Archive for February, 2012

John Carter

Popspotting #215: “Breaking Games” (Feb. 17, 2012)

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John Carter

We wrap up the week with your takes on “Justified,” “The River,” and “Breaking Bad” on the tube, and “John Carter,” “Hunger Games” and “Chronicle” on the big screen.

STILOST License Plate

Popspotting #214: “Jayhawks on The Wall” (Feb. 16, 2012)

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STILOST License Plate

Today’s PopTalk & Trivia guest is Mike from Virginia, a long-time “LOST” fan (his license plate is “STILOST”) and Transmission listener (since October 2005) and a huge TV and music fan. His picks included Roger Waters’ “The Wall Live” tour for 2012, “Music From the North Country: Jayhawks Anthology,” and several female singer-songwriters: Shelby Lynne, Allison Moorer, Tift Merritt, Brandi Carlile, and Susan Greenbaum, a personal friend who just released her new album, “This Life.”

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Popspotting #213: “Flickchart 2: Electric Boogaloo” (Feb. 15, 2012)

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Flickchart 2

For every good movie, a sequel is soon to follow. (For every bad movie, too, it seems.) So we revisit one of our favorite “Wildcard Wednesday” topics from last year. It’s another “Flickchart Faceoff,” in which we turn to everyone’s favorite dangerously addictive movie site (made in Florida!) to set us up with a series of movie matchups. We then judge which is more worthy, likely revealing more of our ignorance and bad taste in the process. But that’s okay. The best part is hearing from you exactly why we picked the wrong ones!

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Popspotting #212: “Justified Archer” (Feb. 14, 2012)

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Archer on FX

Today for TV Tuesday, we focus on the FX Network. First, we catch up on “Justified,” a show we only started watching because of your strong recommendations. We focus on the second season, which we marathoned to be ready for Season 3 (now underway). Then we shift gears to share our love of “Archer,” described as “James Bond meets Arrested Development.”

Popspotting #211: “Meek’s Copy” (Feb. 13, 2012)

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Certified Copy

We shift gears and go a little art house this week as we check out a pair of films that took the film festival circuit by storm. First, “Meek’s Cutoff,” a sparse exploration of trust and survival off the Oregon Trail in the 1800s, based on a true story. Then, “Certified Copy,” a day in the life of a man and a woman who may or may not have a history together.

Touch on Fox

Popspotting #210: “The Katzenjammer Touch” (Feb. 10, 2012)

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Touch on Fox

We start Feedback Friday with thoughts on “Touch” on FOX, created by Tim Kring of “Heroes” and starring Kiefer Sutherland. At least a couple of listeners liked it much more than we did. We also touch on “Alcatraz,” “Terriers,” and “Misfits.” And our “Downton Abbey” love prompts a recommendation of the BBC’s 2004 miniseries “North & South.” We also share feedback on our “Hawaii 101” show, and a pair of music recommendations that could not be more different.

Bret "The Hitman" Hart

Popspotting #209: “Wresting Mildred” (Feb. 9, 2012)

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Megan Dively Lehman

Today brings an especially memorable entry in our PopTalk & Trivia Thursday series, as guest Megan from Pennsylvania kicks things off with an award-winning rooster crow. Her recommendations range from a book to a television miniseries to a wacky game app. Then we put her top-ranked trivia night talents to the test… with a special guest appearance by our daughter, Katie! Megan’s picks were:

  • “Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling”
  • “Mildred Pierce” from HBO
  • “Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself)”
The Hobbit

Popspotting #208: “Coming Attractions 2012” (Feb. 8, 2012)

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Django Unchained - Fan Art by Crustydog on Deviantart

For Wildcard Wednesday, we survey the year ahead, and share our most-anticipated movies of 2012. Ryan and Jen both share their top five picks, plus a few runners up. They include “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Cloud Atlas,” “The Hobbit” and “The Master” for Ryan, and “Magic Mike,” “Dark Shadows,” “Looper,” “The Hunger Games” and “Django Unchained” for Jen.

The River on ABC

Popspotting #207: “The River” (Feb. 7, 2012)

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Review of The River on ABC

ABC’s new paranormal adventure series “The River” premieres tonight on ABC. We weigh in on the first two hours for TV Tuesday. Created by Oren Peli of “Paranormal Activities” fame, the show stars Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Paul Blackthorne, Paulina Gaitan, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Shaun Parkes, Thomas Kretschmann, and Daniel Zacapa.

Chronicle

Popspotting #206: “Chronicle” (Feb. 6, 2012)

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Chronicle Review

We go back to the multiplex to check out a recent release for Movie Monday. Jen wanted to see the new Daniel Radcliffe film, but Ryan’s a big chicken, so we went to see “Chronicle” instead. We didn’t know anything going in, but coming out, we were thoroughly entertained.

“Chronicle” comes from the relatively new team of director Josh Trank and writer Max Landis (son of director John Landis) and stars Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, and Alex Russell as a group of Seattle teens who suddenly find themselves with special powers, and the problems that come with them.

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