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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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Oct 30, 2017

Rundown: We review the new Netflix series MINDHUNTER. The 10-episode series is executive produced by David Fincher. Is amazing like ZODIAC or lame like THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON? You’ll have to listen to find out. For our second segment, we have a quick little chat about what we’re dorking out about this week. And finally, Chris talks two week’s worth of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY with Alexandra August and Jeff Bond.

Topic 1: David Fincher's Mindhunter

You may have noticed we don’t talk much about cop shows on TV. That’s because the police procedurals is one of the oldest genres in the medium, and  it’s been so picked over and redone, with your Dragnets, your Adam 12s, your Hill Street Blues, your Law and Orders, your CSIs, your Southlands and your True Detectives, there is very little new to do. The most interesting, engaging things on TV tend to not be cop shows. Argue with me on Twitter if you must.

So when David Fincher announced plans to adapt Mindhunter, the non-fiction book by pioneering FBI Criminal Profiler John Douglas about the early days of the FBI’s famous Behavioral Science Unit, I was not sure what to expect. I love Fincher like a lot of modern fanboys, and am with their consensus he’s one of the best directors working today. But he is a very particular taste. And of late, he has mentioned the comic book pressures of modern Hollywood are making it tougher to get the kinds of projects he likes off the ground.

So is the new Netflix show, also called Mindhunter just a cash-in retread of Seven, Zodiac and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

Or has Fincher found a patch of untilled soil in the cop show fields and given us something unique and interesting while still having as his subject FBI agents and serial killers?

 

Topic 2: What We’re Dorking Out About This Week Potpourri

Sonia talks about recent scary movies she's been loving, and Chris dips his toe into movies hoping for Oscar gold in 2018.

Topic 3: Status Check, Star Trek: Discovery

Returning today to talk about Star Trek: Discovery Ep06, "Lethe" and Ep07 "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad" is my favorite living critic, Jeff Bond, author of The Art of Star Trek: The Kelvin Timeline as well as a forthcoming book on Seth MacFarlane's The Orville.

Alexandra August, huge Star Trek fan, writer for Geek Magazine as well as host of GOT Thrones and the new DiscoTrek, will return to this segment next week.

 

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Oct 16, 2017

Rundown: We bring on our old Pop Show friends Peter Brown, Ryan Mitchelle and Anthony C. Ferrante to discuss scary movies we might not think are our favorites but that we just really, really like. Then we discuss the new tennis horror film, a Kafkaesque distortion of the natural order, Battle of the Sexes starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell… my description might not be entirely accurate… then we welcome again Jeff Bond and Alexandra August to talk about Episode 05 of Star Trek: Discovery.

Topic 1: Scary Movies We Love with Anthony, Peter & Ryan

Anytime is a good time for scary movies, but October is THE BEST time. Smith and I shared some of our favorite scary movies last year with Patrick Bromely from F This Movie. This year, we decided to have a little Assignment X Pop Show reunion to talk about some of our horror movie favorites. We have my favorite chainsaw wielding maniac, Anthony C. Ferrante, director of a few horror movies himself, including “Boo” and “Headless Horseman,” as well as the “Sharknado” movies and “Forgotten Evil.” We also have my favorite axe-wielding serial killer Ryan Mitchelle, director of “Jesus, Bro!”, and my favorite favorite cannibal who will eat your liver with fava beans and a nice chianti, Peter Brown, associate editor of Assignment X. Thank you, gentlemen, for joining us. Let’s just jump right and talk about our favorite horror movies to watch in October.

 Anthony: American Werewolf In London (1981) The Changling, Videodrome

Ryan: Poltergist (1982)

Peter: The Thing (1982)

Chris: The Dead Zone (1983)

Sonia: The Tingler/House on Haunted Hill (1959) - Vincent Price movies, Christine

 

Topic 2: Battle Of The Sexes

Our review of the new Battle of the Sexes, new film directed by Little Miss Sunshine’s Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell. It’s about the famous 1970s exhibition tennis match between the world’s reigning top women’s player, Billie Jean King and one time men’s champion Bobby Riggs. 

 

Topic 3: Episode Discussion, Star Trek: Discovery Ep05

Returning today to talk about Star Trek: Discovery Ep05, "Choose Your Pain” is my favorite living critic, Jeff Bond. He’s the author of several books, including The Music of Star Trek and The Art of Star Trek: The Kelvin Timeline, as well as a forthcoming book on Seth MacFarlane's The Orville.

Also joining us is Alexandra August, one of the quickest, funniest pop culture commenters we know, Alexandra August. You may know her as the co-host for the fantastic GOT Thrones podcast, from her writing at Geek Magazine. If you don’t, well, that’s your loss dummy!

