Monday, March 16, 2015

Quiz Time - Being Green



It's Joe's turn to do the quiz this time, so in honor of St. Patrick's Day he came up with a quiz
on all things green in books, movies and TV.


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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Episode 39 - Urban Ireland




Joe asked for works of urban Ireland in honor of St. Patrick's Day
  • Amy chose Colin Bateman's Belfast thriller, Divorcing Jack.
  • Randy selected the 1935 John Ford classic that won a est Actor Oscar for Victor McLaglen and John Ford's first Best Director, The Informer.

Show notes

Intro Music: "Tell Me Ma" by Gaelic Storm
Outro Music: "James Connolly" by Black 47

  • Randy talks about The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the new Madonna album, Rebel Heart.
  • Joe's been watching The Last Five Years and is still working his way through Parks & Recreation.
  • As for Irish politics, there was no Prime Minister of Ireland in 1995 so...hell, we have no idea.  They haven't had one since 1972 when the Parliament was suspended (but they have a First Minister since 1998).
  • The Nobel Prize Stearkey refers to in the novel would have been the one that Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan were awarded in 1976 for their work for a peaceful resolution to the violence in Northern Ireland.  The Good Friday accords come three years later in 1998.
  • Atoní Dvorák was indeed Czech and Béla Bartók was Hungarian.
  • An example of the Spider-Verse newspaper strip can be found here.
  • Linda Holmes from Pop Culture Happy Hour wrote the Bachelor Pad recap of lore, including the phrase "The Courtyard Of Abandoned Dignity."
  • The Florida novels Joe was trying to remember were the Travis McGee books by John D. MacDonald.
  • There was indeed a much better Quiet Man Blu-ray that came out for the 60th anniversary in 2013.

On the next episode

Amy's birthday is coming up!  So, birthday stories.

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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...