Episode Thirty-Two: Les Misérables

LesMisBonjour! In this months episode, Mike and Robert turn their critical eye to the award winning Les Misérables starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.  That’s right–it’s Wolverine vs. Jor-El in this musical set during France’s Student Revolution.  In TV corner we examine the British ITV production of “The Second Coming” with Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston.

Les Misérables (2012) – IMDb

The Second Coming (TV Mini-Series 2003) – IMDb

Zoidberg Goes Pop

For next month, we want to try something different.

You are invited to a Movie and Dinner

“Checking the Gate” wants a date with you! With the upcoming release of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, Mike and Robert of “Checking the Gate: A Film and Religion Podcast” would like to gather their friends and listeners for an evening of film, food and discussion. The idea is to view the film together, then share a meal at nearby restaurant to talk about it and also record this discussion for the podcast. Here is what we have planned so far; it is still early, so times are subject to change.

Movie: Noah (138 min) PG-13

When: Saturday, April 5, approx. 3:50 PM (showtime may change).

Where: Regal Montrose Movies 4020 Medina Road, Akron, OH 44333


Dinner and Discussion: Chili’s

When: Immediately after movie, approx.. 6:30 PM depending on showtime.

Where: 4022 Medina Rd., Akron, OH

Please RSVP on our Facebook page or by e-mail at ctgpodcast@yahoo.com. Each person is responsible for their own ticket and meal.

The first ten people who RSVP will get $5 off of their meal courtesy of Checking the Gate Podcast! Hope to see you at the movies!

Episode Thirty-One: Machine Gun Preacher

Machine Gun Preacher - Gerard ButlerWelcome to another long awaited episode, number thirty-one, of “Checking the Gate: A Film and Religion Podcast.”  This one is a doosie folks; we must be real film critics now because we both Mike and Robert have rants about all of the media we watched for this month.  We viewed the Gerhard Butler vehicle Machine Gun Preacher and the popular, Fox Network supernatural thriller “Sleepy Hollow.”

In war-torn Uganda, kids only emerge at night – Dateline NBC | NBC News

Machine Gun Preacher (2011) – Box Office Mojo

Machine Gun Preacher | About Sam

Sleepy Hollow on FOX

The Beginning and The End

Next time we will bring you reviews of certifiably better fare, the acclaimed adaptation of Les Misérablesand the British ITV production “The Second Coming” starring Christopher Eccelston.  You can find Les Mis on Blu-Ray and “The Second Coming” on DVD and YouTube

The Second Coming Part 1

The Second Coming – Part 2


Episode Thirty: Life of Pi and Doctor Who (Again!)

Doctor Richard Parker

Hooray! We hit the big three-oh in our first episode for 2014.  We look once again at “Doctor Who” which just celebrated its 50th anniversary to much fanfare, but first we critique the acclaimed Ang Lee flick Life of Pi.

Life of Pi (2012) – IMDb

Doctor Who as Religion | The Jesuit Post
Next Time:  We give our thoughts on Machine Gun Preacher starring Gerard Butler and the popular FOX supernatural thriller “Sleepy Hollow.”

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Episode Twenty-Nine: Joyeux Noel and Veggie Tales

veggietales_with_boxesHappy Boxing Day! This special holiday edition of Checking the Gate brings you reviews of the foreign feature Joyeux Noel and the family series “Veggie Tales” Now that all the presents have been wrapped, given, unwrapped, and then played with, eaten, drank, watched, broken, or returned, you can sit back and relax with Mike and Robert.

The Ang Lee film Life of Pi is up for next month, as is an examination of “Doctor Who” for its portrayal of religion in the show as well as the religious devotion of its fans. So until then, ¡Feliz Navidad!

Episode Twenty-Eight: Riddick Movies and Fall TV Roundup

tcor-riddick-crematoria-prison-shackledGreetings! Hey, we are back on schedule!  This month we talk about Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick.  Do you think that Vin Diesel’s Riddick character is a Christ type, or is that stretching the definition too far? We also do a roundup of several shows Mike and I have been watching this fall. Some of them have potential.

Next time we are getting in the Christmas spirit and watching Joyeux Noel, an historical picture about the Christmas Eve truce of WWI.  SInce Mike and his daughter have been watching “Veggietales” we will see how much Christian values they actually communicate. See you in December!

