Episode 11 – The Other Christmas (?) Movies Podcast

Episode 11 is here!

We all know the 12 days of Christmas START, not end, on Christmas Day. Still, sometimes by Christmas day you’ve seen all the Christmas classics and, quite frankly, are sick of them. We discussed our favorite classic Christmas movies on Episode 8, which you should check out if you haven’t already.

For those who have worn out all the classic movies already, for this lighthearted post-Christmas-day-but-still-Christmas-season episode (affectionately titled, “Christmas Detritus”), theTimMan and I stay in the Christmas spirit by discussing some lesser-known Christmas or Christmas-ish movies. Expand your Christmas-ish movie horizons, or at least laugh with (at) us, won’t you?


As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com) CC BY-SA. Photo by Harke [GFDL  or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Catholic Movie Guy on Iowa Catholic Radio

For those who can’t get enough Catholic Movie Guy audio, I was interviewed by Iowa Catholic Radio’s the Uncommon Good program in the recent past.  That interview is airing today, December 28th, at 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m on Iowa Catholic Radio.  Those outside of Iowa can listen online here.

If you miss it live, don’t fret: you can download the Uncommon Good Podcast shortly after airing via iTunes or Android. Check out the show’s website for more information.

We discussed why I started the podcast and the reasons for having a podcast on popular culture from a Catholic’s perspective.  Hope you enjoy.

Podcast Episode 10 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Episode 10 has arrived, just in time for Festivus (not to mention Christmas) listening.

On this episode, I am joined by special guest Bo Bonner, Director of Campus Ministry and Assistant Professor at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA.  Bo is a smart guy, movie buff, and medium-level Star Wars nerd. 

Fear not if you haven’t seen it: we discuss the film and its place in the Star Wars universe spoiler-free for the large majority of the podcast.  Toward the last third or so, after a clear warning, we head into spoiler territory. 

We discuss the moral implications of the film, the religious aspects of the force in the movie, the excellent action sequences, and why it’s a worthy addition to the Star Wars canon.

Merry Christmas to all!


As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com) CC BY-SA. Photo by Tkgd2007 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Podcast Episode 9 – A Man for All Seasons

Episode 9, feeling fine.

On this week’s podcast, we tackle an all time classic, A Man for All Seasons.  Currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Academy Award winner never fails to impress.  Poignant and resonant, it is a movie that, despite or perhaps because of its release date and subject matter, feels just as relevant today as ever.

We discuss the movie in light of recent events in the pontificate of Pope Francis in addition to the purely historical aspects of St. Thomas’ predicament.  We also meet Bourbon TimMan and find out my wife’s thoughts on the film.



As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com) CC BY-SA.  Above photo by Colin Smith [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.

Podcast Episode 8 – Best Christmas Movies

‘Tis the season to watch the movies!

Even though it’s still over two weeks away, we are here to prepare you for Christmas.  On this hard-hitting, extra-long, bonanza blowout episode of the podcast, we canvass our favorite Christmas movies.  TheTimMan and I propose four of our own picks and finally agree on the best Christmas movie of all time.  What makes a film a “Christmas movie” anyway?  Is It’s a Wonderful Life theologically problematic, or am I just jaded and cynical?  Are your favorite Christmas movies just the movies you watched as an adolescent?  What’s the best version of the Christmas Carol?  What does my wife think about all this?

Lots of banter and good viewing/listening suggestions for the season.  Enjoy!


As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com) CC BY-SA.

Photo and tree by Magnus Manske (From wiki en: Christmas_tree.jpg) GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons.