Sunday, June 14, 2015

Quiz Time - Were The Hell Are We, Anyway?

Joe befuddles Amy and Randy with questions about fictional towns and cities in movies, books and TV.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Episode 45 - Never Give Up, Never Surrender

Joe asked for variations on the theme "Let's get the band back together." Amy and Randy both went with metaphorical bands rather than actual ones. Randy picked an old favorite - Galaxy Quest and Amy picked an old-but-new-to-us Donald E. Westlake book: The Hot Rock.

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What We're Into Lately:

Amy - Inspector George Gently (available streaming on Netflix and Acorn) and The Brokenwood Mysteries (streaming on Acorn)
Randy - Rectify 
Joe - Watership Down, now available as a Criterion Blu-Ray

Intro: "Across the Atlantic" - The Budos Band (YouTube)
Outro: "Galaxy Quest - Main Theme" - The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

Next Episode

We're meeting up in Chicago in a few weeks to record our first ever live episode (a quiz, but still). So Amy chose "Chicago" as our next theme. Randy selected Michael Mann's Thief and Joe picked Joe Meno's Hairstyles of the Damned.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Episode 44 - Some Legal Eagles Soar, Some Go Splat

Randy requested "courtroom drama." Joe selected Dominick Dunne's retelling of the O.J. Simpson trial Another City, Not My Own. Amy chose  The Lincoln Lawyer starring Matthew McConnaughey.

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What We're Into Lately:
Randy - U2's new tour. And Mad Max: Fury Road
Amy - Still more of The X-Files 
Joe - H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald and Up in the Air (better late than never)

  • The incomparable Joe Bob Briggs (aka John Bloom) 
  • Clearing up some of O. J. Simpson's criminal record: He was convicted in 2008 on multiple felony counts and sentenced to 33 years in prison with the possibility of parole. He was granted parole from some of the convictions in 2013, but is continuing to be held for other charges. It is possible he could be released in 2017.
  • Court TV launched on July 2, 1991. On January 1, 2008, it was renamed TruTV.
  • The novel The Lincoln Lawyer was published in 2005.
  • The AV Club's "Random Roles" with Bob Gunton
  • The beginning of the McConnaissance is hard to pinpoint... Was it with his excellent comedic cameo in Tropic Thunder (2008)? But that was followed by Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) - which Amy will happily defend but was critically drubbed and a commercial flop. The Lincoln Lawyer comes out in March 2011, followed later that year by Bernie and Killer Joe. So was Lincoln Lawyer the very tiniest beginning of the McConnaissance? Maybe.
Intro: "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)" - U2
Outro: "Hot Rod Lincoln" - Charlie Ryan and the Livinsgton Bros.

Next Episode

Joe's chosen the theme "Let's get the band back together." Amy and Randy both went with metaphorical bands rather than actual ones. Randy's giving us all the chance to rewatch Galaxy Quest and Amy's reaching back for Donald E. Westlake's Hot Rock.

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