Episode 59: The Nun Special

Nuns are fascinating. Through the years, so many movies and TV shows have drawn inspiration from their lives, from the sublime (The Nun’s Story) to the ridiculous (“The Flying Nun”).  Our selections fall widely along that spectrum but, all of them are recent, having been released in that last few years.  First up, is the comedy The Little Hours and the drama Novitiate. We follow those movies with the melodramatic BBC show “Call the Midwife” and the Netflix true-crime docu-series “The Keepers.”

The Decameron

Novitiate Catholic News review

Novitiate IMDb reviews

Priest’s DNA Not A Match

We look at more recently released media next month, with the new Ethan Hawk effort First Reformed and the popular CBS series “God Friended Me”

Episode 58: Fred Rogers Special – Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

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What was Fred Rogers most scandelous secret? The docudrama at the heart of today’s podcast, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, delves into this provocative question and other details from Fred Rogers’ life.  (Apparently, the most scandelous thing he did was give a generation a sense of entitlement because he taught them that everyone was special!) We also take a trip down memory lane and recall some of our favorite episodes of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” of which many episode can be found streaming on Amazon Prime. The movie is now available for streaming and on Blu-Ray or DVD.

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Episode Guide

Mister Rogers’ Nieghborhood on Amazon Prime

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Official Site

Seeing that the new horror film The Nun is in theaters, we decided NOT to review that movie.  Insead we will look at some other movies about sisters of faith, including the 2017 film Noviciate and the comedy The Little Hours.  Carrying on the theme in TV corner, we’ll look at the British show “Call the Midwife” and the Netflix original “The Keepers.” So come back next time, you’ll have thing you’ll want to talk about. We…will…too!

Episode 54: 2017 Review & 2018 Preview

IMG_20180318_190940.jpgDo you ever experience what I call the “Moebius Strip of Conversation?” I experience it quite often.  It is where one starts a conversation on one subject, and then through the natural process of carrying on a rambling conversation, one comes through the twists and turns of that palaver to the same subject. We do that here in our review of last year and what we look forward to this year.

Next time we return to our regular format, going back to the old Steven Martin vehicle Leap of Faith. Keeping with the theme we will look at variety of local and national televangelist shows to see where they are in the current day and age.

Episode 52: Persepolis and Buddha

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Sorry about the wait for this episode, I started work again for the church and my time for editing has greatly decreased. The good news is that Mike and I have two more episodes in the can and they will be released shortly. But our latest episode is here, and we are watching the Oscar nominated Persepolis, about an Iranian girl’s experience growing up in Iran and France, and the Indian import “Buddha,” dramatising the life of the ancient sage.

Persepolis (2007) – IMDb

Guatama Buddha – Wikipedia

Next episode we tackle more familiar territory with another docu-drama based on the life of prominent Christian, Lee Strobel, The Case for Christ. Then in TV corner, the ABC comedy “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World.” See you soon…

Episode 51: The Chosen People? and American Gods

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What does it mean to be one of God’s chosen? Is it a blessing, a curse, a responsibility, or a privilege? Or is it all of the above? The film The Chosen People? A Film About Jewish Identity, asks these very questions. This movie is an independent effort by filmmaker Joshua Gippin. After getting funded on Kickstarter three years ago, Josh is ready to release his film October 9th, 2017 at the Summit of Faiths during Peace Week in our hometown of Akron, OH.  Look for it at a film festival near you.  Mike and I got to see a preview of the movie this summer.  I am especially excited about this film, because not only did I help fund the movie on Kickstarter, but I also have a small part in the movie itself!

 

Mike and I have also eagerly anticipated the Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name, “American Gods.”  I read the book at Mike’s recommendation, and he has not steered me wrong.  But does the show stand as tall as the novel? Listen to find out.

 

Next time we will continue our exploration of religions other than Christianity.  (We need a break after the massive amount of Christploitation we covered in our last episode!) First up is the French-Iranian animated feature Persepolis based on the graphic novels, and then the Indian television series “Buddha” which is available to stream on Netflix. Until then, shalom.

 

The Chosen People? A Documentary on Jewish Identity

http://www.chosenpeoplefilm.com/

American Gods Official Site | STARZ

 

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 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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