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Reel World Theology
63 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
S07 E07 - 40: The Temptation of Christ and the Powerful Necessity of Suffering
On this episode of the Reel World Theology: This episode ballooned from a written article into a full-fledged podcast episode. Friend of Reel World Theology, Reed Lackey, wrote the movie 40: The Temptation of Christ and it debuted this past April. Since Fizz isn't driving this plane, we need two staffers, David Atwell and Josh Crabb, to occupy the co-pilot chairs. We discuss Reed's movie and its international take on Christ as he is tempted in the desert. This movie takes a fascinating angle to Christ's encounter with Satan in the wilderness and centers around the morality of suffering. We think you will like the movie and you will like David and Josh's discussion.
44 minutes | Dec 25, 2019
S07 E06 - A Christmas Story and Magic in the Margins
On this Christmas episode of the Reel World Theology Podcast: As we do every year, we take a look at a Christmas classic. This year we are compelled to talk about a movie that has varying degrees of appreciation among the RWT staff. Because of this, we rewatch and talk about A Christmas Story. Does it hold up over time? Why does it connect with people this time of year? We hash it out and talk about what makes this one a yearly revisit for many folks. Enjoy!
115 minutes | Dec 23, 2019
S07 E05 - The Rise of Skywalker and Choosing Our Family
On this episode of the Reel World Theology podcast: What more appropriate way to end an up and down 2019 than with what will likely be one of the most disagreed upon films of the year, The Rise of Skywalker. Leve it to Star Wars, their fans, and the critics to create a whirlwind of expectations that couldn't possibly be met. However, Where did we land on the film? Was it good? Bad? Somewhere in the middle? What about that one decision about Rey? Why did it connect with some audiences and not others? How did our enjoyment (or not) of The Last Jedi directly affect this one? Boy, do we have opinions! Enjoy.
100 minutes | Nov 25, 2019
S07 E04 - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Seeing Humanity
On this episode of the Reel World Theology podcast: In a world of division and social media outrage, it is occasionally nice to have a refreshing voice reminding us of the kinder side of humanity. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood longs to remind audiences to be their best selves and to also never forget the power that one life, earnestly lived, can impact countless others. We discuss how the film holds up to the documentary that came out last year and give some hot takes on Tom Hanks as our Mr. Rogers stand-in. Enjoy!
74 minutes | Nov 5, 2019
S07 E03 - Zombieland: Double Tap and Sequel Necessity
On this episode of the Reel World Theology podcast: While maybe not an awards contender in 2019, we talk about a movie that we have been anticipating for nearly a decade, a Zombieland sequel. Is it fun? Was it worth the wait? Does it really have anything to say? When do we need sequels? We discuss. Enjoy!
81 minutes | Oct 31, 2019
S07 E02 - Ad Astra and a Cosmic Letdown
On this episode of the Reel World Theology podcast: We continue the latest season of the show talking about one of the most discussed movies that came out during our break, Ad Astra. This movie had a lot going for it, from the cast to a trailer that ticked a lot of sci-fi fan boxes. It also was pushed back to a September release, which is usually a bad sign. Where did this film land for us? Why do we think that some people thought this was a snooze-fest while others thought it was one of the year's better offerings? We discuss!
81 minutes | Oct 25, 2019
S07 E01 - Joker and the Final Joke
On this episode of the Reel World Theology podcast: There has been a lot of conversation (and worry) about the effect that the new Joker film could have on our culture. While this may be another case of over-reaction to a movie that people hadn't yet seen, it remains a divisive film critically. What is the film saying, if anything? There was always a worry about a movie that explored the Joker's past only spoiling the character but does the film actually give us the best of both worlds? We explore both the film and what the ending means for viewers and critics, alike.
33 minutes | Oct 23, 2019
RWT: Important Podcast UPDATE!
A quick update from RWT on the recent unannounced hiatus and what you can expect moving forward from the team. Queue it up and check it out!
46 minutes | Oct 15, 2019
Reel World: Rewind #042 - Zombieland
On this episode of Reel World: Rewind: Josh finally gets Fizz back on Rewind to talk about a movie he loves to talk about, the 2009 Ruben Fleischer movie Zombieland. With the recent release of the surprise sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap, Fizz and Josh explore their history with the movie, as well as the delightful characters in this movie and one surprise appearance of Bill Murray in probably his best cameo/smaller role in a movie. Ultimately, this movie falls right into the Reel World wheelhouse as it is about belonging, community, and grace. Enjoy our October episode!
49 minutes | Sep 16, 2019
Reel World: Rewind #041 – Sunshine
On this episode of Reel World: Rewind - Reel World staff members Josh Crabb and Blake Collier are discussing Danny Boyle's 2007 thought-provoking Sci-Fi movie, Sunshine. A portentous movie about a not-so-implausible future where the sun is dying, Boyle's movie ponders transcendence, spirituality, death, and duty. Blake and Josh reflect on some of the quieter moments of the movie but also address the criticisms of the final third and how it may not be as disjointed and abrupt as people have made it out to be. It's a contemplative episode of Rewind that, unlike the sun, is not too hot to handle.
