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Episode 164: VidAngel

9 Jun


In this episode, Tyler, Josh, and Reed discuss the pros and cons of the streaming service VidAngel.

Episode 160: 2016 International Christian Film Festival

5 May


Tyler recounts his experiences at the 2016 International Christian Film Festival.

00:00:44- Intro
00:04:40- Day 1, Priceless, human trafficking
00:16:45- Day 2, Tyler’s seminar, Wade Williams
00:26:00- Movie recommendations
00:57:00- Reactions to seminar
01:04:15- Day 3, Alex Kendrick
01:10:00- God using Christian film, “The Dilemma of Christian Film”
01:26:50- Awards, meeting Alex Kendrick, the end of the festival
00:01:35- Episode wrap-up

Minisode 83: A Man for All Seasons

28 Apr


Tyler and Josh discuss Fred Zinnemann’s A Man for All Seasons, Best Picture of 1966.

Episode 158: God’s Not Dead 2

7 Apr


In this episode Tyler and Josh discuss Harold Cronk’s God’s Not Dead 2 and Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder.

00:00:44- Intro, International Christian Film Festival
00:05:50- Atheists reviewing Christian films
00:13:55- God’s Not Dead 2
01:39:35- Anatomy of a Murder
01:54:03- Episode wrap-up

Episode 157: Man of Steel

25 Mar


In this episode, Reed and Tyler discuss Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant.

00:00:44- Intro, Film Nerds United, ICFF
00:02:45- Big news
00:04:00- Man of Steel
01:22:40- The Iron Giant
01:50:00- Episode wrap-up

Episode 155: Risen

4 Mar


In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Kevin Reynolds’ Risen and Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus.

00:00:44- Intro, new articles, International Christian Film Festival
00:02:50- Risen
00:53:18- Spartacus
01:04:35- Episode wrap-up

Forgive Me, by Reed Lackey

27 Feb


I don’t know of a single person in my life that has not at one time or another been failed by the Church. Either through hypocrisy, condemnation, neglect, politicizing, or even outright abuse, I think everyone has or eventually will experience disappointment with the institution which claims to be the people of God on Earth. Some of these failings are matters of personal perspective, but some, like the ones I saw handled in the two films I’m about to discuss, are issues of deep violation and betrayal.


Escaping the Darkness, by Tyler Straessle

26 Feb


Many Christians will not see The Witch. Of the Christians who do see it, I expect that many will not enjoy it. It is an unsettling film. It is an intense film. It is hard to find any sort of redemptive message buried deep within its murky darkness, but I’ve managed to come away with a lesson in faith.


Help Wade Williams

15 Feb

wade williams

Actor/musician Wade Williams recently survived a brain aneurism. He is recovering, but needs help with his bills (medical and otherwise). I met Wade at the International Christian Film Festival last year and he was incredibly supportive of me and my opinions about film. Please help with whatever you can. Thanks!


Just In Time, by Tyler Smith

28 Jan


For several years, I’ve been making a joke about God’s will for my life. Having felt the call to become a film critic in 2008, I have often been frustrated by the lack of paid opportunities there have been for me. As a way of coping with this, I adopted a very caustic attitude and would frequently say, “God called me into film criticism just in time for it start dying.”