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The Polymath Roundtable

The Polymath Roundtable

By Father Polymath
A weekly podcast discussing culture and entertainment media from a Christian perspective. Books, games, movies, and music are all on the roundtable.
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Nature Finds a Way: Jurassic Park - Episode 36 - The Polymath Roundtable
When the soundtrack makes a film with iconic dinosaurs and Jeff Goldblum take second billing, you have to sit up and take notice. Today we discuss one of my favorite films, Jurassic Park. Incredible composing and iconic musical themes set the stage for a thrilling tale that actually beats the odds to create a film better than the original book.  9.5/10 stars, masterful production that easily stands up to the test of time. Fantastic themes of family and responsibility, with insightful discussion on topics like ethics of animal theme parks, extinction, cloning, and genetic modification.  For more episodes or text reviews, go to https://polymathroundtable.com/ Please review on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/the-polymath-roundtable-994342 And consider supporting the continued production of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/polymathroundtable/support
30:31
June 17, 2020
Memorial Day Tribute - War Films and Kipling - Episode 35
"Gung to work, Ho in Harmony." With these words, the fictional Lt. Col. Thorvald sets forth his vision for the Makin Island Marine Raiders. Based on a true story with minimal propaganda movie machinations, Randolph Scott leads a star studded cast in the 1943 war film Gung Ho! I rate this very highly, the story is remarkably free from historical shenanigans and presents a simple tale of war and derringdo. No content issues to be aware of, only a minor romance sub plot, but does depict the death and loss in war. On memorial day we remember all those who have died for their country, good or bad, black hats or white steeds. Even in the face of great evil and righteous war, humans are still made in the image of God and death should be mourned. We thank those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. For more episodes or text reviews, go to https://polymathroundtable.com/ Please review on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/the-polymath-roundtable-994342 And consider supporting the continued production of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/polymathroundtable/support
26:51
May 25, 2020
Netflix Reincarnated Avatar the Last Airbender - Episode 34 - The Polymath Roundtable
In the world of animated TV, few shows are quite as treasured in the US as Avatar: The Last Airbender which is back on Netflix now! Its a brilliant show but has a lot of troubles because of the pagan roots of the world. Be aware of that, you probably don't want to blindly let your children watch this without being ready to discuss Asian spirituality and reincarnation beliefs and why we as Christians believe differently. I rate the story an 8/10 but the pagan elements force me to rate it as whole a 5/10 max. For more episodes or text reviews, go to https://polymathroundtable.com/ Please review on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/the-polymath-roundtable-994342 And consider supporting the continued production of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/polymathroundtable/support
25:27
May 19, 2020
Retro Movie Rewind: The Bells of San Angelo - The Polymath Roundtable Episode 33
ROY ROGERS!!!! In today's episode of the Retro Movie Rewind, I'm going to talk about the singing cowboys and The Bells of San Angelo. This was the absolute first cowboy film I ever watched as a kid, and what helped kick-off a lifelong love of the classic singing cowboys. 10/10, simple plots but clean and completely wrapped up. Appropriate for all ages. For more episodes or text reviews, go to https://polymathroundtable.com/ Please review on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/the-polymath-roundtable-994342 And consider supporting the continued production of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/polymathroundtable/support
22:59
May 15, 2020
Abominable or Agreeable: You Decide - Episode 32 - The Polymath Roundtable
A welcome reprieve after watching Onward last month and being disappointed deeply, Abominable is up for discussion today! Great music and hugely artistic visuals, stunning on that aspect. Abominable rates a solid 8.5 for me! Minor philisophical issues, but overall a fantastic film. Happily recommended. For more episodes or text reviews, go to https://polymathroundtable.com/ Please review on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/the-polymath-roundtable-994342 And consider supporting the continued production of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/polymathroundtable/support
25:55
May 12, 2020
Retro Movie Rewind #2: The Rescuers (1977) - The Polymath Roundtable Episode 31
