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Every week Wade Bearden and Kevin McLenithan search for the sacred on screen.

Seeing and Believing Seeing and Believing

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Every week Wade Bearden and Kevin McLenithan search for the sacred on screen.

    Episode 232 | The Best Films of 2019!

    Episode 232 | The Best Films of 2019!

    Wade and Kevin have spent the last year watching movies, and now they're ready to share which ones they thought were the cream of the crop. With fellow critics Jeffrey Overstreet, Joel Mayward, Sarah Welch-Larson, and Steve Norton sharing their own number-one picks, the guys close out 2019 with a bang in this can't-miss episode.

    • 2 hrs 26 min
    Episode 231 | Little Women and Uncut Gems

    Episode 231 | Little Women and Uncut Gems

    Ring in the New Year (a couple of days late) with a new Seeing & Believing! This week, Wade and Kevin review a couple of films that had Christmas releases. Greta Gerwig's Little Women adapts Louisa May Alcott's much-adapted novel; does her perspective set her film apart from the crowd? Meanwhile, Josh and Benny Safdie's Uncut Gems casts Adam Sandler as a self-destructive jeweler who takes the audience on a tour of his attempts to score big, pay off his debts, and pull the wool over everyone's eyes. The guys contemplate whether Sandler's Oscar hopes are justified and whether the film provides roller-coaster thrills or just roller-coaster nausea.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 230 | J.J. Abram's "Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker" and Clint Eastwood's "Richard Jewel"

    Episode 230 | J.J. Abram's "Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker" and Clint Eastwood's "Richard Jewel"

    It is the end of an era as Wade and Kevin visit a galaxy far, far away to see the end of the Skywalker saga with J.J. Abram's return to Star Wars with The Rise of Skywalker. Then the duo takes a short hop back in time to examine the docu-drama from director Clint Eastwood Richard Jewel.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode 229 | Terrence Malick's A Hidden Life and Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story

    Episode 229 | Terrence Malick's A Hidden Life and Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story

    Noah Baumbach's new film about a wrenching divorce carries the title Marriage Story, but the new film from Terrence Malick could be titled the same thing, with its narrative of an Austrian couple facing down burgeoning nationalism in their rural village and governmental oppression from the Nazis. Wade and Kevin tackle Malick's latest, probing at its spiritual explorations and discussing Malick's unique moral vision. They then relocate to sunny, modern-day California and its abundant open spaces for a discussion of Baumbach's film, examining what it has to say about family, divorce, fidelity, and understanding.

    Music interlude by Jack Nash, "Under the Tracks." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 228 | Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and Trey Edward Shults’s Waves

    Episode 228 | Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and Trey Edward Shults’s Waves

    After a few weeks in theaters, Martin Scorsese's latest magnum opus is streaming on Netflix, and the guys are on the case. They examine where The Irishman falls in Scorsese's body of work and discuss the themes that arise in its story of regretful mobsters. Another awards-season hopeful, Trey Edward Shults's Waves, gets the Seeing & Believing treatment as well. Does Shults's story of an black family dealing with ambition, tragedy, and relational pressure sink or swim?

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 227 | Rian Johnson's Knives Out and Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee's Frozen 2

    Episode 227 | Rian Johnson's Knives Out and Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee's Frozen 2

    What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than with movies about dysfunctional families and the legacy of colonialism? Rian Johnson's crowd-pleasing whodunit Knives Out is first on the chopping block this week—can it live up to its star-studded cast and the promise of a throwback mystery? Johnson's film is followed by a sequel to the movie that launched a thousand memes and childhood singalongs: Frozen 2. Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and Kristoff are back for another adventure, this time in an enchanted forest that contains mysterious secrets from Elsa and Anna's past. Wade and Kevin dig into the songs, the ice powers, and the story of the follow-up to one of the biggest animated films of the decade.

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

Nomes1723 ,

I feel smarter after listening to these guys

I get so much more out of the movies I watch after listening to this podcast.

mattciv ,

Wade is my movie hero.

I’ve never been a fan of film criticism but Wade and Kevin do a great job of discussing movies in a way that engaging and fun. Wade’s persuasive opinions in particular have gotten me into the theatre a number of times, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Whether you’re a believer or not, this is a solid film podcast. They generally feel that Christian movies aren’t that great so you’ve got that in common to start.

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