Sunday, December 4, 2011


5.0 out of 5 stars Buen Camino!, November 17, 2011
Lincoln S. Dall (Jackson, MS, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Way (DVD)
While I was on a trip to Argentina and Chile with a group of teachers in the summer of 2002, Pam and Rick, a married couple from Maine also on the trip, mentioned to me several times that they thought I should look into going on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, since they knew I was a very devoted Catholic, and since I was discerning my call to the priesthood. At the time, I was a high school Spanish teacher living in Greenville, Mississippi, and a member of the Mississippi Teacher Corps from Ole Miss. I ended up walking the Camino in the summer of 2003 with my friend Nancy, one year before I entered seminary. I am now a priest in the Mississippi Delta - a long way from my upbringing in Chicago and southern California. It is amazing where our journeys take us. Being a pilgrim is all about the journey, about taking yourself out of the ordinary routine and putting yourself into God's hands. The pilgrims call out this encouragement to one another - "Buen Camino" - wishing each other a good road, a good journey.

The characters in The Way were all called to the Camino de Santiago de Compostela for different reasons. Many of us don't even know why were are called. And in the end, we never know how we are going to change. What is a "true pilgrim"? That was a discussion Martin Sheen and the other pilgrims had one evening on their journey in Spain. There probably is no good answer to that question. When you finish the Camino, you are asked for your motives for going. Many of the characters in that movie struggled with that question as well. Sometimes it is very difficult to put into words the way God is at work in our lives.

I do know that being a pilgrim is a big part of my identity today. The Camino is a big part of my life. I am planning to go back to Spain in April 2012. I am going to start the walk in Pamplona with three of my friends from Mississippi. Several others are meeting us in Leon about two week later to walk the last 200 miles with us.

This is a wonderful movie. The one thing that was not touched upon in the movie was the physical challenge that confronts many pilgrimages. My friend who walked the Camino with me got a bad foot infection on the very first day and was not able to walk much of The Way. I did not even have a blister, but my next Camino might be very different. This is a very inspiring, very spiritual movie. I applaud Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez for their efforts. We need more movies like this.

The Way - Movie Trailer (2011) HD - YouTube 22, 2011 - 3 min - Uploaded by movieclipsTRAILERS
Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port , France to collect the remains ...


Richard said...

It must have had very limited release in the US. doesn't have a single review of it.

JustinO'Shea said...

Opened in Oct. Held over still in some theatres.

I sent you a link to reviews, etc. Did you check them? Just trying to help. . . sheeeesssssshhhh. . .but hey, let it go. No problem.

JustinO'Shea said... rates THE WAY 80% so far, with a box office of $3.4 mil and still showing.

Cf Martin Sheen

On their page they include a clip from THE WAY. DVD will be available late Feb 2012.

Yes, I get royalties. . . LOL

GreginAdelaide said...

Hee hee.....calm, Justin,

No, I haven't seen it. In fact I rarely see movies....and then maybe only well after the fact, when and if they arrive on telly.

I'm not a big telly watcher either, I spend far too much time talking with friends, on the phone, in person or via the net, working and all the other little things in life that we need to do. Telly is just the occasional thing to flop exhausted in front of when I need to unwind and think of nothing in particular.
Mental chewy. Rarely planned.

Sometimes I fall over something really worthwhile out of sheer luck that it is on when I switch on...or off as it may be...haha!

However, I do have a good mate who knows my tastes and texts me if he thinks there is something I'd be really interested in. 9 times out of 10 he's spot on...scary how some people know me.

Can't recall the last time I was in a cinema. Probably cos I don't like going alone....something creepy about lone guys in cinemas...haha!
Unfortunately all my friends either have partners that they go to movies with.
A partner would be a good thing. Ah well.

GreginAdelaide said...

I just watched the trailer, yes it is my kind of movie.

Perhaps not thick enough, but good anyway.

JustinO'Shea said...

Thick? hmmmm. . .y'won't know till you try it. . . .nyuk nyuk

JustinO'Shea said...

RICHARD, thanks for the link to RottenTomatoes. . . lots of info there. ;-)


JustinO'Shea said...

Yes, GreginAdelaide. . .it is strange how yer friends know you. . ;-)~

GreginAdelaide said...

"nyuk nyuk"....!?

Where do you get that from Justin?
It makes me think immediately of the Three Stooges.

Used to watch them religiously (sorry) back in the snowy-picture black and white telly days in the small country town where I grew up.

