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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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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Episode Sixteen – Metropolis

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.


The Complete Metropolis – Kino Lorber Home Video

Japanese Visual Culture: Explorations in the World of Manga and Anime – Mark Wheeler MacWilliams – Google Books

Caprica | Syfy

FOX Broadcasting Company – Fringe TV Show – Fringe TV Series – Fringe Episode Guide

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!

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Episode Fourteen – Kingdom of Heaven

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.

Prometheus – Movie Trailers – iTunes

Kingdom of Heaven (2005) – IMDb

The Third Crusade – Middle Ages


Timber Framers Guild: Nova/WGBH Trebuchet Project

The Babble On Project – GeekPlanetOnline.com

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.

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Episode Thirteen-Anniversary Special-The Ten

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:

Exodus 20 NIV – The Ten Commandments – And God spoke – Bible Gateway

Simpsons Have Soul

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly . FEATURE . Religion and the Simpsons . July 27, 2007 | PBS

The Simpsons Archive: Religion on the Simpsons

Religion in The Simpsons – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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!

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Episode Twelve – Easter-avaganza!

Happy Easter and Passover to everyone!  Sorry about the change of plans this month, but I felt it appropriate to adhere to Mike’s advice to switch from replicants to something seasonably relevant.  The result is our Easter-avaganza in which we watch “The Last Temptation of Christ” and “The Passion of the Christ.”  Keeping with the resurrection theme (you know how we love themes!)  we then turn our attention to the recently concluded second season of “The Walking Dead.”  Here are some of the references we make if you want read some further research.

IMDB The Last Temptation

IMDB Passion

RT The Last temptation

RT Passion

Criterion’s Last Temptation page

Many Churches Look to “Passion” as evangelism tool

Film Prompts Murder Confession

Mel Gibson’s Bad Remarks

Next time we will keep it comedic, looking at the movie “The Ten” starring Paul Rudd, available on Netflix streaming, and “The Simpsons” in the TV Corner. Also, for our one year anniversary we will reminisce a bit a play some of our bloopers.  I promise we will come back to Metropolis and Caprica in a few months; like the Cylons we have a plan!

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Episode Eleven- Blade Runner (Updated)

Greetings!  On this episode we wax philosophic as we delve into the worlds of “Blade Runner” and “Battlestar Galactica.”  We ponder the meaning of death and the spiritual ramifications of mass producing synthetic humans.  Incidentally, we also get a double dose of Edward James Olmos!  Along the way we mention these spectacular websites and references.

Aiden 5 Web Series

Down & Nerdy Blog

Blade Runner

Ford in Blade Runner 2?

Ford NOT in Blade Runner 2

SQPN Battlestar Podcast

Although we didn’t mention this quote in the podcast, it is fun to see where this line came from.  In the commentary for “Blade Runner” the screenwriter mentions that this line was put in at a special request from the director.

America: A Prophecy

Next time we will continue with the replicant theme by watching the newly reconstructed Fritz Lang masterpiece “The Complete Metropolis.”  DO NOT settle for any dollar store public domain release.  Get the DVD or Blu-Ray released by Kino International or stream it on Netflix, search for Metropolis Restored.  You’ll be glad you did.  And in the TV Corner we are going to examine the short lived BSG prequel series “Caprica” available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and the entire series can also be streamed on Netflix.

(Update) Mike pointed out that I totally missed out on Easter when proposing show topics… so, change of plan! In honor of Easter we are talking about resurrection: Last Temptation of Christ, Passion of the Christ & Walking Dead.   Episode will be posted on Good Friday, April 6.

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Episode Ten: Paul

Happy New Year, o listeners of faith! Mike and I have whipped up a tantalizing episode for you this month.  As we discuss the alien road trip movie “Paul” starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Kristin Wiig, I start to speak my mind on the creation/evolution debate.  Then, Mike has some deep thoughts in TV Corner all about the classic series “X-Files.”  We hope you enjoy our dissection and discussion of these mind bending media.


Simon and Nick’s version of Star Wars

Akron Fossils and Science Center

Climate Change and Evolution in the 2012 Election

Darwin’s Pious Idea

The Lazarus Bowl X-Files Wiki

In our next episode, we will explore the ideas in Ridley Scott’s epic “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” and the 2004 re-imagining of “Battlestar Galactica” in our TV Corner.  In two months (yes, we are getting ambitious!) we will continue the  robot theme as we examine the new Kino release of Fritz Lang’s “The Complete Metropolis” and the short lived “Caprica.”  See you on the flip side!

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Episode Nine: Indiana Jones

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Happy Holidays to everyone!  Our gift to you this year is a super-sized, double length episode.  So much has happened this December that we had to get our two cents in all of it.  We have our regular movie and TV reviews on Indiana Jones and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” along with some additional discussion on a commercial and an SNL skit.  Further information can be found at these links:

Prometheus – Movie Trailers – iTunes

Indiana Jones Trivia

Siva Lingam

The Feckless Faith of Indiana Jones

The Truth Behind the Crystal Skulls

Red Letter Media-IJATKOTCS

BELIEVE!…In what??

Rick Perry -Strong

Pat Robertson Blasts Tim Tebow SNL Sketch

Bill Maher’s Tebow tweet sparks Twitter war

Guster – Stay With Me Jesus

Episode Ten will cover the alien comedy “Paul” and TV Corner will continue the theme with “X-Files.”  Watch me get on my soapbox as we get into the Creation vs. Evolution debate.  My stance on the subject will probably surprise you! Until then Happy X-mas/Hanukkah/Ramadan/Quanza/Solstice/Festivus/Life Day!

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