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Welcome to Cinematic Doctrine, a non-spoiler Christian Movie Podcast where we sit at the table of Cinema and eat. Sometimes we dine on popular cuisine, other times we savor a cult classic!
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MONTHLY MOVIE NEWS: November came and went and it's already time for the rush of Christmas shopping, so if your last thirty-some days were a blur, don't worry! Daniel and I are here to catch you guys up on some big film news that debuted over the last month. Not only that, we dig into some of the latest box-office news regarding the month of November which saw the release of Terminator: Dark Fate, Doctor Sleep, and Charlie's Angels followed up with Joker officially crossing the $1 billion mark. So press that play button and hear some candid thoughts from November's Monthly Movie News where Daniel and I talk about Kevin Feige's response to Martin Scorsese's recent opinion piece, the surprising news of James Dean's new casting, and whether or not Disney Plus' first month was worthwhile. Tune in weekly for new episodes of Cinematic Doctrine! // Monthly Movie News is a podcast/article released at the end of every month and contains a discussion of the month's most interesting, funniest, or ground-breaking movie-related news. Patreon: http://bit.ly/CinDocPatreon Website: CinematicDoctrine.com Email: CinematicDoctrine@Gmail.com Daniel's Twitter: @TomRhonda1 Support the show
TRAILER TALK: We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! As you're headed back to work or buying Christmas presents, Daniel and I are here to give you some background to six new trailers that dropped during the month of November. From the much anticipated Sonic the Hedgehog redesign to two separate films hoping to start a shared cinematic universe, there sure were some interesting offerings last month. But what are you waiting for? Press that play button and let's get started with November 2019's Trailer Talk! Tune in weekly for new episodes of Cinematic Doctrine! // Trailer Talk is a podcast/article released at the end of every month and contains an informative and entertaining discussion of a month's trailers. Patreon: http://bit.ly/CinDocPatreon Website: CinematicDoctrine.com Trailers: http://bit.ly/TT11-19CinDoc Email: CinematicDoctrine@Gmail.com Daniel's Twitter: @TomRhonda1 Support the show
PATRON MOVIE REVIEW: This movie was selected by my patron supporters over at the Cinematic Doctrine Patreon. Support as little as $3 a month and have your voice heard! Considered a proto-slasher along the likes of The Town that Dreaded Sundown, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Psycho, we're nowhere near the holiday favorites of A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story, or even Die Hard. Nope, this is Black Christmas, and we're getting our seasons greetings from Pi-Kappa-Sigma. This isn't your normal Christmas movie, and there's no guessing what's wrapped up under the tree, but why don't you go ahead and press that play button and I can give you a couple clues? (First clue: read the title!) Tune in weekly for new episodes of Cinematic Doctrine! Black Christmas (1974) is Rated R. It has no detailed certificate, so here's my own certificate: Frightening images, violence and gore, brief sexual imagery, mild nudity, occasional vulgar speech, strong language, and crude humor. It features Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, and John Saxon. Directed by Bob Clark. Patreon: http://bit.ly/CinDocPatreon Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBCinDoc Letterboxd: http://bit.ly/LetterboxdCinDocList Website: CinematicDoctrine.com Email: CinematicDoctrine@Gmail.com Support the show
MOVIE REVIEW: Disney+ is finally here, and no, I didn't watch The Mandalorian. Not yet, at least. I decided my time was better spent watching another shameless live-action remake of a beloved Disney classic. You know, because reasons! Cynicism aside, I plan on binge-watching The Mandalorian later this year, and since Disney+ debuted with a limited supply of new movies, I figured Lady and the Tramp would be a great film to start with. Although I must admit (and let's keep this between us...), I haven't seen the 1955 original. I know, I know. It's practically a sin, but let's just call this review a nostalgia-free experience where I look at Charlie Bean's Lady and the Tramp with a clear lens. And, well, it sure was an experience. So, press that play button and let's get started! Tune in weekly for new episodes of Cinematic Doctrine! Lady and the Tramp (2019) is Rated PG for some mild thematic elements and action/peril. It features Tessa Thompson, Justin Theroux, Sam Elliot, Thomas Mann, and Kiersey Clemons. Directed by Charlie Bean. Patreon: http://bit.ly/CinDocPatreon Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBCinDoc Letterboxd: http://bit.ly/LetterboxdCinDocList Website: CinematicDoctrine.com Email: CinematicDoctrine@Gmail.com Support the show
