Subject: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Observers: John PavlichTysto

Record Date: April 17, 2015, 04:06 PM

Plot Summary: A rookie profiler with the FBI, consults with a manipulative cannibal in order to catch a killer and find a missing woman.

Note: Tysto returns as we revisit the Academy Award winner that brought class back to the Horror genre. We talk about themes of sexism, extreme close-ups, who the true villain is, how to steal a pen and what it means if you do. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

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Direct download: sofadogs_silenceofthelambs_1991.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 2:38 AM

Subject: Bound (1996)

Observers: John PavlichYvette del Rio

Record Date: April 12, 2015, 11:29 PM

Plot Summary: A recently paroled thief helps her new girlfriend steal a couple million dollars from Chicago mobsters.

Note: Celebrating the podcast's nine year anniversary, Yvette enters to chat about The Wachowski's first feature film. We discuss tropes of the noir genre, the masculine versus the feminine, gender identity and sexual politics. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

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Direct download: sofadogs_bound_1996.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 7:35 AM

Subject: Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Observers: John PavlichTysto

Record Date: February 28, 2015, 03:13 PM

Plot Summary: After a perilous jewel heist, a group of color-coded criminals rendezvous at a warehouse, where they suspect an undercover cop to be in their midst.

Note: After having such a good time on our Pulp Fiction commentary, Tysto and I reach back to discuss Quentin Tarantino's first feature. We talk about honor and loyalty amongst thieves, song meanings, breaking the fourth wall within a false narrative, violence in exploitation and the social contract of tipping food service employees. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

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Direct download: sofadogs_reservoir_dogs_1992.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:09 AM

Subject: Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982)

Observers: John PavlichWitney Seibold

Record Date: March 09, 2015, 10:42 AM

Plot Summary: A young woman brings her friends to the Farmhouse she grew up in but Jason Voorhees is close by, so he dons a hockey mask and sets out to murder them all.

Note: The date of Friday the 13th is once again upon us, so Witney (co-host of The B-Movies Podcast) returns to watch the third film in the franchise. We discuss the third dimension gimmick, slasher tropes, misogyny versus feminism and the odd injections of 1970s' funk. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

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Direct download: sofadogs_fridaythe13th3_1982.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 11:43 PM

Subject: Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

Observers: John PavlichWitney Seibold

Record Date: February 09, 2015, 12:13 PM

Plot Summary: Jason Voorhees is revealed to be alive, having survived drowning and witnessing his Mother's murder. Five years after the Camp Crystal Lake massacre, he preys upon a group of counselors at a neighboring camp.

Note: It's another surprise commentary to mark the occasion of "bad luck" day. Witney (co-host of The B-Movies Podcast) returns to watch the second film in the franchise. We talk about sexuality within the Horror genre, building a Do-It-Yourself Murder Cabin, the disappearance of Paul, handi-capable romance and remembering characters' names. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

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Direct download: sofadogs_fridaythe13th2_1981.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:30 PM

Subject: Buffy - Revelations (3x07)

Observers: John PavlichKim Butler

Record Date: January 26, 2015, 09:10 PM

Plot Summary: A female Watcher visits Sunnydale to train Faith and Buffy's friends learn of her secret meetings with Angel.

Note: Kim returns to discuss the seventh episode from Buffy's third season. We talk about interventions, on-screen chemistry and characterization through fight choreography. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the show on your DVD.

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Direct download: sofadogs_buffy_3x07_1998.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 3 -- posted at: 9:29 AM

Subject: The World's End (2013)

Observers: John PavlichJimmy Brown

Record Date: January 13, 2015, 03:00 PM

Plot Summary: A sociopath emotionally manipulates his former friends to join him on an expansive pub crawl in their old hometown, during which they uncover a hidden network of alien robots attempting global assimilation and takeover of the human race.

Note: Finishing off The Cornetto Trilogy, Jimmy returns as we discuss irredeemable protagonists, empty catharsis, enabling an addict, what happens when a film's thesis insults or damages past work, rewarding bad behavior and beer. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

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Direct download: sofadogs_the_worlds_end_2013.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 6:31 PM

Subject: Pulp Fiction (1994)

Observers: John PavlichTysto

Record Date: December 27, 2014, 01:14 PM

Plot Summary: A mysterious briefcase pursued by two hitmen, a boxer's antique, gold watch and the difficult disposal of a headless body are but a few key elements in this sprawling, modern noir, set in contemporary California.

Note: Celebrating the 20th anniversary of this influential and unconventional crime-drama, Tysto returns to discuss disjointed narratives, the dangerous flirtations of Mia Wallace, making a meal out of the mundane and the proper ways in which to clean up after a murder. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

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Direct download: sofadogs_pulp_fiction_1994.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 3:58 AM

Subject: Lost - Pilot Part 2 (1x02)

Observers: John PavlichJimmy Brown

Record Date: November 26, 2014, 04:38 PM

Plot Summary: Continuing their exploration of their environment, a group of island castaways search for the airplane's radio, hoping to call for help.

Note: Jimmy returns to further celebrate the 10th anniversary of Lost's premiere. We discuss recognizing duality, cultural diversity, the dynamics of the music and missing the dinosaur. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the show on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

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Direct download: sofadogs_lost_1x02_2004.mp3
Category:Lost -- posted at: 8:31 AM

Subject: Lost - Pilot Part 1 (1x01)

Observers: John PavlichJimmy Brown

Record Date: November 19, 2014, 02:20 PM

Plot Summary: An airliner crashes on an island, leaving a group of survivors to unravel the mysteries of their environment and each other.

Note: We had originally recorded this back in September, when it was more appropriate. Unfortunately, technical difficulties resulted in having to scrap the file and go again. So, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Lost's premiere, Jimmy an I discuss appointment television, "The Mystery Box" and standards and practices. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the show on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

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Direct download: sofadogs_lost_1x01_2004.mp3
Category:Lost -- posted at: 11:34 PM

Subject: Severance (2006)

Observers: John PavlichHayley White

Record Date: October 31, 2014, 10:28 PM

Plot Summary: A group of office workers head out to the Hungarian woods for a team-building retreat, where they are systematically stalked and tortured by a band of psychotic, military survivalists.

Note: Happy Halloween! Wrapping up the podcast's month-long tribute to Horror films, Hayley returns to discuss this subversive, Horror comedy. We talk about building tension, dark humor, Chekhov's Land Mine and the importance of setup and payoff. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

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Direct download: sofadogs_severance_2006.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:56 PM

Subject: The Fog (1980)

Observers: John PavlichJimmy Brown

Record Date: October 21, 2014, 02:25 PM

Plot Summary: Hidden within a mysterious fog, the ghosts of a leper colony seek vengeance against the descendants of those who murdered them and stole their gold.

Note: Continuing the podcast's month-long tribute to Horror films, Jimmy returns to revisit John Carpenter's classic ghost story. We talk about atmosphere, suspense through misdirection, our disdain for the 2005 remake and the absence of the lighthouse as a setting in modern Horror. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

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Direct download: sofadogs_the_fog_1980.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:57 AM

Subject: Evil Dead (2013)

Observers: John PavlichTysto

Record Date: October 17, 2014, 01:16 PM

Plot Summary: A drug addict is brought to a secluded cabin by her Brother and friends, in an attempt to get her clean. Unfortunately, they discover a mysterious, ancient book and unknowingly bring about demonic possession and bodily dismemberment.

Note: Continuing the podcast's month-long tribute to Halloween and Horror films, Tysto returns to revel in the surprisingly great remake of an American Horror classic. We discuss the Evil Dead franchise, finding the value in remakes, injecting purpose and thematic resonance into the narrative, character arcs and fighting physical demons as a metaphor for personal ones. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

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Direct download: sofadogs_evil_dead_2013.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 4:57 AM

Subject: From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Observers: John PavlichSusie Rodarme

Record Date: October 08, 2014, 02:52 PM

Plot Summary: During a crime spree through Texas, two Brothers head to Mexico, attempting to hide out from the law but inadvertently, find themselves trapped in a bar with unholy, bloodsucking monsters.

Note: Continuing the podcast's month-long tribute to Halloween and Horror films, Susie returns to revisit Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's original Grindhouse collaboration. We discuss mixing genres, career trajectory, anti-heroes and repurposing a culture that isn't inherently your own. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

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Direct download: sofadogs_fromdusktilldawn_1996.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 7:59 PM

Subject: Poltergeist (1982)

Observers: John PavlichEric Diaz

Record Date: October 07, 2014, 12:51 AM

Plot Summary: A suburban family discover their house is haunted and the ghosts abduct their little girl through the television set.

Note: Kicking off the podcast's month-long tribute to Halloween and Horror films, Eric returns to revisit one of Steven Spielberg's classic productions from the 1980s'. We discuss the exhilaration of being scared, the Poltergeist "curse", Horror remakes and the PG rating. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

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Direct download: sofadogs_poltergeist_1982_Mono.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:08 AM

Subject: Hot Fuzz (2007)

Observers: John PavlichJimmy Brown

Record Date: September 02, 2014, 02:16 PM

Plot Summary: An over-achieving police officer is exiled by his employers to a seemingly crime-free village, but soon suspects a vast conspiracy of violent elitism beneath the surface.

Note: Jimmy returns to discuss this sometimes-awkward but highly entertaining send-up of the action and slasher genres. We talk about the misuse of a red herring, themes of arrested development throughout Edgar Wright's work and overshadowing a narrative with excessive foreshadowing. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

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Direct download: sofadogs_hot_fuzz_2007.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 4:07 PM

Subject: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

Observers: John PavlichTysto

Record Date: August 15, 2014, 08:07 PM

Plot Summary: The untold story of the 16th president of the United States, as an axe-wielding dispatcher of blood-drinking immortals.

Note: Tysto returns to take a look at this wildly creative bent of supernatural, revisionist history. We talk about the theme of slavery, the legacy of Lincoln, making Vampires scary again and injecting monsters into stuffy, classic literature. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

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Direct download: sofadogs_abelincolnvamphunter_2012.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 6:30 AM

Subject: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

Observers: John PavlichWitney Seibold

Record Date: August 06, 2014, 11:44 AM

Plot Summary: A quartet of adolescent turtles use their martial arts skills to fight crime in New York City.

Note: The heroes in a half-shell are back on the big screen this Summer, so Witney (co-host of The B-Movies Podcast and film critic for Nerdist Industries) joins me to revisit the original, theatrical outing of the green foursome. We discuss the history of the franchise, animatronics versus CGI, the political backlash against violent entertainment aimed at children during the 1990s' and the cultural climate change between moviegoers, then and now. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Supplemental Material: Check out Witney's web comic for children, Milo Multigrain!

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Direct download: sofadogs_teenagemutantninjaturtles_1990.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 3:19 AM

Subject: Buffy - Band Candy (3x06)

Observers: John PavlichWill Ritchie

Record Date: July 15, 2014, 02:52 PM

Plot Summary: Ethan Rayne returns to Sunnydale, using special chocolate that causes all the adults to behave like rowdy, immature Teenagers.

Note: Technical difficulties and outside interference abounds as Will returns to the podcast to talk the sixth episode from Buffy's third season. We discuss Jane Espenson, genre tropes and helpful background characters. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

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Direct download: sofadogs_buffy_3x06_1998.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 3 -- posted at: 6:41 AM

Subject: Gremlins (1984)

Observers: John PavlichJimmy Brown

Record Date: July 16, 2014, 02:44 PM

Plot Summary: A boy receives an exotic pet as a Christmas present which when exposed to water, produces a litter of duplicates that eventually grow into destructive monsters.

Note: Celebrating the film's 30th anniversary, Jimmy returns to discuss this beloved, creature classic. We talk about practical effects and puppeteering, the film's broken internal logic, the science of mixing Horror and Comedy, the works of Joe Dante and school on Christmas Eve. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Supplemental Material: Read Empire Online's 10 Maddest Excerpts from the Gremlins Novelization.

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Direct download: sofadogs_gremlins_1984.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:56 PM

SubjectBatman (1989)

Observers: John PavlichWitney Seibold

Record Date: June 26, 2014, 12:30 PM

Plot Summary: A masked vigilante known as Batman, must save Gotham City from a disfigured, demented crime boss known as The Joker.

Note: Celebrating the film's 25th Anniversary, Witney (co-host of The B-Movies Podcast and film critic for Nerdist Industries) returns to fondly recollect on Tim Burton's dark and atmospheric interpretation of the caped crusader. We talk about superhero psychology, the nature of comic book movies then and now, Tim Burton's visual style and The Summer of Batman. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

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Direct download: sofadogs_batman_1989.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 7:58 PM

Subject: Friday the 13th (1980)

Observers: John PavlichWitney Seibold

Record Date: June 13, 2014, 02:39 PM

Plot Summary: A group of Teenagers are being stalked and murdered by a mysterious figure, as they attempt to reopen an old Summer Camp with a tragic history.

Note: Surprise! On a whim to celebrate the infamous date of "bad luck", Witney (co-host of The B-Movies Podcast and film critic for Nerdist Industries) returns to examine the first film in the Slasher series that helped popularize the "Dead Teenager" genre. We discuss the film's legacy, the amazing practical effects and how this franchise has shaped the Horror genre, then and now. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Supplemental Material: Read Witney's The Series Project: Freddy & Jason!

Buy: Friday The 13th: The Complete Collection on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

 

Direct download: sofadogs_fridaythe13th_1980.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 5:38 AM

Subject: Prometheus (2012)

Observers: John Pavlich, TystoMartin "Faldor" Lejeune

Record Date: March 17, 2014, 01:53 PM

Plot Summary: A team of scientists travel to a distant planet, in search of an ancient, alien species believed to have ties to the human race.

