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The Greater Story Podcast

The Greater Story Podcast

By Mikey & Heidi Tai

Welcome to the Greater Story, a podcast discussing film and tv and how they echo the greater story that we know in the gospel. I'm Mikey Tai, pastor of a church called Providence in Brisbane, Aus. I'm joined with Heidi who writes and shares her insights about life, culture and faith at heiditai.com. Subscribe, follow, and stay tuned for more on our passion for movies and Jesus!
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Ep 22 - 2022 Wrapped! Everything Everywhere All At Once & First Love
Ep 22 - 2022 Wrapped! Everything Everywhere All At Once & First Love
Join us on the Greater Story as we wrap up 2022 with "Everything Everywhere All At Once" starring Michelle Yeoh and the hit Japanese drama, "First Love" on Netflix!
39:38
December 31, 2022
Ep 21 - Encanto
Ep 21 - Encanto
Tune into our latest episode on Disney's Encanto with original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda and explore with us the themes of intergenerational trauma and how that points us to the greater story we have in the gospel! 
28:25
March 09, 2022
Ep 20 - Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Ep 20 - Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
We're back! And we're excited to share with you how the latest Marvel flick Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings points us to the Greater Story in Jesus! We're going to see how the need for power and acceptance is something we all want, but we can find it when we know God's power and his love for us in our world. We love making this show for you so please help us out by subscribing, leaving a review and sharing! Thanks for your support!
24:28
October 05, 2021
Ep 19 - Cruella
Ep 19 - Cruella
In this episode, Mikey and Heidi review the Disney film Cruella starring Emma Stone and discuss the themes of revenge and identity as Disney retells and redeems the "brilliant and bad" character of Cruella. Enjoy! 
29:45
June 24, 2021
Ep 18 - WandaVision
Ep 18 - WandaVision
In this episode, Mikey & Heidi review WandaVision, a short series on DisneyPlus that tells the story of Wanda Maximoff (played by Elizabeth Olsen) after the events of the Avengers Infinity Saga.   Listen along as we discuss how the themes of power, love and grief point us the greater story in the gospel!
27:13
March 22, 2021
Ep 17 - The Queen's Gambit
Ep 17 - The Queen's Gambit
In this episode, Mikey & Heidi review The Queen's Gambit, a drama mini-series starring Anya Taylor-Joy about chess! Listen along as we discuss how the themes of control, abandonment, acceptance, and community point us the greater story in the gospel!
26:15
December 07, 2020
Ep 16 - The Social Dilemma
Ep 16 - The Social Dilemma
Welcome to The Greater Story with Mikey & Heidi! In this episode we review The Social Dilemma streaming on Netflix, a documentary that hears from tech experts on the dangers of social media and our use of it. Listen along as we see how the themes of knowledge, truth, and authenticity point us to the greater story we have in the gospel! 
27:47
October 30, 2020
Ep 15 - Hamilton (with Eunice Kiem)
Ep 15 - Hamilton (with Eunice Kiem)
In this episode, Mikey & Heidi interview good friend and guest Eunice Kiem on how the broadway musical "Hamilton" points us to the greater story in the gospel! Have a listen to how the themes of identity and significance play such a big role in Hamilton's life, and how Jesus is the answer to our longing and search for them! Hamilton is available to stream on Disney Plus and worth the watch! 
25:31
August 29, 2020
Ep 14 - American Gospel: Christ Alone
Ep 14 - American Gospel: Christ Alone
Welcome to the Greater Story podcast! We changed it up this episode and simply reviewed a documentary we highly recommend everyone to watch! It gives a clear outline of the Christian faith regarding what the Bible does say, and what it doesn't, about salvation in Christ alone. Have a listen, and let us know your thoughts!
21:54
July 30, 2020
Ep 13 - The Good Place
Ep 13 - The Good Place
In our 13th episode, we take a look at the very funny and very witty comedy, The Good Place. What we'll discover in the gospel is that the Good Place isn't good because we get what our hearts desire, but it's good because that's where the source of good is - God himself. We'd love it if you could rate, review, and share us if you're enjoying these episodes! 
24:28
June 30, 2020
Ep 12 - The Last Dance (with Joel Deacon)
Ep 12 - The Last Dance (with Joel Deacon)
Another Netflix documentary to get you through lockdown! Here's a review on the latest Netflix hit miniseries, The Last Dance, a documentary following NBA star Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. How does his quest for glory point us to Jesus? In today's episode we have a special guest with us, Joel Deacon, a pastor with City on a Hill in Melbourne. He joins us to share how this show pointed him to the greater story in the gospel. You can find him at his website, joeldeacon.com. And if you can, take a moment to subscribe, rate and review us!  
22:44
May 20, 2020
Ep 11 - Tiger King
Ep 11 - Tiger King
