Episode Thirty-Six: The Master and Longmire

master_ver9How does one make a movie about Scientology without it being about Scientology? In our discussion this month, we plumb the depths of meaning lurking within the frames of Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. In TV Corner we look at the A&E western/procedural that is, ahem, on hiatus: “Longmire.” This show helps us look at faith and politics from a Native American perspective.
Next month’s episode will have a retro theme.  Oh, God! with George Burns and “Highway to Heaven” with Victor French and Michael Landon. Blessings!

Episode Thirty-Four: Frozen

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, as well as “The Leftovers” in TV Corner. We will come back at you in July with our thoughts on last summer’s apocaElsalyptic craziness. ¡Hasta luego!

UPDATE!  Here are some of the links we talked about in this episode.

Disney’s Official Frozen Page

The Gospel According to Disney’s Frozen

How Christian is Disney’s Frozen? (Not Very)

How Gay is Disney’s Frozen?

Official Resurrection Page


Episode Thirty-Three:Noah

Noah movie posterGreetings! 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:

Next Month we will be reviewing Disney’s new epic hit Frozen and ABC’s short series “Ressurection.” You can find the former on DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital, while you can still catch the latter online at Hulu Plus or ABC’s website. See you then!

Episode Thirty-Two: Les Misérables

LesMisBonjour! 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.

Les Misérables (2012) – IMDb

The Second Coming (TV Mini-Series 2003) – IMDb

Zoidberg Goes Pop

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 ctgpodcast@yahoo.com. 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!

Episode Twenty-Nine: Joyeux Noel and Veggie Tales

veggietales_with_boxesHappy 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.

The Ang Lee film Life of Pi is up for next month, as is an examination of “Doctor Who” for its portrayal of religion in the show as well as the religious devotion of its fans. So until then, ¡Feliz Navidad!

Episode Twenty-Seven: The Godfather and the Bible

GodfatherandJesusFinally! 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.
The Godfather (1972) – IMDb
The Bible Series « 100+ Million Watched #1 TV Series of 2013 The Bible Series
Obama Satan Look-Alike? ‘The Bible’ Mini-Series Producers Call Rumors ‘Utter Nonsense’ (VIDEO)
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!

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Episode Twenty-Three: Life of Brian


life-of-brianOnce 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.

Monty Python’s Life of Brian – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Monty Python’s Flying Circus – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Friday Night, Saturday Morning – Monty Python’s Life of Brian – YouTube

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!

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Special Announcement

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.

The Superhero Delusion: How Superhero Movies created the Sad Perfect Badass Messiah, and what that says about America | PopWatch | EW.com

Jedis And Pastafarians: Real Religion Or Just A Joke?

Avengers – Meeting God – MEME, Funny Pictures and LOL

Big Mike’s Everything Emporium – YouTube

See you next month!

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Episode Eighteen: The Exorcist and Constantine

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!


The Exorcist (1973) – IMDb

Constantine (2005) – IMDb


Removing Demonic Oppression | Leadership Journal


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!

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Episode Seventeen-Planet of the Apes

“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.

Planet of the Apes: The Forbidden Zone

*Planet of the Apes* as American Myth: Race, Politics, and Popular Culture – Eric Greene – Google Books

The Stand – Stephen King – Google Books

OverDrive – Global distributor of digital eBooks, audiobooks, music & video for library, school & retail


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.

Michael Clarke Duncan Dead at 54 | Fox News Latino

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