Note: Tysto returns, bringing with him Faldor (from the Extended Edition podcast), attempting to make sense of Ridley Scott's pseudo-prequel to Alien. We compare and contrast both versions of the leaked screenplay, examine the conflicts between science and religion and basically, try to determine just what went wrong with this mediocre mess of a film. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: Prometheus on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

 

Direct download: sofadogs_prometheus_2012.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 5:25 AM

Subject: Dark City - Director's Cut (1998)

Observers: John Pavlich, TystoMichael "Dorkman" Scott

Record Date: April 19, 2014, 03:12 PM

Plot Summary: An amnesiac searches for his identity while being pursued by pale, floating figures that can manipulate people and buildings with their minds, in a city with no sunlight.

Note: Celebrating the podcast's eight year anniversary, Michael Scott and Tysto join forces with me to revisit the Director's Cut of Dark City. We compare and contrast both versions of the film, examine the story's origins and shed some light on the myriad of other film noir and science fiction references and inspirations. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Supplemental Material: Watch Part 1 and Part 2 of a Dark City analysis by SF Debris.

Buy: Dark City on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_darkcity_directorscut_1998.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 9:04 AM

 

Subject: Sunshine (2007)

Observers: John PavlichTomahawk Ellingsen

Record Date: January 22, 2014, 4:10 PM

Plot Summary: A team of Scientists are sent into space with a bomb, in an effort to ignite Earth's dying sun.

Note: Residing in Norway, Tom (from the Extended Edition podcast) joins the show to discuss Danny Boyle's controversial, science fiction-horror film. We talk about diversity casting, shooting digitally and defending the third act. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

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Direct download: sofadogs_sunshine_2007.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 7:10 AM

Subject: Lost Highway (1997)

Observers: John PavlichWitney Seibold

Record Date: January 14, 2014, 01:46 PM

Plot Summary: A man is accused of murdering his wife but while in jail, he disappears and is replaced by a completely different person.

Note: Witney (co-host of The B-Movies Podcast and film critic for Nerdist Industries) returns to help make sense of David Lynch's existential, cinematic nightmare, Lost Highway. We discuss style over substance, past and present receptions of the film and the nature of movie soundtracks during the late 1990s'. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

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Direct download: sofadogs_losthighway_1997.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 9:29 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject: Batman - Mask Of The Phantasm (1993)

Observeers: John PavlichJason "Jimbo" Ritter

Record Date: September 21, 2013, 11:36 PM

Plot Summary: Batman tries to put the cape and cowl away when he falls in love but a deadly vigilante, known as "The Phantasm" and a visit from an old enemy threatens to destroy his happiness.

Note: Jason Ritter (not the Actor) returns, bringing with him a love of all things Batman. We revisit the Dark Knight's animated iteration from the 90s' television series, as the character makes hiss leap to theater screens. We talk about Bruce Timm's animation style, the stellar voice cast and how "The Phantasm" operates as a credible villain. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

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Direct download: sofadogs_batman_maskofthephantasm_1993.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 5:30 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the first episode of Focal Point, I'll be examining Veronica Mars, as a character and whether or not she's a good person.

Buy: Veronica Mars on DVD at Amazon.com!

Buy: Veronica Mars - Television Soundtrack at Amazon.com!

 

Direct download: focalpoint_1x01_veronicamars.mp3
Category:Focal Point -- posted at: 10:26 PM

Subject: Sucker Punch (2011)

Observers: John Pavlich, Gabrielle Cohen, Tammy Ginader

Record Date: September 12, 2013, 11:49 PM

Plot Summary: An institutionalized girl retreats into her imagination, to escape the men who seek to control and objectify her.

Note: Gabby returns, bringing her friend, Tammy along for the ride. These Women help me peel back the surface of this surreal, action extravaganza to see what substance resides underneath, if any. Between our fits of giggles and guffaws, we try to figure out if the film is a misunderstood, feminist masterpiece or a mindless, excessive exercise in cinematic masturbation. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Supplemental Material: Watch Adam Quigley's fascinating, favorable dissection of Sucker Punch on YouTube.

Buy: Sucker Punch on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_suckerpunch_2011.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 7:30 AM

Subject: Halloween III - Season of the Witch (1982)

Observers: John Pavlich, Michael Johnson

Record Date: October 05, 2013, 10:28 PM

Plot Summary: A modern-day Warlock combines computer-technology with witchcraft, in an effort to commit national genocide against the children of America.

Note: Finishing up the podcast's annual, month-long tribute to Horror films and the Halloween Holiday, Novelist and Filmmaker, Michael Johnson joins me to examine this insane, entertaining and often misunderstood film. We talk about the charisma of Tom Atkins, make comparisons to Invasion of the Body Snatchers and explain the origins of Halloween. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown befor starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: Halloween III: Season of the Witch - Collector's Edition on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_halloween3_1982.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 3:39 AM

Subject: The Frighteners (1996)

Observers: John Pavlich, Witney Seibold

Record Date: October 28, 2013, 01:00 PM

Plot Summary: A con man uses his abilities to communicate with ghosts as a way of making money, until an evil spirit starts killing past and potential clients.

Note: Continuing the podcast's annual, month-long tribute to Horror films and the Halloween Holiday, Witney (co-host of The B-Movies Podcast) returns to provide a reassuring hug for Peter Jackson's odd, but endearing Hollywood debut. We talk about the Summer movie landscape of 1996, CGI and the importance of balancing tone. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: The Frighteners on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_thefrighteners_directorscut_1996.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 5:44 PM

Subject: Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)

Observers: John Pavlich, Jimi Collura, Gracie

Record Date: October 16, 2013, 10:14 PM

Plot Summary: Blurring the line between fiction and reality, an evil entity manifests itself in the form of Horror icon, Freddy Krueger. It's up to the creators and performers of that character and his franchise to prevent him from stepping out of the film world and entering our real world.

Note: Continuing the podcast's annual, month-long tribute to Horror films and the Halloween Holiday, Jimi (from The Investigating Mars Podcast) returns to discuss metatextual storytelling, death by dreaming and the legacy of the Elm Street series. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Supplemental Material: Watch the "I Am Nancy" Documentary on YouTube.

Buy: The Nightmare On Elm Street Collection on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_newnightmare_1994.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 9:14 PM

Subject: The Faculty (1998)

Observers: John Pavlich, Jimmy Brown

Record Date: September 29, 2013, 11:12 PM

Plot Summary: A diverse group of students band together when they suspect their school is being invaded by aliens.

Note: Continuing the podcast's annual, month-long tribute to Horror films and the Halloween Holiday, Jimmy Brown (from the Extended Edition podcast) returns to discuss the hip, Sci-fi flick from Kevin Williamson and Robert Rodriguez from the late nineties. We talk about continuity, tonal shifts and elevating material through top-notch Directing and Editing. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Supplemental Material: Read an interview with the original writers of The Faculty, about their first draft.

Buy: The Faculty on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_thefaculty_1998.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 2:51 AM

Subject: Interview with the Vampire (1994)

Observers: John Pavlich, Eric Diaz

Record Date: September 06, 2013, 02:37 AM

Plot Summary: A creature of the night recalls his life story, spanning centuries and of the Vampire who created him.

Note: Kicking off the podcast's annual, month-long tribute to Horror films and the Halloween Holiday, Nerdist and Topless Robot contributor, Eric Diaz returns to sink his teeth into the theatrical adaptation of Author, Anne Rice's bestselling book. We discuss translating book to film, some of the story's seedier undertones and the film's continued influence on the Vampire genre, nearly 20 years after the fact. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: Interview with the Vampire on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_interview-vampire_1994.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 1:53 AM

Subject: Lethal Weapon (1987)

Observers: John Pavlich, Jimmy Brown

Record Date: September 07, 2013, 12:43 AM

Plot Summary: An aging cop is assigned a young, reckless partner, believed by the department to be mentally unstable.

Note: All the way from Scotland, Jimmy Brown (co-host of the Extended Edition podcast) returns to discuss the quintessential, buddy cop movie. We talk about the Christmas setting as a writing trademark, explore the franchise and its genre and I manage to tack on a decades-long plot contrivance that ends up being totally false! Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: The Lethal Weapon Collection on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_lethalweapon_1987.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 6:44 AM

Subject: Toy Story (1995)

Observers: John Pavlich, Jason "Jimbo" Ritter

Record Date: July 26, 2013, 12:13 AM

Plot Summary: A young boy's toys come to life when he's not around and their world is turned upside down, when a new toy enters the mix.

Note: Taking a look at Pixar's first, computer generated feature, Jason Ritter (not to be confused with the Actor of the same name) joins me to talk about drunk toys, early Pixar and playthings from our own childhoods. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: Toy Story 1-3 on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_toystory_1995.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 7:36 AM

Subject: Veronica Mars - Meet John Smith (1x03)

Observers: John Pavlich, Heidi Jenkins, Gracie

Record Date: August 17, 2013, 09:54 PM

Plot Summary: Veronica helps a classmate find his missing Father. Meanwhile, Duncan stops taking his medication, resulting in vivid dreams and hallucinations.

Note: Continuing to provide fan commentaries for every single episode of Veronica Mars, Heidi (host of The Investigating Mars Podcast) returns to discuss the third episode from the first season. We talk about pills, head wounds, actors before they were stars and character-specific color-coding costumes. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: Veronica Mars on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_veronicamars1x03_2004.mp3
Category:Veronica Mars -- posted at: 6:45 PM

Subject: Veronica Mars - Credit Where Credit's Due (1x02)

Observers: John Pavlich, Jimi Collura

Record Date: July 31, 2013, 08:07 PM

Plot Summary: Weevil's Grandmother is wrongly arrested for credit card fraud, so he takes her place in jail while Veronica tries to find the real culprit.

Note: Continuing to provide fan commentaries for every single episode of Veronica Mars, Jimi (from The Investigating Mars Podcast) helps me tackle the second episode from the first season. We talk about continuity errors, eye-catching props and Paris Hilton. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: Veronica Mars on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_veronicamars1x02_2004_retake.mp3
Category:Veronica Mars -- posted at: 5:53 AM

Subject: Godzilla (1998)

Observers: John Pavlich, Witney Seibold

Record Date: July 23, 2013, 01:42 PM

Plot Summary: Due to extensive nuclear bombings around French Polynesia, an Iguana mutates and grows to staggering proportions. Looking to lay eggs and reproduce, the giant lizard travels to the island of Manhattan.

Note: 15 years after its release, the first American remake of Godzilla has become an embarrassment to the legacy of the beloved, King of the Monsters. Helping to make sense of this commercial mess, Witney returns to the podcast to discuss inaccurate science, redundant characters, laughable marketing and the history of the Godzilla franchise. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Supplemental Material: Read Witney's multi-part articles, covering over 30 films, The Series Project - The Summer of Godzilla!

Buy: Godzilla (1998) on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_godzilla_1998.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 4:06 AM

Subject: Supernatural - Faith (1x12)

Observers: John Pavlich, Jimmy Brown

Record Date: July 14, 2013, 11:57 AM

Plot Summary: After an accidental electrocution, Dean is given a death sentence so Sam drags him to a blind healer, who may be dabbling in the dark arts to help cure people.

Note: Jimmy Brown returns to the podcast, this time to discuss episode twelve from season one of Supernatural. We talk about "faith healing" as a genre trope, the perpetually slow death of Dean Winchester and what exactly is a Rawhead. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: Supernatural on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_supernatural_1x12_2006.mp3
Category:Supernatural -- posted at: 5:03 AM

Subject: Leverage - The Nigerian Job (1x01)

Observers: John Pavlich, Jimmy Brown

Record Date: July 04, 2013, 02:08 AM

Plot Summary: A crew of high-tech crooks attempt to steal from wealthy criminals and corrupt businessmen.

Note: Friend of the show, Jimmy Brown joins me for the first time to discuss the pilot episode of TNT's Leverage. We discuss the Heist genre, comparisons to the British caper series, Hustle and how telling a caper story is like revealing a magic trick. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: Leverage on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_leverage_1x01_2008.mp3
Category:Leverage -- posted at: 2:37 AM

Subject: Community - Football, Feminism And You (1x06)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: October 26, 2012, 03:36 PM

Plot Summary: Dean Pelton threatens to expose Jeff as a student at Greendale, and blackmails him to convince Troy to play football for The Human Beings. Meanwhile, Britta tries to fit in with Annie and Shirley but has trouble relating to their more feminine traits.

Note: Tysto returns to discuss the sixth episode from Community's first season. We talk about racial profiling, the Double Pilot and self-sabotage. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: Community on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_community1x06_2009.mp3
Category:Community -- posted at: 5:29 AM

Subject: Veronica Mars - Pilot (1x01)

Observers: John Pavlich, William Bibbiani

Record Date: June 10, 2013, 11:57 PM

Plot Summary: A high school outcast uses her intellect and resources to investigate the murder of her best friend, while also solving local, petty crimes involving her friends and classmates.

Note: In celebration of the upcoming Veronica Mars Movie, I decided to provide commentaries for every episode of the television series, starting once again with the Extended Pilot. This time, I've asked Crave Online's film channel editor (and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast), William Bibbiani to join me (check out some of his past appearances on the podcast here). We talk about the modern noir aesthetic, the use of a flashback within a flashback, voice-over narration and tackling dark subject matter within the limitations of network TV. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: Veronica Mars on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_veronicamars1x01_2004_retake.mp3
Category:Veronica Mars -- posted at: 5:11 PM

Subject: Inception (2010)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: June 01, 2013, 04:21 PM

Plot Summary: A team of thieves infiltrate the dreams of others to steal their secrets and ideas for profit.

