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Here Are Each of the Troubadours Top Ten Movies

Dale Ahlquist's Top Ten

1. Children of Men (masterpiece of filmmaking, profound and prophetic story

2. Groundhog Day (how to explain Purgatory to a Protestant)

3. Gladiator (bringing classical back)

4. Mary Poppins (As my son Julian has shown, it is about the Blessed Virgin Mary)

5. Wizard of Oz (timeless, ageless)

6. Dr. Strangelove (the epitome of dark humor and acid commentary on the Cold War)

7. Apollo 13 (How can a movie, where you know how it’s going to end, keep you at the edge of your seat the entire time, even when you rewatch it?)

8. It’s a Wonderful Life (Capra is G.K. Chesterton)

9. Jaws (Sorry, it’s a perfect movie, and there’s no getting around it)

10. And if I were to choose a different food movie than Babette’s Feast, it would be Ratatouille, hands down.

Christopher Check's Top Ten

1. The Man Who Would be King (The best movie ever made)

2. Breaker Morant (The best courtroom drama ever made)

3. True Grit (The best western ever made)

4. Breaking Away (The best coming-of-age movie ever made)

5. Out of the Past (The best film noir ever made)

6. Sullivan’s Travels (The best Preston Sturges movie ever made)

7. The Informer (The best John Ford movie ever made)

8. A Face in the Crowd (The best movie about the power of celebrity ever made — Elia Kazan and better than On the Waterfront)

9. The 39 Steps (The best Hitchcock movie ever made and also the best love scene ever made)

10. Big Night (The best movie about food ever made)

William Fahey's Top Ten (Stretching the Idea of Ten)

1. Movies with an eastern detective: Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939) and Thank you, Mr. Moto (1937)

2. Movies about growing up under the influence of a noble scoundrel: Treasure Island (1950) and True Grit (2010)

3. Movies for those who think they understand falling in love: I Know Where I’m Going (1945) and The Quiet Man (1952)

4. Movies about the price of leadership: 12 O’Clock High (1949) and High Noon (1952)

5. Movies which are rollicking: The Prisoner of Zenda (1937 only) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1939)

6. Movies which are called comedies but are in fact satire: Duck Soup (1933) and The Court Jester (1955)

7. Movies about the burden and strength of solitude: The Browning Version (1951 only) and Lawrence of Arabia (1960)

8. Movies about treachery, plots, and spies: The 39 Steps (1935) and Went the Day Well (1942)

9. Movies about empire building—which are really about more important things: Gunga Din (1939) and Breaker Morant (1980)

10. Movies about the beautiful future that technology will give us: Blade Runner (1982) and The Matrix (1999)

11. Movies about Loss and Redemption: Ben Hur (1959) and Manchester by the Sea (2016)

12. Movies about aging with dignity and the dignity of age: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) and The Queen (2006)

THE Best Movie: In the end, I must speak of one and it is the stand alone only one that wins in all categories and rest unassailable in place of the highest achievement in western civilization as depicted in film: It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

The Year of Fahey’s Secret Pleasures: Gold Finger (1964), Dr. Strangelove (1964), and A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

Daniel Kerr's Top Ten

1. Old Yeller (My favorite movie)

2. The Sting (My favorite crime caper)

3. Last of the Mohicans — Michael Mann (My favorite epic)

4. Watership Down (My favorite animated movie)

5. The Mission (My favorite soundtrack/movie combo)

6. Babette's Feast (My favorite foreign film)

7. Witness for the Prosecution (My favorite courtroom drama)

8. Jeremiah Johnson (My favorite move on rugged individualism)

9. Lonesome Dove (My favorite western)

10. Die Hard (My favorite Hollywood action flick)

Joseph Pearce's Top Ten

1. The Death of Stalin (Darkly satirical exposé of Soviet communist corruption. Course and crude in places but very funny!)

2. The Passion of Joan of Arc (The original silent classic from the 1920s. This should be watched as an antidote to the recent Joan of Arc film, which turns Joan into a heretic and the Church into the villain. It should also be watched with Richard Einhorn's wonderful score.)

3. Father Brown (Sir Alec Guinness as Father Brown. Charming and delightful.)

4. Pride and Prejudice (The version with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy)

5. The Lord of the Rings (Jackson's version. Flawed but spectacular and brilliant in places.)

6. Fisherman's Friends (My favourite "western", which is set in contemporary Cornwall and celebrates small town rural life and cultural roots. A few cringeable moments but not enough to spoil it.)

7. Hot Fuzz (An outrageously quirky spoof on The Wicker Man)

8. Babette's Feast (For all the reasons Dale enumerated and more)

9. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (I re-watched this recently and was surprised at how funny I still found it. Irreverent. Iconoclastic. Anarchic. But very funny!)

10. The Passion of the Christ (The nearest the film medium has come to making a moving icon. The scourging is over the top and, me judice, unwatchable but the rest is marvelous.)

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Tuesday June 16 | Special Guest, Kevin O'Brien

"The One Essential Thing"

If Church is inessential, what is essential?

We have experienced two great crises in the past three months: the coronavirus lockdown and the riots and protests. How do these events test our faith? What can we learn about God - and ourselves - in these trying times?

Kevin O’Brien is the founder and artistic director of The Theater of the Word Incorporated, a Catholic theater company which tours the country evangelizing through drama.

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Weekly Talks to Inspire and Delight

Tuesday, April 7 | Featured Speaker: Dale Ahlquist
The Good Things That Are Being Restored in a Time of Crisis

Tuesday, April 14 | Featured Speaker: Joseph Pearce
Restoring Freedom After a Time of Crisis

Tuesday, April 21
| Featured Speaker: Daniel Kerr
The Lost Art of Noticing What You See

Tuesday, April 28
| Featured Speaker: Christopher Check
Bringing Back Storytelling: Why and How

Tuesday, May 5
| Featured Speaker: Dr. William Fahey
After the Spell has Snapped: Obligations, Visions, and Actions—Now What?

Tuesday, May 12 | The Five Troubadours
Poetry and Expounding Upon It


The Troubadours Summit Series is an outgrowth of an annual symposium in Fort Scott, Kansas called the Prairie Troubadour. 

Faithful to Holy Mother Church, The Troubadours are a group of friends inspired by the likes of Cardinal Newman, ChesterBelloc, John Senior, and other stalwarts of the Faith, to live and share the Joy of Christ through stories, song, and good red wine. Through our online summit series,  we aim to create an authentic Catholic experience where the Good, the True and the Beautiful are glimpsed through lively discourse punctuated by earnest prayer, strong drink, and the real mirth found in friendship. 

Catholicism needn’t be stodgy and narrow.  Quite the contrary! As G.K. Chesterton reminds us, the walls built by the Church through doctrine and discipline are not the walls of a prison, but the “walls of a playground.”  

And as Belloc wrote, “Wherever the Catholic Sun doth shine, there’s always laughter and good red wine.  At least I’ve always found it so. Benedicamus Domino.”

Indeed it is so.  Let us bless the Lord!


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The Original Troubadour

The Prairie Troubadour is named in memoriam of poet, song-writer and man of the Kansas prairie, Gerald Francis Kerr (1944 – 2015). Dr. Kerr was a patriarch, physician, poet, farmer, troubadour, true Kansan and lover of the prairie. A Catholic son and beloved husband, he was father of 6 and papa to 31 grand-children. Click below to hear one of his recordings, Raggedy Man, an original composition based on a poem by James Whitcomb Riley. 

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