History Is Written by the Losers

The lesson is that if we don’t tell the true stories, if we fail to pass them down to future generations, the lies will rush into the vacuum and take over.

How to Train Your Dragon: Revision, Restoration, and Edenic Longing

Even though How to Train Your Dragon should be a very silly story, sometimes very silly stories manage to say the very best things.

Hamilton Invites Us to Imagine the Power of Forgiveness

Alexander is redeemed, not because he deserves it, but because Eliza grants redemption to him.

“I Am Not the One Who Can Forgive”: The Quarry and the Hopefulness of Violent Grace

The Quarry suggests that the awareness of our own sinfulness violently awakens us to our need for a new life.

Don’t Wait to Engage with Black Stories

We must also educate ourselves, immersing ourselves in the stories and experiences of the Black communities and individuals in America.

Seeing and Believing 248 | Josh Trank’s Capone

Wade and Kevin get back to basics with a review of Josh Trank’s unconventional small-budget film examining the last year of the infamous gangster’s life.

Seeing and Believing 247 | 2020 Auteur Series – Wes Anderson

Wade and Kevin wrap up their auteur series with a look at the work of America’s foremost purveyor of immaculately framed family dysfunction: Wes Anderson.

Seeing and Believing 246 | 2020 Auteur Series – David Fincher

Wade and Kevin continue their auteur study with David Fincher as they rank their Top 10 David Fincher films and see the common elements in his work.

Seeing and Believing 245 | 2020 Auteur Series – Kelly Reichardt

Kelly Reichardt is the next subject of our 2020 Auteur series. A major figure in film, Kelly Reichardt’s quiet, understaded style has left a large impact.

Whispers of Hope: Apocalyptic Comfort in Mad Max: Fury Road

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Fury Road offers a glimpse of coming renewal, of rebirth.

‘Loving Lifeless Things’: Virtual Reality and Deepfake Resurrections

How do we make sense of truth in a world where deepfakes are leaping from the big screen into our homes?

The Revelation of Contagion in a Time of Pandemic

A lot of people have been watching Contagion recently, and many others are asking why. Is it strangely comforting? Terrifying but in a helpfully distancing way? Morbidly fascinating? The apocalyptic book of Revelation can help us understand.

Ashes to Ashes, Stardust to Stardust: Watching Sunshine during a Pandemic

A good story doesn’t make you feel more afraid than you were before; a good story helps you see the best way to act in the midst of your anxious fear, providing you with hope.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople: Social Distancing and Storytelling During the Pandemic

Many of us use humor as a defense mechanism when things go dark, but Waititi seems to use humor as joy-finding—a way of mining light out of dark ore.

Seeing and Believing 240 | Bong Joon Ho’s Mother

Wade and Kevin begin a South Korean cinema marathon. First up is Bong’s 2010 film Mother, a story of murder, money, and parental obsession.

Double Vision: Greta Gerwig’s Little Women Shows Us the Goodness of Different Ways of Life

Gerwig’s recent adaptation of Little Women echoes the Bible’s ability to hold within its pages quite a variety of ideas on marriage and singleness.