Catholic Movie Guy Podcast

Catholic Movie Guy Podcast
By Catholic Movie Guy
About this podcast
I'm Steve - the Catholic Movie Guy. A Catholic, a guy, and a movie lover. I started this podcast to discuss films of all kinds, old and new, from a Catholic perspective - because Catholics like movies, too. https://catholicmovieguy.com.

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Oct. 26, 2017
Hey there movie-people! Today I'm joined by first-time guest Charlie Backer: entrepreneur, musician, and horror aficionado. With only a few days until All Hallow's Eve, we discuss a Catholic perspective on the horror genre.  Why is it acceptable (and good, even?) for a conscientious person to watch a horror flick?  Plus, we give a run-down of our favorite preternatural-focused scary movies for your viewing discomfort.   As referenced on the podcast, here are some of my favorite articles on the subject: My High Holy Day, John Zmirak. The Fun of Fear, Dan Lord. Catholicism and Horror, Steven Greydanus.   And when you watch one of our recommendations, throw some Hot Charlie's on your popcorn!   As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar, Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA. Photo by 3268zauber (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Wikimedia Commons.
Oct. 17, 2017
Hey there, fellow humans! Our old friend, Professor Bo Bonner, joins me to discuss the visually stunning and morally interesting sequel, Blade Runner 2049. Directed by the great Denis Villeneuve, the current title-holder for "Most Pro-Life Movie Director," the film is long, sprawling, bleak, hopeful, and riveting.  Despite the film being a relative dud at the box office, it should be on the short list of best films of the year.  Also: perhaps the film contains an example of the non-gratuitous use of nudity in film?  Listen for the verdict!   As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar, Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA. Photo by By ManoSolo13241324 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons Wikimedia Commons.
Sept. 29, 2017
With the threat of nuclear war a daily news story, you may want to kick your feet up and drink yourself into a coma.  But that's no way to live! So, instead, get into the trenches with TheTimMan and me - this week we discuss two acclaimed war films, the 2006 Clint Eastwood-directed companion pieces, Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. We find both films outpace the typical war film, for different reasons, and Letters from Iwo Jima belongs in any discussion of the best war films ever made.  My wife may or may not chime in.  Enjoy!   As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar, Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA. Photo by Christopher Hollis for Wdwic Pictures [CC-BY 2.5 or Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Sept. 7, 2017
Here it is, the most highly anticipated sequel since whatever the latest Star Wars movie was - the second half of our Godfather discussion, focusing on the equally great (or greater) film, The Godfather Part II (1974). I (correctly) favor Part II, while TheTimMan prefers the easy-pleaser that is Part I.  My wife casts the deciding vote. We discuss the melancholic younger brother (no wonder I like it!) at length, including Al Pacino's incredible performance and some of the Catholic background environs. Enjoy!   As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar, Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA. Photo author unknown [public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Aug. 17, 2017
Hey there, faithful listener - long time, no see (or hear)! The reasons for the relatively lengthy layoff are nothing compared to the payoff:  thetimman and I discuss - at length - a movie that needs no introduction, the absolute masterpiece, the stone-cold classic, The Godfather Part I. We examine everything from Tim's Brando impersonation to what the movie has to say about the pre-Vatican II Church, and even learn whether or not my wife liked it. It got so long, in fact, that we had to push the discussion of The Godfather Part II to a second podcast, to be released in the near future. Enjoy!   As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar, Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA. Photo by Zarateman (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons.
July 28, 2017
This week I was graciously invited on The Uncommon Good show on Iowa Catholic Radio (heard on 1150 AM, 88.5 FM, and 94.5 FM) with Dr. Bud Marr and Bo Bonner to discuss the movies of Summer 2017.  For the convenience of my legions of fans, they have also graciously allowed me to post the entire hour-long show here on my feed. We canvassed many of the movies of Summer 2017, including: Dunkirk, Baby Driver, War for the Planet of the Apes, Cars 3, Despicable Me 3, Wonder Woman, and Spider-Man: Homecoming.  Listen so you can make an informed decision as to which to drop your hard-earned cash on (if any). Enjoy, and then go watch some movies!   As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA.
July 14, 2017
Howdy podcast peoples! This week TheTimMan and I actually discuss a new release: the high-octane film Baby Driver, the latest film from Edgar Wright of Cornetto Trilogy fame. Not to be confused with the chauffeur for The Boss Baby, this awesome heist flick is many things:  a genre movie, a thrill ride (see what I did there), a thoughtful piece on young love, a karmic justice dispenser, and an extended music video. As Bill Simmons has said, "I'm giving it 24 out of 10 stars." But who cares about the movie - you can just listen to us talk about it, whether you have seen it or not!  And that's what's important.   As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA. Photo by By Eva Rinaldi [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
June 28, 2017
Ah, the dreaded musical! Following a long layoff, the podcast returns from the depths of technical difficulties.  First, I briefly discuss a very interesting new book by Joe Jordan about Robert Wise, legendary Hollywood director, called Robert Wise: The Motion Pictures. Then the Master Bo Bonner and I squabble over the merits of Wise's classic musical, The Sound of Music, with an eye toward His Excellency Bishop Williamson's famous letter. The hills are again alive with the sound of podcasting.  Enjoy!   As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA. Photo by 20th Century Fox [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
June 3, 2017
As you head into the weekend, what would be better than relaxing and meditating on code, honor, and loyalty with our podcast on 1992's A Few Good Men?  Some might say this would have been more appropriate for LAST weekend, being Memorial Day and all, but those people have unrealistically high standards for an ad hoc operation like the Catholic Movie Guy Podcast. Long a source of disagreement between myself and theTimMan, we present our cases on the pod: he attempts to nail the movie for high crimes against cinema, while I raise the affirmative defense of it holding the Intercontinental Cable Championship Belt. Listen to make sense of the above, or merely be a good soldier and download regardless.   As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA. Photo by Hendrike (Own work) [GFDL  or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.  
May 23, 2017
And we're back! It's been too long, as life and personal misfortune intruded on my bodcasting.  But here we are with a special Emergency Podcast - Tim Saw a Sports Movie/new entry in our Best of 2015 Series, the Rocky sequel, Creed. We examine why I think the movie is a superlative sports movie, and why Tim thinks the fact that its a sports movie means it can't be superlative. Plus, we discuss some low key Catholic themes underlying the movie. Enjoy, or, at least, download!   As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA. Photo by Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons
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