Welcome to Cinematic Doctrine, a non-spoiler Christian Movie Podcast where we sit at the table of Cinema and eat. Sometimes we dine on popular cuisine, other times we savor a cult classic!
MMN: Feige Responds to Scorsese, James Dean Recast, Disney+
Dec 5 • 78 min
Feige responds to Scorsese, James Dean is resurrected for a Vietnam dog movie, and Disney+ took the world by storm in this episode of Monthly Movie News!
TT: Sonic the Hedgehog, Soul, Bad Boys for Life
Dec 2 • 61 min
Melvin and Daniel prepare six trailers from the month of November to get you excited for 2020… or, maybe just marginally interested in 2020.
Black Christmas (1974) - A Response to the Sexual Revolution
Nov 27 • 37 min
What better way to start the holiday season than watching a holiday movie?
Lady and the Tramp (2019) - Uncanny Valley for Dogs
Nov 21 • 17 min
Disney+ has finally stabled after a rough launch, and we’re serving up a fair review for one of it’s exclusive offerings, Lady and the Tramp!
The King (2019) - Royalty and Responsibility
Nov 12 • 15 min
With it’s dark, brooding nature, The King tells a tale loosely based on Shakespeare’s Henriad.
The Book of Eli - A Product of General Revelation
Nov 7 • 26 min
The Book of Eli is a strange movie, and this podcast review follows right behind it!
MMN: Joker Aftermath, Martin Scorsese on Marvel, and Kevin Feige’s Promotion
Nov 4 • 86 min
Joker became the #1 R-Rated movie, Martin Scorsese targeted Marvel, and Kevin Feige climbed the ladder in this episode of Monthly Movie News!
TT: The Rise of Skywalker, Dolittle, Birds of Prey
Nov 1 • 43 min
From Star Wars to Jungle Cruise, there’s a lot of trailers to talk about from October!
28 Days Later - Genre Defining, if Not a Little Flawed
Oct 31 • 16 min
You know what’s scarier than normal-ole’ zombies? Running zombies!
Wish Upon - One Man’s Trash…
Oct 23 • 16 min
…is another man’s trash!
Joker - Dangerously Cathartic
Oct 16 • 29 min
Cynical and dangerous or brilliant and creative, Joker finds itself at the center of controversy!
Halloweentown - I Can’t Believe This Episode is 20 Minutes
Oct 4 • 19 min
Halloweentown is better than Hocus Pocus. Sorry, I don’t make the rules!
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (S1) - Exceptional Creativity and Confidence
Sep 26 • 23 min
Unbridled creativity and vision awaits those who take a chance on The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance!
The Dark Crystal - A Charming, Ancient Tale
Sep 18 • 12 min
In another world, in a distant time, there was… the Dark Crystal!
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives - Accessible and Amazing
Sep 13 • 13 min
No explanation here, it’s Friday the 13th on Friday the 13th!
IT Chapter Two - A Boring, Repetitive Snooze-Fest
Sep 11 • 16 min
With a run time of 169 minutes, IT: Chapter Two tests your patience as an audience member, and I’m not sure it’s worth it.
IT (2017) - A Satisfying Adaption of an Ambitious Novel
Sep 10 • 15 min
2017’s IT is a thrill ride of Stephen King’s ambitious novel!
Cloverfield - One Big Giant Mystery
Sep 4 • 12 min
Matt Reeves and J.J. Abram’s Kaiju movie from 2008 populates online discussion to this day, and we’re giving it a well-deserved turn on the CinDoc podcast!
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - For the Times They Are a-Changin’
Aug 28 • 18 min
Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film is a fascinating, slow-paced, deeply moving love-letter to 1969’s Hollywood, and anyone else in a crisis.
The Boys (S1) - A Revealing Picture of Western Culture
Aug 18 • 23 min
Intense, violent, and frightening, The Boys has skyrocketed to one of Amazon’s most binged shows ever, and there’s a reason we should care.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - Fun, Preteen Horror
Aug 14 • 11 min
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is here to terrorize children and adults alike, and that’s a good thing!
The Farewell - The Heavy Weight of Lying
Aug 7 • 16 min
Is there such a thing as a good lie?
The Art of Self-Defense - Toxic Masculinity and the Importance of Community
Jul 31 • 21 min
By the end of this episode, you’ll be ready to punch with your feet and kick with your fists!
