Archive for December, 2011
The greatest gift we receive each week is listener feedback. We love hearing from you, and this week you sound off on the Swedish “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” movie matchups from Flickchart, and the mid-season finale of “The Walking Dead.” Finally, we feature some recommendations for new television shows, from the critically acclaimed “Homeland” to coming attractions like “Touch,” “The Firm,” and “Longmire.”
Today’s guest is Chris Weddle (@chrisweddle), head of a geeky household in Franklin, Indiana. This married father of two knows his LEGO, knows his gadgets, and enjoys a rich library of media without having to suffer the indignity of cable television service. He brings us up to speed on “Farscape,” adds his endorsement of “Farscape,” and introduces the board game “Puerto Rico.” Then, in trivia, we test his knowledge of island-born actors and silly walks.
Everybody else is doing it, so why can’t we? Yes, it’s the first Popspotting holiday special. While Jimmy in Georgia suggested we count down our favorite Christmas movies or TV specials, we decided to go down the musical route with five picks each of holiday songs that don’t drive us crazy. These aren’t our all-time favorites (and could very well be on your musical blacklist), but as we wrap presents and wrap up 2011, these ten songs are in high rotation in our household.
What Christmas songs make you jolly? And which ones make you want to run someone over with a reindeer?
For TV Tuesday, we first visit with our old friends at Carmichael Industries. We’ve been watching “Chuck” on NBC since the beginning, and the geek-positive show’s Comic-Con panels are always a high point. But this season will be its last. Is the series making the most of the time it has left? Then we jump over to FX, and weigh in on the season finale of “Sons of Anarchy.” This fourth season is one of the strongest yet, but how well did Kurt Sutter and friends both wrap things up, and set the stage for next year?
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law reprise their big-screen turns as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in this second Guy Ritchie-helmed outing, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.” Once again, this classic, brainy crime-fighting pair are dropped into a noisy world of fistfights, explosions, and slo-mo bullet-time shots. There’s no intellectual pretense in this winter blockbuster, but this sequel at least delivers a smarter story and a better bad guy: Dr. Moriarty, played by Jarred Harris.
Many of you still have musicals on your mind, and we’re glad to feature your voices as you share more favorites. We get schooled on “the letters” on “Sons of Anarchy,” we get more measured reactions to “The Descendants,” and we get our first video game review from Al, who introduces us to “Skyrim.” Still to come, your take on “The Walking Dead,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and new (or at least new to us) TV shows.
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Updated Dec. 15, 2011, 5:30 a.m. HST | Today’s guest is Joel Robertson, producer and co-host of The Forgotten Flix Podcast (along with Jason Grooms). Joel spent most of his youth as an aspiring movie maker, idolizing folks like Raimi, Carpenter, Dante, Spielberg, Craven, et al. He loves talking movies with other movie fans, supporting indie filmmakers, and, when the time is right, will once again subject the world to one of his movie making endeavors. (Yes, he too has a page on IMDB.) He lives in central Florida with his amazing (and amazingly patient) wife, who was also his high school sweetheart, and their three beautiful, young sons.
About a month ago, we counted down our favorite ways to waste time online. One of Jen’s picks was Flickchart, a virtual battleground for movie lovers. The concept is simple: pit two movies against each other, and choose the one you like best (or dislike the least). So today, we decided to the Flickchart challenge together.
Not an original idea, perhaps, but a fun idea for sure. Disagree with any of our picks? Horrified that we haven’t seen a must-see movie? We want to hear from you!
Snarky food writer Anthony Bourdain often mocks colleagues like Samantha Brown and Rachael Ray. So how will he fare in a new Travel Channel series where he must also provide a practical, accessible foodie guide to international destinations? While “No Reservations” was a travelogue of his distinctly Tony-flavored adventures, “The Layover” tries to highlight things everyday people could experience.
Then, we weigh in on the fall half-season finale of “The Walking Dead” on AMC. We’re still fans (or, at least, Ryan still is), but we’re worried, especially compared to where we were after the six episodes of seasone one. While the last few seconds of episode seven earned a resounding “holy freakin’ crap,” was it enough to make up for the decidedly slower pace and limited character development we saw for most of season two?
As excited as we are to see David Fincher’s adaptation of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” we know the Swedes did it first. Before seeing what Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara do with Stieg Larsson’s international bestseller, we decided to take in Niels Arden Oplev’s interpretation, starring Mikael Blomkvist and Noomi Rapace. Although we’ve not read the books (we plan to!), we were curious whether the well-received Swedish version leaves any room for an American remake.