Christ and Pop Culture (general)

With Kevin out this week, Wade is joined by Grindhouse Theology's Blake Collier to discuss "IT Chapter Two." "IT Chapter Two" picks up 27 years after 2017's "IT," bringing the now grown up cast (which features Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, and James Ransone) back to Derry, Maine to battle Pennywise once again. In their second segment, Wade and Blake discusses David Cronenberg's 1983 horror picture, "The Dead Zone." It's all things Stephen King on Episode 216 of Seeing and Believing.

Song: “Poisonous Tentacles” by Steven Melin

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Direct download: 216_IT_Chapter_2_and_The_Dead_Zone.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52pm EDT

With Kevin out this week, Wade is joined by film critic Sarah Welch-Larson to discuss 'Ready or Not, the new horror-comedy from Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. The film's synopsis is pretty straightforward: on her wedding night, a young bride named Grace (played by Samara Weaving) is reeled into a terrifying game of hide and seek by her wealthy in-laws. Now, with hours until dawn, Grace must fight to survive the night...and her new family. Talk about crazy in-laws.

In their second segment, the Wade and Sarah discusses 'The Last Black Man in San Fransisco,' the new drama from director Joe Talbot. It's a balance between deadly games and gentrification on Episode 215 of Seeing and Believing.

Direct download: 215_Ready_or_Not_and_The_Last_Black_Man_in_San_Francisco.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:46pm EDT

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Join Wade and Kevin for an episode featuring the incredible heights that humankind is capable of achieving with technology! Witness the power of Disney to create all the wildlife of the savannah out of 1s and 0s in their remake of The Lion King! Thrill at Todd Douglas Miller's use of never-before-seen archival footage to retell the story of the historic 1969 moon landing in his new documentary Apollo 11! The guys offer their thoughts on these films, plus two more in the recommendation segment, on this brand-new episode.

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Direct download: 210_The_Lion_King_and_Apollo_11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:41am EDT

Jump in the way-back machine with Wade and Kevin and travel back to Hawkins, Indiana, as they review the latest season of Netflix's hit original series Stranger Things. The Duffer brothers take a page out of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix's book, as teenage and romantic drama complicates the already-complicated plot set in motion by some nefarious Russians and an even more nefarious creature known as the Mind Flayer. If romantic comedies and the Beatles are more your speed, this episode also has you covered with a review of Yesterday, a high-concept comedy that posits an interesting scenario: What if everyone in the world except one person forgot about the existence of the Beatles' music?

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Direct download: 209_Stranger_Things_3_and_Yesterday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:59pm EDT

Seeing & Believing reaches the end of its Summer of Stan series this week, as the guys dig into Barry Lyndon, Kubrick's often underappreciated follow-up to A Clockwork Orange. Kubrick's pet theme of humanity's capacity for inhumanity is cloaked this time in the gentility of British high society as he follows the travails of a young man trying to make his fortune among the powdered wigs and "gentlemanly" warfare of the late 1700s. Wade and Kevin also take a look at a different vision of savagery with their review of Ari Aster's bonkers horror thriller Midsommar, a sunny tale of terror and cults in the picturesque Swedish countryside.

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Direct download: 208_Midsommar_and_Barry_Lyndon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:49pm EDT

Wade and Kevin do a no-spoilers review of the film to examine whether the post-Endgame world of superheroes is still worth visiting. They also continue with the fourth film in their series on Stanley Kubrick with A Clockwork Orange. Malcolm McDowell's depraved hoodlum Alex has been iconic ever since the film's release in 1971, and the guys examine whether Kubrick's plays on the audience's sympathies result in a muddled curio or a complex cinematic classic.

Direct download: 207_Spiderman_Far_From_Home__A_Clockwork_Orange.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:15pm EDT

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson wrap their Never Seen series with a thorough discussion of Titanic—a film on Hannah’s Never Seen list and one that Erin saw on the big screen almost 22 years ago. They offer gut reactions and hot takes as they peel apart this story that oozes with class divides and stereotypes. Class divisions were much more sturdy in 1912, when first-class society didn’t mix and mingle with those outside the fold.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:57pm EDT

Whether you prefer your doomsdays to involve zombies or thermonuclear weapons, Seeing & Believing has you covered this week. First up is The Dead Don’t Die, directed by Jim Jarmusch, who returns to movies about the undead after his vampire riff Only Lovers Left Alive to tell a story about a zombie apocalypse in a sleepy rural town. Bill Murray and Adam Driver star as two police officers who have a pretty good idea of how everything is going to end. Wade and Kevin also continue their “Summer of Stan” series with Stanley Kubrick’s famed Cold War satire, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Over half a century after it first came out, the guys explore how well Kubrick’s vision of bomb-riding cowboys and fluid-obsessed military maniacs holds up. And that’s not all, anticipation of the Toy Story 4 review next week, Wade sits down with Pixar production coordinator Dana Frankoff to talk about the studio’s creative process!

Direct download: 205_The_Dead_Dont_Die_and_Dr._Strangelove.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:56am EDT

Seeing & Believing kicks off its first-ever series surrounding a famous director this week! The "Summer of Stan" begins with a deep dive into Stanley Kubrick's early picture about World War I, Paths of Glory, with Wade and Kevin exploring Kubrick's pessimism, stylistic signatures, and unique take on the Western Front. The guys also finally get around to offering a review of David Robert Mitchell's Under the Silver Lakeóa weird, entirely unmarketable film about wealth, pop culture, Hollywood sleaze, and humanity's search for meaning. This one may be headed for cult-film status in a couple of years ... or it might sink entirely into obscurity.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:31pm EDT

Erin and Hannah discuss Chariots of Fire. Erin was familiar with the film due to her background in running, while Hannah knew of it from the faith community angle. Both were surprised by its gentle, quiet retelling of two amazingly talented runners vying for Olympic Gold in 1924. Eric Liddell is a Christian whose faith frames his quest as part of his life goal of serving God. Harold Abrahams is Jewish, driven to prove his worth through his running feats.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:49am EDT

Two major figures: Godzilla and Elton John duked it out this week to see which one of them would be king of the multiplex, but which of them will be king of Seeing & Believing’s heart? Wade and Kevin had plenty of affection for the 2014 Godzilla reboot, but is the latest film a worthy successor or a mere pretender to the throne? Meanwhile, musical biopics haven’t been getting much love from the show lately, despite Bohemian Rhapsody‘s Oscars. The guys dig in to see whether Dexter Fletcher’s whirlwind trip through Elton John’s early career fares any better.

