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Twilight Retreat for the Oscars: what do the 2014 nominated films have to say to believers?


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This "retreat" presentation is an outline that considers the 9 nominated films for Best Picture as well as two of the films nominated in the Best Animated Feature category through the lens of the Beatitudes, Works of Mercy, Deadly Sins, Catholic Social Teaching, the T.H.I.N.K. protocol, what it means to be a person of "character" and empathy.

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Twilight Retreat for the Oscars: what do the 2014 nominated films have to say to believers?

  1. 1. A  Twilight  Re,lection  on   Oscar  Nominated  Films   2014   Sr.  Rose  Paca,e,  FSP    
  2. 2. What  do  they  have  to  say  to   people  of  faith?  
  3. 3. Criteria   Human  and  Gospel  values   •  The  Bea7tudes,  Works  of  Mercy     •  The  Deadly  Sins  
  4. 4. Criteria:  Human  and  Gospel  values   Bea$tudes   Mt  5   Blessed  are     •  the  poor  in  spirit    for  theirs  is  the  kingdom  of  heaven.     •  they  who  mourn    for  they  shall  be  comforted.     •  the  meek    for  they  shall  inherit  the  earth.     •   they  who  hunger  and  thirst  for  righteousness    for  they  shall   be  sa$sfied.     •  the  the  merciful    for  they  shall  obtain  mercy.     •   the  pure  of  heart    for  they  shall  see  God.     •  the  peacemakers    for  they  shall  be  called  children  of  God.     •  they  who  are  persecuted  for  the  sake  of  righteousness,  for   theirs  is  the  kingdom  of  heaven.”    
  5. 5. Spiritual  Works  of  Mercy  
  6. 6. Mt  25  
  7. 7. Beatitudes    Matt.  5  
  8. 8. It’s  easier  to  ,ind  the  sins  and  sinners   than  saints  and  beatitudes     in  cinematic  drama  and  comedies  but   it’s  a  starting  place  
  9. 9. Deadly  Sins  
  10. 10. Then  there’s  the  shorthand  
  11. 11. The  bottom  line:  character   •  Va7can  II  tells  us  that  the  spiritual  is  built  on  the  human.   •  “Character”  is  built  on  the  value  of  “empathy”   •  To  be  a  person  of  character  means  to  do  the  right  thing   even  when  no  one  is  looking  
  12. 12. Empathy   •  To  be  a  person  of  character  means  to  walk  in  the   shoes  of  another:   •   “How  would  you  feel  if  someone  did  that  to   you?”     •  is  the  very  least  norm  for  being  an  authen7c   human  being  
  13. 13. Entertainment,  story-­‐telling,  context   •  To  be  all  these  good  things  you  need  to  show  the   shadow  side   •  But  when  the  conflict  is  resolved  what  are  we  leN   with?   •  (And  will  you  remember,  or  even  care,  tomorrow?   Does  it  even  ma,er?)  
  14. 14. Criteria  Summary   •  •  •  •  •  •  •  Empathy   Character   T.H.I.N.K.   Catholic  Social  Teaching   Deadly  sins   Works  of  Mercy   Bea7tudes  
  15. 15. The  ,ilms   •  •  •  •  •  The  Wolf  of  Wall  Street   American  Hustle   Captain  Phillips   Dallas  Buyers  Club   Nebraska  
  16. 16. The  ,ilms   •  •  •  •  •  •  Her   Frozen   The  Croods   12  Years  a  Slave   Philomena   Gravity  
  17. 17. The  Wolf  of  Wall  Street   •  •  •  •  •  •  •  Sa7re   “Greed,  for  want  of  a  be,er  word,  is  good.”   All  the  deadly  sins   Saving  grace?   An7thesis  of  bea7tude   Total  lack  of  empathy   (Ma,hew  7:12)  
  18. 18. American  Hustle   •  “Treat  people  the  way  you  want  to  be  treated;   didn’t  Jesus  say  that?”   •  “My  father,  he  taught  me  that  all  people  were   good  and  to  be  good  to  all  people”   •  We  hustle  for  respect,  love,  and  to  survive  –  but   how?   •  We  all  make  choices   •  It’s  all  about  “the  hair”   •  Enough  deadly  sins  …  but  some  conscience  going    
  19. 19. Captain  Phillips   •  •  •  •    A  movie  about  Davids  and  Goliaths   But  who’s  who?   What’s  the  bigger  picture?   Not  just  an  episode  on  the  high  seas  but  a  sign  of  endemic  injus7ce   between  the  rich  and  poor,  those  who  have  and  those  who  don’t  
  20. 20. Dallas  Buyers  Club   Dying  and  death   Homophobia   Human  dignity  (though  it  doesn’t  start  off  this  way)   Broader  social  issues:  Big  Pharma  and  Government  vis-­‐à-­‐vis   medical  care  for  people   •  Kindness,  respect   •  •  •  • 
  21. 21. Nebraska   •  Americana   •  Dreams  “I  didn’t  know  he  wanted  a  million  dollars.  If  he  did   why  didn’t  he  work  for  it?”   •  Family   •  Greed   •  Life  
  22. 22. Her   •  Samantha     •  Aramaic:  Listener   •  Hebrew:  Listener;  the  name  of  God   •  Theodore     •  Greek:  God-­‐given  or  God’s  GiN    
  23. 23. Her   •  •  •  •  •  A  metaphor?  God  and  the  person?   Rela7onship   Human  dignity   The  meaning  of  life   “I  was  in  prison  and  you  visited  me”  
  24. 24. Frozen   •  •  •  •  •  •    Family   Differences   Freedom  (family,  community   White  people  win  again   Causes  of  climate  change  :-­‐)   Paren7ng  
  25. 25. The  Croods   •  •  •  •  •  What  it  means  to  be  human   Fear  and  survival   Consciousness,  innova7on,  survival   Family  (respect  within  the  family)   (They  ripped  off  Plato’s  “The  Republic”    380  BC)  
  26. 26. 12  Years  a  Slave   •  Injus7ce   •  Human  dignity   •  Equality   •  Family   •  Survival   •  Hope   •  Deadly  sins   •  Bea7tude   •  Owning  the  darkness  of  our  history   •  Prejudice,  racism    
  27. 27. Philomena   •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  Injus7ce   Lust  or  indiscre7on  of  youth?   Intolerance   The  common  good?   Truth   Adop7on  rights   Blessed  are  the  poor  in  spirit   Reconcilia7on   Misuse  of  power   Motherhood  
  28. 28. Gravity  
  29. 29. Gravity   •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  Survival   Over  coming  fear   Contempla7ng  life,  dying,  death   Prayer   Reborn   Life   Hope   The  beauty  of  crea7on   Harming  the  environment  
  30. 30. What  do  the  Oscar  nominated   ,ilms  for  2014  say  to  you  as  a   person  of  faith?     •  •  •  •  •  Bea7tude   Works  of  mercy   Deadly  sins   Character   Empathy  
  31. 31. Which  ,ilm(s)  does  it  best  for  you?