuel Parish,
Harrisonburg, Virginia. "Four Marines about to ship out to Viet Nam hold an
'ugliest date' contest. River Phoenix as Eddie invites Rose who discovers
the truth. Eddie tries to make amends and the two begin to fall in love.
Sometimes crude but touching."
- Dogma starring Alanis Morisette as God, George Carlin as
Cardinal Glick. Recommended by Michael Cudney. Holy Trinity Inwood, NY C.
"One of the great movies to get a theological discussion going is DOGMA.
Absolutely brilliant, and hilarious. Even though a bit gory at the end,
with some slow moments but enjoyable nonetheless."
- Earth starring . Recommended by Louie Crew.
Grace/Newark, NJ. "A powerful account of the devastating genocide that
broke out between Hindus and Muslems when the Brits separated Pakistan from
India. Deepa Matha directed it.."
- East of Eden starring James Dean. Recommended by Janet
Tunick. St. Paul's in Montvale. "James Dean's first movie (I was a big fan
of his!) - a sensitive portrayal of a young man trying to understand who he
is and why he is in conflict with his sternly religious father and brother
in Salinas CA around the start of WWI based on John Steinbecks's novel.."
- Eat, Drink, Man, Woman starring . Recommended by Lelanda
Lee. St. Stephen's, Longmont, CO. "Master Chef Chu lives with three
unmarried daughters. Life revolves around an elaborate Sunday dinner and
surprises in the love lives of the family members Chinese film by Ang Lee
with English subtitles."
- 84 Charing Cross Road starring Anthony Hopkins and Anne
Bancroft. Recommended by Susan Hagen. Emmanuel Parish, Harrisonburg,
Virginia. "The story of a years long friendship conducted by mail and
centering around old books."
- Elizabeth starring Cate Blanchett. Recommended by J.
Collins Fisher. St. James Episcopal Church, Albion, MI. "The best film I've
ever seen about the early years of our Anglican church. Religious
compromise (not to mention "divine-right" politics) is not pretty---but in
the long run, it works."
- Elizabeth I (2 disks) starring Helen Mirren and Jeremy
Irons. Recommended by Charles Nightingale. Holy Trinity, Clemson. "The
two-part miniseries on HBO starring Helen Mirren in the title role, and
Jeremy Irons as Robert Dudley. It begins after Elizabeth has been on the
throne 20 years, and continues to her death. I find it to be more
historically accurate than Elizabeth, and for me at least, a much more
engrossing production. ."
- Emmanuel's Gift starring Emmanuel Ofusu and Oprah
Winfrey. Recommended by Louie Crew. Grace/Newark, NJ. "Set in Ghana. The
hero champions others who are disabled by war.."
- Enchanted April starring Josie Lawrence, Miranda
Richardson et al.. Recommended by George L. Werner. Retired President of
the House of Deputies. "A slow-paced gem is about the civilizing influence
of Italy on beleaguered Londoners."
- Enemy Mine starring Dennis Quaid and Lou Gossett, Jr..
Recommended by Mac Todd. St Davids Chesterfield County, Diocese of
Virginia. "This sci-fi film deals with two space pilots on opposite sides
of a space war. Quaid is an earthling and Gossett is a Drac. They both
crash land on a desolate planet and learn from one another. This movie
shows a level of developed tolerance going to friendship which I fear we
would not often see if we meet extra-terrestials.."
- The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain
starring Hugh Grant and George Garrard. Recommended by William
Bradford. St. Mark's in Hood River, Oregon. "Surveyers demote a moutain to
a hill and the small community in Wales reacts.."
- Equus (adult) starring Richard Burton and Peter Firth.
Recommended by Jim Hammond. St. Luke's, Remington, VA. "In startling and
provocative depth, Burton plays a psychiatrist who seeks to help an
adolescent boy struggling with religious and sexual issues.."
- ET starring Drew Barrymore. Recommended by Renee
Rutkowski. Grace Episcopal Church, Alexandria VA. "A `snapshot' of sibling
rivalry, where Drew Barrymore calls her brother `penis breath'; the
struggles of a mom to hold the family together, the crucifixion images
where ET is in the stream, the `experts' poking and prodding at Eliott, who
BELIEVES, and ET, who heals the wounds with the touch of love."
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind starring Jim
Carrey and Kate Winslet. Recommended by William Bradford. St. Mark's in
Hood River, Oregon. "A man tries a procedure that would erase memories of
his girlfriend and then tries to rescue some of those memories.."
- Field of Dreams starring James Earl Jones, Burt
Lancaster.... Recommended by The Rev. Steve Snider. Church of the Holy
Apostles, Wynnewood, Philadelphia, PA. "It is the story of my father and
me. Coincidental or providential - I'm not sure - my father
(deceased) and I were both Iowans ... the setting for the film. Theology
in the film? Loaded. Remember Burt Lancaster's `sacrifice play' to save the
- Finding Nemo starring Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres,
Alexander Gould directed by Lee Unkrich. Recommended by Nancylee Ziese. .
"A delightful undersea world unfolds in Pixar's animated adventure.."
- 5000 Fingers of Dr. T -- Dr. Seuss starring Tommy
Rettig, Hans Conried and Peter Lind Hayes. Recommended by James Toy.
Episcopal Church of St. Matthew & St. Joseph, Detroit. "It was banned for
years because of references to the atomic bomb -- camp forever -- a dungeon
scene, drag for days, a man crooning to a boy -- the first time I saw it I
was high on hash brownies and consequently blown away. . . .."
- 4 Little Girls starring . Recommended by Louie Crew.
Grace/Newark, NJ. "The story of the 4 children killed in the Birmingham
bombing in the 1960s."
- Freedom Writers starring Hilary Swank. Recommended by
The Rev. Frederic Guyott. . "Is the story of a naïve young white female
teacher whose first assignment is in an inner-city school in Long Beach,
California. She is able to communicate to children of diverse
racial/ethnic groups the importance of education and the value of respect
for all people, despite human differences.."
- Gallipoli starring . Recommended by Randy William Ash.
St. Margaret's in DC. "Australia. Dedication, sincerity, Patriotism VS
ego, pride, opportunism = redemption, effort, fate.."
- Gandhi starring Ben Kingsley, Saeed Jaffrey. Recommended
by The Rev. Sherman Hesselgrave. St. George's, Roseburg, OR. "The antidote
for the `myth of redemptive violence'."
- Garcon Stupide starring Pierre Chatagny and Lionel Baer.
Recommended by Netflix. . "Young gay man stuggles to choose between series
of meaningless encounters and true intimacy with an older man.."
- Genghis Blues starring Paul Pena, Kongar ol Andar.
Recommended by Sarah Lawton. St. John's San Francisco. "A blind blues
singer in San Francisco struggles to become a throat singer. It is one you
should see for the improbable joy of it all. ."
- Ghosts of Mississippi starring . Recommended by Louie
Crew. Grace/Newark, NJ. "The trials and final conviction of Byron dela
Beckwith, murderer/assasin of civil rights leader Medgar Evers."
- Giant starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James
Dean. Recommended by The Rev. Frank Crumbaugh. Holy Innocents, Beach
Haven, NJ. "A straight white guy learns to get over it."
- The Girl in the Cafe starring Bill Nighy and Kelly
Macdonald. U2's Bono and former PB Frank Griswold together in the Bonus
Features. Recommended by L. Zoe Cole. St. Luke's Denver, CO. "An
excruciatingly painful love story about changing the world. You'll never
again hear fingers snapped without thinking of the MDG's.."
- Glory starring . Recommended by Anne McConney. Editor of
RUACH, the newsletter of the Episcopal Women's Caucus. "Loosely based on
the letters of Col. Robert G. Shaw (Matthew Broderick), this Academy
Award-winning war film follows the first group of African-Americans to
serve in combat during the Civil War.."
- God Grew Tired of Us starring . Recommended by The Rev.
Frederic Guyott. . "This is the story of the travails of thousands of
children who fled from the strife in the Sudan and were displaced persons
in several countries. The fortunate few were brought to the United States
by a variety of Christian relief agencies and resettled in homes. These
children have often been called “the lost boys of Sudan.” Many fled
when they were pressed to become soldiers in the conflict. The film gives
an eloquent portrayal of the terror of leaving family and country and the
struggle to assimilate and thrive in a very different cultural and social
- Godspell starring For young and old, makes being a
disciple of Jesus (the Hippie Clown) into a celebration of friends, fun and
deep feeling (and NYC: more poignant now after 9/11). Recommended by J.
Collins Fisher. St. James Episcopal Church, Albion, MI. "Musical that
retells the story of Matthew's gospel.."
- Gone with the Wind starring Clark Gable, et al.
Recommended by Janet Tunick. St. Paul's in Montvale. "Margaret Mitchell's
novel about the old South and reconstruction."
- Good Will Hunting starring Matt Damon, Ben Afleck and
Robin Williams. Recommended by Janet Tunick. St. Paul's in Montvale.