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Direct download: 203_Godzilla__King_of_Monsters_and_Rocketman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:44pm EDT

Erin and Hannah pack the Persuasion house with two guests to discuss The Breakfast Club: Wade Bearden and Kevin McLenithan, who host the Christ and Pop Culture film podcast Seeing and Believing. Only Erin had seen The Breakfast Club before, so this was a Never Seen for Hannah, Wade, and Kevin. After watching this iconic film for the first time, the trio gives their gut reactions as Erin explains why this film became such a definitive part of her high school and college experience.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:33am EDT

With Disney's new Aladdin remake recently making waves at the box office, a lot of people are wishing for a Seeing & Believing review. Your wish is our command! Wade and Kevin explore the latest live-action remake of a beloved Disney classic to see how it measures up, both as a successor to the animated original and as a standalone film in its own right. Then the guys turn their attention to a film that is decidedly less family-friendly: the raunchy high school comedy Booksmart, Olivia Wilde's feature-film directing debut. Starring two promising young actresses in the form of Lady Bird's Beanie Feldstein and Short Term 12's Kaitlyn Dever, Booksmart aims to misbehave. How well does it succeed?

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:47am EDT

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss Singin’ in the Rain after watching it for the first time ever. To help with the analysis, classic movie enthusiast and Christ and Pop Culture staff writer Gina Dalfonzo joins the conversation. If this movie is on your Never Seen List, you’ll be convicted to watch it just from Gina’s summary alone! Her passion for the film is stirring and her knowledge of the genre as a whole is a tremendous help in understanding this classic

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:27pm EDT

After last week's big 200th-episode blowout, Seeing & Believing is back to its regularly scheduled programming with reviews of two films about two exceptional individuals. Keanu Reeves is back to his headshot-dispensing ways in John Wick <i>Parabellum</i>. If something with a bit less mayhem is more your cup of tea, the guys also take a look at Patrick Creadon's documentary about Father Ted Hesburgh: priest, presidential advisor, and leader of the University of Notre Dame.

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Erin and Hannah continue their Never Seen series with Mean Girls—a film never seen by either. After watching this 2004 film for the first time, conversation begins with gut reactions, favorite lines, and memorable scenes (some quite cringeworthy!). Then Erin and Hannah hash out the messages that Mean Girls tells. How have these messages shaped our narratives around social interactions? Or are these merely reflective of society? Key to the discussion is what makes us who we are.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:50pm EDT

The guys have something special in store for listeners this week. To celebrate the 200th episode of Seeing & Believing, Wade and Kevin decide to dig into their favorite films of all time and answer one deceptively simple question: what do they prize most in a film? Each host has come up with a list of their five cardinal virtues of cinema: the characteristics, themes, and stylistic techniques that make them fall in love with a particular film and that many of their current favorites have in common. Tune in to get a peek behind the curtain at what makes Wade and Kevin tick as film critics.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:38am EDT

Erin and Hannah discuss Casablanca with its memorable lines and Hollywood glam. It has shaped our cultural narrative in countless ways. Casablanca is responsible—at least in part—for why we associate Paris with lovers and the feelings that stir when we hear the song “As Time Goes By.” Interacting with the origin of these cultural emblems and ideals enriches our understanding of them.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:36pm EDT

Wade and Kevin's fellowship is reunited just in time for this week's review of Tolkien, the biopic about a certain fantasy author that seeks to dig into where exactly the man got his ideas for his own fellowship. The guys also take a look at Shadow, the latest film from the Chinese director best known for his martial arts epic Hero. Does Zhang Yimou's departure from the aesthetic that made him famous to American audiences pay dividends in his latest? Listen to find out!

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Direct download: 199_Tolkein_and_Shadow.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:51am EDT

Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson kick off a new series titled Never Seen, exploring a collection of key movies that you might be surprised to learn have never been seen by your Persuasion hosts. To help with the series launch, Vox.com movie critic Alissa Wilkinson joins the conversation to help frame up the role movies play in our lives and the power these silver screen stories can have upon us individually and collectively. Conversation touches on the shame that comes when you’ve missed a key film, to the way our movie choices are shaped by those with power in the industry, to the way older films can make us cringe based on today’s standards for equality and tolerance. Is it possible to catch up if you’ve missed an entire era of stories? Is the life of a film critic as glamorous as it seems? Should we shame people who don’t watch the same movies we do?

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:08pm EDT

Wade is off for the week, so Kevin gets Dave Canfield of Screen Anarchy and Mindframe(s) to help him plumb the depths of two complex films: Claire Denis's sci-fi experiment High Life and Penny Lane's documentary about the Satanic Temple, Hail, Satan? Denis's film is her first foray into genre fiction, but it's anything but straightforward, evoking themes surrounding scientific ethics, the value of human life, and mortality. Lane's documentary deals with even thornier issues, especially for Christian viewers, as it delves into the practices, beliefs, and political priorities of the Satanic Temple and its self-professed Satanists.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:16pm EDT

It’s a moment eleven years in the making. Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame is here, resolving the events not only of Infinity War but also of the nearly two dozen Marvel films to have come out since 2008’s Iron Man. Wade and Kevin offer their (spoiler-free) thoughts on the superhero behemoth that’s hitting screens this weekend, examining how well it works as its own film as well as the culmination of an entire phase in the franchise. They pair this discussion with a look back at arguably the biggest action blockbuster of its own decade,The Matrix. How has the reality-bending sci-fi of the Wachowskis aged in the two decades since its release?

