Christ and Pop Culture

The music of the Boss figures prominently in this week's episode, as Wade and Kevin review Blinded by the Light, the latest film from the director of Bend It Like Beckham. Based on the memoir by Sarfraz Manzoor, Gurinder Chadha's new film centers on a Pakistani teen trying to survive Margaret Thatcher's Great Britain with the help of Bruce Springsteen's music. Does it manage to do justice to the power of Springsteen's music? The guys (Wade, especially) are on the case! They also take a look at Richard Linklater's latest effort, and adaptation of Maria Semple's bestselling novel, Where'd You Go, Bernadette.

Music interlude by Cliff Clavin, "Lifescapes." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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

Direct download: 214_Blinded_by_the_Light_and_Whered_You_Go_Bernadette.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:55am EDT

Gather around the campfire, shine a flashlight under your chin, and cue up this week's episode of Seeing & Believing, in which Wade and Kevin revisit the creepy tales of yesteryear with Andre Ovredal's adaptation of Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The guys take a trip down a different memory lane for their second segment, in which they revisit the movies of 2009, from Avatar to Zombieland, to find their five favorites from that year.

Music interlude by Beaker Beetle, "Moving On Up." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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

Direct download: 213_Scary_Stories_to_Tell_In_The_Dark__Top_5_Films_of_2019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:37pm EDT

Seeing & Believing features something (slightly) old and something (very) new with the two semi-autobiographical films being reviewed on this episode. The guys take a look at Lulu Wang's quirky, touching The Farewell, a story about a family coming together to lie to their beloved matriarch about her diagnosis of terminal cancer. Also under review is Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir, the just-released-to-streaming film about a drug addict and an aspiring filmmaker and the stormy bond between them.

Music interlude by HaTom, "Naya." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0. Theme music by Alexander Osbornand Lindsey Mysse. Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

Direct download: 212_The_Farewell_and_The_Souvenir.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:58pm EDT

Quentin Tarantino is back with another period piece, this time set in Hollywood during the closing days of the 1960s. Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie lead a cast that retells the events surrounding the Manson murders of 1969, particularly the tragic killing of actress Sharon Tate, in Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood(note the position of the ellipsis). Wade and Kevin also offer their review of the indie film Them That Follow, which tells a story that is right up Seeing & Believing's alley: a pastor's daughter finds herself at a crossroads when it comes to her Appalachian community's Pentecostal snake-handling ways.

Music interlude by Martin Miller, "Imagination." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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

Direct download: 211_Once_Upon_a_Time...In_Hollywood_and_Them_That_Follow.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:11pm EDT

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