This week Wade Bearden and Kevin McLenithan explore two movies that at first seem dissimilar. First up is writer/director John Karasinski’s horror debut “A Quiet Place” where a Rockwellian family is forced to survive in total silence, living in a world filled with lethal monsters that can hunt only by sound. Then the duo turn to John Curran’s dismantling of the Kennedy privilege and ambition by giving voice to the story of Mary Jo Kopechne in “Chappaquiddick.” It’s a week of silence in this episode of Seeing and Believing.
Wes Anderson’s latest hotly anticipated film hit theaters over the weekend, so Wade Bearden and Kevin McLenithan get in touch with their inner dog lovers to review it. How does the stop-motion animated film stack up against the rest of Anderson’s filmography? And what about the charges of orientalism and cultural appropriation that have been leveled against the film? The guys then turn their attention to subject matter (slightly) closer to home with their review of one of the three faith-based films to be released around Easter: Paul, Apostle of Christ.
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. Spielberg himself is responsible for a lot of geek nostalgia for his own earlier films; can he deliver the goods when making a movie specifically about geek nostalgia? Then the guys turn their attention to another nerd-adjacent blockbuster: Pacific Rim: Uprising, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s hit movie about giant robots protecting Earth’s coastal cities from giant monsters.