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Best Filmliterature podcasts we could find (updated December 2019)
Best Filmliterature podcasts we could find
Updated December 2019
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A podcast autopsy of media: how we consume it and how it informs our everyday culture.
 
This is a podcast brought to you by the Archdiocese of Regina where we attempt to navigate this winding road of faith in Jesus Christ so that we might know him more intimately, love him more profoundly and together serve him more deeply in our daily lives.
 
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In part two of our time with guest, Patrick Malone, we delve deeper into our conversation on film, literature, and faith with a look at Christ figures in popular movies. We'll take a look at James Bond in "Skyfall", Batman in the "Dark Knight" and the "Dark Knight Rises" and discuss the personification of evil as portrayed in the recent film "J ...…
 
The National Day of Prayer In Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples which coincides with the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12) and the concerns around Indigenous statues at the Vatican is a perfect time to revisit a past show topic. In this part one of two, we'll discuss Our Lady's role in enculturating the Gospel through dress, languag ...…
 
Thank you to our Co-producer patron Kevin Wetter for selecting this week's topic! This 1994 indie rock album means a lot to its fans as proof positive that you can survive a romantic breakup. We look at the small business that drove its creation and try to put ourselves in the shoes of the listeners who cherish it. Interested in the media we di ...…
 
Who is St. Ignatius of Loyola and why does the story of this former soldier, and founder of the Jesuits continue to inspire the Church today? In response to a listener question, we discuss the history and the spiritual gifts of this Spanish saint as we carry on this pilgrim's journey, this week on Thinking Faith! Find out more about Ignatian Sp ...…
 
This animated series was an MTV oddity, televised between 1991 and 1994 in a blur of non-linear, ambiguous chunks. We talk about how creator Peter Chung got this made while inserting symbolic references to the limits of 1990's storytelling. We also wonder why we're so nostalgic for a simpler time when our entertainment was more nebulous and wei ...…
 
As one liturgical year comes to an end and another one is set to begin, we reflect on the great Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe who rules not through political savvy and raw, authoritarian power, but from the Cross. On the cusp of Advent, we take time to reflect on what it means to follow a crucified King, in this Bonus Episode ...…
 
You ask, we answer! Listener Elaine asks for a bit of information on Sts. Thomas Aquinas and Ignatius of Loyola - two of Brett and Eric's favs. This week we discuss St. Thomas. We'll look at how Brett and "The Angelic Saint" became best buddies, a bit of history and why the Church is a better place because of this medieval Dominican saint this ...…
 
This 1975 children's book by Roald Dahl is about class conflict and an idealized relationship between a child and their parent. We talk about Dahl's notoriously disagreeable personality while trying to reconcile it with this genuinely joyful story. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it throu ...…
 
This 2017 graphic novel is a memoir about growing up, figure skating, and coming out of the closet. We talk about how Walden approached the project with guidance from her editor while we look at the comics industry as a whole and the tensions between the book market and the direct market. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Pleas ...…
 
With nearly $180 Billion spent on film and literature around the world in the past year, it's easy to see how deeply ingrained the desire for story and narrative is in the human heart. In the midst of all the conversation around the favorite films of friends and family, what might our Catholic faith have to contribute? We're talking film, liter ...…
 
This 2018 concept album is about reckoning, celebrating, and reclaiming what it means to be American. We discuss how Monáe uses her platform to advocate for queer and black women while working with big record labels to also produce commercial success. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it th ...…
 
Election day saw every one of us cooperating with evil in one way or another. What exactly do the Church and moral theology have to say about such a situation and how does this apply in our daily lives beyond election years? Deacon Eric and Dr. Brett spend some time defining terms, discussing options, and asking that all-important question "How ...…
 
This is a special repost of the first episode of our Patreon-only series, SuperKINGcontext. Stephen King's first novel was adapted into this 1976 cautionary movie about adolescence, bullying, and female representation by a team of middle-aged men. How does the male gaze impact this story that is so often referred to as "feminist"? Interested in ...…
 
With Halloween fast approaching what better time than to delve into the question of spells and magic and all things Potter? Does the Catholic Church teach that magic is real? What about other works of fiction and fantasy? What role to do parents have in making decisions about what kids read and what kinds of conversations are possible around th ...…
 
This political comedy podcast makes over a million dollars a year from its Patreon subscribers alone. We try to unpack how it gets made while learning more about the personal values associated with the "dirtbag left." Chapo Trap House podcast on Soundcloud Additional Resources: Meet Chapo Trap House: The Funniest and Most F**ked Up New Podcast ...…
 
In our fourth and final chat with Dr. Charles Camosy of Fordham University, we examine issues of ecology, ethical farming, poverty, and government-sanctioned violence. How does our #throwawayculture infect each of these areas and can a consistent life ethic provide a holistic antidote? The doctor is in, this week on Thinking Faith!…
 