My all-time fav memories of telly in my childhood days?
"Why, soitenly!...nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!"

JustinO'Shea said...

"nyuk nyuk" is sort of a cyberese snicker. . . ;-))

GreginAdelaide said...

Gary Kelly said...

I never go to the movies alone either. I always take at least one imaginary friend.

Richard said...


I searched on The Way instead of Martin Sheen. Since there is no concensus yet among reviewers, it does not show up when one does a title search; but does show up when one searches on Martin Sheen. $3.5 million is pretty small pickings.

JustinO'Shea said...

Charming. . . .lol. . . .My nyuk nyuk is way lower pitched. . .lol

Gary Kelly said...

I'm compelled to take issue with what Greg said about there being "something creepy about lone guys in cinemas". I'm not taking a shot at Greg personally, but rather against the notion that a person is incomplete unless he's in company.

There's no way in the wide world anybody's gonna tell me I can't go to the movies or a restaurant or anywhere else alone if I choose to - which I often do.

The notion that a person needs to be part of a pair or group in order to be socially acceptable is crap, and to me totally ludicrous.

In fact, I think it's a form of majority bullying by a society dominated by insecure nitwits.

Solo is cool. Don't knock it.

Stew said...

I agree with Gary, and would add that going to events alone can be liberating.
I've found when I go someplace alone, I usually end up meeting people I wouldn't have otherwise.

Perhaps by Feb. When this movie comes out on DVD, I'll have time to watch it. I'll look forward to it.

GreginAdelaide said...

Oh Gary, you may isunderstand me, I'm well into solo activities ... haha!

Actually, I don't ahve a general perception that lone men in a cinema are always creepy, although I've certainly seem some that crepped me.

I guess that comment was really made from the point of view that it is I that does not want to be viewed as creepy by others, as abnormal, or "suspect".

Call me dumb, call me silly, but I do care a lot about how others view me. I'd be somewhat self concious alone in a cinema, perhaps enough so that I would not fully enjoy the overall experience. Sure, the movie might be great, but I'd weigh that against feeling uncomfortable about how others view me.

Self concious, worrying too much about what others think, yeps, I do too much of that.

Stupid, I know, but there it is, that's me.

I need to think about this some more....

Thanks Gary, I've not been prompted to self examination by this blog for a while've given me something to consider about myself....and this is what Justin has often done for me in the past with his musings and questions.

I like it.

Coop said...

I'd rent/go see a movie once a year. MAYBE.
They just don't interest me that much. I usually go because I get asked to/dragged.

If I see something on TV that's a different story. I can always change the channel if I don't like it.

Greg, I multi-task when I watch TV. That's the only time I do multi-task.
Yes I would watch The Way. I like to think of myself as a faithful Catholic and if Martin Sheen is involved it won't be dull and pedantic.

Did ya know Martin and Emilio are father and son? I think the Sheen fellas adopted that name for their careers.

JustinO'Shea said...

Ramon Esteves, father of Emilio, chose the name Martin SHEEN because of his great admiration for Bishop Sheen. . .the primo televangelist from the early 1950s who was on TV 5 or 6 nights a week. A regular prime-time household "must see".

I just watched a Martin Sheen interview on the internet. . .hahahaa

--- from my Trivia Collection

ya got that Coopsta? ;-)

Coop said...

Yeah I got that Bro. Martin Sheen has had an eventful life... lots of failures... that he's very honest about.
We're all imperfect and flawed. That's the beauty of God's grace.

A great scholar once said "Truth is stranger than fiction, judgie wudgie".
I'm sure Greg knows who that is.

GreginAdelaide said...

Ah, Coops, you got me.
Give me a bit longer, but you'll prbably have to tell me cos it is buggin the hell outa me not being able to recall.......damn!

GreginAdelaide said...

Oh blast, I knew it was Stooges, but which I just had to cheat and Google, it got the better of me!
Curly, 1936 "Disorder in the Court"

JustinO'Shea said...

Oh geeeez, a major tad before my time. . .nyuk nyuk. . .Stoodges, ehyah?

GreginAdelaide said...

Well Justin, they were well before my time too, I wasn't even a bad thought in my Ma's head in 1936 ... or Dad's either I'd guess.

But we saw it cos it was early days of telly in country Australia and we were subject to a lot of old US stuff cos our industry hadn't grown up to offer much TV program content beyond news and serious stuff.

Coop said...

Greg, you're right. It was Curly. I didn't know the title or year of the episode. I think you got the extra credit. heehee.