Secrets of Movies and TV Shows

A podcast that delves into movies and TV shows, both new and classic, looking at them from a fan’s perspective and going beyond the surface to the hidden layers and deeper meanings.

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Recent Episodes

The Good Place, Season 4 - The popular sitcom The Good Place met its end and Dom Bettinelli, Jimmy Akin, and Mike Denz talk about this sitcom about philosophy and the afterlife in two parts. In part two of their discussion, they discuss the fourth season and how it shows the limits of a heaven without God or the beatific vision.
The Good Place, Season 3 - The popular sitcom The Good Place met its end and Dom Bettinelli, Jimmy Akin, and Mike Denz talk about this sitcom about philosophy and the afterlife in two parts. In part one of their discussion, they discuss the third season and the implications and limits of a merit-based system for getting to heaven.
The Secrets of Jurassic World - Jurassic World restarted the mega-franchise with a roar in 2015. Dom Bettinelli, Thomas Sanjurjo, and Fr. Michael Gossett discuss the movie's messages about consumer and corporate excess as well as humanity's stewardship of Creation and humility before nature. Plus cool dinosaur action.
Groundhog Day - Groundhog Day is a classic movie that's more than a romantic comedy. Dom Bettinelli, Mike Denz, and Shelly Kelley talk about the truths it speaks about self-giving love, the true source of joy, and of course all those great quotable lines. And lots and lots of laughs.
1917 - 1917 takes place on April 6 of that year, which was both Good Friday and the day the United States entered World War I. The movie follows the impossible mission of two British soldiers sent to save their comrades from a trap. In both spoiler-free and then spoiled discussions, Fr. Chip Hines and Dom Bettinelli discuss the film's amazing cinematography, it's compelling story of honor, duty, and self-sacrifice, and what war movies like this have to do with a Christian call to peace.