Welcome to Movieology, your ticket to digging deeper into the meaning of movies. With their monthly reviews and analyses, hosts Eric and Michael sift through new releases, hits of the year, and favorites of all time to uncover the Christian worldview implications of the silver screen. Join the conversation.
Movieology #8: He Looks Like a Naked Mole Rat
Joe, Michael, and our first-time guest, Rusty, discusss Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’: the thought-provoking story about the relationships of Theodore Twombly. This lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his computer’s OS that is designed to behave like a sentient being. ‘Her’ stars Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, and Chris Pratt.
Movieology #7: The Walls Are Covered In These Mazes…
Eric, Joe, and Michael tear down Denis Villeneuve’s "Prisoners" (which stars Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Viola Davis) and before the guys wrap up, Eric and Michael review the end of AMC’s "Breaking Bad." "Prisoners" seems to make a mess of a simple suspense yet most audiences like it. What’s going on here?! What’s with the tree bark, toy whistle, and the villain’s black juice?
Movieology #6: On Insult, Injury, and Insanity
The guys discuss their like/hate relationship with ‘Elysium’—what went wrong with the film and why it matters. Does it live up to ‘District 9’ for director Neill Blomkamp? While exploring it from all facets right down to its absurd foundation, the guys breakdown its origins in liberalism and video games, and its all so surprising biblical themes.
Movieology #5: On Chemistry, Collusion, and Judgment
In this episode of Moveiology, Joe Darnell joins Michael and Eric to discuss TV shows, rip-offs, episodic filmmaking, in-depth storylines, character development… and primarily in review, Michael and Eric discuss AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” Since Joe hasn’t watched the show, he fields questions that people interested in getting started with the series might like the answers to. And as always, Eric and Michael wax eloquent in their thoughtful film analysis, and good-natured sarcasm.
Movieology #4: On Tricks and Travesties
The Academy has awarded the “Best Picture” to 2012’s ‘Argo’. Is this a case of politicized art or aestheticized politics? Or both? Some think that Hollywood is up to some trick — both political and sensational — with this elaborate movie. Michael and Eric debate the merits of the Academy’s choice, its film craft, and its self-contradicting political themes. Does ‘Argo’ really deserve to be “The Year’s Best Film?” Is the true story of 1979 lost in the pursuit of entertainment?
Movieology #3: On Health, Home, and Happiness
‘Silver Linings Playbook’ walks the genre tightrope in an exemplary fashion, defying its category of Romantic Comedy. Many times over ‘Silver Linings’ takes the viewer by surprise. It proves that not all Rom Coms need to be formulaic to be successful. From The Daily Grind in Marietta, GA, over some french roast and blueberry scones, Eric and Michael explore what makes a great romance story work.
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I first heard of Michael Minkoff in an interview with American Vision where he was discussing Nolan's philosophical struggles as presented in Nolan's Batman Trilogy. Upon hearing that I searched for Movieology and was very glad to hear that this podcast had started up. This is a very unique approach to movie reviews, and I must say I really enjoy it. It's not very often that you get to dive super deep into the meta and explore the theological and philosophical subtext of a film, so if that interests you, then I think you'll enjoy Movieology as much as I do.