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PATREON MOVIE DISCUSSION:  This movie was selected by our Patreon Supporters over at the Cinematic Doctrine Patreon. Support as little as $3 a month and have your voice heard! In this episode you'll hear us discuss one of the single-most bizarre stories to come from the documentary world. Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon the strange world of Competitive Endurance Tickling. What ensues is a long-stretching borderline "true-crime" drama of Jane O'brien Media. Topics: (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 48-minutes talking about the latest Vince McMahon controversies, plus other oddities of his personality. (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) This month's curated Patreon Poll was built around "shocking movies". The idea being movies that are contextually shocking, not necessarily filled with shocking material. Tickled, as an experience, triggers everything: disgust, surprise, laughter, mockery, heartbreak, excitement, intrigue. It's the full package. Detailing caveats to engaging this movie, because there's no getting around it; the tickling is fetishistic. Beginning the long, twisted adventure of explaining Tickled from start to finish. Competitive Endurance Tickling... except they never explain how to win? How much would they have to pay Melvin to do one of these videos? Detailing how Jane O'Brien Media manipulated and harassed talent that merely said 'no'.Discussing the cultural strangeness of the West which dictates that men cannot be physical by any means without putting their sexuality in question, despite it being typical in other countries for comfortably heterosexual men to hold hands or be physically closer to one another.Getting into the subsequent 20-minute short-doc The Tickle King which details continued interventions from Jane O'Brien Media during the events of Tickled's festival and limited theater run, including a damning final confrontation.The final tragic nail in the coffin of the Tickled saga.Discussing the potential availabilities of certain sexual fetishes, regarding they adhere appropriately to biblical sexuality (basking in one another's beauty, other-oriented satisfactory experiences, and honoring each other's image-bearing nature).Recommendations: The Wolfpack (Documentary)Welcome to Leith (Documentary) The Drama of Scripture, Second EditionSupport on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review Social Links: TikTok Twitter Website Facebook Group **STRANGER THINGS TWITTER GIVEAWAY** We're giving away 3 VHS-themed copies of Stranger Things Season 1 on Blu-ray/DVD!  Did we mention it comes with an exclusive poster? To enter, follow @CineDoctrine, and be sure to Like & Retweet the pinned Giveaway post! Giveaway ends July 8th!Support the show
LET'S TALK:  Are you watching Stranger Things? Well, Melvin sure has been. He's been losing sleep over it! But, only in the best way possible. Tune in to hear Melvin and Daniel discuss Seasons 1-3 of Stranger Things in preparation for the upcoming finale of Season 4! We get into the massive cultural impact Season 1 held when it first released, the black sheep of the series that is Season 2, and the wonderfully different and significantly higher budgeted Season 3, why Steve Harrington is maybe the best character, how the show brilliantly uses the "binge" model to keep you engaged, and the undeniable versatility of the Stranger Things universe. Oh, and yes, we do spend time talking about the infamous S2E7.  (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) Hear our early thoughts on Season 4 before volume 2 releases on July 1st, including its best episodes, how we feel about it being the scariest season, and what works so well about this potential finale! (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)  Support on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodesVote on a movie/show we review Social Links: TikTok Twitter Website Facebook Group **STRANGER THINGS TWITTER GIVEAWAY** We're giving away 3 VHS-themed copies of Stranger Things Season 1 on Blu-ray/DVD!  Did we mention it comes with an exclusive poster? To enter, follow @CineDoctrine, and be sure to Like & Retweet the pinned Giveaway post! Giveaway ends July 8th!Support the show
LET'S TALK: Melvin and Dan travel back in time and adventure through Halo's early popularity, the constant behind-the-scenes talks about a Halo movie, the subsequent dark phase of Halo after Bungie moves on, and how Halo continues to struggle to reach its original sky-high success. A previous, two-generation console selling franchise can't even begin to garner interest in a new streaming service, Paramount+. Why is that? Let's get into it. (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) Various extra video game discussions throughout including classic console variations, other Halo shows, Halo 'killers', Kingdom Hearts, and so much more! (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)  Support on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review Social Links: TikTok Twitter Website Facebook Group **STRANGER THINGS TWITTER GIVEAWAY** We're giving away 3 VHS-themed copies of Stranger Things Season 1 on Blu-ray/DVD!  Did we mention it comes with an exclusive poster? To enter, follow @CineDoctrine, and be sure to Like & Retweet the pinned Giveaway post! Giveaway ends July 8th!Support the show
