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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Fleabag Offers Hope for Those of Us Who Seem to Get Everything Wrong – Christian Article

Fleabag, if you haven’t seen it, is a show about a woman living in London—known only as Fleabag—estranged from her family and navigating her grief over her best friend’s accidental death. In Season 2, she falls for the attractive Priest—known only as the Priest—officiating at her father’s marriage to an intolerable godmother. It’s a grim show. It’s also a show about hope. Not hope, in the kind of kumbaya sense, which ignores the harsh realities of the world, which insists…

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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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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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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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Seeing and Believing 203 | Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Dexter Fletcher’s Rocketman – Christian Article

http://traffic.libsyn.com/capcpod/203_Godzilla__King_of_Monsters_and_Rocketman.mp3 Two major figures: Godzilla and Elton John duked it out this week to see which one of them would be king of the multiplex, but which of them will be king of Seeing & Believing’s heart? Wade and Kevin had plenty of affection for the 2014 Godzilla reboot, but is the latest film a worthy successor or a mere pretender to the throne? Meanwhile, musical biopics haven’t been getting much love from the show lately, despite Bohemian Rhapsody‘s Oscars.…

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Don’t Turn Away from the Trauma of Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us – Christian Article

Author’s Note: Though a crucial story to tell and hear, do know that When They See Us is triggering. Some things are better digested when read rather than viewed in a dramatization. Many people decided to stop watching after the first twenty minutes of episode 1. Some (like myself) had to take frequent breaks, pray, and discuss the material before pressing play again. It is indeed a traumatizing experience, but a story that must not be ignored. Ava DuVernay’s Netflix…

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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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Fosse/Verdon Recap, “Providence” (Series Finale) – Christian Article

For eight weeks, FX is airing Fosse/Verdon, a limited series about iconic choreographer/director Bob Fosse and legendary dancer Gwen Verdon, his wife and creative partner. Besides being catnip for theater fans, their story raises thoughts and questions about love, art, sacrifice, exploitation, abuse, and other topics that are both timely and timeless. This series explores both the aesthetic aspects of the show and its handling of those topics. “Providence” is the only episode of Fosse/Verdon that’s not named after a song from…

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Don’t Disparage Fiction – Christ and Pop Culture – 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. “Sorry your dragon show ended stupidly.” HBO’s Game of Thrones, based on the bestselling novels by George R. R. Martin, ended its run this past month with a less-than-well-received 8th season. Not ever having watched it myself, I can’t weigh in on the quality of the season (or the content of the show), but observing the phenomenon of fan…

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Fosse/Verdon Recap, “Me and My Baby” (Episode 3) – Christian Article

For eight weeks, FX is airing Fosse/Verdon, a limited series about iconic choreographer/director Bob Fosse and legendary dancer Gwen Verdon, his wife and creative partner. Besides being catnip for theater fans, their story raises thoughts and questions about love, art, sacrifice, exploitation, abuse, and other topics that are both timely and timeless. This series explores both the aesthetic aspects of the show and its handling of those topics. What do you do when the thing you’re good at—so good that people are…

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Fosse/Verdon Recap, “Glory” (Episode 4) – Christian Article

For eight weeks, FX is airing Fosse/Verdon, a limited series about iconic choreographer/director Bob Fosse and legendary dancer Gwen Verdon, his wife and creative partner. Besides being catnip for theater fans, their story raises thoughts and questions about love, art, sacrifice, exploitation, abuse, and other topics that are both timely and timeless. This series explores both the aesthetic aspects of the show and its handling of those topics. Vanity of vanities, all is vanity. King Solomon wrote that, but if he hadn’t,…

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Fosse/Verdon Recap, “Nowadays” (Episode 7) – Christian Article

For eight weeks, FX is airing Fosse/Verdon, a limited series about iconic choreographer/director Bob Fosse and legendary dancer Gwen Verdon, his wife and creative partner. Besides being catnip for theater fans, their story raises thoughts and questions about love, art, sacrifice, exploitation, abuse, and other topics that are both timely and timeless. This series explores both the aesthetic aspects of the show and its handling of those topics. “Welcome, ladies and gentlemen,” coos a top-hatted, tuxedoed Gwen Verdon at the outset of…

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Seeing and Believing 201 | Chad Stahelski’s John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum and Patrick Creadon’s Hesburgh – Christian Article

After last week’s big 200th-episode blowout, Seeing & Believing is back to its regularly scheduled programming with reviews of two films about two exceptional individuals. Keanu Reeves is back to his headshot-dispensing ways in the third chapter of the John Wick action franchise, Parabellum. If something with a bit less mayhem is more your cup of tea, the guys also take a look at Patrick Creadon’s documentary about Father Ted Hesburgh: priest, presidential advisor, and erstwhile leader of the University…

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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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Small Funny Things: The Subversive Gift of Tim Conway – Christian Article

The moment that word of comedian Tim Conway’s death at age 85 got out, social media filled up with fond reminiscences of his best sketches from The Carol Burnett Show: The dentist. The elephant story. The Oldest Man. Mr. Tudball and Mrs. Wiggins. Such remembrances are standard fare when a beloved celebrity dies. But Tim Conway inspired a unique variation on them. People didn’t just remember Conway on his own; they remembered him in tandem with other people. That time he…

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Fosse/Verdon Recap, “Where Am I Going?” (Episode 5) – Christian Article

For eight weeks, FX is airing Fosse/Verdon, a limited series about iconic choreographer/director Bob Fosse and legendary dancer Gwen Verdon, his wife and creative partner. Besides being catnip for theater fans, their story raises thoughts and questions about love, art, sacrifice, exploitation, abuse, and other topics that are both timely and timeless. This series explores both the aesthetic aspects of the show and its handling of those topics. What is an artist to do with overwhelming pain? In Dorothy L. Sayers’s novel…

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Fosse/Verdon Recap, “All I Care about Is Love” (Episode 6) – Christian Article

For eight weeks, FX is airing Fosse/Verdon, a limited series about iconic choreographer/director Bob Fosse and legendary dancer Gwen Verdon, his wife and creative partner. Besides being catnip for theater fans, their story raises thoughts and questions about love, art, sacrifice, exploitation, abuse, and other topics that are both timely and timeless. This series explores both the aesthetic aspects of the show and its handling of those topics. At the beginning of this week’s episode, Bob Fosse is once again holed up…

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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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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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Fosse/Verdon Recap: “Life Is a Cabaret” (Episode 1) – Christian Article

For eight weeks, FX is airing Fosse/Verdon, a limited series about iconic choreographer/director Bob Fosse and legendary dancer Gwen Verdon, his wife and creative partner. Besides being catnip for theater fans, their story raises thoughts and questions about love, art, sacrifice, exploitation, abuse, and other topics that are both timely and timeless. This series explores both the aesthetic aspects of the show and its handling of those topics. Shows and movies with strictly linear timelines have fallen somewhat out of…

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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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Finding Community in Season 2 of Atypical – Christian Article

When the Netflix original series Atypical premiered in the summer of 2017, I was skeptical. Too often shows that feature autistic characters perpetuate unhelpful stereotypes or otherwise exploit autism tropes for cheap emotional appeal. However, I was quickly and happily surprised when the mini-series used Sam—the show’s main character—and his autism not to paint him as atypical, but rather to draw out the atypicality of the human condition—particularly the manner in which human beings love (and sometimes fail to love)…

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On the Ninth Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Nine Nights of Netflix – 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. Man, the last twelve months were weird for sure, filled with personal challenges and change. I moved…

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