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Aug 18, 2017

In this week’s episode, we talk about the summer movie season... Our favorite movies, our least favorite movies and what it all means and in our second segment, we look ahead to our most anticipated movies of the fall and winter movie seasons - movies that are not THE LAST JEDI. But Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in there for sure. Finally, Peter Brown from Assignment X joins us talk about Season 7, Episode 6 of Game Of Thrones.

Topic 1: The Movies of Summer of 2017

But first, a little review 

Chris’ Picks from his Summer Movie Preview

War for Planet of the Apes
Dark Tower
Dunkirk
Chris’s Bomb: The Mummy

Sonia’s Summer Movie Preview Picks

Wonder Woman
Cars 3
Rough Night/Girls Trip
Sonia’s bomb: King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword
Honorable mentions: Atomic Blonde, The Beguiled

The 25 Major Movies of Summer 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%
King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%
Snatched, Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%
Alien: Covenant, Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%
Baywatch, Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: 29%
Wonder Woman, Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%
It Comes At Night, Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%
The Mummy, Rotten Tomatoes Score: 16%
Cars 3, Rotten Tomatoes Score:  68%
Rough Night, Rotten Tomatoes Score:  48%
Transformers: The Last Knight Rotten Tomatoes Score:  15%
Baby Driver, Rotten Tomatoes Score:  94%
Despicable Me 3, Rotten Tomatoes Score:  61%
The House, Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%
Spider-Man: Homecoming, Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%
War for the Planet of the Apes, Rotten Tomatoes Score:  93%
Dunkirk, Rotten Tomatoes Score:  93%
Girls Trip, Rotten Tomatoes Score:  88%
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%
Atomic Blonde, Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%
The Emoji Movie, Rotten Tomatoes Score:  8%
The Dark Tower, Rotten Tomatoes Score: 18%
Detroit, Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%
Annabelle: Creation, Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%
The Hitman's Bodyguard, Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%
Logan Lucky, Rotten Tomatoes Score:  92%

Topic 2: Fall/Winter Movie Preview

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2527336/

 

Chris’ 5 most anticipated movies:

Blade Runner 2049, Oct 6 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1856101/

Marshall, Oct 13 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5301662/

Suburbicon, Oct 27 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0491175/

Downsizing - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1389072/

Molly’s Game - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4209788/

 

Honorable Mentions:

Justice League, Nov 17 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0974015/

LBJ, Nov 3 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4778988/

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Sept 29 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4649466/

 

Sonia’s 5 most anticipated movies:

mother! - Sept. 15 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5109784/

Battle Of The Sexes - Sept. 22 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4622512/

Thor: Ragnarok - Nov. 3 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3501632/

The Papers - Dec. 22 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6294822/

Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Film - Dec. 25 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5776858/

 

Honorable Mention:

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5027774/

The Greatest Showman - Dec. 25 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1485796/

A Bad Moms Christmas - Nov. 3 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6359956/

 

Dishonorable Mention

9-11 on Sept 8, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4917224/

 

Status Check: Episode Discussion, Game of Thrones Season 7 Ep06 w/Peter Brown

 

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Aug 14, 2017

Rundown: On this week’s show we’re talking about Kathryn Bigelow’s new movie, Detroit about the riots, the Algiers Hotel incident. It’s a searing, adult drama about race, police, the changes in American society of the 1960s, and one that has an all-too timely feel today. Wonder Why. We also use this as a jumping off point to talk about dramas for adults and wonder if they’re still a thing. We then talk about a provocative piece in The Guardian by Danny Leigh which asks the question is Hollywood in desperate need of a Bonnie and Clyde moment… more on that in segment two. It’s a good discussion. We then wrap up with our old pal Peter Brown, the Associate Editor of Assignment X, as we do one of our Status Check segments on, what else, Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 5, Eastwatch.

 

Topic 1: Review of Detroit and the state of Movie Dramas

Is there a movie more timely playing in theaters right now than “Detroit?” Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and written by Mark Boal, who previously worked together on “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Detroit” tells the true story of the Algiers Motel incident, which happened during the 12th Street riot in 1967 Detroit. The police raided the Algiers Motel believing there was a sniper, and proceeded to beat and torture 9 people, 7 African American men and 2 white women, most of them teenagers. Three African American teenagers were killed by police officers. The film stars Algee Smith, John Boyega, Will Poulter, Jason Mitchell and Anthony Mackie.

The movie about race and police brutality, and after everything that happened this weekend in Charlottesville, and the acquittal after acquittal of police officers in the murder of black men, this movie is set in 1967, but it could be set right now.

 

Topic 2: Does Hollywood need a shake-up?

For the past few years now, film lovers and movie critics have commented on the rise of the genre film, how wanna-be blockbusters have broken out of summer and seemingly eaten up every month of the movie calendar, and how movies don’t seem to get any love anymore unless there’s some comic book connection. Movies have become very predictable and stale, and have more or less lost their preeminence as the most valuable real estate in pop culture storytelling.

To quote a Battlestar: Galactica, this has all happened before and will happen again. 50 years ago, the old studio system was dying. Big movie after big movies were bombing. But back then those movies weren’t wanna-be blockbusters but bible movies, musicals and westerns… essentially the comic book movie fads of their day.

Then along came a little movie called Bonnie and Clyde, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, and that movie started a revolution in 1960s filmmaking leading to the golden age of director centered movies in the 1970s, including The Godfather, Taxi Driver, Jaws, Star Wars and on and on. Essentially, Bonnie and Clyde blew up the status quo and made way for a new Hollywood era. Is Hollywood ripe for new Bonnie and Clyde? If so, what would that look like today?

That’s the provocative question we’re going to talk about, with a nod towards Danny Leigh’s article in the Guardian this weeks which asked this same question, and got us thinking.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/aug/10/bored-bad-blockbusters-why-hollywood-needs-another-bonnie-and-clyde

 

Status Check: Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 5 "Eastwatch"

From the Game of Thrones Wiki:

Daenerys demands loyalty from the surviving Lannister soldiers. Jon heeds Bran's warning about White Walkers on the move. Cersei vows to vanquish anyone or anything that stands in her way.

http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Eastwatch

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Aug 7, 2017

Rundown: We review the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower,” starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Does it live up to expectations? The answer is surprisingly long. In our second segment, the men behind HBO’s “Game Of Thrones” announced their next project, a controversial new series called “Confederate,” which is set in the present day and the South had seceded from the Union, and slavery is still legal. We talk about questionable stories and being offended by something you haven’t even seen yet. And speaking of “Game Of Thrones,” Peter Brown from Assignment X joins us to talk about Sunday night’s episode AND last week’s episode since we were on vacation last week.

 

Topic 1: The Dark Tower and the art of adapting books to film

Sit back folks, this one’s going to be a doozy.

The 1990s was an era of pipe dreams for nerdy story lovers. While more and more genre movies were being made, they missed as much as hit. It seemed moviemakers just couldn’t trust their source material. This was the era where Joel Schumacher took Batman, the raw materials you could use to make The Dark Knight, and chose to make Batman and Robin. Every time a genre movie was made, Hollywood directors and writers would have to put their stamp on it, discarding what fans loved in the source material and replacing it with Hollywoodized versions even while nerd fans dreamed of well-made, direct adaptations of their favorite works. For every Dick Tracy, there was a Saint (starring Val Kilmer, it was awful). For every Contact, starring Jodie Foster, there was a Judge Dredd, starring Sylvester Stallone.

It was a time where the greatest nerd stories ever told were just out of reach. I remember discussions in the back of comic book shops about how great it would be to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings into a fantasy trilogy, doing for fantasy storytelling what George Lucas did for sci fi in his original Star Wars. Or wouldn’t it be cool if they used Marvel comics as a basis for movies, but did it like they did it in comics so the characters could cross over into each other’s movies. The smart money said those things were never going to happen.

But in the early 2000s, Hollywood began to get smart. The did faithful adaptations of The X-Men, then in one glorious year Harry Potter and the first Lord of the Rings book. And they were smashes. The more the learned, the better they did. The Harry Potter series became a classic. The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead all showed with the right talent using the respect for the source material could make quality, lucrative movies and shows.

But one series stood out, unmade, above many of these. That was Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. Now Stephen King was such a prolific storyteller that there were many undisputed classic movies to his name.. Stand By Me, Misery, The Shawshank Redemption, The Shining, The Dead Zone, Dolores Claiborne, even The Running Man. And the Dark Tower was his magnum opus, his series with the most ardent fans, all begging for a faithful adaptation of this series about a mythic gunslinger traversing a barren, magic filled land to kill a villain who may be the devil himself.

