Booksmart and Female Ambition

Yet the more radical vision of flourishing for women would strike harder at the heart of the film’s concept: what if Molly’s real mistake was in her ultimate goal of power and success?

Training Dragons and Learning to Say Goodbye

The Hidden World shows us goodbyes in all their gritty pain and walks us through them.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters Is Not Safe, But He’s Good

Godzilla-worship is idolatrous in reality, but this fiction helps us simulate “worship” of a great entity, despite its terror and ability to wound us.

Persuasion 170 | A Titanic Podcast Season Finale

Titanic is in the hot seat for Persuasion‘s Never Seen series finale.

Knock Down the House and Our View of the Political Millieu

Knock Down the House provides real-life glimpses of what we love most about our favorite political dramas.

Disney’s Retellings, Aladdin, and Our Cultural Imagination

Some remakes of classic tales may reflect changed cultural mores, but it is a fallacy to believe we are morally evolving with each passing decade.

Reality TV and Our Kingdom of Spectacle

Competing for titles, money, contracts, and (sometimes even) a person’s affections, all for the entertainment of an audience, can cause figurative deaths—devaluation of a person’s worth, the consumption of their soul.

Persuasion 168 | Describing The Breakfast Club Ruckus, with Wade Bearden & Kevin McLenithan

Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson pack the Persuasion house with Seeing and Believing hosts Wade Bearden and Kevin McLenithan to discuss The Breakfast Club.

Eighth Grade and the God Who Loves

For all of the striving, pain, and difficulty Kayla goes through to obtain love it turns out that a father’s love is what it takes to set her free.

Persuasion 165 | Here’s Looking at You, Casablanca

Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their Never Seen series discussing Casablanca in all its silver screen glory.

Endgame‘s Rally of Women Avengers

I don’t think a heavy-handed scene in which the women of the MCU are haphazardly thrown together is reason enough on its own to cheer, but I am encouraged by the possibility that Marvel recognizes a deficiency.

Avengers: Endgame Helps Us Behold an Epically Joyous Fantasy Apocalypse

Avengers: Endgame ends with a joyous finale, sharing images of final victory and resurrection that can’t help reflecting their biblical, real-life equivalents to come.

Avengers: Endgame and the Devastation of Thor

In striving to move forward and figure out who he is, Thor feels the need to atone for his past failures.

Avengers: Endgame, Nebula, and the Love that Transforms

In Avengers: Endgame, we see in Nebula one of the most poignant depictions of the transformative power of self-sacrificial love.

Persuasion 164 | Behind the Silver Screen, with Alissa Wilkinson

Alissa Wilkinson joins Erin and Hannah to kick off a new series, Never Seen, exploring key movies your hosts have never seen and the role movies play in our lives.

Black Widow’s Endgame Begins With Family

Romanoff’s job as Black Widow, an Avenger, means more to her than any other Avenger. It is at the heart of who she is and what she does.