Wade Bearen and Kevin McLenithan’s heads are toward Eternity this week as they review Terence Davies’ latest film, the Emily Dickinson biopic A Quiet Passion. But first, they take a look at a Japanese animated film that’s been creating quite a buzz lately: Your Name. A lavish teenage romance and an austere literature-infused biopic—there’s something for everyone this week!
Pure Flix makes its first appearance on the show, as Wade Bearden and Kevin McLenithan dig into the faith-based production company’s latest offering, The Case for Christ. Based on the bestselling apologetics book, the film has to get creative with how it adapts its source material. The question is, is it good? The guys then spend some time with Netflix’s new documentary miniseries Five Came Back, which tells the remarkable story of how five classic-Hollywood directors put their filmmaking prowess to use on the battlefields of World War II.
The two films on today’s show couldn’t be more different. The first, Song to Song, is from the revered director Terrence Malick and concerns itself with the spiritual seeking of Texan characters in a numinous world. The second, Oz Perkins’s The Blackcoat’s Daughter, concerns the Satanic goings-on at a snowed-in prep school in upstate New York. The mystery: which one did Wade and Kevin like better?