Now surely in the era of Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and The Walking Dead, a studio could see its way clear to do a diligent and modern adaptation of this storytelling icon’s most beloved series.

In fact plans were announced in 2010, with Ron Howard directing the first in a series of movies which was to adapt King’s books into a series of interlocking movies and short-run, Fargo-like TV series. Akiva Goldsman, hot off his Oscar winning screenplay for Howard’s A Beautiful Mind was to help adapt. And then, this, and then that, and then the Hollywood machine ground the idea more and more until Howard dropped out, the ambition was pared down from a seven or eight movie series to a single movie that wasn’t even based off any of King’s existing books. The Dark Tower, which hit theaters this weekend starring Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, is a story which takes place after the last book in the series.

For Goldsman, one of the credited writers and also a writer on Schumacher’s 1990s Batman and Robin, and director Nikolaj Arcel, it’s like the last 20 years didn’t exist. You have one of the most beloved storytellers of the modern era give you eight books of stories, and no, they’re not good enough, you have to replace them with your own story? Did these guys, or Sony, not learn anything from The Lord of the Rings?

 

Topic 2: HBO’s Confederate and controversy in TV making

No script has been written and not a single frame has been shot, but the HBO show “Confederate” is already engulfed in controversy. Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the men behind “Game Of Thrones” and Nichelle Tramble Spellman, a writer/producer of “The Good Wife” and her husband Malcolm Spellman, a writer and producer of “Empire,” “Confederate” is an alternate-history drama set in modern times in which the South has seceded from the Union, and slavery is legal. Right after the announcement, the Twitterverse was lit up and there were calls for boycotts. A lot of folks don’t love the idea of Benioff and Weiss, two white men who have often faced controversy about “Game Of Thrones” lack of diversity and sexual violence, telling this story, even with the Spellman’s involvement. There are concerns that the timing for this type of show really sucks, because racist Trump supporters are more emboldened than ever. And the flip side, there’s a backlash to the backlash, asking if we’re supposed to offended and start protesting movies and TV shows we haven’t even seen yet? So, yeah, let’s talk about it. Smith, what do you think? Is the outrage premature?

Malcolm Spellman on the fantastic Scriptnotes podcast:

https://johnaugust.com/2015/malcolm-spellman-a-study-in-heat

 

TV Show Status Check: Game of Thrones Season 7 Episodes 3 and 4

We talk Episode 03: The Queen’s Justice and Episode 04: The Spoils of War.

 

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Jul 28, 2017

Show Rundown: We’re doing a massive entry in our periodic Why Should I Listen to You segment and we’re running down our favorite movies of the 2000s. The New York Times did it a few weeks back, so why not us? In our second topic, we’ll be talking about the new Netflix show, Friends from College starring Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders and Fred Savage. Is the Suddenly Susan of the Prestige TV Era? We’ll let you know (Psst, the answer is yes). Plus quick reviews of Girls Trip and Valerian: City of a Thousand Planets

 

Topic 1: Best Movies of 2000s

Inspired by the New York Times article The 25 Best Films Of The 21st Century, we decided to pick our favorite 10 (or so) movies of the 2000s.

Here's the original Story:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/09/movies/the-25-best-films-of-the-21st-century.html

Chris’s Favorite Movies of the 2000s

The Lord of the Rings
The Dark Knight
The Incredibles
Mad Max: Fury Road
Toy Story 3
Casino Royale
Zodiac
Catch Me If You Can
No Country For Old Men
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Honorable Mention: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Open Range, True Grit

Chris’ Top Movies of 1990s:

https://letterboxd.com/jettjergens/list/movies-ive-seen-a-jett-jergens-list/decade/1990s/

 

Chris’ Top Movies of 1980s:

https://letterboxd.com/jettjergens/list/movies-ive-seen-a-jett-jergens-list/decade/1980s/

 

Sonia’s Favorite Movies of the 2000s

ANIMATION SPOT: Toy Story 3 (2010)

CHICK FLICK SPOT: Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) / Pride & Prejudice (2005)

ACTION MOVIE SPOT: Mad Max Fury Road (2015)

DRAMA SPOT: Room (2015)

SCI-FI SPOT: Arrival (2016)

MUSICAL SPOT: La La Land (2016)

COMEDY SPOT: Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010)

HORROR MOVIE SPOT: Get Out (2017)

WES ANDERSON SPOT: The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

FREE SPOT: High Fidelity (2000)

 

Honorable Mentions:

Her (2013)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

Ghost World (2001)

 

Topic 2: Friends from College Review (first 2 episodes) Netflix

Nope.

 

What We’re Dorking Out About This Week:

Girls Trip

Valerian: City Of A Thousand Planets

 

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Jul 24, 2017

Show Rundown: 

In this week’s episode, we review Christopher Nolan’s new movie, “Dunkirk.” In our second segment Peter Brown from Assignment X and our other podcast Dorking Out About Trailers joins us to talk about - duh - trailers; the trailers from Comic Con - to be more specific. Peter sticks around for our final segment, in which we talk about Sunday night’s episode of Game Of Thrones.

 

Topic 1: Dunkirk Review and Thoughts on Christopher Nolan

In recent years movies have been discussed in terms of extended universes, reboots and intellectual property which launched a thousand movie tickets. From Hunger Games to Marvel, from Ghostbusters to the upcoming Dark Tower, it seems studios have left the era of director driven films and only think in terms of IP.

One of the very few directors who still stands out as a brand unto himself, as the Spielbergs and Tarantinos did in decades past, is Christopher Nolan. While he did do his time in the comic book mines, by making three of the greatest comic book movies ever made in the Dark Knight trilogy, he’s now thought of as an artistic voice in his own right. From Inception to Interstellar, from The Prestige to this week’s Dunkirk, it seems he’s one of the vanishingly few directors whose name alone can almost guarantee a big opening weekend.

So his latest is Dunkirk, a World War II story about the evacuation of the British and French armies at Dunkirk in one of the darkest moments of the war.

 

Topic 2: The Trailers Of Comic-Con

If you’re a dork, geek, nerd or spaz, then you know that Comic Con happened last week in San Diego. I’m joking, because, of course, gone are the days when Comic Con was just just for dorks. Every TV show, every movie participates in Comic Con now. It’s the center of everything pop culture, including “Sharknado 5” directed by friend of the podcast Anthony C. Ferrante (shameless plug). Last week, a million trailers came out, and we want to talk about them, so Peter Brown from Assignment X and our other special podcast Dorking Out About Trailers, is joining us to talk about all the buzzy new trailers and whatever news that captured our interest.

Star Trek Discovery

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC7IMj7WFyE&feature=youtu.be

Westworld Season 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phFM3V_dors&feature=youtu.be

Stranger Things Season 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgS2L7WPIO4

Justice League

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DblEwHkde8U

Thor: Ragnarok

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue80QwXMRHg&feature=youtu.be

The Defenders

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_6J9BqgonU

Bright on Netflix

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EZCBSsBxko

Ready Player One

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiK2fhOY0nE

 

What We’re Dorking Out About This Week: Game Of Thrones - Season 7 Episode 2, Stormborn with Peter Brown

HBO Synopsys: http://www.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/episodes/7/62-62-stormborn/synopsis.html

Wikipedia Synopsys: At Dragonstone, the Queen's council starts planning the invasion of Westeros. Daenerys sends the dornishmen along the Greyjoy fleet to Sunspear, the Unsullied to Casterly Rock and decides to not move on to King's Landing yet, intending to install a siege instead. Grey Worm and Missandei declare their love for one another, which they consummate before Grey Worm leaves with the Unsullied. There, Cersei has gathered many lords and insisted on fear for the Dragon Queen and why they should support the Lannister crown instead, promising Randyll Tarly the title of Warden of the South. In the Riverlands, Arya meets with Hot Pie, who tells her of Jon being named King in the North. She decides to return to Winterfell, and in the way she is briefly reunited with her long lost direwolf pet: Nymeria. At Winterfell, Jon Snow leaves for Dragonstone in hopes of getting support of Daenerys Targaryen against the threat of the White Walkers, leaving Sansa in charge. At the Citadel, Sam begins a forbidden treatment for Jorah Mormont's greyscale. Euron Greyjoy's Iron Fleet attacks Yara Greyjoy's, and in the battle, Obara and Nymeria Sand are killed, while Ellaria, Tyene and Yara are captured. Theon Greyjoy flees the carnage in horror.


