Sunday, June 14, 2015

Quiz Time - Were The Hell Are We, Anyway?



Joe befuddles Amy and Randy with questions about fictional towns and cities in movies, books and TV.


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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Episode 45 - Never Give Up, Never Surrender

Joe asked for variations on the theme "Let's get the band back together." Amy and Randy both went with metaphorical bands rather than actual ones. Randy picked an old favorite - Galaxy Quest and Amy picked an old-but-new-to-us Donald E. Westlake book: The Hot Rock.



Show notes

What We're Into Lately:

Amy - Inspector George Gently (available streaming on Netflix and Acorn) and The Brokenwood Mysteries (streaming on Acorn)
Randy - Rectify 
Joe - Watership Down, now available as a Criterion Blu-Ray
Music

Intro: "Across the Atlantic" - The Budos Band (YouTube)
Outro: "Galaxy Quest - Main Theme" - The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

Next Episode

We're meeting up in Chicago in a few weeks to record our first ever live episode (a quiz, but still). So Amy chose "Chicago" as our next theme. Randy selected Michael Mann's Thief and Joe picked Joe Meno's Hairstyles of the Damned.



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Monday, June 1, 2015

Episode 44 - Some Legal Eagles Soar, Some Go Splat

Randy requested "courtroom drama." Joe selected Dominick Dunne's retelling of the O.J. Simpson trial Another City, Not My Own. Amy chose  The Lincoln Lawyer starring Matthew McConnaughey.




Show notes

What We're Into Lately:
Randy - U2's new tour. And Mad Max: Fury Road
Amy - Still more of The X-Files 
Joe - H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald and Up in the Air (better late than never)

  • The incomparable Joe Bob Briggs (aka John Bloom) 
  • Clearing up some of O. J. Simpson's criminal record: He was convicted in 2008 on multiple felony counts and sentenced to 33 years in prison with the possibility of parole. He was granted parole from some of the convictions in 2013, but is continuing to be held for other charges. It is possible he could be released in 2017.
  • Court TV launched on July 2, 1991. On January 1, 2008, it was renamed TruTV.
  • The novel The Lincoln Lawyer was published in 2005.
  • The AV Club's "Random Roles" with Bob Gunton
  • The beginning of the McConnaissance is hard to pinpoint... Was it with his excellent comedic cameo in Tropic Thunder (2008)? But that was followed by Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) - which Amy will happily defend but was critically drubbed and a commercial flop. The Lincoln Lawyer comes out in March 2011, followed later that year by Bernie and Killer Joe. So was Lincoln Lawyer the very tiniest beginning of the McConnaissance? Maybe.
Music
Intro: "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)" - U2
Outro: "Hot Rod Lincoln" - Charlie Ryan and the Livinsgton Bros.

Next Episode

Joe's chosen the theme "Let's get the band back together." Amy and Randy both went with metaphorical bands rather than actual ones. Randy's giving us all the chance to rewatch Galaxy Quest and Amy's reaching back for Donald E. Westlake's Hot Rock.



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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Episode 43 - Mothers And Daughters

As Amy starts on a road trip with her mother and since this is also Mother's Day week, Amy asked us for mother and daughter stories.  Randy went with the high-strung people in Seattle novel Where'd You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple [Amazon] [Goodreads] and Joseph chose the 1993 drama The Joy Luck Club  (Amazon).


Show notes


What We're Into Lately:
Amy - The latest novel from the Fugg Girls, The Royal We [Amazon] [Goodreads]

Randy - The new Alabama Shakes album, Sound And Color.

Joseph - The new monster romance Spring [Amazon] [iTunes]


  • While we discussed Jupiter Ascending and Joseph expressed his...feelings about it, Amy mentioned her disappointment at the Chicago locations not including the Harold Washington Library.  For those not familiar, here it is with its striking red walls and fantastic aluminium sculptures on the roof:



  • The actress who played Auntie Lindo in The Joy Luck Club, Tsai Chin, is also notable for her history in the Bond films.  She betrays Bond in the beginning of You Only Live Twice (1967) and is Madame Wu, one of the fellow high-stake Texas Hold Em players in Casino Royale (2006).


  • A good profile of Andrew McCarthy, travel writer, can be found in Details.
  • We didn't know about it at the time, but apparently there is a movie in the works for Bernadette which Richard Linklater is in talks to direct.  Randy thinks Julianne Moore is perfect for the part, Amy goes for Amy Aquino but Joseph has the nutty idea of Courtney Cox (but may have been watching too much Cougar Town).

Music

  • Opening Music: Mr. T, "Treat Your Mother Right," possibly the greatest Mother's Day video ever:

  • Closing Music: Taylor Swift, "The Best Day."

Next Episode

Randy decided he wanted to do with courtroom stories for our next podcast.  For the movie, Amy went with the 2011 Matthew McConaughey vehicle The Lincoln Lawyer (sorry, not streaming anywhere but dirt cheap on Amazon).  Joseph went all meta and went with Dominick Dunne's fictionalized version of covering the OJ Simpson trial for Vanity Fair, Another City, Not My Own [Goodreads].

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Episode 42 - "Denise Fleming Is a Tampon"

Joe, inspired by nothing, asked for a book and a movie in modern times where it would, have been different with cellphones (or a working cellphone).  Randy went with the imprisonment novel Room, by Emma Donoghue [Amazon] [Goodreads] and Amy chose the 1998 comedy Can't Hardly Wait (which appears to be only available for digital rental on Google Play, but the DVD is dirt cheap on Amazon).

