Silenceis a complicated film. Based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo, it tells the story of two Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to learn the fate of their mentor and spread the gospel of Christianity throughout the country. It is an honest look into faith, doubt, persecution, and the mystery of God. In this conversation we attempt to understand our feelings about its characters and the decisions they make.
In this minisode we cover a film that deals with some incredibly tough themes such as grieving and the need for empathy. The story ofA Monster Callsis close to both of our hearts and we hope to talk our way through some of the incredibly strong feelings it provokes. We had been excited about this one for a long time and were not disappointed.
In this special SPOILER FREE “minisode,” we wrap up the year by discussing some of our favorite things about 2016. Instead of just a top ten list of favorite films, we talk about the moments and performances that really resonated with us personally. This is a super-sized bonus episode with a ton of content and we really hope you enjoy.
Enchanting and magical, this simple Hollywood tale of a jazz pianist falling for an aspiring actress is a journey of emotions. In Damien Chazelle’s new modern-day musical we are treated to a deep masterpiece of storytelling from one of the profession’s most talented young directors. This film provides plenty of great discussion material for us to feel our way through, and we even take some time to compare it in depth to Chazelle’s previous outstanding film, Whiplash.
In this bonus minisode, Josh Crabb of Reel World Theology joins Aaron to discuss one of the most emotionally affecting films of the year. Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight is a story of human connection and self-discovery about a young black man struggling to grow up in a neighborhood that doesn’t accept him. This film is already drawing a lot of awards buzz and rightfully so. We dive into its importance of representing a culture that we may not relate to, but that we can all empathize with.
Aaron is joined by guest co-host Blake Collier to discuss 2016’s hit indie film Hell or High Water. With its West Texas setting capturing the atmosphere perfectly, expert acting, and tragically authentic story about brotherly love and the plight of poverty, this film is a modern western masterpiece. We have plenty of discussion material from a story rich in thematic depth and hope you enjoy the conversation.
In this minisode, we tackle the deep themes in Denis Villeneuve’s new science fiction masterpiece, Arrival. Based on a Ted Chiang short story called “Story of Your Life”, Arrival tells the story of an alien race who has landed on earth and humanity’s attempts to understand why. This is a movie that falls into the thinking science fiction genre and we have a great time feeling and thinking our way through it together.