A Perfect Movie: The Enduring Legacy of The Princess Bride – Christian Article

Every other Tuesday in Storied, K. B. Hoyle explores the ways our cultural narratives act on us individually and in society as a whole. In a recent Variety article detailing the life and legacy of television writer/producer Norman Lear, a passing reference suggested that one of the most beloved films of the 1980s might be getting a remake. “Very famous people… want to redo The Princess Bride,” Sony CEO Tony Vinciquerra told Variety. In an era of retellings, reimaginings, remakes, and recycled ideas,…

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Reality TV and Our Kingdom of Spectacle – Christian Article

I used to love to watch shows like Project Runway, Work of Art, and Top Chef. The fast-paced, creative innovation demanded of the contestants in shows like these appealed to my otherwise natural aversion to the manufactured drama of reality TV. But in watching such shows, I also grew increasingly discontented. I wanted a show to exist for my talents; where was the reality show for the next great American novelist? Where was my shot to rocket to fame and…

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Persuasion 168 | Describing The Breakfast Club Ruckus, with Wade Bearden & Kevin McLenithan – Christian Article

http://traffic.libsyn.com/capcpod/168_The_Breakfast_Club.mp3 More than 30 years ago when The Breakfast Club released, it became the gold standard for depicting the teen experience. Writer and director John Hughes gathered a motley cast of characters in school library for a full-day detention where they learn no only to co-exist but to see each other for more than what was obvious on the surface. As the princess, the brain, the jock, the basket case, and the criminal, these five students found much more in…

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Seeing and Believing 202 | Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin and Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart – Christian Article

http://traffic.libsyn.com/capcpod/202_Aladdin_and_Booksmart.mp3 With Disney’s new Aladdin remake recently making waves at the box office, a lot of people are wishing for a Seeing & Believing review. Your wish is our command! Wade and Kevin explore the latest live-action remake of a beloved Disney classic to see how it measures up, both as a successor to the animated original and as a standalone film in its own right. Then the guys turn their attention to a film that is decidedly less family-friendly:…

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Seeing and Believing 197: Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Endgame and a Retro Review of The Matrix – Christian Article

http://traffic.libsyn.com/capcpod/197_Avengers_Endgame_and_The_Matrix_Retro_Review.mp3 It’s a moment eleven years in the making. Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame is here, resolving the events not only of Infinity War but also of the nearly two dozen Marvel films to have come out since 2008’s Iron Man. Wade and Kevin offer their (spoiler-free) thoughts on the superhero behemoth that’s hitting screens this weekend, examining how well it works as its own film as well as the culmination of an entire phase in the franchise. They pair this discussion…

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Avengers: Endgame and the Redemption Saga of Tony Stark – Christian Article

Every other Tuesday in Storied, K. B. Hoyle explores the ways our cultural narratives act on us individually and in society as a whole. Note from the Editor: This piece contains for real spoilers for Avengers: Endgame. It’s a wonderful article, but don’t complain to me if it spoils things for you.  “I am Iron Man.” These are famous words. They kicked off a 22-movie (and counting) franchise, they broke the mold of superhero storytelling, and they left a new generation of movie-goers…

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Avengers: Infinity War and the Lost Spirit of Sacrifice – Christian Article

When Thanos snaps the fingers of the completed Infinity Gauntlet in Avengers: Infinity War, he is transported to a Netherworld, where he sees the child Gamora. She asks him whether he accomplished his mission, and with a weary sense of triumph he states that he did. She then asks him what did it cost him, and now with a weary sense of sorrow, Thanos responds, “Everything.” But what ultimately divides Captain America and Iron Man is their mutual unwillingness to…

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Claire Denis’s High Life and Penny Lane’s Hail, Satan? – Christian Article

http://traffic.libsyn.com/capcpod/198_High_Life_and_Hail_Satan_.mp3 Wade is off for the week, so Kevin gets Dave Canfield of Screen Anarchy and Mindframe(s) to help him plumb the depths of two complex films: Claire Denis’s sci-fi experiment High Life and Penny Lane’s documentary about the Satanic Temple, Hail, Satan? Denis’s film is her first foray into genre fiction, but it’s anything but straightforward, evoking themes surrounding scientific ethics, the value of human life, and mortality. Lane’s documentary deals with even thornier issues, especially for Christian viewers,…

