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Guest Phil Strangolagalli - Jesus Loves Movies


Andrew

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Every morning Larry and I dig into a footwear idea that has caught our eye. Our hope is that our chat inspires you to never stop thinking and possibly challenges you in a new way. If you'd like to help support the show, please visit patreon.com slash repost it. Thank you for stopping by. Today we're joined by Phil struggler. Gali. He is the author of the book, Jesus loves movies, a 30 day devotional for film fans. Basically, you had this experience about three or four years ago that was traumatic, and you just started writing and had no plans. And this book came out of it. And the book basically is a list of movies that can draw you in to the cinema experience more and maybe a relationship with God. But I'll let you tell us what what is the book to you?


Phil Strangolagalli

Yeah, so it's, it was really, I mean, you had an onpoint It was really a great journal. For me during one of the darkest times in my life. I just started writing. And I just felt like, there were movies that came to me during this really dark time. And that's, that's really what it was. And then there was an opportunity where I did talk with somebody, and then all of a sudden, we had ideas to make it into a book. But I never planned that and never planned any of that. And obviously, when you go through something really traumatic, you've never planned that either. So


Larry

yeah, I feel like you agree with me in this that movies are spiritual experiences. And that's just because their stories, most of what Jesus did was tell stories, those stories and movies. I feel like what they do is make life bigger. What do you think? Do movies make life bigger?


Phil Strangolagalli

Yeah, absolutely. You know, there are times where, you know, I've been in church, and I listen to sermons and, you know, the sermon will hit me. But there's a movie, there are movies, where they've, they've hit me really hard, you know, and they're their messages and movies that have really spoken to me, and it's completely changed my life.


Andrew

So you're I think your book came out in 2019 is right,


Phil Strangolagalli

to the end of 2018. Yeah, that's when I came out.


Andrew

So you had a lot of success in 2019. You were in over 500, Barnes and Nobles. You did a bunch of signings, and then in 2020 hit and then yeah, to some extent, everyone's going through a hard time have you get the book for you personally, being like, Oh, I remember this. And like, even if you're 2020.


Phil Strangolagalli

Yeah, so 2019 was really like the, like 2018. It was a soft launch of the book. Now many people really knew about it, a couple stores picked it up. And then it really started getting picked up in 2019. A lot of stores picked it up Barnes and Noble Target, WalMart, all these things. And it was really cool. And then at the end of 2019, I had this like, incredible experience, I went over to Georgia. I did three book signings in a row. And it was insane. I met so many people. And it was really cool. It was just like an incredible experience. And then I had plans to do all these signings throughout 2020. And obviously, we know what happened in Tony, Tony. And we know what's going on right now. So yeah, it's been really tough. I got a lot of returns of the book, because literally, the way that my book works is, you know, it stays in the store for about 90 days. And many of these stores were closed for over 90 days. So by that time, it was just, they returned. And then you know, so many people just weren't going out. They weren't going to bookstores or anything like that. So what I did during the holiday season of 2020, which was literally last month, what I did was I sent out hundreds of copies over to prisons, rehab centers, nonprofit organizations, and just sent out hundreds of copies over to them. So what I tried to do in the midst of this, you know, weird time so


Larry

he feel your your bio says that you like to take long walks to the movie theater. All this changed a little bit. Okay, go to the movie theaters, we want to know, do you think um, is there a difference between seeing a movie in an actual theater away from your home versus like the experience of seeing a movie at your place?


Phil Strangolagalli

Oh, yeah, absolutely. I mean, I think we all can agree. And we all can see that a lot. A lot of stuff is changing. Especially when it comes to the whole movie, sort of universe. We got HBO Max, they're releasing all of their all the Warner Brothers, all their films are going on HBO Max, which is it's great. It's great for the consumer. But at the same time, Neff and Netflix is trying to join suit in that I don't know if you've seen the trailer to where they're releasing a new movie every single week for the rest for the rest of 2021. So more streaming services are going to jump on board to this to this attitude and honestly, I'm excited but I'm also Not I'm also upset because I see I have a local movie theater that's near me. I mean, it's, it's top notch. And you know, I just feel really bad for them. And you know a lot of movie theaters, I feel like going to the movie theater is so important because it's a separation from from your home and from you know, all that stuff. I just, I don't know. It's, it's, it's weird. It's a weird times for sure


Andrew

that you posted this video on your website, talking about your process with the book, and you actually mentioned how you were going to donate a lot of the books. But something I picked up on was throughout the whole thing. You're like, I never thought this was gonna happen. I never thought this was gonna happen. Now that you're on the other side of it, do you think you would approach a new project differently realizing that things can happen? Or is it just things fall?


Phil Strangolagalli

So you're saying there, I never thought things would happen in terms of the success of the book, because that will know


Andrew

that, like, you started writing, I didn't know I was gonna have a book now like, yeah, would you think? Well, I've written a book before? Is it easier to think I would write another book?


Phil Strangolagalli

That's a really good question. Honestly, this book, I like, I had to write it. Like, there were so many things going on in my life that I was just like, I really need to write, I need to get this out on paper. And if I didn't, I feel like I would have just been imploding and just shoving, you know, more stuff down and you know, all that stuff. So, it was therapy for me. I feel like, in order for me to write that's, that's literally what writing is, to me. It's therapy. It's, it's what I've done, you know, throughout my entire life. I was never the best writer. But I always just really related with words and really felt like words related to me.


Larry

It felt I'm looking for a movie strategy. So like, maybe if I'm feeling down or a little depressed, do I watch like a good sci fi movie? Maybe if I'm in a good mood, I should learn something. I should watch a Western. Do you have any strategies with movies? Yeah, I


Phil Strangolagalli

think everybody's different when it comes to movies like my wife. It's a perfect comparison. Perfect comparison is is because I love horror movies. I do. I love horror movies. And yeah, you know, here I am this faith based guy. I love horror movies. And I really love horror movies, because they really express trauma and grief and all of these different elements of life in a very specific way. And they're able to capture those elements in a really nice way. You go to my wife, she absolutely resents horror movies, she doesn't want anything to do with them, she'll go with the lighthearted movies, you know, that, that that movie that just came out? I think Brian just just bought rights to it the secret, just like all of these extremely lighthearted films, so it really depends on the person. If I'm telling somebody that's exploring horror for the first time, you know, I'd probably tell them to, to go to go to a specific to see a specific movie, probably like something like the orphanage. And, you know, something, something along those lines.


Larry

What did what is Freddy Krueger taught you about life?


Phil Strangolagalli

I love that. So I mean, West Craven, you know, he came in with this crazy background of growing up in an extremely strict, legalistic, religious home. And you know, honestly, the only movies that he was allowed to watch when he was younger, were Disney movies, were movies that were G or PG or anything like that. And there was one time where he snuck out and he actually went to go see a PG 13 movie or R rated movie. And it changes worldview changes world to you. And he really wanted to capture Freddy Krueger in that way. Because he really saw something that was really scary for him. And what was really scary for him was somebody that would literally prey on teenagers or children. And that's a scary thing. You know, that's a real scary thing in this world. And I think he said it best, you know, being in a safe space, and being in a theater to where everybody's being scared. But we're all embracing that fear and we're all in a safe space to where we can experience that fear and not necessarily be outside and experiencing it. I don't know if that, you know, points in the right picture.


Andrew

But well, Phil, thank you so much for joining us. You can find Phil on Twitter Instagram at Phil that if you could check out Jesus love movies calm. I'm Andrew Keller for Phil and penny wise and thanks for stopping by


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