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Post-Mormon at the Movies

Post-Mormon at the Movies

By Nick and Dan
Nick and Dan, a screenwriter and a movie-lover, explore themes of changing faith through the language of cinema. They discuss their journeys out of the Mormon church using film narrative in order to build understanding between believers, non-believers, and everyone in between.
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010 - Soul

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012 - Fiddler on the Roof
In this episode we discuss a tight-knit group of people who are devoted to their faith traditions and the importance of marriage—and due to religious persecution, they're forced to leave their homes pulling their possessions in handcarts. Do you think Mormons can relate? Join Nick and Dan as they discuss Fiddler on the Roof and the majesty of the name 'Lazar Wolf.' Mentioned in this episode: 1. Sholem Aleichem 2. Fiddler on the Roof, the stage musical 3. Bane sounds like Tevye 4. A Musical Theatre Podcast and the Fiddler episode 5. Russell M. Nelson's talk Divine Love Find more information on our website.  Post-Mormon at the Movies is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe for regular updates.
55:21
February 12, 2021
011 - The Matrix
Nick and Dan have a simulating—I mean, stimulating—conversation about The Matrix and why it's such a popular movie among post-Mormons. Mentioned in this episode: 1. Morpheus meme 2. Inception 3. Avatar 4. Red pill vs. blue pill 5. The Truman Show and the PM@M episode Find more information on our website.  Post-Mormon at the Movies is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe for regular updates.
40:38
January 29, 2021
010 - Soul
Join Nick and Dan as they review Pixar's newest film Soul and discuss how it relates to Mormon beliefs. Mentioned in this episode: 1. Coco, Inside Out, and The Incredibles 2. Pete Docter 3. Popcorn Theology Find more information on our website. Post-Mormon at the Movies is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Subscribe for regular updates.
41:47
January 15, 2021
009 - The Muppet Christmas Carol
Merry Christmas! For PM@M's holiday special, Nick and Dan talk about why they love The Muppet Christmas Carol. They also discuss how they approach Christmas from a post-Mormon perspective. Mentioned in this episode: 1. Muppet Treasure Island 2. Michael Caine and Tim Curry 3. Thomas S. Monson's 2011 First Presidency Christmas Devotional talk Because He Came 4. The "missing song" (When Love Is Gone) Find more information on our website. Post-Mormon at the Movies is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Subscribe for regular updates. Sound effects from Zapsplat.
44:41
December 18, 2020
008 - Sin-ema: The R-Rated Episode
R-rated movies can be a controversial topic in American Mormon culture. While church leaders have specifically spoken against these movies in the past, there have been no recent official directions to avoid any specific ratings, which creates a large gray area of interpretation. Nick and Dan tackle the tricky subject by discussing the history of movie ratings in the USA, the origins of this quasi-commandment in the Mormon faith, their personal experiences, and results from an informal survey on the topic. Mentioned in this episode: 1.  The Hays Code (a.k.a. the Motion Picture Production Code) 2. The MPA (a.k.a. MPAA) and a history of movie ratings 3. H. Burke Peterson's 1980 general conference talk Purify Our Minds and Spirits 4. Ezra Taft Benson's 1986 general conference talks To the "Youth of the Noble Birthright" and To the Young Women of the Church 5. H. Burke Peterson's 1993 general conference talk "Touch Not the Evil Gift, nor the Unclean Thing" 6. For the Strength of Youth 7. BYU International Cinema 9. This Film is Not Yet Rated 11. Jana Riess and The 2016 Next Mormons Survey 12. Editing services like CleanFlicks, ClearPlay, and VidAngel 13. Gérald Caussé's 2013 devotional "For When I Am Weak, Then Am I Strong" 14. The 13th Article of Faith 15. John Hatch's article Can "Good Mormons" Watch R-Rated Movies? (page 16) Find more information on our website.  Post-Mormon at the Movies is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe for regular updates.
01:35:04
December 4, 2020
007 - Mormon Cinema (Part 2)
