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The Dorking Out Show

The show for anyone who loves to dork out about the stories in pop culture that we love. That means TV and movies, books and podcasts, and any other kind of engaging storytelling we can find. We talk about Star Wars and Gilmore Girls, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Trek, Netflix and Amazon, Serial and S-Town and, and, and... Every week noted TV critic and blogger Sonia Mansfield and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Christopher Allan Smith talk about movies, TV, books and more from both a fan and creator perspective. Think of it as a great conversation over drinks with your quick, clever friends who know about a lot.
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Jan 30, 2017

In this week’s episode, we talk about anti-heroes. Are there too many anti-heroes on TV? What started as a really exciting storytelling idea has become the yawn-inducing standard. We talk about what Smith has labeled Toxic Heisenberg Syndrome and share our favorite TV anti-heroes. Speaking of anti-heroes, in our second segment, we review The CW’s radical reimagining of the wholesome Archie comics, “Riverdale,” and NBC’s grim take of “The Wizard Of Oz,” “Emerald City” with journalist Abbie Bernstein.

Topic 1: Toxic Heisenberg Syndrome... are anti-heroes wrecking the Platinum Age of TV?

Big, recent dramas getting all the buzz:

Billions

The Affair

The Shield

Vinyl

Dexter

The Americans

Breaking Bad

Game of Thrones

House of Cards

Mad Men

Mr. Robot

Narcos

Sons of Anarchy

Hannibal

24

 

Comedies

Bojack Horseman

Vice Principals

You’re the Worst

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

 

Topic 2: Reinventing icons and reviews of Riverdale and Emerald City

Joining us to talk about Riverdale, Emerald City and the task of re-imagining an old property for a modern age is Abbie Bernstein, a journalist for Assignment X and author of THE ART OF MAD MAX: FURY ROAD and THE ART OF THE GREAT WALL, coming in February.

Favorite Headlines:

Screen Actors and Producers Guild Awards Winners Announced. Get your Academy Awards/Oscar predictions ready

http://variety.com/2017/film/news/sag-awards-winners-list-screen-actors-guild-2017-1201972668/

http://variety.com/2017/film/awards/pga-awards-winners-2016-producers-guild-1201972277/

 

Dan Harmon talks Rick and Morty Season 3 Delays

http://www.darkhorizons.com/harmon-talks-rick-and-morty-s3-delays/

 

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Jan 24, 2017

La La Land is going to the dance with a record 14 nominations, tying 1950’s All About Eve and 1997’s Titanic. Other top nominees include Arrival and Moonlight (8 nominations), Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge, Lion and Manchester by the Sea (six nominations) and Fences and Hell or High Water (four nominations).

The Academy Awards are airing Sunday, Feb. 26 on ABC, and we will be recording a podcast after the show for your next-day listening pleasure (and maybe during!)

To tell us what you think, click over to the blog post here: http://www.dorkingoutshow.com/special-bulletin-6-dorking-out-about-the-oscars/

The full list can be printed here:

http://oscar.go.com/nominees/

Want some comedies in your Best Picture nominations at some point in your life? well, help make #OscarsSoSerious a thing. Use it.

Now, the full list so you can play along as we chatter: 

Best Picture
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

Best Director
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

Best Actor
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Denzel Washington, Fences
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Best Actress
Emma Stone, La La Land
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Dev Patel, Lion
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis, Fences
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Best Adapted Screenplay
Moonlight
Arrival
Fences
Lion
Hidden Figures

Best Original Screenplay
Manchester by the Sea
La La Land
Hell or High Water
The Lobster
20th Century Women

Best Foreign Language Film
Toni Erdmann
The Salesman
Land of Mine
Tanna
A Man Called Ove

Best Documentary Feature
O.J.: Made in America
13th
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life Animated

Best Animated Feature
Zootopia
Kubo and the Two Strings
The Red Turtle
My Life As a Zucchini
Moana

Best Film Editing
La La Land
Moonlight
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water

Best Original Song
"City of Stars," La La Land
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)," La La Land
"How Far I'll Go," Moana
"Can't Stop the Feeling," Trolls
“The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story

Best Original Score
La La Land
Lion
Jackie
Moonlight
Passengers

Best Cinematography
La La Land
Moonlight
Arrival
Silence
Lion

Best Costume Design
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Allied
Jackie

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Star Trek Beyond
A Man Called Ove
Suicide Squad

Best Production Design
La La Land
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
Arrival
Passengers

Best Sound Editing
Hacksaw Ridge
Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
La La Land
Sully

Best Sound Mixing
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Arrival
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Best Visual Effects
The Jungle Book
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Kubo and the Two Strings
Doctor Strange
Deepwater Horizon

Best Short Film, Live Action
Timecode
Silent Nights
La Femme et le TGV
Ennemis Interieurs
Sing

Best Short Film, Animated
Piper
Pearl
Borrowed Time
Blind Vaysha
Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Best Documentary, Short Subject
Joe’s Violin
The White Helmets
Extremis
Watani: My Homeland
4.1 Miles

 

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Jan 23, 2017

Show Rundown: In this week’s episode, we review the new Netflix series, A Series of Unfortunate Events,” based on the books by Lemony Snicket aka Daniel Handler. In our second segment, my husband David Tracy, the biggest Sherlock fan in the all the land, joins us to solve the mystery of what to do when a show you love goes off the rails. All of that, plus our favorite headlines of the week. We’ve got a lot to dork out about, so let’s get this podcast started.

