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Welcome to Reel World Theology! Host Mikey Fissel welcomes a rotating panel of guests who talk about the popular cinematic narratives that are shaping our culture. The podcast facilitates conversations that illuminate the idea that story is powerful and entertainment is not mindless…

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Welcome to Reel World Theology! Host Mikey Fissel welcomes a rotating panel of guests who talk about the popular cinematic narratives that are shaping our culture. The podcast facilitates conversations that illuminate the idea that story is powerful and entertainment is not mindless…

    S07 E06 - A Christmas Story and Magic in the Margins

    S07 E06 - A Christmas Story and Magic in the Margins

    On this Christmas episode of the Reel World Theology Podcast: As we do every year, we take a look at a Christmas classic. This year we are compelled to talk about a movie that has varying degrees of appreciation among the RWT staff. Because of this, we rewatch and talk about A Christmas Story. Does it hold up over time? Why does it connect with people this time of year? We hash it out and talk about what makes this one a yearly revisit for many folks. Enjoy!

    • 44 min
    S07 E05 - The Rise of Skywalker and Choosing Our Family

    S07 E05 - The Rise of Skywalker and Choosing Our Family

    On this episode of the Reel World Theology podcast: What more appropriate way to end an up and down 2019 than with what will likely be one of the most disagreed upon films of the year, The Rise of Skywalker. Leve it to Star Wars, their fans, and the critics to create a whirlwind of expectations that couldn't possibly be met. However, Where did we land on the film? Was it good? Bad? Somewhere in the middle? What about that one decision about Rey? Why did it connect with some audiences and not others? How did our enjoyment (or not) of The Last Jedi directly affect this one? Boy, do we have opinions! Enjoy.

    • 1 hr 55 min
    S07 E04 - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Seeing Humanity

    S07 E04 - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Seeing Humanity

    On this episode of the Reel World Theology podcast: In a world of division and social media outrage, it is occasionally nice to have a refreshing voice reminding us of the kinder side of humanity. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood longs to remind audiences to be their best selves and to also never forget the power that one life, earnestly lived, can impact countless others. We discuss how the film holds up to the documentary that came out last year and give some hot takes on Tom Hanks as our Mr. Rogers stand-in. Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 40 min
    S07 E03 - Zombieland: Double Tap and Sequel Necessity

    S07 E03 - Zombieland: Double Tap and Sequel Necessity

    On this episode of the Reel World Theology podcast: While maybe not an awards contender in 2019, we talk about a movie that we have been anticipating for nearly a decade, a Zombieland sequel. Is it fun? Was it worth the wait? Does it really have anything to say? When do we need sequels? We discuss. Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 14 min
    S07 E02 - Ad Astra and a Cosmic Letdown

    S07 E02 - Ad Astra and a Cosmic Letdown

    On this episode of the Reel World Theology podcast: We continue the latest season of the show talking about one of the most discussed movies that came out during our break, Ad Astra. This movie had a lot going for it, from the cast to a trailer that ticked a lot of sci-fi fan boxes. It also was pushed back to a September release, which is usually a bad sign. Where did this film land for us? Why do we think that some people thought this was a snooze-fest while others thought it was one of the year's better offerings? We discuss!

    • 1 hr 21 min
    S07 E01 - Joker and the Final Joke

    S07 E01 - Joker and the Final Joke

    On this episode of the Reel World Theology podcast: There has been a lot of conversation (and worry) about the effect that the new Joker film could have on our culture. While this may be another case of over-reaction to a movie that people hadn't yet seen, it remains a divisive film critically. What is the film saying, if anything? There was always a worry about a movie that explored the Joker's past only spoiling the character but does the film actually give us the best of both worlds? We explore both the film and what the ending means for viewers and critics, alike.

    • 1 hr 20 min

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Mikey and his band of merry men (and women) get to the heart of pop culture in a way that reveals God’s truth. It’s not just about whether the movie ‘is good’—but an examination of culture and Christ together. Great job!

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