This page offers a number of links and downloads from Watching Theology and Watching the Directors.
Watching Theology: Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) [link: offsite] March 2009
Guest Host: Elaina Johnson. It’s a tale as old as time. On this episode, WT turns it’s careful gaze to the waters of the Amazon, watching Jack Arnold’s Universal Monster classic, Creature from the Black Lagoon. In those dark waters, we find an evolutionary story of Beauty and the Beast (and a little bit of gender theory and implicit racism).
Watching Theology: Barton Fink (1991) September 2007
In the midst of a bad case of writer’s block, the Coen Brothers scripted this tale of a talented playwright with his own unusual case of writer’s block. Barton leaves the promise and glory of the New York elite for the heartless, business world of Hollywood. Along the way, he checks into the Hotel Earle, meets Charlie and has probably sold his soul. Download
Watching Theology: Shaun of the Dead (2004) March 2008
You don’t see a zombie every day, but if you did, would it change your life forever? On this episode – the first of season two – we spend time with some nobody named Shaun, who is having a very bad day. It seems that everyone around the poor guy is turning into the undead, and we’re supposed to laugh about it. Join us for our discussion on the nature of life and other family values. Download
Watching Theology: The Village (2004) January 2010
People respond to trauma in different ways. Some find religion. Others re-evaluate their priorities. Some people, like those in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village, put themselves into an isolated 19th century town hiding away from the world. For season 4, I’m joined by my new co-host, Duke Senter, as we look at Shyamalan’s parable of fear. This episode was the second in “The Cave” series, an examinations of films that feature Utopias, Delusions, and Deceptions. Download
Watching Theology: Choke (2008) March 2009
This latest adaptation of a Chuck Palahniuk novel is far removed from the David Fincher Fight Club adaptation, but a few threads connect them. Of course there is a fascination with vulgarity and the visceral. There is the strange blend of romanticism, religion and repulsion. But Choke also offers a few comments on the messiah complex of a young man who needs to kill his mother to save his life. Download
WTD25: Ingmar Bergman (Criterion) June 2007
If foreign films seem scary, and the idea of Swedish movies about God and relationships is absolutely terrifying, this is the edition you’ve been avoiding. But don’t worry. Ingmar Bergman isn’t that terrifying. On this episode we’ll spend some time with a selection of his movies, covering all of The Criterion Collection’s releases, spanning nearly thirty years of some landmark cinema. Download
WTD40: Woody Allen (1969-85) April 2008
On this episode, we look through Mr. Allen’s eyes and come away shaped by a Freudian perspective. With comedies like Bananas and Sleeper, Allen demonstrated his appreciation for the old comics. With Manhattan, Annie Hall and The Purple Rose of Cairo, he showed he had his own ideas.
On this episode we look through the formative years into the glory age of Oscar nominations and Diane Keaton. Download
Watching: Some Writings on Film
Print: $15.00 PDF: Free
For several years, Joseph Johnson and Melissa Johnson watched films and wrote about what they saw. Gleaned from a series of film-related podcasts (Film-Philes, Watching the Directors, and Watching Theology) and an online journal, this anthology presents some of the work from those years. It includes articles, papers, lists, and other writings. Along with those texts, ninety-three reviews of current and classic movies—magical and mediocre—are included.
Also, I used to work in illustration and Graphic Design. If you want a better glimpse of some of my illustration and design work, my online portfolio is available at Coroflot. (Here’s a tease.)