MOVIE REVIEW: Released November 1st on Netflix, The King is a new take on Shakespeare's Henriad. Although, one would be forgiven for the immense tonal differences between the two, as screenwriter Joel Edgerton, who also performs as Falstaff in the film, decided it was best to pen the tale in a far more brooding, horrific image. Some might find this a stretch from the source material, if not also a historical departure on multiple fronts, and beg the question, "What's the point of all this?" But, dare I say it, I think that's the point. So, join me as we talk about David  Michôd's latest film, The King! Tune in weekly for new episodes of Cinematic Doctrine! The King is Rated R for some strong violence, and language. It features Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Ben Mendelsohn, and Robert Pattinson. Directed by David Michôd. Patreon: http://bit.ly/CinDocPatreon Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBCinDoc Letterboxd: http://bit.ly/LetterboxdCinDocList Website: CinematicDoctrine.com Email: CinematicDoctrine@Gmail.com Support the show
MOVIE REVIEW: The Book of Eli is a strange film, to be sure. Released in January of 2010, Denzel Washington's post-apocalyptic samurai-like action flick seemed to shoot for the stars, and seemed to fall into the strangest of places: the Christian community. To this day, I occasionally hear chatter over the film among church-goers, and I've always found it a little interesting considering the violence within the film. Not that I've shied from watching violent flicks, as anyone who listens to this podcast knows, but it's always interested me that Christians talk about The Book of Eli among other church favorite films like The Princess Bride or the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Because of this, it was a no-brainer to give The Book of Eli a look on the Cinematic Doctrine podcast, so without further ado, press that play button and let's get into it! Tune in weekly for new episodes of Cinematic Doctrine! The Book of Eli is Rated R for some brutal violence and language. It features Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, and Jennifer Beals. Directed by The Hughes Brothers. Patreon: http://bit.ly/CinDocPatreon Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBCinDoc Letterboxd: http://bit.ly/LetterboxdCinDocList Website: CinematicDoctrine.com Email: CinematicDoctrine@Gmail.com Gamers Guide to the Galaxy Podcast #164: Gary Whitta: http://bit.ly/GGG164GaryWhitta Support the show
MONTHLY MOVIE NEWS: October sure was a fascinating month for movies. Not only did we see the release of Todd Phillip's Joker, a long-awaited sequel in Zombieland: Double Tap, and the stateside release of Palme D'Or winner Parasite, we've had plenty of movie-related controversies break the month apart. The first few weeks were reserved entirely around worries of Joker's influence, while the last few weeks have seen a nonstop debate on whether or not we can call Marvel movies 'cinema'. Certainly, this was the perfect month to unveil a new segment on Cinematic Doctrine called Monthly Movie News. In it, my cohost Daniel and I take a look at some movie-related news we found interesting, entertaining, and worthwhile. Be sure to press that play button to hear our candid thoughts on the aftermath of the #1 Rated R movie Joker, Martin Scorsese's comments on the MCU (and whether or not he would consider producing a Neil Breen movie!), speculation regarding Kevin Feige's promotion over Marvel TV and Comics, and a few other choice stories that caught our attention in this debut episode of Monthly Movie News! Tune in weekly for new episodes of Cinematic Doctrine! // Monthly Movie News is a podcast/article released at the end of every month and contains a discussion of the month's most interesting, funniest, or ground-breaking movie-related news. Patreon: http://bit.ly/CinDocPatreon Website: CinematicDoctrine.com Email: CinematicDoctrine@Gmail.com Daniel's Twitter: @TomRhonda1 Support the show
TRAILER TALK: Starting with our first look at Warner Bros.' Birds of Prey trailer and offering us an official look at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, October's brought us quite an offering of new trailers for us to munch on. Whether you're enamored with theories surrounding all of these fascinating IP, or simply interested in hearing about a few new trailers from this month, Daniel and I are here to get you guys caught up on what's happening in the world of cinema! And, let us tell you, it's pretty crazy. Apart from the bizarre rumors surrounding Dolittle's production, or even how a film like The Turning is secretly a passion project, there is a lot of juicy stuff in this debut episode of Trailer Talk! Tune in weekly for new episodes of Cinematic Doctrine! // Trailer Talk is a podcast/article released at the end of every month and contains an informative and entertaining discussion of a month's trailers. Patreon: http://bit.ly/CinDocPatreon Website: CinematicDoctrine.com Trailers: http://bit.ly/TT10-19CinDoc Email: CinematicDoctrine@Gmail.com Daniel's Twitter: @TomRhonda1 Support the show