"Story of a young man with an abused past from South Boston whose math
genius is uncovered while working as a janitor at a prominent university
and his whole life and circumstances begin to be transformed. Very
dramatic and touching.."
- Goodbye, Mr. Chips starring Peter O'Toole, Michael
Redgrave, and Petula Clark.. Recommended by Jim Hammond. St. Luke's,
Remington, VA. "A simply superb yet heart-rending account of the life of a
classics teacher in a British boys' boarding school, set primarily during
World War Two."
- Goodnight Mister Tom starring John Thaw, Nick Robinson.
Recommended by Louie Crew. Grace/Newark, NJ. "A bitter old man is
transformed when he takes in a war refuge in rural England."
- Gorillas in the Mist: The Adventure of Dian Fossey
starring Sigourney Weaver. Recommended by Alice Hanson. St. Paul's
Cathedral in San Diego. "About the young anthropologist in Africa whose
love for the rare gorillas led to her untimely death in the faraway
jungles. Never to be forgotten movie about passion, dedication, and love."
- Gospel According to Matthew starring Bruce Marchiano;
produced by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Recommended by William F. Hammond. St.
Andrews, Albany, NY. "I saw it around 1960 while I was a college student in
the Boston area. A very much not-air-brushed Jesus came through in a new
- Grapes of Wrath starring Jane Darwell, John Carradine,
Charley Grapewin, Dorris Bowdon, Russell Simpson, OZ Whitehead, John
Qualen. Directed by John Ford, starring Henry Fonda. Recommended by Carol
M. Marsh. Ruidoso, New Mexico. "A 1940 film based on John Steinbeck's novel
about the Joad family, displaced Oklahoma dustbowl farmers during the Great
Depression, The Grapes of Wrath illustrates compassion at the deepest level
in the face of man's inhumanity to man, especially in the poignant scene
when Rose of Sharon tries to safe a dying man's life by feeding him from
- The Great Debaters starring Denzel Washington, Forest
Whittaker, et al.. Recommended by Louie Crew. . "A debate team at a small
black college defeats Harvard in the heights of apartheid in the US."
- The Green Mile starring Tom Hanks. Recommended by The
Rev. Katherine Merrell Glenn. St. Andrew's, Tacoma, WA. "The `Jesus
character,' a death row inmate wrongly convicted, provides profound
metaphorical insight into the compassion of God in the execution of a
- Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray. Recommended by Dina
Strong. St. Luke's in Fort Collins, Colorado. "What life feels like to me,
at 50: getting up every day to live the same day all over again. The Good
News in Groundhog Day is that love is found right there, in the mundane
task, the ordinary day."
- Guess Who's Coming to Dinner starring Sidney Poitier,
Spencer Tracy, and Katharine Hepburn. Recommended by John Vaisey. St.
John's, Portland, OR. "It was Spencer Tracy's last movie, and the subject
matter was ahead of its time, forecasting social issues to come."
- Hannah and Her Sisters starring Woody Allen. Recommended
by Randy William Ash. St. Margaret's in DC. "I can't get enough of Julie
- Harold and Maude starring Ruth Gordon. Recommended by
The Rev. Thomas B. Woodward. St. Paul's, Salinas, CA. "In a movie dominated
by different images of death, Maude is a pied-piper into another level of
reality altogether. Jesus in the guise of an 80 year old woman."
- He Who Must Die starring Servais, Mohner ... A Jules
Dassin's 50's film on the Passion. Recommended by James Toy. Episcopal
Church of St. Matthew & St. Joseph, Detroit. "At the end, my then rector
was overcome and consequently speechless -- never before and never since,
to my knowledge."
- Henry the Vth starring Kenneth Branagh as director an
actor.. Recommended by Donald Lowery. Rector, Church of the Holy
Innocents, Henderson, NC. "Shakespeare's major history play. Spectacularly
filmed, wonderfully acted, it shows the utter horror of war as it was in
Middle Ages, and by extension, in our own day. It shows how essentially
moral people can be drawn into a situation in which they view violence as
their only recourse, and how the church has, at times, aided and abetted
that process. This is in contrast to Olivier's equally famous version
which was intended to use Shakespeare to pump up morale and strenghten
pro-was sentiment as Britain battled the Nazis.."
- High Noon starring Starring Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell,
Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Grace Kelly, Otto Kruger, Lon Chaney Jr., Harry
Morgan, and Ian MacDonald. Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Recommended by
Hon. Thomas Little. Trinity, Shelburne, VT. "Gary Cooper, as the erstwhile
retired peace officer, portrays an honest, forthright and principled member
of a community that is waffling over its responsibility to protect the
safety of the town. His dedication to principle risks his marriage (to the
character played by Grace Kelly, portraying a pacifist)."
- His Secret Life starring Margherita Buy. Recommended
by Netflix. . "Wife discovers that her dead husand had a secret lover for 7
years and she tries to connect with the lover.and an extended family of
gays, the transgendered....."
- The History Boys starring Nicholas Hytner, Richard
Griffiths and Frances de la Tour. Recommended by Richard Konopka. At large
in the Diocese of Newark. "The History Boys is a lovely coming-of-age story
set in a second tier English public school. Based on the Tony award winning
play by Alan Bennett, it is the queering of Dead Poets Society.."
- Hotel Rwanda starring Don Cheadle (Oscar nominee).
Recommended by William Bradford. St. Mark's in Hood River, Oregon. "An
ordinary man who runs the hotels courageously saves over 1,000 refugees
during Rwanda's genocide .."
- The Hours starring Stephen Daldry, Nicole Kidman,
Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep. Recommended by The Rev. T. Scott Allen.
Saint Elizabeth's Church, Schnecksville, PA. "The role of Virginia Wolfe
won Nicole Kidman a well-deserved Oscar for Best Actress. The
intermingling of the stories of 3 woman--Virginia Wolfe, a 50's house
wife, and a chic urban NYC editor. Explores the tough issues of life
and each persons response to them. Love, redemption, despair, suicide
and reconciliation all figure into this dramatic rendering of a boring
- Ikiru starring Takashi Shimura. Recommended by The Rev.
Tobias Haller, BSG. St. James, Fordham, The Bronx, NYC. "This inspires me
every time I see it with its triumphant message about the value of life,
new birth, and strength in weakness triumphant over `the powers'."
- In the Mood for Love starring Tony Leung. Recommended by
Sarah Lawton. St. John's San Francisco. "A romance in Hong Kong in 1962.
The atmospherics and costuming are marvelous, and he captures a sense of
unfulfilled longing so beautifully.."
- Inconvenient Truth starring . Recommended by Cliff
Moore. Ministry developer in the Diocese of Wyoming. "Al Gore's documentary
on global warming. I think you will find it most informative and timely.."
- The Inn of the 6th Happiness starring Deborah Kerr.
Recommended by Lelanda Lee. St. Stephen's, Longmont, CO. "Based on a true
story. Deemed unqualified, Englishwoman becomes missionary on own
initiative, saves orphans from invaders, and evangelizes Chinese workers
through her Christian example."
- Iron-Jawed Angels starring Hilary Swank and Anjelica
Huston. Recommended by Sarah Lawton. St. John's San Francisco. "On Alice
Paul and the fight for women's suffrage. A typical biopic perhaps but
nicely done and a reasonably accurate portrayal of that struggle in
particular and also how such struggles can be won.."
- It's a Wonderful Life starring James Stewart and Donna
Reed. Recommended by Libby Nickel. St. Luke's Episcopal Church,
Minneapolis, MN. "Simple, clear message that the golden rule makes life
worth living. Kind of cheesy, but the perfect movie to watch when you are
feeling sorry for yourself."
- James Baldwin starring . Recommended by Louie Crew. .
- Jasper, Texas starring Roy T. Anderson. Recommended by
Louie Crew. Grace/Newark, NJ. "The brutal murder of James Byrd, Jr, just
because he was black."
- Jesus of Montreal starring Lothaire Bluteau. Recommended
by The Rev. Dr. Robert Stiefel. Non-parochial, a professor at University of
NH. "Perhaps the finest attempt ever made on film to present the ministry
and passion of Jesus in contemporary terms....or on any terms. It, too, is
very funny at times and yet deeply serious and always leaves me moved
beyond words. I show it to my students in religious studies at UNH. When
it is over I leave the lights off for an extra moment until the tears stop
- Jezebel starring Bette Davis and Henry Fonda.
Recommended by Charles Cummings. Grace Church in Newark. "She's a
destructive temprtress who leads a man to his death."
- Joe Versus the Volcano starring Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan.
Recommended by Casey Rousseau. Trinity, Harford. "A delightfully satisfying
modern fairy tale. A hypochondriac with a fatal diagnosis takes the trip
of a lifetime and finds a reason to live.."
- The King of Comedy starring Robert De Niro. Recommended
by Stephen Skardon. Grace in Charleston. "Martin Scorsese directed Robert
DeNiro, Jerry Lewis, and Sandra Bernhard (in her first movie) in this very
dark, outrageous comedy.."