Note: Tysto returns to discuss Christopher Nolan's epic, science fiction mind-bender he made in between Batman films. We talk about other dream-related properties, consistent themes within a filmmaker's body of work and the simultaneous limits and extensive possibilities of Inception's mythology. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Buy: Inception on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_inception_2010.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 4:08 PM

Subject: Wonder Woman - Pilot (1x01)

Observers: John Pavlich, Eric Diaz

Record Date: May 25, 2013, 04:08 PM

Plot Summary: An Amazonian Princess uses her super-human strength and speed to fight crime in a corrupt, corporate world.

Note: Nerdist and Topless Robot contributor, Eric Diaz returns to examine David E. Kelley's unaired pilot for Wonder Woman. We scratch our heads or shake our heads at nearly every decision or concept presented here. We talk about the comics, violence versus diplomacy, justice versus vengeance and feminism versus sociopathology. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your preferred media player.

Buy: Wonder Woman, Vol. 1 - Blood (The New 52) at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_wonderwoman_1x01_2011.mp3
Category:Web Shows -- posted at: 3:03 PM

Subject: The Sofa Dogs Podcast

Observers: John Pavlich

Record Date: May 19, 2013, 11:07 PM

Note: This is a special message I've recorded, asking the listeners out there to please make a donation, through the website's Paypal Donate Button. No matter how great or small, your support helps to keep me and the show going. Thank you.

Direct download: sofadogs_special_announcement_2013.mp3
Category:News -- posted at: 7:53 PM

Subject: Community - Advanced Criminal Law (1x05)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: October 07, 2012, 02:08 PM

Plot Summary: Jeff uses his knowledge in criminal law to defend Britta for cheating on a test. Meanwhile, Annie enlists Pierce to write a school song for Greendale.

Note: Tysto returns to discuss the fifth episode from Community's first season. We talk about statues, thematic resonance and parallels and the slow death of Ben Chang, as a character. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Buy: Community on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_community1x05_2009.mp3
Category:Community -- posted at: 7:41 PM

Subject: Community - Social Psychology (1x04)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: October 07, 2012, 01:42 PM

Plot Summary: Professor Duncan instigates an experiment that backfires, while Jeff is confounded by a shirtless Hippie with tiny nipples.

Note: Tysto returns to discuss the fourth episode from Community's first season. We talk about Ultimate Frisbee, butt stuff, Annie's sweaters and Jeff versus Vaughn. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Buy: Community on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_community1x04_2009.mp3
Category:Community -- posted at: 4:58 AM

Subject: Angel - Darla (2x07)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tim Minear

Record Date: April 28, 2013, 10:55 PM

Plot Summary: Darla is haunted by her undead past, while dealing with her newly mortal state in the present as she searches for her identity and the life she once had as a vampire with Angelus.

Note: Due to positive feedback from the listeners and the success of our previous commentary for "Reprise", Tim returns to talk about directing his first episode of Angel, parallel story structure and tying together mythologies from the Buffy episode, "Fool For Love". Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button in the top right corner of the site.

Buy: Angel on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_angel_2x07_2000.mp3
Category:Angel: Season 2 -- posted at: 6:51 AM

Subject: Prom Night (2008)

Observers: John Pavlich, Hayley White

Record Date: August 29, 2012, 06:09 PM

Plot Summary: Obsessed with one of his past students, a former Teacher tracks her down at a Hotel and begins murdering her friends during her Senior Prom.

Note: Due to a few technical difficulties (some dead air at 30 minutes and 13 seconds, then again at 1 hour, 17 minutes and 22 seconds), this episode has been in the vault for nearly 8 months. However, I've decided to do some extensive post work and submit it here for the loyal listeners who may want to hear this one. Hayley White returns for this well-made, but not wholly outstanding Teen Slasher. We talk about criminal psychosis, High School Proms and unintentional red herrings. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD. 

Buy: Prom Night (2008) on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_promnight_2008.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 5:40 PM

Subject: Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: December 30, 2012, 05:36 PM

Plot Summary: A top secret, government organization brings together a misfit, band of Superheroes to thwart an impending alien invasion, lead by Loki, the God of Trickery.

Note: Digging into the vault, I bring you my commentary with Tysto for Joss Whedon's, The Avengers. We discuss Marvel Comics, glorifying America and feminism prominent in Whedon's work. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Buy: Marvel's The Avengers on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_theavengers_2012.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:26 PM

Subject: Beetlejuice (1988)

Observers: John Pavlich, Michael "Dorkman" Scott

Record Date: March 14, 2013, 03:48 PM

Plot Summary: A recently deceased couple calls upon the power of a sleazy, trickster demon, in an effort to scare away the new, living residents of their house.

Note: Celebrating the film's 25th anniversary, Down In Front's Michael Scott returns. We talk about the impressive visual effects, the inventive set design, the powerhouse performance from Michael Keaton and the works of Tim Burton, past and present. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Buy: Beetlejuice on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_beetlejuice_1988.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 3:20 AM

Subject: Angel - Reprise (2x15)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tim Minear

Record Date: March 24, 2013, 10:59 PM

Plot Summary: Depressed and alone, Angel attempts to stop Wolfram & Hart from raising a Senior Partner. Meanwhile, Darla is faking weakness to distract Lindsey from her plans to gain power over the law firm of centralized evil.

Note: Joining me in celebration of the podcast's seven year anniversary, Tim Minear returns to discuss the fifteenth episode of Angel's second season, which he wrote, "Reprise". We talk about the three act structure within a single scene, the translucent Julie Benz and man's inherint capacity for both good and evil. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Buy: Angel on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_angel_2x15_2001.mp3
Category:Angel: Season 2 -- posted at: 3:39 PM

Subject: Community - Introduction To Film (1x03)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: October 07, 2012, 01:14 PM

Plot Summary: Abed's Father is outraged to learn his Son would rather become a filmmaker, instead of working alongside him at his restaurant. Meanwhile, Jeff is at war with a Professor who wants him to be more spontaneous, instead of working an angle for personal gain.

Note: Tysto returns to discuss the third episode from Community's first season. We talk about Jeff's selfishness, seizing the day and pizza in California. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Buy: Community on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_community1x03_2009.mp3
Category:Community -- posted at: 9:29 PM

Subject: Dollhouse - Echo (1x00)

Observers: John Pavlich, Shannon Clarke

Record Date: March 02, 2013, 06:01 PM

Plot Summary: A secret, underground facility charges the wealthy and powerful to rent out people who have been mind-wiped and imprinted with new skills and identities to suit their clients' needs and desires.

Note: Shannon returns to talk about another Joss Whedon project, this time dissecting the original, unaired pilot from Dollhouse, "Echo". We discuss the television landscape, both network and cable, compare the two pilots and wonder about the trajectory of different characters. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_dollhouse_1x00_2008.mp3
Category:Dollhouse -- posted at: 8:13 PM

Subject: Community - Spanish 101 (1x02)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: September 29, 2012, 05:18 PM

Plot Summary: Jeff and Pierce struggle to impress their Spanish Language Teacher, a tyrannical Asian American man named Senor Chang.

Note: Tysto returns to discuss the second episode from Community's first season. We talk about romantic subplots within conventional sitcoms and the rise and fall of both Pierce and Chang throughout the first three seasons. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Buy: Community on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_community1x02_2009.mp3
Category:Community -- posted at: 7:29 AM

Subject: Die Hard (1988)

Observers: John Pavlich, Ariel Schudson

Record Date: February 10, 2013, 12:41 AM

Plot Summary: A New York Cop travels to Los Angeles to reconcile with his Wife on Christmas, when the building they're in is taken over by German Terrorists.

Note: Celebrating the film's 25th Anniversary and the new release of the latest sequel in the franchise "A Good Day To Die Hard", Ariel (from CraveOnline.com) joins the podcast to talk all things Die Hard. We discuss the charm of Bruce Willis, 1980s' action cinema and The Myth Of Macho. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_diehard_1988.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 3:46 AM

Subject: Cellular (2004)

Observers: John Pavlich, William Bibbiani

Record Date: February 1, 2013, 01:48 AM

Plot Summary: A Science Teacher is kidnapped and uses her reassembly of a broken phone to connect to a young man's cellphone, enlisting his help to save her family.

Note: In tribute to the late Director David Ellis, Crave Online's film channel editor (and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast), William Bibbiani returns (check out some of his past appearances on the podcast here) for a shared love of what we believe to be the film maker's finest work. We talk about structure, pacing, stunt-driving and how to do a Jason Statham impression (start with the line, "You mean to tell me..."). Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Supplemental Material: Check out the Crave Online web series, The Trailer Hitch by William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold.

Direct download: sofadogs_cellular_2004.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 7:52 AM

Subject: Blood Simple (1985)

Observers: John Pavlich, Gabrielle Cohen

Record Date: January 08, 2013, 10:43 PM

Plot Summary: A Texas bar owner hires a sleazy detective to murder his wife and her lover.

Note: For the first time on the podcast, I'm joined by Gabby and we sit down with the Coen Brothers' feature film debut, Blood Simple. We talk about the Brothers' body of work, feeling bad for dispicable characters, living in Texas, film noir and the fear of being buried alive.

Supplemental Material: Check out this awesome, minimalist Blood Simple poster by Kevin Dixon. Buy the screenplay for Blood Simple.

Direct download: sofadogs_bloodsimple_1985.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 10:38 PM

Subject: Community - Pilot (1x01)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: September 29, 2012, 04:33 PM

Plot Summary: A recently disbarred lawyer attends a community college to obtain a legitimate degree and creates a fake study group to impress a young woman in their Spanish language class.

Note: It's another retake only this time, I'm joined by Tysto (my original attempt is located here). This re-recording takes a look at the pilot episode, in retrospect to the first three seasons. We talk about character thematics, world-building and heart versus cynicism in the context of modern comedy television. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Buy: Community on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_community1x01_2009_retake.mp3
Category:Community -- posted at: 12:54 AM

Subject: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: December 15, 2012, 05:04 PM

Plot Summary: Eight years after the death of Harvey Dent, Bruce Wayne comes out of hiding to stop Bane, a masked madman bent on destroying Gotham and shattering the legend of Batman.

Note: Concluding our commentaries on Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, Tysto returns to talk about character through-lines, sexism in Nolan's work and defending against plot holes. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_thedarkknightrises_2012.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 9:05 PM

Subject: Supernatural - Scarecrow (1x11)

Observers: John Pavlich, Wendy Hembrock

Record Date: September 25, 2012, 08:33 PM

Plot Summary: After a falling out with his brother, Sam, Dean Winchester investigates a trend of disappearances in a small, yet prosperous town that may have something to do with a Scarecrow in a nearby apple orchard.

Note: Supernatural fangirl and co-host of Tuning Into Sci-Fi TV, Wendy returns to discuss episode eleven from season one, "Scarecrow". We cover parent-child conflicts, small town authority figures and the introduction of a new, fun character with Deja vu. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_supernatural_1x11_2006.mp3
Category:Supernatural -- posted at: 6:07 AM

Subject: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Observers: John Pavlich, William Bibbiani

Record Date: December 04, 2012, 12:36 AM

Plot Summary: While digging into his parents' mysterious disappearance, high school misfit, Peter Parker is bitten by a spider in a science lab and uses his resulting super powers to fight crime in New York City.

Note: The conclusion to the podcast's month-long dissection of Spider-Man on the big screen, Crave Online's film channel editor (and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast), William Bibbiani returns (check out all past appearances on the podcast here) for closing arguments regarding this film and the Marvel franchise overall. We discuss some awkward dialogue, thin character motivations, deleted scenes, massive plot holes, abrupt changes in tone and a selfish and out of character Peter Parker. It's not a hate fest, though. We also sing the praises of the script's romantic comedy elements, Marc Webb's direction and most of the performances by the actors and actresses. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Supplemental Material: Listen to William Bibbiani and Jonathan London discuss The Amazing Spider-Man in depth on Geekscape! Read The Amazing Spider-Man: The Abridged (Parody) Script by Tom Schutt at The Editing Room! Watch How The Amazing Spider-Man Should Have Ended!

Direct download: sofadogs_amazingspider-man_2012.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 7:57 AM

Subject: Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Observers: John Pavlich, William Bibbiani, Fred Topel

Record Date: November 25, 2012, 06:30 PM

Plot Summary: Peter Parker's world is at an all-time high. He has a great job, is in a relationship with Mary Jane Watson and is beloved as Spider-Man by the city of New York. However, all of that crumbles when an alien symbiote latches onto Peter and brings out his dark half in destructive ways. Also, there's a Sandman, a rival photographer, a love triangle with another girl and a vengeful Harry Osbourne gets amnesia. So, that happened.

Note: Due to this film's bloated screenplay, Crave Online's film channel editor (and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast), William Bibbiani returns (check out all past appearances on the podcast here) and brings fellow columnist, Fred Topel to help defend and make sense of this mess. We discuss the multitude of story threads, character arcs and behind-the-scenes dramatics. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs-spider-man3-2007.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 4:46 AM

Subject: Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Observers: John Pavlich, William Bibbiani

Record Date: November 18, 2012, 04:32 PM

Plot Summary: In addition to dealing with relationship fallout from his best friend and his would-be girlfriend, Peter Parker is losing his super powers and must give up being Spider-Man. Meanwhile, a mad scientist uses his invention of artificially intelligent, robotic tentacles to create and harness an exciting, yet unstable energy source that could destroy the city of New York.

