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Popcorn Theology is a podcast where entertainment and theology meet. We look at film and TV, both new and old from a Biblical perspective, enjoying the arts to the glory of God. Join in on the conversation!
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Watch the episode on Youtube here. James' book Cinemagogue has a new edition! Hear more in this episode and read more here. For a sneak peak at the Director's Cut, click here. — We've got new merchandise! Check it out at the merch store. Help us recruit more film lovers and theology nerds by sharing this episode with your friends. Rate and review t…
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Watch the episode here. James, Maddy and Rory reunite for this epic podcast crawl and become Popcorn Theology's only hope for finishing the Cornetto Trilogy! Can they make it from theme to theme and receive/reject/redeem before the episode comes to a tragic end? You’ll have to see for yourself. Let’s Boo-Boo! James' book Cinemagogue has a new editi…
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Watch the announcement on Youtube here. The times they are a-changin' at Popcorn Theology. While we will continue releasing our flagship weekly episodes, we are also thrilled to introduce a brand NEW series! "In The Lobby" features 15-20 minute weekly episodes that explore themes extending beyond a particular film. These episodes will also feature …
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The first episode of our brand new series "In The Lobby" is available now on Youtube. David and James had a fascinating discussion with author and financial expert David Bahnsen about work, life, and purpose in film. This discussion will be released in weekly episodes over the month of May, and is exclusive to our "Premium Seating" Patron Saints. B…
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Watch the episode here. This episode will shake you out of your fugue state! Hopefully Kat won’t choke on the themes as she joins James and David for a look at the sophomore year of this acclaimed show. James dares to say something negative about this season, David and Kat examine the escalation and ripples of temptation and sin, and the crew discu…
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Watch the episode here. Are you guilty of worldview murder? Is your mindless consumption predetermined? The Pop-Theo-Cogs have seen a different path to take, one that points you to the "Capital P" Precog and film as an opportunity to glorify Him. So strap in and view this Sci-fi classic with new eyes as we cover Minority Report. James' book Cinemag…
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Watch the episode here. It’s a battle royale as our hosts - like Godzilla versus Kong - wrestle over the quality of this latest monsterverse installment! But James, Eric, and guest host “James the Younger” all surface some curious observations about the film’s Moses motif, the sovereignty of God(zilla) and a curious parallel with Revelation chapter…
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Watch episode here. Miles and James take the call and cruise through the frozen landscape of New York looking for what haunts this latest Ghostbusters installment! From rarely discussed biblical ideas of where evil spirits come from to the film’s shockingly trad view of parenting and relationships, there’s plenty of things to discuss. Just remember…
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Watch the episode here. Knock knock, Neo. The Matrix released 25 years ago this Easter. Join us as we revisit our 200th episode on this iconic sci-fi film, which we recorded for the film's 20th anniversary. In this episode James, Richard, and David as we revisit this modern classic as well as the highlights for the first 200 episodes. We discuss ho…
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How are Christians to live in a world where humans can be genetically engineered and discrimination is down to a science? Using the world of Gattaca, the hosts discuss the ethical use of genetic engineering, how the gospel frees you to live in God's favor, and why a Christian worldview is necessary to holdback the excesses of man's tampering with n…
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Watch video podcast here. We’re back to the world of Blade Runner with possibly the best sequel ever made. Miles and James give top scores for this movie’s entertainment value and theological depth. Blade Runner 2049 shows how different people react in the face of miracles. If the original blade runner made us ask what it means to be alive, then th…
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Watch video podcast here. Put on your stillsuits and join David, Jam, and Maddy as they hitch a ride on the cinematic epic, Dune: Part Two. Much like Part One, This long-awaited film is rich in visual spectacle, narrative complexity, and theological discussion. While Paul’s similarities to Christ seem to be on the surface, a deeper look under the s…
