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Apr 2, 2017

Kyle's favourite movie of all time is Jaws, which Daniel has never seen. We sit down to watch it and then ask: why does this movie speak so deeply to Kyle? We also talk about Daniel's favourite movie, Moonrise Kingdom and examine why these different stories mean so much to us and what they say about our worldviews.

On this episode, the following media is mentioned or discussed: 

The 1975 film Jaws (, directed by Stephen Spielberg. 

The 2012 film Moonrise Kingdom (, directed by Wes Anderson.

The 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life (, directed by Frank Capra.  

The Dorothy Sayers detective novel The Nine Tailors (, which includes a climatic scene where the village, complete with animals, takes shelter from the rising flood in the village church, a Noah's Ark type imagery that is echoed in Moonrise Kingdom.

The 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums (, also directed by Wes Anderson.

Daniel's favourite essay on Wes Anderson is by the Jewish author Michael Chabon. It appeared in the New York Review of Books and is titled "Wes Anderson's Worlds". Daniel loves this piece so much he would frame it if he could. (

Daniel's favourite essay on Moonrise Kingdom is written by his friend Jeffrey Overstreet and is titled "Moonrise Kingdom and the Divine Symphony". Daniel remembers getting shivers down his spine while reading this piece aloud to his best friend as they drove home after watching Moonrise Kingdom for the first time. Daniel's interpretation of the film is still largely based off this piece. (

Daniel and Kyle's favourite film critic, Roger Ebert's wrote an essay on Jaws, which comes from his legendary "Great Movies" series. (


Assumptions is written and produced by Daniel Melvill Jones and Kyle Marshall.

This episode edited by Kyle Marshall.

Our soundtrack comes from The Parson Red Heads

Podcast artwork designed by Chris Taniguchi 

Photography by Jen Hall

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