In today's Retro Movie Rewind we are looking at.....The Rescuers (1977)! Gorgeous hand drawn animation, feel good spirituality, and a Cruella De Vil archetype Villianess. A lovely and highly enjoyable cast and world with fantastic voices. 9/10, be ready to discuss orphans and the truth about where we find our Faith. For more episodes or text reviews, go to https://polymathroundtable.com/ Please review on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/the-polymath-roundtable-994342 And consider supporting the continued production of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/polymathroundtable/support
23:35
May 7, 2020
Dial Stargate Command - Episode 30
From classic action TV shows to the far reaches of the galaxy, Richard Dean Anderson leaps from the days of swiss army knife fixes to walking on far worlds. Stargate SG-1 is a brilliant sci-fi television drama with a huge amount of philosophical discussion. Not suitable for kids based on stressful situations and awkward philosophy that is not presented in the light of Christianity requiring more intensive thought and processing. Also creepy parasites. 8/10, minor sexual content in just a couple episodes across 10 seasons. For more episodes or text reviews, go to https://polymathroundtable.com/ Please review on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/the-polymath-roundtable-994342 And consider supporting the continued production of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/polymathroundtable/support
26:55
May 5, 2020
Retro Movie Rewind - The Love Bug - Episode 29
I grew up watching classic movies, and starting today we are diving into the glorious world of classic films! Our first Retro Movie Rewind is.....The Love Bug featuring the iconic Herbie! Its like Steve McQueen starring in It's A Wonderful Life, Now with 50% more Car! Pseudo-spirituality, and glorious classic cars make this an odd duck of a heart warming film. 8/10 rating, minor spiritual confusion issues. For more episodes or text reviews, go to https://polymathroundtable.com/ Please review on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/the-polymath-roundtable-994342 And consider supporting the continued production of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/polymathroundtable/support
26:27
April 30, 2020
A Gem from a Rough Genre - Snow White with the Red Hair - Episode 28
Few genres are so quickly marginalized or stereotyped (for good reason) as Anime. Despite the well deserved cultural content warnings, there are some incredible gems available. Today we mention one such gem, Snow White With the Red Hair. Appropriate for all, 10/10 rating. Available on Hulu, and other services. DISCLAIMER: One show approved is NOT a recommendation for the genre, Anime covers everything from kids shows to pornographic production. Partake with caution. For more episodes or text reviews, go to https://polymathroundtable.com/ Please review on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/the-polymath-roundtable-994342 And consider supporting the continued production of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/polymathroundtable/support
23:45
April 26, 2020
Going Blind into Ori and the Blind Forest - Episode 27
Ori and the Blind Forest. Platformer, puzzle game, Japanese spiritualism, and impeccable art. I had never gotten into the platformer game art style, but this one caught my eye watching the sequel gameplay on twitch, and I just had to try it. 9/10, only downrated for using a pantheistic world style straight out of Japanese mythology. Not a particularly dangerous usage, but something to be aware of if allowing younger people to play. Please give my podcast a review on podchaser, a simple account allows you to leave a review on episodes and the show, and really helps get my show out there! https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/the-polymath-roundtable-994342 For more episodes and text reviews, go to my website at  https://www.polymathroundtable.com! Also, like me on Facebook!
28:34
April 20, 2020
Onward and Upward or Down and Out? - Episode 26
Today we tackle the controversial subject of the new highly acclaimed Pixar film, Onward. My rating: 1 star out of 5, NOT FOR KIDS. The first 3 minutes of the episode are spoiler free, But the verdict is grim. This is one Pixar film that tugs on many heart strings and then twists them in knots. I will definitely NOT be showing this one to my little siblings. Please like me on Facebook @ThePolymathRoundtable, and visit my website for more content updated regularly, www.PolymathRoundtable.com! Don't forget to share this episode with your friends!
31:14
April 9, 2020
Isolation in The Twilight Zone - Episode 25
A master production of suspense and cinematography, the Classic series of The Twilight Zone defined the genre for decades. A chilling look at the fears of a world without the Hope of Christ. Like me on Facebook, and visit my website at www.polymathroundtable.com
22:26
April 2, 2020
Sanderson on Trial - Episode 24
Today we talk about the author Brandon Sanderson and why his work is dangerous and should be avoided. This is largely in response to a bunch of people I have seen recently sharing his work and suggesting his books as a good reading option during the recent social distancing. In short, Sanderson's work is inescapably marred by his Mormon false beliefs and is extremely dangerous for weak believers. For more information or more episodes, go to www.PolymathRoundtable.com.
