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Professor Jessica Hooten Wilson is joined by Claude Atcho and Austin Carty to discuss the purpose and future of the podcast. Why should we be reading and thinking about great fiction? What are the questions we get about reading fiction? How’ll the podcast change to bring people into this community? Join us for this podcast and be a part of the Scan…
 
Sarah and Kevin dive into the creative lives of June and Jennifer Gibbons, the women at the center of the new biopic The Silent Twins. But does the movie do justice to its subjects? For the Watchlist segment, Kevin introduces Sarah to Tamara Jenkins' 2007 movie The Savages, in which two siblings played by Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman fin…
 
Sarah and Kevin, two unabashed Tolkien nerds, discuss the first two episodes of the new Lord of the Rings TV series, The Rings of Power. Then, they embark on a journey into the Cartoon Network TV miniseries Over the Garden Wall. Along the way, they talk about the importance of myth and fairy stories, and whether or not the two TV shows live up to T…
 
In this bonus episode, Sarah and Kevin count down the movies they're most looking forward to in the upcoming awards season. Follow us on Twitter @SeeBelievePOD Support the Seeing & Believing Patreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesChrist and Pop Culture
 
Sarah is joined by guest host Abby Olcese to talk about George Miller's fantasia Three Thousand Years of Longing, in which a narratologist played by Tilda Swinton meets a djinn played by Idris Elba. For the Watchlist segment, Abby introduces Sarah to the 1977 Peter Weir film The Last Wave. Follow us on Twitter @SeeBelievePOD Support the Seeing & Be…
 
Lions, no tigers, and bears, oh my. Kevin and Sarah take on Beast, a movie in which Idris Elba fights a lion. After tangling with the latest blockbuster (and each other), they then turn their attention to the Werner Herzog documentary Grizzly Man. Follow us on Twitter @SeeBelievePOD Support the Seeing & Believing Patreon Learn more about your ad ch…
 
Kevin and Sarah tackle Bodies Bodies Bodies, Halina Reijn's Gen-Z satire about 20-somethings at odds with each other… but will Kevin and Sarah split over their review too? Next up, Sarah introduces Kevin to Peter Weir's 1975 film, Picnic at Hanging Rock. Follow us on Twitter @SeeBelievePOD Support the Seeing & Believing Patreon Learn more about you…
 
Kevin and Sarah return from a restful vacation to review a high-octane action movie, Bullet Train. Will the movie hit its target, or is it really a slow train to nowhere? Then, Kevin and Sarah turn their sights toward another high-adrenaline movie premise for the Watchlist segment. This time, it's the bank robbery in Sydney Lumet's 1975 movie Dog D…
 
Kevin and Sarah saddle up and get spooky with Jordan Peele's latest movie, Nope, about two ranch caretakers played by Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer who investigate mysterious goings-on with their horses. Then, our intrepid hosts follow a wagon train west as they discuss Sidney Poitier's 1972 western, Buck and the Preacher. Follow us on Twitter @Se…
 
Kevin and Sarah take on a pair of buddy movies this week. First up: the Tollywood smash hit RRR, which features a friendship for the ages at the center of India's fight for independence. Then they discuss Shane Black's 2005 movie Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, a black comedy noir set at Christmastime in L.A. Along the way, Kevin and Sarah ask themselves: whi…
 
The god of thunder and director Taika Waititi both return to the MCU in Thor: Love and Thunder. Kevin and Sarah decide whether the series has managed to harness lightning again, or if the romance has finally fallen flat. Next up, they take on romance of a different kind in Jonathan Demme's screwball/road trip movie Something Wild. Follow us on Twit…
 
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is a feature-length take on the YouTube shorts about a tiny sentient shell. Kevin and Sarah discuss whether the movie is a successful adaptation. Then, they talk about the 2010 French animated film The Illusionist, a lovely movie about magic and maintaining a sense of wonder in a world that doesn't value either one.
 
