Seeing and Believing 254 | Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Truth and David Dobkin’s Eurovision Song Contest

This week we review Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Truth and the Will Ferrell comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

Funny Beliefs 3 | Beautiful, Horrible People

What can we joke about? How far is too far? Our answers tend to be personal, which makes it hard to discuss why some humor is offensive.

Seeing and Believing 253 | Jon Stewart’s Irresistible and a Retro Review of Jaws

We look at the latest cinematic political satire from former Daily Show host Jon Stewart and celebrate the 45th birthday of Jaws with a retro review.

Funny Beliefs 2 | Creators and Cultivators

Behind each laugh is a lot of work. What is the work of humor, and what does that mean for us as we create and cultivate our own laughs?

Seeing and Believing 252 | Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods and Judd Apatow’s The King of Staten Island

Funny Beliefs 1 | Relief

Comedians and late-night hosts have been pausing the jokes to sincerely address events and issues. This raises some interesting questions about humor.

Seeing and Believing 251 | Netflix’s Space Force and Josephine Decker’s Shirley

Buckle up for terrible space puns asWade and Kevin tackle Space Force, and go on a voyage into the mind of famed writer Shirley Jackson.

Seeing and Believing 250 | The Dardenne Brothers’ Young Ahmed and Kitty Green’s The Assistant

Wade and Kevin look at the Dardennes’ story of a young teenager who is attracted to Islamic fundamentalism, and Kitty Green’s #MeToo drama, The Assistant.

Seeing and Believing 249 | Michael Winterbottom’s Trip to Greece and Andrew Ahn’s Driveways

It’s time for a Trip to Greece with Michael Winterbottom while eating fancy followed by Andrew Ahn’s darling film Driveways staring the late Brian Dennehy.

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.

Persuasion 195 | Looking Ahead in a Viral Age

How do we live well in this ongoing (seemingly never-ending) viral age? Erin and Hannah discuss our new normal in the Growing Viral finale.

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.

Persuasion 194 | Finding Goodness in a Viral Age

How can we search for goodness without minimizing the very real pain and grief of living in a pandemic? Erin and Hannah discuss our battle with discouragement in this Growing Viral conversation.

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.

Persuasion 193 | Releasing Control in a Viral Age

We’re accustomed to much freedom in daily life, making the government regulations feel all the more binding. Erin and Hannah discuss security and releasing control in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.