PATRON MOVIE REVIEW: This movie was selected by my patron supporters over at the Cinematic Doctrine Patreon. Support as little as $3 a month and have your voice heard! At this day and age, it's hard to imagine the zombie genre resurrecting in full force. Yet, interestingly enough, that was the same feeling surrounding the kitschy horror zombie genre prior to the release of 28 Days Later, a film often considered alongside the great Romero films of the late 60's early 70's. And, like with 28 Days Later, we could be one film away from a resurgence of brain-eating, flesh-rotting, gross-looking, culture-shocking zombie flicks. But until then, let's look back at what gives 28 Days Later it's staying power, and think about the fascinating concepts surrounding the genre from questionable ethics, to cultural interest!  Tune in weekly for new episodes of Cinematic Doctrine!  28 Days Later is Rated R for strong violence and gore, language and nudity. It features Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Noah Huntley, Brendan Gleeson, and Christopher Eccleston. Directed by Danny Boyle Patreon: http://bit.ly/CinDocPatreon Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBCinDoc Letterboxd: http://bit.ly/LetterboxdCinDocList Website: CinematicDoctrine.com Email: CinematicDoctrine@Gmail.com Support the show
MOVIE REVIEW: Sometimes I just wanna review what I wanna review,  you know what I mean? I try and pick movies that I suspect everyone wants to hear about, I try and pick classics that people can't stop talking about, but sometimes, I just wanna pick a movie I want to talk about. So, no, we're not digging into Zombieland: Double Tap, The Lighthouse, or even Parasite this week. At least, not yet (maybe I'll review them, maybe not!). Instead, we're going to dig into a weird movie released in 2017 that mostly went under the radar (for good reason!) and has done nothing but garner derision for its bizarre alien-like execution. We're gonna talk about Wish Upon, and it's going to be the time of our lives! I promise! Tune in weekly for new episodes of Cinematic Doctrine! Wish Upon is Rated PG-13 for violent and disturbing images, thematic elements and language. It features Joey King, Shannon Purser, Sydney Park, Ki Hong Lee, Ryan Phillipe, and Mitchell Slaggert. Directed by John R. Leonetti. Patreon: http://bit.ly/CinDocPatreon Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBCinDoc Letterboxd: http://bit.ly/LetterboxdCinDocList Website: CinematicDoctrine.com Email: CinematicDoctrine@Gmail.com Support the show
MOVIE REVIEW: The Golden Lion is the most prestigious award a film can receive at Venice Film Festival and is regarded alongside the Palme D'Or and Golden Bear, the highest prize awards at the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival respectively. This year, Joker won the Golden Lion and garnered an eight-minute standing ovation. Alongside immense critical praise, Joker has also seen its fare share of criticism. Considered irresponsible and even dangerous, Joker finds itself under flack for what others believe is too hyper-violent and cynical. So where does Joker actually land? Is it as ground-breaking as Venice Film Festival would have you believe, is it as unsafe as publications say it is or is it a bit of both? Or, maybe neither? Press that play button, and I'll letcha know! Tune in weekly for new episodes of Cinematic Doctrine! Joker is Rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, language and brief sexual images. It features Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, and Zazie Beetz. Directed by Todd Phillips. Patreon: http://bit.ly/CinDocPatreon Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBCinDoc Letterboxd: http://bit.ly/LetterboxdCinDocList Website: CinematicDoctrine.com Email: CinematicDoctrine@Gmail.com Support the show
PATRON MOVIE REVIEW: This movie was selected by my patron supporters over at the Cinematic Doctrine Patreon. Support as little as $3 a month and have your voice heard! It's October! Finally! Time to bring out the creepy skeletons, spooky candles, and eat loads of candy! And what better way to start out this Spooky-Season than watching Halloweentown? That's the thought-process of my Patron Supporters who, for the month of September, voted in a Patron-exclusive poll for me to review Halloweentown! And you know what? That's awesome! So grab that pumpkin spice latte, toss on your sweatpants, get comfy, and get ready to go on a needlessly long adventure as I not only talk about Halloweentown as a movie, but also compare its modern depiction of magic against what we read about magic in Scripture (more specifically, Deuteronomy 18:9-11). Yeeeeeup. It sure is a weird episode, but it'll still be fun... right? Tune in weekly for new episodes of Cinematic Doctrine! Halloweentown is Rated TV PG but has no detailed certificate. So, here's my own certificate: Frightening images, and mild violence. It features Debbie Reynolds, Judith Hoag, and Kimberly J. Brown. Directed by Duwayne Dunham. Patreon: http://bit.ly/CinDocPatreon Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBCinDoc Letterboxd: http://bit.ly/LetterboxdCinDocList Website: CinematicDoctrine.com Email: CinematicDoctrine@Gmail.com Support the show