Direct download: 197_Avengers_Endgame_and_The_Matrix_Retro_Review.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:47am EDT

Seeing and Believing takes a journey into a realm whose bounds are that of imagination in today's episode. Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is a movie more than two decades in the making, but it's finally out. With Adam Driver as a creatively frustrated film director and Jonathan Pryce as the eponymous crackpot knight, was this film worth the wait? The Jordan Peele-produced revamp of The Twilight Zone also gets a look this week. The guys examine how well the first three episodes of the new series fills the shoes of the beloved original.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:08am EDT

DC takes another stab at the whole superhero-franchise thing this week with Shazam!, and the guys are on the case. Does the Big-inspired story of 14-year-old Billy Batson's transformation into an adult-sized caped crusader have anything to recommend it? Also, just in time for Holy Week, Wade and Kevin offer their reviews of the long-awaited Mary Magdalene, the Rooney Marañstarring exploration of a commonly overlooked follower of Jesus Christ during Jesus' earthly ministry.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:46am EDT

Tune in this week to hear our interview with authors Kutter Callaway and Craig Detwiler about the book they co-authored with Robert K. Johnston: Deep Focus: Film and Theology in Dialogue. Kutter and Craig sit down with Wade to discuss the intersection of their faith with their cinephilia, the often rocky relationship between Hollywood and the church, and what it means to be in conversation with a work of art. Wade and Kevin also offer their review of Tim Burton’s latest crack at directing a live-action remake of a beloved animated Disney film, Dumbo.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:34am EDT

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson invite Anne Kennedy for a Holy Week Primer. Anne is a writer and serves in an Anglican church in New York with her husband who is the rector. First Anne gives an overview of Holy Week happenings, laced with her trademark wit. Conversation then turns to the push behind the recent interest in high church tradition and how (or if) these observances should be practiced individually. How does Holy Week prepare our hearts for a richer Resurrection Sunday worship? What does the increased interest in liturgical practice reveal? Should Christians dive in to Holy Week happenings? Listen in for dialogue on issues like these, and continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:32am EDT

Two genre films are up for consideration this week: one set in the farthest reaches of space, and one that hits uncomfortably close to home. Wade and Kevin do a deep dive into Us, Jordan Peele's follow-up to the celebrated Get Out. Is this new chiller as frightening and incisive as its predecessor? Paired with this film is the hard sci-fi film Prospect, created by indie filmmakers Chris Caldwell and Zeek Earl and recently hitting its home release.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:49am EDT

The guys lean into the rule of threes with this week's pair of films. First up is Triple Frontier, the first collaboration between director J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost), screenwriter Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty), and Netflix. Is this film's story of U.S. Army veterans turned heist thieves in South America successful? Wade and Kevin then take a look at the new film from Iranian master Jafar Panahi, 3 Faces. Panahi's penchant for metafictional gamesmanship is well established; how does his latest fit into that phase of his career?

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:08am EDT

The human brain is an astounding organ that coordinates all of our intellectual, sensing, and nervous functions. It also stores our mental frames—the term we’ve been using during this series to summarize the collection of presuppositions and preconceived notions that point our thoughts in a particular direction before we even think of them. Our mental frames can lock us into patterns and ruts of thinking, but that doesn’t mean we are stuck with the same thinking for life. Because of the brain’s plasticity, it’s possible to experience renewed thinking.

In this episode of Persuasion,Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson wrap-up their Ready, Set, Think!series with a conversation about the way our brains can grow and change. And this is good news considering the frustration we can feel about our knee-jerk reactions and negative thought patterns. Because the way we think affects how we engage with our neighbors and cultivate grace in the world, Erin and Hannah passionately argue for Christians to explore the heart-level undercurrents that affect us unaware. Is it possible to experience that renewed mind referred to Romans 12? How does this transformation happen? Is there hope for renewed thinking? Listen in for dialogue on issues like these, and continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:41am EDT

Seeing & Believing is back from its break with a big, bombastic episode. They offer their review of the much-anticipated Captain Marvel, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first female-led superhero movie and an integral building block in the upcoming Infinity Warsequel in May. To stay in the blockbuster spirit, Wade and Kevin also look ahead to the warmer months, which are brimming over with cinematic offerings. Which ones have gotten the guys most excited to see?

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:30pm EDT

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their Ready, Set, Think!series by inviting Laura Turner to the conversation. Laura is a freelance journalist covering religion and politics for outlets such as BuzzFeed,the Atlantic,and Politico,and she is currently writing a book about the cultural history of anxiety. Discussion for this episode covers the way that anxiety affects our thinking and decision making, how time scarcity infects our professional and personal pursuits, and why anxiety can actually be an entry point for God’s grace and power.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:53am EDT

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their Ready, Set, Think! series looking at the way our mental frames are shaped by the groups and systems we live within. Despite the way independent thinking is favored in our society, none of us are as detached and neutral as we presume ourselves to be.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:33pm EDT

With Lent on the horizon, the guys take a look back at one of the defining Christian movies of modern times: Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. Gibson's film hits its 15th anniversary this year. Both Wade and Kevin are on record as having been powerfully affected by it at its initial release; a decade and a half later, has their opinion changed? Also up is the latest film from a favorite Seeing & Believing director, Asghar Farhadi. How does the Javier Bardem- and Penelope Cruz-starring Everybody Knows compare to the Iranian master's previous films?

