A Ghost Story: On Time, Grief, and Interpreting Media

Christian Movie Podcast Cinematic Doctrine discusses David Lowery A24 A Ghost Story with Casey Affleck Rooney Mara

A Ghost Story – On Time, Grief, and Interpreting Media

We’ve been covering an obscene amount of Disney productions lately what-with the Marvel films and two Disney Plus exclusives – Hamilton and Stargirl respectively – so I think it’s safe to say we’re ready to move away from Disney for a while. Or, as long as we can, because Disney clearly has a hold on the market. We’ll inevitably get back to it, but we want to head into more independent and creative atmospheres, and that’s where A Ghost Story comes in.

In this episode of the podcast, you’ll get a chance to hear how Daniel and I initially reacted to the trailer for A Ghost Story back in 2017 (you know, seeing an atmospheric, visually stunning film with a man wearing a sheet-ghost costume). After that, you’ll hear about Daniel’s excellent theater experience with a random stranger. Then I dig into how a scene emotionally destroyed me, and how A Ghost Story uses simple yet prolonged sequences to produce strong emotions. Among those emotions, we discuss how, for a lot of people, laughter seemed to be a predominant reaction to a lot of scenes that take place in A Ghost Story. And finally, Daniel and I dig into the concept of interpretation, and how certain art-pieces are created to provoke emotions or feelings, and less concerned with giving definitive answers.

Christian Movie Podcast Cinematic Doctrine talks David Lowery A Ghost Story starring Casey Affleck Rooney Mara

A Ghost Story is Rated R for brief language and a disturbing image. It features Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. Directed by David Lowery. A Ghost Story is currently available on Netflix.


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Melvin Benson Cinematic Doctrine Christian Movie Podcast Host

Melvin Benson is the Founder, Executive Editor, and Lead Host of Cinematic Doctrine. He’s written fiction and nonfiction for over a decade with short stories featured on the Creepypasta Wiki and Wattpad. His novelette Ethereal Temptation, a teen drama with a tinge of magical-realism, can be read for free here. His hope is to see King Jesus glorified as far as the east is from the west!

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