Note: This commentary track is to be synchronized with the Theatrical Cut of the film, which runs at 127 minutes. Continuing our retrospective on Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy, Crave Online's film channel editor (and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast), William Bibbiani is back (check out all past appearances on the podcast here) for a commentary on the second film in this recently, unfairly dismissed and misunderstood series. We further discuss the psychology of Peter Parker, the physics and logistics of the film's set pieces and narrative structure and a sudden epiphany regarding the character of Mary Jane Watson. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs-spider-man2-2004.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 4:53 AM

Subject: Spider-Man (2002)

Observers: John Pavlich, William Bibbiani

Record Date: November 11, 2012, 07:30 PM

Plot Summary: A high school nerd gains self confidence and super powers, when he is bitten by a genetically enhanced arachnid and sets out to fight crime in New York.

Note: Crave Online's film channel editor (and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast), William Bibbiani returns (check out all past appearances on the podcast here) to help me defend against the recent crop of cinematic backpeddling directed at the first installment of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films. We discuss the climate regarding comic book movies at the time, the wholesome versus edgy comparisons in tone to this and others in the genre and we explore some of the deeper psychology of Peter Parker. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_spider-man_2002.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:57 PM

Subject: Shaun Of The Dead (2004)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: October 27, 2012, 04:20 PM

Plot Summary: A pair of slacker, man-children must take to action and grow up quickly when the United Kingdom is overrun with zombies.

Note: Originally intended to close out this year's month-long tribute to Halloween and Horror films, Tysto returns to share in the comedic majesty of Edgar Wright's feature-length, directorial debut. We discuss differences between British and American cultures, the Horror-Comedy genre and how this film stacks up to other zombie films. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_shaunofthedead_2004.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 2:30 AM

Subject: The Cabin In The Woods

Observers: John Pavlich, Kim Butler, Heidi Jenkins

Record Date: September 23, 2012, 02:06 PM

Plot Summary: A group of college students venture to a remote cabin for a relaxing weekend, but soon discover a dark and disturbing secret that destroys the fabric of their reality.

Note: As part of the podcast's month-long celebration of Halloween and Horror films, Kim and Heidi join me to discuss all aspects of the Horror genre, conveniently packed into one movie. We talk about how this picture relates to past works of both Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon, trolling on the internet and the film's thesis on why humans like to be scared and why they like to watch others in peril. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_cabininthewoods2012.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 10:39 PM

Subject: Prince Of Darkness (1987)

Observers: John Pavlich, William Bibbiani

Record Date: October 23, 2012, 10:43 PM

Plot Summary: A group of scientists discover a large tube of green ooze in the basement of an old church, which may contain the son of Satan, whose escape from his imprisonment will bring about the end of the world.

Note: Continuing the podcast's month-long tribute to the Halloween season and Horror films, William returns for the 25th anniversary of John Carpenter's underrated and misunderstood cult classic, Prince Of Darkness. We discuss the mixing of faith and science, the Lovecraft vibe and the complete works of John Carpenter. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_princeofdarkness_1987.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 3:09 AM

Subject: Hellraiser (1987)

Observers: John Pavlich, Witney Seibold

Record Date: October 11, 2012, 01:49 PM

Plot Summary: A man's obsession with pleasures of the flesh leads him to a mysterious puzzlebox, which opens a doorway to hell and ultimately consumes him. He escapes his eternal damnation and demands his former lover (also his brother's wife) to kill for him, so that he can gradually return to human form and evade his captors, a group of sadomasichistic demons known as the Cenobites.

Note: Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Author, Clive Barker's feature film, directorial debut, Witney returns to the podcast to discuss practical makeup effects, the lament configuration, Barker's writing and turbulent history with Hollywood and the Hellraiser franchise overall. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_hellraiser_1987.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 7:43 PM

Subject: Near Dark (1987)

Observers: John Pavlich, Eric Diaz

Record Date: October 03, 2012, 11:17 PM

Plot Summary: Oklahoma farm boy, Caleb meets a mysterious girl who is revealed to be a Vampire. After she bites him, Caleb is forced to join her family of nomadic bloodsuckers and embark on a killing spree across the rural midwest.

Note: Celebrating this film's 25th anniversary, Eric Diaz joins me for the other Vampire film from 1987. We discuss clinical vampirism, a few plot holes, blood transfusions and the marriage of Old West archetypes with 1980s' Horror tropes. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Correction: In the beginning of this commentary, I mistakenly imply a character is named Meekers, after one of the film's executive producer, Charles R. Meeker. According to IMDB, the character's actual name is Eakers. I merely misunderstood the name being spoken in the film.

Direct download: sofadogs_neardark_1987.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 6:38 AM

Subject: Trojan War (1997)

Observers: John Pavlich, Hayley White

Record Date: September 26, 2012, 10:25 PM

Plot Summary: A High School dweeb (Will Friedle) is about to lose his virginity to the class bombshell (Marley Shelton), but must first embark on a wild, madcap journey to find a condom. Meanwhile, his frustrated best friend (Jennifer Love Hewitt) tries to muster up the courage to tell him she's secretly in love with him.

Note: Celebrating the film's 15th anniversary, Hayley returns to discuss the ups and downs of this flawed, but endearing sex comedy. We talk about the absurd tone, the tight structure, the charming cast and the film's awkward history and reception over the years. You can buy your own made to order DVD of this movie from the Warner Archive Collection. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_trojanwar1997.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 3:38 AM

Subject: The Monster Squad (1987)

Observers: John Pavlich, William Bibbiani

Record Date: September 08, 2012, 06:04 PM

Plot Summary: Dracula enlists the help of The Wolfman, Creature, The Mummy and Frankenstein's Monster to obtain a powerful amulet and send the world into eternal darkness. However, a group of misfit kids discover his evil plan and use their vast knowledge about monsters to stop him.

Note: Celebrating the film's 25th Anniversary (which just occurred last month, August 14th), William joins me to reflect on the film's unique tone, troubled marketing, past and future reception, smart writing and what the film has meant to us over the years. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_themonstersquad_1987.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 2:10 AM

Subject: True Romance (1993)

Observers: John Pavlich, Witney Seibold

Record Date: August 29, 2012, 02:01 PM

Plot Summary: A comic book and film enthusiast falls in love with a Call Girl. When they accidentally obtain a suitcase full of cocaine, the two newlyweds travel to Hollywood in a desperate attempt to sell it. Unknowingly, the police and The Mob are looking for them.

Note: In memory of recently deceased filmmaker Tony Scott, I'm joined by Witney as we pay tribute to the director's body of work and this film in particular. We talk about the film's humble beginnings, cinema violence in the early 1990s' and Scott's influence on how stories are told through motion pictures today. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_trueromance_1993.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 4:44 PM

Subject: The Lost Boys (1987)

Observers: John Pavlich, Eric Diaz

Record Date: August 15, 2012, 10:06 PM

Plot Summary: Two brothers move to a new town and soon discover the place is frequented by a biker gang of vampires.

Note: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary (which recently occurred this past July 31st), Eric Diaz returns (read his article on the film here) and together we talk about the film's influence on other vampire mythologies (such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight), the unfortunate death of Corey Haim (he will be missed), the original concepts for the story and the fascinating sequel that almost was, The Lost Girls. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_thelostboys_1987.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 6:22 PM

Subject: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

Observers: John Pavlich, William Bibbiani

Record Date: August 08, 2012, 06:40 PM

Plot Summary: A Valley Girl Cheerleader (Kristy Swanson) discovers she is the Chosen One, tasked with saving her SoCal town from a growing army of bloodsucking undead.

Note: This past July 31st marked the 20th Anniversary of this flawed but fun film's theatrical release, so William (of Crave Online and The B-Movies Podcast) and I decided to celebrate. We discuss the differences between Joss Whedon's script and the finished film, the television series and our thoughts on the film's reception, both back then and today. It's an analytical examination of the film, but also just a heartwarming love letter to the Buffy mythology, eventual franchise and humble beginnings. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_buffy-movie_1992.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 5:41 AM

Subject: Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil (2010)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: July 27, 2012, 02:42 PM

Plot Summary: Two innocent Hillbillies are mistaken for cold-blooded killers, when a group of college kids start dying in random accidents.

Note: Requested by frequent contributor Tysto, he returns to the podcast to discuss this underrated, Horror-Comedy gem. We talk about our mutual appreciation of Alan Tudyk, the subtle nuances of Tyler Labine, the revelation that is Katrina Bowden and the new, creative voice of writer/director, Eli Craig. Mostly though, we just laugh hysterically at this side-splitting splatterfest. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_tuckeranddalevsevil_2010.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 12:55 AM

Record Date: July 26, 2012, 02:12 PM

Witney Seibold and Alex Ewing rise with me to the couch as we discuss Christopher Nolan's conclusion to his Batman trilogy, "The Dark Knight Rises".

00:23:52 - SPOILERS BEGIN HERE!

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Hans Zimmer, Junkie XL, Ryeland Allison and James Newton Howard.

Direct download: CS_0040.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 1:09 AM

Subject: In The Mouth Of Madness (1995)

Observers: John PavlichWitney Seibold

Record Date: July 16, 2012, 02:12 PM

Plot Summary: An Insurance Investigator is hired by a publishing company to track down their missing, top-selling novelist, as his latest book is driving readers insane.

Note: Witney Seibold enjoyed being on the podcast last month, so he's back for a commentary on one of his favorite John Carpenter films. We discuss meta-storytelling, releasing a Horror film in February and the power of the written word. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_mouthofmadness_1995.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 10:50 PM

Subject: Drive Me Crazy (1999)

Observers: John Pavlich, Josh Bradley, Joe "J.D." Donesi

Record Date: February 23, 2012, 09:03 PM

Plot Summary: A trend-conscious girl hires her anti-social next-door neighbor to be her new boyfriend, in an effort to reclaim her status in their school and to help him win back his ex-girlfriend.

Note: This was recorded months ago and numerous technical difficulties made it such a nightmare to edit, I wasn't going to bother posting it, originally. Thankfully, Josh had done such a splendid job mixing it himself, I finally decided to put it up here for you all to enjoy. My co-hosts (Josh and J.D.) join me in discussing high school politics, teen social class structures and how the film compares to the book it's based on. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_drivemecrazy_1999.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 6:45 PM

Subject: Chad Peter & Teague Chrystie from Apocalypse, CA.

Record Date: March 23, 2012, 01:35 AM

Note: Writer/Director/Cinematographer, Chad Peter joins the podcast to discuss his feature film debut, Apocalypse, CA. The film concerns a group of disillusioned, young adults preparing for an asteroid set to impact California. As if that wasn't harrowing enough, fate throws sex-inducing drugs, a genie and a rampaging giant into the mix! Joining Chad for this interview is friend of the podcast and Visual Effects Artist, Teague Chrystie. The two discuss independent production, the new business model within film distribution and share stories about the making of Apocalypse, CA. You can visit the film's website for more information including a trailer, links to buy or rent the film and to locate special screenings.

SPOILERS for the film occur at 00:32:07

Direct download: sofadogs_chadpeter_and_teaguechrystie_qna.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 10:04 PM

Subject: Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon (2006)

Observers: John Pavlich, Michael "Dorkman" Scott

Record Date: June 05, 2012, 06:41 PM

Plot Summary: A Documentary film crew follows the exploits of a young madman, bent on establishing himself as a new living legend and a slasher icon.

Note: Furthering his torrid affair from Down In Front, Michael Scott returns to the podcast. We discuss the post-modern horror genre, self-aware narratives and commenting on a genre while also being a worthwhile entry within said genre. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Correction: In this episode, I mistakenly declare that Scott Wilson is related to Luke and Owen Wilson. This is apparently untrue. Thanks to listener, Jimmy Brown for pointing this out to me.

Direct download: sofadogs_behindthemask-leslievernon_2006.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 7:31 PM

Subject: Scream (1996)

Observers: John Pavlich, William Bibbiani, Witney Seibold

Record Date: June 09, 2012, 06:20 PM

Plot Summary: In the small town of Woodsboro, a masked killer applies a vast knowledge of scary movies to successfully stalk and murder a group of Teens.

Note: This episode is the first attempt to re-record a commentary that has been previously released on this podcast. Due to synch problems and audio issues with the original release, I decided to revisit the 1996 Teen Slasher, Scream. Joining me this time are the hosts of Crave Online's B-Movies Podcast, William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold. We discuss red herrings, past and current states of the Horror genre and the Scream franchise overall. You can still access my original commentary for Scream with Scott Carelli, located here. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Warning: This commentary contains SPOILERS for all films in the Scream franchise at this time.

Direct download: sofadogs_scream_1996_retake.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 2:35 AM

Subject: Men In Black (1997)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: May 29, 2012, 10:29 PM

Plot Summary: A determined cop is recruited by a shadowy, secret government organization to police the universe and save the world from an alien threat.

Note: Tysto returns to revisit the now 15-year-old classic, science fiction comedy. We discuss the film's comic book origins, how it holds up today, the cast and crew, production problems and the franchise in general. Remember to listen to the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_meninblack_1997.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 4:59 AM

Subject: Dogma (1999)

Observers: John Pavlich, Mike Schindler, Max Hegel

Record Date: May 19, 2012, 01:21 PM

Plot Summary: Two renegade angels banished to Earth attempt to reenter Heaven, using a loophole within the Catholic faith that could destroy the universe.

