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.


For our fabulous fifteenth podcast, the Brewmaster General and I tackle the controversial 2016 film Silence.  Directed by Martin Scorsese and based on the Shusaku Endo novel of the same name, the film tackles big issues: faith, love, evil, acculturation, martyrdom, and apostasy.

Silence is a beautiful, gruesome, depressing, hopeful, infuriating, enlightening, and all-around difficult film;  one which is neither the anti-Catholic (or apostasy encouraging) screed nor faith-affirming propaganda some reviews would have you believe.  For the well-formed conscience, it presents many worthy ideas for consideration, meditation, and discussion; but does it satisfactorily resolve them?

Forewarned is forearmed – this movie spoils the movie and the book in a major way, but I think this is a movie/book that is actually better to have spoiled before watching/reading.


As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA.  Painting of the Nagasaki Martyrs by the Cuzco School [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.