Christ and Pop Culture

It's a big day for at least one of Seeing & Believing's hosts as they review Kevin's most anticipated film of the autumn: Crimson Peak. Does it live up to expectations? They're joined by special guest Blake I. Collier, who then lends his horror-movie expertise to a discussion of the horror genre: how does it intersect with the Christian faith?

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New co-host, Tyler Burns, joins Drew to geek out with special guest Paul Miller about the new Star Wars trailer and to disect the relationship between Luke and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. We discuss why the film has such a strong appeal to Christians, its ties to Greek tragedy, and what Christians can learn from it.

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Category:digest -- posted at: 12:44pm EDT

If the pursuit of fame has become our newfound American pastime, the exploitation of it is our new profession. But how should the famous manage their status? How should the public behave toward celebrities? Why do we so long for special recognition and treatment? Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss how we fuel to the cult of celebrity by how we respond to the famous and pursue the spotlight for ourselves. 

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 11:41pm EDT

Sam and Cray play catch up after their time off. They round up hip hop news from the last few weeks: is Dee-1 being persecuted by his own label? Native American culture meets hip hop. Mac Miller as an extension of human brokenness. Are songwriters underappreciated in rap? Drake as understood by college kids.

And finally, Cray gets grumpy about a pet peeve and the k-os track "Crucify".

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 1:40am EDT

Tom Hanks plus Steven Spielberg -- is it still as much of a surefire combination as it once was? Wade and Kevin review the new BRIDGE OF SPIES to find out. Then they investigate the two sides of Spielberg: prestige filmmaker and populist entertainer. Which one is the "real" Spielberg? And at the end of the day, what ultimately characterizes a "Spielberg film"?

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:33pm EDT

What happens when the Gospel is packaged a little too well? Socality found out when its feed inspired the parody Instagram account Socality Barbie. Its popularity proves that Although the digital world makes it possible for us to craft beautiful stories and images for ourselves and our faith, the pieces may not add up to the watching world. Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson hash out the weakness and danger of one dimensional stories and the importance of telling the truth in all spaces.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 1:57am EDT

This week, Wade and Kevin review the much-buzzed-about SICARIO, Denis Villeneuve's controversial thriller about the shadowy war between the United States government and Mexican drug cartels. Shot by the great cinematographer Roger Deakins, the film puts the guys in mind of Deakins's fine work on other films, and they share their picks for the best-looking Deakins movies of all time.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 2:07am EDT

An Ounce of Persuasion: A fast-chat episode with Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discussing “courtesy dates”—the convention in Christian dating which women are urged to accept a date from any man who asks out of courtesy. Is this Christian kindness to a brave guy or merely a slow rejection?

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:16pm EDT

It's a special week on Seeing and Believing, as the guys sit down for an interview with Jonathan Raymond, screenwriter of the great MEEK'S CUTOFF, WENDY AND LUCY, and OLD JOY. After delving into the details of the craft of screenwriting, Wade and Kevin turn their attention to THE MARTIAN and a different kind of craft: that of staying alive on Mars long enough to be rescued, armed only with Matt Damon's science skills.

Music interlude by Yo La Tengo, "Leaving Home," from the soundtrack to OLD JOY.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 9:48am EDT

In the New York Times best-seller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, author Marie Kondo outlines her approach to transformation via decluttering and keeping only what sparks joy. Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the tenets of Kondo’s book and how we can find greater joy in our daily tasks by working to create beauty instead of hurrying through our mundane chores.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 10:10pm EDT

Sam and Cray weigh in on the new Mac Miller album and the track "Ascension". Mac sounds like he believes he's reached a higher spiritual plane, but does he really believe that? Cray also drops the bombshell that this is the last podcast of Sunday OldSkool......for one week. The SoS studio is getting a makeover and the crew is taking a week off to get the new gear in place and broken in. They also round up some happenings in the rap world and apologize for incorrectly using the word, "requisite."

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 12:09am EDT

It's fall, which means lots of new television shows. Wade and Kevin take a look at two of them: ABC's "The Muppets" and Fox's "Minority Report." Being based on preexisting properties, both shows have tough acts to follow. Do they succeed or falter?

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 1:03am EDT

The CAPC Digest #30: Fathers in Videogames with Jonathan Clauson

This week, Managing Editor, Tyler Glodjo joins Drew to chat with Jonathan Clauson about his recent article, “Fathers in Videogames: Seeing Ourselves on Screen.” They chat about how fathers are generally portrayed in media and what we can learn from this. We argue about whether or not Joel from The Last of Us is a selfish jerk and close by sharing our favorite game dads and what we have gained from them.



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Category:digest -- posted at: 12:00am EDT