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Cinematic Doctrine is a mature, millennial-infused film/tv discussion podcast from Melvin Benson that features Movie Discussions (conversational episodes about specific movies), Party Pleasers (movies fully-summarized from start to finish to discern if its a 'Party Pleaser' or 'Party Pooper'), and Let's Talks (prepared film-or-Christian related topical episodes). Influenced by Acts 17 and Romans 2:4. Podcast Magazine says Cinematic Doctrine "uses the shared value of human life as a springboard into deeper conversations". // CinematicDoctrine.com

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PATREON PARTY PLEASER: 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!  Shirleon and Melvin travel back a whopping thirty years to summarize The Mighty Ducks, the early 90's hockey trilogy-starter! What a throwback! From simple-yet-compelling characters to an outright scumbag of a villain, The Mighty Ducks sure offered a lot to discuss! Tune in now! Quack Quack! Topics:(PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 31-minutes discussing the dynamics of nostalgia. We discuss its dictionary definition, how content like Urban Exploration is cultivated around nostalgia, and how nostalgia isn't always a yearning for things in our own childhood. We also discuss some Bible verses that speak into the dangers of over-indulging nostalgia rather than mere acceptance of its experience. (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)Shirleon reveals a groundbreaking insight into the hit 1992 hockey movie The Mighty Ducks... does Gordon Bombay have a house?The start of the movie has a weird, sped-up, slapstick heavy sequence that seems out of place. Shirleon proposes a clever re-write.Melvin wonders if most sports movie villains were based around infamous high-school basketball coach Bobby Knight.There's a subtle thread throughout the film that Gordon, after the loss of his father, is still struggling to grow without a father figure, and for the film's sake is in between two options: Coach Reilly or Hans.Talking about how 90s and early 2000s fashion is so in right now.That odd moment where Charlie asks Gordon to pursue his mother.The entirety of the third act, most notably the film's climax, is a great, simple, and accessible depiction of recovering from past trauma. It's clever!Recommendations:Expedition Roasters (Coffee Beans)The Way of the Househusband (2021) (Anime)The Way Back (2020) (Movie) Support the showSupport on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review One-time reward of two Cinematic Doctrine Stickers & Pins Social Links: Threads Website Instagram Facebook Group
MOVIE DISCUSSION:  @TylerBanarkReviewsMovies Tyler Banark from @TylerBanarkReviewsMovies joins Melvin to discuss one of his favorite films of 2022, The Menu! Combining culinary arts with cultish antics, this horrific thriller showcases excellent performances, delicious food, and class-warfare all in a tight 107-minutes! And there's a whole lot more where that came from! Tune in now! Topics:(PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 32-minutes recapping David Zaslav's two years as Warner Bros. Discovery's CEO, his bizarre cancelations and removals of streaming exclusives and originals, the current state of Coyote vs. Acme, and discussing how we feel about that as movie fans. (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)Tyler Banark shares about The League of Cinephiles, going to TIFF, and his favorite movies (right now).Initial impressions on The Menu, and fun trivia regarding a TIFF screening and food truck.The Menu was one of Tyler's top 5 movies of 2022. He shares the other top 4, and talks about how some movies succeed merely by connecting with its audience.Thinking through the hierarchal structure of service work, and the intoxication of chasing perfection.Yes, it's bold as day: "The Menu" as a phrase or "thing" is very much a metaphor for life.How The Menu portrays the "never meet your heroes" idea.How each course lends itself to metaphorical interpretation.Interpretations of the ending, and what makes it poignant, and what makes it a little silly.Recommendations:Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) (Movie)Little Manhattan (2005) (Movie)Your Name. (2016) (Movie)High and Low (1963) (Movie)Wings (1927) (Movie)Incantation (2022) (Movie) Support the showSupport on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review One-time reward of two Cinematic Doctrine Stickers & Pins Social Links: Threads Website Instagram Facebook Group