Note: Recorded without much planning or forethought, Mike and Max from Commentary Track Stars join the podcast and dive right into Kevin Smith's controversial, classic comedy. We discuss the pros and cons of the film and how it compares to Smith's other works, the editing and graphic novel sensibilities of the story and we share our own opinions on religion and the film's reception. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_dogma_1999.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 12:41 AM

Record Date: May 7, 2012, 09:42 PM

Alex Ewing, Annie Stephenson and Adam Sanders assemble with me to the couch as we discuss the box office juggernaut from Writer/Director, Joss Whedon, "The Avengers"!

00:22:43 - SPOILERS BEGIN HERE!

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Soundgarden, VAST, A Perfect Circle, AC/DC, Metallica, Monster Magnet, Course Of Empire, Lacuna Coil, Korn, Static X, Black Sabbath, The Eagles Of Death Metal, Fear Factory, Kidneythieves, White Zombie and Alan Silvestri.

Direct download: CS_0039.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 7:48 PM

Record Date: April 18, 2012, 10:27 PM

Stephanie Smith and Shannon Clarke help me reanimate and resurrect Couch Surfing, so that we can review the Horror deconstruction film from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, "The Cabin In The Woods"!

00:30:37 - SPOILERS BEGIN HERE!

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

The Cramps, Oingo Boingo, Say Hi To Your Mom, Eels, The Naked & Famous, The National, Christian Henson & Dot Allison, John Carpenter, David Julyan, Bernard Herrmann, Christophe Beck, Tangerine Dream, Joseph LoDuca, Christopher Young, Danny Elfman, James Horner, Ennio Morricone, Philip Glass, Marco Beltrami, John Debney, Bruce Broughton and Charles Bernstein.

Direct download: CS_0038.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 6:49 PM

Subject: Rear Window (1954)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: March 16, 2012, 09:03 PM

Plot Summary: A broken leg confines a photographer to his apartment, with nothing to do but watch the courtyard and other apartments from his window. All seems fine and mundane at first, until he begins to suspect one of his neighbors of cold-blooded murder.

Note: Taking a look at a beloved classic, Tysto returns to the podcast for a commentary on one of Alfred Hitchcock's masterworks of suspense, "Rear Window". We discuss minimalist storytelling, economy of information, relationship politic of the 1950s' versus today, voyeurism and building a great mystery. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_rearwindow_1954.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 5:03 PM

Subject: The Fast and The Furious (2001)

Observers: John Pavlich, Alex Ewing, Matt Vayda

Record Date: March 25, 2012, 12:32 AM

Plot Summary: A young cop goes undercover in the high stakes world of illegal street racing, in an effort to bring down the mastermind behind a city-wide highjacking ring.

Note: Alex returns for more car-related commentary and brings Matt Vayda with him. The three of us share our thoughts on the Fast and the Furious franchise. We discuss the car fetish subculture, the cast and crew involved in this series and the order in which one should watch them. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_thefastandthefurious_2001.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 7:40 PM

Subject: April Fool's Day (1986)

Observers: John Pavlich, William Bibbiani

Record Date: March 25, 2012, 08:41 PM

Plot Summary: A group of nine college students, staying at a friend's remote, island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool's day weekend.

Note: In celebration of the podcast's six year anniversary, Crave Online's film channel editor, William Bibbiani returns to discuss the unique, 80s' slasher cult classic, April Fool's Day starring Deborah Foreman. We talk about pulling pranks, twisting the conventions of the genre and William coins the term, "Sleepover Horror". Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_aprilfoolsday_1986.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 3:57 PM

Subject: Drive (2011)

Observers: John Pavlich, Alex Ewing, Michael "Dorkman" Scott

Record Date: March 18, 2012, 06:24 PM

Plot Summary: A quiet, enigmatic loner, with dreams of settling down works as a Hollywood stunt driver by day, and a getaway driver by night.

Note: Having previously indulged here in a discussion about "them teenage witches", Alex Ewing returns to the podcast. In addition, Michael "Dorkman" Scott makes his first appearance, unfaithfully straying from his smarter and prettier partner, Down In Front. The three of us are here to gush about one of the best films of 2011 (yeah, I said it), Drive. We talk about the nuts and bolts screenplay, the unconventional direction, the ethereal synth-pop soundtrack and the brutal, crackling intensity of it all. Also, here's the animated tribute to the film Alex was referring to in this episode. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_drive_2011.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 9:05 AM

Subject: Sad Max (2012)

Observers: John Pavlich, Teague Chrystie

Record Date: March 18, 2012, 08:29 PM

Plot Summary: In the wake of a global apocalypse, a famous YouTube personality uses his remaining battery life on his laptop to record his long-procrastinated musical.

Note: VFX artist, Teague Chrystie (Fringe) went off and made himself a kick-ass short film musical. So impressed I was by this delightful, creative and entertaining effort, I asked Teague to join me for this commentary on his work. We discuss DIY makeup, "saving the fish", web video culture and some musical theory. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your player, and please check out Teague's film commentary podcast, Down In Front. It's like this but, you know, good.

Direct download: sofadogs_sadmax_2012.mp3
Category:Web Shows -- posted at: 5:18 AM

Subject: Supernatural - Asylum (1x10)

Observers: John Pavlich, Will Ritchie

Record Date: March 15, 2012, 06:58 PM

Plot Summary: Provoked by a text message sent from their Father, the Winchester Brothers investigate a condemned asylum believed to be haunted by its former patients. Upon their arrival, Sam and Dean discover a young couple trapped inside.

Note: Back for more sibling rivalry and ghost busting, Will Ritchie returns to discuss one of his least liked episodes from Supernatural's first season. We talk about Bitch Face, production value and phone service in the afterlife. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_supernatural_1x10_2005.mp3
Category:Supernatural -- posted at: 11:00 AM

Subject: I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006)

Observers: John Pavlich, Hayley White

Record Date: March 08, 2012, 04:56 AM

Plot Summary: The legend of the Killer Fisherman has manifested into a supernatural force, when a prank gone wrong results in an accidental death and a group of teenagers vow to keep their involvement a secret.

Note: Chocolate dealer from the land down under, Hayley White returns to the podcast to help me put the final nail (hopefully) in the coffin of the Killer Fisherman franchise. We discuss our feelings on pulling pranks, ADR and the struggle of trying to do something different in a pre-established series, while also being trapped within that territory. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_illalwaysknow-lastsummer2006.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:30 PM

Subject: Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th (2000)

Observers: John Pavlich, Hayley White

Record Date: February 27, 2012, 06:37 AM

Plot Summary: Highschool kids are being systematically stalked and murdered by a masked madman in this fun (but flawed) parody, spoofing the Teen Slasher genre.

Note: Australian ubergeek, Hayley White returns to the podcast for some more Dead Teenager discussions. We talk about the art and science that goes into making a spoof movie, what works, what doesn't and why and how to possibly fix things. We also discuss the ensemble cast including Julie Benz, Danny Strong, Tom Arnold, Majandra Delfino and Tiffani Thiessen. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Correction: In this episode, I mistakenly declare Danny Strong as having been nominated for an Academy Award for his Recount screenplay. What I meant to say was Emmy. He also won a WGA Award for that script. Also, I should do more research before these commentaries, as Majandra Delfino has in fact been quite busy, I just didn't know it.

Direct download: sofadogs_shriek-lastfriday13_2000.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 9:30 AM

Subject: The Dark Knight (2008)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: February 18, 2012, 02:57 PM

Plot Summary: Batman has established himself in Gotham as a force to be reckoned with against organized crime. Unfortunately, something completely chaotic and disorganized arrives out of nowhere to set the city on fire, sometimes literally: An elusive, destructive psychotic known only as The Joker.

Note: Recorded mere hours ago from this posting, Tysto and I continue our examinations into the dark and compelling world of Christopher Nolan's take on Batman. We discuss order versus chaos, translating a comic book fantasy into a harsh, gritty reality, transcending your genre and the late, great Heath Ledger's masterful performance. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_thedarkknight_2008.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 5:13 AM

Subject: Supernatural - Home (1x09)

Observers: John Pavlich, Wendy Hembrock

Record Date: January 25, 2012, 09:18 PM

Plot Summary: The Winchester Brothers must return to their childhood home and confront their haunted past, when a poltergeist threatens the new residents.

Note: Another member of Tuning Into Sci-Fi TV visits the podcast. This time, it's Supernatural fangirl, Wendy and she's back to discuss episode nine from the first season, "Home". We talk about childhood fears, juice addictions and this well-worn trope from film and television. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_supernatural_1x09_2005.mp3
Category:Supernatural -- posted at: 5:10 AM

Subject: Dollhouse - Epitaph One (1x13)

Observers: John Pavlich, Kevin Bachelder

Record Date: January 25, 2012, 07:24 PM

Plot Summary: Jumping ahead ten years after the events of "Omega", a small group of anti-tech rebels enter the derelict Dollhouse to discover the truth behind the dystopian world they live in, and how much of the population became imprinted killers or mind-wiped vessels.

Note: Kevin Bachelder, co-host of Tuning Into Sci-fi TV, as well as Active Architecture, a Dollhouse retrospective (also check out my appearances on Kevin's podcast, Saturday B-Movie Reel here and here), returns to the podcast, this time to examine the thirteenth episode from Dollhouse's first season. We discuss the more unique elements of this polarizing episode, including the video format and editing, the colorful dialogue and the new cast of characters. Also of note, I mention in this episode, the similarities between fonts used in body art for different characters. Upon closer inspection after this recording, I realize now there is more of a difference in styles than I first thought. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_dollhouse_1x13_2009.mp3
Category:Dollhouse -- posted at: 3:13 AM

Subject: Three O'Clock High (1987)

Observers: John Pavlich, William Bibbiani

Record Date: December 10, 2011, 09:50 PM

Plot Summary: A sheepish young man is suddenly very popular with his peers, when he is forced into a fight after school with a new student, who happens to be a stone cold psychopath.

Note: Finishing the last of the banked episodes from 2011, "Bibbs" (the managing editor for Crave Online's Film section) joins me to discuss this film's astounding cinematography and editing, school violence and the more underrated offerings of teen films from the 1980s'. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD. Also of note, I mentioned in this episode, a podcast featuring interviews with a few actors from the film, and here it is!

Direct download: sofadogs_3oclockhigh_1987.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 5:02 PM

Subject: Gattaca (1997)

Observers: John Pavlich, Josh Bradley, Tysto

Record Date: December 02, 2011, 11:41 PM

Plot Summary: A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

Note: In addition to this being one of the last of the banked episodes, it's also the penultimate recording from 2011. Josh, Tysto and I take an in depth look at this unique and throught-provoking science fiction-noir film. We discuss and reconfigure the story structure and plot points, examine the themes and ideas within and reflect on the critical and audience reaction, as well as the film's success and relevance to today. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_gattaca_1997.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 6:29 AM

Subject: Batman Begins (2005)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: November 20, 2011, 08:38 PM

Plot Summary: Driven by the death of his parents and the rise of criminal activity within the city, a man uses his inherited wealth to transform himself into a masked vigilante known as the Batman.

Note: After taking a break for the holidays, the podcast returns. Tysto and I take a look at the first installment of Christoher Nolan's Batman Trilogy. We discuss comic book adaptation to film, past incarnations of the characters, narrative structure and the repitition of specific themes within the Director's body of work. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_batmanbegins_2005.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 9:38 AM

Subject: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: November 13, 2011, 08:54 PM

Plot Summary: An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old, mystical battle in Chinatown.

Note: John Carpenter's cult favorite, underappreciated at the time (as if there was one) gets the Sofa Dogs treatment (whatever that's worth). Tysto and I discuss the East-meets-West sensibility of the screenplay, the subversion of the "protagonist" and the dynamic duo of Carpenter and Kurt Russell.

Direct download: sofadogs_bigtrouble-littlechina_1986.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 4:05 PM

Subject: Resident Evil (2002)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: September 09, 2011, 05:04 PM

Plot Summary: Inspired by the Survival Horror video game series, an amnesiac (Milla Jovovich), a cop (Eric Mabius) and a Special Ops team (featuring Michelle Rodriguez) investigate a viral outbreak in an underground research facility, located beneath a mansion in Raccoon City.

Note: Recorded back in September, this commentary would have been included in the batch of Horror films for October, but there was no room for it. In this episode, Tysto joins me to discuss zombie films, references to the games and Alice in Wonderland and the Director's resume. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_residentevil_2002.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 12:38 PM

Subject: The Mist (2007)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: August 26, 2011, 09:17 PM

Plot Summary: An ominous mist, filled with otherworldly creatures blankets a small town, trapping many of the residents in the local supermarket.

Note: Frank Darabont directs a Stephen King story! It's been proven in the past to be a winning combination, and yet... Tysto and I come at the film from different angles. He doesn't care for it, but I really like it, up until a crucial point. We discuss character motivations, the book versus the film, the stellar Thomas Jane and the polarizing ending. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_themist2007.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:46 AM

Subject: Bring It On (2000)

Observers: John Pavlich, Josh Bradley, Mike Schindler

Record Date: November 13, 2011, 01:54 AM

Plot Summary: An ambitious, high school Cheerleader (Kirsten Dunst) becomes the new captain of her squad, but is shocked to discover the previous captain has been stealing their award-winning moves and routines from an under-privileged, rival school.

Note: Another fun, commentary crossover, co-hosts from Soulless Minions and Commentary Track Stars join me for one of the more surprising comedies from 2000. We discuss the ensemble cast, relive our past, high school experiences, the importance of romantic chemistry and try to understand why this gem has yet to be released on Blu-ray. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_bringiton_2000.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 2:52 PM

Subject: Galaxy Quest (1999)

Observers: John Pavlich, Josh Bradley, Tysto

Record Date: November 05, 2011, 09:24 PM

Plot Summary: The cast of a cult, space TV show have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help.

