Link to the show: Young Adult Movie Ministry Vol. 2, Episode 14 on Substack

Release date: February 11, 2022

Movie of the Week

The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021), directed by Joel Coen
[On AppleTV+ ]

Special Guest

Helen Shaw is the theatre critic for New York magazine.

Who the Hosts Are This Week

Sam is reporter-at-large, editor of Forever Wars, film critic for hire, and Thane. Alissa is the film critic at Vox, author of the upcoming book Salty, and a bubbling cauldron.

Other Mentions

  • Throne of Blood - Kurosawa’s movie that draws heavily from Macbeth
  • Orson Welles' Macbeth
  • Roman Polanski’s Macbeth
  • Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender
  • Rupert Goold’s Macbeth starring Patrick Stewart
  • Adolphe Appia - a scene designer best known for his work on Wagner’s operas, whose influence is felt here
  • Sleep No More - immersive theatre in New York that is part Macbeth, part Rebecca
  • Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing - filmed in Whedon’s yard and kitchen, with a distinct feeling that you’re watching a theatre company (and also why isn’t Amy Acker one of the greats of our time?)
  • The Gunpowder Plot - a plot against King James I, which was likely in the same timeframe as Macbeth was written (Shaw describes Macbeth as a “post-insurrection, mid-plague play”, which has strong parallels to our current time)
  • The Coen brothers' True Grit
  • And The Big Lebowski - are there Christian themes in it? Well, there is a main character named Jesus…
  • Isaac Butler and his new book The Method

What we learned today

Alissa: Beware of creepy staircases.

Sam: In general, Thanes are bad news.

Helen: Never go to anybody else’s house, because they’ll probably kill you.