Cinematic Doctrine

The House - We Are Extremely Interested in This Podcast

March 29, 2022 Melvin & Dan Season 1 Episode 104
Cinematic Doctrine
The House - We Are Extremely Interested in This Podcast
Show Notes


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Typically, January offers us the worst of the year, but Netflix came in clutch with an inquisitive stop-motion feature called The House. Melvin & Dan chew on each segment with curiosity, tackling how the project made them feel as a whole.


  • As movie people, Melvin & Dan are used to being asked by others, "Hey, have you seen this weird, obscure film?" and it just turns out to be a film that most people haven't seen a trailer for.
  • Melvin asks Daniel how he feels and interprets the first segment in The House.
  • Melvin: "I think art is most interesting when it's not factual. When it's more interpretive."
  • Detailing Segment 2 and experiencing how the house itself refuses to cooperate.
  • Daniel: "One thing that all three of these do wonderfully well is you really sympathies with the characters. Where their problems are so mundane and relatable."
  • Melvin shares some observations his wife, Kathryn, had regarding Segment 2, which lends credence to the intense tragedy of this particular short story.
  • Also, Melvin typically isn't all for nihilistic depictions of humanity (that humans are inherently bad, or worthless, or posture goodness despite their badness). He makes a case for this. But sometimes a story like Segment 2 captures the grotesque sadness of the human condition.
  • For Daniel, each story gave a sense of "none of you belong here" and "trying to pretend that this will work out when it's doomed from the start."
  • Segment 3 is a much softer, much kinder short film in this otherwise strange and disturbing project.
  • When we get so focused on our hopes, dreams, or whatever gives us identity, we often miss what's most important: the freedom to enjoy one another.
  • We can't decide for someone else to let go of attractive delusions, but we can help clear the path for them so that their decisions are easier to make.
  • When we embrace an identity in Christ (how he's paid for our sins, how he loves us despite our sin, how he renews us from our sin), we are no longer enslaved to passions and lifestyles that give us a counterfeit self-worth or value because we become what we were always meant to be: loved by and loving God. We, then, can be loved by and we can love God doing countless things.
  • Diversity in friendships helps in cultivating healthier perspectives on the self and others, as it proposes alternative ways of thinking through problems and solutions.
  • Daniel, on Segment 3: "I thought it was a great way to illustrate the way you're not tied down to hereditary suffering."


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