Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Episode 38 - Controversy!



Randy asked for works that were controversial at the time of their release. 
  • Joe chose D. H. Lawrence's classic piece of smut, Lady Chatterley's Lover.
  • Amy selected Dirty Harry singled out by both Pauline Kael and Roger Ebert as "fascist" at the time of its release


Show notes

Intro Music: "Dirty Harry Theme" by Lalo Schifrin

  • Reviews of "Dirty Harry" at the time of its release: 
  • Lalo Schifrin did indeed write the theme for the television series "Mission: Impossible"
  • The closest I could find to the quotation Joe alludes to is one from Shirley MacLaine: "I am an expert in hookers. I'm an expert in doormats. I'm an expert in victims. They were the best parts."
  • Andre Braugher played Frank Pembleton on "Homicide: Life on the Street"
  • The Irish film Joe was trying to remember is actually titled "Waking Ned Devine"
  • "Dancing with the Stars" returns March 16.  Here's the cast of "stars"  
  • Willow Shields played Primrose Everdeen in "The Hunger Games" 
  • Redfoo was born Stefan Kendal Gordy and is the youngest son of Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr. 
  • Here's an image of Cris Collinsworth, then and now. The hair's been trimmed, but it's still basically the same style

On the next episode

Joe returns to his Irish roots, just in time for St Patrick's Day, and asked us for tales of urban Ireland.

  • Randy chose John Ford's 1935 film The Informer.
  • Amy originally chose Colin Bateman's Murphy's Law, but it proved a bit difficult to obtain via library methods. So the pick was switched after recording to Colin Bateman's 1995 novel Divorcing Jack.



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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Episode 37: The Cat Came Back

Amy wanted Cats!
  • Randy chose Timothy Findley's 1984 novel, "Not Wanted On The Voyage."
  • Joe selected the 1979 classic, Ridley Scott and Dan Bannon's "Alien."




Show notes

Intro Music: "Wildcat" by Ratatat
Exit Music: "The Cat Came Back" by The Countdown Kids


  • Amy and Randy had a real back and forth on whether Jupiter Ascending is a lot of fun or it it's just a big pile o' shit. (Trailer)
  • Randy wants to recommend everyone see The Last Five Years (trailer) and Paddington (trailer).
  • Joe's wholeheartedly recommending the new Joe Lynch and Salma Hayek thriller Everly (his review and the trailer) but is only somewhat recommending Alien Outpost (trailer)



On the next episode

Randy decided that he wanted us to plumb the depths of past depravity and so asked us to pick works that were controversial back in the day.  Joe picked the 1928 D.H. Lawrence novel Lady Chatterly's Lover (Goodreads) and Amy chose the 1971 Don Siegel vehicle for Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry (trailer).







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Review: Alien Outpost



Alien Outpost


2015

Directed by: Jabbar Raisani

Written by: Blake Clifton and Jabbar Raisani

A disappointing first outing that shows promise.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Review: Everly



Everly

2015

Directed by: Joe Lynch

Written by: Yale Hannon

Sometimes, genre movies will bring you a real unexpected gem.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Quiz Time - First Initials

It's Quiz Time!

In honor of our recent theme of "First Efforts," Amy was inspired to create a quiz about Firsts - First Initials, that is. Do YOU know what the F. in F. Murray Abraham stands for?

Amy puts Randy and Joe through the paces with a series of clues to help them guess the full names of some famous people.

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Since they might be considered spoilers for the quiz, the Show Notes are after the jump...

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Episode 36 - First Efforts

Joe wanted first efforts, and we obliged.
  • Randy chose Gillian Flynn's debut novel Sharp Objects
  • Amy selected the first directorial effort of Nicole Holofcener: "Walking and Talking"

Show notes

Intro Music: "Go West" by Liz Phair
Exit Music: "Must I Paint You a Picture" by Billy Bragg


  • Randy does, and should, feel guilty about enjoying Jennifer Lopez's latest cinematic effort: "The Boy Next Door" (Trailer)
  • Amy just finished up "Galavant" and her less is a lot less joyful for its absence (watch on Hulu)
  • Joe's recommending "Predestination" a sci-fi thriller of sorts starring Ethan Hawke and his moustache (Trailer)
  • The passage Randy reads from Gillian Flynn's website, can be found on this page
  • Dictionary definition of "effete" complete with audio at Merriam-Webster (I think I was going for definition C -- Amy)
  • The street in Berlin named Olivaer Platz, which so delighted Amy on her trip to Berlin

  • After about 9 tries, I finally found a clip with someone brave enough to attempt to pronounce Nicole Holofcener's surname. If he's right, we all had it wrong. Listen for yourself.



On the next episode

The Interenet was made for cats (and porn) so next week, because we're, with the exception of Amy's pottymouth, mostly a reputable podcast, we'll be dealing with two works with memorable feline characters: Joe's chosen Alien and Randy has selected Timothy Findley's Not Wanted on the Voyage. (Goodreads)



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Monday, February 2, 2015

The Hugo & Nebula Novel Project: 1956

1956





Hugo Winner: Double Star, by Robert A. Heinlein


Nebula Winner: None Awarded


Thank goodness we're past the last winner and I can start enjoying the winners again.