Christ and Pop Culture

With Wade out for the week, Kevin brings on two special guests to discuss this week's films. Steve Norton of steps in to talk about Eli Roth's adaptation of the classic John Bellairs YA creepfest, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett(!). Next up is a review of the awards-season hopeful White Boy Rick, with Emmanuel Noisette of E-man's Movie Reviews on hand to examine whether the film's hopes are well-placed.

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

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:45pm EDT

With all the talking in the world today, you might think it best to keep your own thoughts and words to yourself. Words abound on social platforms, from airwaves, in print. Even our own conversations are packed full. So many of us have grown weary of words and discourse. We wonder if contributing our opinion on the latest news squabble is needed. We wonder if society would be better served by our silence.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson kick off a new approach to the show, one in which conversations can go deeper and be more robust. Persuasion will now use a series approach to episodes, grouping them together by topic to give more time and space for exploring issues at length. “Let’s Talk” is the first episode in the series Talking about Talk. Erin and Hannah present a compelling case for rigorously engaging the world with our thoughts and words, despite what seems to be an overabundance. Discussion covers the proliferation of words, the need for quality conversations in our circles, and the challenges we face in contributing value in a word-saturated culture. Because conversation is essential to healthy community, Erin and Hannah passionately argue for Christian to contribute sound and grace-filled words to the conversations we encounter in our homes, churches, workplaces, and communities. 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: Do you believe YOUR words matter?

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Those rascally extraterrestrial hunters are at it again. Shane Black just released the latest entry in the Predator franchise, in which aliens hunt the most dangerous game, and the most dangerous game hunts the aliens right back. Wade and Kevin offer their thoughts on this September’s The Predator, then move on to consider the prestige-movie season that is now upon us. What films are most worth getting excited about, here toward the end of 2018? Listen to find out!

Music interlude by Wayne John Bradley, “Connected.” 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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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 9:41am EDT

On the eve of prestige-movie season beginning in earnest, Wade and Kevin dip into genre cinema to see what they find. First up is the John Cho-starring thriller Searching, about a father who engages in some heavy digital sleuthing when his daughter mysteriously goes missing. Then the guys take a look at Kin, a sci-fi adventure that pits a boy and his ex-con brother against a gang of vengeful hoodlums and a duo of otherworldly soldiers. Will the futuristic firearm that the boy found in an abandoned warehouse be just what's needed to stay one step ahead? Probably, but more interesting is the sibling dynamics as the two brothers are forced to confront the holes in their relationship and their own principles.

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

Seeing & Believing kicks off September by sitting down with Corin Hardy, director of the new horror film The Nun. Kevin talks with the English filmmaker about telling stories about religious communities and the mysteries of the spiritual. Then Wade and Kevin return to a television series they've been quite enthusiastic about in the past, AMC's Better Call Saul. As the show enters the fourth season (and what appears to be a run up to a conclusion), the guys discuss whether the show holds up and how the show's moral vision is revealing itself in these latest episodes.

Music interlude by Poolside, "Which Way to Paradise." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 10:37am EDT