Seeing and Believing with Wade Bearden & Kevin McLenithan
By Christ and Pop Culture
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Wade Bearden and company discuss how film and television intersect with our faith.
||CleanSeeing and Believing 164: Carlos Lopez Estrada’s Blindspotting and Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson’s The Endless||Wade and Kevin have gentrification on the mind this week, as they review two films about unwelcome new arrivals in the neighborhood: Carlos Lopez Estrada's Blindspotting, a drama about race and indie sci-fi/thriller The Endless, the new neighbor is an o||8/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 163: Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade||Wade and Kevin review the latest Mission: Impossible film (alternate title: See Tom Run) and the latest indie darling from studio A24, Eighth Grade. Thrills and chills abound!||8/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 162: Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer 2 and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Third Murder||Both movies this week involve a measure of mayhem, but the two directors' personal approaches to their stories couldn't be more different: The Equalizer 2 and The Third Murder.||7/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 161: Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace and Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You||Wade and Kevin get lost in the woods for their first film this week: Leave No Trace, Debra Granik's long-awaited follow-up to Winter's Bone. Then things take a turn for the weird as the guys jump into Boots Riley satire of capitalism and racism run amok||7/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 160: Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and the Wasp and Tim Wardle’s Three Identical Strangers||The guys review a very big movie about a very tiny pair of heroes this week with the Marvel offering for July, Ant-Man and the Wasp. Also on the docket is another unusual story: a documentary about a set of triplets, separated at birth, who come to find||7/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 159: Stefano Sollima’s Sicario: Day of the Soldado and Our Cinematic Gateway Drugs||The release of Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the sequel to Denis Villeneuve's acclaimed 2015 thriller about the U.S.-Mexico drug war, has the guys thinking about the gateway drugs that got them into movies in the first place.||7/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 158: J.A. Bayona’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Gary Ross’s Ocean’s 8||Wade and Kevin decide to investigate whether Jurassic Word: Fallen Kingdom is a worthy successor to its ancestors. Then they decide to spend some time with some smooth criminals in the star-studded Ocean's 8, in which Sandra Bullock leads a squad of thi||6/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 157: Brad Bird’s The Incredibles 2 and Morgan Neville’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor?||The guys tackle two family-friendly flicks on this week's episode, as they review Brad Bird's fourteen-years-in-the-making sequel to Pixar's superhero smash The Incredibles 2.A fond return to Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood is on the itinerary as well as Wade||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 156: Paul Schrader’s First Reformed and Ari Aster’s Hereditary||Spiritual warfare can take many forms, as shown by the two films on this week's episode. First up is Wade and Kevin's most anticipated film of the summer, First Reformed, followed by A24's latest foray into horror: Ari Aster's Hereditary.||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 155: Netflix’s Wild Wild Country and Brett Haley’s Hearts Beat Loud||Netflix's new documentary miniseries Wild Wild Country tries to get to the bottom of a 1980s dispute between a religious commune and the Oregon community next door. Also the Nick Offerman-starring Hearts Beat Loud, a feel-good indie movie about a dad tr||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 154: Bart Layton’s American Animals and Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke’s Cargo||The guys take it down a notch after the blockbusters of last week. First they review American Animals, director Bart Layton's follow-up to The Impostor.||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 153: Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story and David Leitch’s Deadpool 2||Scoundrels everywhere can rejoice as Wade and Kevin tackle Solo: A Star Wars Story, the new Han Solo prequel from Disney, and amoral scoundrels everywhere can rejoice (possibly) over their review of the sequel to 2016's R-rated breakout smash about th||5/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 152: A James Stewart Retrospective and a Patreon Launch!||It's James Stewart's 110th birthday this year, which gives Wade and Kevin the excuse to look back over his career and recount their top 5 Stewart moments. Listen, enjoy, and don't forget to share your own favorite performances from Stewart with us.||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 151: Summer Movie Preview & Agnes Varda and JR’s Faces Places||The weather is warm and the skies are clear, so Wade and Kevin break out the sunscreen and beach umbrellas for their summer-movie preview. Then they round things off with a short review of last year's contender for a documentary Oscar, Faces Places.||5/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 150: Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here and Chloe Zhao’s The Rider||After the superhero spectacle of last week, Seeing & Believing shifts gears to review two smaller films: Lynne Ramsay's stylized hitman drama, You Were Never Really Here, and Chloe Zhao's exploration of rodeos and South Dakotan cowboys, The Rider.