Annihilation/2018 First Quarter Roundup

It’s been a while, but never fear – your Catholic Movie Guy and Professor Bo Bonner have been seeing all the films of 2018 so you don’t have to (unless you want to, of course)!

In this podcast, Bo and I canvass the notable films of 2018’s first three months, including: Black Panther, Paddington 2, Early Man, Death Wish, and Game Night.

We conclude with an extended discussion of the merits of writer/director Alex Garland’s Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman.

Enjoy!

 

As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar, Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA. Pic by Georges Biard (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Lady Bird (2017)/Best Films of 2017

As the Academy Awards draw closer, Bo and I get together to give our final look-back on the films of 2017.

First, we go in-depth on Lady Bird, an Oscar contender and coming-of-age story set largely in a Catholic school; Bo and I had polar-opposite reactions to this one.

Then we turn to a review of 2017. And even without consulting beforehand, we both agree on a very surprising pick for the number one spot!

Finally, a big thank you is in order to the redoubtable actor Andrew Nowak of the popular podcast The Bright Sessions, who has graciously provided voice-overs for some new segment drops throughout the podcast (backed by the music of Jahzzar).

Enjoy!

 

As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology, and backing music for all drops is Luxe, both by Jahzzar, Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA. Photo uploaded by Film Fan from studio poster via Wikipedia.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Awards season is heating up, and the Catholic Movie Guy Podcast continues apace.

This week, I again welcome Bo Bonner of The Uncommon Good on Iowa Catholic Radio to the show to discuss the 2017 Golden Globe Winner of Best Picture (Drama), Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri.

Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, it stars the great Frances McDormand as a small town mom trying to get big time justice/revenge.

The film is brutal, vulgar, touching, and beautiful – not for the fainthearted, but I liked it even more after the discussion with Bo. Enjoy!

 

As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar, Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA. Pic by Dixiekin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

The Last Jedi (2017)

If you were waiting on the Catholic Movie Guy to make up your mind about the new Star Wars, I have some good news, and some bad news.

The good news is that I loved it as much as anyone; the bad news is that I hated it as much as everyone.

Confused? Listen as Bo Bonner of Iowa Catholic Radio joins me to discuss (with limited nerdiness) the latest (and greatest/worst) Star Wars entry: the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly, The Last Jedi.

 

As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar, Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA. Pic by David Holt(Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Scrooged (1988)

‘Tis the season for Christmas movies, so here’s a short and sweet one: TheTimMan and I discuss the 1988 Bill Murray take on A Christmas Carol, Scrooged.

One of us loves it, one of us hates it, and did my wife like it?

Next week, be on the lookout for the long-awaited review of The Last Jedi.

Merry Christmas!

 

As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar, Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA. Pic by gdcgraphics (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Intolerable Cruelty (2003)/The Big Lebowski (1998)

You know how sometimes politicians will release bad news ahead of the weekend, hoping no one notices?  That’s this podcast.

We have a bit of a lull in the production schedule before The Last Jedi (nerd alert) next week, so to fill your earbuds with content, I’m releasing a lost podcast from the vault: two of the Coen Brothers’ comedies, Intolerable Cruelty and The Big Lebowski.

Not a lot of in-depth analysis, but much bourbon-fueled mirth to be found. But do check out the article referenced in the podcast on the Theology of the Bawdy.

It also contains what may be the best, “Did His Wife Like It?”  of all time.

Enjoy the show (with a forgiving ear)!

 

As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar, Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA. Pic by Gorgalore (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Fall Movie Roundup

Last 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 Fall 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 Fall 2017, including:  Blade Runner 2049, Thor, Justice League, Wonder and more. 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.

Halloween Movie Talk

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!

 

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Blade Runner 2049 (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!

 

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Flags of Our Fathers/Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

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.

The Godfather Part II (1974)

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.

The Godfather Part I (1972)

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.

Summer Movie Roundup on Iowa Catholic Radio

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.

Baby Driver (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

The Sound of Music (1965)

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.

A Few Good Men (1992)

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.

 

Creed (Best of 2015)

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

Catholic Movie Guy on Iowa Catholic Radio

Dear Listeners,

For a change of pace, I recently had the privilege of appearing on Bo Bonner and Dr. Bud Marr’s show on Iowa Catholic Radio, the Uncommon Good.  We discussed the public nature of art and why Christians need to make and imbibe quality art.

You can listen/download the podcast of the interview here.  And give them a follow/subscribe while you are at it!

True Grit (2010)

This week, I return with a mirthful TimMan to discuss one of our absolute favorites, the Coen Brothers’ 2010 masterpiece True Grit.  Our conversation views the film from a theological perspective:  all is grace (within the movie, anyway).

Those coming for a comparison to the John Wayne original will be left wanting.  But those looking for reasons why the remake is a masterpiece – fully deserving of its 10 Academy Award nominations and its spot as the CMG’s favorite Western of all time – will not be disappointed.

 

As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA. Photo by Siebbi (ipernity dot com) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Logan (2017)

Happy Easter!

This week, the Master and I breakdown the cinematic swan song of the X-Men’s Wolverine (as played by Hugh Jackman, anyway), 2017’s Logan – one of the best superhero movies (and Westerns?) of memory.

Many Catholic reviewers have deemed the movie too violent, too vulgar, nihilistic, and even blasphemous. We disagree. But to find out why, you have to download, bub.

 

As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA. Photo by Grant Brummett [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.