Cinematic Doctrine

Cinematic Doctrine
Cinematic Doctrine is a Christian podcast service that encourages and equips Christians to engage and reform the culture of cinema. We review movies, discuss trailers, and talk about popular movie news on a regular schedule. Podcast Magazine says Cinem…

Killer Camp - Real Life “Among Us” with Real Life Consequences
Oct 22 • 65 min
11 campers and a secret killer compete for cash prizes in Camp Pleasant!
Sinister - Home Videos Hide Horrible Histories
Oct 14 • 67 min
Sometimes, good memories harbor dark secrets, and in this Ethan Hawke picture, true-crime is the least of his worries.
Train to Busan - Treasuring Trains and Zombies with The Reformed Gamers
Oct 6 • 72 min
No brakes on the zombie train! All aboard!
TT: WandaVision, Dune, The Mandalorian Season Two
Oct 4 • 63 min
Disney Plus promises some crazy new shows, and Dune’s trailer explodes onto the scene!
Tenet - The Predestination Episode
Sep 29 • 91 min
Enter a twilight world of suave men and convoluted plotlines.
She Dies Tomorrow - Anxiety is Infectious, Sympathy is Key
Sep 15 • 72 min
How would it feel to know, out of the blue, that you were going to die tomorrow?
TT: The Batman, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, WW84
Sep 8 • 75 min
DC Fandome took the geek-world by storm!
An American Pickle - Two Seth Rogans for the Price of One!
Aug 27 • 71 min
A man survives in pickle brine for 100 years and you won’t believe what happens next!
A Ghost Story - On Time, Grief, and Interpreting Media
Aug 21 • 66 min
A Ghost Story incites many questions and emotions on time, love, and letting go. Let’s talk about them!
Stargirl - Discussing Adaptions and Christ’s Joy in Kindness
Aug 17 • 69 min
Stargirl Caraway is here to sing you a happy birthday and there’s nothing you can do to stop her!
MMN: Ambler Theater Interview, Supporting Local Venues, Tenet Codependency
Aug 3 • 80 min
We as an Independent Theater how people can support them directly, as well as propose other methods of support!
Hamilton - Total Geek Out with Truce Podcast
Jul 29 • 98 min
Chris Staron and Melvin Benson aren’t throwing away their shot at discussing Hamilton!
The Avengers - Phase One Finale and Retrospective with ShatterCast
Jul 24 • 76 min
ShatterCast and Cinematic Doctrine assemble (again!) to discuss The Avengers!
Captain America: The First Avenger - Half Pure, Half Schlock
Jul 15 • 86 min
Pulpy WWII sci-fi action abounds in Chris Evans’ first outing as Captain America!
Thor - Asking if the Past Defines Us with The Angry Christian Podcast
Jul 8 • 64 min
Brad Bates joins the Cinematic Doctrine podcast to talk the difficult challenge of overcoming arrogance.
MMN: VOD, Masks in Theaters, Gone with the Wind
Jul 3 • 87 min
We’re catching up on all the juicy news from the last 4 months!
TT: The King’s Man, Bill & Ted 3, Connected
Jul 1 • 73 min
Delayed movies abound in 2020, but Daniel and Melvin are itching to talk some trailers!
Quarantine Binge: What We’ve Been Watching
Jun 29 • 48 min
Like everyone else… we’ve been watching a lot of stuff lately.
American Gospel: Christ Alone - Challenging, Empowering, Overwhelming
Jun 23 • 84 min
Broken cisterns and white-washed walls plague the american gospel, but the living word of God has a different, better gospel.
Iron Man 2 - Enjoying Things that Stink with The Polymath Roundtable
Jun 16 • 85 min
Caleb Young returns from The Polymath Roundtable podcast to discuss the much derided Iron Man sequel.
The Incredible Hulk - A Strange Anomaly in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Jun 10 • 64 min
This was Melvin’s first time watching The Incredible Hulk… and hopefully his last.
Iron Man - Revisiting an Old Friend with The Polymath Roundtable
Jun 5 • 96 min
Caleb Young and Melvin Benson take a look at where the MCU started, and by gosh golly it’s a throwback!
Tigertail - Overcoming Pride and the Immigrant Experience with Film_Junkie_Reviews
May 29 • 62 min
Tzi Ma stars in yet another Chinese-American production and Film Junkie Reviews joins me yet again as we talk Pride and Immigration!
