Hollywood’s best and worst — from a distinctly Catholic perspective.


Sure, it’s an ear worm. But what would the crafty Wormwood say about it?


That series you’ve been binging? There’s more to it than meets the eye.


Sparkling vampires and fifty shades aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.


J. Thomas Binkley is editor of Trending Thomas. He writes on Scripture, matters of culture and current events. J. Thomas earned his BA in Religion from St. Leo University, and is pursuing his Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Christendom Graduate School. He has a particular devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus through St. Catherine of Siena and the Blessed Mother.

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Out of the gate, I’d like to say that I like The Christmas Chronicles, not because it did anything in particular to advance one of my favorite causes, the life of St. Nicholas, but because it is a fun movie to watch with older kids (7+). Older kids due to some sad themes, like the death of a parent and single motherhood (soft spots for me), that must be discussed. Plus, watching fantastical Santa movies, if you’re a family that does such a thing, require alignment with the true St. Nick that many parents feel ill-equipped for. The fun of the movie comes from theRead More →

I’m hoping my “American Werewolf in London” reference was clear. Now, let’s talk about the Google app, YouTube Kids. This is an app that curates YouTube videos for children. My kids have been using the thing for probably a couple of years now and my wife and I monitor their viewing like a hawk. We’re not over their shoulders, but their activities are tracked via Disney’s Circle device and regular daddy surprise inspections. During a short drive home, I let the girls play on their devices. Once home, we entered the domicile and as my eldest took off her shoes, I glanced at her screen.Read More →

The state of much horror today is marked by the control of producers over the vision of the artist. This is true in “The Nun”, the fourth title in The Conjuring series, though it doesn’t destroy the entertainment value of the film. I can forgive them; major horror in general is taking one of two directions–either it’s an arthouse snooze-fest, or a jump-scare romper. Arthouse scores well with mainstream critics and indie film circuits, while the rompers score much lower (generally). “The Nun” is a total romper, packing in jump-scares as densely as possible. Not to say that they are all effective or necessary, butRead More →

I have to admit that I have a soft spot for EDM music. Particularly, beats and sounds that are dark and incredibly heavy. Maybe it is the Faustian sense of darkness, with artificial Baconian banging while destroying what is natural, and the Machiavellian kind of rise to power. It triggers something visceral, inviting an overwhelming sense of domination. Now, here I speak of particular songs or particular sub genres of the EDM world. I don’t have anything in me that desires something of an electrifying stimulating dance tune. So, when I do listen to this kind of music it tends towards shadowy, industrial, very bassRead More →

Justin P. Lange’s recent film The Dark commands over 90 percent on the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes, which for most genres is quite the impressive feat, but I’ve found to be less indicative of anything remotely good with two genres: horror and comedy. In the realm of these opposites-attract fraternal twins, audiences are much more divided. I’d wager it’s because what makes us laugh and what makes us scream are hard to pin down, and therefore difficult to pull off. Getting a large percentage of a given population to agree, then, is near triumphant. Thus, I tend to prefer horror or comedy at aRead More →

Is it time to return to an older translation of the Bible? Is it time for us to retreat into ourselves and guard ourselves like a village knowing that it’s under siege retreating into the walls of the fortress? It appears that the time has come. We can no longer stay in the broad proximity to Christ’s voice like sheep grazing on newer grass. We have found ourselves in grave danger where we stand and to do nothing about this would be, quite frankly, folly. The enemy looks different this time. The jaws are the same as any wolf that lives in the forest outside,Read More →