What do Anne Hathaway, Disney Jesus, and Prop 8 have in common? They're all included in PM@M's exploration of Mormon Cinema! Join Nick and Dan as they continue discussing the unique aspects of LDS film. Mentioned in this episode: 1. Johnny Lingo  2. Aaron Eckhart, The Dark Knight, and Godly Sorrow Leads to Repentance 3. Jimmy Stewart and Mr. Krueger's Christmas 4. Anne Hathaway and The Other Side of Heaven 5. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Latter Days 6. Deseret Book, Pretty Darn Funny, and Sheri Dew 7. Breaking Bad 8. Richard Dutcher and God's Army 9. Portrayal of Deity (section 20.6.15) from the LDS General Handbook 10. The Testaments, Bible videos, Finding Faith in Christ, and Simon Dewey 11. The Return of the King 12. Believer, Dan Reynolds, Imagine Dragons, and the 2015 exclusion policy 13. Tyler Glenn and Neon Trees 14. Prop 8 15. John Dehlin, Savannah's testimony, The Trevor Project, Encircle, Mama Dragons, and Tom Christofferson Find more information on our website.  Post-Mormon at the Movies is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe for regular updates.
52:01
November 20, 2020
006 - Frozen II
“I'm afraid of what I'm risking if I follow you...into the unknown." Nick and Dan discuss Elsa's continuing ex-Mormon journey in the 2019 sequel Frozen II. Mentioned in this episode: 1. Lead, Kindly Light 2. Video on Frozen II songs by My Great and Spacious World Find more information on our website. Post-Mormon at the Movies is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe for regular updates.
50:35
November 13, 2020
005 - The Village
Join Nick and Dan for their Halloween Special discussing M. Night Shyamalan's The Village. Mentioned in this episode: 1. Chernobyl, Clue, and Hocus Pocus 2. Judy Greer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sigourney Weaver, Jesse Eisenberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Roger Deakins 3. M. Night Shyamalan (Unbreakable, Signs, The Sixth Sense, The Last Airbender, Split) 4. J.J. Abrams and the mystery box 5. The Truman Show, Full House, and Gaslight 6. Gospel Topics essay discussing Joseph Smith's polygamy 7. Source for Boyd K. Packer quote 8. B.H. Roberts and his concern with LDS truth claims Find more information on our website. Post-Mormon at the Movies is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Subscribe for regular updates. Sound effects from Zapsplat.
01:01:12
October 30, 2020
004 - Mormon Cinema (Part 1)
From Johnny Lingo to Meet the Mormons, Dan and Nick discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Mormon cinema. Mentioned in this episode: 1. Community 2. Video essay about Christian cinema 3. Johnny Lingo 4. Story of the tree stump and the Eight Witnesses 5. Book of Mormon cartoons 6. Using a hat to translate the Book of Mormon 7. Carl Bloch's edited painting 8. CleanFlicks, ClearPlay, and VidAngel 9. Meet the Mormons and introductory video Find more information on our website. Post-Mormon at the Movies is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe for regular updates.
53:32
October 24, 2020
003 - The Truman Show
“We accept the reality of the world with which we’re presented.” Nick and Dan discuss 1998's The Truman Show and its connections to the Post-Mormon experience. Mentioned in this episode: 1. The Truman Show 2. Andrew Niccol and Peter Weir 3. The Twilight Show inspiration 4. An essay discussing The Truman Show from the Association for Mormon Letters 5. The Screwtape Letters 6. The Allegory of the Cave 7. Gaslighting and cognitive dissonance 8. The Oatmeal's comic about cognitive dissonance and the backfire effect 9. Using fear to motivate/manipulate (Perfect Love Casteth Out Fear) Find more information on our website. Post-Mormon at the Movies is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe for regular updates.
53:24
October 16, 2020
002 - Frozen
"There's beauty and there's danger here." Is Elsa the Post-Mormon Disney Princess? Nick and Dan discuss their thoughts on Disney's Frozen, how Elsa's journey mirrors many Post-Mormon journeys, and why Anna is a great example of a supportive believing Mormon. Mentioned in this episode: 1. Frozen 2. examples of LGBT "controversy" around Frozen (here, here, and here) 3. The Book of Mormon Musical, Robert Lopez, and Kristen Anderson-Lopez Find more information on our website. Post-Mormon at the Movies is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe for regular updates.
50:03
October 11, 2020
001 - Introductions
Dan and Nick introduce themselves and discuss their friendship, their love of movies, and their journeys in and out of the Mormon church. Find more information on our website. Post-Mormon at the Movies is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe for regular updates.
19:28
October 10, 2020
Post-Mormon at the Movies: Trailer
A trailer for Post-Mormon at the Movies. A screenwriter and a movie-lover use the language of cinema to discuss themes of changing faith relating to their journeys out of the Mormon church. Find more information on our website. Post-Mormon at the Movies is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe for regular updates.
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October 10, 2020