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On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we take the train to South Boston and look for Christian themes in GOOD WILL HUNTING. Why is Matt Damon so hard to Disciple? Why does Robin Williams even care in the first place? All that and more in 3, 2, 1!GUEST(S)
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 112.

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.

Captain America: Civil War
mhWe know the story, but the getting there...

What about Minnie Driver!!

Matt Damon (71 Interstellar, 89 The Martian)
Ben Affleck (102 BvS DOJ)
Casey Affleck (71 Interstellar)
Stellan Skarsgard (50 Avengers, 74 Thor: Dark World, 75 Avengers: AOU)

mhWho is Will Hunting [Matt Damon]?

SOUND BITE 1 - Son, my turn. I've been looking over your wrap sheet...
Professor Gerald “Gerry" Lambeau [Stellan Skarsgård] knows just the person to council Will

SOUND BITE 2 - He's a bit defensive, and I need someone who can get through to him.
But Gerry cannot fathom why Will will not capitulate - to stop resisting; give up his old ways

SOUND BITE 3 - Most days I wish I never met you
Sean Maguire [Robin Williams] sees that Gerry expects results that cannot deviate from his vision for Will; and Sean has failed because Will is not becoming what Gerry wants when Gerry wants it. Gerry is so heavenly minded that he is no earthly good in the life of Will Hunting.

Gerry: “Don’t you dare undermine what I’m trying to do here."

SOUND BITE 4 - This boy has problems

“He’s NOT you! Do you get that?"
“What is that?” [Paraphrasing:] “It’s your file. I know everything about you; about your past. I see the pictures of what your foster Father did to you. I can see you; what makes you do what you do. You are revealed, unveiled in front of me. I can see why you are discouraged. How you have been humiliated."

“Have you had any experience with that?"
“In my career I’ve seen a lot of stuff."
“I know. But do you have any experience with that? Are you like me?"

SOUND BITE 5 - Have you had any experience with that?

Sean: "It’s not your fault."
Will: [sobbing] “Oh, God! I’m so sorry.”

Loving "everybody" is easy because that's a concept. Loving those right in front of you is hard, because they are reality. Do the hard thing. - Patrick Mead
Isaiah 57:15-16 NET
For this is what the high and exalted one says, the one who rules forever, whose name is holy: “I dwell in an exalted and holy place, but also with the discouraged and humiliated, in order to cheer up the humiliated and to encourage the discouraged. For I will not be hostile forever or perpetually angry, for then manʼs spirit would grow faint before me, the life-giving breath I created.

Romans 10:13-15 NLT
For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”


Romans 10:15 AMP
And how will they preach unless they are commissioned and sent [for that purpose]? Just as it is written and forever remains written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!"
No Earthly Good, Johnny Cash

Come hear me good brothers, come here one and all
Don't brag about standing or you'll surely fall
You're shinin' your light and shine it you should
But you're so heavenly minded you're no earthly good
No earthly good you are no earthly good
You're so heavenly minded you're no earthly good
You're shinin' your light yes and shine it you should
You're so heavenly minded and you're no earthly good

Come hear me good sisters you're salt of the earth
If your salt isn't salted then what is it worth
You could give someone a cool drink if you would
You're so heavenly minded and you're no earthly good
No earthly good you are no earthly good
You're so heavenly minded you're no earthly good
You could give someone a cool drink if you would
You're so heavenly minded and you're no earthly good

If you're holdin' heaven then spread it around
There are hungry hands reaching up here from the ground
Move over and share the high ground where you stood
So heavenly minded you're no earthly good
No earthly good you are no earthly good
You're so heavenly minded you're no earthly good
Move over and share the high ground where you stood
So heavenly minded and you're no earthly good
No earthly good...
BLTDiscipling is never easy.

SFX #1: Round One - Floating around the ring.

SFX #2: Round Two - Damon starts advancing.

SFX #3: Round Three - Damon goes in for the kill.

Discipling is never easy.
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPy2DW-H3-I

SFX #1: 2:14 - 3:02
You paint that? | Yeah. Do you paint? | Nuh-uh. | Do you sculpt? | No. | Do you like art? Do you like music? | It's a real piece of shit. | Oh, well, tell me what you really think. | It's just the linear and impressionistic mix makes for a very muddled composition. It's also a Winslow Homer ripoff except you got Whitey rowing the boat there. | Well, it's art. Money wasn't very good. | That's not really what concerns me, though. | What concerns you? | Just the coloring. | You know what the real bitch of it is? It's paint by number. | Is it color-by-number? Because the colors are fascinating to me. | Oh really? What about that? | I think you're about one step away from cutting your fucking ear off. | Really? | Oh yeah. | Think I should move to the south of France and change my name to Vincent?

SFX #2: 3:03 - 3:35
You ever heard the saying "any port in the storm"? | Yeah. | Yeah, maybe that means you. | In what way? | Maybe you're in the middle of a storm - a big fucking storm. The sky's falling on ya head, the waves are crashing in on your little boat, the oars are about to snap. You're just pissin' your pants. You're crying for the harbor, so maybe you do whatchu you gotta do to get out. Maybe you become a psychologist. | Bingo. That's it. Let me do my job now. You start with me. | Maybe you married the wrong woman. | Maybe you should shut your mouth.