PARTY PLEASER: Shirleon joins Melvin in summarizing Chris Columbus' return to the YA genre, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief! From an ill-defined protagonist to it's swiftly resolved mile-a-minute narrative hurdles, this late-stage entry into the world of YA-movie adaptions tries its darndest to make it out alive. Will Shirleon and Melvin find something to appreciate in the end? Tune in to find out!Topics:(PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 31-minutes discussing a new frustrating trend in publish: "Fast Fashion" Books. These books are written poorly, unedited, printed, and sold on book shelves everywhere, and Shirleon has a thing or two to say about them! (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)Do Shirleon and Melvin like Greek Mythology? What do they know about the Pantheon?Whenever a problem arises in the film it is solved almost instantaneously.Comparisons to Harry Potter are necessary when discussing the YA genre. It has to happen. So it does.As each mythological creature is unveiled, Melvin has difficulty figuring out the reason why these creatures and demi-gods have to be hidden in the first place.Melvin believes that ten years after Chris Columbus successfully jumpstarted the Harry Potter film series, 20th Century Fox wanted him to do it again with Percy Jackson. He remarks on the difficulty to catch lightning in a bottle twice and ponders some current industry woes that seem similar to this issue.The language-laden post-chorus of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" is prominently heard during a casino montage and Melvin is positive it is not the censored version.The lack of caution present in Percy, Grover, and Anna Beth really frustrated Shirleon.Even the movie is ready to be over by the time the last half hour hits.Recommendations:Cuckool Microwavable Heating PadThe Unknown (1927) (Movie) Support the showSupport on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review One-time reward of two Cinematic Doctrine Stickers & Pins Social Links: Threads Website Instagram Facebook Group
MOVIE DISCUSSION:Kathryn joins Melvin in discussing one of Wes Anderson's most celebrated films, The Royal Tenenbaums. The two enjoy discussing it's silly-yet-serious family drama, the effects of negligent parenting, and the absurdity of that scene involving a pop-song and a bathroom mirror. But most of all, the two enjoy discussing the idea that it's never too late to do the right thing.Topics:(PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 20-minutes discussing Asteroid City, Wes Anderson's latest film. Melvin asks Kathryn about Wes Anderson's ever-meticulous and quirky style, whether he's getting better with each movie or too hands-on, how the actors feel about playing such understated characters, and so much more. (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)In their married couple, Kathryn is the spouse that watches Wes Anderson flicks. So, Melvin asks Kathryn about Anderson's portrait-like style, dead-pan humor, and favorite tropes.Melvin, "Everything's extravagant, but the family problems are 100% relatable."Watching Royal's maturation throughout the film is truly satisfying, and it's a delight to see him go from selfish leech to curiously caring father/grandfather.Discussing a few characters from the film, their dynamics, and what makes them different.As Henry Sherman shows kindness and respect to each of the Tenenbaums, each character has a moment of reflection wherein they see something better than they had as children.Eli Cash: To Be Pitied.Because Margot Tenenbaum has constantly been introduced as "adopted", it's no wonder she spent her life carelessly searching for where she belongs.Chas spends his time chasing safety and security likely in response to the lack of safety and security he felt with Royal while growing up.Discussing that scene with Richie.The symbolism of Richie's bird and learning to safely coexist.Recommendations:Purchase an External 4K Blu-ray Player for your PC so you can watch region-free films via VLC player, digitally store materials, and so much more!Pursue self-care with good, old hobbies and other simple enjoyments. Support the showSupport on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review One-time reward of two Cinematic Doctrine Stickers & Pins Social Links: Threads Website Instagram Facebook Group
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!Shirleon joins Melvin in discussing this month's Patron-Pick, On Golden Pond! This Oscar-winning feature stars Katherine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, and Jane Fonda in a complex-yet-comedic tale of old-age, generational trauma, and the endurance of love. Tune in to hear the two discuss all manner of topics from this deceptively deep story!Topics:(PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 28-minutes discussing the importance, or lack thereof, of award shows, both with film and literature, and how it's all a glorified expression of curation. (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)On Golden Pond is very much about the inevitability of change alongside the hardship of relational stagnation. It's a simple story with rich, complex dynamics.Norman is undoubtedly a curmudgeon, but he's also a ventilator; someone who releases tension through biting comments.Ethel stands as a titan of female strength against a cavalcade of frustrated and emotional characters.On Golden Pond explores the dichotomy between fear and love, and how the two struggle to endure with one another.Norman's character showcases a comforting depiction of the difficulty in self-identification. Even at 80 years old he is still struggling to find out who he is, and it's through the kindness of those around him that he is able to persevere in this identity crisis. Both Melvin and Shirleon find this comforting as individuals who struggle with their identity.Discussing various iconography throughout the film, including the loons and the deadfall.Melvin appreciates that the leads of On Golden Pond are older folk, finding that they're more relatable and more interesting than if they were just a buncha youngin's.Recommendations:God of War (PS4) (Video Game)Was it Good? - God of War (2005) (Josh Strife Plays) (YouTube Video)Possum (2018) (Movie) Support the showSupport on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review One-time reward of two Cinematic Doctrine Stickers & Pins Social Links: Threads Website Instagram Facebook Group