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For the rest of this early release, watch on Youtube: https://youtu.be/GGRttrVLkso The full audio episode will release the morning of Tuesday, March 12 Much like Paul Muad'Dib, YOU get to have an "early look" at our newest episode on Dune: Part Two. Put on your stillsuits and join David, Jam, and Maddy as they hitch a ride on the cinematic epic, Du…
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Do you like our owl? Miles and James open their VK briefcases and give this milestone science fiction film the old PT test, probing with deep questions about empathy, consent, creators, prejudice, and inevitable decrepitude. Will they have enough time for James to settle – once and for all – the long running speculation about Deckard? Time… enough.…
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Join James and Kat for a special episode from stately Harlemanor as they look at the underrated and overlooked fun film that kicked off 2024! Matthew Vaughn’s bombastic, eclectic action-adventure is a romantic comedy for people who don’t like romantic comedies, and also explores foundation themes of myth, caricature vs. reality, identity, and sin. …
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CODA is a heartfelt “life transcendent” family drama-comedy with a fantastic soundtrack. Join hosts Maddy, Kat, and Eric as they tackle themes of the cost of discipline, what truly binds a family together and what it is like to live with a disability. James' book Cinemagogue is getting a new edition! Hear more in this episode and read more here. Fo…
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Were hosts Eric, James and Rory stuck in a podcasting room over Christmas and forced to spend the holidays together? Perhaps not, but forced relationships at a snowy year’s end is where this movie takes an unlikely trio, and our three hosts explore those themes of burnt out teachers, frustrated students, and world-weary mothers struggling to connec…
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This week, Maddy and David investigate the Oscar-nominated film Killers of the Flower Moon. While this heavy film had a slow pace, it has plenty to say about the broken world we live in. Join Maddy and David as they investigate the themes in this movies, including foolishness (coyotes), deception (wolves), the love of money, and the perversion of j…
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This week, the boys are back in the RV, cooking up a fresh batch of glass-grade film and theology content. Join David, James, and Jam as they dissect Season 1 of the AMC original series Breaking Bad. From slinging biblical worldviews to blowing up the mindless consumption that has been spread by Tucos of the world, the guys will cover it all. How c…
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Snake Plisskin (Eric), The Brain (James), and the President (Rory) seek to escape the mindless hellscape of 1980’s New York. Join them as they rescue a proper view of “living under the sun”, masculinity, and government from the nihilism of the 80’s. James' book Cinemagogue is getting a new edition! Hear more in this episode and read more here. For …
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As a resolution for 2024, James repents of a glaring omission (and potential Popcorn Theologian disqualification) by finally watching this quintessential film! Richard and Miles join James to berate him… AND to discuss the important themes beyond the obvious one in the film’s title! James' book Cinemagogue is getting a new edition! Hear more in thi…
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Join Miles and Jam as they take their walk down the Green Mile and uncover the secrets of its inmates. Secrets like, who killed those little girls? Do miracles still happen? What does John Coffey have to do with Jesus? We will cover it all on Episode 324. James' book Cinemagogue is getting a new edition! Hear more in this episode and read more here…
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Oh no… they say he’s got to go! Join Popcorn Theology’s newly assembled G-Force of Godzilla experts – James, Eric and Greg – as they hunt the oversized themes in this explosive new story featuring everyone’s favorite radiation-spewing monster in a film that is undeniably fire. James' book Cinemagogue is getting a new edition! Hear more in this epis…
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This week, the Patron Saints jumped down, pulled us off the tracks, and convinced us to cover While You Were Sleeping just in time for Christmas! On this episode, Kat, Miles, and David explore how idle words and divine providence prompt Lucy to find the family she had been longing for, proving that life doesn’t always turn out the way you plan. Mak…
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Shhhhh! Listen closely, it may be hard to hear the deep ideas explored in this film nonverbally while bullets and explosions rock the screen, but they are there! Special guest John Perritt from Reformed Youth Ministries teams up with James as they target themes of vengeance, idolatry, keeping covenant, general revelation and more in this unique fil…
