Thursday, October 23, 2014

QUIZ TIME! Titles, Scrambled and Nested



For this week's quiz, to fit with the nonlinear narrative, Amy quizzed Joe and Randy on some "nonlinear" titles. Basically, two movies went into a blender and a mixed up plot summary and title came out.
  • Sigourney Weaver has the second credit in "The Year of Living Dangerously." But it was Linda Hunt who won Best Supporting Actress for it. (Trivia: to date, she is still the only person who's won an Oscar for playing a character of the opposite sex. Although there could be a valid argument for Hilary Swank in "Boys Don't Cry.") (More trivia: Linda Hunt is actually shorter than Amy. This pleases Amy greatly.)
  • Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni starred together in "Fun With Dick and Jane"
  • The intro and exit music has nothing to do with the theme or the quiz. Amy just really, really likes Queen and "Flash Gordon".

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Buffy Rewatch: Oops

Getting back to the Buffy Rewatch with the final six episodes of season 4.


"You think you know what's to come, what you are. You haven't even begun."


So, yeah. I kinda lost track of the Buffy Rewatch there for a while.

There was some summer travel, but the real distraction was the release of TWIN PEAKS on blu-ray. I bought it the day it came out, and didn't plan to watch it right away. But I popped in the first disc, just to see how gorgeous it looked on blu-ray, and by the time Pete Martell said "She's dead! Wrapped in plastic!", I was completely hooked again. TWIN PEAKS was my first major TV addiction. It aired when I was in high school, a prime period for falling completely in love with its mysteries, its atmosphere, and its incredible "WTF!" moments.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Episode 29 - Nonlinear Narratives

What? We skipped a blog post for that last episode? HOW DARE WE.

THIS episode is all about nonlinear narratives. Randy came up with this theme, inspired by such movies as "Pulp Fiction" and "Memento."

Joe had us watch "JCVD" starring Jean Claude van Damme as "himself." The narrative jumps back and forth a little bit to heighten suspense and add humor, so it qualifies.

Amy chose The Hours by Michael Cunningham, after Twitter friend @tosyandcosh suggested it. Thanks, Tosy! It intercuts the stories of a different day in the life of three different women at different time periods.

Show notes

Intro Music: "Virginia Woolf" by The Indigo Girls (YouTube)
Exit Music: "Satyagraha" by Philip Glass (used in the film version of The Hours) (YouTube)

On the next episode

"Cocktails"
Amy's chosen "Blue Gardenia" as the movie
Randy's picked Later, at the Bar by Rebecca Barry




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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Episode 27 - Alternate Histories



This week we look at alternate histories; Amy chose The Arcanum for the novel and Randy chose Inglorious Basterds for the movie.

Also discussed: 6 Feet Under, Bomb Girls, Manhattan, Mad Men, Gods of Gotham and Arthur & George.

The 6 Feet Under finale sequence we discussed:





The Mitchell & Webb sketch Amy references:



The Rotten Tomatoes interview with Tarantino can be found here.

For the next episode, Amy asked Joe and guest host Diane to be inspired by the Lewis Grizzard book title, "They Tore My Heart Out and Stomped that Sucker Flat." Joe chose We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson and Diane chose the 1995 film adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion. 


         


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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Quiz Time #3

Thanks for your patience, folks!  Due to some unforeseen circumstances, we're running late on the main episode. In the meantime it's Randy's turn to bedevil us as he breaks our brains with a quiz involving chapter titles.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Episode 26 - The One Where We Catch The Killer



It's Mystery Week! We plumb into the shadowy figures and devilish plots behind the 1998 movie Zero Effect and the 1997 novel Garnethill

Also discussed:  Boyhood

For the next episode, Joseph chose as a theme "Alternate History." Amy chose Thomas Wheeler's The Arcanum for us to read and Randy chose Inglorious Basterds to watch. 

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Music

Intro: Scooby Doo theme performed by Matthew Sweet



Outro: Oh Sweet Mystery Of Life, performed my Mario Lanza

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Episode 25 - Boys of Summer

Emile Hirsch, Paul Rudd, and Paul Rudd's moustache in David Gordon Green's "Prince Avalanche"
For Amy's chosen theme of "The Summer that Everything Changed," Randy and Joe went dude-centric with their choices, entirely by accident. Randy chose Stephen King's novella "The Body," the basis of the movie "Stand by Me." Joe chose David Gordon Green's 2013 film "Prince Avalanche." 

Also discussed:  Rush (The USA network show), Only Lovers Left Alive, Twin Peaks, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

For the next episode, Randy chose as a theme "Mysteries." Joe chose Denise Mina's Garnethill for us to read and Amy chose Zero Effect to watch. 


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Show Notes:

For the record, William Goldman has adapted three of Stephen King's works for the Screen: Dreamcatcher, Hearts in Atlantis, and Misery.


Raynold Gideon and Bruce A. Evans are both credited as writing the screenplay for Stand by Me.

The real life wildfires referenced by Joe are known as the Bastrop County Complex fire of 2011

Music
Intro music by The Motels

Exit music by Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo. Explosions in the Sky not only scored the movie, they were the ones who suggested the film to Gordon Green in the first place.