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. We will come back at you in July with our thoughts on last summer’s apocalyptic craziness. ¡Hasta luego!
Greetings! 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:
Bonjour! 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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!