Peter Malone

Peter Malone

Rev. Peter Malone reviews films for the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting. Read more of his reviews here.

Jesus, The Spirit of God - An Iranian Messiah

Rev. Peter Malone (MSC)
Jesus, The Spirit of God - An Iranian Messiah
Jesus, Spirit of God (and the miniseries) is a different contribution to the Jesus films and opens up avenues for interfaith theological dialogue...

Screen Jesus - Introducing the Theme

Rev. Peter Malone (MSC)
Screen Jesus - Introducing the Theme
It is possible to trace an outline of Christian spirituality as well as Christology as gauged by the Jesus’ films and audience response, especially in Europe, the Americas and western-influenced cultures...

The Scratching of God’s Fingernails in The Rite

Rev. Peter Malone (MSC)
The Scratching of God’s Fingernails in The Rite
It should be said that The Rite is particularly Catholic-friendly. Catholic audiences who are getting older would be more at home with the film, especially the first part. Younger Catholics could be intrigued by the information given...

Father Duffy and the Fighting 69th

Rev. Peter Malone (MSC)
Father Duffy and the Fighting 69th
This must be the only film which ends with the words, ‘Through Christ our Lord, Amen.’

Sexual Orientation and Mass Appeal

Rev. Peter Malone (MSC)
Sexual Orientation and Mass Appeal
Mass Appeal shows how the new seminary regime was far less disciplined and restrictive than in the seminaries of the past. The danger was that the new and older seminarians, fewer in number than in the past, ran the risk of forming dependencies in friendships. It raised the issues of sexual orientation of students and of homosexual relationships...

The Changing Styles of Missiology in Black Robe

Rev. Peter Malone (MSC)
The Changing Styles of Missiology in Black Robe
The Jesuit spirituality of the movie is that of the will and the intellect. The missionaries have a strong theology. They exercise a strong will, even to expecting death for their work. They speak the language of Christ's love but it is not seen as a strong motivation. Fr Laforgue will have to journey from truth to love...

Bitter Faith in Brighton Rock

Rev. Peter Malone (MSC)
Bitter Faith in Brighton Rock
It is not usual to have Catholic characters and themes in British films. However, they are a staple of adaptations of Graham Greene novels. There is no shirking of them here...

The Orthopraxy of Of Gods and Men

Rev. Peter Malone (MSC)
The Orthopraxy of Of Gods and Men
Of Gods and Men's director, Xavier Beauvois, shows an instinct for depicting the detail of monastic life with sensitivity and a strong awareness of what it means. His technical advisers have offered expert information which he has absorbed. And the casting is perfect. The actors look, move, speak and act as if they were authentic monks...
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