- King of Hearts starring Alan Bates. Recommended by The
Rev. Dr. Robert Stiefel. Non-parochial, a professor at University of NH. "A
comedy set in WW1 France about the thin lines between sanity and insanity,
suggesting that often the sane are crazy and that the insane have
discovered a secret of life. I haven't looked for it on DVD. It is best
seen in the original version, in French, English, and German with
- Kingdom of God starring ??. Recommended by Donald
Lowery. Rector, Church of the Holy Innocents, Henderson, NC. "Set in
medieval Palestine at the time of the crusades, it shows Sala Hadin
(Saladin) as an honorable man, which in fact he was, and the Christian
ruler of Jerusalem as desirous of living in peace with the Moslems. After
the King of Jerusalem died, his place was taken by an unscrupulous monster
who deliberately provoked a war with the Islamic forces. Despite this,
some people struggle to uphold the highest ideals of their respective
religions. It shows that there might be hope for peace in the Middle East,
over the long haul, despite current troubles.."
- Lackawanna Blues starring Rubn Santiago-Hudson, S. Epatha
Markerson.. Recommended by Louie Crew. Grace/Newark, NJ. "Rachel Crosby
opens her house to anyone looking for a place to rest and regroup, as
segregation begins to lose its grip."
- Ladies in Lavendar starring Judie Dench, Maggie Smith et
al.. Recommended by George L. Werner. Retired President of the House of
Deputies. "Two sisters befriend a mysterious foreigner who washes up on the
beach of their 1930's Cornish seaside village.."
- The Last King of Scotland starring Forest Whitaker.
Recommended by Ernest Clay. Grace in Newark, NJ. "Idi Amin. Whitaker won
an academy award for his performance.."
- Last Orders starring Michael Caine, Tom Courtenay, Bob
Hoskins, Helen Mirren,David Hemmings, Ray Winstone. Recommended by George
Hayman. Grace Church in Madison, NJ (Diocese of Newark). "A modern
Canterbury Tales. Friends, son fulfill Southwark butcher's final request to
transport ashes, toss them off Margate Pier. Includes side trip to
- Last Temptation of Christ starring Willem Dafoe.
Recommended by The Rev. Ann Markle. . "This was a faith-changing,
life-changing movie for me. It was about as Biblical as `The Passion of
the Christ' (not very), but much more thought provoking.."
- Laura starring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews, Clifton Web
and Vincent Price. Recommended by Charles Cummings. . "Private
investigator Marc McPherson looks into the murder of Laura, who died before
the film begins. Strangely, he falls in love with the dead woman through
her beautiful oil painting hanging in her apartment. He investigates her
lover/benefactor Waldo Lydecker and another man who may or may not have
been her lover. Why would a woman whom every man falls in love with be
murdered, and is the dead body really Laura at all?."
- Lawrence of Arabia starring David Lean, Peter O'Toole,
Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn. Recommended by The Rev. T. Scott Allen.
Saint Elizabeth's Church, Schnecksville, PA. "Lessons of fidelity, cultural
sensitivity and compassion."
- Lesson Before Dying starring Don Cheedle. Recommended by
Louie Crew. Grace/Newark, NJ. "Wrongly condemned murderer visited daily by
- Licensed to Kill starring Arthur Dong and various men in
prison for murdering gay men. Recommended by Louie Crew. Grace/Newark, NJ.
"This chilling PBS documentary looks murderers eye to eye, those who have
killed gay men. The murderers come from many races and classes. It is
fascinating how often scripture and culture have written their scripts. It
is a powerful resource to use for classes and spiritual retreats, but only
if you have time to discuss it in detail before leaving."
- Life is Beautiful starring Roberto Begnini. Recommended
by Louie Crew. Grace/Newark, NJ. "Begninni won an Oscar for this amazing
use of comedy and a child to keep hope alive in the face of the holocaust."
- Little Fish starring Cate Blanchett. Recommended by The
Rev. Peter R. Powell. President, The Interfaith Housing Association. "This
Australian flick will give you a new appreciation for the abilities of Cate
Blanchett. She plays a recovering Heroin Addict struggling w/ a family
friend who is still addicted. Like many in recovery she believes that she
should not be accountable for her actions while using drugs and
unfortunately she cannot get a loan to open her own business b/c of her
past. She copes but the pain is all there on the screen.."
- Little Miss Sunshine starring Abigail Breslin, Greg
Kinneaer, and Toni Collette. Recommended by Kay Achar. St. Mark's,
Teaneck, NJ. "I found it especially moving because, as the Rolling Stone
reviewer put it, it's 'a scrappy human comedy that takes an honest path to
laughs and is twice as funny and touching for it.' Many reviewers have
invoked the 'dysfunctional' label to describe the family whose story the
film tells. True, the troubles and quirks of each family member and the
points of conflict they engender are spotlighted--but with gentleness and
compassion. For all the s0-called 'dysfunction,' it displays, the movie is
comic and not tragic because this small band of individuals who seem to
have ended up in a family together purely by chance bear with one another
in love, without sacrificing the calling to which each has been called.."
- Little Voice starring Brenda Blethyn. Recommended by
Harry Coverston. . "Not to be missed! Amazing performances. Very funny,
- The Lives of Others starring . Recommended by Sherman
Hesselgrave. . "One of the most deeply moving stories of redemption that I
have ever seen. It is set in East Germany from 1984 until after the wall
came down in 1989.."
- Locked Up starring . Recommended by Randy William Ash.
St. Margaret's in DC. "Love and lust seem to find a way to bloom despite
the circumstances. Imprisoned for credit-card fraud, Dennis (Marcel
Schlutt) is ready to give his life over to misery until he meets Mike (Mike
Sale), a fellow convict who catches Dennis' eye. Before long, the two
arrange a series of liaisons for sexual fulfillment, all under the
voyeuristic gaze of prison guards and other inmates. But this erotic tale
is no ordinary love story. ."
- Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers starring Elijah Wood,
Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Cate Blanchett and Sir Ian McKellen.
Recommended by The Rev. James Creasey. Non-parochial in the Diocese of
Alabama. "The magical world of J. R. R. Tolkein."
- Madea's Family Reunion starring . Recommended by The
Rev. Dr. Helen Betenbaugh. Non-parochial on Disability in Marianna, FL .
"Tyler Perry, who writes, produces, directs, and plays both the leading
male and female roles in the Madea series, really struck gold with this
one. It has his usual blend of Black humor, a dash of slapstick, and
powerful human core values around which the plot revolves. The long scene
on the importance of Family near the end is pure sacrament, enhanced still
further by the gifts of orators Maya Angelou and Cicely Tyson. ."
- Magic Flute starring Josef Köstlinger & Ulrik Cold.
Recommended by The Rev. Dr. Robert Stiefel. Non-parochial, a professor at
University of NH. "The opera is performed much as it was at the time of its
premier, but with the ironic perspective of two centuries since the
Enlightenment. As music historian and avid opera goer, I know of no better
realization of this opera, whether on stage or on film, and believe me,
I've seen a lot of them since I was first undone by Mozart's music and this
opera when I saw it in a student production at the University of Michigan
when I was 14 years old."
- Magnificent Obsession starring Irene Dunn, Robert Taylor,
and Charles Butterworth. Recommended by John Vaisey, LEM. St. John's,
Portland, OR. "I saw John Stahl's original 1935 black and white production
as a teenager in the 1940s before I had ever entered an Episcopal church.
Was re-made in 1954, starring Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman, and Agnes
- Maltese Falcon starring Humphrey Bogart. Recommended by
Charles Cummings. . "John Huston's first film; defined the Bogart
character; introduced Greenstreet; first film noire."
- Man Called Peter starring Richard Todd and Jean Peters.
Recommended by Gerardo Ramirez-Miller+. St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Carle
Place, N.Y., Diocese of Long Island. "It is about a chaplain to the US
SENATE. In one scene Peter Marshall hears the calling of the Holy Spirit,
undergoes a conversion experience and pursues the ministry.."
- Man for all Seasons starring Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller
and Robert Shaw. . Recommended by Jim Hammond. St. Luke's, Remington, VA.
"An account of the refusal of Sir Thomas More's refusal to acknowledge Anne
Boleyn's rise to Queen of England under Henry VIII.."
- Man Without a Face starring . Recommended by Brad
Lamonte. Grace in Birmingham, Alabama. "Against long odds, a young boy
works hard to pass the entrance exam that will allow him to enter his late
father's alma mater. The handicap is that he's ignored by his mother and
sisters. So, he asks Justin Mcleod (Mel Gibson), an ex-teacher who's
horribly disfigured, to tutor him. As they work hard together to prepare
for the examination, the man and boy forge a friendship that could heal the
wounds of both their pasts. ."
- The Manchurian Candidate starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence
Harvey. Recommended by The Rev. Scott Elliott. Diocese of Chicago.
"Sinatra's finest film performance by far. Glorious. A Korean war hero has
been brainwashed to be a sleeper agent for North Korea.."
- Manhattan starring Woody Allen and Meryl Streep.