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Jul 17, 2017

Show Rundown: In this week’s episode, we talk about the return of Game Of Thrones, which kicked off its penultimate season on Sunday night. Peter Brown from Assignment X joins us. In our second segment, we review the final installment of the “Planet of the Apes” movies, “War For The Planet Of The Apes.” Smith super loves this series. Was he happy with how it all ended? Well, you’ll have to listen and find out. And finally, we end our show with what we’re dorking out about this week, which is basically just the Emmy nominations. 

Topic 1: Game of Thrones Season 7 Opener

Unless you’ve attending dinner parties at House Frey, you know that Game Of Thrones kicked off its 7th season on Sunday, the first of seven new episodes. Next year, its season 8 and final season will have six episodes. Every episode since the show first aired in 2011 has been leading up to these final two seasons. Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have masterfully set up the game board for what is sure to be an epic conclusion. Joining us to talk about Sunday night’s Game Of Thrones is Peter Brown from Assignment X.

Topic 2: War for the Planet of the Apes and What Makes Great Trilogies

That brings us to our review of War for the Planet of the Apes, and a larger discussion of just what is so great about a movie trilogy. There’s nothing quite like a great movie trilogy. Why is that? And does this recent Planet of the Apes trilogy rank among them?

War for the Planet of the Apes is the final movie in the prequelish trilogy of Apes movies which began with 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and 2014’s great Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Starring Andy Serkis as Caesar, the lab ape-come-Moses-figure to a tribe of intelligent apes living in California after a plague has wiped out 499 of every 500 people, and Woody Harrelson as a human soldier trying to clutch onto the human control of Earth as a second wave of plague might be finishing off humans for good, War has been widely praised and renewed talk of how the Oscars might honor work like Serkis’ here… performances which are not all CGI and not all human.

 

What makes a great trilogy? Why do we care about trilogies?

Star Wars Trilogy

Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Toy Story Trilogy

Mad Max Trilogy

Alien Trilogy

Spider-Man Trilogy

Dark Knight Trilogy

Back to the Future Trilogy

Bourne Trilogy

Dollars Movies Trilogy

Godfather Trilogy

Matrix Trilogy

Indiana Jones

What We're Dorking Out About

The Emmy nominations …. We keeping hearing that we’re in the Platinum Age of Television, but when it comes to the Emmy nominations it’s just business as usual. The Emmys seem to take a giant leap forward last year, nominating criminally overlooked shows like “The Americans,” and giving Emmys to the leads of Orphan Black and Mr. Robot, neither of which are nominated this year, just like “The Americans.” Instead the Emmys took two steps back with nods for shows that are kinda played out like House Of Cards and Modern Family and honoring “movie stars” like Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Spacey, and Liev Schrieber for their TV work even if the performances are not the best TV has to offer. I’m not sure “Westworld” really deserves to be in the Best Drama category. I feel like that nomination is more the result of HBO’s big Emmy marketing budget. And I don’t want to even get into how much I hate that “Sherlock” is nominated for anything, because it was terrible.

There are some bright spots. I was happy to see all the Emmy nominations for A Handmaid’s Tale, Atlanta, Stranger Things and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I’m glad to see so many SNL actresses nominated for supporting actress. Smith, what did you think of the Emmy nominations?

Emmy Nominations

http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/2017-emmy-nominees-list-nominations-1202494465/

Big Categories:

Drama Series
“Better Call Saul” (AMC)
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)
“This Is Us” (NBC)
“Westworld” (HBO)

Comedy Series
“Atlanta” (FX)
“Black-ish” (ABC)
“Master of None” (Netflix)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
“Veep” (HBO)

Drama Actress
Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”)
Claire Foy (“The Crown”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)
Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”)
Robin Wright (“House of Cards”)

Drama Actor
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)
Anthony Hopkins (“Westworld”)
Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)
Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”)
Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”)
Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”)

Comedy Actor
Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)
Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”)
Zach Galifianakis (“Baskets”)
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
William H. Macy (“Shameless”)
Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”)

Comedy Actress
Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”)
Tracee Ellis-Ross (“black-ish”)
Jane Fonda (“Grace and Frankie”)
Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”)
Allison Janney (“Mom”)
Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”)

Limited Series
“Big Little Lies” (HBO)
“Fargo” (FX)
“Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)
“The Night Of” (HBO)
“Genius” (National Geographic)

Limited Series Actor
Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock: The Lying Detective”)
Robert De Niro (“The Wizard of Lies”)
Ewan McGregor (“Fargo”)
Geoffrey Rush (“Genius”)
John Turturro (“The Night Of”)

Limited Series Actress
Carrie Coon (“Fargo”)
Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”)
Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”)
Jessica Lange (“Feud”)
Susan Sarandon (“Feud”)
Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies”)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
John Lithgow (“The Crown”)
Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”)
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)
Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”)
David Harbour (“Stranger Things”)
Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”)
Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black”)
Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”)
Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”)
Louie Anderson (“Baskets”)
Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”)
Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
Tony Hale (“Veep”)
Matt Walsh (“Veep”)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Vanessa Bayer (“Saturday Night Live”)
Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”)
Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”)
Judith Light (“Transparent”)
Kathryn Hahn (“Transparent”)

Variety Talk Series
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (TBS)
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC)
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)
“The Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS)
“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS)

Reality Competition
“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“American Ninja Warrior” (NBC)
“Project Runway” (Lifetime)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (vh1)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)
“The Voice” (NBC)

Television Movie
“Black Mirror: San Junipero” (Netflix)
“Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love” (NBC)
“The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks” (HBO)
“Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece)” (PBS)
“The Wizard Of Lies” (HBO)

Variety Sketch Series
“Billy On The Street” (truTV)
“Documentary Now!” (IFC)
“Drunk History” (Comedy Central)
“Portlandia” (IFC)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO)

Structured Reality Program
“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)
“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (Food Network)
“Fixer Upper” (HGTV)
“Lip Sync Battle” (Spike TV)
“Shark Tank” (ABC)
“Who Do You Think You Are” (TLC)

Unstructured Reality Program
“Born This Way” (A&E)
“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery Channel)
“Gaycation With Ellen Page” (Viceland)
“Intervention” (A&E)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” (YouTube)
“United Shades Of America: With W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)

 

We’ve Got a New Doctor Who

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-40626224

 

Martin Landau Died at 89

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/martin-landau-dead-ed-wood-811318

 

George Romero Died at 77

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-me-george-romero-20170716-story.html

 

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Jul 10, 2017

Show Rundown: In this week’s episode, friend of the show Ben Weddell, host of Big Ben’s Movie Show, joins Chris for a review of “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Why am I not reviewing it, too? Because I actually decided to wait to see it opening day. I’m not as inpatient as my co-host who just HAD to see it early and review it right away. OR maybe I have a life and I can’t stop everything to see yet another Spider-Man movie. Or maybe - just maybe - it’s a scheduling thing. In our second segment, we step into the ring and talk about Netflix’s new series “Glow,” about the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling. And finally we end our show with what we’re dorking out about this week. 

 

Topic 1: Spider-Man: Homecoming Review (No Spoilers) and the Semi-Annual State of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Well, a few weeks have passed, so that means a new movie in the octopus-like Marvel Cinematic Universe has been released.

But this one is a bit different. Spider-Man: Homecoming came out Friday, starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Michael Keaton as one of the few great Marvel villains seen on screen, The Vulture. Big deal, you may say. After all, Marvel is churning these movies out one every four months now. And who cares, you may say, this is the seventh major motion picture with Spider-Man since Sam Raimi’s original Tobey Maguire Spider-Man in 2002.

But this is the first time Spider-Man has had a whole movie all to himself in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and only the second time MCU uber-producer and Kevin Feige have worked with a rival studio, in this case Spider-Man rights holder Sony, to produce a movie for the MCU.

Was the wait and all the fanboy hype over the last two years leading up to this worth it? Joining me today to talk about Spider-Man Homecoming is friend of the show, Ben Weddell, host of Big Ben’s Movie Show and one of the biggest Marvel Zombies I know.

 

Topic 2: GLOW Season 1 Review and 'Slight' Gems of Netflix

Since Dorking Out has a no binge watching-required rule, we have waited long enough to talk about Netflix’s new series, “Glow,” about the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling. Apparently this was a real syndicated show is the late 80s. I didn’t watch it, and I had never heard of it until I saw this show. This “Glow” is a fictionalized take on the creation of the show starring Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin and Marc Maron.