This 2015 comic mixes folklore and magic with science and technology. We discuss how each creator brings their own experimentation to the project, and how it's been received by the comic book industry and its more philosophical readers. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affil ...…
 
In this part three of four Dr. Brett Salkeld and Deacon Eric Gurash sit down with Dr. Charlie Camosy of Fordham University to discuss issues of sex and sexuality, reproductive biotechnologies and abortion. They'll examine the ways our throwaway culture affects our approaches to these issues and examine how the principles of a consistent life et ...…
 
This collection of non-fiction essays attempts to define two modes of storytelling by providing examples of each from popular culture. We talk about how Fisher's argument fits into our larger discussions of horror stories and how his definitions may be useful for considering the end of capitalism. Interested in the media we discussed this episo ...…
 
In this part two of four, Eric and Brett continue their conversation with Dr. Charlie Camosy, professor of Ethics at Fordham University, NY regarding his recent book "Resisting Throwaway Culture: How a consistent life ethic can unite a fractured people". What do we mean by a consistent ethic of life? Are there any basic principles to base such ...…
 
Thank you to our Co-producer patron Kevin Wetter for selecting this week's topic! This 2009 TV show, helmed by Joss Whedon, was meant to be a thematic exploration of identity and sexuality but many have argued about its problematic story. Was that because of corporate interference or Whedon's own issues with feminist representation? Interested ...…
 
Dr. Charlie Camosy, professor of Ethics at Fordham University in New York, joins Eric and Brett during this Reverence for Life month in the Archdiocese of Regina. In this first of a four-part series on his latest book "Resisting Throwaway Culture" they'll look at the broad and problematic cultural and political context we find ourselves in and ...…
 
THIS IS A REPOST OF A 2016 EPISODE. As the release of the film JOKER looms, we revisit our discussion about Batman, the Joker, and ambiguity. Looking back on the Batman film “The Dark Knight,” does it stand for anything? Or does it simply soak up whatever morals we bring to it? Christopher Nolan’s intentions remain mysterious, but we do our bes ...…
 
In this final episode of three stemming from this summer's PEW study finding that 70% of Catholic do not believe what the church teaches about Christ's presence in the Eucharist, Eric and Brett take a look at how the idea of Real Presence and Transubstantiation developed in the Church and ways we can help Catholic encounter and experience Chris ...…
 
Thank you to our Co-producer patron Miriam Meaney for selecting this week's topic! This 1985 Peter Greenaway film approaches storytelling with the perspective that there is no meaning to reality despite our organized attempts to create it. We talk about how Greenaway uses the traditions of Dutch paintings and anatomical animal studies to get th ...…
 
Deacon Eric and Dr. Brett continue the discussion on the latest PEW study suggesting that 70% of Catholics do not believe what the Church teaches about Christ's Real Presence in the Eucharist. This week they will look at two popular responses to the issue made soon after the study's release. We're walking the line between liturgies and educatio ...…
 
Thank you to our Co-producer patron Chris Marlton for selecting this week's topic! This 2002 Japanese art film is slow, meticulously shot, and has wonderful, ornate costumes. We discuss how it was influenced by a form of traditional puppetry but should be approached more like a meditative painting. Interested in the media we discussed this epis ...…
 
Wherein Deacon Eric and Brett wade into the recent PEW Study on the Eucharist which claimed nearly 2/3rds of Catholics do not believe in Christ's Real Presence in the Eucharist. In this part 1 of 3 they'll discuss what this most recent study asked, didn't ask, could have asked. Trying to get to the bottom of a Eucharistic Hullabaloo this week o ...…
 
In this 1978 non-fiction book, Gardner argues that art and writing should be moral and that his peers in the literary community are immoral for failing to uphold this tradition. We discuss Gardner's tragic life story while trying to process this debate and whether he was right, wrong or just an asshole. Interested in the media we discussed this ...…
 
In this part two of two, Deacon Eric and guest host Ryan Leblanc (www.thinkcatholic.ca) wrap up the discussion of Catholics and rest. They'll look at the examples of rest and Sabbath that Jesus gives in the Gospels, talk possible patron Saints of rest...and try to catch a few, restful Zzz's, this week on Thinking Faith!…
 
This podcast started in 2012 as a fictional update from a strange, supernatural town. With guest Dave Moore, we discuss how this successful production is made while unpacking the utopian ideal it creates with a kind of drab mundanity. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Find out more at their website and tell them we sent you. We ...…
 
As these final weeks of summer draw out, Deacon Eric Gurash and guest host Ryan Leblanc (www.thinkcatholic.ca) sit back and relax in this two-part set to discuss, well, sitting back and relaxing. Is there a Catholic approach to taking it easy? Does God ever take a day off for himself? Are there any saints of rest and leisure? We're taking it ea ...…
 
