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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…
 
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 titl…
 
Last week we discussed our shared call to cultivate goodness in the world. While that is true, it's not the whole picture. Because as we work, we also find another shared experience. We all struggle in our work. We encounter barriers and failures. We grow weary. The world experiences disasters and pandemics. And we are left holding the brokenness o…
 
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 conve…
 
In this episode, Erin and Hannah explore our shared desire to find meaning through our work and in life. Our work may be more mental than physical, but whatever it is, we hope it means something more than a paycheck. We want to thrive on all fronts, to see our work take off and produce a harvest we can enjoy and share with others. To illustrate thi…
 
Seeing & Believing closes out Black History Month with a look at the buzzed-about new film that is based on the true story of the death of Fred Hampton. Shaka King's Judas and the Black Messiah features two powerhouse performances from Get Out's Daniel Kaluuya as Hampton and LaKeith Stanfield as Bill O'Neal, the man who worked to bring down Hampton…
 
Communicating with others is something we're born doing. We emerge from the womb with limited skills, of course. Our skills grow in time, from wails to words and eventually to full sentences and fully nuanced, complex ideas. But that's not all it takes to communicate well. We can use all the skills at our disposal—verbal and nonverbal—and still exp…
 
Death has been a constant thought this past year, due to the pandemic that continues to rage among us and around the globe. It's rare in our society to think much about the end of our days. We tend to press on with our plans until death disrupts us, when it jolts us to the reality that all of us are living on borrowed time and breath. From dust we …
 
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, but the only love affair that Seeing & Believing has time for is that between Ralph Fiennes and archaeological excavations. Netflix's The Dig tells the true story of how a widow (Carey Mulligan) teamed up with a working-class excavation expert (Fiennes) to make one of Great Britain's greatest archaeologica…
 
Erin and Hannah kick off a new series called Finding Common Ground. Each episode will consider a different aspect of natural revelation and how the world around us gives us the common ground we seek—and desperately need—with our fellow humans. Despite the rifts we feel with others ideologically, there is still much we have in common. By turning our…
 
It's not every day that a new Denzel Washington-starring film gets released, especially when that film has been a quarter-century in the making. John Lee Hancock's screenplay for The Little Things has been floating around since the mid-1990s, and it's finally been released now, on HBO Max, with Hancock himself at the helm and a freshly minted Golde…
 
The show eases off the accelerator to focus on a single film this week. Acclaimed director Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo) is back with a new film for Netflix that positions itself as the anti-Slumdog Millionaire. Adapted from Aravind Adiga's novel of the same title, The White Tiger tells a story of a lower-caste servant in India (Adarh Gou…
 
In his continuing journey to give an award-worthy performance in every existing film genre, Tom Hanks is back in 2021 with his first crack at a Western, Paul Greengrass's News of the World. Based on the novel about a traveling newsreader in post-Civil War Texas, the film asks the question: can Hanks's persona as "America's dad" heal tensions in a d…
 
Our holidays are usually marked by all kinds of festivities. There are family gatherings, dinners with friends, work parties, community celebrations, church programs, and more. But this year? Most of these are cancelled due to the COVID pandemic. We will miss out on gift exchanges and cookie swaps and catching up with friends and family. It's disap…
 
Seeing and Believing heads to the British Isles this week with a pair of films poised to make their way into the end of the year awards talk. First up is Tomm Moore and Ross Stewarts's Wolfwalkers, the new project from the highly esteemed Cartoon Saloon. A mixture of myth and magic, Wolfwalkers uses stunning animation to tell the story of a young g…
 
Thanksgiving is typically full of feasting and family and friends. But this year? For most of us, gathering with others to enjoy our typical feast is off the table due to the global pandemic. Even if you are able to celebrate with your immediate family, the day is likely to be tinged with emptiness. And emptiness has a way of diminishing our gratit…
 
With family gatherings just around the corner (or not) for Thanksgiving, Wade and Kevin take a look at a couple of new family dramas that are just hitting streaming platforms this week! First up is Ron Howard's Hillbilly Elegy, starring Amy Adams and Glenn Close. How does the cinematic adaptation of J.D. Vance's bestselling memoir fare in its trans…
 
In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson kick off a new miniseries titled Happy, Thankful, People. Each episode of the series includes a special guest who has something specific to share about how we can clear some of the hurdles that come with the holiday season. Barnabas Piper joins this episode to discuss our expectations o…
 
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