TV SHOW REVIEW: Another world, another time! We're back at it again with The Dark Crystal, the Jim Henson Company's epic fantasy tale, and diving headfirst into the new Netflix series, and. it's. AMAZING! A dark and twisted tale, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is not only frightening, menacing, and undeniably sinister, it's romantic, heart-warming, and awe-inspiring! It's the sort of show that only comes along every once in a while, the sort of creativity and majesty one can only dream of! By golly, you need to watch it! If you need some convincing, then press that play button, because I'm going to do my best to sell this to everyone I can. Trust me, it's worth it! Tune in Wednesday nights for new episodes of Cinematic Doctrine! The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is Rated TV PG and contains a warning about flashing lights that may cause epileptic seizures, but has no detailed certificate otherwise. So, here's my own certificate: Violence, frightening images, and thematic elements. It features puppetry from Warrick Brownlow-Pike, Dave Chapman, Kevin Clash, Alice Dinnean, Damian Farrell, Louise Gold, Beccy Henderson, Nick Kellington, Helena Smee, Katherine Smee, Neil Sterenberg, Olly Taylor, and Victor Yerrid. It features voice work from Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jason Isaacs, Simon Pegg, Benedict Wong, Mark Hamill, Andy Samberg, Ralph Ineson, Keegan-Michael Key, Awkwafina, Bill Hader, Mark Strong, Helena Bonham Carter, Alicia Vikander,  and Natalie Dormer. Directed by Louis Leterrier. Patreon: http://bit.ly/CinDocPatreon Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBCinDoc Website: CinematicDoctrine.com Email: CinematicDoctrine@Gmail.com Support the show
MOVIE REVIEW: Who doesn't love puppets? Well, I guess they can be pretty freaky at times, especially marionettes, but we're not here to talk marionettes, we're here to talk puppets! Well, okay, not really, we're here to talk The Dark Crystal, Jim Henson and Frank Oz's high-fantasy movie from 1982, the same Dark Crystal that just saw a prequel released on Netflix (but more on that in another episode!). We're here to review The Dark Crystal and its puppet magic, so why don't you press that play button and join me on an adventure in another world, and another time! Tune in Wednesday nights for new episodes of Cinematic Doctrine! The Dark Crystal is Rated PG but has no detailed certificate. So, here's my own certificate: mild violence and frightening images. It features voice acting and performances from Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Kathryn Mullen, and Dave Goelz, and Stephen Garlick. Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz Patreon: http://bit.ly/CinDocPatreon Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBCinDoc Letterboxd: http://bit.ly/LetterboxdCinDocList Website: CinematicDoctrine.com Email: CinematicDoctrine@Gmail.com Support the show
MOVIE REVIEW: Happy Friday the 13th! Yep, you guessed it, we're reviewing a Friday the 13th movie on Friday the 13th. Can't get enough Friday the 13th? Don't worry, there are far too many Friday the 13th movies, but for your own good, I picked out the best Friday the 13th movie to review! Jason Lives is not only a Friday the 13th film that doesn't assault your senses, but it's also a genuinely good roller-coaster-like film, and hopefully, I can convince you it's well worth a watch! Tune in Wednesday nights for new episodes of Cinematic Doctrine! Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives is Rated R but has no detailed certificate. So, here's my here's my own certificate: Frightening images, violence and gore, brief sexual content, and language. It features Thom Mathews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen, and C.J. Graham. Directed by Tom McLoughlin. Patreon: http://bit.ly/CinDocPatreon Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBCinDoc Letterboxd: http://bit.ly/LetterboxdCinDocList Website: CinematicDoctrine.com Email: CinematicDoctrine@Gmail.com Support the show
MOVIE REVIEW: It's been 27 years, and the Loser's Club is back in Derry, Maine to fulfill their promise. "If It comes back, we come back to kill it." But, strangely enough, nobody can remember why they left, nor a single thing from their childhood. To defeat It once and for all, the gang must remember their past to save the future. IT: Chapter Two is the highly-anticipated conclusion to 2017's IT, featuring an A-list cast of young and old stars alike. Tune in Wednesday nights for new episodes of Cinematic Doctrine! IT: Chapter Two is Rated R for disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material. It features Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Olef, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor. Directed by Andy Muschietti. Patreon: http://bit.ly/CinDocPatreon Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBCinDoc Letterboxd: http://bit.ly/LetterboxdCinDocList Website: CinematicDoctrine.com Email: CinematicDoctrine@Gmail.com Support the show
