CAPC Jr.: Pop Culture Commentary from the Next Generation – Christian Article

“Train up a child in the way he should go…” Here at Christ and Pop Culture, we are working to pass on our ideals of Christian cultural analysis to the next generation of young critics. In that spirit, we present CAPC Jr., in which significant children in the lives of our writers (daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, godchildren) pass on their own unique insights into some of their favorite cultural artifacts. Emerson, age 6 (daughter of Amanda Wortham): Star Wars My…

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The Vital Love of Friendship Stories – 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 the long-running USA comedy series Psych (2006–2014), Shawn Spencer—the grown, hyper-observant son of a police detective—uses skills ingrained in him by his father to fool the Santa Barbara police department into believing he’s a psychic. Shawn (played by James Roday) is both amateur and immature, and alone in his antics, he would fail as a protagonist. Liars are…

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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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On the Tenth Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Ten Supers Saving – 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. Comic lovers, rejoice! Not that it’s new news at this point, over ten years into the renaissance…

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Seeing and Believing 182: James Wan’s Aquaman and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War – Christian Article

http://traffic.libsyn.com/capcpod/Seeing_and_Believing_182.mp3 Seeing and Believing’s first episode of 2019 sees them tying up some loose ends from 2018! On the docket: the latest entry in the DC superhero universe and an awards favorite from Poland. Does Aquaman sink or swim? Does Cold War leave the guys feeling cold? Ring in the New Year with an episode that answers these questions and others! Music interlude by Bitty Beats, “Seven Hundred Miles.” Used under Creative Commons license 3.0. Theme music by Alexander Osborn…

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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Twelve Movie Moments – 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. One of the wonderful things about cinema is its ability to capture and preserve a single enchanting…

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Seeing and Believing 183 | Our Top Ten Films of 2018! – Christian Article

http://traffic.libsyn.com/capcpod/Seeing_and_Believing_183.mp3 In this super-sized episode, the guys offer their picks for the best films of 2018! The past year has been a crazy one, not least because of the multitude of excellent films to be released. Does Paddington 2 get its due? Do Wade and Kevin continue the wave for First Reformed? Perhaps most importantly of all, where does Gotti fit into all of this? Join us as we watch 2018 take a victory lap! Wade’s list on Letterboxd Kevin’s…

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