Below you will find all of the episodes of Ruminations, a culture podcast focusing on movies, history, and religion, discussed over a glass–or three–of some type of adult beverage.
In the inaugural episode of a podcast 5 years in the making, co-hosts Chris and Steve discuss the 57 animated films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Published February 19, 2019
Just in time for the 2019 Oscars ceremony, Chris and Steve tackle the lackluster bunch of movies nominated for Best Picture at the 91st Academy Awards.
Published February 23, 2019
Thinking outside the box on this one, Chris and Steve discuss three historical eras of Catholicism through the movies Quo Vadis and Kingdom of Heaven, and the TV show The Young Pope.
Published March 11, 2019
April 2019 saw the premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones and the culmination of 11 years’ worth of MCU movies, Avengers: Endgame. Chris and Steve discuss both franchises and make predictions as the two behemoths draw to a conclusion.
Published April 18, 2019
Everything is Terrible in Episode V of Ruminations! Chris and Steve discuss the sorry state of pop culture in Spring 2019, particularly the ending of Game of Thrones, Aladdin, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, and Star Wars. (Only Avenger: Endgame managed not to disappoint.)
Published May 31, 2019
Published July 4, 2019
Published September 10, 2019
Published October 31, 2019
Published December 31, 2019
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic,
Published June 12, 2020
Published October 30, 2020
Chris and Steve discuss a range of topics relating to Christmas movies with Lou, Ruminations’ second-ever guest host. Questions like: Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Is Ron Howard’s Grinch movie worth its two-hour runtime? Why can’t Steve keep the Rankin/Bass movies straight? Will Mel Gibson’s Fatman become a perennial Christmas watch? How many times has Lou seen Jingle All the Way?
Published December 24, 2020
Chris and Steve they talk about their favorite piece of popular culture ever, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Peter Jackson’s seminal film adaptations, just in time for the trilogy’s 20th anniversary. Altogether, it amounts to 2 hours of Middle-Earth content! A day may come when Ruminations releases a short podcast … but it is not THIS day.
Published April 18, 2021
Chris and Steve discuss the ins and outs of the James Bond franchise, which saw its 25th movie, and the fifth and last of Daniel Craig’s run as 007, No Time to Die, premiere in theaters in October 2021. Well, it’s less of a discussion and more of Steve talking about a series of movies and books near and dear to his heart while Chris feigns interest. Ruminations will return!
Published October 16, 2021
Chris and Steve break down their experiences watching two of Netflix’s recent shows, the stressful South Korean juggernaut Squid Game and Mike Flanagan’s latest horror slow-burn, Midnight Mass. Was Squid Game better in Korean or in English? Was Midnight Mass a good Catholic show, as one Vox reporter lamented?
Published October 31, 2021