SFX #3: 3:36 - 4:17
Watch it right there, chief, alright? | Ah, well that's it, isn't it? You married the wrong woman. What happened? What, she leave you? Was she...you know, banging some other guy? | If you ever disrespect my wife again, I will end you. I will fucking end you. Got that chief? | Time's up. | Yeah.
What Christian themes have you found in...?
John Wilkerson VM via Speakpipestrugglingforpurpose.comX
PS Philip Comment on CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR: Outside the Law is Love | FCC 111Great job on Civil War, guys! We were all seeing much of the same thing, and you both covered well the contrast between Steve and Tony and walking in grace versus the law. I especially like how you spoke of the selfishness of legalism, and how it focuses inwards, while walking in the freedom of Christ focuses on others and loving them.

1 Corinthians 13 tells us that of all the attributes listed there, the greatest is love. I think legalism is fool's gold, giving us a false sense of security and righteousness. Perhaps it's really a form of idolatry that seeks to please the flesh, rather than God. Which brings to mind Matthew 9:13 "Go and learn what this saying means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”(NET) Maybe making mental lists of what we don't do and are giving up "for God" is not what we need to focus on, but being merciful and loving to those around us.

I also get a David and Jonathan vibe from Cap and Bucky, and how their relationship is loving and healthy despite crazy and sinful circumstances swirling about them. Cap's loyalty is a great thing to see, and how he does not misplace it in the context of the story.

Moving on, I am also a big lover of the first Thor film, and if you don't already have the score Brenden, you need to get it. And Alan Tudyk is a great comedic actor, Tucker and Dale vs Evil streams on Netflix, and it's a hilarious take on the horror genre, great for October, maybe not the show.

As far as future picks, I'm game for anything, but lean towards more classic stuff.

Love the show guys! #muhweeladgimli

P.S. Oh yeah, another good classic horror film from John Carpenter is The Thing, starring the great Kurt Russell.
David Gaddy via emailHey guys! Long time no feedback. David Gaddy here of the Theonauts podcast. Loving what you be doing. Just catching up with your Wonka and Civil War episodes. Both home runs! First, I love Willy Wonka and it has been forever since I’ve seen that film. I thought you did a great job making it relevant and honoring of Gene.

Now… Civil War. You guys nailed this one with the whole grace and law thing. Now I know why I was Team Cap all along! I was reminded of the quote by Martin Luther:
“It is easy enough to do good once or twice, but to keep on doing good without getting disgusted with the ingratitude of those whom we have benefited, that is not so easy.”

That’s from his commentary on Galatians (one of my favorite books of all time). The struggle to be accepted under law is simply futile and as Luther points out here, our fellow man doesn’t make it any easier on us. In the movie, the public was focused on the negative impacts of The Avengers' deeds, while disregarding the fact, their involvement in New York and Sokovia actually saved the planet… twice. This exemplifies Luther’s point that even if we felt we could be justified by law, people would still be there to point out our flaws no matter how good or important our works were. At the same time, this points us to the truth about the reason for the law in the first place… to show us our flawed nature. To prove we are incapable of complete obedience of law and how that demands a penalty. Thus, success under the law is again... futile.

Michael, I think you did a great job pointing this out with the example of how Stark was all for law, but then wanted to step up only to have FCC’s very own William Hurt bust his chops. “Uh, that’s ok, bro. You screwed this up enough. You're out.” Isn’t that what law demands? Our Lord’s brother told us as much when he said, "For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.”.

I loved every bit of your show. One of my favorites so far.

Ok on to a little well mannered frivolity. First a response to John Wilkerson’s suggestion of "10 Cloverfield Lane". Good suggestion. This is an awesome flick that is in the Cloverfield “universe” but not a direct sequel. I personally felt it was a bad idea putting the word Cloverfield in the title. It would’ve made the end a much better jaw dropper if we weren’t expecting any Cloverfieldish things. (no spoilers). But still a great film. That said, I want to also recommend an even better “creepy bunker film” (if that can be considered a genre) called “Hidden”. It is by The Duffer Brothers who recently hit it big with the Netflix series, "Stranger Things". I won’t tell you anything about it. Don’t even watch a trailer. Just go into it with no preconceptions and you’ll enjoy it more. :)

My vote for classic horror film is the 1920 silent classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. This is a german expressionist film with a decent creepy factor even today. This film has to be one of Tim Burton’s inspirations as you will see a lot of Burtonesque imagery. It has a cool twist at the end and will provide a lot of fodder for analysis. It was one of the first films I studied in college.

Peace out my brothers! Love ya,

BLTDrama Club at Eakin - unleash Helen Keller!
BLTMotlow Honors field trip to Shiloh!
mhHP and the Goblet of Fire audiobook
BLT(You've heard "Unleash Helen Keller," now you've got FREE SHAKESPEARE!) HAMLET with David Tennant and Patrick Stewarthttp://www.pbs.org/video/1473795626/
mhPhil Vischer podcast (again?)
David GaddyOk. I have a lightning round entry: For people who like passive television, check out Slow TV: Train Ride Bergen to Oslo on Netflix. This is a real-time 7 hour train ride through mountains, across rivers, and through quaint hamlets without any commentary or edits. You even get a little small talk and announcements about what's for sale in the cafeteria car. Awesome to turn on to have in the background and chill. In fact, it's on now even as I am listening to you guys! Peace.
UPCOMINGA sneak peak at what is coming up next episode. This is a TEASE to convice folk not to miss it!
10 Cloverfield Lane
The Invisible Man
The Witch
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