Seeing and Believing 289 | Simon McQuoid’s Mortal Kombat

Wade and Kevin strive for a flawless victory in their review of Simon McQuoid’s Mortal Kombat. Does it delivery a fatality or a friendship?

Fugitive Lights: The Renaissance of a Cold War Phenomenon in the 21st Century

Whatever makes me search declassified FBI documents about UFO phenomena is the same thing that keeps me searching the pages of Scripture.

In 2000, the Internet Was the Future, until Every Internet Company Went Broke

Nobody really had the answers to these questions about the internet, but it was clear there was a lot of venture capital to be raised by pretending you did.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Recap: Brick by Brick (Episode 6)

As a Black man, Sam Wilson carries the lineage of America’s broken promise, by both heritage and by lived experience.

Battlestar Galactica: A Retrospective Look at a “Jewish” Tale of Orientation, Disorientation, and Reorientation

But what the writers knew that the viewers did not is that history—as Battlestar understood it—was neither linear nor cyclical. Quite surprisingly, and to the consternation of more than a few, it was Jewish.

Seeing and Believing Episode 288: A Retro Review of The Night of the Hunter

Wade and Kevin review a film regarded by many critics as the best directorial one-off, Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Recap: Deconstructing America (Episode 5)

“I owe you an apology,” the Winter Soldier tells Sam. “I’m sorry.”

Blood on the Shield: The Importance of Acknowledging the Complicated Narratives of American Heroism

We don’t do “once upon a time,” and we don’t get to ask for a fairy godmother to save us; in America, we save ourselves. 

The Long Obedience of Sunderland A.F.C.

Throughout Sunderland’ Til I Die, the club burns through new coaches, players, and strategies attempting easy tweaks and quick fixes. But there is no single problem keeping them from winning.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Recap: A Truer, Better Captain (Episode 4)

It is not normal for those with power to lay it down for another’s sake. To those insecure in their power, this feels like surrender. It feels like shame. Humiliation. 

Addictive Consumption and the Antidote of Beauty

Whereas the world of addictive pleasure teaches us to feel, the world of beauty teaches us to sacrifice: to go beyond attention to the self and give attention toward another.

Seeing and Believing 286 | Florian Zeller’s The Father

Wade and Kevin catch up with Florian Zeller’s film adaptation of his own play The Father featuring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Recap: The Bad Guy Roundup (Episode 3)

That’s the thing about this show. Unlike WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s mysteries are probably the least interesting thing about it. 

I Promised Myself I Wouldn’t Talk about “Cancel Culture” Here, but Then Crime Scene Happened, so I Guess I Have To

The reality is that the whims of the internet mob are, at best, only occasionally guided by moral clarity and a sense of true justice.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the Ship of Theseus, and Creative Vision

If a character or a story is the Ship of Theseus, how much needs to be reshot, re-edited, cut, arranged, and composed before the original story no longer exists? 

Seeing and Believing 285 | Adam Wingard’s Godzilla vs. Kong

Adam Wingard’s “Godzilla vs Kong” movie crashes into the show with Wade Returning along with his thoughts on Zack Snyder’s “Justice League.”