Recommended by Lee Shaw. St. Stephen's Parish, West Valley City, Utah. "It
is black and white and possibly the perfect movie. The sound track, all
Gershwin is incredible with the (for me) definitive version of "Rhapsody in
Blue" by the New York Philharmonic, Gary Graffman, soloist.."
- Master and Commander starring . Recommended by Anne
McConney. Editor of RUACH, the newsletter of the Episcopal Women's Caucus.
"Just because I'm a great fan of Patrick O'Brian's books and what they have
to say about human experience and the human spirit, and the film is a
loving attempt to capture some of that. Plus, of course, some beautiful
shots of sailing ships.."
- Midnight Cowboy starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman .
Recommended by Janet Tunick. St. Paul's in Montvale. "Two lonesome down and
out street people from entirely different backgrounds strike up a
friendship on the streets of NYC.."
- Millions starring Alex Atel and Louis McGibbon.
Recommended by The Rev. Tobias Haller, BSG. St. James-fordham, the Bronx,
NY. "A delightful film with a message about poverty and wealth, greed and
generosity... A powerful yet charming statement about global mission.."
- The Mission starring Robert DeNiro, Jeremy Irons.
Recommended by The Rev. Dan Martins. St John the Evangelist, Stockton, CA.
"Two responses to evil: active (violent) and passive. Both lead to
martyrdom. Moving moment: Irons character dies carrying monstrance w/ MBS;
Indian child picks it up and keeps walking. (1986)."
- Monsignor starring Christopher Reeve and Genevieve
Bujold. Recommended by Jim Hammond. St. Luke's, Remington, VA.
"Reflections of the Vatican's shady behavior during World War Two."
- Motorcycle Diaries starring . Recommended by T. E.
Lynberg. Retired Archdeacon of Los Angeles. "Che Guevera's diaries put to
scrreen. Engagement in Latino justice issues.."
- Mrs Doubtfire starring Robin Williams. Recommended by
Nancylee Ziese. . "People tend to think Dads don't care about their kids
when a relationship goes bad or in the latter case when the mother dies.
In my work as a social worker, I have often seen fathers struggle to be a
part of their children's lives and be rebuffed. Children need both
parents if at all possible, even in the case of separation and divorce as
in Doubtfire. The final scene in that movie deeply moved me.."
- Mrs. Minniver starring Orson Wells et al.. Recommended
by Charles Cummings. . "William Wilder film about English family in WW2.
Stars Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. Best picture of 1943.."
- My Life in Pink (Ma Vie en Rose) starring Georges du
Fresne. Recommended by Christina Beardsley. St. Stephen's Chapel, Chelsea
and Westminster Hospital, London. "This is my favourite and I have made a
little sequence of scenes on my laptop, illustrating the accumulation of
cross-gender feelings and actions that would lead an adult to identifiy as
and be recognised as transgendered. In the film, of course, it is a child,
and the outcome in adult life would be less predictable, I think.."
- My Own Private Idaho starring River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves. Recommended by
William Bradford. St. Mark's in Hood River, Oregon. "Mike and Scott, two
hustlers living on the streets of gritty Portland contront surprises in
their sexuality and in their relationships to their families.."
- Mysterious Skin starring . Recommended by Murdoch
Matthew. . "Gregg Araki's riveting drama, based on a novel by Scott Heim,
brings together two unlikely heroes (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and
Brady Corbet): a young man who makes a living by selling his body on the
streets and another who's convinced he was once abducted by aliens. It
seems they have unspeakable tragedy in common as both of them discover they
were abused as children. What results is a friendship built on despair but
rife with hope.."
- Name of the Rose starring Sean Connery and F. Murray
Abraham. Recommended by Jim Hammond. St. Luke's, Remington, VA. "A
compelling murder mystery set in a Roman Catholic monastery during the
- Nat King Cole, Unforgettable starring . Recommended by
Louie Crew. . "documentery."
- No Man's Land starring Branko Djuric, Rene Bitorajac
Director: Danis Tanovic Synopsis. Recommended by The Rev. Peter R. Powell.
President, The Interfaith Housing Association. "It is is a must see film
about the absurdity of war. Takes place in Bosnian/Serbian war. Everyone
including the UN and the press comes off bad.."
- Norma Rae starring Sally Field. Recommended by The Rev.
T. Scott Allen. Saint Elizabeth's Church, Schnecksville, PA. "The real life
story of Norma Rae who revolutionizes a textile mill town (Roanoke Rapids,
NC) for the union. Sally Field won the Oscar for Best Actress in this
film about struggle, commitment and the elusiveness of victory. Based
on the book `Crystal Lee A Woman of Inheritance' by Henry P.
- Normal starring Jessica Lang. Recommended by Renee
Rutkowski. Grace Episcopal Church, Alexandria VA. "The ending line is
enough, where the night before her husband's gender reassignment surgery,
she embraces his face, sighs and says `What we do for love'."
- Now Voyager starring Bette Davis and Paul Henried.
Recommended by Frank Dowd. St. Mary's, Bonta Springs, FL. "Bette Davis
plays the role of a lackluster spinster imprisoned in her mother's house.
She has a nervous breakdown, undergoes a complete transformation of
personality and finds the love of her life on a cruise to Rio. Improbable,
but inspiring stuff for anyone coming out."
- Off the Map starring Valentina d'Angelis and Sam Elliott.
Recommended by The Rev. Peter R. Powell. President, The Interfaith Housing
Association. "Perhaps the best coming of age tale I've ever seen. Story of
a precocious young girl living w/ her parents off the grid. Dad, Sam
Elliott, suffers from depression. Mom, Joan Elliott, keeps their heads
above water. Fun, meaningful and impossible to capture in a few words.."
- On a Clear Day You Can See Forever starring Barbra
Steisand. Recommended by Harry Coverston. . "My favorite Babs movie. I
- On With the Show starring Ethel Waters. Recommended by
Ronald Bushnell. . "A 1929 Warner Brothers' backstage musical. It has
everything. Flapper showgirls, ridiculous show tunes, sound that comes and
goes (talkies were only two years old then) and a plot as thin as any of
what passed for theatre on Broadway in the twenties. Ever read the book of
a Gerschwin play? But Ethel Waters made her Hollywood debut in it, singing
"Am I Blue?". That alone justifies the existence of cinema. Lord, I'm
still in love with a black woman who has been dead for twenty years. I need
a therapist ."
- Once Were Warriors starring Rena Owen, Temeura Morrison.
Recommended by The Rev. Scott Elliott. Diocese of Chicago. "The story of a
Maori family in modern-day Aotearoa. A harsh film, very, very hard to
watch, but well worth the pain."
- Ordinary People starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler
Moore, Timothy Hutton..... Recommended by The Rev. Randall Day. St.
Mark's, Teaneck, NJ. "The film presents the need for authentic intimacy and
connection and the destructiveness of being outside the affection given to
the chosen few. It also speaks to the vulnerability of human beings when
they depend on the dumb idols of image and `the way things are supposed to
- Paper Clips starring . Recommended by Lelanda Lee. St.
Stephen's, Longmont, CO. ":To teach diversity to a predominantly white
rural Tennessee school, students focus on the Holocaust and collect
paperclips representing Hitler's extermination of six million Jews."
- Paradise Now starring Kais Nashef, Allie Sullman.
Recommended by The Rev. Peter R. Powell. President, The Interfaith Housing
Association. "An excellent treatment of the horror of life in the West Bank
w/ a nuanced discussion of Suicide Bombing as a reaction. I believe the
film comes down against suicide bombing, but it's a close decision.."
- Parallel Sons starring Louie Crew. Recommended by TLA
video. . "Interracial gay film in which two men are bound by their
- Passion of Joan of Arc starring Renee Maria Falconetti.
Recommended by Michael Cudney. Holy Trinity, Inwood, NYC. "It's truly one
of the landmark films, with a once-in-a-lifetime performance by Renee Maria
Falconetti, shattering in its intensity. On VHS and DVD, it now has a
beautiful musical accompaniment by contemporary composer Richard Einhorn,
featuring Anonymous 4 as the voice of Joan. If you've never seen this
film, prepare yourself: it is absolutely incredible."
- A Patch of Blue starring Sidney Poitier. Recommended
by Louie Crew. Grace/Newark, NJ. "A black farmer introduces a blind white
girl to a whole new world.."
- Pay It Forward starring Haley Joel Osment, Kevin Spacey,
and Helen Hunt. Recommended by Kate Hall. St. Dunstan's, Houston, TX.
"This movie shows us how much of a difference a little kindness can make -
even when we don't get to realize it. I am reminded that I am supposed to
do/pray/say things for the Glory of God, not the Glory of Kate."
- Perils of Obedience starring Stanley Milgrim.
Recommended by Louie Crew. Grace/Newark, NJ. "A scary and controversial
experiment in which a Yale pyschologist tested how far research volunteers
would be willing to go in following orders."
