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Reel World Theology

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Welcome to Reel World Theology! Host Mikey Fissel welcomes a rotating panel of guests who talk about the popular cinematic narratives that are shaping our culture. The podcast facilitates conversations that illuminate the idea that story is powerful and entertainment is not mindless…

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Welcome to Reel World Theology! Host Mikey Fissel welcomes a rotating panel of guests who talk about the popular cinematic narratives that are shaping our culture. The podcast facilitates conversations that illuminate the idea that story is powerful and entertainment is not mindless…

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34 Ratings
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Simply love it

By 11sCompanion - Sep 22 2017
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Live this show. I love how deeply it goes into films. Can he enjoyed by anyone with any world view.

Reel Good

By Department of Tourism - Jan 05 2017
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Mikey's voice is smooth like butter, and he does a great job finding insightful guests.

iTunes Ratings

34 Ratings
Average Ratings
31
2
0
0
1

Simply love it

By 11sCompanion - Sep 22 2017
Read more
Live this show. I love how deeply it goes into films. Can he enjoyed by anyone with any world view.

Reel Good

By Department of Tourism - Jan 05 2017
Read more
Mikey's voice is smooth like butter, and he does a great job finding insightful guests.

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Reel World Theology

Latest release on Jul 17, 2020

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Rank #1: S07 E07 - 40: The Temptation of Christ and the Powerful Necessity of Suffering

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On this episode of the Reel World Theology: This episode ballooned from a written article into a full-fledged podcast episode. Friend of Reel World Theology, Reed Lackey, wrote the movie 40: The Temptation of Christ and it debuted this past April. Since Fizz isn't driving this plane, we need two staffers, David Atwell and Josh Crabb, to occupy the co-pilot chairs. We discuss Reed's movie and its international take on Christ as he is tempted in the desert. This movie takes a fascinating angle to Christ's encounter with Satan in the wilderness and centers around the morality of suffering. We think you will like the movie and you will like David and Josh's discussion.

Jul 17 2020

1hr 3mins

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Rank #2: S07 E06 - A Christmas Story and Magic in the Margins

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On this Christmas episode of the Reel World Theology Podcast: As we do every year, we take a look at a Christmas classic. This year we are compelled to talk about a movie that has varying degrees of appreciation among the RWT staff. Because of this, we rewatch and talk about A Christmas Story. Does it hold up over time? Why does it connect with people this time of year? We hash it out and talk about what makes this one a yearly revisit for many folks. Enjoy!

Dec 25 2019

44mins

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Rank #3: S07 E05 - The Rise of Skywalker and Choosing Our Family

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On this episode of the Reel World Theology podcast: What more appropriate way to end an up and down 2019 than with what will likely be one of the most disagreed upon films of the year, The Rise of Skywalker. Leve it to Star Wars, their fans, and the critics to create a whirlwind of expectations that couldn't possibly be met. However, Where did we land on the film? Was it good? Bad? Somewhere in the middle? What about that one decision about Rey? Why did it connect with some audiences and not others? How did our enjoyment (or not) of The Last Jedi directly affect this one? Boy, do we have opinions! Enjoy.

Dec 23 2019

1hr 55mins

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Rank #4: S07 E04 - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Seeing Humanity

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On this episode of the Reel World Theology podcast: In a world of division and social media outrage, it is occasionally nice to have a refreshing voice reminding us of the kinder side of humanity. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood longs to remind audiences to be their best selves and to also never forget the power that one life, earnestly lived, can impact countless others. We discuss how the film holds up to the documentary that came out last year and give some hot takes on Tom Hanks as our Mr. Rogers stand-in. Enjoy!

Nov 25 2019

1hr 40mins

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Rank #5: S07 E03 - Zombieland: Double Tap and Sequel Necessity

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On this episode of the Reel World Theology podcast: While maybe not an awards contender in 2019, we talk about a movie that we have been anticipating for nearly a decade, a Zombieland sequel. Is it fun? Was it worth the wait? Does it really have anything to say? When do we need sequels? We discuss. Enjoy!

Nov 05 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #6: S07 E02 - Ad Astra and a Cosmic Letdown

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On this episode of the Reel World Theology podcast: We continue the latest season of the show talking about one of the most discussed movies that came out during our break, Ad Astra. This movie had a lot going for it, from the cast to a trailer that ticked a lot of sci-fi fan boxes. It also was pushed back to a September release, which is usually a bad sign. Where did this film land for us? Why do we think that some people thought this was a snooze-fest while others thought it was one of the year's better offerings? We discuss!

Oct 31 2019

1hr 21mins

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Rank #7: S07 E01 - Joker and the Final Joke

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On this episode of the Reel World Theology podcast: There has been a lot of conversation (and worry) about the effect that the new Joker film could have on our culture. While this may be another case of over-reaction to a movie that people hadn't yet seen, it remains a divisive film critically. What is the film saying, if anything? There was always a worry about a movie that explored the Joker's past only spoiling the character but does the film actually give us the best of both worlds? We explore both the film and what the ending means for viewers and critics, alike.

Oct 25 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #8: RWT: Important Podcast UPDATE!

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A quick update from RWT on the recent unannounced hiatus and what you can expect moving forward from the team. Queue it up and check it out!

Oct 23 2019

32mins

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Rank #9: Reel World: Rewind #042 - Zombieland

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On this episode of Reel World: Rewind: Josh finally gets Fizz back on Rewind to talk about a movie he loves to talk about, the 2009 Ruben Fleischer movie Zombieland. With the recent release of the surprise sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap, Fizz and Josh explore their history with the movie, as well as the delightful characters in this movie and one surprise appearance of Bill Murray in probably his best cameo/smaller role in a movie. Ultimately, this movie falls right into the Reel World wheelhouse as it is about belonging, community, and grace. Enjoy our October episode!

Oct 15 2019

45mins

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Rank #10: Reel World: Rewind #041 – Sunshine

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On this episode of Reel World: Rewind - Reel World staff members Josh Crabb and Blake Collier are discussing Danny Boyle's 2007 thought-provoking Sci-Fi movie, Sunshine. A portentous movie about a not-so-implausible future where the sun is dying, Boyle's movie ponders transcendence, spirituality, death, and duty. Blake and Josh reflect on some of the quieter moments of the movie but also address the criticisms of the final third and how it may not be as disjointed and abrupt as people have made it out to be. It's a contemplative episode of Rewind that, unlike the sun, is not too hot to handle.

Sep 16 2019

48mins

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