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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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


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


In Conversation: David Letterman


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

“Iron Fist” Has 14% on Rotten Tomatoes


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