Note: It's a trifecta of geeky, commentary lunacy when Tysto, Sofa Dogs and one half of the Soulless Minions join forces to discuss the delightful gem from 1999 known as Galaxy Quest! We discuss science fiction film and television, Star Wars versus Star Trek, nerd loyalties and the ageless wonder herself, Sigourney Weaver. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_galaxyquest1999.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 3:30 PM

Subject: Supernatural - Bugs (1x08)

Observers: John Pavlich, Scott Carelli

Record Date: November 14, 2011, 12:24 AM

Plot Summary: Sam and Dean pose as interested house buyers, in order to investigate a new home development plagued by insects, which may be tied to a series of mysterious deaths.

Note: Scott and I revisit one of the few Supermatural episodes that seems to be generally dismissed by the majority of the show's fanbase. Within that, we discuss The X-Files, dramatic subplots regarding family dynamics, spider effects and our utter disdain for bugs. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_supernatural_1x08_2005.mp3
Category:Supernatural -- posted at: 7:30 PM

Subject: The Matrix (1999)

Observers: John PavlichTysto

Record Date: June 18, 2011, 04:40 PM

Plot Summary: A computer hacker is pulled from his mundane life by a misfit group of rebel freedom fighters, who are trying to expose an existential conspirancy and liberate the world from a virtual reality prison, perpetuated by computer programs.

Note: Recorded months ago, Tysto joins me to tackle the science-fiction epic that brought the cyberpunk genre into mass-market, mainstream consumption. We discuss the groundbreaking effects, the performances and the concepts and philosophies within the script. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_thematrix1999.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 1:31 AM

Subject: Trick 'r Treat (2007)

Observers: John Pavlich, Will Ritchie, Scott Carelli, William Bibbiani, Tysto

Record Date: October 27, 2011, 05:51 PM, October 28, 2011, 07:56 PM, October 30, 2011, 06:52 PM, October 29, 2011, 04:45 PM

Plot Summary: Four interwoven stories that occur on Halloween, including a high school principal with a gruesome double life, a college virgin and her "initiation" into a group of her peers, a holiday prank that turns deadly and an old man with a particularly mischievous trick-or-treater.

Note: Recorded in sections, with an alternating group of guest co-hosts. Please join Will, Scott, William, Tysto and myself as we talk about Horror films, writer-director Michael Dougherty, the traditions of the October holiday and what Halloween means to us. We hope you've enjoyed this month-long tribute to the genre. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Direct download: sofadogs_trick-r-treat_2007.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 1:00 PM

Subject: Scream 4 (2011)

Observers: John Pavlich, Scott Carelli, Hayley White

Record Date: October 15, 2011, 11:19 AM, October 21, 2011, 05:26 PM

Plot Summary: Sidney Prescott, now a successful writer returns to her hometown of Woodsboro to reconnect with friends and family, but someone is trying to recreate the original murders from fifteen years ago, which changed Sidney's life forever.

Note: This is a first for the podcast, as Scott and Hayley's contributions to this episode were recorded separately, almost a week apart! Using the latest advancements in alien, future technology, I pieced it all together in one single stream of awesome! Please join us as we take a stab (see what I did there?) at the latest collaboration between Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson. We share our likes (Team Kirby!), dislikes (Gale's character regression) and we try to fix issues with the Scream franchise, both present and potential future. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_scream4_2011.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 3:34 PM

Subject: Child's Play (1988)

Observers: John Pavlich, William Bibbiani

Record Date: October 15, 2011, 05:49 PM

Plot Summary: A Chicago cop (Chris Sarandon), fatally wounds a serial killer (Brad Dourif). Using a Voodoo transference spell, the killer imprints his soul into a talking doll. A single mother (Catherine Hicks) buys the secretly-sentient doll for her son (Alex Vincent) on his 6th birthday.

Note: The frights just keep on coming for the podcast's month-long tribute to the Horror genre. This week, the editor of the Film section for Crave Online joins me to discuss child actors, 80s' action and suspense and the Child's Play franchise, in general. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD. 

Direct download: sofadogs_childsplay_1988.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 3:58 AM

Subject: A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)

Observers: John Pavlich, Eric Diaz

Record Date: October 08, 2011, 11:59 PM

Plot Summary: A new family moves into 1428 Elm Street, and their son is having nightmares about Freddy Krueger. The razor-clawed boogeyman attempts to enter the real world by taking over the boy's body and consuming his soul.

Note: Continuing the podcast's month-long celebration of Horror films and the Holloween holiday, Eric Diaz (writer for Geekscape) returns to offer his unique authority on this film. We discuss the homoerotic subtext (and text), the first Male "Scream Queen" and the Elm Street franchise in general. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_nightmare-elmstreet2_1985.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 6:07 PM

Subject: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)

Observers: John Pavlich, Hayley White

Record Date: September 05, 2011, 01:06 AM

Plot Summary: Haunted by her past, Julie James (Jennifer Love Hewitt) tries to vacation with her friends in the Bahamas, only to find The Fisherman is back in her life and going to great lengths to bring her a living nightmare.

Note: Now that October has begun, the Sofa Dogs podcast can officially kick off another celebration of the Halloween season, all month long! Just as with the previous film, Hayley White joins me for the sequel as we scratch our heads and groan disapprovingly at this odd little mix of attractive cinematography, unintentional laughs, ridiculous storyline, earnest performances and surprisingly genuine laughs! There are five Sundays this month, so we're starting with something light in the Horror genre. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_istillknow-lastsummer1998.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 2:24 PM

Subject: Buffy - Homecoming (3x05)

Observers: John Pavlich, Bob DeGrande

Record Date: May 30, 2011, 07:09 AM

Plot Summary: Buffy and Cordelia compete for Sunnydale's Homecoming Queen. Meanwhile, a group of demons, vampires and assassins compete in a deadly contest known as "Slayerfest"!

Note: Due to technical difficulties, the second half of this recording was lost. As a result, Bob was absent from the rest of the commentary and I had to go it alone. Apologies to Bob and anyone forced to listen to me limp pathetically across the finish line. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_buffy_3x05_1998.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 3 -- posted at: 10:47 PM

Subject: Ringer - Pilot (1x01)

Observers: John Pavlich, Bryan Curry, Angie Ninde

Record Date: September 19, 2011, 09:09 PM

Plot Summary: A woman witnesses a murder and flees to New York to reconnect with her twin sister, only to discover the sister is also in trouble.

Note: My recording software found a new way to spaz out, and this episode was initially lost (I've recorded almost an hour of static and white noise! Awesome!). Enter Bryan Curry to the rescue! Even though I had declared, "You don't need to lift a finger, I got this!", Bryan used his legendary, ninja podcasting skills to record a back-up file. Now you can listen to us scratch our heads at this frustrating, ever-twisty "modern noir" series, starring and co-executive produced by the lovely and talented, Sarah Michelle Gellar. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your player. P.S. Be sure to check out Bryan and Angie's new podcast, "Ringercast"!

Direct download: sofadogs_ringer_1x01_2011.mp3
Category:Ringer -- posted at: 6:05 AM

Subject: Red State (2011)

Observer: John Pavlich

Record Date: September 18, 2011, 07:35 AM

Plot Summary: Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.

Note: Recorded just before dawn, I take a hard look at Kevin Smith's penultimate film. I talk about the acting, maturity in storytelling and my personal thoughts on religion. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_redstate2011.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 4:56 PM

Subject: Fringe - The Ghost Network (1x03)

Observers: John Pavlich, Annie Burnaman, Aimee Long

Record Date: August 19, 2011, 12:06 AM

Plot Summary: Following a strange, apparent terrorist attack on a bus, Olivia and the Bishops find a man who foresees future disasters before they happen.

Note: Please welcome another Fringe Fanatic to the podcast, Aimee Long. The three of us talk about dropped subplots, the sexiness of "Angry Peter", finding implants and discovering hidden easter eggs within a given episode. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD. Blu-ray screen capture thanks to Ariane.

Direct download: sofadogs_fringe_1x03_2008.mp3
Category:Fringe -- posted at: 8:45 AM

Subject: A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: August 19, 2011, 05:20 PM

Plot Summary: A hideously burned Boogeyman is lurking within the dreams of unsuspecting Teens, killing them in their sleep.

Note: Though this commentary has been available at Tysto.com for a while now, I decided to offer it here, to increase exposure and share it with the fans of this podcast and this film. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_nightmare-elmstreet1984.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 10:11 AM

Subject: The Fly (1986)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: July 22, 2011, 07:43 PM

Plot Summary: A scientist builds a teleportation machine that backfires when it fuses his DNA with that of a common house fly. Meanwhile, his new girlfriend attempts to sever ties from her obsessed ex-boyfriend, who also happens to be her boss at the magazine she works for.

Note: Though this commentary has been available at Tysto.com for a while now, I decided to offer it here, to increase exposure and share it with the fans of this podcast and this film. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_thefly_1986.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 5:00 AM

Subject: Fringe - The Same Old Story (1x02)

Observers: John Pavlich, Annie Burnaman

Record Date: August 12, 2011, 09:12 PM

Plot Summary: Olivia and the Bishops are called to action after a woman is impregnated and then gives birth to a full-grown, old man, all within a matter of minutes.

Note: Annie and I discuss the occasional importance of an "info dump", dropped story arcs and forced others. Also of note, it wasn't until after the recording that we both realized the identity of the final shot. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD. Blu-ray screen capture thanks to Ariane and the Fringe Media Photo Gallery.

Direct download: sofadogs_fringe_1x02_2008.mp3
Category:Fringe -- posted at: 8:06 AM

Subject: Fringe - Pilot (1x01)

Observers: John Pavlich, Annie Burnaman

Record Date: August 05, 2011, 09:42 PM

Plot Summary: FBI Special Agent, Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) enlists the help of a mentally unstable but brilliant scientist, Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble) and his estranged son, Peter (Joshua Jackson) to investigate a series of strange and dangerous "experiments" that fall under the category of "fringe science".

Note: During the recording of this commentary, both Annie and myself were fighting a record-setting heatwave, courtesy of the Texas weather. You may hear the intrusion of fans and central air. Directed by Alex Graves and written by J.J. Abrams & Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, Annie and I explore the form and function of Fringe's pilot episode. We discuss the cast, the beginnings of a mythology and the engaging aspects of the dramatic narrative and the progression of the action. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_fringe_1x01_2008.mp3
Category:Fringe -- posted at: 6:17 AM

Subject: Chris Hardwick & Mike Phirman @ The Granada Theater (2011)

Record Date: June 11, 2011, 10:04 PM

Warning: This stand-up performance contains adult language.

Note: Recorded on location, at The Granada Theater in Dallas, Texas. The comedy duo, Hard & Phirm performed stand-up and music before a huge crowd of enthusiastic geeks and nerds, myself included. Unfortunately, my seat was situated right in front of a giant, bass-heavy amplifier, beside the stage. As a result, most of the songs had to be cut. However, I was able to salvage Phirman's hilarious cover/impression of "What A Wonderful World", as well as his amazing build-a-song, using a digital looping machine. I've added that to the end of this episode, as a way to go out with a bang. The show was full of surprises, particularly when Chris accidentally spilled his bottled water all over the stage ("He must really like you!"), or when references to Raising Arizona and Black Dynamite would fly out from interesting places. Special thanks goes out to my good friend, Dallas resident Jesse Jackson, and the wonderful crew of The Granada Theater!

Direct download: sofadogs_chrishardwick_granadatheater.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:18 AM

Subject: Back To The Future (1985)

Observers: John Pavlich, Justin Krey, Allen Coe

Record Date: June 06, 2011, 02:48 AM

Plot Summary: A Teen Slacker from 1985 travels back in time to 1955, in an attempt to save his best friend's life and ensure that his own parents meet and fall in love, so that he will eventually be born.

Note: In the first ever "On Location" recording of the podcast (meaning, somewhere other than my apartment), my long-time friends and I revisit this beloved classic. This is also the first recording to utilize the podcast's new Facebook Group, wherein we incorporate comments from listeners and read them on the show. This is the podcast's 5th Anniversary! We hope you join us for another five years! Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_backtothefuture_1985.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 4:13 AM

Subject: Zombieland (2009)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: May 20, 2011, 05:21 PM

Plot Summary: An eccentric group of travellers search for friendship, love, family and Twinkies in a desolate America, overrun by Zombies.

Note: Just as a disclaimer, I spend arguably too much time complaining about someone else's commentary for this film. Despite that, Tysto does a good job bringing me back on point and keeping the discussion more analytical and relevant to the film in question. We chat about character motivation, survival horror and the delicate balance between funny and scary. I also mistakenly peg an Actor in the film as Canadian. I have made note of this in the recording. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD. 

Direct download: sofadogs_zombieland2009.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 9:18 PM

Subject: I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

Observers: John Pavlich, Hayley White

Record Date: May 03, 2011, 08:13 AM

Plot Summary: During their last 4th of July shindig together, four friends accidentally hit someone with their car. Fearing the end of their bright futures, they all make a pact to dump the body and keep this terrible night to themselves. Exactly a year later, a mysterious stranger is sending them threatening letters and stalking them, bent on some twisted form of justice.

Note: While I'm based in the US, Hayley resides in Australia, meaning that despite our best efforts, we occasionally run into some sync problems in the recording. Hayley's DVD is a different region and format, which results in a slightly faster playback. While there are a few instances where Hayley gets ahead of me in the film, they are few and far between and we mostly manage to save face. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_iknow-lastsummer1997.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 12:58 AM

Attention fellow Podcasters!

