Writings by Cole Huffman


Category: Film

Benefit of the Doubt

With news of Pope Benedict XVI’s abdication today, my participation in a Catholic wedding over the weekend, and having the human need for mercy much on my mind of late, I ponder again the movie Doubt . The setting is a Bronx Catholic school. It’s 1964. The jovial parish priest, Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman), also coaches the boys’ basketball team. Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep) is the school principal who runs her charge with the glee of a Pharisee.  Sister Aloysius comes to... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Feb 11 | 1 comments
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Those Halcyon Days of Yore

Lynn and I recently took in a movie at the good ole Ridgeway Four.   Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris (PG-13) tells the story of an American screenwriter’s visit to Paris with his fussy fiancée and her parents.   The screenwriter, Gil Pender (played by Owen Wilson), is successful as a self-described “Hollywood hack.”   (Allen engages in some vicarious self-deprecation through Wilson’s character.)   But what Gil really wants to do is write great literature, and... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Jul 20
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The Jewels of the Egyptians in Service to Christ

The last time I really leaned on a film to illustrate a sermon was three years ago.  Why would that be memorable?  I was teaching Hosea in the Spring of 2008, and used a scene from the film adaptation of Somerset Maugham's novel  The Painted Veil to convey what it might have been like for Hosea confronting Gomer's infidelity.  I was trying to get my congregation into the emotion of the text and would use that scene again if teaching Hosea over.... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Mar 31
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