MOVIE DISCUSSION:  Tom Cruise rehabilitates that Oprah interview we all remember by flying really fast. Tune in to hear more! Topics: (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 39-minutes talking about Morbius being re-released to zero fanfare, and an article from Vice about Marvel movies being content rather than art. (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)Top Gun: Maverick received extremely good buzz prior to release, which captured Melvin's attention.Melvin hadn't seen Top Gun before, so he shares what it was like watching Top Gun for the first time less than 48-hours before seeing Top Gun: Maverick.Both Top Gun: Maverick and Michael Bay's Ambulance are being celebrated this year for being excellently crafted films despite being extremely simple. Daniel ponders why that may be.Melvin, "This is the best legacy movie I've seen."Top Gun: Maverick has intense melancholic undertones.Top Gun: Maverick is also Melvin's third 10/10 movie he's seen this year (out of 32 total movies). 2022 has been great for movies!Top Gun: Maverick feels incredibly real with it's insane focus on practical effects, real flights, and well written characters.Val Kilmer's inclusion in Top Gun: Maverick is greatly appreciated and adds a much-celebrated heart to the film.The contrast between a legacy depiction of Tom Cruise' Maverick in Top Gun: Maverick is worlds more enjoyable than Harrison Ford's Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens because it's more representative of a developed, matured character rather than merely being the same.Melvin connected with Top Gun: Maverick's depiction of cross-generational codependence, and the partnerships to complete tasks between those who are older and those who are younger.Talking about Tom Cruise's career rehabilitation.Daniel talks about the worst tweet he's ever read.Recommendations:Esther & Ruth: Reformed Expository CommentaryEvil Dead: The Game (Video Game)King Falls AM (Podcast)Support on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review Social Links: TikTok Twitter Website Facebook Group **STRANGER THINGS TWITTER GIVEAWAY** We're giving away 3 VHS-themed copies of Stranger Things Season 1 on Blu-ray/DVD!  Did we mention it comes with an exclusive poster? To enter, follow @CineDoctrine, and be sure to Like & Retweet the pinned Giveaway post! Giveaway ends July 8th!Support the show
PATREON TV-SHOW DISCUSSION:  This TV-show was selected by our Patreon Supporters over at the Cinematic Doctrine Patreon. Support as little as $3 a month and have your voice heard! Melvin and Dan are joined by Melvin's sister Shirleon to discuss that successful Netflix horror series Archive 81 that also got canceled despite being a sizable hit. Insane!  Topics:(PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 27-minutes of discussing the Chip n' Dale: Rescue Rangers movie partially from the crew behind The Lonely Island (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)Melvin's sister Shirleon joins the crew because she's a real-life archivist! Although, not entirely like Dan Turner.Daniel had recommended Archive 81 on a previous episode, but with a major qualifier: He recommended the first 7.5 episodes of the show, with the last 30 minutes being a dud for him.Shirleon felt that as the mystery unfolds, the story became less engaging.As for Melvin, he mentions a lot of details he loved about Archive 81 and continues naming specifics throughout the episode.Archive 81 as a whole package contains a lot of what internet-age horror fans will enjoy.Getting specific about why that last episode feels so... incorrect.Interestingly, the effect of Archive 81's ending is very similar to the ending of Insidious.Horror demands limitations. It requires characters overcome massive limitations and therefore writers must be conscientious of 'power levels'.With such highs and unfortunate lows... would we recommend Archive 81?Melvin shares a long passionate rant about Netflix's routine, premature cancelations of its various TV-shows.Discussing streaming watching habits, and how they largely don't include Netflix original television shows.Daniel, "I'm gonna say something crazy. Netflix is the Facebook of streaming services."Explaining the long-term marketing issue proposed by the "binging" model.Recommendations:Only Murders in the Building (TV-Show / Hulu)Land of the Giants (S2): The Netflix Effect (Podcast)Pushing Daises (TV-Show / HBOmax)Unmatched (Board Game)Support on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review Social Links: TikTok Twitter Website Facebook Group **STRANGER THINGS TWITTER GIVEAWAY** We're giving away 3 VHS-themed copies of Stranger Things Season 1 on Blu-ray/DVD!  Did we mention it comes with an exclusive poster? To enter, follow @CineDoctrine, and be sure to Like & Retweet the pinned Giveaway post! Giveaway ends July 8th!Support the show