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:31am EDT

It's been a while since Blade Runner 2049 came out, so we were about due for another movie about a futuristic dystopia filled with robots and cyborgs. Robert Rodriguez's and James Cameron's latest film, the adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's Alita: Battle Angel manga, certainly fits the bill. Having satisfied that need, we turn our attention to Shawn Snyder's tragicomedy about the messy mechanics of mortality, To Dust, starring Matthew Broderick and Geza Rohrig.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:47am EDT

Every day we are reminded that our world isn’t even close to the Eden paradise God created. We know everything is in need of redemption. But that doesn’t prevent shock and outrage when particular instances of brokenness are exposed in people, systems, and society at large. When everything seems terrible, terrible becomes the norm. It becomes the way things are or the way things have always been—and that’s when we are in danger of conflating the status quo with God’s intent for the world. We need to think creatively to imagine something more than the norm.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their Ready, Set, Think! series with a conversation about taking a fresh look at how the status quo shapes our thinking. Things that have always been a certain way become the normal mode of thinking and living, a thought framework that operates in our subconscious and influences everything we see. For example, our culture has incorporated Darwinian thoughts of might makes right and survival of the fittest. Most Christians would disagree with these theories on the surface but are completely unaware of how these still hold sway over their everyday choices for education, career, voting, and care for the least in society. How do we detect when the status quo is ruling us more so than God’s promised redemption? What societal norms do Christians need to be cautious about practicing? Can we subvert what’s always been to make room for God’s kingdom to flourish? Listen in for dialogue on issues like these, and continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of day: Has your faith prompted you to discard the status quo on a particular issue?

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:29am EDT

Are Lego movies still awesome? That's the question that preoccupies the guys during the first half of this week's show, as they review the sequel to Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's hit The Lego Movie. The second film on the docket has fewer catchy songs in it but one heck of a title: The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot. Sam Elliott does indeed engage in some very selective violence in this film, so the film lives up to its title; but is the rest of what Robert Krzykowski is doing in it worth your time?

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:53pm EDT

Good thinking can be hard to come by in the world today. Between the troubles we endure and the frustrations we face, the negative things loom large in our hearts and minds. Some say we should just choose joy and see the glass as gloriously half full. But that’s not always easy to do when the worst case scenarios play out at every turn and the glass hardly looks worse than half empty.

In this episode of Persuasion,Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their Ready, Set, Think!series with a conversation about the blocks that form the foundation of our thinking for good or for ill. Our bent to find the good or the bad in a situation is more than mere optimism or pessimism—more than a mere personality bent. The way our brains respond to life goes even deeper. It’s more about having the core of our perspective redeemed and aligned with what’s been true since God created the world and called it good. If we see the world as hopelessly dark and broken, cynicism will stifle any hope for cultivating life and goodness. But if we see the world as good yet broken, we see the world and its creatures as God does: inherently valuable and worthy of redemption. Seeing the world as inherently good or bad shapes the way we see everything and the way we live.

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Seeing and Believing Episode 187: Steven Soderbergh's High Flying Bird and Joe Cornish's The Kid Who Would Be King Whether you like Sorkin-esque sports movies or kid-friendly Arthurian fantasy, we've got you covered this week. Steven Soderbergh's first Netflix film, High Flying Bird, follows a cunning sports agent as he shepherds a pro basketball rookie and his own career through an NBA lockout. Meanwhile, Joe Cornish's The Kid Who Would Be King offers a modern-day spin on the King Arthur myth, romping through London and the English countryside as a band of kids team up with Merlin to defeat King Arthur's age-old nemesis Morgana once and for all.

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For all the thinking we do, we usually don’t think twice about the preconceived notions we use to keep life simple. We like to place ideas into categories and give everyone a label according to their personality type or their social leanings. It’s a sort of shorthand, relieving us of the effort it takes to explore other people or ideas in full. It’s easier to apply the categories we’ve already figured out to make sense of every mystery or unknown. While it may be easier, such rigid thinking can trivialize the important.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their Ready, Set, Think! series by inviting Jen Pollock Michel to the conversation. Together, they explore the benefits of thinking twice about issues and ideas that deserve a second thought. Jen defines today’s context as an “Either-Or World,” one in which we run to the extremes and look for security in certitude. Try as we may, it’s impossible to eliminate the gray areas of daily life! Faith is required. Referencing her forthcoming book, Surprised by Paradox: The Promise of “And” in an Either-Or World (May 2019, InterVarsity Press), Jen explains the beauty and wonder of paradox in the life of a Christian and how its embrace allows us to be at rest in a tumultuous age. Because the way we think affects how we engage with our neighbors and cultivate grace in the world, it’s crucial to think twice about how we think in order to grow and bear hope to a desperate world. Listen in for dialogue on issues like these, and continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of day: What’s the most unsettling paradox you’ve been wrestling with?

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Seeing & Believing concludes its look at the eight Best Picture nominees this week with a review of Bohemian Rhapsody, the Rami Malek-starring biopic of Queen frontman Freddy Mercury and an arguable frontrunner for the big award. The guys also offer a review of Velvet Buzzsaw, the latest film from Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler). Releasing this weekend on Netflix, Buzzsaw offers a satirical look at the world of high art.

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Superheroes and politicians dominate the show this week, though both of the films Wade and Kevin are looking at color a bit outside the lines in their portrayals. First up is Glass, M. Night Shyamalan's superhero movie that provides a follow-up to Unbreakablealmost two decades after that film's release. The guys also make sure to review Adam McKay's Vice, now that it is officially a contender for the Best Picture Oscar. Is it worthy of that honor? Listen to find out!

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With their top-10 episode in the rear-view mirror, the guys get back into the groove of things with two films that are still going strong after their release at the end of 2018. First up is Disney's sequel to a certain much-beloved Julie Andrews classic, with Emily Blunt taking up the umbrella to play Poppins. Then Wade and Kevin turn to another Oscar hopeful, Barry Jenkin's adaptation of the James Baldwin novel If Beale Street Could Talk.

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Seeing and Believing's first episode of 2019 sees them tying up some loose ends from 2018! On the docket: the latest entry in the DC superhero universe and an awards favorite from Poland. Does Aquaman sink or swim? Does Cold War leave the guys feeling cold? Ring in the New Year with an episode that answers these questions and others!

