Sunday, December 18, 2016

Rogue One - Review

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This movie is a peculiar thing. It's the first time the Star Wars film franchise has stepped away from the main saga, but it's still very much concerned with the same set of events that occupied the Skywalker twins.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Episode 44: Lord, Help Me Get One More

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After a brief discussion of politics and Batman, we jump into a review of Mel Gibson's new film Hacksaw Ridge and how it handles pacifism, conscience, violence, and point of view.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Episode 41: Button, Gump, and Fjelsted

We talk about Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Adam’s Apples (Adams ├Žbler), as well as wish fulfillment, holy fools, the decline of Stars, platitudes, and immortality.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Episode 40: Austentatious

"The heroine of many a modern novel writhes and reels her way through the story, chews and flings away fifty half-smoked cigarettes...goading every mood to the verge of madness...dashing to the druggist and then collapsing on the doorstep of the psycho-analyst; and all the time congratulating herself on her rational superiority to the weak sensibility of Jane Austen."
~G.K. Chesterton

Honor and sacrifice, wisdom and emotion, modernity and gender roles in Sense and Sensibility, a 90's adaptation of Jane Austen's novel, featuring a sparkling cast which includes Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, and Kate Winslet. Also: dating advice from Jane Austen - and a Christian approach to emotion and reason.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Episode 39: Civil War!

CIVIL WAR! The entire family joins in to talk about the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Captain America: Civil War. Find out who's #TeamCap or #TeamIronman, why Tony Stark needs to give up his super-suit, what makes Spiderman the awesomest, as well as discussion on force and law in a civilized society and a fan theory on the Winter Soldier's true motivations. All this and more in the thirty-ninth episode of The Pilgrim's Podcast.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Episode 38: Giving the Devil Benefit of Law

We talk about one of my all-time favorite films: A Man for All Seasons, the imminent end of PJTV's Trifecta (one of our favorite things), gay weddings, religious freedom, the need for belief, and Taken.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice - Review

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is the cinematic equivalent of a nineteen-year-old atheist putting down "Nihilist" as his religious affiliation on his Facebook. Whoa. So edgy, bro. The grimmest superhero movie since The Dark Knight, Batman v. Superman shares much of the earlier film’s cynicism about both God and Man, and like its immediate predecessor, Man of Steel, it overtly embraces theological language and symbolism, playing with the concepts of God, power, and responsibility. It revolves around a distinctly democratic question, one for our times: can we trust God when he has all the power? And if a man has God-like power, how, then, must we treat him? Worship or crucify? Crown with thorns or coronets?

Unfortunately, it handles this question with all the grace of a sledgehammer.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016

10 Movies About Resurrection

Today is Easter, the day Christians celebrate the defeat of death and the beginning of the end of this curse we bear. More than ever, with the specter of terrorism and war hanging over the world, death seems ascendant, but Easter is a reminder that darkness is defeated.

Reasonably enough, this most powerful truth echoes through the imagination of men redeemed and rebellious. Common grace manifests in our stories, revealing the power of sacrificial love, obedience to death, and life springing up from the ashes. While not all the films I list here involve literal resurrection (or even literal death), the theme here is of sacrifice, of the via dolorosa.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

Episode 34: The Pilgrim's Podcast: The Musical

In what may be our strangest episode yet, we sing Gilbert and Sullivan, talk about the history of American musicals including Singin' in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, The Phantom of the Opera, and Hamilton, speculate about which modern movies would make good musicals, and talk about the sociology of music.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Episode 33: May the Nostalgia Be With You

We talk The Force Awakens, nostalgia, CGI, and whether Star Wars is over forever. Has the Force been asleep? How do the new cast perform? Is The Force Awakens' mimicry of A New Hope an homage or simply lazy storytelling? All the answers and more in this episode of The Pilgrim's Podcast.