Seeing and Believing 247 | 2020 Auteur Series – Wes Anderson – Christian Article

Wade and Kevin wrap up their series of director retrospectives with a look at the work of America’s foremost purveyor of immaculately framed family dysfunction: Wes Anderson. The guys look ahead to the upcoming The French Dispatch by working their way through Anderson’s filmography, from Bottle Rocket to The Grand Budapest Hotel. This is Only a Snippet of a Christian Article written by Seeing and Believing Read Full Article

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The Revelation of Contagion in a Time of Pandemic – Christian Article

A lot of people have been watching Contagion recently, and many others are asking why. Downloads of the 2011 Steven Soderbergh film have skyrocketed in the last month: it shot up into the top ten of the iTunes rental chart, it has become the second-most-watched Warner Bros. film of this year, and its popularity has spawned great editorializing on why people are so interested in watching it. Is it strangely comforting? Terrifying but in a helpfully distancing way? Morbidly fascinating?…

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Seeing and Believing 237 | The Top Ten Films of the Decade – Christian Article

After weeks of agonizingly paring their favorite films of the past decade down to a list of ten, Wade and Kevin are finally ready to share what they think are the finest examples of cinematic art to come out since 2010. Which films most closely captured the zeitgeist from this eventful decade? How did the guys weigh them against personal favorites? All those questions, and more, are answered in this long-in-the-making episode. Music interlude by Wayne John Bradley, “Blessed.” Used…

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Marriage Story (2019) – Adam McLane – Christian Article

Marriage Story was a very good, intense documentary, delving into the relationship of a couple who couldn’t even agree on what state they lived in, but loved each other to the point of madness. The film documents the process of their separation and potential divorce. Spoiler: They divorce. I thought this film was dominated by its very clever writing. Like most fans of the Star Wars and Marvel franchises, I never knew that Kylo Ren and Black Widow were married.…

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Happenings: Favorites of the Decade from CAPC Staff – Christian Article

As the calendar winds down and eases from one year to the next, many of us turn nostalgic. We wonder where the time went and reflect over the ways we spent the past 365 days. Maybe it’s a matter of clicking through the photos we snapped or reviewing our goals or taking note of what we’ve read or listened to or watched or laughed at. Remembering is a way of marking time and seeing how various ideas and experiences have…

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Seeing and Believing 228 | Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and Trey Edward Shults’s Waves – Christian Article

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? Music interlude by…

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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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