TV-SHOW DISCUSSION:  Melvin and Dan dive into that new Marvel thing featuring Oscar Isaac and Oscar Isaac and also Oscar Isaac. Wow! Topics: (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 30-minutes talking about Netflix stock, loss of subscribers, and reasons behind Netflix's currently poor situation. (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)For Daniel, the current baseline of Marvel content is that it's not that great, but it's also not necessarily bad, either.Discussing a bit of Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson's previous science-fiction work, and their "kitchen sink" approach to filmmaking.Daniel, "If this wasn't in the MCU, like, would they be allowed to be more violent? Would they be allowed to be weirder and more experimental?"Most members involved in Moon Knight have previously shared a disinterest the MCU, but something about the Moon Knight project grabbed their attention.Oscar Isaac's performance as two different characters functions so incredibly well that it never distracts you away from the drama.Discussing the various spoilers of the show, and how a lot of what makes the show cool is used later in the show.These various Marvel Limited Series' come across like Phase Two in-that they feel very committee, even if they are far better than most of the Phase Two films.Melvin and Dan discuss themes of atonement and justice throughout both Moon Knight, but Scripture as well.Recommendations:Chosen by God by R.C. SproulOur Father (Documentary)Road to Perdition (Movie)Support on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review Social Links: TikTok Twitter Website Facebook Group **STRANGER THINGS TWITTER GIVEAWAY** We're giving away 3 VHS-themed copies of Stranger Things Season 1 on Blu-ray/DVD!  Did we mention it comes with an exclusive poster? To enter, follow @CineDoctrine, and be sure to Like & Retweet the pinned Giveaway post! Giveaway ends July 8th!Support the show
MOVIE DISCUSSION:  As Melvin left the theater, he called it: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is going to be controversial. And, as Daniel confirms, it sure is!  Topics: (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 30-minutes talking about the Avatar: The Way of Water trailer. (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)Before getting into the specifics, Melvin shares how he felt the movie progressively becomes better and better.Daniel details how the contrasting tones will likely divide audiences, despite it being one of our positives.Daniel, speaking positively, "The plot and story are deceptively simple."Daniel, "Framing the Scarlet Witch as a movie monster, essentially, is one of the movie's best ideas."If you've heard talk online about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness being too violent or "gorey". Two questions to think about: Is it true, and would it be wrong if it were?Discussing that viral Twitter thread where a bunch of 20-year-olds share their grievances with the violence in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.Movies are a safe place to feel a wide spectrum of emotions, including emotions that otherwise make an individual feel uncomfortable.Melvin, "It's so good to see a movie that's fun!"There are countless little touches that come from Raimi and Waldron that enhance the overall package, such as America Chavez's power looking like stars, the music fight, and the myriad levels of clever, horror-nostalgia comedy throughout Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.Daniel feels that superhero films seem to lack a lot of what the genre can lend itself too: creativity and risk-taking.There's a noticeable difference between a film-director working in the Marvel machine and a TV or indie director working in the Marvel machine.Recommendations: A Little Book on the Christian Life by John Calvin (Book)"How the Supreme Court Became 'Intoxicated With its Power'" - Sway (Podcast Episode)The Crow (Movie) & The Crow (Graphic Novel)Support on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review Social Links: TikTok Twitter Website Facebook Group **STRANGER THINGS TWITTER GIVEAWAY** We're giving away 3 VHS-themed copies of Stranger Things Season 1 on Blu-ray/DVD!  Did we mention it comes with an exclusive poster? To enter, follow @CineDoctrine, and be sure to Like & Retweet the pinned Giveaway post! Giveaway ends July 8th!Support the show
