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Minisode 89: Sausage Party

25 Aug


Tyler shares his thoughts on the animated film Sausage Party.


Episode 170: Story and Structure

18 Aug


In this episode, Tyler and Reed discuss a recent Movieguide article about screenplay story and structure.

00:00:45- Intro, Alpha Omega Con, Hell or High Water review, Geek Orthodox
00:03:40- The Fear of God
00:07:33- Movieguide article
00:14:20- University of Vermont study
01:03:45- Episode wrap-up

Tyler on Geek Orthodox

11 Aug

Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy..L to R: Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt)..Ph: Film Frame..?Marvel 2014

Tyler was recently on the Geek Orthodox podcast to discuss politics, Christian media, and Guardians of the Galaxy.


Episode 169: Prisoners

11 Aug


In this episode, Tyler and Reed discuss Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners and Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River.

00:00:44- Intro, The Fear of God
00:08:45- Prisoners
01:04:20- Mystic River
01:37:00- Episode wrap-up

Episode 168: Purpose: Variety Faith-Based Summit

4 Aug

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In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Purpose, the Variety Faith-Based Summit.

Minisode 88: Ghostbusters 2016

28 Jul


In this minisode, Tyler analyzes Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters.

Minisode 87: Lawrence of Arabia

21 Jul


In this minisode, Tyler and Josh discuss David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, Best Picture of 1962.

Episode 167: Christian Psychology

14 Jul

Man lying on a sofa while with therapist making notes

In this episode, Tyler and Josh are joined by therapist Tim Long to discuss the relationship between Christianity and psychology.

3. Citizen Kane

8 Jul

Citizen Kane

dir. Orson Welles

Considered by many to be the best film of all time, Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane changed the way movies were¬†made. Welles brought his unique knowledge of theatre and radio – along with a refusal to acknowledge his own limitations – and crafted a film that is a perfect blend of the visual, the audio, and the dramatic. The film studies the life of a great man, Charles Foster Kane, who eventually loses everything due to his own unfulfillable needs. Like the visual quality of the film, the storytelling itself is unique and spellbinding, favoring other characters’ interpretation of Kane over his own; it is, in many ways, the perfect way to make a movie about a public figure, who is defined as much by other people’s opinion as his own actual identity. As we search for the key to unlocking the mystery of Kane, we soon find that the complexity of the filmmaking is meant as an expression of the internal complexity, not only of Kane, but of us all. It is a film that concludes that nobody can be summed up by one object, one relationship, one career. Each person’s life is a vast, interwoven tapestry of experiences, beliefs, and actions that can never be totally understood nor explained. It is a staggering, confident work¬†that has forever shaped the way film is made, and watched.

5. Lawrence of Arabia

8 Jul

Lawrence of Arabia

dir. David Lean

David Lean helped define what it means for a film to be “epic”. With his Bridge on the River Kwai and Doctor Zhivago, Lean took us from the depths of the jungle to the frozen tundra, throwing his characters in the midst of these harsh elements and forcing them to figure out who they are. But, as effective as those films can be, it is Lawrence of Arabia that stands above them all. This isn’t merely due to the gorgeous photography of the vast, unforgiving deserts of the Middle East, though that does definitely play a role. The reason Lawrence of Arabia is so fascinating is that Lean chose to place at the center of his WWI epic a quiet, enigmatic young man whose actions set everything in motion, but whose motivations are a complete mystery. T.E. Lawrence is one of the most complicated characters in film history. He is a man of contradictions. He is British, yet loves the desert. He is rebellious, yet a brilliant tactician. He is egotistical and pompous, and yet remains charismatic and likable. Nobody knows what he wants or needs, least of all him. But that doesn’t stop him from leading or others from following him. The risk that David Lean took, hinging such a huge, self-assured production on a character so unknowable, paid off and Lawrence of Arabia remains a lavish, exciting, frustrating, daring film that raised the bar for epics, biographical pictures, and film itself.