Christ and Pop Culture

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?

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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.

Music interlude by the Fisherman, "Bad Timing." 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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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.

Music interlude by Honey, "Yellowboy." 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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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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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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