PATREON MOVIE DISCUSSION:  This movie was selected by our Patreon Supporters over at the Cinematic Doctrine Patreon. Support as little as $3 a month and have your voice heard!  CODA beat Don't Look Up for Best Picture, and for many people that's all that matters. But, in reality, when compared to so many other films that released in 2021, is CODA truly the Best Picture? That's the question Melvin's been wrestling with while watching CODA, and both he and Daniel discuss the films successes, failures, frustrations, and celebrations. Maybe the Best Picture was the podcast discussion we had along the way.  Topics:Discussing strange technicalities of the Academy.Award notwithstanding, is CODA actually the Best Picture of 2021?Episode title notwithstanding, CODA really is like a Disney Channel Original movie, and only a step above what makes that narrative structure interesting. Thus, it feels like CODA will always live under the shadow of what makes a movie a Best Picture winner... despite also being a Best Picture winner.The last 30-or-so minutes of the film pull out a series of emotional touchpoints that likely left audiences feeling very satisfied about the movie despite whatever else happened during the nearly 2-hour runtime.Melvin, "It's just really... just okay."Despite being a super cartoony character, Eugenio Derbez's character contributes a lot to the narrative drama.Daniel on CODA, "It's like seeing a really talented chef create fast food."There's a trope about deaf people not understanding music, but this is largely a fallacy.CODA carries a lot of dramatic tension but, for some reason, Melvin didn't really carry a lot of that tension. He felt the drama was okay at times, but largely impotent.There's a real lack of interpreters in Massachusetts which seems unrealistic considering some of the private sector and government sector agencies the Rossi family interacts with.Where the film succeeds is in causing us to root for the family.An aside talking about Apple TV.Daniel talks about what it's like to watch a movie on his phone.Melvin and Daniel both recommend CODA for the most part, including the fact that its momentary sexuality isn't really all that abrasive, and really more wholesome and endearing.Daniel, "I think the strength of the movie lies in how widely accessible it is."Recommendations:ESV Lutheran Study Bible, Hardcover (Concordia Publishing House)Everything Everywhere All at Once (Movie) (Currently in Theaters)Moon Knight by Lemire & Smallwood: The Complete Collection (Graphic Novel)Support on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review Social Links: TikTok Twitter Website **STRANGER THINGS TWITTER GIVEAWAY** We're giving away 3 VHS-themed copies of Stranger Things Season 1 on Blu-ray/DVD!  Did we mention it comes with an exclusive poster? To enter, follow @CineDoctrine, and be sure to Like & Retweet the pinned Giveaway post! Giveaway ends July 8th!Support the show
LET'S TALK:  Our first teaser for Thor: Love and Thunder released yesterday morning, so Melvin and Daniel spend some time dishing about the future of the Norse hero! Afterward, they discuss the Warner Bros. Discovery merger and what has everyone talking: what's going to happen to DC? Support on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review Social Links: TikTok Twitter Website Facebook Group **STRANGER THINGS TWITTER GIVEAWAY** We're giving away 3 VHS-themed copies of Stranger Things Season 1 on Blu-ray/DVD!  Did we mention it comes with an exclusive poster? To enter, follow @CineDoctrine, and be sure to Like & Retweet the pinned Giveaway post! Giveaway ends July 8th!Support the show
MOVIE DISCUSSION:  Sonic's speeding back into theaters, and this time we're in agreement: Sonic the Hedgehog 2's kind of great!  Topics:Daniel reflects on how he was in the minority with Sonic the Hedgehog, but that's old news because Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is pretty good!Our theater crowds were 75% kids, 20% adults, and 10% video game nerds and podcasters.The comedy in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is more absurd and downright goofy.Sonic the Hedgehog 2 contains some extremely well-done CGI, as well as clearly unfinished sequences where animated characters mouths stutter, or human characters are improperly input into CGI sequences.The Sonic video game franchise is celebrated for having some of the best, most creative video game soundtracks, so why are the movie soundtracks so bland?Talking about the mid-credits scene and what to expect for the future of Sonic on the big screen!For Daniel, the mid-credits scene was the third most excited he's ever seen a crowded theater only behind Avengers: Endgame and Evil Dead (2013), even more than Spider-Man: No Way Home.The Sonic franchise has countless stories (needlessly well written and interestingly complicated ones) for these movies to draw from, leaving both Melvin & Daniel excited for what future installments may contain.Discussing the horrible nightmare that would be a Super Smash Bros. universe of films, and how that's a terrible, awful, and completely bad idea.Recommendations:CSB Study BibleCompany Man (YouTube Channel)Old Enough! (Netflix)Support on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review Social Links: TikTok Twitter Website Facebook Group **STRANGER THINGS TWITTER GIVEAWAY** We're giving away 3 VHS-themed copies of Stranger Things Season 1 on Blu-ray/DVD!  Did we mention it comes with an exclusive poster? To enter, follow @CineDoctrine, and be sure to Like & Retweet the pinned Giveaway post! Giveaway ends July 8th!Support the show
Morbius - Skippable

Morbius - Skippable

2022-04-0501:15:34

