For our fabulous fifteenth podcast, the Brewmaster General and I tackle the controversial 2016 film Silence. Directed by Martin Scorsese and based on the Shusaku Endo novel of the same name, the film tackles big issues: faith, love, evil, acculturation, martyrdom, and apostasy.
Silence is a beautiful, gruesome, depressing, hopeful, infuriating, enlightening, and all-around difficult film; one which is neither the anti-Catholic (or apostasy encouraging) screed nor faith-affirming propaganda some reviews would have you believe. For the well-formed conscience, it presents many worthy ideas for consideration, meditation, and discussion; but does it satisfactorily resolve them?
Forewarned is forearmed – this movie spoils the movie and the book in a major way, but I think this is a movie/book that is actually better to have spoiled before watching/reading.
As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA. Painting of the Nagasaki Martyrs by the Cuzco School [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.