Episode 46: Spotlight

img_20161106_193155Hello faithful listeners! We recently completed our Star Wars Trilogy, this episode rounds out another trilogy of sorts on the podcast.  We have previously reviewed Doubt and Calvary, and this episode covers the Oscar winner for best picture, Spotlight.

Christopher Marlowe Officially Credited As Co-Author Of 3 Shakespeare Plays

George Lucas In Love (1999) (Short Film) on Vimeo

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

The Boston Globe– The Story Behind the “Spotlight” Movie

(Contains links to the original exposé)

Was The First Season Of ‘Preacher’ Even Necessary? -Uproxx

BBC – Rev.

Shaun Of TheDead / Hot Fuzz / The World’s End (Blood And Ice Cream Trilogy) [Blu-ray]

Next time we delve into laughs in the afterlife in the old movie Defending Your Life, and the new TV show “The Good Place.”  See you on the other side!

PS Yes, that is me cosplaying as Jesse Custer, the Preacher.

Episode 45: Lightning Round

Lightning_Round.jpgHello media fanatics!  This month we offer up to you a smorgasbord of TV goodness (Well, most of it was good). With the new season of fall TV just around the corner, we take a look at some of the shows that graced our screens this last spring and summer. Four shows from four networks: Hulu’s original show “The Path,” AMC’s comic book adaptation “Preacher,” the short lived “Of Kings and Prophets” from ABC, and Nat Geo’s documentary series “The Story of God” are all reviewed here. For extra info, you can check out these:

The Path on Hulu
In the Footsteps of…En Sabah Nur
The Story of God with Morgan Freeman
Of Kings and Prophets on Hulu
Of Kings and Prophets Cancelled by ABC
Cop Rock on DVD
Preacher on AMC
Preacher: What’s Going On?

Next episode will look at the award winning film Spotlight, and TV Corner will be BBC’s “Rev.” Until then, Blessings!

Episode 43: Episode VII Review

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Sorry about another long wait friends and listeners, but this podcaster had another round of eye surgeries which prevented me from doing many things, including the things I love like talking about Star Wars.  But Mike and I are back and we have loads to talk about. We have the next several episode planned out, movies and TV shows viewed, and we are going to do a marathon of recording to get them to you in a regular schedule.

First, we need to present the second in our Star Wars trilogy, our review of Star Wars VII. Next time we will finish up our Star Wars extravaganza by getting the perspective of the real world followers of the Jedi religion. Much of FIlm And Religion literature looks at how religion is portrayed in the movies, here is an excellent opportunity to see things  flow in the other direction: how films impart ideas to religion.

Vatican newspaper upset at absence of evil in new Star Wars film | Film | The Guardian

Is Star Wars The Force Awakens a rip off? JJ Abrams explains why it had to be similar to the original films

All the Backstory You Desperately Want to Know About The Force Awakens

Backward-looking The Force Awakens might pay the price beyond the west | Film | The Guardian

[Video] George Lucas Calls Disney “White Slavers” in Charlie Rose Interview | Deadline

How Star Wars The Force Awakens Should Have Ended – YouTube

Episode 42: Star Wars: The Mythology

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Star Wars
is built from the many myths and religious themes that run through human history. George Lucas said he “Tried to tell an old story in an new way.” In this month’s episode, we examine just how Lucas pulled upon the work of his friend and mentor Joseph Campbell, the world’s leading expert in the study of myth. We talk about how the myths of old informed the two trilogies, and speculate about how mythology and religion may (or may not) inform The Force Awakens.

Next time we are going to give you our review of Episode VII. Until then, may the Force be with you.

Episode Thirty-Eight: Exodus: Gods and Kings

Happy New Year! In December, Mike and I had the chance to see Exodus: Gods and Kings, and thought “Hey, we’ve done three episodes over Ridley Scott movies, how about one more?” Is it the next Gladiator or more likeAmerican Psycho? Listen to our review to find out.  In TV Corner we check out “The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible” at the suggestion of one of the friends of the podcast.

Next time we will watch the faith based God’s Not Dead and the reality show “Preachers of L.A.” Until then…

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 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-Two: Clash of the Titans

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Thank you for listening to episode 22 of CTG Podcast where we, Mike and Robert, review the movie Clash of the Titans and the TV show “Fringe.”  We discuss why the ancient Greek religion still persists in our imaginations, if those gods are really dead, and if so are we trying to be gods ourselves.

Clash of the Titans

Fringe

Fringe | ‘Fringe’: 19 Best Episodes | Photo 1 of 19 | EW.com

Along the way we talk about these tangents as well:

Sean Bean Dies in Every Movie

Super-8 Funny Movie Poster

Next time we will celebrate Easter once again by watching Monty Python’s Life of Brian.  This satirical examination of religious behavior should be required viewing for people of all faiths.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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Episode Twenty-One: Stargate

StargateWe’re back! Thank you for hanging in there last month. We wanted to bring you our best and we have that here this month with our review of the movie “Stargate” and its spin-off “Stargate SG-1.” What is more true, scientific fact or religious faith? We seek to find the answer through the Stargate (or Chapa’ai for all you true believers out there).

Stargate Wiki

Arthur C. Clarke – Wikiquote Clarke’s Three Laws

GEOS – Stargate SG-1 News Article Stargate sequels?

GateWorld » More details on Best-Lock’s new Stargate toy line

Next month we will be watching the original “Clash of the Titans” and discussing the show “Fringe” now that the series has finished. See you then and with any luck we will stay on schedule!