“Glow” is created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, who worked on “Nurse Jackie,” “Weeds” and “Orange Is The New Black,” and those shows DNA is all over “Glow,” especially “Orange Is The New Black,” and I mean that in a good way.

It’s on Netflix. It stars a mostly female cast. And it’s loosely based on a true story. Like “Orange is the New Black” uses prison as its jumping off point, “Glow” is using wrestling to tell funny, interesting, touching stories about women from a variety of backgrounds. In “Glow” Allison Brie is an aspiring actress who thinks she’s kinda above this fake wrestling show, and kinda like Piper in “Orange Is The New Black” she discovers a lot about herself and that she is supposed to be there. I really like this show, and I’m excited to see season 2. 

 

What We’re Dorking Out About This Week:

Dorking Out Movie Trade: Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Bring It On

Newly unearthed photo suggests Amelia Earhart survived her final flight

 

Discovery of the HMS Terror in Canada



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Jul 3, 2017

Show Rundown: In this week’s episode we welcome our new podcasting friend Mike Richman of the political podcast Nor Cal News Now to talk about the new Edgar Wright movie Baby Driver, and discuss the director’s colorful and hyper-praised career. Is he the Wes Anderson of the geek movie? Then we welcome back Scott Daigle to talk about Twin Peaks. We’re almost half-way through. Is David Lynch’s return to that small Washington logging town just as opaque and random as we feared? Then we welcome back Mike to talk about what we’re dorking out about… We have come to praise Daniel Day Lewis.

Mike's Podcast: Nor Cal News Now

 

Topic 1: Baby Driver and the work of Edgar Wright

 BIG NEWS! A movie came out this weekend that isn’t part of franchise. It’s not a sequel. It’s not animated. It’s “Baby Driver,” written and directed by Edgar Wright, one of the most creatively successful writer and directors in the 2000s. Starting with the hilarious TV series “Spaced,” which also launched Simon Pegg,” Edgar Wright wrote and directed “Shaun Of The Dead,” “Hot Fuzz,” one of my favorite recent movies “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World,” and “The World’s End.” “Baby Driver” stars Ansel Elgort as a talented young getaway driver with kick-ass soundtrack playing in his iPod who works for heist boss Kevin Spacey. Things get complicated when Baby falls for a waitress (played by Lily James) at his favorite diner and he agrees to one last job. That’s always the thing, right? Love and one last job - it gets you every time. The movie also stars Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx.

 Joining us to talk about “Baby Driver” is Mike Richman from the political podcast NorCal News Now.

Topic 2: Twin Peaks Review… 8 episodes down, 10 to go - that’s almost halfway

In an age of reboots, revivals and reimagined misfires, when David Lynch returned to television with 18 new episodes of his groundbreaking Twin Peaks show on May 21, we were hopeful but also a bit suspicious. Was this going to be an X-Files style return, where what was great about a show long since dead never did return to the new episodes, or was this a Star Trek: The Next Generation style return, where a new and transformed version of the thing we loved lived and breathed beautifully all on its own.

 Well, we promised to return with our thoughts at the halfway point of the season, and we almost have. Eight episodes are down, 10 left to go. So we thought we’d bring our David Lynch loving cohort Scott Daigle, renowned videographer and onetime Lucasfilm mailroom maven to talk about Twin Peaks… has it revolutionized TV again? Does TV need revolutionizing anymore?

 

What We’re Dorking Out About This Week:

Sonia: Nobody Speak: The Trials Of The Free Press on Netflix

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/nobody_speak_trials_of_the_free_press/

Mike Richman - We have come to praise the not late but great Daniel Day Lewis

Chris’ Dorkiest project yet… The President of the United States Connected Universe

 

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Jun 25, 2017

Show Rundown: To honor our first anniversary as a podcast, Chris and Sonia have reached back into the archives to pull clips from our 40 years as an ahead-of-our-time pop culture podcast. 

Since May, 1977, we've been doing test podcasts of the Dorking Out Show, distributing our shows via 8-Track Tapes, CDs, DAT tapes, radio and finally podcast players. 

In this special episode, you'll Chris and Sonia fight and make-up, quit and return to the show as the biggest events of 40-years of pop culture fun parades through the show, including Star Wars, The Star Wars Holiday Special, Oh God!, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Octopussy, James Bond, Manimal, Back to the Future, Aliens, Wall Street, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Real World, Batman and Robin, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Beavis and Butthead, The Sopranos, The West Wing, Iron Man, the 1990s renditions of  Fantastic 4, Captain America, The Punisher,  Nick Fury, The Hunger Games, Attack on Titan and Wonder Woman.

 

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Jun 20, 2017

Show Rundown: In this week’s episode, Juan Uriarte from the Instant Ramen podcast joins us to talk about “Car 3” and the Pixar’s film track record. Is “Cars 3” a hit like “Inside Out,” or is it more of a “Cars 2?” We talk about that. In our second segment. we review the first big comedy of the summer, “Rough Night,” starring Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon. And finally we end our show with what we’re dorking out about this week. We’ve got a lot to talk about, so let’s get this podcast started.

 

Topic 1: Cars 3 and the Decline of Pixar

Chris' Intro: In my movie going life, I have witnessed three game-changing developments in film which tower above all others. The first was Star Wars in 1977, which lead to the corporatization of blockbusters which reverberates to this day. Another is the release of Iron Man and the idea a movie can not just live on its own, but a series of different movies can create a greater whole than the sum of its parts. But in between these two events was another, no less magical arrival. It was the 1995 release of Toy Story by Pixar, and the revelation to the world the Pixar Animation Studios has been. From the first Toy Story, Pixar’s ability to create delightful, wondrous, endearing and often meaningful was something unseen in Hollywood since Walt Disney first revealed Mickey Mouse to the world.

Let’s just consider this run. 1995 saw Toy Story. Next was Bug’s Life, then Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall E, Up, and Toy Story 3.  

But everything beautiful that begins has some end. While Pixar seemed to have invented a system to pump out classic after classic, with the arrival of Cars 3, to say nothing of The Good Dinosaur or Monsters University or Cars 2 or, or, or… it’s apparent the glory days of Pixar are over.

 So we have come to talk about Cars 3, praise Pixar, and discuss what this studio means to us, and how it might regain its glory.

 

 

Topic 2: Rough Night Review

 Sonia's Intro: “Rough Night,” starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz, Ilana Glazer and Jillian Bell, is the first of two comedies this summer about a bunch of women going on a trip and going wild. “Girls Trip,” starring Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah, comes out in July.

“Rough Night” is about a group of college friends are reunited for a bachelorette party. But it’s not all drinking and silly bachelorette party games when they accidentally kill a stripper. It mixes body shots with a dead body. It’s like 1998’s “Very Bad Things” but it’s not nearly dark. “Rough Night” is way goofier than that. I went with my sister and one of my best friends. We are the target audience for this movie, and we were disappointed. It just wasn’t funny enough.

 I don’t want to say that women want certain kinds of movies and men want certain kinds of movies, but after this movie we all thought the same thing, which was we wanted to see this movie without the accidental murder of a stripper. That part of comedy just didn’t work for us. But we really enjoyed the beginning of the movie with all the friends getting together, joking and drinking and being ridiculous. We enjoyed the part about college friends getting together as adults and trying to party like they used to. The murder plot line just didn’t work for us.

“Rough Night” only earned $8 million this past weekend, which is far below expectations. I think part of the reason this movie didn’t connect with the audience that made “Bad Moms” a sleeper box office hit last year is that stripper movie plot. I think the target audience for “Rough Night” isn’t interested in a goofy comedy about women accidentally killing a stripper. Of course, I can’t speak for all women. That’s just what we thought. Smith, what did you think of “Rough Night?”

 

What We’re Dorking Out About This Week:

Joel Schumacher Apologizes For ‘Batman & Robin’

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/14/entertainment/joel-schumacher-batman-robin/index.html?sr=twCNN061517joel-schumacher-batman-robin0331AMVODtopPhoto&linkId=38717488

 

The Official Reason for Star Trek Discovery’s Delay: ‘World building is hard’

http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-official-reason-for-star-trek-discoverys-many-dela-1796237580

Dorking Out's 40th Anniversary Show

 

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Jun 12, 2017

Show Rundown: In this week’s episode, we review the first (and maybe the last) installment in Universal’s Dark Universe “The Mummy” starring Tom Cruise. In our second segment, Peter Brown from Assignment X joins us to talk about the Dark Universe, counting your movie franchise eggs before they’re hatched, Marvel’s new Black Panther trailer, and what the success of “Wonder Woman” means for the DC Universe. We’re talking about the whole messy subject of cinematic universes, the latest blockbuster trend that may or may not be fizzling out. All of that, plus what we’re dorking out about this week. 

