Christ and Pop Culture

Seeing & Believing takes a voyage into some hearts of darkness with the two films this week. Angelina Jolie returns in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the sequel to Disney's 2013 revisionist take on the iconic villain of Sleeping Beauty. Wade and Kevin also fill in a big gap in their horror-movie backgrounds, offering their first-time impressions of 1973's classic portrait of spiritual evil, The Exorcist. The film's infamy certainly precedes it; does it live up to its harrowing reputation?

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Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their new series called The Creative Process by inviting Sara Groves to a conversation about remaining authentic while pursuing your creative work. Sara has been nominated for seven Dove Awards and has produced a string of successful albums over the past two decades. When it comes to authenticity, Sara has wrestled this out personally through her music and interviews. 

Direct download: 175_Sara_Groves.mp3
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Seeing & Believing is seeing double this week with two Will Smiths! Ang Lee's latest film pits the star against a science experiment gone too right: a younger clone of himself. Lee is experimenting behind the camera as well, attempting to introduce a revolution in filmmaking with his high-frame-rate cinematography and 3-D wizardry. The guys take a look at how ultimately successful these two experiments are, then turn their attention to Vince Gilligan's own minor experiment with Netflix: can a two-hour film follow-up to a six-year-old series finale still carry the bite of that series? Breaking Bad fans, rejoice!

Music interlude by The Climb, "Forgiven." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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

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Some movies just want to watch Twitter burn. That's what Todd Phillips's new film Joker has been doing for a couple of weeks now, and in today's episode Wade and Kevin take a look at the film to see what all the controversy is about. They also offer their review of the latest film from Japan's most prolific filmmaker, Takashi Miike. Does First Love's story about a boxer and a call girl caught up in a yakuza plot gone wrong to offer anything to the discerning genre lover? Seeing and Believing is on the case!

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

Direct download: 220_Joker_and_First_Love.mp3
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Erin and Hannah continue their new series called The Creative Process by inviting baker and theologian (and Christ and Pop Culture staff writer!) Kendall Vanderslice to a conversation about art’s temporal nature. Kendall shares about her work that is made only to be consumed and how she frames the temporal nature of her work. Such constraints are important in today’s world, as we all are creating work that is in some sense “consumed” and temporary. 

Direct download: 173_Processing_Arts_Temporal_Nature.mp3
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Whether you like biopics of golden-age Hollywood stars or picaresque tales about people pursuing their pro-wrestling ambitions, Seeing & Believing's got you covered in this episode. Renee Zellweger makes her bid for an Oscar this year with her electrifying turn as Judy Garland in Judy. Smaller indies are represented this week as well, as Wade and Kevin dig into The Peanut Butter Falcon, about a young man with Down syndrome who has dreams of a career as a professional wrestler. 

Direct download: 219_Judy_and_The_Peanut_Butter_Falcon.mp3
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In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their new series called The Creative Process by inviting artist Michelle Berg Radford to a conversation about making space for creative work. Michelle shares her personal philosophy for making time and space for her work. Creatives of all sorts will appreciate her perspective on the place and importance of art as well as being a good steward of the gifts God has entrusted to each one of us.

Direct download: 172_Processing_Creative_Space_with_Michelle_Radford.mp3
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