Hey all you cool cats and kittens! We've got a special pandemic episode for you this April as we take a look at the very popular Netflix docu-series, Tiger King. This series has taken over our screens during lockdown and there's a lot to discuss about it! Have a listen as we discuss how our need for validation and status points us to the Greater Story! Warning: this documentary is intended for mature audiences and viewer discretion is advised.
19:59
April 29, 2020
Ep 10 - Parasite
Ep 10 - Parasite
In this episode of the Greater Story, we reviewed Parasite by Director Bong Joon-Ho. It reigned at the Oscars wining Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Direct and Best Foreign Film so we had to do a review of it for our March episode. Have a listen along as we discuss how God sees the disparity between rich and poor, and how this film points us to the Greater Story in Jesus. Warning: this film is for mature audiences. 
17:31
March 19, 2020
Ep 9 - 1917
Ep 9 - 1917
Welcome to the Greater Story Podcast! In this episode, we review the Oscar-nominated film 1917! We aren't big into war movies, but we felt this one deserved a review as we saw themes like perseverance and promise play out throughout this story. We both agree it's a 9/10, so what are you waiting for? Go watch it or just listen along to what we thought of it!
15:27
February 11, 2020
Ep 8 - Frozen II
Ep 8 - Frozen II
Happy New Year! We're back from holidays and we're welcoming in 2020 with a fresh instalment of the Greater Story reviewing Disney's Frozen 2! We took a look at Elsa's quest for truth, Anna’s determination to 'do the next right thing', and how the greater story of the gospel helps us to live with a hopeful realism.  (Listen out too for Heidi singing "into the unknown!") Find us on our socials and remember to rate, review and subscribe! Enjoy!
18:14
January 02, 2020
Ep 7 - Joker
Ep 7 - Joker
Welcome back to our monthly instalment of the Greater Story Podcast!  In this episode, Mikey & Heidi review Todd Phillips' latest movie Joker - a film based on the comicbook villain. The movie was deep, sad and heavy, leaving us longing for a greater hope that the greater story of Jesus gives us. We both believe Joaquin Phoenix deserves an Oscar for this one so make sure you get to the cinemas to watch it before it's gone! 
20:42
November 07, 2019
Ep 6 - The Farewell
Ep 6 - The Farewell
Welcome to the Greater Story with Mikey & Heidi! We review the anticipated movie, the Farewell by Lulu Wang starring the talented Awkwafina which seriously was so good. It pulled on our heartstrings making us laugh and cry as we deeply resonated with the themes in this film.  We both agree that this is a must-watch movie, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it 99%!  We hope you enjoy this episode of the Greater Story and will see the greatness of Jesus who offers us rest and shoulders our burdens for us (Matt 11:28-30).   Enjoy!
17:51
October 08, 2019
Ep 5 - The Bachelor (Reality TV)
Ep 5 - The Bachelor (Reality TV)
Welcome back to the Greater Story Podcast with Mikey & Heidi Tai. In this short episode, we take a break from the movies and Netflix to review a reality TV show that has 'captivated' audiences around the world. Yes, we reviewed The Bachelor (Australia, 2019). For all those Bachie fans out there, enjoy! Thanks for subscribing and if you can we'd love it if you could share it with your friends! 
12:22
September 25, 2019
Ep 4 - Stranger Things s3 (part 2)
Ep 4 - Stranger Things s3 (part 2)
Welcome to the Greater Story Podcast with Mikey & Heidi! In this episode we're doing part 2 of everyone's favourite Netflix series - Stranger Things! (In particular, season 3!) Make sure you listen to part 1 if you haven't! WARNING: There are tonnes of spoilers! Find us on Facebook and Instagram, and remember to rate, review and share us!
16:34
September 10, 2019
Ep 3 - Stranger Things s3 (part 1)
Ep 3 - Stranger Things s3 (part 1)
Welcome back to the Greater Story with Mikey & Heidi! In this episode we thought we'd chat about everyone's favourite Netflix series - Stranger Things! There were so many themes that resonated with us in this TV show that we had to make a part 1 and 2 on it (but let's be honest, we just love talking about the show). WARNING: There are tonnes of spoilers! Find us on Facebook and Instagram, and remember to rate and review us!
15:26
September 02, 2019
Ep 2 - Spiderman: Far From Home
Ep 2 - Spiderman: Far From Home
Welcome to the Greater Story with Mikey & Heidi Tai.In this episode, we review Spiderman: Far From Home and discuss what not being 'good' enough looks like and the greater story in Jesus that it points us to. (Warning! Avengers Endgame spoilers included!)If you'd like to connect with us, find us on Instagram and Heidi at heiditai.com!
15:54
August 20, 2019
Ep 1 - Pilot - The Lion King
Ep 1 - Pilot - The Lion King
Welcome to the Greater Story, a podcast discussing film and tv and how they echo the greater story that we know in the gospel.In our first episode we talk about a favourite childhood flick, the Lion King (the remake!), and how it points us to the greater story we have in Jesus.Subscribe, follow, and stay tuned for more from us on movies and the gospel!
18:28
August 10, 2019