Topic 1: The Mummy Review

Universal’s kickoff to its new Dark Universe “The Mummy” opened this weekend to a disappointing $32.2 million. The movie stars Tom Cruise as Nick Morton, a soldier of fortune who steals valuable relics and sells them to the highest bidder. Nick stumbles across an ancient burial ground, because of course he did, and accidentally awakens a 3,000 year old mummy (played by Sofia Boutella). The movie also stars Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis and Russell Crowe and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - yes, that Dr. Jekyll, and yes that Mr. Hyde.

 The movie is written by Tom Cruises’s regular writers, David Koepp, Dylan Kussman and Christopher McQuarrie, who have worked several “Mission Impossible” movies, so those “Mummy Impossible” jokes you’re seeing are pretty accurate. And the movie is directed by Alex Kurtzman, whose previous directing credit is  2012’s “People Like Us.” Kurtzman is probably better known for his role creating TV shows such as “Sleepy Hollow,” “Fringe” and the upcoming “Star Trek Discovery.” He also wrote some “Transformer” movies and the first two installments of the “Star Trek” reboot.”

This is a long way of saying that there are a lot of cooks in the kitchen. And there’s a lot riding on this movie, since it’s supposed to be launching a franchise.

Topic 2: Dark Universe and the state of Cinematic Universes

It’s been a mere nine years since Robert Downey Jr. strapped on an Iron Man suit and starred in Iron Man. That movie, with it’s little tease at the end hinting at a larger cinematic universe, launched the biggest blockbuster revolution Hollywood has ever seen, or at least since the first Star Wars. By creating a series of movies with elements which connected with one another, the Marvel series of movies have become more than sequels, they’ve created an entire alternate movie universe movie goers can’t seem to get enough of. To put it another way, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 came out in May to massive money, but in a way you could think of it as Iron Man 15. That is a massive temptation for the copy-happy suits in other studios looking to get in on the lucrative action of having a series of movies build up to a massive cross-over financial success, as Marvel had with Avengers 1, 2 and Captain America Civil War. Each earned over $1 billion.

But while other studios are eager to try to copy Marvel’s success, they have almost all failed.

Sony tried and failed with the relaunched Amazing Spider Man series, announcing A Sinister Six Movie, a Venom Movie and a Black Cat movie just before The Amazing Spiderman 2 crashed. While Universal is trying to create a connected universe with The Mummy, melding together their trove of monster characters (Wolfman, Frankenstein, Dracula, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon), they have already failed once with Dracula Untold, which was supposed to launch their monster connected universe. But Dracula Untold crashed at the box office. That’s right, the Mummy is their second shot.

Then we have Warner Brothers’ attempt to get into the game with their DC universe. Wonder Woman finally seems to have them on track.

Recent attempts at connected universes: 

King Arthur:Legend of the Sword - Supposed to be 6 movies

 

Fast and Furious

Harry Potter (Fantastic Beasts)

Transformers

Star Wars (Rogue One)

Ghostbusters reboot

Hasbro - GI Joe and MASK

Lego movies

Star Trek (connecting universes since 1987)

 

What We’re Dorking Out About This Week:

Netflix Cancels “Sense8” and “The Get Down”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/sense8-still-canceled-netflix-tells-fans-1012024

I’m kinda dorking out about this because Netflix doesn’t release any ratings on their shows and specials. So if you are a fan of a show on Netflix, there are no ratings, you have no idea if the show you like is in danger of being canceled or not. You can to go by the buzz for the show.

Billions on Showtime

 

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Jun 5, 2017

Rundown: We review the long-awaited Wonder Woman movie with Margo D from the Book vs. Movie podcast and Laura Smith (better half of co-host Christopher Allan Smith). We then revisit our offensiveness/comedy thread in the wake of the Kathy Griffin/Bill Maher controversies this week. And finally, we end our show with what we’re dorking out about this week, including Chris winning another Emmy (really) and the return of Sonia's Old Movies, New Beer podcast.

Topic 1: Wonder Woman Review

Unless you’ve been living on a magically hidden island you know that “Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins, opened this weekend. There’s a lot riding on this movie. It’s not just another comic book movie. The DC Cinematic Universe really needs a movie that competes on Marvel’s level - which is a critically acclaimed and long-running franchise. “Wonder Woman” needs to be more than a box office hit, and prove that DC is capable of making a movie that audiences and critics love. And it needs to prove that a female superhero movie will make money. And it’s the first big superhero blockbuster directed by a woman. These are high stakes, and just like women have to do all the time in their careers - Wonder Woman needs to be better a movie and make more money than its male counterparts just to be considered equal. Smith will hate that I said that, but it’s true.

Well, this weekend it made more than $100 million, and it’s the biggest opening for a movie directed by a woman. But is it any good? We’ve brought in reinforcements for this review, a couple of real wonder women, Laura Smith, which is Smith’s better half, and Margo D. from the podcast Book vs. Movie is here to talk about “Wonder Woman” with us.

You can find Book vs. Movie at:

http://bookvsmovie.libsyn.com/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/book-vs-movie-podcast/id918954447?mt=2

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/margo-porras/book-vs-movie

https://www.facebook.com/bookversusmovie/

https://twitter.com/bookversusmovie?lang=en

 

Topic 2: Comedian freedom redux Kathy Griffin/Bill Maher controversy

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/01/politics/kathy-griffin-ted-nugent-donald-trump/

http://www.salon.com/2016/01/20/ted_nugent_so_impressed_by_13_hours_he_calls_for_the_lynching_of_barack_obama_and_hillary_clinton/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/06/03/bill-maher-faces-calls-for-firing-after-using-the-n-word-on-his-hbo-show/?utm_term=.9fddb1d4cd00

 

What We’re Dorking Out About This Week:

Smith Goes To The Emmys

https://twitter.com/dorkingoutshow/status/871224233027805184

Old Movies, New Beer is back

http://www.oldmoviesnewbeer.com/



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May 29, 2017

Show Rundown: In this week’s episode, we review “War Machine,” starring Brad Pitt. This is Netflix’s first big attempt at blockbuster-style filmmaking. How’d they do? We’re going to talk about that. In our second segment, we have not one BUT TWO movie reviews for you, including “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Baywatch.” And finally, we end our show with what we’re dorking out about this week, including the women-only screenings of “Wonder Woman” and savor-watching, which is the anti-binge watching.

Topic 1: War Machine on Netflix

Netflix, the little company that started out sending DVDs through the mail has grown over the last 10 years into the second most prestigious, interesting power in TV. In comedy, in dramas, in mini-series, they are now the first stop whenever the best creatives in Hollywood are pitching their new shows, with HBO largely falling to second. Their success, with House of Cards, Master of None, the adult Marvel stable of shows, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Making a Murderer… the list speaks for itself.

But now, they’re looking to move into movies in a serious, prestigious way. One of the first big swings at the large-scale Hollywood movies is this weekend’s War Machine, from Brad Pitt’s production company and starring Pitt as an army general trying to bring a rational end to the war in Afghanistan.

What does this move mean for Netflix’ continuing campaign to eat everything in Hollywood? Will they become a big force in prestige movies, as they have with TV, or is this a bridge too far? Also, is the movie any good?

Topic 2: Our “reviews” of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Baywatch”

SONIA’S INTRO: We got two movie reviews for you: “Pirates Of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Baywatch.” Let’s start with “Pirates Of The Caribbean,” which was the #1 movie at the box office this weekend, pillaging more than $62 million. It’s the fifth movie in the franchise based on the popular Disneyland ride, starring Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, as well as Javier Bardem, and the return of Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. “Baywatch” was the 98-pound weakling at the box office this weekend. “Pirates” kicked sand in its eyes. It made $18 million this weekend and got scathing reviews. It has 19% on Rotten Tomatoes. This movie reboot stars Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, and it’s based on the 90s TV show phenomenon, starring David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson, was about lifeguards who spend more time solving crimes than saving people from drowning. I never watched an episode of the show, which I’m not going to lie, I’m not sorry about. I don’t think you need to have seen the show to understand what’s going on in the movie. 

