(Click Here if you can’t get the link above to work)
Christian cinema doesn’t have the greatest reputation.
Even though faith-based movies have exploded in popularity ever since the success of 2004’s “The Passion Of The Christ”, the genre has rarely received much critical acclaim.
Still there seems to be a booming marketplace for films which touch on faith-based issues. Many of them even attract A-list actors like Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Russell Crowe, Emma Watson and Nicolas Cage.
All of this got us to thinking:
What Would Jesus Watch?
Are these movies any good? Are they just looked down upon because of a Hollywood bias against Christianity? Or are they worthy of the bashing most critics give them?
Join hosts Alex and Kate Doriot on this new podcast as they explore the high, the low and the “Huh?” of Christian cinema one movie at a time, giving a fair chance to faith-based films big and small.
Though Alex and Kate come to the podcast with a sense of humor, the goal of What Would Jesus Watch? is not to make fun of bad movies.
Instead, the purpose of the podcast is to encourage those willing incorporate faith-based themes into their art and inspire them to strive for excellency when doing so.
Each week we’ll celebrate what worked in bad movies, what didn’t work in good movies and explore the impact this rapidly growing genre of films can have on our faith. It all begins today with our debut episode!
Ever wonder what it would be like to hang out at a diner with Jesus? Pretty exhausting, apparently!
That’s the lesson learned in our premiere episode as we watch the 2010 film “The Encounter”.
It stars legendary wrestling superstar Sting and tells the story of 5 weary travelers convening at a mysterious diner run by Jesus himself. What will they discover about themselves over the course of dinner? Is Jesus a good burrito chef? How long will it take for Jesus to multiply a loaf of bread? And why isn’t Jesus more attractive? Find out all of this and more on What Would Jesus Watch!
If you haven’t seen the “The Encounter” before you’ll definitely still be able to enjoy the podcast. But if you’d like to prepare before watching you can check out the trailer below and find the movie on Netflix, Amazon and most other streaming services:
Follow along on Twitter and on Facebook to see what movie we’ll be watching next
Search for What Would Jesus Watch on the iPhone Podcast app or in iTunes and Subscribe
Leave a comment and let us know what you think. Tell us what movies you’d like to see us discuss on future episodes of What Would Jesus Watch!
3 thoughts on “What Would Jesus Watch – 1: The Encounter”
Just listened to this. Watched about 30 minutes of the movie beforehand to get an idea. It did seem like a creepy horror movie to start with! And by the way, the girl who picked up the girl was the one that saw the diner as they were driving by. She wanted to stop and get the young girl something to eat, but the young girl said just to keep going. Then when they found out about the washed out road and no phone service, she said, I bet they have a phone back at the diner – which no one else but them had seen! Y’all did a good job, it was a very “in your face” kind of movie – at least the part I saw. And that Hank!!! Your Charlie Brown comparison was very accurate. Or maybe even Eeyore!!!!
Ha – didn’t think about Eeyore. That’s probably a more apt comparison though! Thanks for listening!