Link to the show: Young Adult Movie Ministry Vol. 2, Episode 15 on Substack
Release date: February 25, 2022
Movie of the Week
They hated this one so much they didn’t feel right asking a guest to watch it.
Who the Hosts Are This Week
Sam is editor of Forever Wars, reporter-at-large, critic for hire, and inchoate ball of smugness. Alissa is the film critic at Vox, author of the upcoming book Salty, and a teeny-tiny piece of a giant comet headed straight for Earth.
- Vice - McKay’s movie about how Dick Cheney is bad
- This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy - McKay’s doc series for Amazon
- Alissa’s book about the Apocalypse and Pop Culture
- Carbon offsets
- Futurama - animated series that Sam loves and that Al Gore’s daughter worked on
- David Sirota - political commentator and journalist who Sam says thinks of himself as “the good Lee Atwater” and who co-wrote this movie
- McKay and Sirota respond to criticism of the movie by suggesting that critics don’t care enough about climate change or are upset about how the movie criticizes media coverage of climate change
- Silent Night - another movie about impending death that Alissa doesn’t particularly recommend (especially not for parents…)
- Station Eleven - a dystopian novel that Sam really doesn’t like
- First Reformed - a great contrasting film on the topic of climate change
- Andrew Cuomo (whose career ended due to #MeToo, even if it was more deserved over his handling of COVID…)
- Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America by Jim Poniewozik - “perhaps the best work of media criticism that I’ve ever read”, says Alissa
What we learned today
Alissa: Blonde ladies are not to be trusted. Also, something about office snacks.
Sam: The president of your cell phone carrier is probably more powerful than the president.