- Philadelphia starring Tom Hanks, Joanne Woodward, Antonio
Bandares, Denzell Washington and Bob Castle. Recommended by Marge
Christie. Christ Church, Ridgewood, NJ. "I'm not sure why because I didn't
‘learn’ anything new, but I find that I can't resist watching it
every time it replays on TV. Some of that is because of the powerful
acting of Tom Hanks, but also Joanne Woodward, Antonio Bandares, Denzell
Washington and my friend Bob Castle. But despite all that
acting worship, I still cry every time I see it. So I guess it gets my
- The Piano starring Holly Hunter and Harvey Keitel.
Recommended by The Rev. Frank Crumbaugh. Holy Innocents, Beach Haven, NJ.
"Our harbored illusions are more dangerous than our moment-to-moment
reality ever can or will be."
- Pieces of April starring Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson
and Derek Luke. Recommended by Donna Britt Madison. St. Michael's in
Anniston, Alabama. "Trying to make amends for her past as the ultimate
problem child, April Burns has offere to host an elaborate Thanksgiving
dinner for her suburban clan in her grubby Lower East Side apartment, but
her attempts go awry....."
- Places in the Heart starring Robert Benton, Sally Field,
Lindsay Crouse..... Recommended by The Rev. Brad Whitaker. Christ Church,
Grosse Point, MI. "I always turn to this anytime it is being re-run on TV."
- The Pledge starring Jack Nicholson, Aaron Eckhart, Helen
Mirren, Robin Wright Penn, Venessa Redgrave, and Sam Shepard. Recommended
by Louie Crew. Grace/Newark, NJ. "A detective is driven to seek the
truth...and driven into the darker reaches of his own mind by obsession.."
- Ponette starring Victoire Thivisol. Recommended by The
Rev. Christopher A. Smith. St. Ann's Episcopal Church, Amsterdam, NY. "It
is the story of a four year old girl who has lost her mother in a car
accident. The story of her struggle to come to terms with her loss and to
continue to live is a miracle. The actress who plays Ponette gives an
equally miraculous performance. A film to own and to give in time of need."
- Powder starring Sean Patrick Flanery. Recommended by
Brad Lamonte. Grace in Birmingham, AL. "It's excellent Jesus Story.
Fantasy blends with drama in this tale of a 16-year-old albino (Sean
Patrick Flanery) dubbed 'Powder; (because of his stark-white skin). After
an isolated existence in his grandparents' cellar, he's ...."
- Power of One starring . Recommended by Brad Lamonte.
Grace in Birmingham, Alabama. "Terrorized because of his political beliefs,
a white South African orphan turns to a streetwise black prisoner (Morgan
Freeman) who teaches the boy how to box. After years of witnessing
injustice all around him -- including seeing racist white jailers cruelly
humiliate black inmates -- the young pugilist (Stephen Dorff) unites with a
former boxing adversary to fight the uphill struggle against apartheid. ."
- Pride starring Terence Howard and Bernie Mac.
Recommended by The Rev. Frederic Guyott. . "It tells the story of an
African-American swimmer who was discriminated against in his youth who
became the supervisor of a broken down recreation center with an unused
swimming pool in a bad section of Philadelphia. Although swimming was
quite foreign to the youth in the neighborhood, this man developed a swim
team which competed in local leagues. The level of discrimination faced by
- Priest starring Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Robert
Carlyle and Cathy Tyson. Recommended by Kit Wang. St. George's York
Harbor, Maine. "I saw Priest with friends from my long past seminary days
when visiting SF on business a number of years back. It reminded me of the
struggles of being gay in the priesthood, but also just slapped back open
my ongoing but sometimes sluggish discernment process about
priesthood--which had been in a `not if but when' status for about 10 or
more years at that point. The movie came out before the Roman Catholic
priest sex scandal in its major form, and is about a Roman priest in
- Prince of Tides starring Barbra Streisand. Recommended
by Alice Hanson. St. Paul's Cathedral in San Diego. "Based on Pat Conroy's
best-selling novel. Barbra also directed this film and her own son Jason
Gould starred as her screen son, Bernard."
- The Princess Bride starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin
and Robin Wright Penn. Recommended by Casey Rousseau. Trinity, Harford. "A
more traditional fairy tale about the power of true love directed by Rob
Reiner with brilliant cameos by Peter Falk, Billy Crystal and Fred
- The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio starring Julianne
Moore, Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern. Recommended by Donald Synder. Church
of the Epiphany, Washington, DC. "This film is based on a true story and is
an inspiring example of how the human spirit can continue to triumph over
- The Producers starring Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane.
Recommended by Allen Hinman. . "A bad play about Hitler becomes a success
for the producers."
- Quinceanera starring Emily Rios. Recommended by Louie
Crew. Grace/Newark, NJ. "A sensitive portrayal of a 14-year-old girl whose
family cast her out when she is pregnant. She goes to live in a household
with her great-granduncle and a gay cousin."
- Rabbit Proof Fence starring Kenneth Branaugh.
Recommended by The Rev. Kay Sylvester. St. Paul's, Tustin, CA. "A
horrifying and ultimately triumphant true story about aboriginal children,
removed from their families, who escape their boarding school and travel
across Australia on foot to rejoin their families.."
- Radio Days starring George Tirebiter. Recommended by
Randy William Ash. St. Margaret's in DC. "Whenever I need to laugh and feel
warm and fuzzy (also "Jeffery" for this curative), I pull either of these
down from the shelf."
- Raisin in the Sun starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee.
Recommended by Brent Miller. St John the Baptist, Portland, OR. "A classic
story of personal dreams, racial conflict and the redemptive quality of the
- Raising Arizona starring Holly Hunter and Nicholas Cage.
Recommended by William Bradford. St. Mark's in Hood River, Oregon. "A
childless couple 'borrows' one from a furniture magnate with quintuplets.."
- Rashomon starring Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo.
Recommended by The Rev. Scott Elliott. Diocese of Chicago. "Another
absolute classic, about truth and falsehood and point of view. "This is
considered one of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa's masterpieces. It won
an Oscar. Crime drama unfolds as four witnesses to a rape and murder
report their versions of the attack.."
- Razor's Edge starring Tyrone Power, based on the Somerset
Maugham. Recommended by The Rev. Grant Mauricio Gallup. Casa Maria,
Managua, Nicaragua. "It had a profound effect upon me and ushered me into a
religious quest that has sent me slipping and sliding on the razor's edge
through a lifetime of questioning and wandering, poetry and pilgrimage
with Jesus and Gandhi as guides."
- Rector's Wife starring Jonathan Coy, Lindsay Duncan,
Ronald Pickup and Miles Anderson. Recommended by Jim Hammond. St. Luke's,
Remington, VA. "This drama highlights the conflict between a traditional,
albeit disturbed Anglican cleric and his contemporary spouse. ."
- The Red Shoes starring Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, and
Moira Shearer. Recommended by Alice Hanson. St. Paul's Cathedral in San
Diego. "My all-time favorite movie. Nominated for five Academy Awards
including Best Picture. Winner of Best Art Direction and Best Movie Score.
The film is based upon Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale about a girl
whose bewitched shoes dance her to her death, torn between her career
and her marriage.."
- Remains of the Day starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma
Thompson. Based on Ishiguro's novel. Recommended by Susan Hagen. Emmanuel
Parish, Harrisonburg, Virginia. "A butler and housekeeper in an English
country home on the eve of World War II. Steven, the butler, is devoted to
Lord Darlington, a Nazi sympathizer. The movie explores loyalty, longing
- Rent starring Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Rosario Dawson,
Jesse L. Martin. Recommended by Wade Glascock. Calvary in Memphis. "A
musical about the erly years of the AIDS epidemic. This film really tugs
at the heart strings.."
- River Runs Through It starring Robert Redford, Craig
Sheffer, Brad Pitt..... Recommended by The Rev. Brad Whitaker. Christ
Church, Grosse Point, MI. "I always turn to this anytime it is being re-run
- Rocky Horror Picture Show starring Tim Curry, Barry
Bostwick. Recommended by J. Collins Fisher. St. James Episcopal Church,
Albion, MI. "All need to let go of whatever inhibitions imprison them.
Let's do the Time Warp again!."
- Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn
(her debut film) and Gregory
Peck. Recommended by Nayan McNeill, St. Luke's, Los Gatos, CA.
One day in Rome in the life of royal princess (Hepburn), who
escapes from her unnamed country's embassy and meets up with a journalist
(Peck) who eventually realizes who she is. They spend the day
all the things she has never been allowed to do: sightseeing,
riding a motor scooter, dancing on a river barge, and finally
in love. Duty calls her back & they part, knowing they can never
"In the 1950's when I first saw this film, it felt like the mirror
every gay couple's love story. Happily, that analogy no longer
- Romero starring Raul Julia. Recommended by The Rev.
Tommy Dillon. St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, LA. "This
moved me greatly. It is about the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero.
Watching a modern day saint who gave his life while standing up for the
oppressed people of El Salvador gave me the passion to begin doing
missionary work in El Salvador."
- The Sandpiper starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth
Taylor. Recommended by Jim Hammond. St. Luke's, Remington, VA. "A married
Episcopal priest serving as Headmaster of a boarding school struggles with
his emotions and his duty as he falls for the mother of a student.."
