Thursday, September 29, 2016

Episode 62- Hippie on a Rocket

Joe was a little sick of dystopian science fiction (and this was even before the last Divergent movie) and asked the crew for optimistic science fiction.  Randy choose Star Trek: First Contact for the movie and Amy chose Spider & Jeanne Robinson's Stardance for the novel. 


 




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Show Notes



  • Ooby Dooby - Roy Orbison



  • Dancing in Heaven (Orbital Be-bop) - Q-Feel. (As heard by many in the seminal 1980s dance movie "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" starring future Oscar winner Helen Hunt.)
  • Amy and Randy are obviously wrong about The Inner Light, one of the best Next Generation episodes [editorial comment by Joseph].
  • If you want to read far too much about Starfleet uniforms, here you go.

On the Next Show

Amy wanted body swap stories!   Sorry, none of us chose the Kirk Cameron classic Like Father Like Son.

Joseph chose the 1936 novella The Shadow Out of Time by HP Lovecraft.
Randy chose the 1984 movie All Of Me, starring Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin.
Extra credit from Randy: "The Prisoner Of Benda," season six, episode 10 of Futurama.





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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Episode 61 - Second Chances

Randy wanted us to talk about art that involves Second Chances, where people get the chance to fix things our screw them up even more.   Amy selected the novel Almost Like Being In Love while Joseph picked the movie Fetching Cody.





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  • UnREAL - Amy
  • Casual - Joseph
  • Dramaworld - Joseph
  • Maya And Mary - Randy
  • Veep - Randy

Show Notes


  • Opening music: Almost Like Being In Love - Ella Fitzgerald



On the Next Show

Joseph chose the theme and wanted us to look at some Optimistic Science Fiction.   Randy chose the movie Star Trek: First Contact and Amy had the novel Stardance.





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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Episode 60 - Pretty Pictures

For Amy's rather broad theme of "Art and/or Artists" Joseph selected the 2014 documentary film FINDING VIVIAN MAIER while Randy picked Deborah Davis's 2004 non-fiction work STRAPLESS about the John Singer Sargent's "Portrait of Madame X"



What We're Liking Lately

  • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee - Randy
  • Not Safe With Nikki Glazer - Joseph
  • Sailor And Fiddler, by Herman Wouk - Joseph
  • Hush - Joseph
  • Gate Of Hell - Joseph

Show Notes

  • Opening music: Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition - Promenade 


  • Closing music:  "Click, Click, Click, Click" by Bishop Allen
  • John Singer Sargent at the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • Sargent's painting of Mrs. George Swinton, great-grandmother of Tilda Swinton.




  • Sargent's The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit.



  • Paul Delaroche's La Jeune Martyre


On the Next Show

Randy chose the theme "Second Chances.'  Amy chose the Steve Kluger novel Almost Like Being In Love and Joseph went with the Canadian movie Fetching Cody.




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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Episode 58 - Louisa, Uma, and Evan Rachel


Randy asked for underrated works, so Amy chose the little seen/known film The Life Before Her Eyes for Uma Thurman's (and, it turns out, Evan Rachel Woods') performance, while Joe picked one of Louisa May Alcott's books that has nothing to do with the March family: Eight Cousins.



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Show Notes

  • Amy misspoke - it was not the Project Gutenberg ebook she read, but the archive.org one. Go to page 25 in the pdf file to see the Scottish illustration she and Joe discuss. 
  • Joe recommends Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father by John Matteson
  • Randy did some follow-up sleuthing regarding the cougar:

    Here's a screengrab of the giant cat from the movie - it certainly appears to be a cougar. (In the first shot of this scene, the cat is in the foreground; in this shot, it's obviously in the background. So all of us were right about how it was framed.)

    Also, while trying to find this, I found another reference to cougars in the movie. While Adult Diana is prepping dinner, Emma's watching TV in the other room, and it's a nature program of some sort, and we hear the narrator of the nature program say something about mother cougars protecting their young.

    So many things are definitely not a coincidence. But I think it's probably a bit under-developed as a symbol, actually, since I'm don't know what it means. 


On the Next Show

Joe's theme is "The Year You Turned 16." Randy chose 1989's The Russia House by John le Carré. Amy picked Dogfight (1991), starring Lili Taylor and River Phoenix.



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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Episode 57 - Supes Up!






We delve into many things Superman this week by looking at three different versions of the legendary superhero.  But first it's...

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Show Notes

On the Next Show


Randy asked for underrated works, so Amy chose the little seen/known film The Life Before Her Eyes for Uma Thurman's performance, while Joe picked one of Louisa May Alcott's books that has nothing to do with the March family: Eight Cousins.


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Monday, March 28, 2016

Episode 56 - Haven't You Always Wanted a Monkey?


Joe wanted unusual pets, so we presented him with a monkey and a bear.



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Show Notes


Dreamcasting 

Jennifer Brown (Yorick's mom), Jessica Walter,
and Mallory Archer. (Walter voices Archer.)











More about the stop-motion animation series of Paddington: 

Amy's guest spot as a caller on another podcast: Quilt Your Heart Out

Terence Stamp and Michael Caine sharing a flat, OH MY
Music: "Leave My Monkey Alone" - Warren Zevon; "Savito" - D Lime featuring Tobago Crusoe
And our episode title is a reference to this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCImrmR63JE

On the Next Show


It's all Superman, all the time. Except for when we talk about Batman.




We'll be watching Superman II, two episodes of Justice League: The Animated Series ("A Better World, Parts 1 and 2), and Man of Steel

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Episode 55 - Secrets Lovers




Randy asked for seeeeeeecreeeeeets. Amy chose as the book Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, soon to be adapted into an HBO miniseries. Joe selected  A History of Violence, directed by David Cronenberg and starring Viggo Mortensen and Maria Bello.

 

What We've Been Liking Lately

  • So many tv shows: Catastrophe, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Galavant, Agent Carter, Flight of the Conchords (Amy)
  • Donna Lynne Champlin as Paula in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Joe and Amy)
  • Joy (Randy) (imdb)
  • The Drop (Joe) (imdb)

Show Notes

  • Shots from the set of HBO's Big Little Lies: at TLo
  • Spoilery outtake re: Who Dies. We each discuss who we thought was going to die. We manage to avoid saying who actually does die, but we mention a lot of people who don't. 
  • I'd like to change an adjective - Madeline's story would be better described as "typical" than "realistic." I just happen to know more people like Madeline than Celeste or Jane. -- Amy
  • Shailene Woodley loves the sun
  • Genesee Cream Ale is the beer Tom/Joey orders as a "Genny"

On the Next Show


Joe asked for "unusual pets." Amy, as per usual, strictly adhered to the theme and chose a pet monkey. Randy went for a bear (surprise, surprise).



Book: Y: The Last Man: Unmanned
Movie: Paddington

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