Happy 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.
Finally! 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.
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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!
Once 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.
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!
Hello folks! I know you guys were expecting a full podcast but things are still a little crazy from the holiday busy-ness. We will still be giving you a podcast covering Stargate and Stargate SG-1, only it will be arriving in the beginning of February. In the meantime, Mike and I have some exciting news to share so download this brief segment for the big announcement. Also, here are some interesting websites Mike and I have dug up to satiate you film and religion desires.
See you next month!
Welcome to the Halloween episode of Checking the Gate, where we examine the religious veracity of the classic horror movie “The Exorcist” and the more recent (and not so classic) “Constantine.” We look at the fictions put forth in these movies, the former based on a novel and the latter based on graphic novels, to see if they line up with reality. We have a lot of laughs along the way!
Next month we will have a Kirk Cameron Special! We will watch the movie “Fireproof” and also mention the film “Left Behind.” In TV Corner we will discuss the merits of the new game show “The American Bible Challenge” hosted by Jeff Foxworthy on the Game Show Network. See you in a few weeks!
“A planet where apes evolve from men?” This and other mind boggling questions are tackled in this month’s epic podcast on the “Planet of the Apes” series of movies. In our TV/Book corner we review Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic spiritual spectacular: The Stand. We have not had as much fun recording since our “Dune” episode, and we hope you enjoy it too. As always, here are some links for further study.
Next show is in October which is Halloween time. So, in honor of this ancient holiday we will be watching two movies: “The Exorcist” and “Constantine;” both are different takes on the Catholic-inspired horror genre and should make for some interesting comparison. See you all then!
Update: Since we recorded this episode, one of the stars of the 2001 “Planet of the Apes,” Micheal Clarke Duncan, has passed away at the age of 54 due to natural causes following a heart attack. Our thoughts and prayers are for his family, friends, and fans. All of us will miss him.
Welcome to episode sixteen, on Lang’s classic Metropolis and the short lived Caprica, of Checking the Gate: A Film and Religion Podcast. As you may remember, we delayed this episode to focus on Christ centered movies for Easter earlier in the year. At last, we are able to turn our attention to the Medieval religious imagery in an an Expressionist film, to the ethics of cheating death and playing God, and to lamenting unfulfilled promises. Here are some links for those of keen interest.
Septembers episode is going to cover another classic sci-fi piece, the original “Planet of the Apes.” We will most likely touch on the sequel ”Beneath the Planet of the Apes” and the 2001 remake, but the later two are not required viewing. We will also be discussing the book/miniseries of Stephen King’s The Stand, as TV Corner slowly morphs into Book Corner. Until then remember, the mediator of the hed and the hands must be the heart…so say we all!
Greetings! For the last month since Prometheus was released, the whole internet community has been scratching their heads, asking questions, and submitting theories over Ridley Scott’s latest cinematic journey. We join in the fervor with our latest episode as we look at some of the popular theories and give you some of our own. As always we try to hone in on the religious subtext. Space Jesus, Xenomorph worshipers, the mystery of Creation–we look at it all. Plus, we add in some extra dialogue from our episode on Paul to add to the creation conversation. Here are the links we refer to during the show.
Next time we will (finally) do a show we planned several months ago, but postponed for our Easter episode. We are going to check out the original “Metropolis,” and in the TV Corner, “Caprica.” Both can be found on Netflix, DVD, and Blu-Ray.
Welcome to Episode 14 of CTGPodcast on Ridley Scott’s “Kingdom of Heaven.” Mike and I are eagerly anticipating the release of Scott’s new movie “Prometheus,” so we decided to take another look at his epic of the Third Crusade. We also have some fun extras that we cut from older episodes for time or for being tangential.
Given the super secret nature of the “Prometheus” marketing campaign, it is hard to tell how much theological issues will be touched on in the film, although early interviews and more recent reviews seem to suggest it is more than worthy for our podcast. Though we are tentatively planning on reviewing this movie next month, we are going to err on the side of caution. Watch this website, our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/CTGPodcast), or our Twitter feed (twitter.com/CTGPodcast) for any updates.
May the Fourth be with you! This month’s episode happens to fall on National Star Wars day, but we here at CTGPodcast are celebrating for a different reason. We have been at this for a year now, and Mike and I thank you for listening to us! So in this super-sized episode we have our reviews of “The Ten” starring Paul Rudd, among others, “The Simpsons,” and a variety of outtakes that we have accumulated over the last year. For further investigation you can check out these resources:
Next month we are going to look at the Ridley Scott movie “Kingdom of Heaven” and also listen to some extra conversations that didn’t make it into previous episodes. Thank you again for listening and have a blessed day!