MOVIE REVIEW: IT destroyed box office records, solidifying the power of a well crafted R-rated horror blockbuster and reminded everyone of Stephen King's prolific storytelling. And while this isn't the first adaption of the over-one-thousand paged epic, it has become an absolute favorite for many. I mean, goodness, who doesn't love a good coming-of-age story where a bunch of kids fight an insane clown? Tune in Wednesday nights for new episodes of Cinematic Doctrine! IT is Rated R for violence/horror, bloody images, and for language. It features Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Sophia Lillis,  Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Bill Skarsgård. Directed by Andy Muschietti. Patreon: http://bit.ly/CinDocPatreon Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBCinDoc Letterboxd: http://bit.ly/LetterboxdCinDocList Website: CinematicDoctrine.com Email: CinematicDoctrine@Gmail.com Support the show
MOVIE REVIEW: It's May 22nd, 2008, and Rob's friends are throwing him a party. He just received a huge promotion, and soon he'll be in Japan far away from New York's troubles and woes. But sooner, rather than later, it seems everything's been put on hold when an explosion shakes Manhattan island from north to south. Things only get worse when Rob and his friends learn there's a giant monster rampaging down central park. Something about Cloverfield has kept the attention of fans for years. Maybe it's the found-footage film-making, maybe it's the never-ending questions that parade its audience from start to finish, or maybe people just like giant monster movies. Whatever the case, it's here to stay, and I couldn't help myself from rewatching this modern classic kaiju film for the podcast! Tune in Wednesday nights for new episodes of Cinematic Doctrine! Cloverfield is Rated PG-13 for violence, terror and disturbing images. It features Michael Stahl-David, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan, and T.J. Miller. Directed by Matt Reeves. Patreon: http://bit.ly/CinDocPatreon Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBCinDoc Letterboxd: http://bit.ly/LetterboxdCinDocList Website: CinematicDoctrine.com PopTheo Cloverfield Episode: http://bit.ly/PopTCloverfield Email: CinematicDoctrine@Gmail.com Support the show
MOVIE REVIEW: Rick Dalton has reached his peak, and it's all downhill from here. Nobody cares that he was a part of a #1 serialized western. That's old news. Now he's just an extra, a star that's bounced around shows to bring in viewers and grow the ego of new, younger stars. He knows it's not long until he's nothing but an old memory in the minds of the world, and that terrifies him. Tune in Wednesday nights for new episodes of Cinematic Doctrine! Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is Rated R for language throughout, some strong graphic violence, drug use, and sexual references. It features Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Margaret Qualley. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Patreon: http://bit.ly/CinDocPatreon Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBCinDoc Letterboxd: http://bit.ly/LetterboxdCinDocList Website: CinematicDoctrine.com Email: CinematicDoctrine@Gmail.comSupport the show
TV SHOW REVIEW: Cinema is crawling with them. You can't escape them. Superheroes are everywhere, and their mythos has gone from strictly nerd culture to passive general knowledge. From grand selfless acts to amazing feats of strength, a superhero represents truth and justice the world over. And yet, we live in a world that feels sick, hopeless, and cynical. 'Things can't get worse than they already are, because they're already the worst they've been.' That sort of attitude permeates the culture around us, and at times, it's so painfully aggressive, we can't help but think the same. Where does this worldview come from, and why do we resonate so well with it? The Boys contains a harsh reality where hope and faith seem elementary, but that's not all it harbors. There's something smart about The Boys, and it's begging to be talked about. Cinematic Doctrine is testing out a new release schedule, but you can still expect episodes to release on Wednesday. The Boys is Rated TV-MA. It contains nudity, sexual content, violence/gore, and pervasive and provocative language. I recommend reading the IMDB Parent's Guide. It features Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, Nathan Mitchell, and Elisabeth Shue. Created by Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogan. Website: CinematicDoctrine.com Facebook: bit.ly/FBCinDoc Email: CinematicDoctrine@gmail.com ShatterCast Guest Appearance: bit.ly/ShatterCastSpiderManCinDoc Christian Sexual Assault Resources: thewartburgwatch.com /// spiritualsoundingboard.com RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-4673Support the show
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