37 minutes | Aug 15, 2019
Reel World: Rewind #040 – Jaws
On this episode of Reel World: Rewind - Closing out the summer on a high note, Reel World staffer Josh Crabb invites on his old podcast pal, Blaine Grimes, to discuss a movie that holds incredible significance for Blaine, Steven Spielberg's Jaws. They talk about how the movie remains significant almost 45 years later, what it can teach modern filmmakers and audiences, and concludes with a very personal reflection by Blaine. This is a "do-not-miss" episode of Rewind.
90 minutes | Aug 14, 2019
#207 - Stranger Things 3 and Commoditized Community
On this episode of the Reel World Theology podcast: The most popular show on NETFLIX is back and brings with it all the nostalgia and mystery that we have come to expect. Stranger Things enters its third season and there is no sign that its popularity is waning. We talk about what the latest edition to the Stranger-verse does for the show's mythos and lore. We also talk about the interweaving of messaging from both the inclusion of Russians and malls into the latest season. All in all, just like the show, a lot of fun!
101 minutes | Jul 25, 2019
#206 - Spider-Man: Far From Home and Absolute True Facts
On this episode of the Reel World Theology podcast: Spider-man: Far From Home brings to a close the latest phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Does it truly bring closure? Does it pick up on the incredible success of Homecoming? We have a lot of opinions on why Sony is fine sitting back and letting Disney make them money along with the complexity of the latest Spider-Man installment. The divide between Parker and Spider-Man is sharp, but is it... absolute?
59 minutes | Jul 15, 2019
Reel World: Rewind #039 - Apollo 13
On this episode of Reel World: Rewind... In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, RWT staff members Josh Crabb and David Atwell talk about one of the only movies eligible for Rewind dramatizing an Apollo mission, Ron Howard's Apollo 13. Starring a cavalcade of 1990's stars, this movie highlights the human drama of a real-life crisis, as well as exemplifying humanity's ability to work together to ingeniously solve problems. David and Josh also discuss the movie's hopeful heroism, beating heart of optimism, and inspiring coda of returning to the moon. Plus, David flexes his space knowledge much to the amazement of Josh!
100 minutes | Jul 5, 2019
#205 - Toy Story 4 and Necessary Metaphors
On this episode of the Reel World Theology podcast: Another Toy Story movie! Wait, did anyone want this? Surely if they decided to follow up on Toy Story 3 the creators are one-hundred percent sure they had a story that needed to be told. Well, a lot of the talk around Toy Story 4 has been about "how necessary" the film was so we discuss that, and the meta-conversation around describing any film that way. We also have a divided panel about how the film rounded out. Let us know what you think!
77 minutes | Jun 25, 2019
#204 - Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Mixed Messaging
On this episode of the Reel World Theology podcast: Another special PATRON sponsored episode. Another of our esteemed Patreon sponsors, Hunter and Stephie Van Wagenen, have selected one monster of a film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The 2014 Godzilla film was a hit with the panel but was mixed with audiences and critics. Does King of the Monsters do a good job of following up on its predecessor? Does it lay enough solid groundwork for sequels? We hypothesize.
50 minutes | Jun 17, 2019
Reel World: Rewind #038 - The Dark Crystal
On this episode of the Reel World: Rewind... Journey into "The Age of Wonder" with co-host Josh Crabb and returning co-host Blaine Grimes as they discuss Jim Henson's 1982 visionary classic, The Dark Crystal. Using the bookends of the forthcoming Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, we talk about the filmmaking legacy this movie has left, how it handles the tension of the hero's journey, and also its spiritual aspects of balance and wholeness. Plus, because it's the two hosts of Home One Radio, we throw in a little Star Wars comparison. You don't need Augra to foretell how great this episode is!
63 minutes | Jun 5, 2019
#203 - Tolkien and Differing Expectations
On this episode of the Reel World Theology Podcast: A special PATRON sponsored episode. One of our esteemed Patreon sponsors, Dave Courtney, has selected the latest biopic about the life of JRR Tolkien. We gather the troops to talk about our reactions to the film and what we were hoping to see from the film, what we actually got, and some of the things that may have connected with audiences that really enjoyed the film. Let us know what you thought!
81 minutes | May 24, 2019
#202 - Shazam! and the Power of Family
On this episode of the Reel World Theology podcast: Before Avengers, there was another superhero movie that was bringing great joy to the masses-- from the DCEU of all places. Shazam! proves that DC's cinematic turnaround isn't stalling anytime soon. With a great balance of comedy and heart, the film introduces a new character to the big screen in a way that is impactful and endearing. We speculate how well it could really do and what makes it so enjoyable.
53 minutes | May 15, 2019
Reel World: Rewind #037 - The Matrix
On this episode of the Reel World: Rewind podcast: We know Kung-Fu. Well, not really, unless Gene forgot to tell us he actually DOES know it. However, one thing we do know is The Matrix is a defining movie in the prolific movie year of 1999. In honor of its 20th anniversary, Reel World staffers Gene Gosewehr and Josh Crabb discuss a movie firmly planted in the pantheon of movies Christians love to talk about. This episode posits why that's not a bad thing, why the movie still resonates deeply with people twenty years later, and what stuck out on an umpteenth rewatch. From reminiscing about blasting the movie on surround sound to the movie providing insight into Judas Iscariot, it's all covered in this rewatch of The Matrix.
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