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Listen in, trust us, and let us mentor you through the treacherous arena of The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes. Based on the book of the same title, this prequel to the hit series explores many of the same ideas from the originals as it follows the ambitious rise of President Snow. In this episode, Becky, Maddy, and Miles discuss ma…
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Special returning host Richard Foltz interviews our special "guest" James Harleman about the new Director's Cut of James' book, Cinemagogue. Go back to the origins of Popcorn Theology and how you can do your own "home edition" and even encourage others into the how's and why's of being a mindful consumer. Read more about Cinemagogue: Director's Cut…
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Subject to the requirements of the service, Captain "Lucky" David, Lt. Eric, and Midshipman Maddy beat to quarters and set their guns against this 20 year old classic. They engage with the themes leadership, how the crew of the HMS Surprise is an analogy of the body of Christ, and explore the islands of pride and duty. Your mind is under threat of …
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We did this episode for you. For ALL of us! Travel with James, Becky and Rory through time and television as we look at Loki in terms of Norse mythology, his MCU appearances, and of course the glorious purpose of the sensational season 2 and the ending everyone is talking about. All this and some special messages from Miss Minutes! James' book Cine…
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Can our hosts survive Five Nights at Freddy’s? Join James, guest host Eric and special guest Melvin Benson from Cinematic Doctrine as they enter they explore the concept of kiddie-horror, video game movies, and themes of guilt, obsession, and corruption that comes in the guise of cuteness. Check out Melvin Benson’s podcast here: Cinematic Doctrine.…
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As a challenge, our hosts sunk their teeth into Cocaine Bear - an outlandish story about an enormous bear that goes on a killing spree after consuming pounds of cocaine. On this episode, hosts David, Eric, and Miles get their paws around the narrative and demonstrate that a mindful approach to movies can bear spiritual fruit, even from a movie abou…
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A veritable horror extravaganza! James is joined by guest host Rory and his friend Thomas Thorogood of the stirandfry YouTube channel as they welcome Josh Larsen, author of FEAR NOT!: A Christian Appreciation of Horror Movies. This motley crew delves into the depths of horror and takes a stab at how this genre connects to our faith. Josh Larsen's f…
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James, Maddy, and Eric give Arsenic and Old Lace the Cinemagogue method. They cover murder as a "charity", the sanctifying influence of marriage, and how your earthly parentage is overcome by Christ's supernatural parentage. Join them as they host an episode that has been 2 years in the making. — We've got new merchandise! Check it out at the merch…
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Welcome, foolish mortals! Join ghost hosts David and Becky as they take you on a chilling journey through the latest Disney attraction-to-film adaptation, exploring the shadows for its themes of grief and seeing the unseen. We should warn you before you hit play on this episode, this could change the course of your entire life. — We've got new merc…
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Join Miles, Jam and Becky as they talk about the Disney+ series Ahsoka. Dig into the deep lore of Star Wars the Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, the Mandalorian, and how it all fits into Ahsoka. What theological depths call out to our hosts from distant galaxies? — We've got new merchandise! Check it out at the merch store. Help us recruit more film l…
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Do you like scary movies? Spencer Keller not only likes them, he MAKES them, and we get a chance to talk with this up-and-coming writer, cinematographer and director about his short film "In the Dark", its thematic elements as well as what it's like to craft a film: writing, casting, location shoots and more. We also geek out with Spencer about Nol…
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Navigate the creepy canals, dreary domiciles and superstitious scenarios of this latest Hercule Poirot film that moves from mystery to ponder the paranormal! Rory and James look at the film’s themes of doubt, loss of faith, and the desire to debunk mysticism while hoping for transcendence. — We've got new merchandise! Check it out at the merch stor…