The Sofa Dogs Podcast has reached its 5th Anniversary! Grab the new promo HERE and spread the word!

Thanks!

-John Pavlich

Category:News -- posted at: 1:53 PM

Heidi Jenkins (from Castlecast), joins the podcast to watch and discuss "Hook Man", the seventh episode from season one of Supernatural. A classic urban legend gets a fresh paint job. A dark figure with a hook is slaughtering anyone who would corrupt the Reverend's Daughter. Things go from bad to worse when the innocent young woman takes a romantic interest in Sam Winchester!

Please join Heidi and I as we talk about red herrings, spectral punctuation and establishing a convincing romance within forty minutes of television. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD (and make sure to enable the recap function).

Direct download: sofadogs_supernatural_1x07.mp3
Category:Supernatural -- posted at: 6:03 AM

Will Ritchie returns to the podcast to watch and discuss episode six from season one of Supernatural, "Skin". The Winchester Brothers head to St. Louis, Missouri to find out why one of Sam's college buddies is being accused of killing his wife, particularly since he would have to be in two places at once in order to commit the crime! Dean doesn't think it's their kind of case, but when the same situation happens to another couple in the same way, the boys decide to stick around.

Please join Will and I as we talk about the overuse of exposition, the "as you know" scene, accessing a city's sewer system and showing the passage of time within a narrative. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD (and make sure to enable the recap function).

Direct download: sofadogs_supernatural_1x06.mp3
Category:Supernatural -- posted at: 6:49 AM

Scott Carelli visits the podcast to watch and discuss the fifth episode from Supernatural's first season, "Bloody Mary". A childhood prank turns deadly when an urban legend becomes a frightening reality. Sam and Dean take on a ghost that attacks its victims using mirror reflections.

Please join Scott and I as we talk about shooting around glass and reflective surfaces, subverting the conventional ghost story, The Ring and the soundtrack to Supernatural. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD (and make sure to enable the recap function). 

Direct download: sofadogs_supernatural_1x05.mp3
Category:Supernatural -- posted at: 9:22 PM

Tim Minear returns to the podcast to discuss episode twelve from season one of Dollhouse, "Omega" which he wrote and directed! Alpha has kidnapped Echo from the Dollhouse and destroyed all her previous personalities. Meanwhile, Agent Ballard is forced to work for Adelle, in order to find her missing Active and stop Alpha from killing more people. Also, Dr. Saunders discovers a terrifying secret about herself and confronts Topher with what she knows.

Please join Tim and I as we talk about Frankenstein, nature versus nurture, the joys of slow motion and writing the second half of a two-part story when you didn't write the first. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_dollhouse_1x12.mp3
Category:Dollhouse -- posted at: 2:59 PM

I'm flying solo on this one as I take a look at the pilot for the NBC hit comedy series, Community! In the first episode of season one, a recently disbarred Lawyer must now attend Greendale Community College in order to gain a legitimate degree. He meets a pretty girl and tries to impress her by forming a fake study group for their Spanish Language class.

Please join me as I discuss cynical comedy, establishing character and my own brief college experience. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_community_1x01.mp3
Category:Sitcoms -- posted at: 2:36 PM

Kim Butler returns to the podcast, this time for commentary on episode four from Supernatural's first season, "Phantom Traveler". Sam and Dean cross paths with a demonic possession bent on taking down airplanes full of people. The Brothers must pose as agents of Homeland Security in order to investigate this mystery, but things go from bad to worse when Dean must face his fear of flying and Sam must perform his first exorcism.

Please join Kim and I as we discuss continuity, deductive reasoning in storytelling and what it means to "hang a lantern" on something. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD (and remember to enable the recap function).

Direct download: sofadogs_supernatural_1x04.mp3
Category:Supernatural -- posted at: 12:30 PM

Will Ritchie joins the Supernatural discussions for the third episode from season one of the series, "Dead In The Water". Sam & Dean visit a small town where a select group of people seem to be tormented by an angry spirit that controls (you guessed it) the water. At the center of this mystery is the local Sheriff with a dark secret, his distraught Daughter and her introverted Son.

Please join Will and I as we talk about our respective artistic abilities, the Supernatural Drinking Game and one of us embarrasses himself by going on an on about how pretty Amy Acker is. Yeah, it's that kind of commentary! Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD (and make sure to enable the recap function).

Direct download: sofadogs_supernatural_1x03.mp3
Category:Supernatural -- posted at: 11:00 PM

Wendy Hembrock, (from Tuning In To SciFi TV) returns to discuss the second episode from season one of Supernatural, "Wendigo". Sam & Dean venture into the deep, dark woods to investigate a series of strange and gruesome animal attacks. They discover a creature that eats teenagers and can throw voices to lure in its prey. No, it's not Jeff Dunham. :)

Please join Wendy and I as we talk about rear screen projection, building a mythology and product placement. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD (and make sure to enable the recap function).

NOTE: In this commentary, I mistakenly bring up a Wendigo film starring Edward Furlong and Amber Benson. I was actually thinking of the film, Intermedio. However, there is a Wendigo film starring Patricia Clarkson and Jake Weber.

Direct download: sofadogs_supernatural_1x02.mp3
Category:Supernatural -- posted at: 6:53 PM

Miki Marsala and Alex Ewing join the podcast to watch and discuss the 1996, teen horror film, The Craft. A troubled girl (Robin Tunney) moves to Los Angeles and attends a Catholic prep school, wherein she meets three outcast girls (Neve Campbell, Rachel True and Fairuza Balk), who practice witchcraft. Their initial spells and invocations bring them good fortune,  but abuse of such gifts soon spiral out of control.

Please join Miki, Alex and I as we talk about the teen horror genre, special effects, an over-produced third act, casting chemistry and sunburns. Basically, just pleasant nostalgia for mid-1990s' cinema. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_thecraft1996.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 11:30 AM

Wendy Hembrock, (from Tuning In To SciFi TV) joins the podcast to help bring a new set of commentaries into the Sofa Dogs catalog. Supernatural is a genre series about a pair of brothers blasting across the country in a classic car, listening to classic rock and searching for their missing father. Oh yeah, they also hunt and destroy ghosts, demons and every other weird and spooky manifestation of evil!

Please join Wendy and I as we watch the pilot episode of Supernatural, and talk about episodic versus arc-based storytelling, exposition and how we each came to be introduced to the series. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

NOTE: If other Supernatural fans would like to be a guest co-host for these commentaries, please email the podcast with a list of your favorite episodes you would like to talk about! Contact information is located in the right-hand side menu on the main page of this site.

Direct download: sofadogs_supernatural_1x01.mp3
Category:Supernatural -- posted at: 6:22 AM

After a two month hiatus, due to computer malfunction, the podcast has returned! This week, Paul Maki also returns to discuss the fourth episode from Buffy the Vampire Slayer's third season, "Beauty & The Beasts". In an attempt to get over killing her previous boyfriend, Buffy is dating a new guy, and seeing a school therapist. Meanwhile, a young couple at the school are involved in an extreme case of domestic abuse, complete with radioactive goo. Don't ask.

Please join Paul and I as we talk about violence against women, the animal within man and why it's important to hit such topics with a plastic baseball bat, instead of a sledge hammer. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_buffy_3x04.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 3 -- posted at: 2:03 PM

Hey folks,

I'm coming to you from the free interwebs of my local library. Why? Well a couple nights ago, seemingly out of nowhere, my computer started acting slow and nonresponsive, so I tried to restart. Unfortunately, my Windows XP Professional OS will no longer load, and my computer is now stuck on a constant restart loop. I can't even attempt a System Restore. When I do, I'm presented with a DOS prompt for Windows, at which point, I'm completely stumped. A computer literate friend told me I had a virus that had corrupted my system. He suggested that I obtain a copy of either Windows Vista or Windows 7 and upgrade my operating system.

If there is anyone reading this who has a copy of either, please let me know. My computer is a refurbished machine and did not come with a Windows disc. As I understand it, most computers these days don't either. You have to make one yourself, I guess. Regardless, if you can help in some way, or you know some one who can, please email me. Until then, I am lost at sea, so to speak. It could be as early as December 2nd, before I am back online for good, but depending on the cost, it could take as much as a whole month or more. As a result, I cannot work on any current projects or podcasts. If I am slated as a guest on an upcoming podcast, it will have to be done through Skype Out, using my cell phone. If this pertains to you, please email me and I'll be happy to provide you with my number.
Thank You.
-John Pavlich
The Sofa Dogs Podcast

Category:News -- posted at: 10:36 PM

NOTE: Due to limited, server storage space, this episode is a week late. It was originally intended to be released on Halloween, 2010.

Concluding the Sofa Dogs' tribute to horror films and Halloween, Geekscape columnist, Eric Diaz returns for one of his favorites, Brian De Palma's adaptation of Stephen King's Carrie, from 1976. It's the tragic story of a shy, teenage girl who discovers she has telekinesis. Is it a gift from God, or a curse of the Devil? And what does this mean for Carrie's future and those who continue to bully her at school?

Please join Eric and I as we discuss filmmaking techniques of the 1970s', the works of novelist, Stephen King and the translation of book to film. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_carrie_1976.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 10:12 PM

Scott Carelli returns as the Sofa Dogs podcast continues its month-long tribute to classic Horror movies, in preparation for Halloween. In this episode, we follow up our previous commentary for The Evil Dead, with the "splatstick" sequel, Evil Dead 2. Bruce Campbell reprises his role as Ash, perpetually tormented by demonic spirits at a remote cabin in the woods.

Please join Scott and I as we discuss Sam Raimi's love for a certain Oldsmobile, stop-motion animation, comically large jewelry and a famous soft drink that may be the key to this film's success. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_evildead2_1987.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 1:02 PM

The new release of Dollhouse: Season 2 on Blu-ray just arrived in the mail, so I decided to open it on camera and share with other Whedon fans my collection of his past works.

 

 

Category:Dollhouse -- posted at: 3:23 PM

Will Ritchie returns to the show as Sofa Dogs continues its month-long tribute to Horror films of the past. This week, we take a look at Tom Holland's 1985, vampire classic, Fright Night. Charlie Brewster is a typical American teenager. He loves his Mom, he studies hard in school, he gets in arguments with his girlfriend about sex and oh yeah, it seems a vampire is living next door to him! As young girls continue to go missing, only to turn up dead later, Charlie enlists the help of his favorite Horror icon, Peter Vincent. Together, they must stop the vampire and rescue Charlie's friends from eternal damnation.

Please join Will and I as we discuss Roddy McDowall, the vampire genre and mythology, the effects of Richard Edlund and the upcoming remake of Fright Night. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_frightnight_1985.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 5:04 AM

As the podcast continues this month-long tribute to Halloween and the Horror genre, Scott Carelli joins in on a commentary for Sam Raimi's feature directorial debut, The Evil Dead. In it, a group of college friends drive out to a remote cabin in the woods. Hoping to relax and enjoy some good times, they soon uncover an ancient book and an ominous tape recording that unwittingly unleashes some dark and deadly spirits. Demonic possessions and mutilating of flesh is the order of the day for most of the running time. Boasting inventive effects and camera techniques, it's the American classic that would ignite the careers of Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi, forever changing the landscape of low budget, independent Horror cinema.

Please join Scott and I as we talk about building tension, sound editing, the charm of Campbell, the Criterion Company and the debates of taste and restraint in storytelling. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_theevildead_1981.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 9:28 AM

For the entire month of October, the Sofa Dogs podcast will be paying tribute to some beloved Horror films! Scott Carelli joins the show to kick things off with the classic from John Landis, An American Werewolf in London. Two buddies are backpacking through the England countryside, when they're attacked by a wild animal and one of the friends is brutally murdered. The lone survivor, David wakes up in a London hospital to visions of his dead friend urging him to kill himself, or he will become a werewolf!

Please join Scott and I as we discuss the werewolf genre, John Landis and the fascinating marriage between Horror and Comedy. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_americanwerewolflondon_1981.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 7:53 PM

My partner in crime from the very first episode of the podcast, Allen Coe drops in to see what condition his condition is in, and to talk about The Big Lebowski. The film concerns a pot-head slacker, his bowling buddies, a soiled rug, adult entertainment, kidnapping, a briefcase full of money, German Nihilists, mistaken identity and Vietnam. Well, okay that last one is a lie. There isn't any connection, at least not a literal one. In any event, The Big Lebowski is a hilarious, ribald surreal comedy from Joel and Ethan Coen that has spawned a worldwide following of those who worship, The Dude. After all, The Dude abides.

Please join Allen and I for our commentary as we discuss supermarket dress codes, bowling, marijuana laws in California, how to make a White Russian and the film making trademarks of The Coen Brothers. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_thebiglebowski_1998.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:21 PM

NOTE: This episode contains an important announcement about the future of Couch Surfing.

Kim Butler, the Queen Bee of Podcasting (trademark pending) drops in to geek out about Xena, Scott Pilgrim and to recommend some literature. Yeah, as if anyone reads anymore... The rest of the show notes are as follows:

00:02:30 - Kim starts things off by talking about this new show she's watching, you may have heard about it, Xena: Warrior Princess.
00:07:56 - The Lesbian element that became an influence on that series and some of its characters gets discussed.
00:12:49 - John can't say enough great things about Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, but he will certainly try. He also enjoyed Monsters Vs. Aliens, which results in talk of the differences between Pixar and Dreamworks Animation studios.
00:22:56 - Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is a movie that existed for all of two seconds at the box office. John managed to see it. Both the film and the books are discussed, including the important balance between style and substance.
00:41:41 - Michelle from Indiana writes in with her thoughts on the big tobacco debate from Episode 35: Where There's Smoke, There's Fire.
00:51:19 - A new listener named Neil sends some praise, but is also looking for an alternative to iTunes reviews, brought on by a disdain for Apple Products.
00:57:53 - Film maker, Teague Chrystie sends in appreciation for John's support of Down In Front, via Whedonesque. This provides even more fuel to the fire. It's a wonderful cycle of praise that never ends, except when it does.
01:06:13 - Kim closes out the show by promoting the myriad of podcasts she's involved in. You may want to write these down.

