Archive for September, 2011

Pretty in Pink

Popspotting #140: “2 Tank Girls of Interest” (Sept. 30, 2011)

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Pretty in Pink

It’s a jam packed feedback show, from “Drive” to more soundtracks worthy of mention, including “Juno,” “Tank Girl,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Valley Girl,” “Next Stop Wonderland,” “Jackie Brown” and “Go.” Then we move over to the small screen for early takes on now shows, including “Ringer,” “Person of Interest,” and “New Girl.”

East Screen West Screen

Popspotting #139: “East Meets West” (Sept. 29, 2011)

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East Screen West ScreenJoining us today for PopTalk & Trivia Thursday is Paul Fox (@Foxlore on Twitter). Originally from Palm Beach County in Florida, he moved to Asia in the year 2000, and he’s now a college lecturer in Hong Kong in the field of Media Studies and Asian Studies.

Paul is also a podcaster, co-hosting “East Screen West Screen” with Kevin Ma and other guests to cover news, rumors and reviews for cinema from Hong Kong, China, Asia and the West.

Paul’s recommendations were “Wu Xia,” a martial arts film starring Donnie Yen, “Three Idiots,” an Indian “Bollywood” film, and “Alphas” on SyFy.

If you want more movie talk, Paul interviewed us on the Sept. 24 episode of East Screen West Screen. You can listen to Episode #84 here.

Foodspotting

Popspotting #138: Great Apps (Sept. 28, 2011)

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FoodspottingAs a follow-up to our June show highlighting Jen’s favorite photo apps, both of us share five apps that we can’t live without. While we’re iPhone users, almost all of these apps are available for Android smartphones, and most have web interfaces as well.

Jen’s top five are Vlix (video clips), Fruit Ninja (arcade game), GetGlue and GoMiso (media checkins), Foodspotting (food photos) and Shazam (song identification).

Ryan is a fan of Autostitch Panorama (panoramic photos), RunKeeper (fitness tracking), Glympse (live location sharing), Evernote (notekeeping), and Remember The Milk (task management).

Honorable mentions include Pandora, Tweetbot, and Google+.

And we should mention that if we had put this list together a month ago, we may have also included Photovine and Gowalla. But Google killed Photovine a couple of weeks ago, and Gowalla has completely changed direction from location checkins to local guides.

Of course, there are thousands of apps out there, and many gems we’ve probably never heard of. If there’s a killer app you use every day, please tell us about it!

Fringe

Popspotting #137: “Tube Talk” (Sept. 27, 2011)

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Fringe

With the new fall TV season underway, and several of our favorite returning shows chugging along, we adopt the “what we’re watching” format for our Tuesday podcast. We share quick takes and premature judgments on “2 Broke Girls,” “Free Agents,” “New Girl,” and “Prime Suspect.” Then we finally catch up with programs we love: “Fringe,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “Breaking Bad.”

Our next TV Tuesday will cover another slate of new shows, and another batch of favorites, including NBC comedies. We know everyone has different tastes when it comes to TV, but we hopefully cover enough to keep things interesting.

And if not? Tell us what we should be watching!

Moneyball

Popspotting #136: “Moneyball” (Sept. 26, 2011)

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Moneyball

We kick off the week with another new release. “Moneyball,” starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, is based on a true story and a book of the same name by Michael Lewis. Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland A’s, changes the game by adopting a new way to build a competitive baseball team.

The movie was directed by Bennett Miller and features a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian.

With Sorkin’s hand behind this material, it’s hard to avoid comparisons to “The Social Network.” Jen loved “The Social Network,” even though she’s not an Internet geek. And while she’s not a big baseball fan, she loved “Moneyball” even more.

Battlestar Galactica Seal

Popspotting #135: “Battlestar Dancing” (Sept. 23, 2011)

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Dirty Dancing

Once again we celebrate the brilliance of our listeners in Feedback Friday. On tap, your needledrop movie soundtrack picks (including “Dirty Dancing,” “Reality Bites,” “The Jackal,” “Forrest Gump,” and “2001”). And Lauren chimes in with a spirited defense of “Hackers.” Also, some different takes on “Battlestar Galactica” and its finale, from “loved it” to “couldn’t stick with it.” And we close with quick takes on “Sherlock” and “White Collar.” I think we’re going to have to set aside the time to give “White Collar” a fair shake.

Steph Smith

Popspotting #134: “My So Called Doogie” (Sept. 22, 2011)

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Steph SmithAt long last, the great Steph Smith (@stephsmith) joins us for PopTalk & Trivia Thursday. She’s a TV lover, movie snob, and internet addict, and you can hear her on several podcasts, including “What’s On with Steph & Des” and “PotentialCast.”

Her trivia category choices were “Pulp Fictional,” “Rock Star Real Names,” and “Doogie Grows Up.” Which two did she choose? How did she do? You’ll have to listen to find out!

Radiolab

Popspotting #133: “Top Five Podcasts Revisited” (Sept. 21, 2011)

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Radiolab

It was over five years ago when Jen last shared her “Top Five Favorite Podcasts.” Suffice it to say, a lot has changed since then… but some things haven’t! Today, we send shoutouts to a few of our fellow media makers… with the prominent caveat that we probably could never mention or list everyone we should. Both Jen and Ryan share separate lists, bringing you at least ten other podcasts you might want to check out. From tech shows to personal stories to public radio, there’s something for everyone.

Here were Jen’s picks:

And here were Ryan’s favorites:

Who was on our list in 2006? In addition to Coverville and Filmspotting, we highlighted:
Person of Interest

Popspotting #132: “New Fall TV Shows” (Sept. 20, 2011)

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Person of Interest

The new fall television season is upon us! And from Daniel B. in Boston comes the suggestion to take a day-by-day look at what’s coming up on the tube. Today we run through the Fall 2011 TV programming grid and make snap judgments about brand new shows on the major networks.

Some, like “Terra Nova” and “Person of Interest,” we saw at Comic-Con in July. Most we only know through press releases and great websites like TheFutonCritic.com” and EPGuides.com.” With little more than a one-line setup and the names of the leading cast, we weigh in on whether we’re likely to tune in.

Next week we’ll start to cover returning shows and share our first impressions on some new stuff. But we really want to talk about the shows you want to talk about, so be sure to let us know what you’re watching this fall!

"Drive" with Ryan Gosling

Popspotting #131: “Drive” (Sept. 19, 2011)

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"Drive" with Ryan Gosling

For Movie Monday, we take in an unusual, unforgettable, riveting and sometimes shocking new film from director Nicolas Winding Refn. An unabashed throwback to an earlier time, “Drive” takes you on a one-of-a-kind ride through the darker streets of Los Angeles.

It’s not so much an action film, nor a psychological thriller, nor a heist film nor a western, but a mix of all those things. “Drive” stars Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Albert Brooks, Christina Hendricks, and Oscar Isaac. Gosling carries the film, but Mulligan makes it shine.

Next week, “Moneyball”! If you’ve seen either of these films, we’d love to hear your review.

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