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.



What We've Been Liking Lately

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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Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Dissolvers Best of 2015 Poll



As a member of the Facebook group for former Dissolve (RIP) commenters, I had the task of compiling all of your top ten lists for 2015 in film.  And my, what a fascinating list it was, so I figured I'd share it here.  We had 96 ballots covering 135 films that were released in or came out in the US in 2015  (I tried to lay down rules, but at some point you have to be fair, like how Paddington was a 2014 release for the UK but a 2015 for the US.)  With that said, the final results.


The Top 10

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road - 694 votes (37 first place) 
  2. Inside Out - 419 (7)
  3. Carol - 298 (9)
  4. Ex Machina - 225 (7)
  5. Sicario - 210 (2)
  6. Spotlight - 184 (4 )
  7. Look Of Silence, The - 148 (1)
  8. Duke Of Burgundy, The - 140 (2)
  9. Phoenix - 121 (0)
  10. Tangerine - 116 (0)
Carol was way behind for a long time but had a huge late surge (extending the voting through January helped).  Mad Max was never in any doubt of winning this, as you can tell.   I wonder how much Duke Of Burgundy, Tangerine and Phoenix coming relatively quickly to Netflix helped their votes.

The Top 10 By First-Place Votes

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road (37)
  2. Carol (9)
  3. Inside Out (7)
  4. Ex Machina (7)
  5. Spotlight (4)
  6. Sicario (2)
  7. Duke Of Burgundy, The (2)
  8. Clouds of Sils Maria (2)
  9. Mommy (2)
  10. Magic Mike XXL (2)
Well that's a wee bit different, isn't it?


Movies That Only Received A First-Place Vote

  1. Jauja

Movies That Only Received A Tenth-Place Vote
  1. Unfriended
  2. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd
  4. Dude Bro Party Massacre III
  5. Incompresa
  6. She's Funny That Way
  7. Peanuts Movie, The
  8. Electric Slide
  9. Faults

Movies With One First-Place Vote
  1. Look Of Silence, The
  2. World Of Tomorrow
  3. Creed
  4. Brooklyn
  5. Force Awakens, The
  6. Anomalisa
  7. Room
  8. End Of The Tour, The
  9. Big Short, The
  10. Forbidden Room, The
  11. Amy
  12. Queen of Earth
  13. Shaun The Sheep Movie
  14. Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
  15. 71
  16. Breathe (Respire)
  17. Spring
  18. Assassin, The
  19. Jauja
Domnhall Gleeson is, apparently, the MVP of 2015 as every movie he was in made the list somewhere and three of them received first-place votes.

If you'd like to look at the full poll, with all the movies that were right in the middle, go here for a downloadable .csv file:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1mDgS2xTCACTF_yWMM0q1XQt1L0Y0J0GqMmanAjSOo3s/pub?output=csv

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Episode 54 - 2015 Books


This week we're talking about books from 2015. Randy selected The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Joe picked Displacement: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley, and Amy chose The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.


   

Show Notes

The Girl on the Train
  • Lucy Knisley's own website
  • Knisley's memoir Relish won the ALA Alex award, given to "best adult books that appeal to teen audiences", in 2014
The Royal We
  • The website that started it all: Go Fug Yourself
  • The alternate history of the book and how it came to be
  • British monarchs may now marry a Catholic (or Buddhist, or whatever) but they cannot be one themselves.
  • Passions - which apparently once had a storyline in which a character was presented "as an intersex person who became pregnant with his own father's son." Whoa. One critic for the New York Times wrote that it featured "acting that would make a pro wrestler blush." Oh my.
  • Amy misspoke - in the prologue, Bex states that it is the day before, not the day of, the wedding
  • SNL sketch wherein Kate Middleton (Anne Hathaway) meets QEII (Fred Armisen) and Philip (Bill Hader) and gets quite a surprise
  • Lauren Graham has written only one novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe.
  • To shave a few minutes off the episode and because it required major spoilage, I put our discussion of "What would you want from a sequel" into an extra mp3

On the Next Show

Seeeeecreeeets. Randy selected "Secrets" as the theme. Joe's having us watch A History of Violence and Amy selected Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies as our book.




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