Info

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.
RSS Feed Subscribe in Apple Podcasts
The Dorking Out Show
2017
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2016
December
November
October
September
August
July
June


All Episodes
Archives
Now displaying: April, 2017
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

 

Find The Dorking Out Show here...

Dorking Out Show Blog - Twitter - YouTube - Facebook - Patreon

 

Find Sonia here...

Twitter - The Sonia Show Blog - The Sonia Show Facebook Page

 

Find Chris here...

Twitter - The Jett Jergens Blog - The Jett Jergens Facebook Page

 

 

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

 

Find The Dorking Out Show here...

Dorking Out Show Blog - Twitter - YouTube - Facebook - Patreon

 

Find Sonia here...

Twitter - The Sonia Show Blog - The Sonia Show Facebook Page

 

Find Chris here...

Twitter - The Jett Jergens Blog - The Jett Jergens Facebook Page

 

Find Peter here...

Twitter

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

 

Find The Dorking Out Show here...

Dorking Out Show Blog - Twitter - YouTube - Facebook - Patreon

 

Find Sonia here...

Twitter - The Sonia Show Blog - The Sonia Show Facebook Page

 

Find Chris here...

Twitter - The Jett Jergens Blog - The Jett Jergens Facebook Page

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

 

 

Find The Dorking Out Show here...

Dorking Out Show Blog - Twitter - YouTube - Facebook - Patreon

 

Find Sonia here...

Twitter - The Sonia Show Blog - The Sonia Show Facebook Page

 

Find Chris here...

Twitter - The Jett Jergens Blog - The Jett Jergens Facebook Page

1