WWJW 9: The Passion Live

March 23rd, 2016

Welcome to “What Would Jesus Watch?”, our podcast series overanalyzing the overlooked genre of Christian Cinema.

This week Kate and Alex return for an emergency podcast covering the glorious ridiculousness of Tyler Perry, Trisha Yearwood and Chris Daughtry performing "The Passion Live!"

Yes Fox just broadcast a "live" modern musical retelling of the last days of Jesus' life using the music of Train, Jason Mraz and Hoobastank so we had to cover it in painstaking detail. We name our favorite and least favorite performers and musical moments, talk about the uncomfortable acting and argue over whether or not Jesus would be a modern day "bro". We also cover whether or not the true message of Easter was proclaimed and share some Prayer Requests for who we'd like to see in next year's version of "The Passion Live".

If you didn't catch "The Passion Live" you'll still be able to enjoy the podcast. But if you'd like to prepare you can watch the full musical on Fox.com or search On Demand and other streaming providers.

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WWJW 8: Blue Like Jazz

October 8th, 2015

Welcome to "What Would Jesus Watch?", our summer podcast series overanalyzing the over looked genre of Christian Cinema.

This week we let the listener's pick our next film - the loosely based true story of author Donald Miller's search for God and meaning amidst the chaos of Reed College in "Blue Like Jazz"!

Join Alex and Kate on this all-new episode as they break down the 2012 film which Alex has a very personal connection with. There's so much to talk about here and we try to cover it all including a comparison of the ways this movie speaks to a Christian's experience in college as opposed to a movie like God's Not Dead. We share our favorite quirks about the movie's version of Reed College, highlight the some of the movie's truly unique characters and conversations and discuss what it really feels like to be in the minority when it comes to being a believer. Plus we offer our dream cast for the movie with Hollywood stars and open up a session of K8-Tracks on this week's "What Would Jesus Watch"!

Follow along with us on Twitter @WWJWpod @AlexDoriot and @KateDoriot to find out what movie we'll be watching next (and give us your suggestions and comments)

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WWJW 8: Blue Like Jazz

October 8th, 2015

Welcome to "What Would Jesus Watch?", our summer podcast series overanalyzing the over looked genre of Christian Cinema.

This week we let the listener's pick our next film - the loosely based true story of author Donald Miller's search for God and meaning amidst the chaos of Reed College in "Blue Like Jazz"!

Join Alex and Kate on this all-new episode as they break down the 2012 film which Alex has a very personal connection with. There's so much to talk about here and we try to cover it all including a comparison of the ways this movie speaks to a Christian's experience in college as opposed to a movie like God's Not Dead. We share our favorite quirks about the movie's version of Reed College, highlight the some of the movie's truly unique characters and conversations and discuss what it really feels like to be in the minority when it comes to being a believer. Plus we offer our dream cast for the movie with Hollywood stars and open up a session of K8-Tracks on this week's "What Would Jesus Watch"!

Follow along with us on Twitter @WWJWpod @AlexDoriot and @KateDoriot to find out what movie we'll be watching next (and give us your suggestions and comments)

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WWJW 7: Dial A Prayer

September 13th, 2015

Welcome to "What Would Jesus Watch?", the only podcast series overanalyzing the over looked genre of Christian Cinema.

This week we follow in the footsteps of John Oliver's recent expose and uncover the story of a woman looking for faith inside a questionable ministry as we explore the movie "Dial A Prayer" on this all-new episode. 

Join Alex and Kate on the latest episode as they break down this hidden gem from earlier this year starring Brittany Snow and William H. Macy. The movie raises a lot of interesting questions about the power of prayer and we get deep discussing our feelings on the topic. Plus we talk about whether or not this is a Christmas movie, the misleading poster, Brittany Snow's breakout performance, the actually shocking twist and try figure out exactly what the business model of the Prayer Center is. All that as well as our Prayer Requests and K8-Tracks on this week's "What Would Jesus Watch"!

As a special bonus to celebrate our Twitter account @WWJWPod reaching over 500 followers we are letting YOU the audience select our next movie. The 3 choices are:

1) Exodus: Gods and Kings

2) Jonah: A Veggietales Movie

3) Blue Like Jazz

You can vote by visiting popgodblog.com/what-would-jesus-watch, by tweeting us, or by leaving a comment on our Facebook page. The movie with the most votes at the end of 7 days will be the focus of our next episode!