A note about the audio quality on this one: Due to technical difficulties, Amy recorded the first fifteen minutes with only the external mic on a Nexus 7. The rest of the episode was the regular USB headset mic and laptop. So if you notice a shift in how she sounds, that's why.

Show notes

What We're Into Lately:
Randy - Terriers
Amy - Hack, A Young Doctor's Notebook, The X-Files (for the first time! Really!)
Joe - Wolf Cop

  • The rest of the story for the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt episode with the plastic surgeon: NY Times
  • The podcast Joe mentioned: The X-Files Files
  • The most excellent treasure of the original video for "Moonlight Desires" by Gowan 
  • Amy would like to correct herself regarding the capitalization motif in Room. Obviously proper nouns should be capitalized. It's the improper ones that were bothering her.
  • Emma Donoghue does indeed live in London. London, ONTARIO.
  • The song "Mandy" wasn't even written by Barry Manilow, much less about his dog. Read more
  • Smashmouth has only two songs on the Can't Hardly Wait soundtrack: "Walkin' on the Sun" and "Can't Get Enough of You Baby." The latter is the only one on the soundtrack album.
  • Charlie Korsmo is a law professor at Case Western Reserve University. Faculty bio page, Undated interview in student newspaper.
  • Ilan Mitchell-Smith is a Medieval Literature professor at Cal State Long Beach. He's also an avid tabletop gamer. His Twitter
  • According to imdb, the following actors appeared both in Can't Hardly Wait and Six Feet Under: Lauren Ambrose, Eric Balfour, Peter Facinelli, Freddy Rodriguez, and Jennifer Elise Cox.
  • Also according to imdb, the following actors appeared both in Can't Hardly Wait and Buffy: The Vampire Slayer (TV series): Eric Balfour, Clea DuVall, Seth Green, Amber Benson, Nicole Bilderback, Christopher Wiehl, Channon Roe, Paige Moss, and John Patrick White.
  • Clea DuVall has four imdb credits for 1998, Eric Balfour has two. Career-wise, DuVall has nine pre-1998 imdb credits, Balfour has eighteen.
  • $40 million in 1998 is $57,677,699.43 now. 
  • Can't Hardly Wait was indeed the first time Breckin Meyer and Seth Green worked on the same project although they have no interactions in the film.
  • Fun fact: No parent is seen (and only one heard) in classic teen film Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • Pursuant to a recent conversation about the suitability of our podcast for children, Amy counted the number of objectionable terms in this week's episode. Results

Next Episode

Just in time for Amy and Ma Go to Arizona, Amy asked for "Mother/Daughter" relationships, with the caveat that no more than one of the guys could pick bad mommy stories. Randy's chosen Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette and Joe's picked Wayne Wang's adaptation of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Episode 41 - "Who Has That Kind Of Stamina?!?"



It's True Crime Week, as picked by Randy.  Joe had the movie, so we watched the 1988 documentary from Errol Morris, The Thin Blue Line. Amy had the book and we read Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief.




Show notes

Next Episode

Joe, inspired by nothing, asked for a book and a movie in modern times where it would, have been different with cellphones (or a working cellphone).  Randy went with the imprisonment novel Room, by Emma Donoghue [Amazon] [Goodreads] and Amy chose the 1998 comedy Can't Hardly Wait (which appears to be only available for digital rental on Google Play, but the DVD is dirt cheap on Amazon).





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Monday, April 6, 2015

Quiz Time - It's Their Birthday Too!


Amy quizzes Randy and Joe about people born the same day as her and/or pop culture around the time she was born.

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It's hard to do show notes without giving away answers, so don't read further if you want to play along unspoiled while listening.


  • I wasn't able to find a record of Howard Cosell appearing on the same episode of a David Frost show as John Lennon. But I'm open to correction.
  • Correction: Brenda Strong was on both the old and new versions of Dallas. She had a one episode guest spot as "Cliff's One Night Stand" on the original series and was a series regular on the newer TNT series. She did not appear on Knot's Landing. Marcia Cross appeared in seven episodes of the latter years of Knots' Landing's run.

    However, as to Joe's assertion that Cross seems too young to have been on Dallas - she's only two years younger than Strong. She's also four years younger than Dallas series regular Charlene Tilton. 
  • John Smoltz would not have been an entirely incorrect answer, except for the fact that he does not share my birthday. He has done some broadcast work for the Braves since retirement. However, Tom Glavine (who does share my birthday) has been acting as a broadcast commentator exclusively for the Braves since 2011, longer and more regularly than Smoltz.
  • Happy Days was a spin-off of Love, American Style. The live action spin-offs from Happy Days were Laverne & Shirley, Blansky's Beauties, Mork & Mindy, Out of the Blue, and Joanie Loves Chachi. The two animated spin-offs were The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang and Laverne & Shirley with Special Guest Star the Fonz.


Elton John on The Cher Show in 1974 performing "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." THIS HAPPENED AND IT WAS GLORIOUS.


Elton John performing "Philadelphia Freedom" on Soul Train. This also happened and was only slightly less amazing than the Cher show thing.



Billie Jean King really was on a professional tennis team called "Philadelphia Freedom" 

Top: Climactic Dance Scene from "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
Bottom: Future Oscar and Emmy winner Helen Hunt in the same film