This 2005 video game tried to capture the atmosphere and experience of H. P. Lovecraft's mythos. It is now called a commercial failure and a cult classic. We discuss its unique, immersive gameplay, and its Lovecraftian approach to knowledge as a thing to fear. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchas ...…
 
A jump in listeners over the summer has Deacon Eric and Brett asking "Who are you?" and wondering what led you to the podcast. We'll read some listener mail, toss around potential show ideas and talk about some of our most popular episodes. Casting our nets far and wide this week on Thinking Faith!By Eric Gurash
 
This 2015 comic series is an attempt to tell "the ultimate H.P. Lovecraft" story, so we dive deep into the cold, clinical research process behind it. We also discuss this story's relationship with sexual violence, racism, American mythology, capitalism and... comic book fandom. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support t ...…
 
This week we continue our summer bible study introduction to the Gospel of Matthew. We'll wrap up our look at some of those background pieces like who Matthew was writing to and talk about that 'Synoptic Problem' you might have heard of. Finally, we'll dive into a few of the key themes Matthew works with throughout the gospel. Dust off those bi ...…
 
This 1986 horror film adapted an H.P. Lovecraft story into a transgressive "video nasty" about repressed sexuality. We learn about the production methods that brought its "pineal glands" to life, while discussing Lovecraft's fear of sex in contrast with From Beyond's smashing of taboos. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please ...…
 
These dogs days of summer are made for reading so why not pick up the greatest story ever told and find a shady spot under your favorite tree, in the back yard or at the beach. In this two-part series, Deacon Eric will lead you through an introduction to the Gospel of Matthew that will set you up to encounter this amazing Gospel in ways you hav ...…
 
This 2016 novel explores sci-fi and horror in the 1950s from the perspective of an African-American family already accustomed to prejudice and dread. We have an uncomfortable conversation about how it addresses H.P. Lovecraft's racism and the question of whether a white author should tell stories about the black experience. Interested in the me ...…
 
Deacon Eric and Brett sit down to examine relations between Catholics and Islam. Do we believe in the same God? Is Islam inherently violent? What does the Church actually say about the relationship between our two faiths? We're thinking about Islam this week on Thinking Faith! Bonus Content: NOSTRA AETATE - DECLARATION ON THE RELATION OF THE CH ...…
 
This 1988 Japanese anime film broke the bank with its high production budget, but it is still remembered for its masterful artwork and deep themes about adolescence and post-war dystopia. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Akira Additional Resources: Akira: Th ...…
 
Sickness and death. Tornadoes and Asteroids. The frustrating and often tragic imperfections of life this side of eternity. At times these are explained as the result of living in a 'Fallen World' - but what does that mean? Did the Fall break the world? And if so, How? Deacon Eric and Brett tackle a challenging listener question this week on Thi ...…
 
Thanks to our Co-producer Miriam Meaney for this week's topic! This 1964 collection of short science fiction stories shows a writer in conflict with his own genre in the wake of horrible family tragedy. We discuss Ballard's interest in psychological inner space and speculative fiction to better understand his role in the history of literature. ...…
 
Father Parker Love enjoyed his time in studio so much that he thought he'd come back with a topic sure to raise some eyebrows. Deacon Eric and Brett get together with Fr. Parker to discuss the Vatican's latest document on Gender Theory for Educators looking at the guidelines it offers, and some of its critiques. Is Fr. Parker trying to break th ...…
 
This album from 2000 came out more than 20 years into the career of this genre fusing music group. We look at their commercial apex and their struggles with racist expectations to understand what led to this attempt at a new beginning. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affili ...…
 
Since Friday, June 14 we've had three brand new priests hanging around looking for things to do, people to bless, Masses to say. In the midst of this flurry of activity, Deacon Eric and Brett managed to snag newly minted Father Parker Love to speak about his journey to the priesthood and his hopes and dreams as a priest for the Archdiocese of R ...…
 
This 2017 Netflix television show is a critically acclaimed fictional depiction of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling that were popular in the 1980s. We discuss how the show's creators handle representation of stereotypes while also criticizing the worst of America's fears. Additional resources: Get in the Ring: How ‘GLOW’ Recreates the Golden Ag ...…
 
In a surprise, bonus episode of Teaching Catholicism to Protestants, Dr. Brett, and Deacon Eric dig into final exams. What kinds of questions and answers would a group of Protestant Pastors and theology students give, what kinds of questions would get asked, and how would you answer them? This week on thinking Faith!…
 
After a brief pause for a special Ordination episode, Deacon Eric and Brett continue to dig into teaching Roman Catholicism to Protestants. This week they'll discuss the kinds of assignments one might engage in and avenues taken with one particular group of pastors and theology students this spring. It's an object lesson on Purgatory, this week ...…
 
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