MOVIE DISCUSSION:  Don't see Morbius. It's pretty boring. Tune into our episode instead! Did we mention its shorter than the runtime?  Topics:Melvin explains his theory about why the trailers contain a plethora of Spider-Man easter eggs that aren't in the movie.Daniel explains some history behind the making of Morbius, and how the character has been trying to get off the ground for years.Daniel, "Is this the worst comic book film you've ever seen?"Morbius may be a vampire, but this movie really doesn't have a lot of "vampire things" in it.Talking about the end credit scenes, and how they're bafflingly ridiculous.After some solid reflection... there's no reason to ever watch Morbius.Melvin tells you about other movies in theaters worth watching instead of Morbius.Melvin also checks out other Sony productions to see if there have been any good releases since Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood that aren't also Marvel films.Recommendations:NKJV Wiersbe Study BibleThe Transfiguration (Movie)Comic Tropes (YouTube Channel)Support on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review Social Links: TikTok Twitter Website Facebook Group **STRANGER THINGS TWITTER GIVEAWAY** We're giving away 3 VHS-themed copies of Stranger Things Season 1 on Blu-ray/DVD!  Did we mention it comes with an exclusive poster? To enter, follow @CineDoctrine, and be sure to Like & Retweet the pinned Giveaway post! Giveaway ends July 8th!Support the show
PATREON MOVIE DISCUSSION: This movie was selected by our Patreon Supporters over at the Cinematic Doctrine Patreon. Support as little as $3 a month and have your voice heard!Typically, January offers us the worst of the year, but Netflix came in clutch with an inquisitive stop-motion feature called The House. Melvin & Dan chew on each segment with curiosity, tackling how the project made them feel as a whole.Topics: As movie people, Melvin & Dan are used to being asked by others, "Hey, have you seen this weird, obscure film?" and it just turns out to be a film that most people haven't seen a trailer for.Melvin asks Daniel how he feels and interprets the first segment in The House.Melvin: "I think art is most interesting when it's not factual. When it's more interpretive."Detailing Segment 2 and experiencing how the house itself refuses to cooperate.Daniel: "One thing that all three of these do wonderfully well is you really sympathies with the characters. Where their problems are so mundane and relatable."Melvin shares some observations his wife, Kathryn, had regarding Segment 2, which lends credence to the intense tragedy of this particular short story.Also, Melvin typically isn't all for nihilistic depictions of humanity (that humans are inherently bad, or worthless, or posture goodness despite their badness). He makes a case for this. But sometimes a story like Segment 2 captures the grotesque sadness of the human condition.For Daniel, each story gave a sense of "none of you belong here" and "trying to pretend that this will work out when it's doomed from the start."Segment 3 is a much softer, much kinder short film in this otherwise strange and disturbing project.When we get so focused on our hopes, dreams, or whatever gives us identity, we often miss what's most important: the freedom to enjoy one another.We can't decide for someone else to let go of attractive delusions, but we can help clear the path for them so that their decisions are easier to make.When we embrace an identity in Christ (how he's paid for our sins, how he loves us despite our sin, how he renews us from our sin), we are no longer enslaved to passions and lifestyles that give us a counterfeit self-worth or value because we become what we were always meant to be: loved by and loving God. We, then, can be loved by and we can love God doing countless things.Diversity in friendships helps in cultivating healthier perspectives on the self and others, as it proposes alternative ways of thinking through problems and solutions.Daniel, on Segment 3: "I thought it was a great way to illustrate the way you're not tied down to hereditary suffering."Recommendations: Does God Care How We Worship? (Book)The Signal (2007) (Movie)Here (Graphic Novel)Support on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review Social Links: TikTok **STRANGER THINGS TWITTER GIVEAWAY** We're giving away 3 VHS-themed copies of Stranger Things Season 1 on Blu-ray/DVD!  Did we mention it comes with an exclusive poster? To enter, follow @CineDoctrine, and be sure to Like & Retweet the pinned Giveaway post! Giveaway ends July 8th!Support the show