What We’re Dorking Out About This Week:

Kevin Costner Returns To Westerns

http://moviehole.net/2017115773costner-set-for-new-tv-western-yellowstone

 

Best way to watch TV is the savor it

https://theringer.com/the-case-for-savor-watching-8c76446ac5aa

 

Trolls are losing their minds about the women-only screening on “Wonder Woman” at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin. The theatre’s social media responses are amazing.

http://flavorwire.com/606109/alamo-drafthouse-is-doing-a-women-only-screening-of-wonder-woman-and-dudes-are-very-mad-online

 

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May 22, 2017

Show Rundown: In this week’s episode, we talk about “Twin Peaks,” which returned last night on Showtime. In our second segment, Peter Brown from Assignment X joins us to review “Alien: Covenant,” which was the #1 movie at the box office this weekend. And finally, we end the show with what we’re dorking out about this week, including Kevin Costner returning to westerns and the third season of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

Scratch those last two. We're talking about "Star Trek: Discovery"

 

Topic 1: Twin Peaks

Unless you’ve been stuck in the Black Lodge for the past few years, you know that “Twin Peaks” returned Sunday night with two of the 18 all-new episodes on Showtime. If you are one of those weirdos who has never watched “Twin Peaks,” then I’m going to explain to you why “Twin Peaks” is kind of a big deal.

Created by filmmaker David Lynch and Mark Frost, there was nothing like “Twin Peaks” on network television in 1990. Now the line between television and movies are blurred. Actually, there are no lines. Movie stars regularly make TV shows, and TV stars make movies; BUT, in 1990, a TV series created by a filmmaker as highly regarded as David Lynch was really unusual and special.

The elevator pitch for Twin Peaks was Agent Dale Cooper, played by Kyle MacLachlan, comes to a small Northwestern town to investigate the murder of the Laura Palmer, the seemingly perfect teenager, the homecoming queen dating the football team captain, etc. etc. But, of course, the show was much more than that. Twin Peaks was a mix of murder mystery, horror, dark comedy and drama. It could be absolutely heartbreaking and absolutely terrifying in the same episode. Creatively, Twin Peaks’s influence cannot overstated. It’s DNA is all over TV shows including genre shows such as “The X-Files” and “Lost” and more recently “Fargo” and “Riverdale,” as well as more mainstream TV such as “Northern Exposure.”

“Twin Peaks” aired for two seasons for a total of 30 episodes. It lost its creative footing after the murder of Laura Palmer was solved midway through the second season, and the show struggled in the ratings and was canceled. Lynch wrote and directed the prequel “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me,” which I think is underappreciated, and a small taste of where Lynch would later serve up with “Lost Highway” and “Mulholland Drive.”

So, that’s why everybody is so excited that Twin Peaks is back. We watched the first episode, and we’ve got good news that gum you like is going to come back in style. Smith, what did you think about the return of “Twin Peaks?”

 

Topic 2: Alien: Covenant with Peter Brown

Over 30 years ago, Ridley Scott directed one of the best science fiction movies and one of the creepiest horror movies, and it was the same movie. That would be 1979’s Alien. Since then he’s made a career of lush, amazing looking movies which are a bit hit and miss on the storytelling side.

That goes double for Prometheus, the 2012 movie marking Scott’s return to the franchise he began. But by then, and maybe until today, the Alien franchise has become one of the most beat up, battered, messed around franchises in Hollywood history. For every classic sequel, like James Cameron’s Aliens, there were two or three deformed creatures, like the possibly underrated David Fincher entry, Alien 3, or the no-holds bar trainwreck like Alien: Resurrection.

When it came out, Prometheus had a lot of fans excited for a top shelf alien story, but the final movie left a divided fanbase, half liking it, half loathing it.

What We’re Dorking Out About This Week:

Star Trek Discovery Trailer Is Here FINALLY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dxe_ugmIVM

 

Kevin Costner in 10-Hour Western

http://moviehole.net/2017115773costner-set-for-new-tv-western-yellowstone

 

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Is Back For a Third Season

http://collider.com/unbreakable-kimmy-schmidt-season-3-review/

 

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May 15, 2017

Show Rundown: In this week’s episode, the TV Networks are unveiling their new fall schedules so they’ve announced which TV shows have been canceled. Did your show make the cut? We’re going to talk about that with Peter Brown from Assignment X. In our second segment we are talking about favorite movies about journalism. Why? Umm, no reason. And finally, we will end our show with what we’re dorking out about this week, including Larry Wilmore’s new podcast and which Saturday Night Live cast member should run for president.

 

Topic 1: TV Season Wrapup

The official 2016-2017 TV season is almost over. Of course, the idea of the “official” TV season is over, too, but we’re going to pretend it’s still a thing. Back in September, we did an episode with Peter Brown from Assignment X in which we shared the new TV shows we were most looking forward to. This week, the TV Networks are meeting with the press and unveiling their new lineups and their list of shows that didn’t make the cut, so we figured it’s a good time to have Peter back on to revisit our picks and see how we did.

http://www.metacritic.com/feature/tv-renewal-scorecard-2016-2017-season

Peter’s Picks

Luke Cage (Netflix)

Timeless (NBC)

Westworld (HBO)

 

Sonia’s Picks

The Good Place (NBC)

Pitch (FOX)

Gilmore Girls (Netflix)

 

Chris’ Picks

Stan Against Evil (IFC)

Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)

The Crown (Netflix)

 

Topic 2: Our Favorite Movies About Journalism

Chris’s Picks

Good Night and Good Luck

All The President’s Men

Spotlight

Zodiac

 

Sonia’s Picks

Broadcast News

His Girl Friday

Network

Fletch

Just One of the Guys

Honorable mentions: The Paper, Page One: Inside the New York Times, The Wire Season Five, Absence Of Malice, Sports Night, The Insider

 

What We’re Dorking Out About This Week:

Not Ready for the Oval Office Players

Julia Louis Dreyfuss

Al Franken

Dana Carvey

Will Ferrell

Tim Meadows

Amy Poehler

Tina Fey

 

Larry Wilmore Is Hosting a New Podcast

http://ew.com/podcasts/2017/05/09/larry-wilmore-podcast-black-on-air/



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May 8, 2017

Show Rundown: In this week’s show we review the 15th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 with friend of the show, and my better half, David Tracy from the Chaos Group. In our second segment, we talk about the state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and answer the question, “Are franchise movies getting better?” And finally we end our show with what we’re dorking out about this week, including the MTV Movie & TV Awards and Edge Of Tomorrow 2.

Topic 1: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Review

Even though it’s only the first week of May, the summer movie season has officially started with the release of “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2,” the 15th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which made $145 million this past weekend, pushing the Marvel Cinematic Universe past $11 billion. The misfits from the first “Guardians Of The Galaxy” return, including Chris Pratt as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, and the voices of Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon and Vin Diesel as Baby Groot. Michael Rooker as Yondu also returns, and we are introduced Mantis an empath who can feel people’s emotions played by Pom Klementieff and Ego The Celestial played by Kurt Russell.

Joining us to talk about “Guardians” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is David Tracy, who co-hosts my other podcast Old Movies, New Beer and works for Chaos Group, which creates the rendering software that is used in pretty much every TV show and movie you love, including “Game Of Thrones,” “The Walking Dead,” “Doctor Strange,” “Rogue One,” “Deadpool” and - of course - “The Spongebob Squarepants Movie.”

 

Topic 2: The Marvel MCU and Are Franchise Movies Getting Better?

The state of the Marvel MCU and the wider world of franchise filmmaking, all based on some Dorking Out Show research Smith did, which can be found on our Facebook page here:

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What We’re Dorking Out About This Week:

Did you know that MTV Movie Awards are now the MTV Movie & TV Awards? And the categories are not broken by gender. Best Actor is male and female ...

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mtv-movie-tv-awards-2017-highlights-and-winners/

Edge of Tomorrow 2 is on the way

http://www.darkhorizons.com/edge-of-tomorrow-sequel-gets-title-blunt/

 

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May 1, 2017

Show Rundown: In this week’s episode, we are getting ready for the biggest movie season of the year with our Summer Movie Preview. Wil Wilkins of the NetHeads podcast on the Smodcast Network will be joining us as we share the three movies we’re most looking forward to this summer. In our segment segment, we review the new 10-part Hulu miniseries “The Handmaid’s Tale.” We will try to make the conversation fun, because what’s not fun about a 10-hour miniseries about a future in which women don’t have rights, right? And finally, we will end our show with what we’re dorking out about this week, including “The Gong Show” and the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why.”