25:43
March 26, 2020
The Dragon Prince - Episode 23
The Dragon Prince, Magic and monsters, men and elves. A thrilling tale with a sobering look at dark powers and the misconception that the ends justify the means. For more episodes visit my website at www.polymathroundtable.com.
22:55
March 18, 2020
Macguyver Reborn - Episode 22
Coming from the Classic TV archive, Macguyver is a dearly remembered and treasured part of my childhood. Today we talk briefly about the original series and the new rebooted Macguyver on CBS. For more episodes find me on FB or go to my website www.polymathroundtable.com.
19:23
March 11, 2020
Fast and Funniest presents: Sonic the Hedgehog - Episode 21
I saw Sonic the Hedgehog in the theater and enjoyed it despite a lack of any nostalgic rose coloured lenses. 4 stars, but not going on my shelf. For more episodes, go to www.polymathroundtable.com.
21:00
February 28, 2020
Star Trek: Picard Part 2 - Episode 20
It's short and late, but here are my thoughts on Picard Episode 2. Lots of world building but not much in earth shattering reveals unlike episode one. For more episodes or to comment on this episode, go to www.PolymathRoundtable.com
13:43
February 20, 2020
Spies in Disguise - Episode 19
Spies in Disguise hides an unquieting world view behind adorable pigeons and hilarious gadgets. I discuss the details on today's episode.
17:54
February 13, 2020
Star Trek: Picard Part One - Episode 18
Spoiler warning, Star Trek Discussion inside! Star Trek returns to TV with the famous and elegant diction of Patrick Stewart as the titulary role of Jean Luc Picard. We take the time to discuss the first episode and the huge amount of crazy details and themes being brought out in this first episode. We will be making this a weekly feature, but delayed by 2 weeks from the original air date so we can avoid spoiling it for EVERYONE. :)
23:46
February 7, 2020
Knives Out joins the Greats - Episode 17
It's one of my favorite movies I have seen so far this year, and worthy of joining Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes, it's Knives Out featuring Benoit Blanc. Absolute winner of a film!
21:48
February 5, 2020
The Witcher Condemned - Episode 16
Today we talk about Netflix's TV series, The Witcher and why I cannot recomend it to anyone.
18:51
January 29, 2020
From Music to Machination: Dolittle over the years
How does Robert Downey Junior stack up against the incredible Rex Harrison in the role of Doctor John Dolittle? Lets get into that today! For more episodes, or to add your thoughts, or just to request a topic for the podcast, go to www.PolymathRoundtable.com! If we could talk to the animals, just imagine it Chatting to a chimp in chimpanzee Imagine talking to a tiger, chatting to a cheetah What a neat achievement that would be. (H/T the original 1967 film) 6B8XyTwbCmQ2xzsHjQaK
26:01
January 23, 2020
Gruesome Beauty: 1917 - Episode 14
It's been talked about in the media, it's a breakout look at World War 1, its the film 1917! Incredibly beautiful, not suitable for children or the faint of heart. For more episodes or to leave a comment and request a feature for the podcast, go to www.polymathroundtable.com.
24:12
January 20, 2020
Kids Show Monsters: Pokemon vs. Trollhunters ~ Episode 13
Kids show monsters, do we go with the classic Pokemon that has swept the world over the last 24 years, or do we go with Guillermo Del Toro, the master of the monster? Listen in to find out! For more information or to contact the show with your suggestions, go to www.polymathroundtable.com. 
23:41
January 13, 2020
The Politics of SciFi Tech - Episode 12
Did you know that the science in Sci-Fi is related in a lot of ways to the politics of the show or movie? We take a look at how Star Trek, Star Wars, and The Expanse all stack their politics and technical decks. No spoilers! I am Father Polymath, thanks for listening, if you want to hear something on the show, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QNFY2DX to enter your request.
25:55
December 27, 2019
The Mandalorian and Disney Plus!
