Episode 60: First Reformed


Hello! It’s been a while, and I know you’ve missed us.  We review a quality movie and TV show for you toady, to make up for the long absence. We have acclaimed indie film First Reformed and hit CBS show “God Friended Me.”

Look for some more exciting news in the future, we have big plans for the next step of the podcast.

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?


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 57: Come Sunday and Lucifer


Heretics and Devils. Some would say they are not mutually exclusive, some would look closer at who is calling the kettle black. Then there are some who would say, “That’s a good idea for a TV show!” That’s what were talking about on today’s podcast, the result of the latter.  Come Sunday is a docudrama and “Lucifer” is a crime procedural.  “Wait…huh?” you might say, but yes, Lucifer has more in common with Castle than it does with American Horror Story. Both shows will soon be on Netflix…coincidence?

Wikipedia – Carlton Pearson

Lucifer TV Series: One Million Moms Continues to Urge FOX to Discontinue TV Series, Lucifer

Netflix saves Lucifer TV series

Another theme episode is in store for our next podcast. We will look at the life and work of Fred Rogers as we review Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (which should be available for home viewing by the time the episode is released) and the eternal show “Mr Roger’s Neighborhood” (of which at great deal of episodes can be found on Amazon Prime).

Episode 56: Samson & Paul: Apostle of Christ


Hello again, we are here in a timely fashion to give you three reviews!  We bring you the Pureflix version of Samson, as well as Paul: Apostle of Christ.  The cool thing about the last movie is that we got to see a rough cut sneak preview of the film in February, about a month and a half before it was realesed in theaters on Easter weekend.  Then, in TV Corner, we talk about the live, Easter Sunday broadcast of NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar.

Next episode, we will look at teh Netflix film Come Sunday and the recently cancelled “Lucifer” which is still available on Hulu. For all our American listeners, happy 4th of July. For all of our international listeners, we apologize.

Episode 55: Leap of Faith


A happy Jesus morning to you, as Eanest Angley would say.  We have another themed episode all about Televangelists. First up is the Steve Martin classic, Leap of Faith, with a whole cast of “look who that was before they were famous!” Then in TV corner, we watch some real evengelists, taking a look at Pat Robertson’s “The 700 Club,” Jim Bakker’s new YouTube channel, and local NE Ohio televangelist Ernest Angley.

IMDb –  Leap of Faith (1992)

This Former 700 Club Producer Wants to “Make Amends to a Whole Generation of Christians”

ABC Family, No Matter What It Calls Itself, Can’t Get Rid of Pat Robertson’s The 700 Club

The Jim Bakker Show

The shocking allegations rocking Rev. Ernest Angley’s Ohio megachurch

Appeals court overturns ruling against televangelist Ernest Angley over use of unpaid workers at buffet

Guardians sue Ernest Angley Ministries on behalf of elderly Chicago woman

Next time we look at just a few of the plethora of movies that have arrived in time for Easter this year, Samson and Paul, Apostle of Christ. In TV corner we have the live Easter special “Jesus Christ Superstar” We’ll see you then!


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 53: The Case For Christ

IMG_20180318_185821.jpgFaith based movies are getting better, both in production values and the quality of the end product.  But does The Case for Christ live up to these expectaions? And why doesn’t “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”? have any buzz?  We attempt to answer these questions and moree in this episode.

The Case for Christ official website

The Case for Christ (2017) – IMDb

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World – Wikipedia

‘Kevin (Probably) Saves the World’ Renewed or Cancelled for Season 2 TVLINE

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (TV Series 2017– ) – IMDb

Next episode will be our Easter Special, 2017 in review and a 2018 preview. Thanks once again for listening!

Episode 52: Persepolis and Buddha


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


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


American Gods Official Site | STARZ