We kick off Feedback Friday with lots of great movie talk, including “Red Tails,” a solid rebuttal of Jen’s critique of “The Little Mermaid,” and “Leon the Professional.” Then we move on to some great book recommendations (including a solid endorsement of Chris Van Allsburg‘s work), and finally a few TV thoughts, from “Manor House” to “Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace.”
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.
We kick off Feedback Friday focusing on the written word, with your thoughts on books like “Ready Player One” and “Hunger Games.” Then it’s onto movie talk, touching on “Midnight in Paris” and “Mission Impossible.” Listeners also send in reports of movie theater innovations across the country. Finally, we get to your top songs from 1992.
Our 200th show is a completely arbitrary milestone (since we didn’t relaunch with our daily format until Episode #53), but it feels good, nonetheless. And fittingly, it’s you that provide today’s conversation topics, from your own “Best of 2011” picks for movies, TV, music and books, to the brilliance of “Downton Abbey.”
Popspotting wouldn’t exist without your suggestions, reactions, and conversations, so we again thank you for sticking with us. And we hope you’ll never hesitate to reach out and speak out on anything under the vast pop culture umbrella.
Most of today’s show focuses on David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” We get thumbs up almost all the way around, whether from newcomers to the story or from people who’ve read and seen the rest. But we’ve also got a little bit of TV talk, from “Once Upon a Time” to “Homeland.” And Geoff chimes in with another music pick, covering a genre we most definitely don’t know very well.
The San Francisco Chronicle crowned “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” as the worst film of 2011. Would Jen have been more likely to agree were it not for her meddling husband? Also on the movie front, a thumbs up for “The Help,” up for several Golden Globe awards. This Feedback Friday also brings a few book reviews, from Bill Bryson to Stephanie Meyer. Then, the last word on musicals… for now.
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.”
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.
Lesson of the day? It’s never too late to send in feedback. Whatever you’re watching, reading, playing, or listening to, we want to hear about it! Leave a voicemail at (815) 310-0808, send an email or audio file to firstname.lastname@example.org, comment here on the blog, or post on our Facebook page.
Our show about musicals stirred up some great memories among you. The Broadway shows loved by listeners include “Wicked,” “Oklahoma,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Singing in the Rain,” “Love Never Dies,” “Into the Woods,” and “Dr. Horrible.” We’re not the only ones worried about where “Fringe” is headed. And both kids and kids at heart affirm the draw of “The Muppets.”