Christ and Pop Culture

It's nerd heaven on this week's episode of the show! First up is Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ernest Cline's wildly popular nerd-service novel, Ready Player One. Spielberg himself is responsible for a lot of geek nostalgia for his own earlier films; can he deliver the goods when making a movie specifically about geek nostalgia? Then the guys turn their attention to another nerd-adjacent blockbuster: Pacific Rim: Uprising, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro's hit movie about giant robots protecting Earth's coastal cities from giant monsters.

Music interlude by Alan Silvestri, "Ready Player One - Main Theme," from the Ready Player One official soundtrack.

Theme music by Alexander Osborn and Lindsey Mysse. Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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With an African-American cast and female-strong story line, the movie Black Panther has broken the Marvel mold. And fans can’t get enough. Movie sales have already hit $1 billion worldwide and are still going strong. The film is also a cultural phenomenon, sparking the M’Baku Challenge meme on Twitter and replicate costumes for cosplayers of color. What will be the lasting impact of this film? In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza invites Kathryn Freeman to discuss the vision of flourishing represented in Black Panther and what that means especially for black women. The conversation touches on the way African-American women are represented in Black Panther, other films, society at large, and within Christian circles. Listen in to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

Be sure to answer our question of the day: How has Black Panther altered your notions of female flourishing?

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Ava Duvernay and Disney's adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time has people all over the place wondering how the beloved novel does on the big screen. Wade and Kevin intend to find out. Then they plumb events a little closer to Earth with their review of The Death of Stalin, the latest black-humored political satire from writer/director Armando Iannucci. What happens when a despot with a cult of personality and a coterie of sycophants dies suddenly, leaving a power vacuum behind?

Music interlude by Ababwa, "Sea Otters." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

Theme music by Alexander Osborn and Lindsey Mysse. Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

Direct download: Seeing_and_Believing_145.mp3
Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 2:00am EST

With Kevin out this week, Wade is joined by Christ and Pop Culture staff writer Keegan Bradford to discuss Game Night, the new comedy from John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. Will this roll of the dice starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams be the first great (or at least very good) comedy of 2018?

In their second segment, the duo discusses The Breadwinner, the Oscar-nominated animated film from Nora Twomey. It's a balance between light and heavy on Episode 144 of Seeing and Believing.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:19pm EST

We humans can be a wee bit territorial. Take, for instance, the annual winter parking feuds in Chicago. Once winter hits and the snow starts falling, otherwise friendly neighbors begin claiming their cleared out parking spots using all manner of markers, from cardboard celebrity cutouts to lawn furniture to religious icons. And woe to the person who removes the marker and steals the newly shoveled spot! We may chuckle at such behavior, but claiming our space is something we are all prone to do.

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the ways that we seek to stake our claim for space, power, and rights and how we can all learn to live together on the same proverbial lawn. Listen and laugh and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 11:33pm EST

Seeing & Believing goes on an expedition into the dark, weird, and dreamlike this week. First, Wade and Kevin journey into the heart of "the Shimmer" with their review of Alex Garland's latest sci-fi mind-trip, Annihilation. Then they turn to consider Abbas Kiarostami's final film, the documentary 24 Frames. It may not be sci-fi, but it's definitely a mind-trip, and the guys try to unpack the ideas binding together the twenty-four vignettes that make up the film.

Music interlude by Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow, "Lighthouse Chamber," from the Annihilation official soundtrack.

Theme music by Alexander Osborn and Lindsey Mysse. Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

Direct download: Seeing_and_Believing_143.mp3
Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 9:48pm EST

Drew and Tyler chat Gina Dalfonzo about her recent article “I, Ashley: We’re Still Imposing the Harding-Kerrigan Narrative on Young Female Skaters.” We discuss the double standard present in sports fandom with regard to how people tend to react to vocal female athletes compared to male athletes. We also discuss how we treat athletes and react to their failures and successes.


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