Thursday, November 12, 2015

Episode 49: Space Vikings!

This week we were joined by first time guest host Michael Guarnieri, editor over at The Solute. Amy asked him and Joe to recommend things that they liked better than they thought they would going into it. Joe chose the Jon Favreau film Zathura and Michael picked Michael Crichton's Eaters of the Dead.

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Show Notes

  • According to the Social Security Administration, Daniel was #11 in popularity for boys born in 1992. Walter was #272 for boys born in 1996.
  • Guillermo Navarro was the cinematographer for Zathura
  • Zathura opening credits sequence (YouTube)
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture had a score by Jerry Goldsmith. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan had the score by James Horner. (I'm not sure to which one my friend was comparing the Zathura music. -- Amy)
  • One of the trailers for The Peanuts used The Who's "Baba O'Riley" (, another used a medley of current pop music (
  • Check out the sweet 1964 Mercury Comet seen in Zathura on the always redoubtable Internet Movie Car Database
  • Although he had several books published under pseudonyms first, Michael Crichton's first book published under his own name was The Andromeda Strain
  • Apparently that study that said half of Viking warriors were women? Uhhh, not so much. Damn. 
  • Grendel was indeed written by John Gardner

On the Next Show

Randy's back, BABY! And appropriately enough, he's chosen "Returning" as the theme. Joe went with Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain, so Amy went all girly and retaliated with the Sandra Bullock vehicle Hope Floats.