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Black Widow’s Endgame Begins With Family – Christian Article

*The following contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.* “I used to have nothing, but then I got this. This job. This family.” In Avengers: Endgame, like everyone else affected by Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) snap at the end of Infinity War, Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), is emotionally broken. The Avengers lost to the mad-Titan, and five years later are finding it difficult to cope with the absence of their friends and family. But for Romanoff, the emotional toll is visibly…

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Avengers: Endgame, Nebula, and the Love that Transforms – Christian Article

*The following contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.* Avengers: Endgame is a movie about love. The cynic might say that it is about the love of money, which it has accumulated at a record pace. But while there is no shortage of vapid paint-by-numbers blockbusters available, it is hard to imagine that Endgame could have been so wildly successfully were it not also born out of a deep love for the Marvel community. By all accounts, Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel…

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Avengers: Endgame Helps Us Behold an Epically Joyous Fantasy Apocalypse – Christian Article

*The following contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.* In the last episode of the Avengers film series, Avengers: Infinity War, the enemy has won. But in Avengers: Endgame, the saga ends with a joyous finale, sharing images of final victory and resurrection that can’t help reflecting their biblical, real-life equivalents to come. Previously in last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Studios took its greatest risk and denied its heroes a final victory. This startling choice had effects that rippled across all the…

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Eighth Grade and the God Who Loves – Christian Article

Every so often a film comes around that captures reality in such a way that it reveals the very soul of a cultural moment. Bo Burnham’s debut film, Eighth Grade, penetrates the social imagination in exactly that way. The film stars Elsie Fisher in a breakout performance as the “most shy” eighth grade superlative winner Kayla Day. Kayla is an endearingly awkward wannabe YouTube sensation (her videos only get one or two views per post) who spends her days in…

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Endgame’s Rally of Women Avengers – Christian Article

** The following contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame. ** The interesting thing about engaging in superhero stories with a six-year-old boy is that he has not yet fully conceptualized the gender dynamics that are often at play. My son began watching movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe late and out of order, as one does when said universe pre-dates him by half a decade. His first experiences with the superhero genre were with movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Black Panther,…

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Seeing and Believing 200 | Our Five Cardinal Virtues of Cinema – Christian Article

http://traffic.libsyn.com/capcpod/200_Our_Five_Cardinal_Virtues_of_Cinema.mp3 The guys have something special in store for listeners this week. To celebrate the 200th episode of Seeing & Believing, Wade and Kevin decide to dig into their favorite films of all time and answer one deceptively simple question: what do they prize most in a film? Each host has come up with a list of their five cardinal virtues of cinema: the characteristics, themes, and stylistic techniques that make them fall in love with a particular film and…

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Persuasion 165 | Here’s Looking at You, Casablanca – Christian Article

http://traffic.libsyn.com/capcpod/165_Casablanca.mp3 Even if you’ve not seen the 1943 film Casablanca, you’ve probably heard one of its many quotable lines—such as, “Here’s looking at you, kid.” Casablanca is a romance/intrigue story set in 1940s Morocco, where refugees from across Europe landed to gain travel visas for safe passage to America. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, this film is one of the most popular movies of all time. And yet, not everyone has seen it—including Persuasion co-host Erin. Casablanca fits the…

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Avengers: Endgame and the Devastation of Thor – Christian Article

*The following contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.* It should be no secret by now that Avengers: Endgame, the 22nd movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is not only a rousing success, but a bittersweet conclusion to what has become known as the Infinity Saga. Poised (as of the writing of this article) to overtake Avatar as the highest grossing film of all time, Endgame owes much of its success to the fact that it digs deep into serious contemplation of the…

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Persuasion 164 | Behind the Silver Screen, with Alissa Wilkinson – Christian Article

http://traffic.libsyn.com/capcpod/164_Behind_the_Silver_Screen_with_Alissa_Wilkinson.mp3 Stories are powerful vehicles for sharing values, emotions, information, and history. Everyone loves a good story! We thrive on stories great and small, from the mundane to the epic. Many of our cultural stories are passed along via the silver screen, where storytelling meets the art of presenting characters and sights and sounds in ways that affect us at our core. A good movie is a shared narrative that beckons us to partake of it together, to learn and…

