Viewer Discretion is Advised, by Reed Lackey

17 Oct


I can still remember the most blasphemous thing I ever said as an actor. My character believed in God, but had utterly rejected Jesus Christ. He was full of fury and bitterness and at a key point in the play, I had to look at the iconic image of Jesus, beaten and bloody for the sins of the world, pretending to be this angry man and yell, “If you are the Son of God, come down off of that cross and save yourself!”


Rugged Individualism, by Tyler Smith

16 Oct


Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies is a very good- sometimes great- movie about the importance of seeing people as they are, rather than what they represent. That this is couched in a Cold War spy story makes this theme all the more resonant. For decades, the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics were engaged in a non-violent war of ideologies. This war often manifested itself as a constant scramble for information; about weapons, about technology, about pretty much anything. Paranoia was at an all-time high, with special attention paid to those that could be spies for the other side, infiltrating our ranks and selling our secrets.


Episode 142: The Babadook

15 Oct


In this episode, Tyler, Robert, and Reed discuss Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook.

00:00:45- Intro, BP Slasher Commentaries, Reed’s articles
00:07:25- The Babadook
01:41:20- Forbidden Planet
02:11:26- Episode wrap-up

The Dilemma of Christian Film

15 Oct

Hello. I’m Tyler Smith, of More Than One Lesson.


“Good” and “Bad” Movies, by Reed Lackey

13 Oct

Before we dive into defining movies as “good” or “bad,” it might be valuable to use another more basic term which might be applied to any art in any medium, but which certainly applies to film. Before a film can be considered either good or bad, we first have to figure out whether or not a film “works”.


The Calling of the Christian Imagination, by Reed Lackey

10 Oct

christianimaginationMy starting point is very simple. Everything that you are – all you say, do, believe, question, and aspire to – begins with your own imagination. This is not to say that you have personally created everything within your own imagination because we’re all at least partially products of our own environments and experiences. But every bit of our own experience passes through the filter of our own imagination and is somehow either rejected or accepted into our beliefs, aspirations, and behaviors. We don’t do anything and we are not anything that was not first planted by us or someone else into our individual hearts and minds.


Episode 141: The Nightmare

8 Oct

In this episode, Tyler and Reed discuss Rodney Ascher’s The Nightmare and Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street.

00:00:49- Intro, Rodney Ascher, nightmares, spiders
00:22:20- The Nightmare
01:11:10- A Nightmare on Elm Street
01:26:27- Spiritual warfare, fear and love
02:05:30- Episode wrap-up

Episode 140: It Follows

1 Oct


In this episode, Tyler is joined by Jeff Newburg to discuss David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows and Gore Verbinski’s The Ring.

00:00:40- Intro, Halloweentimes
00:03:15- Horror movies, Jeff Newburg
00:24:20- It Follows
01:22:21- The Ring
01:45:25- Episode wrap-up

Episode 139: Whiplash

25 Sep


In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash and James Bridges’ The Paper Chase.

00:00:44- Intro, Alpha Omega Con
00:06:49- Online Film Critics Society, Jimmy Pardo
00:18:45- Whiplash
01:24:30- The Paper Chase
02:06:45- Episode wrap-up


Minisode 72: Rocky

18 Sep


In this minisode, Tyler and Josh discuss the Best Picture of 1976, John G. Avildsen’s Rocky.