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On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we crank up the old movie cameras and look for Christian themes in JJ Abrams' SUPER 8. How is learning how to forgive a part of growing up? How does Joe learn to be compassionate? All that and more in 3, 2, 1!GUEST(S)
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INTRO
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Hey, come on in. Admission is free. Grab a bowl of popcorn (extra butter, of course) and find a seat smack dab in the middle - It’s time for Finding Christ in Cinema, episode 128.

I’m Michael, I’m Brenden.

Join us and together we’ll dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today, we’ll take a closer look at the stories they tell, and see if we find the face of Jesus looking back.

We’re gonna explore the deeper meanings of these films; their plots and their twists; the characters and their choices; and how we can relate them to the gospel of salvation, and ultimately our Christian walk.

You are tuned in to Finding Christ in Cinema on the GCTNetwork.

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OH, AND ANOTHER THING... ADDENDUMS & AFTERTHOUGHTS
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mhAt the break: "Gifts to three patients." Dr. Mark Powell was the third!
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BLTProt was a minister to physical needs as well as a bringing of spiritual gifts.
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GENERAL FILM REVIEW (Trailer)AUDIO
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mh!! FILTERS UP !!

- Kids cussing up a storm
- Drug (pot) references and use

A great visual homage to Steven Spielberg in the aesthetic of E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial (FCC 91), Close Encounters, etc.
J.J. Abrams originally had two separate ideas for his follow-up to Mission: Impossible III (2006). One was a coming-of-age story, the other was an alien on the loose idea. It was much later in development that he actually had the idea to combine the two.
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BLTFCC's Very Own
1. Elle Fanning (FCC 109: Trumbo) as Alice Dainard
2. Ryan Lee (FCC 115: Goosebumps) as Cary

Welcome to the Menagerie
1. Joel Courtney (protagonist Joe Lamb)
2. Noah Emmerich (Col. Nelec)
3. Dan Castellaneta (Izzy) - Homer Simpson!
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INITIALSDISCUSSIONAUDIO
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BLTControlling Theme: It's easier to forgive someone when you know their side of the story. (cf. FCC 126: To Kill a Mockingbird)

As rough around the edges as these kids are, they sure know how to forgive.

Deputy Jackson Lamb blames the death of his wife Elizabeth on Louis.

CUE: Are we clear?

// SFX #1: We're Not Clear

Within this argument between Jackson and Joe, we hear what Jackson really thinks about Louis.
-- Calling him out at the police station
-- Coming to the funeral

CUT TO: Joe and Charles have come to an impasse.

// SFX #2: You Like Alice Dainard?

Two friends honestly (even if coarsely) talking it out.

// SFX #3: Everything's Just So Bogus

Charles forgives Joe for "interfering" with his plan to get to know Alice, and Joe forgives Charles for being a jerk.

// SFX #4: Louis apologizes...and Jackson forgives him.

After each hears the other's side of the story and forgive each other, they are able to grow together (coming of age) and get on with the mission.
Luke 17:3-4 AMP
If your brother sins and disregards God’s precepts, solemnly warn him; and if he repents and changes, forgive him. Even if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him [that is, give up resentment and consider the offense recalled and annulled].
SFX #1: 1:06:29 - 1:06:40 (Part 1)
Well, you're the one who wanted the wife in the movie. | Not so you could fall in love with her. | What do you care what I think about Alice anyway? | Because I like her! That's why I asked her to do this thing in the first place - so I could get to know her. Not you! | You like Alice Dainard? | You're such an idiot.

SFX #2: 1:07:14 - 1:07:44 (Part 2)
I do like her. Sorry about that. | Shut up. It's okay. That's not even what bothers me. She likes you, too - that's what really bothers me. I know it sounds stupid. Why would she ever like me? I haven't leaned out yet, but the doctor says it's gonna happen. I don't know. Everything's just so bogus.
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mhWhy was this “monster” rampaging and tearing up the town? What did Dr. Woodward know, and why did he smash his truck into the train? What are those weird looking Rubix Cubes?

The kids break into school (“Who breaks INTO a school?!”) and discover a film and audio cassette with the answers: The alien’s ship was comprised of those strange cubes and the government has had those and the Alien for many years.

SOUND BITE 1 - Key words: lack of compassion; connection
com·pas·sion
kəmˈpaSHən/
noun
sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
"the victims should be treated with compassion"
synonyms:
pity, sympathy, empathy, fellow feeling, care, concern, solicitude, sensitivity, warmth, love, tenderness, mercy, leniency, tolerance, kindness, humanity, charity
"have you no compassion for a fellow human being?"

