JOSH LARSEN – Enjoying Movies at a Deeper Level

JOSH LARSEN – Enjoying Movies at a Deeper Level March 26, 2024

Seeing Movies as Prayers (and even enjoying Horror Movies!

We love to talk movies on the Re-integrate Podcast. Why? Because we want to reintegrate our enjoyment of pop culture with our Christian faith.

Our guest on this episode is film critic Josh Larsen. He is co-host of the WBEZ (Chicago’s NPR station) radio show Filmspotting, which is also one of the top movie podcasts. Josh is also the editor and producer for Think Christian, a website and podcast exploring faith and pop culture. He has been writing and speaking about movies professionally since 1994.

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We discuss with Josh Larsen his two books:

Movies Are Prayers: How Films Voice Our Deepest Longings (InterVarsity Press, 2017), and

Fear Not!: A Christian Appreciation of Horror Movies (Cascade Books, 2023, a part of Fuller Seminary’s Reel Spirituality Monograph series).

Movies we discuss (with time stamps):

From Movies are Prayers:

  • The Tree of Life (7:41)
  • Avatar (10:31)
  • 12 Years a Slave (12:39)
  • Toy Story (16:57)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (20:31)

From Fear Not:

  • Night of the Living Dead (29:20)
  • The Wolf Man (33:26)
  • Frankenstein (36:49)
  • The Creature from the Black Lagoon (37:46)
  • Haloween, Friday the 13th, & Nightmare on Elm Street (39:03)
  • The Conjuring (41:00)
  • The Sixth Sense (46:19)
  • The Shining (49:09)

Connect with Josh Larsen:

You can purchase Josh Larsen’s books from independent booksellers Byron and Beth Borger at Hearts & Minds Bookstore. Order online through their secure server or call 717-246-333. Mention that you heard about this book on the Reintegrate Podcast and get 20% off.


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