Topic 1: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Link to watch: https://www.netflix.com/title/80050008

So January 13 saw the arrival of season 1 of Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events based on a series of books by Daniel Handler. It’s a black comedy about three orphaned children who live through, well, the title of the show.

This Netflix version stars Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes and guest stars a heavy hitting cast with Joan Cusack, Aasif Mandvi, Catherine O'Hara, Don Johnson and Alfre Woodard.

Topic 2: Sherlock - What to do when a story you love goes off the rails

Sherlock finished its fourth season on PBS last week. Sherlock’s seasons are comprised of three 90-minute movies based on the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and it stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock and Watson.

Favorite Headlines

Star Trek Discovery Delayed, Spock’s Father Cast

Night Shyamalan’s Split Is A Surprise Sequel

 

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Jan 16, 2017

Show Rundown: In this week’s episode, we introduce a new segment, “We Like To Watch” in which we review a slew of movies and TV shows, including “Live By Night,” “Hidden Figures,” “Fences” and “Young Pope.” Then in our recurring segment, “You’re Dead To Me,” we share the stories in pop culture that we loathe … I’m looking at you “Breakfast At Tiffany’s.” All of that, plus our favorite headlines of the week.

Topic 1: Shotgun of Reviews

Live by Night

Patriot’s Day

Fences

Hidden Figures

Taboo on FX

Young Pope on HBO

The Hunt For The Wilderpeople (Streaming on Amazon, iTunes)

Hip-Hop Evolution on Netflix

Topic 2: You're Dead to Me

Sonia: Breakfast at Tiffany's

Chris: The Die Hard series

Favorite Headlines

Producers Guild Nominees Announced

Directors Guild Nominees Announced

 

The Trailer For The TV movie Starring Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson Is Here

And it's gone...

Tom Hardy on James Bond and Mad Max

 

Game of Thrones Spinoff?

 

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Jan 13, 2017

In this week's episode, we talk trailers for the horror sequel Rings, the comedy All Nighter, teen romance The Space Between Us, actioner John Wick: Chapter 2, family film Cars 3 and the rated R reboot of CHiPs.

 

Click below to watch the trailers.

Rings - in theaters, February 3, 2017

All Nighter - in theaters, March 17, 2017

The Space Between Us - in theaters, February 3, 2017

John Wick: Chapter 2 - in theaters, February 10, 2017

Cars 3 - In theaters, June 16, 2017

CHiPs - In theaters, March 24, 2017

Crazy Direct TV/Knight Rider Spot

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Jan 9, 2017

Show Rundown: On today’s show we’re going to be talking about awards, and the ridiculous exercise of giving awards to artistic achievements as though they were trophies at the end of a baseball season. You can’t score La La Land or Manchester by the Sea like box scores. Totally unrelated, we’re going to talk about the Golden Globes, which were given out last night, and the Writers Guild Awards, whose nominations came out, and how to make the Golden Globes not quite so ridiculous.

 

Topic 1: Golden Globes, Oscar Predictions, and How to Make the Golden Globes Better

Winners

Steve Carrell and Kristen Wiig

Meryl Streep's Acceptance Speech

Topic 2: Writers Guild nominations

The Writers Guild nominations were announced last week, and because we take our Oscar picks so seriously, we need to talk about them. Also, we needed a Topic 2.

 

Favorite Headlines:

Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane The Virgin and Supernatural Renewed for Another Season

Future of Star Wars Decided This Month

 

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Jan 3, 2017

Show Rundown: In this week’s episode, we close the book on 2016 and chat about a few movies and TV shows that we saw before the ball dropped, and also a few updates on the podcast. Then we look ahead to 2017 and share the TV shows, movies, book and podcasts that we are most looking forward to this year. All of that, plus our favorite headlines of the week.

 

Topic 1: 2016 House Cleaning w/La La Land and Manchester by the Sea Mini-Reviews

 

Topic 2: Most Anticipated Stories in 2017 

 

Chris’ List

The Founder (Movie)

Taboo (TV, FX)

This could be great, or really awful: Young Pope (TV, HBO)

Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV, Netflix)

Barry (TV, HBO)

Mindhunter (TV, Netflix)

Biggest Question Mark (Movie): Blade Runner 2049

Biggest Question Mark (TV): Mighty 8th (HBO)

Most anticipated movie for me: War for the Planet of the Apes

Most anticipated show for me: Star Trek Discovery (CBS All Access)

 

Sonia's List

Twin Peaks - Showtime

The Deuce

Spider-Man Homecoming - July 7

Making A Murderer Season 2/Serial Season 3

American Crime Story Season 2

Wonder Woman - June 2

Fargo Season 3

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 - May 5

Game Of Thrones Season 7 on HBO

Star Wars: Episode VIII - December

 

Favorite Headlines:

Ben Affleck Is Having Second Thoughts About Doing Another Batman Movie 

Mendelsohn Talks “Rogue One” Cut Footage

  

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