Seeing and Believing 180: Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite and Peter Farrelly’s Green Book

First up is The Favourite, a darkly funny look at courtly backstabbing, political intrigue. Then Green Book, a film about racial tensions and friendship.

Persuasion 154 | All I Want for Christmas

Our culture has tied Christmas fulfillment to the amassing of stuff.

Seeing and Believing 179: Rich Moore and Phil Johnston’s Ralph Breaks the Internet and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters

Wade and Kevin check out Wreck-It Ralph to see if its satire of internet culture holds up, then review of Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters.

Persuasion 153 | Blue Christmas

From Hallmark Christmas specials to receiving the perfect gift from that perfect someone, we’ve all taken in ideals that lead our hearts to unavoidable disappointment at Christmas.

Seeing and Believing 178: Stephen Caple Jr.’s Creed 2 and David Yates’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

It’s an all-sequel edition of the show this week, as the guys take Stephen Caple Jr.’s Creed 2 and David Yates’s The Crimes of Grindelwald?

Seeing and Believing 177: Steve McQueen’s Widows and the Coen Brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Seeing & Believing celebrates Thanksgiving and Black Friday with Steve McQueen’s “Widows” and The Coen Brother’s “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

Seeing and Believing 176: An Interview with Steve McQueen, Plus Reviews of Wildlife and Overlord

It’s a Thanksgiving feast, Seeing & Believing offers up an interview with director Steve McQueen, reviews of two films: Wildlife and Overlord.

Persuasion 152 | Live Talk

Our digital age allows us to handle a lot of life devoid of live, in-person conversation. We simply don’t need to converse with each other face to face.

Seeing and Believing 175: Orson Welles’s The Other Side of the Wind and Lasse Halstrom/Joe Johnston’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Christmas came early this year with Orson Wells’ unfinished The Other Side of the Wind, and Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

Persuasion 151 | Church Talk, with C. Christopher Smith

Can the church lead the way in restoring the art of good conversation? C. Christopher Smith joins Persuasion to cast a grander vision for our church talk.

Persuasion 150 | Tech Talk

Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their Talking about Talk series discussing the pros and cons of technical speech in our conversational bubbles.

Seeing and Believing 174: David Gordon Green’s Halloween and Lee Chang-dong’s Burning

Get into the Halloween spirit with a review of David Gordon Green’s sequel/reboot of John Carpenter’s classic Halloween and foreign film, Burning.

Seeing and Believing 173 | Damien Chazelle’s First Man and David Lowery’s The Old Man and the Gun

Wade and Kevin discuss First Man, by director Damien Chazelle and then The Old Man and the Gun, which may be Robert Redford’s last role as an actor.

Persuasion 149 | Funny Talk, with Ben Fort

Erin and Hannah invite Ben Fort to the conversation to discuss the important and needful role of humor in our conversations.

Seeing and Believing 172: Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born, Plus Our Film Festival Preview!

Wade and Kevin review Bradley Cooper’s Lady Gaga-starring remake of A Star Is Born followed by Kevin’s preview of the Chicago International Film Festival.

Persuasion 148 | Small Talk

What is it about small talk that makes us so uncomfortable? Is small talk even necessary? Erin and Hannah continue their “Talking about Talk” series in this week’s episode.