MOVIE DISCUSSION:  Before Dune, Daniel saw a trailer for Redeeming Love. After the trailer played, he leaned over to his friend and said, "I think that's supposed to be a sexy Christian movie.". So, here we are talking about that "sexy Christian movie". Boy, there sure is a lot to talk about here. Topics: Melvin compares Redeeming Love to an awkward interaction he witnessed at work. Redeeming Love contains some rather extreme and transgressive content despite having a serious lack of context. Daniel details some background for Redeeming Love, author/screenwriter Francine Rivers, and director D.J. Caruso. Redeeming Love is loosely based on the Minor Prophet book Hosea from the Bible. Each character feels devoid of personality which may work in both a shorter and more artistic film than Redeeming Love ends up being. Where Redeeming Love works is where it leans heavily into its "inspiration", but even then, that's not success from talent, that's success from... copying Scripture. Discussing the comparatively excessive conveniently censored nudity in Redeeming Love. Additionally, discussing all the other crazy content that borders on "Christian misery porn." As we continue our discussion, the 2+hour runtime of the film continues to be a recurring issue. At least the sets and outfits are fun! Questioning why the film didn't display the complicated dynamics of sexuality (gentle self-sacrifice vs aggressive selfishness) in a way that can be both edifying to its performers and beneficial to the narrative structure. One glaring issue throughout the film is each character's severe lack of agency. Observations from other reviews and responses to Redeeming Love. Is this a Christian exploitation film in the traditional sense of an exploitation film? Recommendations:The Boice Commentary Series: The Minor Prophets, Volume 1 // The Preacher's Commentary Vol 22 & Vol 23 Derry Girls (Show) Before the Coffee Gets Cold: A Novel by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (Book)Support on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review Social Links:TikTok Twitter Website **STRANGER THINGS TWITTER GIVEAWAY** We're giving away 3 VHS-themed copies of Stranger Things Season 1 on Blu-ray/DVD!  Did we mention it comes with an exclusive poster? To enter, follow @CineDoctrine, and be sure to Like & Retweet the pinned Giveaway post! Giveaway ends July 8th!Support the show
MOVIE DISCUSSION:  Melvin & Dan talk about Pixar's latest feature film Turning Red, a film too criminally fun to be streaming only! What a shame! Topics:  Turning Red is very much a family/kid's movie, with a more direct demographic target of preteens and young teens. Some of the narrative choices frustrated Melvin, in particular the mother's lack of social awareness (in particular, the journal scene). Media produced for young girls is often overly derided for being lame. With Turning Red, it's fun to see that culture celebrated as valuable and exciting through music, puppy love, music, and dance. The Panda works on multiple levels as a metaphor. For Melvin, he connected with the Panda as a metaphor for self-identification and self-discovery. For Daniel, the metaphor he connected with was an "assimilation cultural heritage" angle. It's great to watch a kid's movie where the kids act like actual kids, and not movie kids (i.e., little adults). Turning Red has seen some strange criticism online from a few critics and Animation Twitter. Melvin & Dan parse through the mire. A brief history of what Daniel calls "Pixar Pushback". Turning Red has an effective depiction of self-talk; what we envision in our minds when talking-up or talking-down to ourselves.  Often times, they manifest as individuals who have been important in our lives, for better or for worse. In response to the reconciliation that takes place at the end of the movie, Daniel shares his thoughts on how having a child can naturally develop and mature a person as they learn self-sacrifice. Recommendations: The New Interpreter's Study Bible (NRSV with Apocrypha) (w/ qualifiers) Watch chick flicks: Legally Blonde, Princess Diaries, Mamma Mia! Get a good unwind-after-work video game like Horizon: Zero Dawn Support on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review Social Links: TikTok Twitter Website Facebook Group **STRANGER THINGS TWITTER GIVEAWAY** We're giving away 3 VHS-themed copies of Stranger Things Season 1 on Blu-ray/DVD!  Did we mention it comes with an exclusive poster? To enter, follow @CineDoctrine, and be sure to Like & Retweet the pinned Giveaway post! Giveaway ends July 8th!Support the show
MOVIE DISCUSSION: Melvin and Daniel return to the world of superheroes! In this episode they discuss the newest adaption in the long-running cinematic Batman canon. Topics: Are there too many Batmen in 2022?Production history leading up to the release of The Batman.For Melvin, there's a lot to like about The Batman in terms of adapting the noir, mystery nature of DC's greatest detective....but, there was a point when Melvin thought, "This movie is just okay." while watching it in theaters.Melvin, "But the problem is in a movie that's gonna be 3 hours, I really hope everything's worthwhile."When Melvin would see the trailer for The Batman, he kept thinking, "This movie's biggest fault will be it's overt self-seriousness."Daniel really liked the movie, and felt Gotham felt more alive than ever.Also, for Daniel the strength of the movie is based upon its "theming and understand of the Batman as a thing that exists."Daniel, "I love that this is an actual deconstruction that has something meaningful to say about deconstructing Batman."Discussing Robert Pattinson's performance.Getting into spoiler talk and getting into Paul Dano's Riddler.Surmising Batman's narrative arc in potential sequels.We have got to talk about the worst scene in the entire movie, bar none.Recommendations: The Parallel Study Bible: NKJV / NCV / MSG / Comprehensive Study NotesThe Trojan Horse Affair (Podcast)Various Batman Content including Batman: The Animated Series, The Arkham Video Games, and Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's projects together (The Long Halloween and Dark Victory) Support on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review Social Links: TikTok Twitter Website Facebook Group **STRANGER THINGS TWITTER GIVEAWAY** We're giving away 3 VHS-themed copies of Stranger Things Season 1 on Blu-ray/DVD!  