- Saving Face starring Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec, Lynn
Chen. Recommended by Lelanda Lee. St. Stephen's, Longmont, CO. "Redemption
and true love follow culture shock and secrets when pregnant widowed mom
shows up on closeted Chinese American lesbian surgeon daughter's
- Schindler's List starring Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes.
Recommended by John Bergeron. St. Dunstan's, Houston, TX. "It moved me
because it showed how inhumane man can be. The movie visualized the
- Secondhand Lions starring Michael Cane, Robert Duvall and
Haley Joel Osmint. Recommended by Charles Nightingale. Holy Trinity,
Clemson. "Haley Joel Osmint is a young adolescent sent to live with his
uncles by his wandering mother, in hopes that they will leave him at least
some of their reputed secret wealth.."
- Secrets and Lies starring . Recommended by Louie Crew.
Grace/Newark, NJ. "A family confronts shocking secrets and long-forgotten
lies in this bittersweet drama. Especially powerful about race and class
- Separate But Equal starring Sidney Poitier.
Recommended by Louie Crew. Grace/Newark, NJ. "Based on the life of Thurgood
- Seven Samurai starring Takashi Shimura, Tosiro Mifune.
Recommended by The Rev. Scott Elliott. Diocese of Chicago. "An absolute,
absolute classic. Don't bother renting Netflix; buy it, the new Criterion
3-disc edition. Mifune's speech about farmers and samurai, and Shimura's 5
seconds of charging the camera with his sword, each alone are worth the
- Seventh Seal starring Gunnar Bjornstrand. An Ingmar
Bergman film. Recommended by The Rev. Dr. Robert Stiefel. Non-parochial, a
professor at University of NH. "I first saw this as a freshman in college.
I have seen this film dozens of times since. The film never fails to
penetrate to the core of my being and repeatedly bring me to tears.
Antonius Blok, a knight, and his squire return to Sweden from the Crusades
during the Black Plague of the 14th Century. On the way, Antonius plays
chess with Death, seeking to wrest the meaning of life from Death if not
from an all silent God."
- Shadowlands starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger,
and directed by Richard Attenborough. Recommended by Jim Hammond. St.
Luke's, Remington, VA. "An account of the life of C. S. Lewis.."
- Shawshank Redemption starring Tim Robbins and Morgan
Freeman. Recommended by Susan Hagen. Emmanuel Parish, Harrisonburg,
Virginia. "A prison movie about friendship, patient endurance and strength.
There are some brutal scenes in it."
- The Shop on Main Stret starring . Recommended by Ken
McEvoy. Bathurst United Church, Toronto. "An inept Slovak peasant is torn
between greed and guilt when the corrupt, Nazi-backed bosses of his small
town appoint him "Aryan controller" of an old Jewish widow's button shop.
Humor and tragedy fuse in this scathing exploration of one cowardly man
complicity in the horrors of a totalitarian regime. ."
- Shower starring . Recommended by Louie Crew.
Grace/Newark, NJ. "Chinese bath house run by father and retarded son;
delighteful. As the Ghanaian hymn exhorts, Jesus washes their feet. Teach
us to love the neighbors we have from you.."
- Sicko starring Michael Moore. Recommended by Louie Crew.
Grace/Newark, NJ. "The evil medical system in the USA."
- Simon Birch starring Ian Michael Smith and Joseph
Mazzello. Recommended by Roy Murphy. St. Thomas, Bellerose, NY. "Film
adaptation of John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany. It illustrates why we
must all become like little children to enter the Kindom of Heaven.."
- The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn starring Sidney Poitier.
Recommended by Louie Crew. Grace/Newark, NJ. "Small-town farmer Noah
Dearborn (Sidney Poitier) lives an uncomplicated existence till shady
developer Christian Nelson (George Newbern) tries to usurp his family's
land. Nelson will do anything to take Noah's property, including hiring
shrink Sarah McClellan (Dianne Wiest) to have him declared insane. What
Nelson doesn't anticipate is Noah forming an unbreakable bond with the
doctor that proves stronger than anything the land baron can dish out. ."
- Singer not the Song starring Dirk Bogarde. Recommended
by John S. Morgan. All Saints' Episcopal Church in Fort Worth. "It explores
the question of whether the church is propelled forward by the persuasive
powers of the prelate or by her inherrent message. A Roman Catholic priest
in a remote Hispanic village is interested in saving the soul of the town's
bad man; the bad man is attempting to get the priest to surrender to his
authority by killing innocent town folks one at a time, first one whose
last name begins with A then B etc."
- Sister Act starring Whoopie Goldberg. Recommended by
Very Rev. Marilyn Engstrom. St. Matthew's Cathedral, Laramie, WY. "A
pleasant reminder with great music showing that liturgy that speaks to the
people in their language is transformative and even leads to mission."
- The Sixth Sense starring Haley Joel Osment and Bruce
Willis. Recommended by Charles Nightingale. Holy Trinity, Clemson. "Some
kids are imaginary friends. When does this border on madness? This film
has an unexpected twist.."
- Slingblade starring Billy Bob Thornton. Recommended by
Susan Hagen. Emmanuel Parish, Harrisonburg, Virginia. "A released mental
patient who had been institutionalized for murder forms a friendship with a
young boy and his mother. A beautiful film about friendship, community and
- Small Time Crooks starring Woody Allen. Recommended by
Randy William Ash. St. Margaret's in DC. "I love Tracy Ullman!."
- Smoke Signals starring Adam Beach, Evan Adams.
Recommended by The Rev. Ann Fontaine. Lander, Wyoming. "Great film about
our complex relationships with fathers. Sherman Alexie wrote and produced
- Sneakers starring All-star cast (Robert Redford, Sidney
Poitier, Dan Ackroyd, River Phoenix). Recommended by Susan Hagen. Emmanuel
Parish, Harrisonburg, Virginia. "They play aging computer hackers turned
corporate security experts. Mary McDonnell plays straight man and Ben
Kingsley the arch-villain. One of my favorite movies of all times. Maybe
you have to be a geek to fully appreciate it."
- Snow Cake starring . Recommended by Gillian Barr. St.
Paul's Cathedral, San Diego. "Curmudgeon Alex Hughes (Alan Rickman) has
just been released from prison and is driving across Canada. He picks up a
female hitchhiker. When his car is hit by a tractor trailer and the
hitchhiker is killed but Rickman survives, he goes to her mother to
apologize. He discovers that Linda (Sigourney Weaver) is a
high-functioning autistic woman and ends up staying with her until the
funeral to assist her. As he develops a friendship with her and her
neighbor, we come to see more depth to his character and see him struggle
with some of the memories and mistakes which haunt him. One of the best
moments in this excellent film is in the extras, a deleted scene 'Actually
She's My Wife,' which could serve as a metaphor for the Incarnation.."
- Solaris (1972) starring Director Andrei Tarkovsky's
science fiction cult classic . Recommended by Ken McEvoy. Bathurst United
Church, Toronto. "Very slow moving (about 3 hours), with some very long
shots that reminded me of Antonioni. Being in Russian with English
subtitles, it was almost impossible to understand ... but that's OK."
- Solaris (2002) starring George Clooney. Directed by the
award-winning Steven Soderbergh. Recommended by Ken McEvoy. Bathurst
United Church, Toronto. "I had expected to be disappointed by the
Soderburgh/Clooney remake, but in fact I was blown away by it. It's very
solid, much tighter, and I found that I understood what was happening to
the characters, even if what is happening in reality is still a mystery (as
it is supposed to be).."
- Soldier's girl starring Troy Garity and Lee Pace.
Recommended by Gwen Thomas. St. Dunstan's at Auburn University, Alabama.
"Based on murder of Barry Winchell, soldier. (I wish Calpernia herself
could have played the lead).."
- Something the Lord Made starring Mos Def and Robert
Rickman. Recommended by Gillian Barr. St. Paul's Cathedral, San Diego.
"Emmy and Peabody Award-winning portrayal of Vivien Thomas (Mos Def), the
African American lab technician who was the right-hand-man to Dr Alfred
Blalock (Alan Rickman) who pioneered open-heart surgery in the 1940s. In
the lab and operating theatre Blalock recognizes Thomas's work as brilliant
and essential; outside of it the two are still constrained by the racial
mores of the day and Thomas's work goes virtually unrecognized at the time.
Stays very close to historical fact and gives viewers much to ponder about
race, class and vocation. Also stars Mary Stuart Masterson as the
severely-hearing-impaired surgeon who inspired Blalock to try to find a
cure for 'Blue Baby Syndrome.'."
- Songcatcher starring Janet McTeer, Aidan Quinn, Pat
Carroll, Jane Adams, E. Katherine Kerr. Recommended by Susan Hagen.
Emmanuel Parish, Harrisonburg, Virginia. "A college professor collects folk
songs and new friends in Appalachia."
- Sophie's Choice starring . Recommended by Ken McEvoy.
