Episode Thirty-Six: The Master and Longmire

master_ver9How does one make a movie about Scientology without it being about Scientology? In our discussion this month, we plumb the depths of meaning lurking within the frames of Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. In TV Corner we look at the A&E western/procedural that is, ahem, on hiatus: “Longmire.” This show helps us look at faith and politics from a Native American perspective.
Next month’s episode will have a retro theme.  Oh, God! with George Burns and “Highway to Heaven” with Victor French and Michael Landon. Blessings!

Episode Thirty-Five: The Apocalypse Special

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IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT!  In this episode we return to the popular post-apocalyptic genre looking at two of last year’s film parodying the Biblical account of end of the world, This is the End and Rapture-palooza.  In addition, we reveal our opinion of the new HBO series “The Leftovers.”  Also, take note of the plugs for two documentaries that (as of the time this podcast is first published) are currently in crowd-sourced fundraising campaigns. The links for both are below.

Hail to the King Homepage

Hail to the King Kickstarter Page

The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? EW Article

The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? FanBacked Page

IMDB: This is the End

IMDB: Rapture-Palooza

Official “The Leftovers” Website

The Wil Wheaton Project Episode 7

Next month we roll back to 2012’s “The Master” which “isn’t” about the origins of Scientology.  And in TV Corner we check out the current A&E series “Longmire”  See you then!

 

Episode Thirty-Four: Frozen

Hello, faithful listeners! This episode is coming to you on the eve of my (Robert’s) very first short term mission trip, a week in Costa Rica spreading the good news of Jesus.  While I am there, Mike and I hope you enjoy our discussion on Disney’s Frozen and ABC’s “Resurrection.”  When I get back I’ll update this post with all of the links and cool stuff that came up during our talk.  In the meantime, our next episode will be another double feature: Rapture-palooza and This is the End, as well as “The Leftovers” in TV Corner. We will come back at you in July with our thoughts on last summer’s apocaElsalyptic craziness. ¡Hasta luego!

UPDATE!  Here are some of the links we talked about in this episode.

Disney’s Official Frozen Page

The Gospel According to Disney’s Frozen

How Christian is Disney’s Frozen? (Not Very)

How Gay is Disney’s Frozen?

Official Resurrection Page

 

Episode Thirty-Three:Noah

Noah movie posterGreetings! SPOILER ALERT! If you have not seen the movie Noah starring Russel Crowe, be warned that this podcast contains many plot spoilers.  But as the plot points in this movie were all by the book cliches, they will come as no surprise to you, even if you have not seen the film.  In fact, don’t go to see this movie; it’s not very good.  Just listen to Robert and Mike relate to you their experience of watching this movie, and count yourself lucky that you did not waste your money at the theater.  If you think we are being to harsh, here are some other opinions:

Next Month we will be reviewing Disney’s new epic hit Frozen and ABC’s short series “Ressurection.” You can find the former on DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital, while you can still catch the latter online at Hulu Plus or ABC’s website. See you then!

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!)

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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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