The Dorking Out Show

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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

Young Morpheus?

It’s Not The Matrix Rebooted:


Sonia’s Pick: Pure Cinema Podcast

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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