PATREON PARTY PLEASER: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! Shirleon joins Melvin in summarizing one of the single most hated western adaptions of an anime to date: Death Note from Adam Wingard! From sporadic over-the-top violence to an extremely emotional protagonist, Death Note was a Hollywood picture a long-time coming, and while it's soured as a classic example of Netflix' early foibles, we're ready to find out what it is that really separates Death Note from it's anime counterpart.Topics:(PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 33-minutes of Melvin asking Shirleon what 15-different fictional and non-fictional characters would do if they received the death note, from Dr. Who to John Snow, and how they would be stopped from killing more people. (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)A Hollywood adaption of the Death Note story has been shopped around for nearly a decade by the time Netflix got its hands on the project.It doesn't take long before Shirleon and Melvin start to notice a series of issues with Death Note (2017).Discussing the characteristic disparity between Light Turner and Light Yagami.As The Ring is to Ringu, so to is Death Note (2017) to Death Note (2006). Everything is overly Americanized, including the tone.The very second L is introduced is when the movie begins to go completely downhill. It gets embarrassing.Discussing how the third act makes literally no sense if you spend even a second thinking about it.Recommendations:reMarkable: The Paper Tablet (Technology)A Bundle Full of Cats (Video Game Collection)Subnautica (2018) (Video Game) Support the showSupport on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review One-time reward of two Cinematic Doctrine Stickers & Pins Social Links: Threads Website Instagram Facebook Group
MOVIE DISCUSSION: Kathryn joins Melvin in discussing an early English adaption of George Orwell's ground-breaking, genre-defining, and highly-influential novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. In this semi-live BBC rendition, one whose controversy is as historic as it is ironic, Kathryn and Melvin discuss not only the impact of this adaption but also the debilitating hopelessness and powerful insight that only Nineteen Eighty-Four can offer.Topics:(PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 16-minutes of Kathryn playing "Would You Rather" except, in the theme of 1984, whatever option Kathryn chooses for herself means the opposite happens to Melvin! Hilarity ensures! (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)This version of Nineteen Eighty-Four is a combination of pre-recorded and live-stage performances streamed to its original audience, and thus includes some interesting quirks that Melvin finds endearing and fascinating.Kathryn begins by explaining the complicated history behind this particular adaption of Nineteen Eighty-Four, including the controversy surrounding its initial screening.For insight (and giggles!), Kathryn reads a collection of quotes from reviews criticizing the content and tone of this adaption of Nineteen Eighty-Four upon its release.Melvin briefly compares this adaption of Nineteen Eighty-Four with the later released Michael Radford version, stating his preferences, and what works so well in this adaption.People were so disgusted with the tone and content of Nineteen Eighty-Four that cast and crew members had even received bomb threats.Pondering the myth of the Mickey Snow-Globe. Or, as it's known; Snow-Globe Gate.Discussing the iconography of the Snow-Globe.Discussing the monologue on language destruction and thought control delivered by Syme in the film (which is an extra fictional essay in the book).Discussing the oppression of power and Big Brother.Recommendations:Slapstick, or Lonesome No More! by Kurt Vonnegut (1999) (Book)Papers, Please (2013) (Video Game) Support the showSupport on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review One-time reward of two Cinematic Doctrine Stickers & Pins Social Links: Threads Website Instagram Facebook Group