Does The Black Phone get a ringing endorsement from Kevin and Sarah, or is the line dead? They discuss Scott Derrickson's latest horror film, and whether it's successful in adapting the short story of the same name. Then they turn their attention to Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Apocalypse preparation scenarios make an unexpe…
 
This week, Kevin and Sarah take on a David Cronenberg double feature. First up is Cronenberg's latest, Crimes of the Future, which presents a dystopian world that questions what it means to be human. Then, Kevin introduces Sarah to one of his favorite horror movies, the 1986 version of The Fly. Be afraid…be very afraid. Follow us on Twitter @SeeBel…
 
Jurassic World Dominion asks: what if dinosaurs invaded modern-day Earth? Kevin and Sarah talk about whether or not the movie's answer to its own question is any good, or if the film was trying to do too much at once. Then, Kevin and Sarah explore another movie about a scientist grappling with hubris, the 1931 classic Universal monster movie Franke…
 
Are men okay? That's what Kevin and Sarah want to know after recording this week's episode. First up is Alex Garland's latest movie Men, which takes on questions about sin and gender for better or worse. Then for the Watchlist, they discuss Charlie Kaufman's 2015 stop-motion movie Anomalisa. Follow us on Twitter @SeeBelievePOD Support the Seeing & …
 
Kevin and Sarah feel the need…the need for speed…and for Dad Movies. First, in a review of Top Gun: Maverick, they ask whether a sequel 25 years in the making is worth it. For the Watchlist, they ask whether Philip Kaufman’s 1983 film The Right Stuff does, indeed, have the right stuff. Many dad jokes are made. Check out the Seeing & Believing Patre…
 
Kevin and Sarah take on a Patreon subscriber's pick as they review last year's melodrama WParallel Mothers, starring Penelope Cruz in an Oscar-nominated role. For the Watchlist, they discuss another family drama, Yasujiro Ozu's 1953 masterpiece Tokyo Story. The difference between drama and melodrama is hashed out. Check out the Seeing & Believing P…
 
Kevin and Sarah catch up on their indie movies with Jane Schoenbrun's debut, We're All Going to the World's Fair. For the Watchlist, they pivot to the 1984 dance movie JFootloose. Kevin has his doubts about Kevin Bacon. Check out the Seeing & Believing Patreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
Kevin and Sarah dive into another parallel universe with the latest Marvel movie, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Then, they keep the conversation going with feedback from listeners about past episodes. Finally, they bring on guest Elijah Davidson, who introduces them both to the French New Wave film Jules and Jim. Sarah has a grand un…
 
Kevin and Sarah discuss whether his new meta movie The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent manages to live up to its title. Then they have a standoff over the latest Watchlist pick, Face/Off. Kevin gets animated about doves. Check out the Seeing & Believing Patreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the second reading of the series (Volume I: Chapters 4–7), in which the characters and their suffering take center stage. Shelley’s rich descriptions of the inner turmoil provide readers insight into how suffering can alter a person’s ability to function. Her story is raising th…
 
If we were to choose one word to describe modern life, busy would be a top contender. We are a busy people—busy making a living, busy making a name for ourselves, busy being busy. This is why productivity hacks are all the rage. We need better ways to make the most of every moment. But is this the point of it all? Does all of our ambition produce a…
 
In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson dig into the background of the story, starting with what we've gotten wrong due to the many cultural adaptations. Hollywood has taken a seed of Mary Shelley's classic and grown an entirely new story that overshadows the original. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.co…
 
Do you consider yourself a reader? That answer isn't so easy to come by. How many books do you need to read a year—or a month—to qualify as a true reader? And does it matter what kinds of books you read? Do mystery novels count? What about young adult fiction or business books or graphic novels? Do you need to have read all 100 of the top books eve…
 
A common critic cliche is to say that watching a bad action movie feels like watching somebody else play a video game, but what Free Guy supposes is, “What if we treated that not just as an okay thing but as an actual goal?” Part Wreck-It Ralph, part The Matrix, part The Truman Show, Shawn Levy’s new film features Ryan Reynolds as a smiling, innoce…
 
The guys take a turn for the roguish with this week's episode, as they talk about the latest adventure for DC's #1 band of psychos and misfits, The Suicide Squad. Erstwhile MCU director James Gunn switches teams for this reboot of the much-reviled 2016 film of (almost) the same title, and the question on everyone's mind (or least Wade and Kevin's) …
 
After his foray into creating a superhero cinematic universe, M. Night Shyamalan is back to his bread and butter — spine-tingling chillers — with Old, the movie about how seaside resorts and beach vacations are the absolute worst. A family goes on vacation, discovers a beach that causes everyone to age unnaturally fast, and encounters many other ob…
 
A story about the spiritual realm and the souls that populate it. A quiet vibe reminiscent of Hirokazu Kore-eda. A cast including Winston Duke, Benedict Wong, Zazie Beetz, and Tony Hale. How could Seeing & Believing say no? Wade and Kevin take a look at the ethereal debut feature from Japanese-Brazilian director Edson Oda to see if these elements r…
 