Did we mention it comes with an exclusive poster? To enter, follow @CineDoctrine, and be sure to Like & Retweet the pinned Giveaway post! Giveaway ends July 8th!Support the show
LET'S TALK:  Melvin usually sees a ton of movies from each year, but 2021 was a bit scant. Despite this, Melvin shares with Daniel his 10 favorite and least favorite movies of 2021, which looks and sounds a lot more 'normie' than 'cinephile'. All of which are subject to change as Melvin watches more movies from that year. But first they talk about the 2021 Oscars. Here's to hoping Melvin's 2022 Ranked list is more substantial.  Support on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review Social Links: TikTok Twitter Website Facebook Group **STRANGER THINGS TWITTER GIVEAWAY** We're giving away 3 VHS-themed copies of Stranger Things Season 1 on Blu-ray/DVD!  Did we mention it comes with an exclusive poster? To enter, follow @CineDoctrine, and be sure to Like & Retweet the pinned Giveaway post! Giveaway ends July 8th!Support the show
MOVIE DISCUSSION: No better way for content creators to return than to complain about things they don't like! Join Melvin and Daniel as they tear into the latest entry in the Texas Chainsaw franchise!Topics: Melvin and Daniel are not massive fans of the Texas Chainsaw franchise, but for different reasons. However, they both like the 1974 film, with it being one of Melvin's top 4 films (as of recording).Discussing the production behind the Texas Chainsaw franchise, as well as Fede Alvarez who produced Texas Chainsaw Massacre.How Fede Alvarez in particular produces visually transgressive/squeamish horror films that have just enough heart and soul to make their wild, extreme content bearable. And, how something must have gone wrong in the process of making Texas Chainsaw Massacre.Before even getting into the episode proper, we both don't recommend Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Texas Chainsaw Massacre doesn't hold a candle to the violence and gore within a few other movies Melvin has watched this year (and really enjoyed!), but the violence and gore within Texas Chainsaw Massacre is so nasty and mean-spirited that it made him physically upset.Melvin shares the few, limited things he enjoyed about Texas Chainsaw Massacre.Daniel explains the outright bizarre storyline and "mixed mess of things" within Texas Chainsaw Massacre.The whole movie is so strange that we went 50 minutes without talking about a massive plot point.Pitching pizza commercials featuring Bubba.We definitely don't recommend Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But we definitely do recommend The Texas Chain Saw Massacre for a myriad of reasons.Recommendations: KJV Reformation Heritage Study BibleTill Death Do Us Blart (Podcast)Archive 81 (Show)Support on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review Social Links: TikTok Twitter Website Facebook Group **STRANGER THINGS TWITTER GIVEAWAY** We're giving away 3 VHS-themed copies of Stranger Things Season 1 on Blu-ray/DVD!  Did we mention it comes with an exclusive poster? To enter, follow @CineDoctrine, and be sure to Like & Retweet the pinned Giveaway post! Giveaway ends July 8th!Support the show
LET'S TALK: The hiatus is over! Thanks to some surprise computer issues, Melvin wasn't able to record or produce the podcast. Or do anything with his computer! Nice! However, that's all resolved so the podcast is back! During our time away, the Lord had lots on our plate. In this Let's Talk episode, Daniel shares his most recent COVID-scare in which his father became dangerously ill with the virus. He shares the difficulty of caring for his family, preaching at his father's church, and enduring a patient period of prayer. We hope this episode can provide some comfort for those who've experienced similar difficulties. We also hope you're as excited as we are for returning to the show! Keep your eyes peeled for new episodes soon! We're glad to be back, and we look forward to another year of podcasting! Support on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review Social Links: TikTok Twitter Website Facebook Group **STRANGER THINGS TWITTER GIVEAWAY** We're giving away 3 VHS-themed copies of Stranger Things Season 1 on Blu-ray/DVD!  Did we mention it comes with an exclusive poster? To enter, follow @CineDoctrine, and be sure to Like & Retweet the pinned Giveaway post! Giveaway ends July 8th!Support the show
