Sunday, April 12, 2015

Episode 41 - "Who Has That Kind Of Stamina?!?"



It's True Crime Week, as picked by Amy.  Joe had the movie, so we watched the 1988 documentary from Errol Morris, The Thin Blue Line. Randy had the book and we read Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief.




Show notes

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Joe, inspired by nothing, asked for a book and a movie in modern times where it would, have been different with cellphones (or a working cellphone).  Randy went with the imprisonment novel Room, by Emma Donoghue [Amazon] [Goodreads] and Amy chose the 1998 comedy Can't Hardly Wait (which appears to be only available for digital rental on Google Play, but the DVD is dirt cheap on Amazon).





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Monday, April 6, 2015

Quiz Time - It's Their Birthday Too!


Amy quizzes Randy and Joe about people born the same day as her and/or pop culture around the time she was born.

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It's hard to do show notes without giving away answers, so don't read further if you want to play along unspoiled while listening.


  • I wasn't able to find a record of Howard Cosell appearing on the same episode of a David Frost show as John Lennon. But I'm open to correction.
  • Correction: Brenda Strong was on both the old and new versions of Dallas. She had a one episode guest spot as "Cliff's One Night Stand" on the original series and was a series regular on the newer TNT series. She did not appear on Knot's Landing. Marcia Cross appeared in seven episodes of the latter years of Knots' Landing's run.

    However, as to Joe's assertion that Cross seems too young to have been on Dallas - she's only two years younger than Strong. She's also four years younger than Dallas series regular Charlene Tilton. 
  • John Smoltz would not have been an entirely incorrect answer, except for the fact that he does not share my birthday. He has done some broadcast work for the Braves since retirement. However, Tom Glavine (who does share my birthday) has been acting as a broadcast commentator exclusively for the Braves since 2011, longer and more regularly than Smoltz.
  • Happy Days was a spin-off of Love, American Style. The live action spin-offs from Happy Days were Laverne & Shirley, Blansky's Beauties, Mork & Mindy, Out of the Blue, and Joanie Loves Chachi. The two animated spin-offs were The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang and Laverne & Shirley with Special Guest Star the Fonz.


Elton John on The Cher Show in 1974 performing "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." THIS HAPPENED AND IT WAS GLORIOUS.


Elton John performing "Philadelphia Freedom" on Soul Train. This also happened and was only slightly less amazing than the Cher show thing.



Billie Jean King really was on a professional tennis team called "Philadelphia Freedom" 

Top: Climactic Dance Scene from "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
Bottom: Future Oscar and Emmy winner Helen Hunt in the same film




Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Episode 40 - Happ Birthda

Our original recording date for this episode was Amy's birthday and since she had the theme, she chose "Birthdays."

Joe had us read Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake and Randy picked a movie that he had not seen, but that Amy and Joe had (thus inverting the usual formula): "Sixteen Candles."


Show notes

  • "Cinderella" (2015) is rated PG for "mild thematic elements." I guess that's a reference to all the orphaning and mistreatment of Cinderella. 
  • This is the leopard print robe in "Cinderella" for which Amy would give an arm. 
  • It's Adam Grosswirth from previously.tv who got me to binge "Once Upon a Time"
  • The "No Man's Woman" scene from "Alias" doesn't seem to be on YouTube, nor is the Joni Mitchell "River" one, but the "Back in Black" one is. (That's such a textbook example of "male gaze" but damn does it work.)
  • Here's the trailer for "Beyond the Lights" which Joe highly recommends.
  • When Joe says he's reading Sex Criminals he really means this collection of comics.
  • If you need about five minutes of bliss, you could do worse than to listen to "Lenny" by Stevie Ray Vaughan, perhaps the most surprising song on the "Sixteen Candles" soundtrack.

Music

Intro: "In Da Club" - 50 Cent
Exit: "If You Were Here" - The Thompson Twins

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Randy, inspired by recent zeitgeist-y items "Serial" and "The Jinx" asked for true crime. Joe selected a classic in the genre, similar in tone to both of the titles mentioned, "The Thin Blue Line." Amy decided to take it in a lighter direction with her book choice: Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief.



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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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