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Merry Christmas from Seeing & Believing! Our last episode before Christmas starts off with a bang as we take a look at the much-buzzed-about Roma, Netflix's latest shot at Oscar gold. Does Alfonso Cuaron's highly personal film about a domestic worker in 1970s Mexico deserve the hype it's been getting, or will the high expectations be dashed by cold reality? We also offer a little something for the superhero fans in our audience with our review of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, an animated adventure starring everyone's favorite webslinger, multiplied by seven. Producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller waved a magic wand over The Lego Movie- can they repeat the feat with a Marvel property?

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In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson wrap up their holiday mini-series, Lessons & Carols. The first conversation covered the lessons we’ve learned about Christmas meeting the soul’s longing for connection and love. And the second episode turned to the ways we attempt to buy our Christmas joy (for others and even for ourselves). Here in the finale, Erin and Hannah dissect the tension between the peace we sing about and internal chaos we so often experience during Christmas. Can we learn to appreciate the message of Silent Night even when our reality is no match? Is a Silent Night even realistic? Is it possible we have unreasonable expectations for the season that magnify our need for the Prince of Peace? Listen in for dialogue on questions like these, and continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

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Period pieces and Oscar chances come to the fore in this episode of Seeing & Believing. First up is The Favourite, a darkly funny look at courtly backstabbing, political intrigue, and the nature of power in the court of England's Queen Anne. The guys then move closer to home with their review of Green Book, Peter Farrelly's based-on-a-true-story film about racial tensions and friendship when a white bouncer agrees to be the driver and bodyguard for a black concert pianist in the Jim Crow-era Deep South.

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What do you want for Christmas? Children are ready for that question, quick to list all the toys and treasures their little hearts desire. We’ve learned from an early age to make our lists and send our requests to Santa, all in the hope that come Christmas morning, everything we want will be underneath the tree. Our culture has tied Christmas fulfillment to the amassing of stuff.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their holiday mini-series, Lessons & Carols. The first conversationcovered the lessons we’ve learned about the way Christmas can meet the soul’s longing for connection and love. And in this installment, the conversation turns to the ways we attempt to buy our Christmas joy for others and even for ourselves. Maybe you attempt to hold consumerism off by implementing the three-gift or four-gift rule. Or maybe you attempt to redeem your participation in the season by donating your budgeted money for each person to a charity helping those much less fortunate. Try as we may, the commercialization of Christmas is here and the fault is ours to bear. How do the Christmas traditions and carols we practice each year contribute to this skewed perspective? Is there any way to uncouple our real need for joy from the false promise that it will be waiting for us under the tree on Christmas morning? Listen in for dialogue on questions like these, and continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

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Both the internet and audience's hearts get broken with the films in this week's episode. Wade and Kevin check out Disney's sequel to Wreck-It Ralphto see if its satire of internet culture holds up, then offer their review of Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's Palme d'Or-winning Shoplifters.

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Christmas blues are nothing new. And in today’s therapeutic and authentic age, we’re more willing to admit to and discuss how the holidays are something anything but merry and bright. For some of us, it’s grief. For others, it’s troubles and trials. But for all us, Christmas is when our longings are piqued and our hearts yearn for something more. Movies tell us Christmas is the perfect time to find our soul mate. Advertisements tell us Christmas is the perfect time to get the latest and greatest goods. Society tells us Christmas is the perfect time to be present to everyone in every circle we inhabit. But is this really what Christmas is all about?

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson kick off a holiday mini series called Lessons & Carols. This first conversation covers the lessons we’ve learned about the way Christmas can meet the soul’s longing for connection and love. From Hallmark Christmas specials to receiving the perfect gift from that perfect someone, we’ve all taken in ideals that lead our hearts to unavoidable disappointment. What we see in romance stories and jewelry commercials tells us we’re missing out. Is it possible we have unreasonable expectations on relationships that exacerbate our Christmas blues? How can we find joy in the holidays when our relationships are draining us? Listen in for dialogue on questions like these, and continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

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It's an all-sequel edition of the show this week, as the guys take on two Thanksgiving-weekend releases that continue relatively new series. First up is the hotly anticipated Creed 2, which finds Michael B. Jordan's Adonis Creed squaring off against the son of the villainous Ivan Drago from the original Rocky franchise. Then Wade and Kevin take a look at the newest installment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, J.K. Rowling's latest addition to the world of Harry Potter. What happens when the wizard Newt Scamander is drawn further into the international intrigue surrounding the schemes of evil wizard Grindelwald? And does this latest film match the magic of Rowling's best work?

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Seeing & Believing celebrates Thanksgiving and Black Friday with a generous dose of grand larceny and psychopathic cowboys. The guys follow up last week's interview with director Steve McQueen with a review of McQueen's latest, Widows, starring Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, and a whole host of other stars. They also spend plenty of time with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a six-chapter anthology film from the Coen brothers, in their first partnership with Netflix. Enjoy!

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Our digital age allows us to handle a lot of life devoid of live, in-person conversation. Business can be handled remotely. Socializing can be done via social media. Shopping and meals can be ordered online. We simply don’t need to converse with each other face to face.

But for all the convenience we gain, what do we lose? In this episode of Persuasion,Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson wrap up their Talking about Talk series with a special LIVE recording at their Word+Craft Weekend at Leaf Institute in Greenville, South Carolina. Marking only the second time the hosts have been together in person, their discussion covers the pros and cons of face-to-face conversation. Is it important to pursue others in live discussion, or will digital conversations suffice? Do our digital interactions help or hinder our in-person relationships? Can we really know others well without knowing their body language or voice inflections? Is it possible for Erin and Hannah to talk to each other without the usual digital divide?!

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Christmas came early this year for both cinephiles and blockbuster audiences! It's not every year that we get a new Orson Welles film, but Netflix brought us one this year in the form of the long-dormant The Other Side of the Wind. Wade and Kevin bring fellow critic Ryan Holt on the show to discuss whether this late addition to Welles's filmography is a worthwhile one. Then the guys turn their attention to Disney's latest attempt at cinematic magic, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. How well does this film adaptation of the story behind the much-beloved ballet succeed at crafting a brand-new adventure?