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Topic 1: Summer Movie Preview with Wil Wilkins

CHRIS’S PICKS

War for Planet of the Apes

Dark Tower

Dunkirk

Chris’s Bomb: The Mummy

Tom Cruise Nose

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/02/15/13/3136365D00000578-3447892-image-m-267_1455543787555.jpg

Jimmy Durante Nose

http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/images/jimmy-durante-4.jpg

 

SONIA’S PICKS

Wonder Woman

Cars 3

Rough Night/Girls Trip

Sonia’s bomb: King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword

Honorable mentions: Atomic Blonde, The Beguiled

 

WIL’S PICKS

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

Spiderman: Homecoming

Baby Driver

Wil’s bomb: Snatched

 

Topic 2: The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu

The 10-part miniseries “The Handmaid’s Tale” debuted last week on Hulu. Based on the 1985 book by Margaret Atwood, the miniseries stars Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Samira Wiley and Alexis Bledel from Gilmore Girls, and is set in a dystopian near-future in which women have no rights. Most women are infertile in this future, but there is a handful of women who can still have children. They are forced to have babies for wealthy and powerful couples. I believe one of the characters actually refers to themselves as “two-legged wombs.” Elisabeth Moss is our narrator and main character, Offred, whose husband is murdered and 8-year-old daughter taken away. We see in flashbacks how we got to this future, and it’s almost scarier to me than the future which women are forced to have babies, but it’s more recognizable. It seems familiar. “They can’t do that. This is blow over.” I’ve said those things, or someone has said them to me. It’s chilling.

 

What we’re dorking out about this week:

Mike Myers To Host Gong Show In Character

http://www.darkhorizons.com/mike-myers-to-host-gong-show-in-character/

 

Ridley Scott is frank (and unkind) about Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5

http://www.darkhorizons.com/ridley-scott-explains-alien-5-scuttling/

 

The Controversy Surrounding Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/04/29/school-superintendent-students-are-harming-themselves-and-citing-13-reasons-why/

http://people.com/human-interest/schools-sending-letters-to-parents-about-13-reasons-why/

 

The Frye Festival Didn’t Go As Planned

https://www.washingtonpost.com/express/wp/2017/04/30/trending-the-fyre-festival-was-a-disaster-but-it-inspired-some-beautiful-tweets/?utm_term=.6e2e085ef002

 

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Apr 25, 2017

Rundown: In this week’s episode, we talk about the return of one of our favorite TV shows, Fargo, which just kicked off its third season last week. We love to talk to people who works all kinds of different creative fields, so in our second segment, Smith interviews Nicholas Cravotta and Rebecca Bleau of Blue Matter Games. These award-winning board game designers were on a recent episode of ABC’s reality show “Toy Box.” Plus, Nicholas wrote the book, “The Space Between Doors.” 

 

Topic 1: Fargo season 3: Is it the best show on TV?

We talk about writer/creator Noah Hawley's third season, starring Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and David Thewlis. Is this the best show on TV? Watch the first episode here: 

http://www.fxnetworks.com/video/924951107687

 

Topic 2: Creativity in Games, Novels and Everything with Nicholas Cravotta and Rebecca Bleau

We talk about a wide range of creative ideas and concepts with Rebecca Bleau and Nicholas Cravotta, the minds behind Blue Matter Games. The discussion is wide-ranging and meandering in the best sense. They've designed and created games for the biggest names in the business, and well as carved out their own award-winning niches as artists, writers and reality show contestants. 

You can see their episode of ABC's The Toy Box here:

http://abc.go.com/shows/the-toy-box/episode-guide/season-01/02-episode-2

 

What we're dorking out about:

All Four Avatar Sequels Have Release Dates - December 18, 2020, December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024 and December 19, 2025

http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2017/04/24/20th-century-fox-sets-dates-for-all-four-avatar-sequels

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign

https://www.amazon.com/Shattered-Inside-Hillary-Clintons-Campaign/dp/0553447084

 

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Apr 21, 2017

In today’s podcast we’re talking about a little indie movie titled Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Thor: Ragnarok, Baby Driver, Atomic Blonde, The Bad Batch, The Hitman’s Bodyguard and The Mummy.

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB4I68XVPzQ

 

 

Thor: Ragnarok

Watch here: https://youtu.be/v7MGUNV8MxU

 

 

Baby Driver

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2z857RSfhk

 

 

Atomic Blonde

Watch here: https://youtu.be/yIUube1pSC0

 

 

The Bad Batch

Watch here: https://youtu.be/4aJeVSMaf20

 

 

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Watch here: https://youtu.be/Anps6VPe0u8

 

 

The Mummy

Watch here: https://youtu.be/GzorZUuZqEI

 

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Apr 17, 2017

Show Rundown: In this week’s episode, we review “The Fate Of The Furious,” the eighth movie in the popular movie series, which I believe is based on the critically acclaimed young adult nonfiction books, if I’m remember correctly. In our second segment, we talk about the return of Mystery Science Theater 3000. And we end our show by talking about what we are dorking out about this week, including the return of “Better Call Saul.”

Topic 1: The Fate Of The Furious and the Joy of Dumb Movies

Chris and Sonia review Universal's eighth The Fast and the Furious movie. Chris has seen all of the previous entries. Sonia has seen only the first two. Guess who likes it more, if at all.

Topic 2: Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Netflix

 

What We’re Dorking Out About This Week:

 

The return of Better Call Saul

Fargo Season 3 starts Wednesday

Carrie Fisher tribute at Star Wars Celebration

http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2017/04/15/star-wars-celebration-watch-mark-hamills-tribute-to-carrie-fisher

Ron Howard to make Hillbilly Elegy

http://www.darkhorizons.com/ron-howard-to-helm-hillbilly-elegy/

 

We are talking about Star Wars: The Last Jedi in the upcoming Dorking Out About Trailers. But you can watch it now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB4I68XVPzQ

 

 

Apr 10, 2017

Show Rundown: In this week’s episode, in honor of baseball season starting last week, we are going to share our top 3 favorite sports movies, but don’t worry, Smith will still find a way to mention the fact that he’s reading “War and Peace.” In the second half of the show, we unveil a new segment, Dorking Out Debates. What do we watch first when a movie remake is coming out? Do you watch (or rewatch) the old version before going to see the new version? We’re going to argue about it. And finally, we will end the show with what we’re dorking out about this week, including the return of “The Get Down” on Netflix and Louis CK’s monologue on “Saturday Night Live.”

Topic 1 - Our Favorite Sports Movies

Topic 2: Dorking Out Debates: Do you do your Pop Culture Homework?

What We’re Dorking Out About This Week:

The Get Down Returns For Season 2 on Netflix, Started April 7

Louis CK monologue on SNL

 

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Apr 3, 2017

Show Rundown: In this week’s episode, we chat about “S-Town,” a podcast from This American Life and Serial. All seven episodes dropped last Tuesday, and we listened to every episode. Is it addictive listening like Serial season one, or is it disappointing like Serial season two? In our second segment, we review the live-action remake of “Ghost In The Shell, and talk about the controversy surrounding the casting and more importantly - is it a good movie? And we end our show by sharing what we are dorking out about, including the series finale of “Big Little Lies,” which concluded LAST NIGHT! We have thoughts and feelings about it.

 

Topic 1: S-Town and Podcasting as Art

https://stownpodcast.org

For a podcast which prides itself on talking about stories from far and wide, movies and TV, books and podcasts, we’ve done precious little chatting about podcasts. And now, we may never do it again, because after our discussion of S-Town, it may be obvious the chances of ever finding anything as good as S-Town in this podcasting medium is slim. Yes, this is only supposed to be an intro, but S-Town is a medium defining masterpiece.

It’s been known for awhile the team behind the true crime podcast, Serial, was working on a new podcast which would be released using the Netflix model… all 7 episodes at once. Executive produced by much of the Serial team, Ira Glass, Sarah Koenig among them, S-Town is actually produced by host Brian Reed and his co-producer Julie Snyder. On the surface, it’s about the investigation of a rumored murder by the son of a rich business owner in a small Alabama town. But as anyone who’s listened, it soon bleeds out into something much more revealing, and much more special, than a true crime story.

