Podcasts and materials from another lifetime.

WT CreatureWatching Theology: Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) March 2009

Guest Host: Elaina Johnson. It’s a tale as old as time. On this episode, WT turns it’s careful gaze to the waters of the Amazon, watching Jack Arnold’s Universal Monster classic, Creature from the Black Lagoon. In those dark waters, we find an evolutionary story of Beauty and the Beast (and a little bit of gender theory and implicit racism). Download

WT402: The VillageWatching Theology: The Village (2004) January 2010
People respond to trauma in different ways. Some find religion. Others re-evaluate their priorities. Some people, like those in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village, put themselves into an isolated 19th-century town hiding away from the world. For season 4, I’m joined by my new co-host, Duke Senter, as we look at Shyamalan’s parable of fear. This episode was the second in “The Cave” series, an examination of films that feature Utopias, Delusions, and Deceptions. Download

wt0301Watching Theology: Choke (2008) March 2009
This latest adaptation of a Chuck Palahniuk novel is far removed from the David Fincher Fight Club adaptation, but a few threads connect them. Of course there is a fascination with vulgarity and the visceral. There is the strange blend of romanticism, religion, and repulsion. But Choke also offers a few comments on the messiah complex of a young man who needs to kill his mother to save his life. Download

Watching: Some Writings on Film Watching: Some Writings on Film
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For several years, Joseph Johnson and Melissa Johnson watched films and wrote about what they saw. Gleaned from a series of film-related podcasts (Film-Philes, Watching the Directors, and Watching Theology) and an online journal, this anthology presents some of the work from those years. It includes articles, papers, lists, and other writings. Along with those texts, ninety-three reviews of current and classic movies—magical and mediocre—are included.

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Once upon a time, I used to work in illustration and Graphic Design. (A few samples.)

General: pen and ink. computer coloring.
Expulsion: pen and ink. computer coloring.
Gravity: pen and ink. computer coloring.
Noah: pen and ink. computer coloring.