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.

Seeing and Believing 198: Claire Denis’s High Life and Penny Lane’s Hail, Satan?

Dave Canfield of Screen Anarchy joins Kevin to help him review: Claire Denis’s sci-fi experiment High Life and Penny Lane’s documentary, Hail, Satan?

Avengers: Infinity War and the Lost Spirit of Sacrifice

Infinity War begins with most of the Marvel heroes either having rejected a spirit of sacrifice or having never really acquired it.

Avengers: Endgame and the Redemption Saga of Tony Stark

His story, more than any other’s, encapsulates the ups and downs of the formation of the Avengers.

Countdown to the Endgame

Hidden in the shadows of these movies are cosmic truths worth unearthing and revisiting as they help us understand our culture and what we can uniquely contribute to it.

Shazam! Brings the Laughs while Struggling with Super-Maturity

A hero’s journey certainly isn’t about less than family, but should be about more.

Breakthrough Breaks through Christian Movie Stereotypes

Overall, Breakthrough broke through my expectations of the Christian feel-good genre and helped me suspend my disbelief for a couple hours.

God of the Belly: Wasting away in the World of First Reformed

The question isn’t if Schrader should have made First Reformed a more uplifting movie: the question is if Schrader is right or not. Are we doomed to consume ourselves?

Hacksaw Ridge and the Strange Sovereignty of God

Hacksaw Ridge, like Shusau Endō, asks us to consider the very terrifying particularity of God’s interactions with human beings.