After a long time away, the MCU makes its return to Seeing & Believing! Wade and Kevin take a look at Scarlett Johansson's swan song as Black Widow in a prequel that takes the superspy on a globetrotting adventure to reconnect with family members, stop an evil villain from using super-soldiers to control the world, and make peace with her checkered…
 
It wouldn't be summer at the movies without sci-fi action blockbusters. Director Chris McKay (The Lego Batman Movie) and star Chris Pratt fill that gap with The Tomorrow War, which imagines a near future where a near-apocalyptic conflict with an alien species forces humanity to recruit soldiers from the population of today's present. Threads of fat…
 
Our world came to a screeching halt with the pandemic. Schedules that used to be packed to the brim opened wide, creating unexpected space. Now that the world is opening up again, we have the opportunity to decide if the ways we had been in community before the pandemic are the ones we even want to return. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit po…
 
The guys enter the sun-baked Mediterranean world of Pixar's latest film in this week's episode! Luca tells the story of a young boy named Luca (Jacob Tremblay) who, along with his best friend Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer), dreams of acquiring a Vespa with the prize money from a big race and seeing the world. The only thing standing in their way? Luca…
 
In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson dig into the summer miniseries called Showing Up. Each episode explores the challenges we face to show up in the world. Erin and Hannah invite Rebecca McLaughlin to help us learn how to show up in conversations despite our differences. Rebecca grew up in the United Kingdom and holds a P…
 
In a lot of ways, the new musical In the Heights has finally hit theaters at the perfect time. As businesses fully reopen again and people prepare to get out of the house, what could be more of a fun summer activity than a fun summer musical. Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu helms this film version of the Lin-Manuel Miranda Broadway hit about …
 
In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson dig into the summer miniseries called Showing Up. Since 2004, Rachel has lived in Djibouti, a primarily Muslim country, where she and her husband run a school and where they enjoy cross-cultural, cross-religious relationships. Rachel shares from her recent release titled Pillars: How Mu…
 
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in March of 2020, none of us could have known the level of disruption we would be facing. In addition to the reality of illness and death, we also had to face a new way of going about our daily lives. Our daily routines were shattered and reformed to meet health protocols. Work, school, worship, comm…
 
Disney tries to drum up some sympathy for the devil with their latest live-action film to delve into the background of an animated villain. In Cruella, Emma Stone stars as the fabulous fashion magnate in her younger years, matching wits with the icy Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson). So is Cruella actually evil, or was she just drawn that way? W…
 
What's the line between religious devotion and religious obsession? That's the question that Wade and Kevin explore with their review of Saint Maud, the religiously themed shocker from writer/director Rose Glass. Glass makes her feature debut with this story of a nurse named Maud (Morfydd Clark) providing hospice care to a dying professional dancer…
 
"Sicaro" writer Taylor Sheridan returns to the director's chair with "Those Who Wish Me Dead" starring Angelina Jolie. Wade and Kevin review this thriller where a fire watcher (Jolie) is on the run with a young boy who is holding evidence in a complicated mob trial while pursued by two assassins while outrunning an out-of-control forest fire. Does …
 
Over the past year, as communities implemented social distancing protocols, daily life came to a screeching halt. People stayed home to work remotely or attend virtual school. Without all our usual human hustle and bustle, wild creatures began roaming more freely. People began sharing photos of whales in harbors and goats running through towns. The…
 
Some days life cruises along the course of your well-laid plans and everything runs like clockwork. Other days—most days, perhaps?—life takes a detour off the beaten path and you get lost in the wilderness and stuck in the muck. Life works great, except when it doesn't, which is more often than not. So what can we do in response? Do we bother makin…
 
It's almost May, which means the action extravaganzas are finding their way to theaters and streaming for the blockbuster season. Warner Brothers kicks things off in a big, bloody way with its stab at resurrecting the Mortal Kombat franchise for filmgoers. This time, the story they build around the gory video game brawler involves a washed-up MMA f…
 
With a slight lull coming between awards season and blockbuster season, Wade and Kevin pause for a retro review of a film regarded by many critics as the best directorial one-off in cinema history. Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter offers an iconic villain in Robert Mitchum's Harry Powell, a corrupt preacher in Depression-era West Virginia…
 
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 …
 
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-su…
 
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, …
 
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, 201…
 
In the last episode, Erin and Hannah discussed the hurdles and struggles we face in our attempts to cultivate goodness, finding another point of shared experience in the brokenness of the world. In keeping with that conversation, we're taking a brief Interlude from our larger series, FINDING COMMON GROUND, and invite you to listen in as Hannah Ande…
 
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