K. V. Turley

K. V. Turley

About K. V. Turley

K.V. Turley writes from London.

“Stalker”: The Search for Faith Amidst Desolation

By |2019-02-28T23:55:03-05:00February 28th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Film, Russia, St. John Paul II|

Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker is about a man who leads others, however obliquely, and despite obstacles, both external and internal, to faith. Faith is faith. Without it, man is deprived of any spiritual roots. He is like a blind man. Just more than thirty years ago, on 26 April 1986, a nuclear disaster occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear [...]

Did John Paul II Change the Course of Irish History?

By |2019-03-17T00:11:03-05:00January 26th, 2019|Categories: Catholicism, Film, Government, Ireland, Politics, St. John Paul II, War|

Did the speech made by Pope John Paul II at Drogheda during his visit to Ireland in 1979 change the course of Irish history? This is the contention of a new documentary John Paul II in Ireland: A Plea for Peace, written and directed by David Naglieri. The originality of the film’s premise lies [...]

Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps”: A Coded Message?

By |2019-02-21T12:31:31-05:00October 4th, 2018|Categories: Film, History, Mystery, World War II|

The 39 Steps is one of five films that Alfred Hitchcock made in England about espionage in the mid-to-late 1930s. These films capture the growing threat felt in Britain from foreign powers. In their scenarios the nation's security was nowhere more threatened than by spies hiding in plain sight... The Thirty-Nine Steps. A novel. Then a film: The 39 Steps. In the end, that [...]

Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge,” & the Real Hollywood Counter-Culture

By |2018-08-31T02:07:07-05:00August 30th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Culture, Film|

In Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson continues to present an alternative world-view to filmgoers. It is one at odds with almost all that emanates from Hollywood, but, nevertheless, is one that finds a welcome reception in the real world, where family and marriage, patriotism and courage, faith and self-sacrifice still form part of the daily lives [...]

The Wages of Sin: Jean-Pierre Melville’s Doomed Universe

By |2018-07-25T17:12:26-05:00July 25th, 2018|Categories: Death, Film|

In Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Doulos, it is as if there is an existential darkness present throughout. In this world, no matter how cunning the schemes or how fail-safe the get-away plans are, for all concerned there is a retribution coming. In Melville’s cinematic universe the wages of sin are always death… Recently, at London’s British Film [...]

“Grizzly Man”: Longing for Eden

By |2019-05-09T10:29:54-05:00June 28th, 2018|Categories: Civil Society, Culture, Film, Joseph Pearce|

The human and animal worlds are distinct, and relations between them are as much affected by Original Sin as all else in the universe. No amount of wishful thinking, no matter how well-intentioned or deluded, is going to change this… In the last decades there has been a romanticization of nature and man’s place [...]

Ireland’s Brave New World

By |2018-06-04T00:03:34-05:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: Abortion, Catholicism, Christianity, Culture, Ireland, Politics|

Ireland has chosen between life and death. Death it shall have. The fallacy that a liberal abortion regime solves anything will soon become apparent to Irish citizens… Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned… [...]

A Unique Testament of War: Dispatches from Vietnam

By |2017-10-05T22:37:19-05:00October 5th, 2017|Categories: Books, History, War|

Michael Herr left us one of the best accounts of men at war in his book, Dispatches. A reporter, he had gone to Vietnam to find a story, but had found something else that would hound him for the rest of his life… Dispatches by Michael Herr (Knopf Doubleday, 272 pages, 1977) As the 1967 Summer [...]

“Napoleon”: The Rediscovery of a Cinematic Masterpiece

By |2017-03-06T16:05:01-05:00March 6th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Film, History|

French director Abel Gance’s magnificent 1927 silent film Napoleon was only rediscovered thanks to the efforts of an English schoolboy, who was given a film projector as a Christmas present… There are films about legendary figures that become legends themselves. Such a film is Abel Gance’s Napoleon. Premiered in 1927, it was so far ahead of its [...]