Samson - How My Wife Got Me To Watch This Despite Us Knowing Better
May 17 • 71 min
It’s not all her fault. I was the one who pressed play.
I Am Legend - Will Smith, Zombies, and Community with Film_Junkie_Reviews
Apr 13 • 72 min
Carter Bennett from Film_Junkie_Reviews joins Melvin to talk about the smash hit I Am Legend!
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before - The Teen Drama/Dating/Romance Episode
Mar 23 • 78 min
Melvin’s a big fan of art-house ‘big think’ kinda movies… and teen dramas. Don’t hate!
Super Mario Bros. - Reliving Trauma with The Reformed Gamers
Mar 17 • 60 min
Yes… it’s THAT Super Mario Bros. movie.
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives - Accessible and Amazing
Mar 13 • 13 min
No explanation here, it’s Friday the 13th on Friday the 13th!
MMN: Bob Iger & Disney Plus, Coronavirus and the Looming Writers Strike, Quibi
Mar 11 • 85 min
Bob Iger steps down, the world’s ravaged by a plague-scare, and Quibi threatens to release the most baffling streaming app to date.
TT: Fast and Furious 9, Candyman, The Green Knight
Mar 6 • 56 min
Don’t let Fast 9 fool you, there are plenty of unique offerings coming out this year, and Melvin and Dan are ready to get you hyped!
Contagion - Strangely Predictive (and Not Because of the Coronavirus)
Feb 27 • 19 min
Steven Soderbergh’s plague-simulation has found a newfound audience amidst global fear, but there’s something else that frightens me in Contagion that we need to talk about.
Sonic the Hedgehog - A Messy Franchise, a Messy Film
Feb 20 • 70 min
The Blue Blur blasts the box office to smithereens its opening weekend, and Daniel and Melvin can’t wait to let you know their thoughts!
Birds of Prey - and the Fantabulous Discussion of One Christian Podcast
Feb 14 • 102 min
The latest DCU offering is an R-Rated fever dream, but it’s not all rainbows and beanbags!
MMN: The Bizarre Legacy of the Golden Globes and How They’re a Sham
Feb 6 • 82 min
The Golden Globes, or as we call them, The Not Oscars harbor a mysterious legacy that will leave you dumbfounded!
TT: A Quiet Place Part 2, Tenet, Morbius
Feb 4 • 71 min
January 2020 came and went with a plethora of trailers, and Melvin and Daniel dig into the best ones they could find!
First Reformed - Hope and Despair
Jan 31 • 35 min
Paul Schrader takes on faith in a fallen world in this existential drama!
A Hidden Life - Conscientious Objection and the Christian Walk
Jan 23 • 31 min
Franz Jägerstätter denies allegiance to Hitler, and what ensues is a conflict of family and faith.
The Mandalorian (S1) - How Slow-Paced Character Building Isn’t “Filler”, You’re Just Droning
Jan 16 • 34 min
The Mandalorian Episode, or “How Melvin Spends Thirty-Five Minutes Talking About Things Other Than Baby Yoda”
MMN: Star Wars Production Rumors, Thoughts on The First Temptation of Christ
Jan 9 • 88 min
Supposed rumors of The Rise of Skywalker’s bumpy production make for a good episode, and talking about a blasphemous sketch comedy show keep things spicy.
TT: Black Widow, Wonder Woman 1984, Mulan
Jan 3 • 82 min
December came and went. In it’s wake are a plethora of trailers, so join Melvin and Daniel as they discuss the best ones!
A Quiet Place - Efficient Mom Horror
Dec 31, 2019 • 16 min
A Quiet Place had anything but silence at the box office!
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Let’s Talk About Idol Worship
Dec 26, 2019 • 21 min
The gripping conclusion to the 42-year Skywalker Saga is here!
MMN: Feige Responds to Scorsese, James Dean Recast, Disney+
Dec 5, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 16 min
You know what’s scarier than normal-ole’ zombies? Running zombies!
Joker - Dangerously Cathartic
Oct 16, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 13 min
No explanation here, it’s Friday the 13th on Friday the 13th!
IT Chapter Two - A Boring, Repetitive Snooze-Fest
Sep 11, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 15 min
2017’s IT is a thrill ride of Stephen King’s ambitious novel!
Cloverfield - One Big Giant Mystery
Sep 4, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 13 min
Bullied, forgotten, but not alone, Oskar makes an interesting friend with a mysterious girl.
Spider-Man: Far From Home - A Safe Epilogue to Phase Three
Jul 10, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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.