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Is this REALLY the movie we’re reviewing? Can you trust the episode title or description? What if it’s something else entirely? Join James with guest hosts Eric and Maddy (if that IS their real names) as they look at the twists and turns of this Grant/Hepburn classic with themes of lies, deception, and an unusual courtship. Or… is it THAT unusual a…
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Join Miles and Jam as they dive into the story of Jamie Reyes, a young man with destiny thrusted upon him. In this DC movie The guys will tackle themes of belonging, Christ-exalting role models, and biblical parallels of power struggles and more. — We've got new merchandise! Check it out at the merch store. Help us recruit more film lovers and theo…
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Stop, children. What’s that sound? That’s the sound of James, Maddy and Kat weighing in on the little independent film that has rocked the Hollywood boat this year. Join us as we cut through some of the unnecessary controversy surrounding this film and look instead at its important themes, from God’s heart for children, slavery, and also the redemp…
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The Patron Saints have spoken and we are moving to their groove. This week David, Miles, and Eric journey to ancient South America for The Emperor’s New Groove. Along the way they discuss such things as providence, foolishness, King Nebuchadnezzar, and the moral nature of man. Listen in and heed our words and you may avoid being cursed to view movi…
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Climb out of your shells and join us for a special episode hosted by Miles and 2 hosts from the UK, returning guest Rory and Nate (aka the Reformed Mythologist). Using cunning and stealth, these hosts strike at the heart of TMNT: Mutant Mayhem, discussing themes of persecution as context for maturity, the redemptive power of enemy love, and the myt…
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This episode is the BOMB! Join James, Maddy, and Becky as they put their scientific minds to this riveting story of power, pride, jealousy, guilt, slander, deceit and more… all dropped on us at a time in history where things were poised to explode in more ways than one. — We've got new merchandise! Check it out at the merch store. Help us recruit m…
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Pull on your pink and put on your rollerblades as we go the distance from Barbie’s dream house to Popcorn Theology Land, the real world, and beyond! James, Kat and Becky employ out of the box thinking as they play with the surprisingly deep themes in this movie’s toy chest. — We've got new merchandise! Check it out at the merch store. Help us recru…
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Join earth-men Rory, Maddy, and David as they discuss their Deep Thoughts on the absurdist fantasy sci-fi classic, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Our hosts explore the history and worldview of this radio show/book/TV show/movie, as well as the ultimate answers (and questions) of the life, universe, and everything. Grab a spot of tea, get you…
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Like the namesake movie, episode 300 was just so epic that it spawned a sequel... 300: Rise of Podcast! Miles, James and David look back at the legacy of Popcorn Theology including questions and answers from our every-growing cast of co-hosts. Best moments, favorite episodes, and most memorable theological reflections. This one has it all! — We've …
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Prepare for glory! 300 episodes of the Popcorn Theology Empire have descended upon you, and thus we undertake the customary rite of ALL film podcasts that get this far, looking at the milestone film that shares the number. Join David, Miles, James and an endless array of washboard abs as they explore themes of honor and shame culture, facing tempta…
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This episode is more than meets the eye! James, Kat, and Jam transform this episode into a retrospective of ALL things Transformers, covering four million years (or decades) of media to movies and how it merged into this latest and perhaps most faithful installment of the series in terms of spirit and source material. — We've got new merchandise! C…
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Enjoy a bonus minisode! [SPOILER ALERT] Here James, Miles, and Rory discuss themes in Across the Spider-Verse which overlapped closely with The Flash. We don’t want to spoil Spider-verse for any of you who haven't seen it. We also discuss Man of Steel after 10 years and how the movie subtly embodies “the American way.” Want to hear more? Check out …
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Our 3 hosts (James, Miles, and Rory) all enjoyed the Flash, so it was a pleasure to discuss it on a deeper level. The Flash delivered many things that the fans have demanded, while sharing a message that such demands are not always warranted. Highlighted themes include: making mature decisions and listening to your elders, the parable of the Good S…
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