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Episode Twenty-Seven: The Godfather and the Bible

GodfatherandJesusFinally! The cursed episode is finally completed and released! After many delays in recording due to various health problems for both Mike and Robert, then more delays after half the audio recorded was rendered unusable due to computer malfunctions, we at last present to you this episode on The Godfather Series and “The Bible: The Epic Miniseries.” We think we have some keen insights that you will surely enjoy.
The Godfather (1972) – IMDb
The Bible Series « 100+ Million Watched #1 TV Series of 2013 The Bible Series
Obama Satan Look-Alike? ‘The Bible’ Mini-Series Producers Call Rumors ‘Utter Nonsense’ (VIDEO)
Please forgive us for the long break; we promise that the next episode is already in the can and will be released at the beginning of November. We are going to talk (have already talked?) about the Vin Diesel vehicles Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick. What do these have to do with religion? Well, just enough for us to talk about. See you soon!

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Episode Twenty Six: Hellboy and Save Me

SaveMeHellboyCelebrate Independence Day weekend with a new podcast from Checking the Gate. We evaluate the religious merits of the Hellboy movies and the short lived series “Save Me.” Our Hellboy discussion, admittedly, is merely an excuse to talk about Guillermo Del Toro’s new film Pacific Rim out July 12. But our discussion about “Save Me” get heated; Mike decries its quality while Robert defends it from those who judge without merit.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army on DVD | Trailers, bonus features, cast photos & more | Universal Studios Entertainment Portal

Hellboy, Evil, and the Cross | Christianity Today

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Pacific Rim – Movie, Trailer, Photos, Synopsis

Watch Save Me online | Free | Hulu

NBC Save Me OneMillionMoms.com

Reformed Baptist Blues

Next Month is our EPIC SPECIAL! We are watching the Godfather Trilogy and the History Channel mega-series “The Bible” All of these are available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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Episode Twenty-Five: CTG Recommends

Perry-SheenHello faithful listeners, ye who are full of faith! Welcome to a another special episode of CTG Podcast.  This month Mike and I have recommended new media to the other for our review session.  I (Robert) suggested the movie Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myselfand Mike heralded Aaron Sorkin’s “The West Wing.”  Please forgive us caffeine and sugar drove us into tangentland more than once.

I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009) – IMDb

Top Ten Left Wing Scenes on The West Wing | Media Research Center

The Ten Best “West Wing” Episodes

Why do Heathens Make the Best Christian Films?

In anticipation of Guillermo Del Toro’s kaiju vs. robot extravaganza Pacific Rim coming out next month, we will be turning our gaze upon his previous films Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Both are available on DVD, Blu-Ray, Netflix, and for rent on Amazon.  For TV Corner, a new show has come to our attention, that Anne Heche vehicle “Save Me” airing currently on NBC Thursdays at 8PM Eastern.  You can also catch up on previous episodes at NBC.com and Hulu Plus.

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Episode Twenty-Four: Contact

ancient-aliens-it-was-aliensMay the Fourth be with you! Well, it’s a little after May the Fourth.  With Free Comic Book Day, Iron Man 3 premiering, and further celebration for Revenge of the Sixth some of us were suffering from nerd hangovers.  At any rate, this month’s episode is edited and posted for your enjoyment and enrichment.  We discuss the 1997 Zemeckis film Contact and deliver a diatribe of the TV show “Ancient Aliens.”

Contact (1997) – IMDb

Carl Sagan’s Contact: Summary of the Novel

Ancient Aliens — Episodes, Video & Schedule – H2 on History.com

We have a special theme for our next episode—CTGPodcast Recommends.  I recommended to Mike Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself and Mike suggested I watch select episodes of the “West Wing.” Until then we will be watching something new and catching up on all those free comics!

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Episode Twenty-Three: Life of Brian


life-of-brianOnce again it is Easter time, and here at CTGPodcast we are celebrating by watching what we think should be required viewing for all mature Christians: Monty Python’s Life of Brian. In TV Corner we begin discussing the merits of the show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” but somehow end up debating the cost of pledging devotion to Vin Diesel.  “Huh?” you might say to yourself; just listen.

Monty Python’s Life of Brian – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Monty Python’s Flying Circus – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Friday Night, Saturday Morning – Monty Python’s Life of Brian – YouTube

Next month, we have another theme show in which review the movie Contact and in TV Corner the meme source “Ancient Aliens.”  Be sure to listen in on our mobile site at http://ctgpodcast.podbean.com/mobile/  He is Risen!

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