We won’t reveal much more than that, because the surprises are one of the things which make this so special.

Topic 2: Ghost in the Shell and Americanizing Culture

“Ghost In The Shell,” starring Scarlett Johansson and directed by Rupert Sanders, whose previous directing credits include “Snow White And The Huntsman,” is a live-action remake of the 1995 Japanese anime and book series by the same name. Set in a Blade Runner-inspired future in a Japanese city, Johansson stars as Major, a robot with a human brain, who is trying to stop a criminal who is hacking into people’s minds and controlling them. The movie also stars Juliette Binoche, Pilou Asbæk and Michael Pitt. If that cast for an adaptation of a popular Japanese anime sounds unusual to you, well you are not alone. There is a lot of controversy around the casting of this movie, which puts four white actors in the lead roles with Japanese actors filling out the supporting roles. Some Asian groups this is another example of Hollywood whitewashing, and after seeing the movie I don’t think they are wrong. On top of that, I think this is another example of Hollywood taking a good foreign film, removing the story aspects that made it interesting and special, and creating a boring, lifeless remake. This movie could have addressed the serious topic of what it means to be human; how much technology is too much; and about losing our humanity to technology like HBO’s “Westworld” or the movie “Ex-Machina.” Instead, it’s just a sci-fi action movie that I found to be uninspired and even worse, kinda boring.

What We’re Dorking Out About This Week:

Big, Little Lies Finale

Joss Whedon Is Directing a Batgirl Movie

http://ew.com/movies/2017/03/30/joss-whedon-batgirl-casting-poll/

Ken Burns’ Vietnam Documentary is 18-hours Long

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ken-burns-tackles-vietnam-war-visceral-18-hour-172644527.html

Rick and Morty April Fools Surprise

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5h0bs3

 

 

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Mar 27, 2017

Summary: In this week’s episode, we talk about Amy Schumer and Dave Chappelle’s comedy specials on Netflix. Are they funny? Well, one of them is. In our second segment, we get random and talk about a variety of things we’re dorking out about right now, including podcasts, TV shows and websites. And we end our show with our favorite headlines: Justice League, Star Wars and #GOPDnD.

 

Topic 1: Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer and What Stories Comedians Give Us

We review Dave Chappelle's two new specials, Amy Schumer's Leather Special, and consider what special stories only comedians can give us.

 

Topic 2: What Are We Dorking Out About This Week?

Missing Richard Simmons Podcast

 War and Peace - We’re reading it and that's final!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_and_Peace

 

Sonia’s picks:

Planet Earth II

Wonkette.com

How Is This Movie  

 

Favorite Headlines:

 

Star Wars into the 2030s?!

http://screenrant.com/star-wars-future-disney-after-episode-9-2030/

 

Justice League Trailer hits… what does it tell us about the DC Extended Universe?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cxixDgHUYw

 

#GOPDnD Uses Dungeons & Dragons to Process Republicans’ Cartoon Villainy

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2017/03/23/_gopdnd_uses_dungeons_dragons_to_explain_the_republican_party_s_villainy.html

 

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Mar 20, 2017

Show Rundown: In this week’s episode, we review Disney’s live action remake of “Beauty & The Beast,” which made $170 million this weekend at the box office. David Tracy, the biggest Disney fan I know and my handsome better half and co-host of my other podcast Old Movies, New Beer, will BE OUR GUEST to talk about. In our second segment, David sticks around to chat about FX’s new anthology series “Feud: Bette & Joan.” And we will end our show with what we are dorking out about this week.

 

Topic 1: Beauty & The Beast Review

It’s a tale as old as time. A song as old as rhyme. It’s “Beauty & The Beast,” the latest Disney live-action remake along the lines of “Alice In Wonderland,” “The Jungle Book” and “Cinderella.”

Directed by Bill Condon, who we will like to remember directed Dreamgirls and Gods & Monsters, but he also directed two Twilight movies, and starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as The Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as LeFou, with voices by Ewan McGregor, Sir Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Audra McDonald and Stanley Tucci.

If you don’t know what Beauty & The Beast is about, then you’re probably not listening to this podcast, so … joining us for to talk about “Beauty & The Beast” is the biggest Disney fan I know and the Beauty to my Beast, David Tracy, who co-hosts my other podcast Old Movies, New Beer and works for Chaos Group, which creates the rendering software that is used in pretty much every TV show and movie you love, including “Game Of Thrones,” “The Walking Dead,” “Doctor Strange,” “Rogue One,” “Deadpool” and - of course - “The Spongebob Squarepants Movie.” Thank you for joining us, David.

 

Topic 2: Feud: Bette & Joan on FX

Last year, Ryan Murphy unleashed on the world The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime, one of the guilty and non-guilty TV viewing pleasures of 2016. Spring 2017 arrives with his latest event mini-series, Feud, starring Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis and retelling not only the decades long running gunfight these two legendary actresses had from the 1930s to the 1960s, but also the production of one of the most legendary (lots of legendary going on here, there’s a reason this story is being told 50 years later) horror films of all time: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Part a retelling of the end of Hollywood’s first Golden Age, part an examination of the knife fights women can get into with each other (this is almost a mirror version of Don Draper’s vices from Mad Men) and part a Ryan Murphy Wisconsin-class cheese fest, Feud is… well, Sonia, you tell me what you think Feud is.

 

What We’re Dorking Out About This Week:

Here Comes The Matrix Reboot

http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2017/03/15/warner-bros.-is-planning-to-reboot-the-matrix

Young Morpheus?

http://www.darkhorizons.com/jordan-wanted-for-morpheus-in-new-matrix/

It’s Not The Matrix Rebooted:

http://www.darkhorizons.com/the-matrix-reboot-writer-says-not-a-reboot/

 

Sonia’s Pick: Pure Cinema Podcast http://www.nowplayingnetwork.net/purecinema/

A weekly film podcast hosted by Brian Saur from the Rupert Pupkin Speaks film blog and Elric Kane from the Shock Waves Podcast featuring discussions of new films, old films, double features, cult movies, filmmakers and movie lists.

Let’s read War and Peace

 

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Mar 13, 2017

Show Rundown: In this week’s episode, we review “Kong: Skull Island,” which made all the money this weekend at $61 million. In our second segment, we talk about HBO’s seven-part miniseries “Big Little Lies” about wealthy moms and their wealthy mom problems, which include MURDER. And we end the show with our favorite headlines of the week. We’ve got a lot to dork out about, so let’s get this podcast started.

Topic 1:“Kong: Skull Island” Review: 2017's First Mega Movie

Starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson John Goodman, John C Reilly and a thoroughly forgettable cast, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Kong: Skull Island tells the story of a 1973 expedition to a mysterious island in the pacific where monsters fight. That is all you need to know.

Topic 2: Big, Little Lies on HBO

 “Big Little Lies,” a seven-part miniseries on HBO, starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Alexander Skarsgard and Adam Scott. Based on the book by Liane Moriarty, and created and written by David E. Kelley, the man behind some of your favorite TV shows from the 80s and 90s, including “Ally McBeal,” “Boston Legal,” “Picket Fences,” and Smith’s favorite show, “LA Law.”


Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, who also directed the movies “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Wild,” “Big Little Lies” opens like pretty much every TV show - with a murder. We don’t know who the victim is and we don’t know who did it. Then the story starts from the beginning with an incident between two children at Monterey, California elementary school. Witherspoon is channeling “Election’s” Tracey Flick as the ultimate helicopter mom. Kidman is the seemingly perfect housewife. Dern is a high-powered executive and overprotective mom, and Woodley is the new girl in town with a dark secret. It’s like “Bad Moms,” but more murder-y.

 

Favorite Headlines:

Spielberg, Hanks, Streep putting The Post on the fastrack

http://www.darkhorizons.com/spielbergs-post-being-readied-for-this-year/

 

Jimmy Fallon To Deliver More Political Tonight Show To Win Back Ratings Crown From Colbert

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/03/08/jimmy-fallon-to-deliver-more-political-tonight-show-to-win-back-ratings-crown-from-colbert.html

 

In Conversation: David Letterman

http://www.vulture.com/2017/03/david-letterman-in-conversation.html

 

Uh oh! Marvel’s “Iron Fist” is getting bad reviews

http://ew.com/tv/2017/03/10/iron-fist-ew-review/

“Iron Fist” Has 14% on Rotten Tomatoes

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/marvel_s_iron_fist/s01

 

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