Ruminations Podcast

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.

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Episode I: The Best and Worst of Disney

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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.

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Episode I Show Notes

Published February 19, 2019


Episode II: The Blah-scars

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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.

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Published February 23, 2019


Episode III: Catholic Films Through the Ages

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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.

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Episode III Show Notes

Published March 11, 2019


Episode IV: Endgame of Thrones

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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.

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Published April 18, 2019


Episode V: Disappointment

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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 ThronesAladdin, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, and Star Wars. (Only Avenger: Endgame managed not to disappoint.)

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Episode V Show Notes

Published May 31, 2019


Episode VI: Urbs Aeterna

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In their most historical episode yet, Chris and Steve recount their April trip to Rome, the Eternal City, highlighting the history and splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica, the glory witnessing the Capitoline Wolf and Augustus of Prima Porta statues in person, an unexpected visit to an actual medieval castle, and more!

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Episode VI Show Notes

Published July 4, 2019


Episode VII: A Pirate’s Life for Us

A Pirates Life for UsAlong with Ruminations’ first-ever guest, Ruben, Chris and Steve discuss the 5 mostly-maligned Pirates of the Caribbean movies, real piracy, and the best alcoholic drink around, rum.

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Episode VII Show Notes

Published September 10, 2019


Episode VIII: What an Excellent Day for an Exorcism

exorcist stepsJust in time for Halloween, Chris and Steve delve into the theology behind demonic possession and the Catholic Rite of Exorcism, as well as the Mount Rushmore of exorcism movies: The ExorcistThe Exorcism of Emily RoseThe Rite, and Exorcist III.

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Episode VIII Show Notes

Published October 31, 2019


Episode IX: The 2010s

As a capper to the final year of the 2010s and the first year of Ruminations, Chris and Steve discuss their 10 favorite movies of the decade. Happy New Year!

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Published December 31, 2019


Episode X: Onward and Up-ward!

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chris and Steve rank the best and worst of Pixar Animation Studios, once the baby of Apple’s Steve Jobs and now an integral part of Disney’s galactic empire.

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Published June 12, 2020


Episode XI: Underrated Horror

Just in time for the strangest Halloween in memory, Chris and Steve talk about three of their favorite underrated horror movies: Wes Craven’s Haiti-set The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988), the ’80s pastiche The House of the Devil (2009), and the Nicolas Cage mystery Pay the Ghost (2015).

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Published October 30, 2020


Episode XII: Christmas All the Way

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?

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Episode XII Show Notes

Published December 24, 2020


Episode XIII: The Podcast of the Rings

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.

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Published April 18, 2021


Episode XIV: On Her Majesty’s Secret Agent

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!

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Published October 16, 2021


Episode XV: Squidnight Mass

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?

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Published October 31, 2021


Episode XVI – COMING SOON