Minisode 17: Tombstone

March’s Donor Pick episode is a favorite of ours and gives us a reason to praise the late, great Bill Paxton as well. Tombstone is a classic Western action-adventure with one of the greatest ensemble casts ever assembled and perhaps the most quotable script of all-time. But it also offers us a chance to talk…

Minisode 16: Kong: Skull Island

Don Shanahan joins the show for a discussion about the return of Kong to the big screen. This latest monster movie provides plenty of thrilling, towering action sequences that are worthy of the King. We talk about the different style of creature features over the years and whether or not character development is necessary for…

Minisode 15: Get Out

In this minisode, horror writer and superfan Blake Collier joins the show to discuss Get Out, the new hit film from freshman director Jordan Peele. Get Out is a special film that has managed to subvert the genre in many ways and become not only a fantastic thrill ride but also an important social commentary on race in…

Minisode 014: Manchester by the Sea

In this minisode we’ll be discussing the multiple Oscar nominated film, Manchester by the Sea. This is a film that deals with grief as realistically as any we’ve ever seen and unpacking its layers of emotion was both exciting and, like watching the movie, a little bit rough. It is also a masterwork in filmmaking and deserving of…

Minisode 13: Silence

Silence is a complicated film. Based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo, it tells the story of two Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to learn the fate of their mentor and spread the gospel of Christianity throughout the country. It is an honest look into faith, doubt, persecution, and the…

Minisode 12: A Monster Calls

In this minisode we cover a film that deals with some incredibly tough themes such as grieving and the need for empathy. The story of A Monster Calls is close to both of our hearts and we hope to talk our way through some of the incredibly strong feelings it provokes. We had been excited about this…

Minisode 11: 2016 Year in Review

In this special SPOILER FREE “minisode,” we wrap up the year by discussing some of our favorite things about 2016. Instead of just a top ten list of favorite films, we talk about the moments and performances that really resonated with us personally. This is a super-sized bonus episode with a ton of content and we really…

Minisode 010: La La Land

Enchanting and magical, this simple Hollywood tale of a jazz pianist falling for an aspiring actress is a journey of emotions. In Damien Chazelle’s new modern-day musical we are treated to a deep masterpiece of storytelling from one of the profession’s most talented young directors. This film provides plenty of great discussion material for us to…

Minisode 009: Moonlight

In this bonus minisode, Josh Crabb of Reel World Theology joins Aaron to discuss one of the most emotionally affecting films of the year. Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight is a story of human connection and self-discovery about a young black man struggling to grow up in a neighborhood that doesn’t accept him. This film is already drawing a lot of…

Minisode 008: Hell or High Water

Aaron is joined by guest co-host Blake Collier to discuss 2016’s hit indie film Hell or High Water. With its West Texas setting capturing the atmosphere perfectly, expert acting, and tragically authentic story about brotherly love and the plight of poverty, this film is a modern western masterpiece. We have plenty of discussion material from a story…

Minisode 007: Arrival

In this minisode, we tackle the deep themes in Denis Villeneuve’s new science fiction masterpiece, Arrival. Based on a Ted Chiang short story called “Story of Your Life”, Arrival tells the story of an alien race who has landed on earth and humanity’s attempts to understand why. This is a movie that falls into the thinking science fiction genre and we…

Minisode 006: Doctor Strange

In this special bonus episode, Aaron brings in Chad Hopkins of The Cinescope Podcast to help explore the many dimensions of Doctor Strange. Are the visuals really that stunning? Yes. Yes, they are. But we also discuss the story, its villains, and even touch on the racism and whitewashing debate surrounding this Marvel film. Great conversation…