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Much of the church talk happening today is seen as negative by the watching world. Whether intentional or not, when people of faith talk about current issues, fear and anger are heard and observed. This is off-putting (to say the least) for those who do not know Jesus. Why would anyone be drawn to a faith whose adherents use the same vitriol as those they are opposing? Something is amiss when Christians are more passionate about winning that day’s internet squabble than they are about reaching the world with the glorious gospel.

In this episode of Persuasion,Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their Talking about Talk series with guest C. Christopher Smith. Chris is founding editor of Englewood Review of Books,co-author of Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus,and author of Reading for the Common Goodand the forthcoming How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church. Many years of leading and helping Christians have good conversations about difficult topics makes Chris a welcome addition to this series. The conversation addresses the ways our current church talk is devoid of power because it isn’t viewed as connecting the interdependent parts of one body. How can Christians grow in their conversational skill to relate matters of faith with grace and in truth? Is there hope for a new era that takes pleasure in the art of conversation? What changes must we embrace to see the church take on the role of healer in our relationships and in our society?

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Today’s digital age means greater exposure to tech talk: and we mean more than just computer lingo and technological vocabulary. Every corner of our lives has its own set of words and phrases that makes plenty of sense to those within the system but have no meaning for those on the outside. The way we talk to one another either builds community or prevents it. Those who know the proper words and terms to use within a particular subgroup have a measure of power—and that power needs to be applied rightly, for the good of others. Understanding how our language creates or tears down barriers to community is critical for Christians in today’s cultural climate. And Christians bear great responsibility to display humility and create spaces that welcome outsiders, not only to draw them closer to Jesus but also to be effective ambassadors of the gospel. We must be aware of the tech-based talk we employ in our conversational spheres.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their Talking about Talk series discussing the pros and cons of tech talk in our conversational bubbles. How does specific system-based language help people connect? How does insider language keep outsiders from participating? When is tech talk appropriate, and when do we need to adopt new words for a new era? Listen in for dialogue on questions like these, and continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of day: What’s the most recent slang you had to Google?

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Young men exploring outer space and old men robbing banksóthese are the two most common varieties of male, at least in this week's show, as Wade and Kevin discuss the two newest movies from directors who have gotten a lot of love on the show before. First up is First Man, the Neil Armstrong biopic that takes a look at the nuts and boltsóliterallyóof space travel. The guys then consider another biopic: The Old Man and the Gun, which may be Robert Redford's last role as an actor and certainly is an interesting encapsulation of his distinctive screen presence.

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The biggest movie on the planet right now seems to be Bradley Cooper's Lady Gaga-starring remake of A Star Is Born, and Wade and Kevin are on the case. Is the saga of a singer's rise to fame and fortune, accompanied by Gaga's powerful voice, enough to put the guys under its spell? The review is accompanied by some big news: Seeing & Believing is covering this year's Chicago International Film Festival, and Kevin has the details of the coverage to come!

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Think back to the most recent social event you attended—it’s likely you had to interact with people you didn’t know well or don’t see very often. Those situations require us to call upon our small talk skills—and for many, such situations produce a certain amount of anxiety and discomfort. Being a good conversationalist requires us to start talking about something—usually something light-hearted or devoid of potential strife. Small talk sticks to the outer edges of ideas, often consisting of commentary about the weather or local news or inquiries about one’s family.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their Talking about Talk series with a conversation about the social chit chat that causes many a heart to flutter. What is it about small talk that makes us so uncomfortable? Is small talk even necessary? What good do social pleasantries contribute to a larger conversation? Listen in for dialogue on questions like these, and continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of day: Do you know someone who’s great at small talk?

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Terrence Malick's masterpiece The Tree of Lifeis back in a big way these days, as the new Criterion Collection release includes a brand-new cut from the director himself! Wade and Kevin revisit the film to explore how the extended edition changes Malick's vision, for better or for worse. They then turn their attention to a film that in many ways is the polar opposite of The Tree of Life: Jeremy Saulnier's meditation on human savagery, the Netflix original film Hold the Dark.

This episode has been brought to you by Kyle Matthews and the rest of our faithful Seeing & Believing patrons!

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How would you describe your family’s table talk during your childhood? Was it lively or subdued? Was it friendly or feisty? Was it harsh or loving? Whatever it may have been, the conversational style of your family—both around the table and throughout the home—had a profound impact upon your approach to conversation today. Our families were the first to teach us vocabulary, pronunciation, and syntax—the building blocks to relaying information. But our families also modeled conversation—how we exchange ideas with others. And those lessons have lasting power, drawing us to enter dialogue in ways that mirror what we were taught—and what we caught—as children.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their Talking about Talk series by sorting out the role our families play in shaping our conversational style. Home life teaches us crucial skills about relaying information, listening, negotiating, dealing with conflict, and being vulnerable. All of these are crucial conversational skills, which is why being an adept talker is about so much more than just stringing words together. It’s learning how to live life together for the good of all. Considering the formative impact our table talk has upon us, is it possible to learn new skills? Did our family’s communication style doom us to broken relationships—and therefore, a broken society? Listen in for dialogue on issues like these, and continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of day: What’s your family’s conversational quirk?

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This summer marked the ten-year anniversary of the release of a film that reshaped the way filmgoers thought of superheroes: Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Wade and Kevin commemorate the occasion by revisiting that film with a review. Does it still hold up? The guys then keep the 2008 train rolling by offering their picks for the best movies of that year.