MOVIE DISCUSSION: Melvin's wife Kathryn joins him for an episode discussing Eraserhead, David Lynch's off-beat absurdist film featuring cinema's favorite lil' baby! From encroaching industrialization to a wealth of understated humor, Eraserhead includes an extreme degree of themes and metaphors, and the two  explore it all in this engaging and educational episode! Topics:(PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 28-minutes of Kathryn quizzing her husband Melvin on early childhood development and safety! Their findings will decide the fate of their future child! Hooray! (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)Eraserhead isn't really about the plot (although it does have a plot!). It's much more a movie about the vibe.Eraserhead is likely not only very easy to understand but incredibly related to people who already feel weird, awkward, or ostracized from whatever is considered "normal" in a social environment.Discussing the "Woman in the Radiator".There's a very clear sexual theme playing throughout Eraserhead but the film itself is by no means sexual, nor is it inherently about sexuality.Kathryn, "Say what you will about, like, the weird imagery, but [Eraserhead] is not a movie that divorces sex from life."Describing and interpreting the Eraserhead Baby.Wondering if the world of the film is literal, metaphorical, but also realizing that ultimately it doesn't matter.Discussing the climax and the eraser factory.Recommendations:Cade: The Tortured Crossing (2023) (Movie)Iron Lung (2022) (Video Game) Support the showSupport on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review One-time reward of two Cinematic Doctrine Stickers & Pins Social Links: Threads Website Instagram Facebook Group
PARTY PLEASER: thereformedgamers.comLogan Sharp of The Reformed Gamers Podcast joins Melvin in summarizing the biggest horror hit of the year, Five Nights at Freddy's! Despite failing to reach critics, Five Nights at Freddy's has decimated various box-office records, and the two talk about the video game franchise, it's oddly melancholic tone, and the extreme charisma of the Core Four themselves.Topics:(FREE PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 38-minutes talking to Logan Sharp from The Reformed Gamers about their podcast, their YouTube, and playing 5 rounds of "2 Truths, 1 Lie: The Christian Video Game Edition" where-in Melvin names and describes three games to see if Logan can spot the lie! And yes, you'll wish some of these games were fake! (FREE PATREON EXCLUSIVE)Logan gives us an update on The Reformed Gamers and how things have changed since he was last on!Melvin & Logan get into their history with the FNAF games and what it is about them that makes them so gripping.Melvin points out the use of an often-annoying and routinely distracting sound effect used during the beginning of the movie... because that's the sort of thing he does.Mike as a depression-coded character is far more expressive in his dream-state than his awake-state, further asserting his unwieldy and unrealistic determination to find his brother.For a series of games built around the unique stress of resource management, it's surprising that the movie seldom uses dramatic irony to increase tension almost ever.Discussing the bite of 2000.The FNAF games share lore through dream-like cutscenes. It only made sense that dreams would be utilized as a story mechanic in the film.Fort-building: Slay or Nay?Oddly enough, the dialogue in the third-act is noticeably worse than previous scenes. It's... weird.Recommendations:The Reformed Gamers (Podcast)RoboCop (1987) (Movie)Devour (2021) (Video Game)--> Popcorn Theology's "Five Nights at Freddy's" Episode (w/ Melvin!) <-- Support the showSupport on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review One-time reward of two Cinematic Doctrine Stickers & Pins Social Links: Threads Website Instagram Facebook Group
PATREON PARTY PLEASER: 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! Shirleon joins Melvin in summarizing the late-90s Kenan & Kel hit, Good Burger! From it's absurd burger-flippin' hijinks to Ed's silly antics, the two discuss the positives from the 90s aesthetic, the loss of entertainment complexes, and borger! Topics: (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 37-minutes discussing what goes into professionally archiving material, why it's important, how it's influential, and how the loss of various Quibi media is ultimately a very sad thing. (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)Good Burger starts with a lot of chaotic silliness. Even so, Shirleon realized there wasn't a whole lot about the film she remembered.Ed can be frustrating and annoying to some, but Melvin and Shirleon feel he balances well into the "lovable doofus" category.Melvin talks about how he misses multi-entertainment complexes that serve food, games, arcades, etc.. Good Burger made him nostalgia for that kind of thing again.Figuring out, based upon what we hear and see from the movie, makes up Ed's "Special Sauce".Celebrating dance numbers in movies that otherwise seem like they would not have dance numbers.Recommendations:Loki (2021-2023) (TV-Series)Malum (2023) (Movie) Support the showSupport on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review One-time reward of two Cinematic Doctrine Stickers & Pins Social Links: Threads Website Instagram Facebook Group