 

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Oct 9, 2017

We review BLADE RUNNER 2049, which is the latest installment in the BLADE franchise starring Wesley Snipes. I kid, obviously. Margo D. from the Book vs. Movie podcast joins us to talk about one of the long-awaited sequel to BLADE RUNNER, which is one of the most influential sci-fi movies of all time. In our second segment, Smith and I talk about the new documentary SPIELBERG, which aired on HBO Saturday night. After watching it I have a whole new appreciation for THE LOST WORLD. Not really. And finally, we end our show with our weekly roundtable discussion about Sunday night’s episode of STAR TREK DISCOVERY with Jeff Bond and Alexandra August. 

Topic 1: Blade Runner 2049 Review with Margo D from Book v Movie

The original 1982 BLADE RUNNER directed by Ridley Scott is considered a sci-fi masterpiece. It influenced pretty much every futuristic sci-fi movie that came after it, and it was burned in the brain of a generation of visionary filmmakers such as Guillermo del Toro and Christopher Nolan. Still, at the time of its release, BLADE RUNNER wasn’t a box office success. Perhaps if it had been a box office success we wouldn’t have had to wait 35 years for a sequel … but maybe that’s a good thing. BLADE RUNNER 2049 is directed by Denis Villeneuve, who directed one of my favorite recent movies ARRIVAL, and stars Ryan Gosling as a blade runner who uncovers a huge secret that would disrupt the uneasy relationship between replicants and humans, which leads him to Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard from the original. We’re going to talk about the movie spoiler free for a bit, but we will probably get into spoilers a little later. Don’t worry, though. We will give you a heads up first.

Joining us to talk about BLADE RUNNER 2049 is one of my favorite podcasting people, Margo D from Book vs Movie. But before we jump into our BLADE RUNNER review, and I want to ask you both: Which one of the BLADE RUNNER cuts is your favorite? This movie has been tinkered with countless times, and there are three different versions floating around, including the original, the director’s cut and the final cut, which is the only one that Ridley Scott had complete control over.

Here’s where you can find Book vs. Movie

http://bookvsmovie.libsyn.com/

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

https://twitter.com/bookversusmovie

https://twitter.com/BrooklynFitChik

Margo also co-hosts The Best Neighbors Podcast, which I super love

https://twitter.com/bestneighbors

Topic 2: SPIELBERG... the documentary and the man

On Saturday night HBO premiered a Susan Lacy’s new documentary on the films and life of Steven Spielberg, who needs no introduction beyond this: He is the director of Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T: The Extra Terrestrial, Empire of the Sun, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Amistad, AI, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, Lincoln and Bridge of Spies.

Topic 3: Episode Discussion, Star Trek: Discovery Ep04

Returning today to talk about Star Trek: Discovery Ep04, "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry is my favorite living critic, Jeff Bond. He’s the author of several books, including The Music of Star Trek and The Art of Star Trek: The Kelvin Timeline, as well as a forthcoming book on Seth MacFarlane's The Orville.

Also joining us is Alexandra August, one of the quickest, funniest pop culture commenters we know, Alexandra August. You may know her as the co-host for the fantastic GOT Thrones podcast, from her writing at Geek Magazine. If you don’t, well, that’s your loss dummy!

Hear Alex's Star Trek: Discovery podcast:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/got-thrones-a-game-of-thrones-podcast/id1006016678?mt=2

SyFy’s Happy Series Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eLnaLCZklo

 Jeff Bond's story in Backstory (it's an iPad magazine)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/backstory/id521967972?mt=8

 

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Oct 2, 2017

Show Rundown: We’ve decided to do an expanded edition of our periodic segment, Why Should I Listen to You? In this entry, our top five favorite comedies. Joining us to talk about Airplane!... and all the other comedies, is a man who knows a hell of a lot about comedy, director of Sharknados 1-5, Anthony C. Ferrante. Then we revive another, somewhat related segment, ‘You’re Dead To Me’ wherein Sonia and I talk about a piece of culture we straight up hate. And finally, we are joined by our favorite Star Trek expert Jeff Bond to talk about Episode 3 of Star Trek: Discovery, Context Is for Kings.

Topic 1: Our Favorite Comedies of All Time

Guest: Anthony C. Ferrante, director of Sharknado

Chris' favorite comedy scene mentioned:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSELOCMmw4A

Topic 2: You’re Dead To Me, Comedy Edition

Topic 3: Star Trek: Discovery Ep03, Context Is for Kings

Guests: Jeff Bond, Alexandra August

 

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