15 episodes

"How do Americans learn about anything? At the movies." (Weekend Edition, NPR) Movies are our culture's most popular form of storytelling. It's through the lens of these stories that we see our world, and ourselves. Join PJ, Ben, and Riley as they discuss how Christians should approach different movies.

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"How do Americans learn about anything? At the movies." (Weekend Edition, NPR) Movies are our culture's most popular form of storytelling. It's through the lens of these stories that we see our world, and ourselves. Join PJ, Ben, and Riley as they discuss how Christians should approach different movies.

    How to Watch Annihilation (As A Christian)

    How to Watch Annihilation (As A Christian)

    Annihilation is a 2018 sci-fi/horror film by Alex Garland, one of our favorite film makers--who previously directed "Ex Machina." In this episode we welcome our friend Charlie, who posted on his Letterboxd, "I don't think I'm smart enough for this movie." So, we wanted to talk about it with him!

    We dive into Annihilation's themes, the film maker's vision, and whether or not it's good to tell stories that go "over people's heads." Join us as we discuss Annihilation!

    • 35 min
    How to Watch "Matilda (2022)" (As A Christian)

    How to Watch "Matilda (2022)" (As A Christian)

    In this episode, we discuss Netflix's new adaption of "Matilda," based on the beloved children's book by Roald Dahl and also on the award-winning 2010 musical All three of us have daughters; and "Matilda" hits at the feels for dads--well, for Riley. PJ and Ben disagreed, not really enjoying the film at all.

    We discuss why this is, and come to realize that sometimes the genre is not "your cup of tea," and therefore stand in the way of your enjoyment--even if you recognize that film's merit objectively. We also discover Matilda's greatest themes: righteousness and rebellion. Join us as we discuss 2022's Matilda!

    • 28 min
    How to Watch "The Last of Us" (As A Christian)

    How to Watch "The Last of Us" (As A Christian)

    One of our most-anticipated shows of the year, "The Last of Us," just dropped on HBO. We sit down with Josh, who along with PJ, has played the game a whopping 5 times. We talk about how the show manages to adapt a beloved game, and what it gets right, and what it all means.

    Specific to the themes of the show is "love," but The Last of Us has something unique to say about it. Join us as we ask "How to Watch the Last of Us (As A Christian)"!

    • 31 min
    How To Watch "The Menu" (As A Christian)

    How To Watch "The Menu" (As A Christian)

    Are you the type of person who can't help but take one-hundred pictures of your food at a restaurant; or the type that is so hyper critical of your dining experiences that you end up losing the love and joy of just eating some yummy dumplings? 

    This episode we welcome Javan to the podcast as we discuss the question: "Which table are you sitting at?" in regards to the different character groups portrayed in the 2022 film, 'The Menu.' We also discuss the 'price of perfection' and how that relates to both the film's narrative and the character of God.

    Spoiler warning: we spoil this film.

    • 28 min
    How to Watch "Home Alone" (As A Christian)

    How to Watch "Home Alone" (As A Christian)

    Even though PJ hasn't seen it in 10 years, Home Alone is for most people a Christmas classic. What makes it have such staying power? What makes it funny? Good? Heartwarming?

    In this episode, we examine the 1990 film by Chris Columbus, and perhaps get to the point where we agree: Home Alone is a perfect movie.

    • 24 min
    How to Watch "The Office" (As A Christian)

    How to Watch "The Office" (As A Christian)

    "The Office" is one of our favorite TV shows. Actually, for PJ and Ben, it might be THE favorite. Is that okay? How should a Christian watch a show that has been criticized in recent years for being inappropriate, crass, even harmful in its joke-telling?

    We examine that question and more, such as "What is an 'everyman' character?" in this episode.

    • 22 min

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