David Chen, Katey Rich, and Jeff Cannata Show Some In-Depth Love for District 9 and Inglourious Basterds

Two of my favorite people in the world are Katey Rich and Jeff Cannata. Jeff co-hosts the insanely popular Totally Rad Show video podcast and he is often a delightful combination of insightful and hilarious. Above all, you can tell he's having fun at what he's doing, so I always relish the chance to chat with him about any topic relating to entertainment. And there's little I need to say about the lovely Katey Rich, who helps run Cinemablend: She's super duper smart, and has become a good friend to me over the past 6 months.

The past few weeks have seen the release of two bold, original films: Neill Blomkamp's District 9 and Quentin Tarantino's latest, Inglourious Basterds. Both of these films are, in my opinion, thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking. They're the type of movies that you see in a movie theater and leave compelled to discuss with your friends. But even in a long-form, self-indulgent podcast like the /Filmcast, I didn't feel that there would be enough time to really dive into everything I wanted to say about these movies, and I'm sure Jeff and Katey felt the same way about their respective shows/sites as well. So this past Saturday, we fired up Skype and just chatted about our love for these movies, and geeked out about some specific scenes. I really enjoyed this talk, and if you guys do too, let me know in the comments, and we'll try to schedule them more often in the future.

ALTHOUGH WE ARE VERY CLEAR ABOUT WHEN WE ARE REVEALING MINOR/MAJOR SPOILERS, IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU WATCH BOTH FILMS BEFORE LISTENING TO THIS CONVERSATION [Note that we talk about District 9 first, and then there's a very clear demarcation before we move into Inglourious Basterds 53 minutes into the conversation. In other words, you can listen to the District 9 segment if you haven't seen Inglourious Basterds, then come back later after you've seen Basterds to hear the rest.]

You can download it now (right-click and "save as") or you can listen to it below in your browser:

Informed and sensible talk about Christians and Sex


Yesterday I hung out with an old friend of mine, Cavan, who's currently working on his dissertation for divinity school. We walked around Davis square and spoke in depth about past and current relationships, as well as how Biblical teachings in that realm might apply to contemporary American society. Cavan is one of the smartest human beings I know, but his views often don't jive with those of mainline evangelicals. In fact, often they run directly counter to them.

Despite the fact that his views are a repudiation of everything I was raised to believe in, I still find that my faith is strengthened whenever I speak with him. It's comforting to know that one can be insanely intelligent, devote one's life to studying the word of God, and STILL emerge with a coherent and compelling faith. And if that means their views have adapted to take into account the historical context under which the Bible was written, so much the better. Here's a snippet of our conversation: