Jun 30, 2020
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In this experimental bonus episode, Ash presents a solo report on a sincerely beautiful and genius movie about the life of Christ: Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1964 epic The Gospel According to St. Matthew. With all the weird Christian media out there, on the spectrum from relatively wholesome and bizarre to straight up cruel and tasteless, is there any possibility for Christian film that is actually well done and artistically beautiful? Yes! This biographical epic about Jesus still feels fresh and powerful despite being made almost 60 years ago. Remarkably, Pasolini is infamously the director of Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975), which to this day is considered one of the most controversial and depraved movies ever made, despite its genius. How is it possible for one director to make a movie so physically disgusting, and then earlier in his career make a film about Jesus which is so widely regarded that even the Vatican considers it the best film about Christ ever made? Ash explores these questions, as well as engages in some sincere Bible study and discussion of faith. However, even though this movie is actually good, he still finds stuff to laugh at along the way.
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