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Are you Team Yanny or Team Laurel? That question took over the InterWebs last week as a grainy recording of a thrice-repeated word demanded us to choose sides according to what our ears heard. And true to our nature, whichever word we heard became the only real and rational response, pushing us to indignant frustration by those who heard the other. Whichever name you heard, this emotionally charged debate sounds a lot like other disagreements common today. Our ears hear one thing, and we cannot imagine why others hear something else. This dissonance is frustrating, and the emotions this stirs up causes a similar response to the Yanny/Laurel debate: We choose sides, dig in, and roll our proverbial eyes at those who think differently.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson summarize the Yanny/Laurel debate and the reactions it produced, and then they dissect how this frivolous debate mirrors the debates we have about issues of much greater import. Considering the scientific proof provided for why some ears hear Laurel and others hear Yanny, what other debates could be diffused if we understand the factors that tune a person’s ear—and heart—in ways that differ from our own? Listen in to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. And what did you hear: Yanny or Laurel?

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As if keeping up the latest in fashion isn’t overwhelming enough, now you need to consider if your fashion habits are ruining the planet. A conversation is stirring in the fashion industry about environmentally conscious fashion practices. In short, women in particular are assessing if their shopping habits are contributing to landfills, and if so, perhaps some change is in order. What are the costs of being fashion forward? What eco-friendly shopping habits would make a difference? How does consumerism affect us as neighbors and stewards of this planet?

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss all this and more after finding an article from The Guardian with research on the typical life cycle of women’s clothing—the average piece of clothing is worn just seven times between being discarded—and ways that we can change our habits for the good of all. Perhaps the mantra reduce-reuse-recycle, would be a helpful approach to our clothing needs. In changing our perspective toward fashion trends and style, we can instead become earth-friendly fashionistas that see beyond the outside to the deeper, eternal components of another person’s soul. 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: What percentage of your closet consists of secondhand items?

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It's evil alternate dimensions and marmalade on this week's show, as the guys review two films without much common ground. First up is The Cloverfield Paradox, fresh off its much-buzzed-about viral release immediately following the Super Bowl. As the continuation of the loosely interconnected Cloverfield franchise, Julius Onah's film has some big shoes to fill. Does it succeed in filling them? Wade and Kevin then travel to another alternate universeóone in which gentleness and good will reign supreme with their review of Paddington 2, one of the only films to have a perfect 100% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Will Seeing & Believing mess up that average? Listen to find out!

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In the wake of family get-togethers at Thanksgiving, Wade and Kevin review a pair of movies in which families figure prominently ... though that's about all they share in common. First up is Pixar's latest offering Coco, about a Mexican boy who makes a journey to the land of the dead. The guys then turn their attention to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the star-studded, gleefully profane film from writer/director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges).

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Special guest David Lowery, director of last year's Pete's Dragon, joins the show today to discuss his hotly anticipated new film A Ghost Story, scheduled to release on July 7. He discusses both his creative process on this highly unusual movie and also what it says about humanity's place in the universe.

Then Wade and Kevin turn their attention to another much-anticipated film, Trey Edward Shults's post-apocalyptic thriller It Comes at Night. Music interlude by the Fisherman, "The Stalker." 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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Wade and Kevin do their best not to succumb to jungle madness as they dive into James Gray's spectacular new epic of exploration and obsession in the Amazonian rainforest, The Lost City of Z. Then they turn their attention to something a little lighter (at least in theory): the Anne Hathaway-starring kaiju flick Colossal.

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He’s angry, he’s vicious, and he will destroy anything in his path. Is that a description of Wade or King Kong? Today on the show, Elijah Davidson of Reel Spirituality joins half of the Seeing and Believing crew to discuss Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ King: Skull Island. But, before the review, Wade talks with Elijah about his new book, How to Talk to a Movie.

You can purchase How to Talk to a Movie here. Use the promo code “INV50” before April 3rd to get 50% off!

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Tyler and Drew bring two guests onto the cast both of which wrote articles about Martin Scorsese’s film Silence. We discuss the film’s depiction of faith and doubt, its handling of Japanese culture, and whether Christians should feel responsible to support a film that so explicitly deals with the subject of faith.

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At long last, Seeing & Believing shares its picks for the finest films that 2016 had to offer. Does the critical wave for La La Land continue to roll with their lists? What overlooked gems deserve more attention? And does the cinematic tour de force of Nine Lives finally get its due? Wade and Kevin dive in!

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Drew is joined by David O. Taylor to talk about a dream at 3am that eventually lead to the meeting of Eugene Peterson and U2 frontman Bono for the purpose of discussing the Psalms.

The conversation follows the near decade long effort to have a connection between Bono and Eugene Peterson and the documentation of the meeting. The dialogue turns toward the ideas David acquired of redefining friendship and the emotional vulnerability that it requires. The idea of redefining friendship, acquaintances, and how we frame our digital relationships are all topics of discussion in this episode of the CaPC Digest.

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Christ and Pop Culture offers you #The25, a weekly debate between staff and guests on the most important events in pop culture this week. Many things are nominated, but only one is added to the #The25 at the end of the episode.

In our inaugural episode, host Jonathan Clauson is joined by Sarah Kelley, Cary Allred and Luke T. Harrington to talk about the Presidential primaries, That Dragon, Cancer and the subreddit, me_IRL. 

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What are the top pop culture events in 2015? Tyler Glodjo, SD Kelly, DL Mayfield, Tyler Burns, and Luke T. Harrington joined up to form the CAPC 25 council, setting this year’s list of pop culture events in stone. In part 1, the council ranked items 16 thru 25. Hear their reasoning, along with a peak at which items are being considered higher up the list.

 

Direct download: The_CaPC_25_for_2015_Part_1.mp3
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Wade Bearden joins Drew and Bradford this episode of the Digest to talk about the Late Night wars. Leno and Letterman are now gone and with them the tense feelings of bitterness and competition. The team discuss Colbert getting deep with his guests while Fallon is appealing to the everyman with his genuine personality.

Direct download: CaPC_Digest_Episode_28.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

From the Members Only Podcast Archive

Dr. Werntz, co-editor of “Corners in the City of God: Theology, Philosophy, and The Wire”, joins CAPC-ers Tyler Glodjo, Val Dunham, Tyler Burns, and Matthew Loftus to discuss the show.