Bathurst United Church, Toronto. "Aspiring author Stingo (Peter MacNicol)
shares a Brooklyn boarding house with winsome Polish émigré Sophie
(Meryl Streep) and her mercurial lover, Nathan (Kevin Kline) -- a union
unsettled by Nathan's violent behavior and Sophie's disturbing
recollections of her wartime experience. Stingo discovers that Sophie is a
fraud, though, when her accounts of her stint at a Nazi concentration camp
unravel, laying bare the real source of her torment. ."
- Sordid Lives starring Delta Burk, Bonnie Bedelia, Beau
Bridges and Leslie Jordan. Recommended by The Rev. T. Scott Allen. Saint
Elizabeth's Church, Schnecksville, PA. "This film is for those raised in
the South (or those who wish they were). Truly White Trash culture
deals with the issues of homosexuality, honesty, mendacity and
reconciliation. Have a bucket of fried chicken and a RC Cola near by as
you laugh (and maybe cry) the evening away."
- Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews, Christopher
Plummer, et al.. Recommended by Donald Lowery. Rector, Church of the Holy
Innocents, Henderson, NC. "I know, I know, how can that be serious movie?
But as a child growing up in a Pentecostal family in the south, it was the
first time I heard chant. The wedding scene was my first exposure to
anything that resembled liturgical worship. I was enamored of both chant
and liturgy and so began a quest which led me to the Episcopal Church and
ordination. While I told the Commission on Ministry that Jesus had called
me to the priesthood, I was really looking for a chance to wear cassocks a
lot - as close to being Maria as I could get ."
- South Pacific starring Izio Pinza, Rossano, Brazzi, Mitzi
Gaynor, Ray Walston, France Nuyen..... Recommended by Patti Barricklow.
St. Matthew's Episcopal Cathedral, Dallas, TX. "I was only 5 years old, but
I never forgot it, especially Gable's words, `You've got to be taught to
hate and fear. It has to be drummed in your dear little ear....'."
- Southern Comfort starring Robert Eads, Lola Cola.
Recommended by Gwen Thomas. St. Dunstan's at Auburn University, Alabama.
"Documents the last year of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transgendered
person dying of ovarian cander.."
- Star Wars Trilogy starring Hamill, Ford, Fisher, Harrison
Ford. Recommended by The Rev. Frank Crumbaugh. Holy Innocents, Beach
Haven, NJ. "The power of the root metaphor, the seminal myth, is eternal."
- Station Agent starring Peter Dinklage, Bobby Cannavale
and Patricia Clarkson. Recommended by Laura Klenk. . "Finbar McBride, a
handsome dwarf, just wants to be left alone. When Fin's train-store boss
dies and leaves him an abandoned depot in rural New Jersey, he hopes
solitude will at last be his.."
- The Story of the Weeping Camel starring . Recommended by
Louie Crew. Grace/Newark, NJ. "A documentary about a Mongolian camel who
rejected her newborn white colt."
- Street Fight starring Cory Booker, Sharp James.
Recommended by Louie Crew. Grace/Newark, NJ. "The 2006 mayoral race;
nominated for Oscar as 'best documentary'."
- Strictly Ballroom starring Baz Luhrmann, Paul Mercurio,
Tara Morice et al.. Recommended by The Rev. Rosa Lee Harden. Holy
Innocents, San Francisco. "An Australian film about dancers who will not
follow the rules of ballroom dancing. It's outrageous, hysterical."
- Sum of Us starring Russell Crowe et al.. Recommended by
Louie Crew. Grace/Newark, NJ. "Candid portrayal of a gay plumber who falls
in love with a gay gardener. Set in Australia."
- Sunset Boulevard starring William Holden. Recommended by
Harry Coverston. . "great 1950's expose of Hollywood."
- Tender Mercies starring Robert Duvall, Tess Harper.....
Recommended by Mary Sicilia. Trinity Cathedral, Portland, Oregon. "It is, I
think, very difficult to talk about goodness without lapsing into pap.
This film declares what we know to be true: that grace is amazing and,
really, totally unexpected."
- Thorn Birds starring Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward,
Christopher Plummer, et al. Recommended by Jim Hammond. St. Luke's,
Remington, VA. "Chamberlin plays a Roman Catholic priest whose rise to
power amidst very human frailty is dependent upon his relationship with a
very wealthy Australian family.."
- Thousand Clowns starring Jason Robards and Martin Balsam.
Recommended by The Rev. Thomas B. Woodward. St. Paul's, Salinas, CA.
"Robards, as Murray, is the epitome of the clown/fool in an overly
pragmatic world. Told he must `come back to reality,' Murray responds `Only
as a tourist'."
- 300 Spartans starring . Recommended by Anne McConney.
Editor of RUACH, the newsletter of the Episcopal Women's Caucus. "Grist of
the Hollywood mill, I know, but a decent cast, and we lovers of classical
Greek literature and history have to take what we can get. And I'm always
moved in remembering that a bunch of stubborn Greeks--their minds on
something else and no idea of any future beyond the immediate--handed us
our world as we know it.."
- Times of Harvey Milk starring Harvey Milk. Recommended
by The Rev. Dr. Robert Stiefel. Non-parochial, a professor at University of
NH. "A 1984 Oscar winning documentary. Only on VHS, I think, and a bit
hard to find. I show this film in a series moving from the Holocaust
through the Civil Rights Movement and the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.,
onto The Vagina Monologues and closing with Harvey's story and The Laramie
- To Kill a Mockingbird starring Gregory Peck. Recommended
by Blake Rider. St. Stephen's, Houston. "This movie definitely changed my
life. Listening to the conversations between Scout and her Dad, and to her
internal monologues, shaped the way that I view human relationships. A must
see. Also recommend the soundtrack. One of the songs (the main theme I
suppose) by Elmer Bernstein is still my head - after not having seen the
movie for 20 years."
- To Wong Fu, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar starring
Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze and John Leguzamo--all dressed in drag.
Recommended by The Rev. T. Scott Allen. Saint Elizabeth's Church,
Schnecksville, PA. "Themes of who is good and bad, cultural sensitivity,
reconciliation/redemption, compassion, domestic violence, love and beauty
tips all rolled into one entertaining show."
- Top Hat starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers.
Recommended by J. Collins Fisher. St. James Episcopal Church, Albion, MI.
"Their best: beautiful Irving Berlin score, charming comedy, gorgeous Art
Deco sets, and oh, those dancing feet!."
- Torch Song Trilogy starring . Recommended by Randy
William Ash. St. Margaret's in DC. "This film adaptation of Harvey
Fierstein's Tony Award-winning Broadway play traces 10 years (1971-81) in
the life of middle-aged homosexual Arnold Beckoff (Fierstein himself). The
film is, by turns, a riotously funny and poignant story of an aging drag
queen and his attempts to connect with someone … anyone! Co-stars Anne
Bancroft as Fierstein's shrewish mother and Matthew Broderick in one of his
first movie roles.This film adaptation of Harvey Fierstein's Tony
Award-winning Broadway play traces 10 years (1971-81) in the life of
middle-aged homosexual Arnold Beckoff (Fierstein himself). The film is, by
turns, a riotously funny and poignant story of an aging drag queen and his
attempts to connect with someone … anyone! Co-stars Anne Bancroft as
Fierstein's shrewish mother and Matthew Broderick in one of his first movie
- Trainspotting starring Ewan MacGregor, Robert Carlyle and
Jon Lee Miller. Recommended by William Bradford. St. Mark's in Hood River,
Oregon. "Young men try to find their way out of joblessness, aimless
relationships and drug addiction.."
- TransAmerica starring Felicity Huffman, David Harrison.
Recommended by Prsicilla Bailous. Cathedral of St. Paul in Boston.
"Transgendered person discovers a son she did not know 'he' had fathered
and they tour America."
- Tree of Wooden Clogs starring Luigi Omaghi, Francesca
Moriggi. Recommended by Garry Lovatt. Church of Saint Mary Magdalene,
Toronto, Canada. "A stunningly photographed drama about the daily struggles
and joys, through the seasons, of an Italian peasant farm community.
Presented with simplicity, honesty, humor and tenderness, it is widely
considered to be a masterpiece."
- The Trip to Bountiful starring Geraldine Page.
Recommended by Ernest Clay. Grace in Newark, NJ. "A golden oldie, about the
persistence of faith of an elderly woman whose unloved by her family.."
- Truly, Madly, Deeply starring Stevenson and Alan Rickman.
Recommended by Susan Hagen. Emmanuel Parish, Harrisonburg, Virginia. "A
very funny love story about a woman mourning her dead lover who then
returns and hangs around along with all of his dead friends."
- Unchained Memories starring Oprah, Ruby Dee, Don Cheedle
et al.. Recommended by Louie Crew. Grace/Newark, NJ. "Slave narratives.."
- Unconditional Love starring Kathy Bates, Rupert Everett ,
and Dan Akroyd. Recommended by The Rev. James Creasey. Non-parochial in
the Diocese of Alabama. "A Chicago widow helps the lover of a British pop
star find his lover's killer.."