LET'S TALK: Melvin watched 10 shows on Quibi before its eventual (and predictable) collapse. First things first, Melvin asks Daniel what he thinks a show is about based on its marketing. Then, Melvin describes what it actually is. Afterward, Daniel curiously wonders, "How does this show being on Quibi improve the watching experience?". Throughout all of this, Melvin & Dan try to understand Quibi's failure to solidify its target demographic, and further complain about how Quibi never utilizes it's flip-screen feature for any interesting or creative reasons... until it does? By the end, Melvin & Daniel movie through a post-mortem of Quibi and discuss shows Melvin missed, what it's like to see media lost in real time, and whether or not Daniel feels the FOMO.Shows mentioned in this episode:Home Movie: The Princess BrideThe Fugitive (2020)Most Dangerous GameThe Stranger (2020)Wireless Support the showSupport on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review One-time reward of two Cinematic Doctrine Stickers & Pins Social Links: Threads Website Instagram Facebook Group
LET'S TALK: Melvin watched 10 shows on Quibi before its eventual (and predictable) collapse. First things first, Melvin asks Daniel what he thinks a show is about based on its marketing. Then, Melvin describes what it actually is. Afterward, Daniel curiously wonders, "How does this show being on Quibi improve the watching experience?". Throughout all of this, Melvin & Dan explore the grand what-ifs of Quibi like interactive shows, a social media for film a la Letterboxd, and so much more. As such, the Quibi-venture continues!Shows mentioned in this episode: 50 States of Fright (The Golden Arm, Ball of Twine, Scared Stiff) #FreeRayshawn Agua Donkeys Flipped Run This City  Support the showSupport on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review One-time reward of two Cinematic Doctrine Stickers & Pins Social Links: Threads Website Instagram Facebook Group
LET'S TALK: Melvin guides Daniel through his Quibi-venture, an exploration of that weird, less-than-one-year-old mobile-only streaming service that came and went in 2020. From it's lead cheerleaders of Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, to how Quibi convinced nearly every production company in Hollywood to invest over $1.75 Billion, as well as those obscenely confusing and downright worthless advertising spots during the Superbowl, Melvin covers everything he can about Quibi's unfulfilled snake-oil promises alongside it's disappointingly awkward service, and ultimately it's quiet, unnoticed downfall.  Support the showSupport on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review One-time reward of two Cinematic Doctrine Stickers & Pins Social Links: Threads Website Instagram Facebook Group
PATREON PARTY PLEASER: 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!Ant Coughlin, a pastor, joins Melvin in summarizing The VelociPastor. Because, of course! The two goof and gaff about this off-beat love-letter to 80's schlock grindhouse horror, and appreciate it's comedically dense yet economically handled runtime! Topics:(PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 1-hour discussing Dan Foster's "The Seven Pointless Things that Christian's Fight About" blog post, and how some of the things he proposes are actually deeply important theological ideas that Christian's would do well to discuss and affirm. (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)The VelociPastor starts immediately with some very clever humor, the kind that benefits the learnt in terms of film and film culture.Part of what makes the movie so enjoyable is it's borrowing of the superhero origin-story format to explore it's narrative. It's silly, but it works really well.If you've ever been curious what The VelociPastor is, it's basically a Daredevil clone but with a strong comedic angle.During the film a character waits outside of a church and we can plainly see very real church signage of a real-life location. Melvin curiously Google searches this church and reads aloud some funny reviews. (And, for the sake of the church, does NOT read-aloud their name)By the end of the movie it's very clear that The VelociPastor works not just on name alone but because it's a well made comedy film.Recommendations:Everything Sad is Untrue (a true story) by Daniel Nayeri (2020) (Book)The Grudge 3 (2009) (Movie) Support the showSupport on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review One-time reward of two Cinematic Doctrine Stickers & Pins Social Links: Threads Website Instagram Facebook Group
PARTY PLEASER: Melvin is joined by Shirleon yet again to discuss Haunted Mansion (2015), a movie that has literally no correlation to The Haunted Mansion or Haunted Mansion (2023)! Yes, this movie was picked solely because it shares a name with the other movies. We think that's kind of funny! But don't worry; there are more similarities between this haunted mansion and the Disney Haunted Mansion, too! Tune in to find out!Topics:(PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 40-minutes discussing watching habits, from things we enjoy the most, things we emotionally connect with, and things we avoid or are learning we dislike (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)The available video quality for the film is low-res and includes frequent stuttering that impacts