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WWJW 6: Saved!

August 10th, 2015

Can a cynical satire about a Christian high school starring Mandy Moore actually teach us anything about our faith? That's the question we try to answer as we explore the movie "Saved!" on this week's episode. 

Join Alex and Kate on the latest episode as they break down the cult hit from 2004 also starring Macaulay Culkin, Jena Malone and Mary Louise Parker. We talk about all the happenings at American Eagle Christian School including our conflicting opinions on Pastor Skip, the importance of prom and the real message of the movie. Plus Alex shares his theories about the original script and undercover Christians on the production team. All that as well as an in-depth analysis of the soundtrack in our new segment "KateTracks" on this week's "What Would Jesus Watch"!

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WWJW 5: Marriage Retreat

July 28th, 2015

Ever want to spend a weekend camping with the 3 worst couples on Earth? Then have we got the movie for you. We review "Marriage Retreat" on this week's episode! 

Join Alex and Kate on the latest episode as they try to counsel the all-star cast of couples who really seem to hate each other including "SNL" alum Victoria Jackson, Tommy Blaze, David A.R. White and Carl Winslow himself Reginald VelJohnson. Along the way they cover every bizarre feature of the "Marriage Retreat" including sweaty foosball games, uncomfortable janitors, confusing sleeping arrangements and the utter disregard for pregnant women. All that plus Prayer Requests, Listener Mail and a list of every plot point that didn't get resolved on an all new "What Would Jesus Watch"!
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WWJW 4: God’s Not Dead

July 9th, 2015

"God's Not Dead" tells the story of a brave college student defending his faith against a brash professor. Which would actually be an interesting movie - if it wasn't surrounded by a dozen other plots! 

Join Alex and Kate on the latest "What Would Jesus Watch" as they try to untangle the many interwoven plots and characters and cameos and honestly wonder if this movie was bad as they thought would it be. Along the way they take a stand for Kevin Sorbo and The Duck Dynasty folks, discuss the horrible dating relationships on display and debate the merits of the many faith-based debates. All that plus Prayer Requests for the upcoming sequel "God's Not Dead 2: He's Surely Alive" (yes, really) on an all new "What Would Jesus Watch"!
Be sure to subscribe to our new podcast feed "Pop God Podcasts" on iTunes, follow us on Twitter @WWJWpod, like our Facebook page, check out our other episodes and visit our home page at PopGodBlog.com! And come back next week for an all new movie!
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WWJW 3: Christian Mingle - The Movie

July 2nd, 2015

Welcome to "What Would Jesus Watch?", our summer exploration into the overlooked and underexplored genre of Christian Cinema.

Have you wanted to watch a 90 minute infomercial for a Christian Dating website? Then have we got the movie for you! 

On this week's episode Alex and Kate break down "Christian Mingle - The Movie" and the "click, meet, marry, die, done" dating culture it revolves around. We talk about the film's bizarre view of Christianity, say a prayer for poor Lacey Chabert, discuss the movie's hilarious prayer habits and dream about visiting the greatest fictional restaurant of all time.

Plus we share our theories about the purpose of the movie and if the leading man is actually an 8-year-old. And to truly understand the movie Kate goes undercover to create her own Christian Mingle account! All that and more on this episode of Christianity for Dummies...er we mean What Would Jesus Watch!

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WWJW 2: Noah

July 2nd, 2015

Ah, Noah. The classic Biblical tale of a man called by The Creator to rescue the animals of the Earth from a great flood on an ark he builds with giant rock monsters.

Wait, what?

On this week's episode of "What Would Jesus Watch?", Alex and Kate tackle to the 2014 epic "Noah" starring Russell Crowe and Emma Watson. It's a Biblical movie that never mentions the word "God" and feels more like a Marvel movie than a faith-based one. But that might not be such a bad thing as our hosts discover. Find out how they felt about all the liberties the film takes with the classic story, the hidden agendas at play, the role of women in the film and why they'd pay to see a Methuselah spin-off. Plus hear why they think a movie like "Noah" can bring more people to the Bible than a typical traditional telling of the story.

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WWJW 1: The Encounter

July 2nd, 2015

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!

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