- V For Vendetta starring Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman,
Stephen Frye, Stephen Rea and John Standing as the bishop with a dirty
little secret. Recommended by L. Zoe Cole. St. Luke's Denver, CO. "If you
don't find yourself shocked into re-thinking justice, courage and even
non-violence, you weren't paying attention.."
- Vicar of Dibley starring Dawn French. Recommended by
Alice Hanson. St. Paul's Cathedral in San Diego. "BBC television series
about an English village and its vicar . . . a woman!."
- Walkabout starring Jenny Agutter. Recommended by Wayne
Juneau. . "Basically a chronicle of physical, spiritual, and emotional
journey of two siblings abandoned by their father in the Outback. Their are
rescued (in a way) by an Aborigine boy on his 'walkabout' (tribal
initiation into manhood) and all three are changed as they deal with both
civilization and savage elements of the natural world. The film is
visually delicious - Roeg was a cinematographer before turning director and
the John Barry score is haunting.."
- Walking Ned Divine starring Jackie O'Shea and Michael
O'Sullivan. Recommended by Pat Clavier. . "How can dead Irishman Ned
Devine collect his lottery winnings? Well, longtime cronies Jackie O'Shea
(Ian Bannen) and Michael O'Sullivan (David Kelly) have the answer. After
discovering that Ned croaked from the shock of hitting the jackpot, Jackie
and Michael mastermind a scheme to impersonate the lucky stiff and collect
his prize money. Now all they need to do is persuade the rest of Tulaigh
Mohr's denizens to go along…."
- Water starring Lisa Ray and Seema Biswas. Recommended
by The Rev. Christopher A. Smith. St. Ann's Amsterdam, NY. "This film from
India is truly beautiful though sad. No real Hollywood ending. A vivid
reminder that life holds tragedy that we are powerless to prevent but that
can be redeemed. Recommended by The Rev. Christopher A. Smith, St. Ann's
Amsterdam, NY. Set in the 1930s during the rise of the independence
struggles against British colonial rule, the film examines the plight of a
group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of
Varanasi. It focuses on a relationship between one of the widows, who wants
to escape the social restrictions imposed on widows, and a man who is from
a lower caste and a follower of Mahatma Gandhi. [Actually, I think he was
from a higher caste,."
- Wedding Banquet starring Mitchell Lichtenstein and May
Chin. Recommended by The Rev. Dr. Robert Stiefel. Non-parochial, a
professor at University of NH. "About a young gay Chinese business
executive who lives in Brooklyn with his WASP nurse-therapist partner. The
parents back in Taiwan want to see their son married. The two young men go
to great lengths to please the parents. It is a very funny film with a
profound subtext, and the closing scene leaves its blessed and lasting
impression upon the inner eye of mind and soul. An Ang Lee film."
- West Side Story starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer.
Recommended by J. Collins Fisher. St. James Episcopal Church, Albion, MI.
"The Music! The 1950s American "Romeo & Juliet" story may seem hokey, but
the music (and the emotion behind it) is timeless and gorgeous."
- Whale Rider starring Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri
Paratene..... Recommended by Neil D Houghton. St. John's, Honeoye Falls,
NY. "It was a week before I dove into GC 2003. I found myself dragged to
see a film from New Zealand, `Whale Rider.' It was perfect. The analogies
to what I was about to experience just kept flowing. The heroine, through
sheer force of determination, brings those around her to a new level of
consciousness about true spirituality."
- What's Eating Gilbert Grape starring Johnny Depp,
Leonardo Di Caprio, Juliette Lewis and Mary Steenburgen. Directed by Lasse
Hallstrom. Recommended by L. Zoe Cole. St. Luke's Denver, CO. "An
infinitely small story of profound hope; the antithesis of a blockbuster. I
dare you not to feel that your own life is more important.."
- What's Opera Doc? starring Buggs Bunny and Elmer Fudd.
Recommended by The Rev. Dr. Robert Stiefel. Non-parochial, a professor at
University of NH. "Several takes on Wagner and Rossini and other composers
are combined. Until you have experienced Elmer Fudd as Siegfried and Bugs
in drag as Brunhilde, well, you haven't really lived. Heck, this holds
true for almost any Bugs Bunny cartoon, and a whole treasure trove of them
are being released in time for Christmas. This four DVD set will include
dozens of Bugs best on one DVD and on another DVD many starring moments by
his diva cousin, Daffy Duck. Poor Elmer, to have had always to play
straight man to two of the most gay figures in American culture!."
- When Harry Met Sally starring Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan.
Recommended by Casey Rousseau. Trinity, Harford. "Another Rob Reiner
romantic comedy and the source of the quote I use when I talk about
marriage equality: `When you realize you want to spend the rest of your
life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as
- When the Levees Broke starring . Recommended by Bert
Jones. . "Spike Lee's documentary of Katrina's devastation of New Orleans."
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene
Wilder. Recommended by Ann B Carlson. St. Mark's in Hampton, VA. "It's
probably the only movie that I think is 10 times better than the book. The
movie makes me believe (I've almost worn out the videotape and have the
whole thing memorized) in `pure imagination' and in the power of love and
compassion to answer life's questions. It answers the part of me that's
always wanted to believe in uncomplicated goodness."
- Wings of Desire starring Bruno Ganz, directed by Wim
Wenders. Recommended by Sherri King Edman. Church of the Apostles,
Fairfax, VA. "An angel, unable to heal brokenness in the humans he
loves, chooses to become human. A transcendently beautiful film about
joy and goodness in earthly things."
- The Wire starring . Recommended by Sarah Lawton. St.
John's San Francisco. "Now in its fifth and final season as a TV series.
Earlier seasons are avaialable on DVD. "It's important to watch the whole
series from the beginning as it is as complex a portrait, and indictment,
of Baltimore as a good Dickens novel is of London, but season two (dock
workers specifically and the death of the working class more generally) and
four (education) are especially good. ."
- Wit starring Emma Thompson. Recommended by Nathan J. A.
Humphrey. St. James in Monkton, MD. "It is about an English professor who
is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. A real tear jerker."
- With Honors starring Joe Pesci, Brendan, Fraser, Moira
Kelly, and Patrick Dempsey. Recommended by Libby Nickel. St. Luke's
Episcopal Church, Minneapolis, MN. "Story of a Harvard student who learns
to think about others before himself, to take risks with other people, and
recognize the value of every human being. Good stuff and quality cast."
- Witness starring Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis.
Recommended by Jim Hammond. St. Luke's, Remington, VA. "This is a murder
mystery notable primarily for its setting among the Amish of Lancaster
County, PA. The Amish lifestyle provokes thoughtful discussion about
devotion to religious principles.."
- Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack
Haley, Bert Lahr.... Recommended by Randy William Ash. St. Margaret's in
DC. "My numero uno. I am a friend of Dorothy, i am a friend of dorothy, i
am a friend of dorothy......... I am Dorothy!."
- Wonder Boys starring Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire,
Frances McDormand. Recommended by Murdoch Matthew. . "A New York agent
comes to college town to check on a professor who wrote one best seller
years ago and has been trying to finish his next book ever since. Agent is
accompanied by beautiful six-foot drag queen named Roberta, whom he quickly
drops for a bright student with a promising manuscript in his backpack.
Student may or may not be queer -- he lies reflexively, on principle, and,
like David in the scriptures, he won't say no to someone offering him the
world. He’s played by Tobey McGuire (Spider-Man). There’s a funny
dog that comes to a bad end. A dress once worn by Marilyn Monroe is lost.
Loose ends fly around like tentacles and are finally tied up. Burdens of
past are shed (or fly off the back of a bike carrier rack), new beginnings
are made. And, to my regret, Roberta is never seen again. I really liked
- Year of Living Dangerously starring Mel Gibson and
Sigourney Weaver.. Recommended by Tim Orwig. Epiphany in Walpole, MA.
"Directed by Peter Weir. Ostensibly a love story set against political
upheaval in Indonesia, stars Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver. Foreign
correspondent Gibson and his photographer Billy Kwan (for which Linda Hunt
won an Academy Award) face difficult moral choices."
- Yentl starring Barbra Streisand. Recommended by Alice
Hanson. St. Paul's Cathedral in San Diego. "Streisand also directed,
produced, and co-wrote the screenplay about a young girl's love of
learning denied flourishing because of cultural mores at the turn of the
century. Definitely a story for today about a woman's search for freedom
And a her discovery of herself ... and of love."
- Yesterday starring . Recommended by Louie Crew.
Grace/Newark, NJ. "Darrell James Roodt (Cry, the Beloved Country) directs
this heartfelt drama, the first Zulu-language film to be released
internationally. Struggling to raise her daughter in a poor African
village, Yesterday (Leleti Khumalo) finds the odds stacked against her when
she learns that she's HIV positive. With her husband in denial, Yesterday
must somehow find the strength to go on, determined to live just long
enough to see her daughter go to school. ."
- Zorba the Greek starring Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates.
Recommended by Robin Hodson. St. Alban's, Arcata, CA. "It taught me to do
everything with passion, even failure."
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