the viewing experience. Melvin wonders if it was merely cheaper to license and distribute a lower quality version from a foreign market.The lead character Ella is a particularly strong female lead, despite also being "The Special".Haunted Mansion (2015) is a Filipino movie and both Melvin & Shirleon reflected on how the language of the film would alternate between Filipino and English.Melvin & Shirleon discuss the aesthetics of this haunted mansion. Unlike both Disney movies, this mansion is a real location.The two discuss a translation in the subtitles that left both of them shocked, but learn it stands for a ghost-type from the Philippines.Melvin likes Teen Drama movies, but the film is titled and primarily tagged as a horror movie, and he laments the films general lack of horror during its first hour.Melvin realizes that note-taking for a movie is a great way to find scenes that can easily be cut.It takes until 01:07:00 before the movie introduces the threat of violence, and it both works for and against the film as a whole.Recommendations:A Clockwork Reader Film And TV Journal by Hannah AzerangNo One Will Save You (2023) (Movie) Support the showSupport on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review One-time reward of two Cinematic Doctrine Stickers & Pins Social Links: Threads Website Instagram Facebook Group
PARTY PLEASER: Melvin's sister Shirleon joins him on a journey through Disney's latest attempt at making a Haunted Mansion movie. While summarizing Haunted Mansion (2023), the two commentate on what makes this Summer Not-buster awkwardly divisive.Topics:(PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 30-minutes discussing neat trivia about various Haunted Mansion rides across the globe, their inception, and Shirleon Sharron's mini-review of the 2003 Eddie Murphy The Haunted Mansion film (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)Haunted Mansion carries an intense artificiality to it, showcasing nonstop digital effects, weird coloring, cartoonish ghouls, and so much else. It removes a tactile nature from every setting and replaces it with a glossy, plastic sheen.There isn't much threat or motivation for the villain's in the movie. Sure, there are reasons characters are doing things insofar as having a ghost around might be a nuisance, but when everything is played like a joke, virtually everything becomes narratively worthless.After about 20 minutes the non-stop usage of the Haunted Mansion's excellent melody converted an otherwise brilliant tune into a complete irritant. Melvin couldn't stand it and yet he still had an hour and a half to go.For Shirleon, this rendition of The Haunted Mansion on film actually captured the atmosphere of the rides. Melvin prefers the 2003 one.Harriette as a character really grew on Shirleon, and in general she really enjoyed all of the characters in their own way.By the end of the movie neither Shirleon nor Melvin had taken any notes; there simply wasn't much to write about with regards to the empty plotline.Recommendations:Wheel of Time (2021 - Ongoing ) (Series)Totally Killer (2023) (Movie)Adopt a Rescue Black Cat Support the showSupport on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review One-time reward of two Cinematic Doctrine Stickers & Pins Social Links: Threads Website Instagram Facebook Group
LET'S TALK:  Melanie & Melvin dive into one of the most beloved holiday musicals, The Nightmare Before Christmas, alongside two similar features Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie! What connects these films? Why, it's Tim Burton of course! Through varying degrees of involvement, each feature captures the iconography of this Hollywood titan, and the two discuss each film individually while celebrating their unique quirks and perks! (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 10-minutes of various tangential content regarding special features and stop-motion animation! (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)  Support the showSupport on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review One-time reward of two Cinematic Doctrine Stickers & Pins Social Links: Threads Website Instagram Facebook Group
PARTY PLEASER: Melanie & Melvin travel back to the early 2000's to summarize the family-friendly cult-classic Disney Adult horror film The Haunted Mansion! From enjoying detailed sets to the generally fun aesthetic of a haunted house, the two kick off Halloween Month with excitement and laughs! Topics:(PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 33-minutes continuing their discussion on modesty (which started in the previous episode) and looking into two passages from 1 Corinthians for some biblical insight, further asserting the complexity and nuance to clothing, modesty, communication, and social interaction. (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)Before getting into the movie, Melanie & Melvin describe their experience with The Haunted Mansion ride.The cast of normal characters in The Haunted Mansion feel straight out of an 80s or 90s dramedy where one of the parents is a workaholic and everyone else puts up with it. For a film released in 2003 this feels wildly