PATREON MOVIE DISCUSSION:  This movie was selected by our Patreon Supporters over at the Cinematic Doctrine Patreon. Support as little as $3 a month and have your voice heard! 2021 is over! Well, almost! Tune into this last episode of Cinematic Doctrine for 2021 with the last Patreon Pick of the year! Patreon Supporters didn't disappoint with their votes, and we're happy to discuss the Summer Blockbuster Free Guy!  Topics: Melvin and Daniel's experience with video games, and how their gaming history impacted some of the comedy and atmosphere to Free Guy.Free Guy has a decent amount of clever, video-game themed jokes that are clearly written by people who actually play video games.It's great that Free Guy doesn't take itself too seriously while also flavoring in serious concepts of individuality, the value of the moment, experience, etc.Unfortunately, a lot of people reacted to Free Guy in exactly the way Melvin hates; talking about a ridiculous, non-serious film as a means to discuss theology.Talking about other alternate-world video game stories.The romance subplot was really effective for Melvin....except Daniel notices that the ending of the romance subplot is literally the ending of the short-film Paper Man.To Melvin's chagrin, there's some light biblical introspection: Does it matter if we're living in a fake world? Would that revelation change how we move or live through this world?For Daniel: Does Guy have value if he's an AI? Or are how a human treats an AI more indicative of the human's character than the AI's value?All of the Twitch culture stuff in the movie is really bad and really cringe.Where does Free Guy rank among video game movies?Recommendations: Steve Gregg - "Revelation: Four Views, Revised & Updated"Defunctland (YouTube Channel)Steven Hall - "The Raw Shark Texts" and "Maxwell's Demon"Support on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review Social Links: TikTok Twitter Website Facebook Group **STRANGER THINGS TWITTER GIVEAWAY** We're giving away 3 VHS-themed copies of Stranger Things Season 1 on Blu-ray/DVD!  Did we mention it comes with an exclusive poster? To enter, follow @CineDoctrine, and be sure to Like & Retweet the pinned Giveaway post! Giveaway ends July 8th!Support the show
MOVIE DISCUSSION:  2021's most anticipated feature has finally released, and it's destroying the box office! Critic ratings are through the roof, and audiences are exploding with joy! Melvin and Daniel briefly share their non-spoiler thoughts on No Way Home before expanding heavily with everything that comes with the Spider-Man territory! Topics: Melvin and Daniel answer three non-spoiler based questions to qualify their experience with Spider-Man: No Way Home.Getting into No Way Home's plotline demands explaining a few spoilers, because every 20 minutes is a new event that not only defines the movie, but also redefines the MCU.Melvin wishes there was at least one more Spider-Man movie that had released either before Far From Home or No Way Home to give more assistance in realizing these characters, as he felt both Homecoming and Far From Home felt somewhat unsatisfying.Daniel was happy to finally see Tom Holland's Spider-Man actually develop into his own Spider-Man rather than Baby Stark.As tradition demands, and to Amy Pascal's routine advice against it, Tom Holland and Zendaya's chemistry works so well not only because they're great performers, but also because they're dating in real life.It would have been nice if more fight sequences took place during the day so that things were clearer to see.So, are the villains flanderized, and are their character arcs ruined from the previous films? No! They're merely continued within a new canon. These are more than cameos, folks!Willem Dafoe steals the show, as usual.Spider-Man needs to suffer and grieve, and Tom Holland's Spider-Man hasn't really suffered until No Way Home.It's amazing how efficient and proficient No Way Home is to Eternals despite having a shorter runtime.Getting into the third act and talking about THAT scene!With the Multiverse in play, is it likely something like this happens again a future Spider-Man movie?No Way Home plays out as a sequel to all the other Spider-Man films.The ending? Totally great.Discussing Canon, because now the MCU canon is messier than ever!Also, asking Daniel if having the movie spoiled for him through leaks heavily impacted his experience with No Way Home.Discussing the post-credit scenes, and Morbius (kind of).Recommendations:Leon Morris - Revelation: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries, Volume 20)Young Rock (TV-Show)Only Murders in the Building (TV-Show)Support on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review Social Links: TikTok Twitter Website **STRANGER THINGS TWITTER GIVEAWAY** We're giving away 3 VHS-themed copies of Stranger Things Season 1 on Blu-ray/DVD!  Did we mention it comes with an exclusive poster? To enter, follow @CineDoctrine, and be sure to Like & Retweet the pinned Giveaway post! Giveaway ends July 8th!Support the show
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