We are Spoiler Free talking about The Mandalorian and Disney Plus! Quick answer, I love it! Plus a discount code for our sponsor, Craftsmancrate.com! Listen all the way through to get a discount code! I am Father Polymath, thanks for listening, if you want to hear something on the show, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QNFY2DX to enter your request.
25:28
December 9, 2019
The Battle of Midway and its Trailers - Episode 10
Double digit episodes! I saw Midway just a few hours before this goes live, and I really enjoyed it. We talk about the movie in detail, I also spend a few minutes talking about all the upcoming movies that I saw trailers for in the theater. I am Father Polymath, thanks for listening, if you want to hear something on the show, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QNFY2DX to enter your request.
21:02
November 18, 2019
Episode 9: Minecraft Past and Future
Minecraft is bringing a bunch of HUGE changes this next year, and its going to be a wild ride! We also meet our first special guest here to talk about all the big changes to the Nether and the new blocks coming! I am Father Polymath, thanks for listening, if you want to hear something on the show, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QNFY2DX to enter your request. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com
25:08
November 4, 2019
The Dark Themes of Night
What does Stranger Things, DC movies, and Cop Dramas all have in common? Lets talk about the dark themes of media and the problems thereof. I am Father Polymath, thanks for listening, if you want to hear something on the show, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QNFY2DX to enter your request. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com
22:41
October 28, 2019
NCIS versus Blue Bloods ~ Episode 7
Today we talk two of my favorite cop dramas, NCIS with the amazing Gibbs and Blue Bloods with the one and only Tom Selleck. TL;DL, NCIS 3.5-4 shields due to bloody content, Blue Bloods 5 shields due to amazing characters and representation of Christians. I am Father Polymath, thanks for listening, if you want to hear something on the show, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QNFY2DX to enter your request. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com
22:24
October 5, 2019
Apex Legends and Titanfall 2 Review! ~ Episode 6
Today we look at Respawn Entertainment's games Apex Legends and Titanfall 2, as well as a quick look at a couple of upcoming movie trailers! I am Father Polymath, thanks for listening, if you want to hear something on the show, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QNFY2DX to enter your request. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com
21:41
September 23, 2019
Lawrence of Arabia and Epic Film Pacing
Today we talk the classic epic film Lawrence of Arabia and how longer movies make for better pacing! I am Father Polymath, thanks for listening, if you want to hear something on the show, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QNFY2DX to enter your request. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com
19:22
September 13, 2019
A Panel of Magic 4 Ways ~ Episode 4
Lets talk magic in books, and how it affects their worlds! Dresden Files, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Narnia are at bat today! I am Father Polymath, thanks for listening, if you want to hear something on the show, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QNFY2DX to enter your request. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com
23:37
August 30, 2019
Fast and Furious Hobbs and Shaw - Polymath Roundtable Episode 3
Review for the new Fast and Furious movie! TL;DL Cursing and crass jokes but tons of fun! I am Father Polymath, thanks for listening, if you want to hear something on the show, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QNFY2DX to enter your request. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com
21:48
August 22, 2019
Netflix Originals and the Nostalgia Pit
Topics on the Docket: Netflix Original Saint Seiya and the Knights of the Zodiac, the dangers of nostalgia and why we need to look closely at what media we consume. Also my first book review! I am Father Polymath, thanks for listening, if you want to hear something on the show, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QNFY2DX to enter your request.   Music: https://www.purple-planet.com 
22:28
August 11, 2019
The Polymath Roundtable Episode 1: Spiderman Far From Home & Shazam
Topics on the Docket: Spiderman Far From Home, Shazam, and Cafe Du Monde coffee! We also discuss the power and the danger of stereotypes in film. I am Father Polymath, thanks for listening, if you want to hear something on the show, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QNFY2DX to enter your request. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com
17:10
August 4, 2019
Welcome to the Polymath Roundtable
Welcome one and all to the Polymath Roundtable! In this podcast we will be looking at media from a Christian perspective, and all kinds of media at that. Books, Games, Movies, and more, coming soon from the Polymath Roundtable. I am your host, Father Polymath. If you have a piece of media you would like me to review and take a look at, just follow the link below to send in your suggestions. I look forward to hearing all of your suggestions.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QNFY2DX Music: https://www.purple-planet.com 
01:36
July 24, 2019