outdated.Discussing the aesthetics of the mansion, from setting to atmosphere, and how it's ostensibly the best part of the entire film. Also, Melvin shares his frightening fascination with houses.There's never a part in the movie that outright "wows" but the middle where each character is exploring different parts of the mansion is definitely a high point.The transitions in The Haunted Mansion go hard.Melanie & Melvin discuss if ghosts are real, because it's October and that's what October's all about!Based upon a few criteria, Melvin wonders if an original cut of The Haunted Mansion contained a more poignant narrative wrestling with drama, romance, and racism that was trimmed for the sake of marketability.Recommendations:Casper (1995) (Movie)Hubie Halloween (2020) (Movie) Support the showSupport on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review One-time reward of two Cinematic Doctrine Stickers & Pins Social Links: Threads Website Instagram Facebook Group
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, Melanie & Melvin are discussing The Mummy (1999)! Branden Frasier is back in the mix with his popular Oscar-winning performance in The Whale, but we're traveling back over two-decades to a time long ago; one of adventure, excitement, and endless sand!Topics:(PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 53-minutes discussing "modesty", both its literal definition and it's ever-changing, inconsistent, and convoluted cultural usage. Melanie & Melvin each approach the topic from different angles, challenging both cultural and biblical understandings as the two talk comfortably and freely. (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)Before discussing The Mummy (1999), Melvin gives some background on The Mummy (1932).When Melvin watched the staple Universal Monster Movies in 2022, he noticed that The Mummy (1932) seemed the most edgy and sensational among them. The Mummy (1999) carries some of that spirit with its borderline punk-rock nature.Melanie downright loves The Mummy (1999), and explains what it is that makes the film so magical for her. Melvin thought it was just okay, and stepped away thinking the movie was exceptionally well-paced.Evelyn stands out as a particularly well-written example of a strong female companion, especially among a cast of fairly simple, albeit fun characters.Melanie ponders where adventure films have gone, and whether or not the genre has migrated solely to the mini-series or television series format.Briefly discussing the sequels in the franchise.Melvin shares some insight into how he decides what movies to discuss, when to discuss them, and how, because not every movie is made equal, and not every movie produces interesting or engaging discussion.Recommendations:Ju-On: Black Ghost (2009) (Movie)Doctor Sleep (2019) (Movie) Support the showSupport on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review One-time reward of two Cinematic Doctrine Stickers & Pins Social Links: Threads Website Instagram Facebook Group
MOVIE DISCUSSION: Melanie & Melvin talk at length about Akira Kurosawa's worldwide phenomena, Rashomon. From it's forward-feeling filmmaking and pacing to it's gripping drama, Rashomon continues to be in conversation for it's layered entertainment and deep contemplation. And, of course, they also talk about the immensely disruptive nature of lying.Topics:(PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 32-minutes discussing Vulture's "The Decomposition of Rotten Tomatoes" article from September 6th about how an advertising firm paid reviewers for positive reviews... or, how it's a bit more complicated than that, but still a bad look for Rotten Tomatoes (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)Melanie & Melvin recommend Rashomon, full stop, but also recognize it has several details that make it a deceptively hard watch. For Melvin, he's sure the dark complexities could be a turn-off. For Melanie, some fans might be put to sleep.The first time Melvin watched Rashomon he felt, "That was a good movie.". The second time he watched Rashomon he went, "Oh, wow. This movie is great!".Although Rashomon is very much about the complications of conflicting storytelling, it also showcases the way in which people communicate inherently through biases.Rashomon is about a lot of things, one of which is the everyone's internal battle against cynicism and sensationalism.Contemplating the reality that God permits evil during this age and the hope in Christ to endure.Why do we as humans choose to commit evil amidst so much glorious beauty?Rashomon's ridiculous level of digestibility lends it to be a very good "watch with friends" movie. Both Melanie and Melvin wonder what sort of amazing and profound reactions their various friends would have.Recommendations:Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2023 Broadway Cast Recording) (2023) (Soundtrack)Feeders 2: Slay Bells (1998) (Movie) Support the showSupport on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review One-time reward of two Cinematic Doctrine Stickers & Pins Social Links: Threads Website Instagram Facebook Group
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