||5/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 149: Infinity War Review and the Top 5 MCU Moments||A spoiler free review of 'Avengers: Infinity War' from Wade and Kevin along with their Top 5 MCU moments from the previous 18 films.||4/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 148: John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place and John Curran’s Chappaquiddick||Silence is the word this week as Wade and Kevin explore the silent world of John Krasinski's "A Quiet Place". The duo then turn their attention to the oppressive silencing of Mary Jo Kopechne's story John Curran's "Chappaquiddick".||4/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 147: Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs and Andrew Hyatt’s Paul, Apostle of Christ||Wes Anderson's latest hotly anticipated film hit theaters over the weekend, so Wade and Kevin get in touch with their inner dog lovers to review it then turn their attention to their review of one of the three faith-based films to be released around Eas||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 146: Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One and Steven S. DeKnight’s Pacific Rim: Uprising||It's nerd heaven on this week's episode of the show! First up is Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ernest Cline's wildly popular nerd-service novel, Ready Player One. Then the guys turn their attention to another nerd-adjacent blockbuster: Pacific Rim: U||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 145: Ava Duvernay’s A Wrinkle in Time and Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin||Its a family friendly episode with Wade and Kevin as the duo tackle Disney and Ava Duvernay's adaptation of 'A Wrinkle in Time' followed by a romp through 1950's Russia in Armando Iannucci's 'The Death of Stalin'||3/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 144: John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein’s Game Night and Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner||Wade is joined by Christ and Pop Culture staff writer Keegan Bradford to discuss Game Night, the new comedy from John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. In their second segment, the duo discusses The Breadwinner, the Oscar-nominated animated film fro||3/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 143: Alex Garland’s Annihilation and Abbas Kiarostami’s 24 Frames||Seeing & Believing goes on an expedition into the dark, weird, and dreamlike this week. First, Wade and Kevin journey into the heart of "the Shimmer" with their review of Alex Garland's latest sci-fi mind-trip, Annihilation. Then they turn to conside||3/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing Episode 142: Marvel’s Black Panther and Our 2018 Oscar Preview!||Wade and Kevin journey to Wakanda this week as they review Ryan Coogler’s trailblazing contribution to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther. Much discussion follows about just how far outside the lines Coogler is able to color with his supe||2/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 141: Julius Onah’s The Cloverfield Paradox and Paul King’s Paddington 2||It's evil alternate dimensions and marmalade on this week's show, as the guys review two films without much common ground: The Cloverfield Paradox and Paddington 2.||2/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 140: Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour and Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name||Wade and Kevin take care of the last two Best Picture nominees not to have gotten a review on the show so far: 'The Darkest Hour' and 'Call Me By Your Name'.||2/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 139: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread and Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya||It's dressmakers and figure skaters on the show this week, but the movies being reviewed are anything but prim and proper: "Phantom Thread" and "I, Tonya"||1/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 138: The Greatest Showman and Netflix’s Black Mirror Season 4||The guys try to balance out their emotions in the cold, dark days of January by reviewing an uplifting musical (The Greatest Showman) and a TV show (Black Mirror) about how technology will destroy us all!||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 137: The Top Ten Films of 2017||The most wonderful time in January for Seeing & Believing, as Wade and Kevin finally get to share their ten favorite films from the past year.||1/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 136: Steven Spielberg’s The Post and Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water||Wade and Kevin close out 2017 with reviews of two of this winter's most anticipated films: Spielberg's 'The Post', and Del Toro's 'The Shape of Water.'||12/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing and Believing 135: Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi and James Franco’s The Disaster Artist||The most revered film franchise in history joins forces with the most ridiculed movie in history to rule the galaxy or at least the podcast this week.||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
This isn't a Christian guide to movies that counts swears and measures family values. The hosts (and their guests) are top-notch film critics that have an eye for the spiritual on screen that helps me process and appreciate what I watch greatly.
Seeing and Believing
Christians don’t have to be afraid of art and art doesn’t have to be afraid of Christians
I’m so glad a podcast like this exists. The hosts don’t compromise on their faith or their enjoyment of film and are able to have thoughtful conversations on films I love and others I can’t wait to see (now that I’ve heard them discussed).
I want this podcast to get bigger and bigger. I’m sold. Big fan already.