Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Episode 32 - Creation, Not the God Kind

Amy's back. If you're singing a certain Elton John song now, she'll hunt you down and bite your kneecaps.

Randy had the theme for this time around and wanted works that discuss the creation of art.


Show notes

Intro Music: "Ca Plane Pour Moi" by Plastic Bertrand (YouTube)
Exit Music: "A Picture of Dorian Gray" by Television Personalities (YouTube)

  • Amy's recommending, when and if it gets to a theater near you, "What We Do in the Shadows" a vampire mockumentary from New Zealand (trailer)
  • Randy didn't necessarily like, but wants you to watch, "Whiplash" (in theaters now-ish) (imdb)
  • Joseph recommends a documentary about Los Angeles as it's appeared in the movies: "Los Angeles Plays Itself" (available on Netflix streaming and on DVD) 
  • The picture of Dorian Gray that Joe was talking about seeing at the Art Institute of Chicago is by Ivan Albright
  • Amy picked the Plastic Bertrand song because it was used in Ruby Sparks, but in reading up on it was amused to learn that the individual who made his debut as the personality Plastic Bertrand with this song, was actually faking it - the producer of the song sang all the vocals. Somehow that seems almost appropriate for our theme.

On the next episode

Joe wanted "lady detectives" so Randy's giving him Veronica Mars in the eponymous film from earlier this year and Amy's picking The Spellman Files, the first in a series of books by Lisa Lutz.




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Buffy Rewatch: She Saved The World. A Lot.

Season 5 comes to its brilliant, devastating conclusion in "The Gift".


"She's a hero, you see. She's not like us."


And there you have it.

Xander proposes to Anya. Giles kills Ben. Spike has one of his greatest moments, and then his greatest failure. Willow continues her impressive growth as a witch and saves Tara. And Buffy sacrifices herself to save Dawn and the world.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Buffy Rewatch: Carry That Weight

Glory looks for, and finds, the Key as we set up season 5's endgame.


"You've carried the weight of the world on your shoulders since high school. I know you didn't ask for this. But you do it."


Let's just quickly recap the show putting the pieces in place before the fifth season finale.

In many ways, "Forever" is a more traditional episode dealing with the death of a character than "The Body" was. "The Body" was about shock, but "Forever" is about grief. It's not a great episode, but it has great moments. Angel appears, and has a couple of lovely scenes with Buffy. Xander and Anya have a very nice post-sex chat, where we see Anya really start to grow up. And, best of all, there's a brief moment of Giles listening to Cream and no doubt reliving his and Joyce's "Band Candy" shenanigans. (It's a great moment of private grief, and so very Giles.)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Buffy Rewatch: Mom? Mom? ... Mommy?

A few thoughts on "The Body", the landmark episode in which Buffy's mom dies.


"We're not drawing the object. We're drawing the negative space around the object."


"The Body", for good and bad, is unlike any other episode of BUFFY. Its subject matter - the shock of Joyce's death, as felt separately by Buffy, by Dawn, and by the rest of the Scoobies - allows writer/director Joss Whedon to experiment with structure, tone, direction, and editing. Often, this works. But not always.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Episode 31 - One Order of Scandal, Hold the Olivia Pope.

Episode 31 and we have a guest host! Amy's off galivanting in Europe so we brought in previous guest host Becca Gross.  She chose the theme of Hollywood Scandals, giving us a chance to revel in the dirt of Hollywood past.


Joe's chosen "The Cat's Meow" as the movie, which is a "semi-true story" about a murder that occurred at a star-studded gathering aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924.

Randy's picked Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars by Scotty Bowers with Lionel Friedman. It's a dishy account of one man's sexual adventures, and the others he helped arrange, in the Hollywood of the 40s, 50s, and 60s.






Show notes

Intro Music: "TMZ" by Weird Al Yankovic (YouTube)
Exit Music: "Private Eyes " by Hall And Oates (YouTube)

  • Becca and Joseph have been watching and enjoying Arrow, which keeps getting better in it's third season.
  • Randy and Joseph talked a bit of the new USA show Benched, which shows some fun potential and is a good showcase for Eliza Coupe.
  • Joseph recommended the new podcast I Was There Too, where Marr Gourley talks with actors who were in the background of classic film scenes. The first episode has Paul F. Tompkins talking There Will Be Blood, which is a great start.








On the next episode

Amy's back!  Randy had the theme for this time around and we'll be talking Creating Art.

  • Amy chose the 2012 movie Ruby Sparks (Available for digital purchase, but I got it from the library). Paul Dano (coincidentally, from There Will Be Blood, accidentally creates a living person from his novel and things go weird.
  • Joseph chose the 1891 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (Project Gutenberg link).  Randy is happy it's a short novel this time.



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Amy
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Our guest host Becca Gross

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Buffy Rewatch: All Dressed Up In Big Sister's Clothes

The Buffy Rewatch continues, with the eight episodes before Everything Changes Forever.


"So here's how it's gonna work. You're gonna tell me everything you know. Then you're gonna go away."


Let's check in with some key characters of this part of season 5.

Glory

So, we find out that Glory's a god. And that she is sharing a body with Cute Intern Ben. Glory's trying to find the Key to use it to open a portal to hell. Ben's cleaning up her messes. The Knights of Byzantium want to find and destroy the Key to stop Glory. There's a lot going on.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Buffy Rewatch: The Darkness

Let's talk about the first seven episodes of season 5.


"Do you know what a Slayer is?"
"Do you?"


Season 4 of THE WIRE. Season 2 of JUSTIFIED. Season 1 of VERONICA MARS. Season 2 of ALIAS. These are some examples of legendary seasons of great TV show, in which top-notch stories and top-notch storytelling elevate the series and the medium of television itself. (Yes, that's hyperbolic, but come on: season 4 of THE WIRE!)

But for me, the best season of television of all just might be season 5 of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.