Link to the show: Young Adult Movie Ministry Vol. 2, Episode 13 on Substack

Release date: January 24, 2022

Movie of the Week

The Secret of Kells (2009), directed by Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey
[Digital rental on Amazon | YouTube | AppleTV]

Special Guest

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of the Auralia’s Colors fantasy novels and Through a Screen Darkly, as well as being writer-in-residence at Seattle Pacific University. He previously appeared on YAMMPOD Episode 21 discussing Babbette’s Feast. (Jeff is in the Scriptorium somewhere, so enthralled by illuminated manuscripts that he doesn’t even know the Northmen are coming.)

Who the Hosts Are This Week

Sam is editor of Forever Wars, film critic at large, editor for hire, and a shepherd who looks exactly like a sheep. Alissa is the film critic at Vox, author of the upcoming book Salty, and an interesting 2D drawing of herself.

Other Mentions

  • Trinity College, Dublin (Where the Book of Kells is currently housed)
  • Wolfwalkers (2020 film by the same director)
  • Steven Greydanus - film critic, good friend of Jeffrey, who is frustrated by this movie for it not explicitly mentioning the gospel
  • [Rick and Morty] episode where Rick asks Jesus into his heart
  • The White Cat and the Monk - children’s book retelling of the classic Old Irish poem “Pangur Bán.” I think this is the one Jeff was referring to when he described the book as “the monk and the cat”
  • Vol. 2, Ep. 4 wherein they discuss Hanna Barbera’s The Greatest Adventure
  • Flee - a highly recommended current animated movie
  • The wonderful animator Hayao Miyazaki
  • Steven Spielberg’s Tintin movie
  • Movie cats (one voiced by Phil Hartman in Kiki’s Delivery Service, also the one in Soul)
  • Don Hertzfeldt’s movie World of Tomorrow
  • The Quay Brothers' stop-motion animation
  • Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa (not to be shown to kids)
  • Song of the Sea (another Tomm Moore film)
  • Oliver Cromwell (a character of focus in Wolfwalkers)
  • Richard Rodriguez - author who Jeff had lunch with and encouraged him to “be the anomaly” when it comes to the “evangelical” label
  • Hadestown (Broadway musical that Jeff and Alissa say would pair really well with Kells)
  • The Book of Kells iPad app (they didn’t mention this on the podcast but if you have an iPad, this is an awesome way to explore the Book of Kells in exquisite detail)

What we learned today

Alissa: If you find yourself drawing demons on the walls of your house, you should maybe go outside, turn off Twitter, and go eat a hot dog or something.

Jeffrey: (just as a bunch of traffic noise interrupted Sam) Just as they drew what they loved, what they knew, and where they were into their work, it brings something into this podcast that we know that Sam has spent the entire podcast in traffic with people wondering why he hasn’t noticed that the light has changed.

Sam: If the foreign visitor can only say one word that you can understand, and that word is “gold!”, you don’t have to let him in.