Archive for July, 2011

Horrible Bosses

Popspotting #88: Horrible Bosses (July 11, 2011)

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Horrible Bosses

As our last week before Comic-Con begins, we check out “Horrible Bosses,” a raunchy, dark comedy starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis. They have horrible bosses played by Kevin SpaceyJennifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell. And there are quite a few other familiar faces, including Donald Sutherland, Julie Bowen, and Isiah Mustafa.

You just have to trust these three smart, capable hard workers when they say they can’t possibly seek employment elsewhere, leaving murder as the only way out.

Popspotting #87: Too Much Information (July 8, 2011)

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Once again, our Feedback Friday show serves up a grand buffet of topics. From “L.A. Woman” to “Foxy Brown,” from “Toy Story” to the Muppets, and who hasn’t heard of the “Wilhelm Scream“? The call goes out for a spoiler show on “The Hunger Games” trilogy, more share their “Firefly” fandom, and we hear from a fan of Laura Linney. (We need more convincing.) Finally, as a follow-up to our food show, Jen and I decide to share the story of how we met. We promise we kept the mushy stuff to a minimum.

Should we go full “book club” and plan ahead for a “Hunger Games” podcast where we go all-out in talking about what happens and what we thought? Should we avoid the temptation to tell random personal stories about ourselves? Only you can answer these questions!

Ryan Drake

Popspotting #86: Hip Hop Off the Couch (July 7, 2011)

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Ryan DrakeThis week we check in with Ryan Drake (@rayke) in Oklahoma, who mixes up his picks with a hip-hop artist, an iPhone app, and a TV show.

Ryan took a break between late-night parties to share his love of Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover, the C25K running program, and “Shameless” on Showtime, starring William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, and Justin Chatwin.

The young whippersnapper struggled with Jen’s trivia, but he’s still young, so in a way, he wins automatically.

Sarah Vowell

Popspotting #85: Sarah Vowell (July 6, 2011)

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Sarah VowellIt’s back to the bookshelves for Wildcard Wednesday, as Jen gives a whirlwind tour through the bibliography of Sarah Vowell, whom most know as a contributor to “This American Life” on National Public Radio (and a few know as the voice of young Violet in Pixar’s “The Incredibles”). Jen has read every single one of her books, and loves how she mixes solid history, personal anecdotes, wit, and snark.

From “The Godfather” to John Wilkes Booth to Carlsbad Caverns, Vowell’s interests, travels, and writing style fly all over the place.

Vowell’s most recent book is “Unfamiliar Fishes,” in which she looks into the history of Hawaii, and the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy.

Justified

Popspotting #84: “Justified” (July 5, 2011)

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JustifiedWhen we first launched Popspotting and asked for your recommendations on TV shows to watch, “Justified” was one of the most popular suggestions. So this week, after working our way through most of the first season, we share our first take on this FX series.

Created by Graham Yost, “Justified” stars Timothy Olyphant as deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a character from stories by Elmore Leonard. Set in Harlan in Eastern Kentucky, Raylan enforces his own brand of justice while coming to terms with the people and problems from his past. The series also stars Joelle Carter as Ava Crowder, Natalie Zea as Winona Hawkins, Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder and Nick Searcy as Art Mullen.

As of this podcast, we’re four episodes away from the Season 1 finale, and looking to pick up Season 2. The series has been renewed for a third season, which won’t air until next year.

So, “Justified” fans, have we done “Justified” justice? Is there anything great we’re still missing?

 

Gladiator Poster

Popspotting #83: “Highlander” and “Gladiator” (July 4, 2011)

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Gladiator PosterOn this 4th of July holiday, we celebrate two films in which veteran warriors battle for their own kind of independence. (Okay, we tried.) Jen dubs this the “Ancient Warriors with Sketchy Accents” double feature, and we take a look at a cult classic and a bonafide blockbuster: “Highlander,” from 1984, and “Gladiator,” from 2000. Admittedly, Christopher Lambert and Russell Crowe have very little in common in these two films… except, perhaps, in not delivering the most memorable performances in each. Nonetheless, even if you’ve seen them before, they’re certainly worth a rewatch.

We’d love to hear your take on “Highlander,” or “Gladiator,” or your suggestions as to other “double feature” pairings or themes we could tackle!

This episode of Popspotting is brought to you in part by “The Film List,” a great movie and TV podcast by Heath Solo (@HeathActor). Check it out in iTunes!

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