Saturday, December 05, 2009


Ahhh, nothing like watching the Wolfman and Igor TCB and dig it to Amos Moses is there? It seems the upcoming review for Voyage Of The Rock Aliens has put us in the mood for some aural delights around here. Fortunately, there happens to be a few to be found out there in cyberspace which match up with our particular interests, and we thought we’d share them with the rest of you.

First up, we have renowned Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft’s self described three point sermon on screenwriting. This is a short 30 minute speech delivered to a roomful of film students given with the hopes of helping them to understand the role their religion can play in their chosen profession. He also gives them some pointers on writing good screenplays which I hope at least 90% of them follow. Why not 100%? Well, we have to keep some of them writing bad movies, otherwise we’d be out of business here.

Which isn’t to say we don’t appreciate good writing when we see it. Or hear it for that matter. Over at the Forgotten Classics podcast the Happy Catholic is smack dab in the middle of a reading of The Uninvited which, if you’re not familiar with the title, was made into an excellent movie back in 1944 with Ray Milland. There are differences between the book and the film adaptation, of course, but this is one of the few cases where both are worth the time spent with them.

I haven’t read the Twilight books or seen their adaptations, so I can’t say if the same holds true for those works. Luckily, Father Barron over at The Word On Fire has taken a peak at the films, and he’s put his brief opinion on the current vampire craze up on YouTube. Now all you fans of smooth skinned shirtless adolescents need not fret, the good father doesn’t take any potshots at the movie, but rather discusses some of the possible reasons a secular culture has become so entranced with nosferatu.

If you’re not among the cult of the modern day vampire, however, and would prefer something with a little more teeth to it, then you might try hopping over to the Catholic Under The Hood podcast where Father Seraphim takes a look at what Catholics have believed about werewolves over the centuries. Hair raising? Maybe. Interesting? Definitely.

And finally, I would be remiss if I did not point out that The Flicks That Church Forgot podcast is back up and running. Put together by Peter Laws, a Baptist minister across the pond, the show covers pretty much the same ground we do around here, just without the lengthy quotes from the Catholic Catechism. Hey, nobody’s perfect right? Still, the good minister is taking a shot at dragging Christian meaning out of the 1988 cheese fest Slugs this week, so I have to give him his due.

Well, that should be enough to give everybody’s Ipod a good work out for awhile. And be sure to stay tuned here over the next couple of weeks as the hits will just keep on coming.


PaperSmyth said...

Thank you, sir. Nice links.

We still need to finish this year's Catholic Under the Hood Halloween werewolf episode you cite... the kids got a real kick out of the Haunted House episode last year where the Catholic priest "cures" the house after others have failed. (Episode #171 in case anyone wants to know.)

"...The hits will just keep on coming."

Looking forward to it.

Anonymous said...

One of my 9 year olds expresses with great emotion the poignancy of Bella not being able to have the vampire dude because he wants to protect her from his vampirishness, etc.

EegahInc said...

PS, I missed the Haunted House episode. I'll have to check that out.

Gunter, I'm really fascinated by the reactions of women in their 20s & 30s to Twilight. I heard one theory that the attraction for that group lies in the memory of the intensity of their first love and the inevitability of maturing and outgrowing it. That's why the main character is so desperate to get bitten, not to consummate the relationship, but rather to prevent her aging and growing out of it. Don't know if that's true since I haven't read or watched them yet, but it's an interesting idea.

Julie D. said...

Thank you for the link! And for the notice about The Flicks That Church Forgot ... can't wait to try it and will try to ignore the fact that there isn't any catechism in it. Try. :-D

EegahInc said...

No problem, I'm really enjoying the Uninvited. As for the podcast, I actually wouldn't start out with the Slugs show as he has a friend on with him and its more of a bull session. He gets a little more in depth on his own.

Julie D. said...

Warning duly noted! So glad you are enjoying The Uninvited.

pooter said...


It's Peter from "The Flicks That Church Forgot" podcast. Thanks so much for the plug on your website! Just thought I better mention that my name is actually Peter Laws. Daniel Adam Smith is some guy name who has appeared on my page! Will look into it. Thanks again for the mention. I'll return the compliment in a future episode!

EegahInc said...

Man, that's the second post in a month where I've blown someone's name. In my defense, Smith was the name that showed up on your feed page, so something weird is going on there. Anyway, it's a great podcast. I just finished listening to Paranormal Activity one today.

EegahInc said...

Oh, and Peter, please don't take what I said about the Slugs show as a criticism, I enjoyed it alot (I'm a closet Slugs fan myself). I just thought that since you rarely have guests, Julie would get a better feel for the show if she started with a different episode.

Anonymous said...

The last review I read of the Twilight stuff, I think it was in "The Atlantic", made a convincing case that the movies are for teen girls who really like gay boys. I like the infatuation angle - I know many of the women in my circle over 25, have a big thing for the movies.

EegahInc said...

I haven't heard the gay angle before, I'll have to track that article down. What's the rationale? That no straight boy would pass up the chance to have sex with a girl?