Joe has the information he needs. His rescue of Alice also includes something that nobody else could see coming: he faces the Alien!

SOUND BITE 2

Where did Joe learn this compassion? Certainly not from his father?

Everyone needs compassion
A love that's never failing
Let mercy fall on me
Everyone needs forgiveness
A kindness of a Savior
The hope of nations
- Hillsong

Do you believe that, or is it just a bunch of hippy-dippy bologna or sentimental hogwash?
Matthew 8:1-4 NLT
Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside. Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.”
Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.

Luke 17:11-19

Luke 6:31 CEB
Treat people in the same way that you want them to treat you.
SOUND BITE 1 - He has been desperate to reconstitute his ship since it crashed here in ’58. But instead of giving him the help he needs we’ve held him as a prisoner. | Guys, it’s Dr. Woodward | He’s been restrained and experimented upon; biopsied and tortured by Nelec. Through pain and lack of compassion we have taught him to hate us all. We have turned him into an enemy. I told them I knew these things because he made contact with me, that he makes a psychic connection by touch.

SOUND BITE 2 - GO! You don’t want to be here. GO! | Joe, what are you doing?! | We understand, but not everyone’s hor…aaaah! | (kids screaming) JOE! | I know bad things happened. Bad things happen. But you can still live. You can still live!

SOUND BITE 3 - I’m so worried for that boy | Joe’s gonna be okay | She was everything to him | Jack’s gonna step up. He’s a good man | But he’s never had to be a father before. I don’t think he understands Joe.

SOUND BITE 4 - Take this to the table. Benji, time for dinner. Hey Joe | Goodnight, Mrs. Kaznyk | Take a seat, we have lots of food | Oh, no, I’m okay, really. Thank you, though. See you tomorrow, Charles | Later days | There’s always a place for you here, Joey. You know that! | Yes, sir. Thank you.
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LISTENER CHALLENGEAUDIO
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What Christian themes have you found in...?
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INITIALSMAIL/VOICEMAIL/LISTERNER FEEDBACK (Stinger)AUDIO
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PS Philip Comment on K-PAX: Spiritual Gifts and Mystery | FCC 127Hey guys! First, congratulations to Brenden on his new weight loss journey, I'm confident you have many people praying for you & rooting for you. And congrats on the new radio broadcast. I'm so happy to hear that this great show will reach a wider audience!

It's been a while since I watched K-Pax back in November when I heard you were going to do it for the show. Listening to your discussion helped me clarify the story in my head, and I agree that Prot was inhabiting Kevin Spacey's body, and indeed left with the one lady at the end. It seems obvious in retrospect , but was a bit muddled in my brain.

Something you mentioned clicked with me, as I was having trouble identifying Christian themes, and it was how Prot became a human and used it to help and serve others. That reminded me of Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23(NET) " For since I am free from all I can make myself a slave to all, in order to gain even more people. To the Jews I became like a Jew to gain the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) to gain those under the law. To those free from the law I became like one free from the law (though I am not free from God’s law but under the law of Christ) to gain those free from the law. To the weak I became weak in order to gain the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that by all means I may save some. I do all these things because of the gospel, so that I can be a participant in it."

That is such a great passage to live by, and it shows how we can be effec tive in a practical sense when trying to witness the Gospel, and makes you scratch your head at how prevalent legalism remains to this day.

I have a question for you guys- do you think Prot came just to explore Earth, and decided to help people he found in need while he was here? Or do you think he came primarily to help people?

I'm digging the Secret Fire podcast, and am all caught up and ready for the next chapter of Fellowship of the Ring,

Great job, love the show guys! #muhweeladgimli
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INITIALSREEL NEWS (Stinger)LINKAUDIO
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WELL MANNERED FRIVOLITY (Sound Cart)
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mhSaw ROGUE ONE... finally!
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BLTLOST Update! Locke and Ben went to see the Monster! Miles is Dr. Chang's son! Who are these new people? WHAT LIES IN THE SHADOW OF THE STATUE?! I DON'T KNOW!
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BLTMOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS at the Fly in Shelbyville! March 10-11, 17-19!
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INITIALSLIGHTNING ROUND (Stinger)
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INITIALSCLOSING
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UPCOMINGA sneak peak at what is coming up next episode. This is a TEASE to convice folk not to miss it!
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The Jungle Book
Arrival
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