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Jordan Peele’s Us and Chris Caldwell/Zeek Earl’s Prospect – Christian Article

http://traffic.libsyn.com/capcpod/Seeing_and_Believing_193.mp3 Two genre films are up for consideration this week: one set in the farthest reaches of space, and one that hits uncomfortably close to home. Wade and Kevin do a deep dive into Us, Jordan Peele’s follow-up to the celebrated Get Out. Is this new chiller as frightening and incisive as its predecessor? Paired with this film is the hard sci-fi film Prospect, created by indie filmmakers Chris Caldwell and Zeek Earl and recently hitting its home release. Music…

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The Horror of Us Is God’s Judgment on America – Christian Article

**This article contains spoilers for Us.** Jordan Peele’s latest horror film, Us, is a multi-layered narrative that, for some, is a complex Hitchcock-esque masterpiece that demonstrates Peele’s excellence as a writer and director. For others, it is disappointing at worst, and confusing at best. Whether you enjoyed it or not, Us is filled with layered themes of social mobility, comparative economic philosophies, and equity that critique who we are as a nation and people, and from where we’ve come. The…

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Seeing and Believing 195: David Sandberg’s Shazam! and Garth Davis’s Mary Magdalene – Christian Article

http://traffic.libsyn.com/capcpod/195_Shazam_and_Mary_Magdalene.mp3 DC takes another stab at the whole superhero-franchise thing this week with Shazam!, and the guys are on the case. Does the Big-inspired story of 14-year-old Billy Batson’s transformation into an adult-sized caped crusader have anything to recommend it? Also, just in time for Holy Week, Wade and Kevin offer their reviews of the long-awaited Mary Magdalene, the Rooney Marañstarring exploration of a commonly overlooked follower of Jesus Christ during Jesus’ earthly ministry. Music interlude by Honey, “Yellowboy.” Used…

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Hacksaw Ridge and the Strange Sovereignty of God – Christian Article

I was thrilled when Ben Smitthimedhin closed his recent article on Underoath and Emery with a meditation on Shusaku Endō. “I think Endō is on to something about the God who seems, at times, to abandon us,” he writes. “Rather than letting us be, our Lord is a God who haunts us into submission, a God who won’t leave us alone, a God whose words will never be erased.” Smitthimedhin’s point is ultimately about letting God be God, whatever our…

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God of the Belly: Wasting away in the World of First Reformed – Christian Article

In the end, we consume ourselves. At least, that’s the idea. You eat and drink, and that fuel settles into fat. Your body uses that fat to power your muscles and organs. If you don’t take in enough calories, your body wastes away, and literally devours itself. The same thing happens with the mind: We consume ideas, thoughts, and art, and we convert them into inspiration, and that inspiration becomes action. Cognitive Behavioral Theory frames it this way: we have…

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Seeing and Believing 181: Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Christian Article

http://traffic.libsyn.com/capcpod/Seeing_and_Believing_181.mp3 Merry Christmas from Seeing & Believing! Our last episode before Christmas starts off with a bang as we take a look at the much-buzzed-about Roma, Netflix’s latest shot at Oscar gold. Does Alfonso Cuaron’s highly personal film about a domestic worker in 1970s Mexico deserve the hype it’s been getting, or will the high expectations be dashed by cold reality? We also offer a little something for the superhero fans in our audience with our review of Spider-Man: Into…

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George Bailey at the Bridge: The Costly Virtue of It’s a Wonderful Life – Christian Article

Thanks to the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey is a household name to many Americans. But his story is a radical one. He has big dreams that are left unfulfilled. He doesn’t “stay true to himself.” He gets kicked down over, and over, and over again. Although the protagonist of the film, he is decidedly unheroic, by modern standards. If George Bailey’s story was told in 2018, he would leave Bedford Falls to chase his dreams, he…

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On the Second Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Two Movie Soundtracks – Christian Article

For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope. This year, 2018, featured films that surpassed the bar of excellence in cinematography, theater, and animation…

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