Direct download: The_Wire_SPOILERCAST.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:36pm EDT

This week features robots and cowboys, but fortunately no robot cowboys (sorry, Yul Brynner). Wade and Kevin have a double-feature of a review: sci-fi thriller EX MACHINA and quirky Western SLOW WEST.

Direct download: EX_MACHINA__SLOW_WEST.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Society seems less willing to make moral judgments along traditional lines, yet more willing to pronounce judge in smaller choices. Hannah Anderson and Erin Straza visit with Sarah Kelly about society’s moral clarity dilemma within Masterpiece Theater and parenting styles.

Direct download: Our_Need_for_Moral_Clarity_with_Sarah_Kelly.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

E. Stephen Burnett joins Brad and Drew to talk about the critical response to Disney's latest iteration of Cinderella.

Direct download: Rediscovering_Beauty_Truth_and_Magic_in_Cinderella.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

The crew is joined by Ronnie Fauss to discuss his members-only CAPC Sampler. Then, we cover the American Sniper effect, the Super Bowl, and invisible boyfriends.

 

Direct download: 119_-_Ronnie_Fauss_AMERICAN_SNIPER.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

The crew is joined by Marz Ferrer to discuss her members offering item, the "Blur" EP. Then, we cover a book about a fake trip to heaven getting pulled from shelves, which worship songs should we retire, and social media for the young.

Direct download: 118_-_Marz_Ferrer_Heaven_Tourism.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

The crew is joined by David Wells to discuss his members offering book, "God in the Whirlwind." Then, we discuss the sickening bout of terrorism happenings overseas, awards shows, and a fascinating new video game.

Direct download: 117_-_Terrorism_Golden_Globes_This_War_of_Mine.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

The crew is joined by Matt Ristuccia to discuss "Imagination Redeemed," a book in our Members Offering. Then, we cover The Interview vs. the hackers, words in the dictionary, and Unbroken.

Direct download: 116_-_THE_INTERVIEW_Words_Unbroken.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Richard Clark, SD Kelly, DL Mayfield, and Tyler Glodjo joined up to form the CAPC 25 council, setting this year's list in stone. In part 2, the council ranked items 1 thru 15. Hear their reasoning for the final results.

Direct download: The_2014_CAPC_25_Deliberations_part_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Richard Clark, SD Kelly, DL Mayfield, and Tyler Glodjo joined up to form the CAPC 25 council, setting this year's list in stone. In part 1, the council ranked items 16 thru 25. Hear their reasoning, along with a peak at which items are being considered higher up the list.

Direct download: The_2014_CAPC_25_Deliberations_part_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

The crew is joined by E. Stephen Burnett to discuss why Ridley Scott would back away from miraculous elements of the story in Exodus: Gods and Kings. We then cover Kirk Cameron's bombed Christmas movie and the year-end lists that will soon be upon us (including our own).

Direct download: 115_-_EXODUS_Kirk_Cameron_Year-End-Lists.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Special guest Thabiti Anyabwile joins us to discuss the church's opportunity to address race issues in the face of the Mike Brown and Eric Garner cases. Then, we decide whether to get our hopes up about another entry into the Star Wars movie franchise, and reveal our favorite Christmas movies and Christmas songs.

Direct download: 114_-_Thabiti_Anyabwile_STAR_WARS_Christmas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am EDT

This week, Richard and Cray discuss the Ferguson non-indictment and evangelical reactions before Jared Oliphint joins the crew to talk about some dubious spiritual tweeting habits from Christians. We also discuss the futility of trying to come to terms with Bill Cosby in the midst of so many rape allegations that have surfaced, followed by a word on Thanksgiving and the Serial podcast.

Direct download: 113_-_Ferguson_Evangelical_Twitterland_Bill_Cosby.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

The Gray Havens join the show to talk about their EP, "Where Eyes Don't Go" and their approach to making music as Christians. We also talk about some unique ways that videogames are treating the war experience, the supposed satanic campaign by Monster energy drink, and a scientist's unpopular t-shirt.

Direct download: 112_-_The_Gray_Havens_War_Games.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

CAPC writer Brad Williams is joined by fellow staff writers Luke Harrington and Kara Bettis to discuss Michael Jordan as an idol, whether Clay Aiken is evidence that we're a society of losers, and the rise of the Christian faith in China.

Direct download: 111_-_Michael_Jordan_Clay_Aiken_Christianity_in_China.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:25am EDT

Staff writer S.D. Kelly is joined by fellow staff writers Valerie Dunham and Luke T. Harrington to discuss whether Brittany Maynard's high-profile advocacy (and execution of) a right-to-death tolerance will shift the debate any, how to acknowledge and honor the testimony of the underprivileged without pandering, and a new clock that disproves the notion that time is fixed.

Direct download: 110_-_Assisted_Suicide_White_Privilege_Time_Isnt_Real.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:50pm EDT

Staff writer Drew Dixon is joined by fellow staff writer Wade Bearden to discuss the way teenagers use cell phones and to double back on their INTERSTELLAR conversation now that it's out.

Direct download: 109_-_Kids_Sexting_INTERSTELLAR.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:49am EDT

CAPC writer Brad Williams is joined by fellow staff writers Luke Harrington and Kara Bettis to discuss how politics are covered these days, why athletes thank God in interviews, and when celebrities weigh in on important issues.

Direct download: 108_-_Tabloid_Politics_Athletes_Thanking_God_Celebrity_Advice.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:53am EDT

Staff writer Drew Dixon is joined by fellow staff writers Nick Rynerson and Wade Bearden to discuss the feminist values of cartoon princesses and the upcoming Christopher Nolan flick.

Direct download: 108_-_INTERSTELLAR_Disney_Princesses.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:10am EDT

Staff writers Brad Williams and Kara Bettis discuss Halloween alternatives, the Ebola panic, and National Novel Writing Month (which is November).

Direct download: 107_-_Harvest_Festivals_Novels.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:08am EDT