Link to the show: Young Adult Movie Ministry Vol. 2, Episode 10 on Substack
Release date: December 6, 2021

Movie of the Week

Eternals (2021), directed by Chloe Zhao
Not streaming yet.

Who the Hosts Are This Week

Sam is editor of Forever Wars, film critic for NBC News: Think, reporter-at-large, and Daniel of the Year (retroactively changed to a Celestial). Alissa is the film critic at Vox, author of the upcoming book Salty, and an apex predator.

Special Guest

Tyler Huckabee is a writer for Relevant magazine and a return guest, previously heard discussing Braveheart on Episode 28.

Other Mentions

  • Chloe Zhao’s previous movies Nomadland (for which she won the Oscar for Best Director and The Rider (which Alissa thinks is the better movie)
  • Barry Keoghan’s Twitter account
  • Julian Fellowes (who wrote the excellent Gosford Park but is now writing more Downton Abbey movies)
  • The Watchmen comic, of which one of the central questions is whether it’s OK to be a genocidal utilitarian if you have superpowers? (This is the second episode in a row Sam has mentioned Watchmen… one more and it goes in the penalty box!)
  • Alan Moore’s book Miracleman (what if the superman just took things over?)
  • WandaVision (the second half of which really pissed Alissa off)
  • Spider-Man: Far from Home (the only Marvel movie that legitimately tried to grapple with the trauma of The Blip)
  • The Leftovers (The series that Alissa says everyone should watch.) (And she’s right)
  • Alissa wrote about James Bond (with some unpleasant responses from older, male readers)
  • Erich von Daniken book Chariots of the Gods?
  • The story about the scam to make the movie for Jack Kirby’s Lord of Light
  • Alissa thinks that Arishem looks like the Iron Giant
  • The excellent new 2021 run of Eternals comics, written by Kieron Gillen with art by Esad Ribic
  • Bodyguard show on the BBC, in which Richard Madden is pretty good

What we learned today

Alissa: There’s a fun lesson in here about whether or not you should trust Salma Hayek. (Which would become useful when you go watch House of Gucci!)

Tyler: Druig was right! When faced with genocide or mind-controlling people, choose mind control.

Sam: After seeing this movie I can no longer describe attractive people as “a snack”.