Archive for September, 2011

O Brother

Popspotting #130: “O Brother DeNiro” (Sept. 16, 2011)

O Brother

For Feedback Friday, a fun mix. Movie music and filming locations, television, and suggestions for future double features. كيف احصل على المال مجانا؟

Barry Laabs

Popspotting #129: “Phineas and Opus” (Sept. 14, 2011)

Barry Laabs

Joining us today from Wisconsin is Barry Laabs (@brewerfan71), a long-suffering Green Bay Packers fan, proud Brewers fan, and total Disney and Lost fanatic.

He shares his love of Happy Mondays,” Disney kids shows (“Phineas & Ferb” and “Good Luck Charlie“), and “Bloom County: The Complete Collection.”

Pulp Fiction - Square

Popspotting #128: “Needledrop Soundtracks” (Sept. 14, 2011)

Pulp Fiction

We love movies. We love music. Why not combine the two? For Wildcard Wednesday, we start with your suggestion for a “favorite soundtracks” show, but with a slight twist. Instead of film scores (which we’re saving for later), today both of us share our “Top 5 Needledrop Soundtracks,” movie soundtracks that use popular music to set the scene.

We also covered a few runners-up that didn’t make the top five, but had to cut them from the podcast. They included “Romeo + Juliet,” “500 Days of Summer,” and “Forest Gump.” Of course, several other Tarantino films could have made the list, including “Reservoir Dogs” and “Kill Bill.”

Battlestar Galactica

Popspotting #127: “Battlestar Galactica” (Sept. 13, 2011)

Battlestar Galactica

Before TV Tuesday shifts gears to track returning and new television shows, there’s one beloved series to which we had to pay tribute: “Battlestar Galactica.” Ronald D. Moore’s fantastic reimagining of the 1970s show debuted on the Sci-Fi Channel in 2003 with a three-hour miniseries. It was a huge hit, serving as a backdoor pilot to inspire four seasons and over 70 episodes.

Jen was hesitant to dive into such deep science fiction waters, leaving Ryan to follow “Battlestar Galactica” in secret for almost a year. But finally, Jen, too, came to appreciate the brilliance of the series: universally human stories with fantastic characters and performances, merely in a science fiction wrapper.

It seems everyone has seen and loved “Battlestar Galactica,” and if you’re among its many fans, we’d love to hear what got you hooked. But if you’ve never watched the show, we urge you to at least start with the 2003 miniseries. We think you’ll be hooked.

Lost Boys

Popspotting #126: “Fun at the Amusement Park” (Sept. 12, 2011)

Lost BoysWe might not be able to send you home with a Giant Ass Panda, but we hope today’s double feature helps grow your appreciation for a couple of great films set in or near classic amusement parks.

First up, “The Lost Boys,” a classic teen horror comedy film by Joel Schumacher starring starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, and Alex “Ted” Winter.

Then it’s over to “Adventureland,” an often overlooked and understated gem directed by Greg Mottola, and starring film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Margarita Levieva, Ryan Reynolds, Martin Starr, Bill Hader, and Kristen Wiig.

Though released in 2009, “Adventureland” was set in 1987, the same year “The Lost Boys” came out.

Sure, “Zombieland” was an obvious pairing with “Adventureland,” but let’s just say we’re saving that one for a future zombie double feature. If that’s not your style, then speak up and share your idea for a better theme!

The Hour on BBC

Popspotting #125: “Dragon Player One”

The Hour on BBC

Feedback Friday is jam packed with lots of great music and book talk. Nancy shares the soundtrack of her globetrotting youth, Des shares Jen’s love of Guns N’ Roses (and lobbies for some top five lists from Ryan). Celia introduces us to Ann McAffery’s “Dragon Riders of Pern” series, Daniel endorses the “nerdgasm” of Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One,” and David and Cari extend our young adult reading list with William Sleator and Adam Bradley. كروت أونو Finally, who is hotter: Matt Passmore or Simon Baker? اللاعب اغويرو

Fred Firestine

Popspotting #124: “Stargate Pains” (Sept. 8, 2011)

Fred FirestineThis week, joining us all the way from Long Island, New York, is long-time listener Fred Firestine. This Canadian-born husband, dad, and technology professional loves sci fi, Weird Al, and P90X.

Formerly @ffluvssg1 on Twitter, you can now find him at @ffirestine. He also blogs now and then about his health and fitness journey.

For PopTalk & Trivia Thursday, he shares his deep and long-standing love for “Stargate,” the delightfully geeky “IT Crowd,” and the Hamptons-based USA series “Royal Pains.” He then takes on our trivia challenge, taking on Jen’s music and movie prowess.

Popspotting #123: “Around the Big Island” (Sept. 7, 2011)

We’re fortunate to call Hawaii our home. And as residents of a place that represents a great getaway for much of the world, we’re often asked for advice on places to go and things to see in the Aloha State. And as we start planning for our own regular “getaway” to the Big Island, we figured we’d take you along for the ride.

For today’s podcast, we start in the cool, lush rainforest neighborhood of Volcano Village. لعبة طاولة 31 على الانترنت After taking you through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, we make our way down to Hilo Town, then head north along the Hamakua Coast. نادي ليفربول الإنجليزي Finally it’s up through Waimea, skipping Kona to head north to Hawi on the northern end of the island.

If you want to see photos from our last trip, including several spots we mention on our show, check out our gallery on Flickr.

As hard as it was, we didn’t spend any time in Hilo for today’s audio tour. We could easily dedicate a separate episode (or two) to our favorite “city by the bay.” And we might, provided you enjoyed taking this trip with us! سعر اشتراك يورو 2022

Sons of Anarchy

Popspotting #122: “Sons of Anarchy” (Sept. 6, 2011)

Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy” sees its fourth season premiere tonight on FX. Created by Kurt Sutter, former executive producer of “The Shield,” this series follows a biker gang based in the fictional Northern California town of Charming. Jen is a big fan of this gritty series, that’s often described as “Hamlet on Harleys.”

“Sons of Anarchy” stars Charlie Hunnam as Jax, Ron Perlman as Clay, and Katey Sagal as Gemma. The ensemble cast also includes Mark Boone Jr. as Bobby, Kim Coates as Tig, Tommy Flanagan as Chibs, and Ryan Hurst as Opie.

In today’s podcast, we introduce the show, run through our favorite characters, and finally, take a quick look back on the last three seasons. Suffice it to say, we can’t wait to rejoin the club tonight.

The Debt Poster

Popspotting #121: “The Debt” (Sept. 5, 2011)

The Debt Poster

“The Debt” was a film festival hit last year, and was scheduled for a December 2010 release. But studio shenanigans delayed its debut until last week. But even though it hit theaters in the doldrums of late summer, it is a solid espionage thriller. Hear our Labor Day take, which adds up to a Popspotting score of 8 out of 10.

Even the best secret agents carry a debt from a past mission. Filmed on location in Tel Aviv, the U. روبرت ليفاندوفسكى K., and Budapest, “The Debt” stars Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain as Rachel, Tom Wilkinson and Marton Csokas as Stefan, and Ciarán Hinds and Sam Worthington as David. بيت 365 All three face off against Nazi war criminal Dieter Vogel, played by Jesper Christensen.

The film is directed by Academy Award nominee John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”), and the screenplay is by Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman, and Peter Straughan. It’s adapted from the 2007 Israeli film “Ha Hov” (The Debt).

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