Jim McDermott, S.J., is America’s Los Angeles correspondent.
Clockwise: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” John Krasinski’s “Some Good News,” “The Queen’s Gambit” and “Tiger King” (photos: Netlfix, Youtube)
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottDecember 30, 2020
In 2020 the best TV was whatever got you through the night.
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottDecember 21, 2020
Hidden amid its meme-ready moments, “The Mandalorian” is quietly investigating the inadequacy of our ideas about each other.
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottOctober 16, 2020
‘The Boys’ gleefully satirizes every aspect of superhero movies by showing how corrupt all-powerful beings would be if they existed in the real world.
Courtney Vance, Jonathan Major and Jurnee Smollett in ‘Lovecraft Country’ (phoot: HBO)
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottAugust 25, 2020
Placing three Black characters at the center of a new TV series yields fresh, unexpected turns.
At the Joyce Center, a new retreat house for the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., full length windows offer views of the reservoir below, over which the sun rises each morning (photo: Tom Rettig).
Faith Features
Jim McDermottAugust 21, 2020
These modern retreat centers are helping people grow closer to God.
Photo: Unsplash/Svyatoslav Romanov
Arts & Culture Ideas
Jim McDermottFebruary 14, 2020
At times “10 Things” feels like being witness to little acts of self-liberation.
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Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottFebruary 01, 2020
Watching the finale, my mind wandered through places in my life that have been special to me.
Faith Features
Jim McDermottJanuary 09, 2020
Again and again I have watched Californians find a way beyond the categories they are supposed to occupy.
Daisy Ridley stars in "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." (CNS photo/Disney)
Arts & Culture Film
Jim McDermottDecember 27, 2019
In my experience the separation of priest from everybody else is neither helpful nor based on any kind of truth.
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Arts & Culture Ideas
Jim McDermottDecember 27, 2019
How can it be that the finale of “Lost,” the introduction of the iPad and “Bridesmaids” all happened within the last 10 years?