Seeing and Believing 369 | Magic Mike’s Last Dance & The Swimmer (1968)

It’s raining men! Kevin and Sarah review Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike’s Last Dance and Frank Perry’s The Swimmer.

Finding a New Glorious Purpose: Loki and the Failure of Materialism

Materialism mesmerizes us, as it does Loki, because it’s a way to place ourselves at the center of our own little universe composed of people and products that exist to serve us.

Seeing and Believing 366 | No Bears & All That Jazz

This week on the podcast: two movies about the cost of making art. Jafar Panahi’s latest film No Bears and Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz.

BoJack Horseman and a Contemplative Consumption Diet

In a moment when easy consumerism reigns, jarring and difficult shows like BoJack Horseman are exactly what we need.

Seeing and Believing 365 | Ikiru & Living

Kevin and Sarah pair their Watchlist review of Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru with their review of its 2022 remake Living, starring Bill Nighy

The Wire: The Virtue of Getting Up in Others’ Business

We’d all benefit from a large-scale adoption of the Deacon’s mindset in The Wire: not to be afraid to get up into others’ business.

Tragedy and Triumph in Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi

Dooku’s story reminds us that seemingly innocuous moral compromises can lead to an unfortunate and tragic end.

HBO’s House of the Dragon Reveals the Tragedy of Hating Our Enemies

HBO’s new fantasy series gives us a glimpse of a world without grace.

“One Way Out”: Why You Should Watch Andor this Advent

There’s something special in discovering there are still new stories to be told within Star Wars that are more than recycled nostalgia.

Seeing and Believing 358 | She Said & Shirkers

Kevin and Sarah review two movies that address power imbalances and the places where women are made unwelcome in film: She Said and Shirkers.

Star Wars: Andor ‌‌Recap:‌ What Radicalized You? (Season 1, Episodes 4-6)

We’ve yet to see the event that transforms Andor from a poor survivalist into a spy willing to die (and kill) for the Rebellion. 

Of Monsters and Men: Classic Horror DNA in Marvel’s Werewolf by Night

In the age of the “gritty” anti-hero, rare is the genre story that begins with the assumption that evil is real and must be dealt with.

Burned by Our Heroes: From Game of Thrones to Christian Leaders

It’s easy to sneer at celebrity pastors who traded key moral convictions for political power, but it’s hard to watch those we love do the same.

The Office as Purgatory

The show’s creators eventually begin to portray The Office as purgatory rather than hell.

Star Wars: Andor ‌‌Recap:‌ Against the Wall (Season 1, Episodes 1-3)

This isn’t your father’s Star Wars, and it’s not your six-year-old’s either.

Daughters and Daddies: Giving Louise, Eleven, and Kamala the Confidence They Need

These daughters beat themselves up, lost their self-assurance, and lacked a true sense of who they were, but their fathers guided them toward the truth.