Every week Wade Bearden and Kevin McLenithan search for the sacred on screen.
Emerald Fennell's "Promising Young Woman" and 2021 Oscar Preview
Wade and Kevin round out their Oscar coverage with a review of the final remaining Best Picture nominee: Emerald Fennell's scathing Promising Young Woman. Starring Carey Mulligan as a vigilante of unconventional methods, the film takes dead aim at sexual predators, their enablers, and the culture that empowers both groups. The guys also turn their attention to the upcoming ceremony and offer their picks for what will win, what should win, and the surprises of an unusual year for filmgoing.
Florian Zeller’s The Father
Oscar season may be long over, but the Oscars themselves are just peeking over the horizon. Wade and Kevin catch up with one of the Best Picture nominees that eluded them at the end of 2020: Florian Zeller's film adaptation of his own play The Father. Featuring Anthony Hopkins as an elderly man dealing with dementia and Olivia Colman as his long-suffering daughter, the film pairs its melodrama with slippery filmmaking that draws the audience into the protagonist's world, causing us to question our perceptions just as he does.
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Adam Wingard’s Godzilla vs. Kong
With the coming of spring, there's a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, which means two things: movie theaters are becoming an option once again, and blockbusters are being released to take advantage of them. One of the most anticipated of the season so far is Adam Wingard's follow-up to Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla vs. Kong, which pits the titular beasts against each other in a monster mash of epic proportions. Wade is back in the hosting chair to review the film with Kevin, as they examine whether the film delivers the giant-monster goods as well as whether it is successful in other areas. Break out the "Team Godzilla" and "Team Kong" t-shirts and get ready for a huge episode of Seeing & Believing!
Zack Snyder's The Justice League
It's not every day that a franchise's fanbase is able to will a movie into existence, but that's exactly the rare occurrence that is under consideration on this week's episode. With Wade away from the hosting chair, Kevin is joined by Detroit critic Chris Williams to discuss Zack Snyder's Justice League (not to be confused with its predecessor, 2017's Justice League). After the 2017 film saw director Zack Snyder exit the project due to a family tragedy and Joss Whedon come on board to complete it, the finished product was greeted with tepid reviews from critics and widespread disappointment from fans. Rumors of a "Snyder cut" swirled, saying that Snyder's plans for the film were more ambitious and just plain better than the theatrical release. After numerous fan petitions, Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. reached an agreement where Snyder, working without a paycheck, could finish his cut of the film as he saw fit, premiering it on the brand-new HBO Max streaming service. That big day has arrived, and now Kevin and Chris face the question: Was the wait worth it?
Carlos Lopez Estrada and Don Hall's "Raya and the Last Dragon"
Disney+ keeps the big releases rolling with Raya and the Last Dragon, an animated adventure about a fantasy world teetering on the edge of apocalypse, with magical dragons holding the key to saving humanity from encroaching outside evil ... and also from itself. Featuring Kelly Marie Tran (The Last Jedi) and Awkwafina (The Farewell) as the two title characters, the film celebrates the virtue of trust; Wade and Kevin dig into it to see if the film is also worthy of celebration. Also, don't miss the announcement of a new book giveaway: Chris Hayes and Cody Benjamin's Why We Need the Movies, published just this year, takes a look at cinema culture in the era of streaming and COVID, and we're offering the chance to win free copies for all Patreon subscribers!
Chad Hartigan’s Little Fish + Interview with Becoming Alien‘s Sarah Welch-Larson
On this week's special double-length episode, we offer something for lovers of blockbuster sci-fi/horror and indie sci-fi dramas. Wade and Kevin sit down with fellow critic Sarah Welch-Larson to talk about her brand-new book, Becoming Alien: The Beginning and End of Evil in Science Fiction's Most Idiosyncratic Film Franchise. In a fascinating conversation, they discuss the intersection of the Alien film franchise, Christian theology, and the philosophy of evil, as well as the role of Christians in film criticism. The guys then turn their attention to Little Fish, the new film from Chad Hartigan (This Is Martin Bonner). Olivia Cooke and Jack O'Connell star as a married couple trying to survive a pandemic (sound familiar?). The nature of this pandemic? A neural disorder that gradually erases the victim's memories of past experiences, special skills, and relationships with loved ones.
Knowledgeable and Non-Preachy
Kevin and Wade dive deep into each film, offering an in-depth analysis for two films per episode. It is obvious they do this podcast because of their love of cinema and quest for the sacred on-screen.
In doing so, they are unlike so many Christian reviewers who simply base their opinion on the Christian values or family-friendliness of the film.
They are a rare and delightful find for any cinephile, Christian or not. Definitely give them a listen.
Insightful and Faithful
It’s great to hear genuine Christians giving clear, articulate insights on these great films that they discuss. The hosts, Wade and Kevin, have a great synergy even as their approaches to criticism differ; Kevin being more of the classical critic with the certificate to match, and Wade having more of a “what can we learn from watching Star Wars?” sensibility to him. Also, they both (but especially Kevin) have the same sense of humor as I do. A great podcast through and through.
Essential on the Intersection of Christian Faith & Film
This is an amazing show! I love how Wade and Kevin delve into films and how the Christian faith intersects with cinema. Please go and give it a listen!