Manchester by the Sea - Quick Audiences and Dysfunctional Families
Jul 24 • 16 min
What’s it like to return home when you feel you don’t belong?
Let the Right One In - An Intimate Innocence
Jul 17 • 13 min
Bullied, forgotten, but not alone, Oskar makes an interesting friend with a mysterious girl.
OT: The Steep ‘Learning Curve’ of Panos Cosmatos
Jul 16 • 8 min
Ever watch something that didn’t resonate with you, only to have it grow until you couldn’t stop thinking about it?
Spider-Man: Far From Home - A Safe Epilogue to Phase Three
Jul 10 • 12 min
Peter Parker can’t hang up the suit without something disastrous happening, and it’s only made worse when Nick Fury tranquilizes his best friend to get his attention!
Yesterday - A Day in the Life Without The Beatles
Jul 3 • 15 min
You’re in a hospital bed, searing headache, missing two teeth, but the worst thing is that The Beatles never existed!
The Happening - You Almost Can’t Believe It Happened
Jun 26 • 14 min
Nominated for two Razzie Awards, but a winner in my heart, The Happening is one of the most entertaining movies in M. Night Shyamalan’s filmography.
Rocketman - Love Lost is Hard to Find
Jun 19 • 14 min
The only way to tell his story is to live his fantasy, and in a sense ways, you’re sure to relate a little more than you’d expect.
Mandy - Furious, Starless Love
Jun 12 • 19 min
Mandy is an intense, brutal film that holds nothing back, but its overt aggression is layered with compassion and empathy.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Fun, Dumb, and Ironic
Jun 5 • 16 min
The secrets out, and Monarch can’t keep Godzilla hidden from the public anymore, but is the world ready to learn how many Kaiju rule the Earth?
Brightburn - A Failed Attempt at Everything (Except Passion)
May 29 • 16 min
How does life fare for a young couple that retrieves a child from a crashed-land space-craft? About as bad as you’d expect.
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum - Murderously Dream-like
May 23 • 19 min
Bullets abound as John Wick seeks sanctuary amidst a dangerous world of his own making, and it’s about to get crazier than you could ever expect!
Pokémon Detective Pikachu - Unironically Postmodern
May 15 • 10 min
The world’s favorite yellow mouse electrifies the silver screen with a detective’s cap and a mystery for murder! Can it get any weirder than that?
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog - A Love Letter to New Media
May 8 • 7 min
The status is so not quo and Dr. Horrible’s ready to make a change, but he didn’t bargain to make such a real-life statement regarding digital distribution. Say what!?
Avengers: Endgame - The Grand Finale to 21 Feature-Length Commercials
May 1 • 17 min
With over 15 directors and 20+ movies, the MCU finally sees its first official chapter close with Avengers: Endgame.
Pet Sematary (2019) - Sluggishly Mediocre, Highly Forgettable, Disappointing
Apr 24 • 7 min
A dangerous literary work that petrified Stephen King himself, Pet Sematary finds itself on the silver screen yet again! But is it any good?
Hellboy (2019) - Worst Film of the Year (and Possibly the Decade)
Apr 17 • 13 min
Emerging from the 9 circles of development hell, Neil Marshall’s reboot of Hellboy has made quite the impact, although it’s far from positive!
Shazam! - A Meta Superhero Film (And Another Good DC Movie!)
Apr 11 • 8 min
Shazam! doubles down on the fun, exciting new direction DC films hope to capture, but how does it separate itself in a saturated market of Caped Crusaders?
Colossal - A Small Tale About Big Problems
Apr 3 • 9 min
Advertised as a strange amalgamation of Romantic Comedy and Kaiju Disaster film, what’s so special about one of the biggest commercial flops on the last few years?
Us - A Parable of Division
Mar 27 • 11 min
Get Out was so specific in its metaphor on racial tension and subjugation, but what conversation does Us cause us to have?
It Follows - How to Engage ‘Extreme Content’ as a Christian
Mar 20 • 19 min
Before reviewing and sharing interesting trivia about It Follows (2014), I spend a brief period explaining my perspective on adult content in film and how I feel it should be engaged.
What is ‘Cinematic Doctrine’?
Mar 16 • 12 min
An introduction to Cinematic Doctrine’s host, Melvin Benson, as well as his aspirations for creating a Christian movie podcast.
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