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Jason Schwartzman & Metric, Massive Attack, Alison Krauss, Aberdeen, Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, The Bluetones, Broken Social Scene, Plumtree, Blood Red Shoes, Beck, The Platters, The Dandy Warhols, Lightning Love, Edward Shearmur, Huey Lewis & The News, Nine Inch Nails, Nathan Johnson and Nigel Godrich & Michael Cera & Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Direct download: CS_0037.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 12:41 PM

Returning to movie commentaries on the podcast, Scott Carelli joins me for a look at the 2009 film, (500) Days of Summer. Directed by Marc Webb (of My Chemical Romance music videos fame), the story concerns a young man who falls in love with a girl who doesn't seem to feel the same way. Tom has feelings for Summer, but she tries to keep things casual. As we see the ins and outs of their relationship, Summer begins drifting away while Tom discovers who he truly is and what it means to be in love.

Please join Scott and I as we talk about mixed messages, running into your ex, commitment issues and the differences between friends and lovers. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_500daysofsummer.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 9:14 AM

Kevin Bachelder, Kim Butler and Andrew Ball join the podcast to discuss the eleventh episode from season one of Dollhouse, "Briar Rose". A dead body has been discovered. Adelle thinks it may be the work of Alpha. She imprints Sierra with CSI knowledge to find out for sure. Meanwhile, Dominic's brain is uploaded into Victor's body in order to learn the contents of an encrypted flash drive. To make matters worse, Paul Ballard finally infiltrates the Dollhouse, with the help of a design contractor who seems to know a little too much information about the entire operation.

Please join Kevin, Kim, Andrew and myself as we talk about medicinal carrots, recycled urine, networks versus cable and the acting acrobatics of Enver Gjokaj and Alan Tudyk. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_dollhouse_1x11.mp3
Category:Dollhouse -- posted at: 6:25 AM

The conclusion to this massive, three-part episode is finally here! Scott Carelli chats about the Murmur Podcast and Watchmen on Blu-ray.

00:01:55 - John and Scott sing the praises of iFanboy, but express concern and disappointment for Murmur.com.
00:08:36 - In addition to a subjective drop in quality content, Murmur's technical issues with the site itself are also discussed.
00:19:51 - Do Blu-ray discs really make your wallet cry? We say, "not so much".
00:22:00 - John finally saw Watchmen. Specifically, the Director's Cut on Blu-ray.
00:24:49 - John and Scott defend the casting of Malin Akerman as Laurie Jupiter.
00:30:58 - John drools over Watchmen's technical achievements.
00:36:10 - A sex scene in a film that's actually important to the story and characters! Also, Watchmen's soundtrack is mentioned.
00:39:39 - John closes out the show by reading the first new iTunes review for the podcast in over a year. The best part? It's a five-star write up.

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Danny DeVito, Jed Whedon & The Willing, Garbage, Zero 7, Neil Patrick Harris & Matthew Morrison, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Heavens, Tyler Bates, Tears For Fears, Brian Eno, Tall Tree 6ft Man and I Monster.

Direct download: CS_0036c.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 5:52 AM

Scott Carelli returns for part 2 of this expansive, trilogy of insanity to talk Inception, Christopher Nolan and Blackout.

00:01:28 - John shares his long journey of getting to see Inception on an IMAX screen. This leads to mini-reviews of Christopher Nolan's previous work.

00:14:36 - We debate the pacing and emotional impact of Inception.

00:17:31 - Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets some high praise for his work and John plays Casting Agent. Scott also theorizes why Leonardo DiCaprio was cast as the lead.

00:20:24 - Scott brings up a potential plot hole and continuity error, meaning SPOILERS here for Inception. The ending is also heavily discussed, of course. NOTE: Scott's issue with the film here will be fixed in a future episode.

00:32:13 - We talk a bit about Scott Pilgrim, both the books and the upcoming film. So far, John is not a fan of the source material but is seriously looking forward to the movie.

00:35:59 - John briefly geeks out about his love of film scores and soundtracks, with a big shout-out to The Inferno Music Vault.

00:39:15 - Is Michael Bay a better film maker than Christopher Nolan? How is this even a question?

00:42:12 - The new film, Devil reminds John of a 2007 film, Blackout. He made Scott watch Blackout. Scott proceeds to cry tears of blood for the remainder of this episode.

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Leonardo DiCaprio & Ellen Page, Zack Hemsey, Hans Zimmer, Dreadzone, Tangerine Dream, Echobelly, Astral Projection, Metric, Paul Hertzog, Danzig, INXS, Better Than Ezra and James L. Venable.

 

Direct download: CS_0036b.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 10:11 PM

Scott Carelli stops by to partake in a chat about Possession, Mystery Team and My Bloody Valentine 3D. This episode is so massive, it had to be broken up into three sections!

00:02:57 - Now that John has left Milk Carton TV, he and Scott briefly discuss a new podcast they're involved in, "Movie Night with Geekshow". This leads to talk of really bad films and the possible value in trying to review them as such.
00:08:42 - John gives his thoughts on the supernatural drama Possession, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Lee Pace. The film's rocky distribution history is also discussed, as well as comparisons between the theatrical poster and the DVD box art.
00:21:17 - We go absolutely silly over Mystery Team, the first feature film from Derrick Comedy.
00:42:20 - Unfortunately, John also watched the remake of My Bloody Valentine. The greatness of Tom Atkins and Jensen Ackles aside, most of what gets discussed here is the film's distracting, TV-like picture quality. Scott also brings up the merits of 3D with genre films like this.
00:48:25 - The works of Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier are discussed, closing out the episode as John argues in favor of the original Halloween III: Season Of The Witch.

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

The Mystery Team, Childish Bambino (Donald Glover), Michael Jackson, Andreas Alfredsson & Christian Sandquist & The Stiff Twins, Stars, Dario Marianelli, Jamin Winans, The Ting Tings, Kasabian, Kate Nash, Angels & Airwaves, A Perfect Circle, John Carpenter & Alan Howarth and Donovan.

Direct download: CS_0036a.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 7:18 AM

Kevin Bachelder joins the podcast to discuss "Haunted", the tenth episode from season one of Dollhouse. A Woman of high society has recently died, and Adelle DeWitt uses the resources of the Dollhouse to visit one last time. Uploading her friend's persona and memories into Echo, the dead Woman tells Adelle that she suspects foul play, and must attend her own funeral to find out who murdered her and why. Meanwhile, Topher borrows Sierra for a special, personal assignment and Paul runs Mellie's prints via his former partner at the FBI, with surprising results.

Please join Kevin and I as we discuss life after death, FBI security (or lack there of), horses, what happens when your B-plot is more entertaining than your main storyline and how Dollhouse is sometimes a lot like Quantum Leap. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_dollhouse_1x10.mp3
Category:Dollhouse -- posted at: 12:16 AM

Scott Carelli returns to talk comics, get political and answer listener mail.

00:01:57 - We discuss the idea of smoking in bars, and those who would prefer shipping smokers off to a leper colony, and then setting the colony on fire.

00:14:29 - Common sense does not prevail, causing John to lose a friend in the Geek Community. Scott relates to the situation with a story about the polarizing power of writer, J. Michael Straczynski.

00:19:34 - Can you recognize something as bad and still like it, or vice versa? When does that become too personal?

00:31:25 - John makes a joking reference to Gore Verbinski's American remake of The Ring. This results in discussion about the works of Ehren Kruger and the development of Scream 4.

00:34:32 - We cover the good, the bad and the ugly that is three seasons of AMC's, Breaking Bad. We also show some love for Rian Johnson.

00:45:28 - Catching up on listener mail, our good friend Marshal talks the Ginger Snaps trilogy, Slither and The Descent.

00:55:43 - Longtime fan Brian sends in his first letter, discussing The Dark Knight's snub from the Oscars, as well as some less than glowing opinions on the works of Joss Whedon. We share our favorite seasons and episodes of Angel, and talk about Joss making The Avengers.

01:11:57 - Hayden asks about John's potential participation in the returning audio series, Geek By Night. Consulting the magic 8-ball, (SPOILER ALERT!) "Don't count on it".

01:15:53 - Jason closes out the emails and the show by thanking us for previously mentioning Spaced on Hulu.

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

David Klein & Scott Schiaffo, The Dandy Warhols, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Solomon Burke & The Blind Boys Of Alabama, BoDeans, The House Of Love, Stockton, The Submarines, SoHo, TV On The Radio, Portishead, Star Ghost Dog, She Wants Revenge, Lush, Heavens, Say Hi To Your Mom, David Bowie and Faithless.

Direct download: CS_0035.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 11:10 PM

Kim Butler and Andrew Ball drop by the podcast (hopefully more appearances to follow) to talk about episode nine from season one of Dollhouse, "A Spy In The House Of Love". Adelle steps out for a bit, leaving Dominic in charge. While the boss lady is away, Topher discovers that a potential spy has infiltrated the Dollhouse. Sierra is programmed and sent on a mission to find the mole, but Echo comes up with her own idea to be imprinted with interrrogation skills to learn the truth from within. Meanwhile, Agent Ballard discovers Mellie's terrible secret and Adelle is hiding a secret of her own, and it concerns Victor!

Please join Kim, Andrew and I as we cover a wide range of topics including blatant product placement, the difference between show content and the quality of that content, Topher's side project known as "The Ravehouse" and comparisons to how this episode is a lot like Quentin Tarantino's 1992 crime film, Reservoir Dogs (you can read my essay on the subject here). Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_dollhouse_1x09.mp3
Category:Dollhouse -- posted at: 2:37 AM

Paul Maki from the QN Podcast, returns for a viewing of episode three from Buffy the Vampire Slayer's third season, "Faith, Hope & Trick". Buffy is feeling guilty about killing Angel, making the dating scene very difficult for her, especially when fellow Sunnydale student, Scott Hope asks her out. Meanwhile, a new Slayer seems to be crashing the non-party that is Buffy's life, form of East Coast spitfire, Faith. To top it all off, a well-appointed vampire by the name of Mr. Trick also blows into town, bringing along a big, gruesome monster who's got revenge on the agenda. Coincidence? Yeah, we didn't think so either.

Please join Paul and I as we discuss the idea of friendship rings, flashbacks within dream sequences and the acting progression of a promising young girl named Eliza Dushku. Perhaps you've heard of her. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_buffy_3x03.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 3 -- posted at: 4:30 AM

Paul Maki makes a long overdue return to the podcast to discuss the second episode from Buffy the Vampire Slayer's third season, "Dead Man's Party". Buffy and her friends are trying to readjust to having her back, but no one is saying what needs to be said. Meanwhile, Joyce has found a new supportive friend in the last three months, and an ancient, cursed mask that apparently raises the dead. Isn't it pretty?

Please join Paul and I as we talk about odd character behavior, thin phlebotinums, Sunnydale home owner's insurance and the chemistry between actors Nicholas Brendon & Charisma Carpenter. Zombies and Beer Bongs and Dead Cats, oh my! Please listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_buffy_3x02.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 3 -- posted at: 3:24 PM

William Bibbiani (of Geekscape, Crave Online and the California Literary Review) drops by to discuss Ti West's classy love letter to 80s' Horror, "The House Of The Devil". In the film, Jocelin Donahue plays bright and affable college student, Samantha Hughes. Sam is about to move into a new place and truly be on her own. Looking to make some extra money to achieve this dream, she takes a last minute job as a Babysitter. Once she's alone in this big, quiet house, her naive curiosity begins to uncover odd clues surrounding her employers, who may have unsettling future plans for the young girl. And it all has something to do with an ominous, lunar eclipse.

Please join William and I for our commentary as we talk about classic horror versus modern tropes of the genre, the slow burn, maintaining point of view, establishing mood and the importance of the likable protagonist. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_houseofthedevil_2009.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 11:01 PM

Part 2 of this episode finds John and Scott taking a walk down Elm Street, getting Spaced and jumping sharks with Buffy.

00:01:00 - John remembers the good old days of New Line Cinema, and how the economy plus a few bad decisions have all but killed such a great company.

00:05:04 - The Dark Knight gets mentioned, leading to a condemnation of the Academy Awards and their recent behavior.

00:18:26 - John is excited about the documentary, Never Sleep Again. This leads to discussions about the Elm Street franchise, the remake and the potential effectiveness of dream sequences in Horror films.

00:41:22 - Why are all these movie studios going through financial bankruptcy? It could have something to do with their creative bankruptcy.

00:47:00 - Scott pulls his hair out over how much good TV there is to watch. Fringe gets brought up, as well as Vampire Diaries, shockingly. Also, we here at the podcast are head over heels for Edgar Wright's series, Spaced.

00:56:44 - If you love something, let it go. This applies to TV shows, especially ones that have become comic books. Buffy is discussed here.

01:04:05 - John closes this episode by guilting the listeners for emails and iTunes reviews. Also, Scott nearly chokes to death on his beverage.

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Amanda Wyss & Heather Langenkamp & Nick Corri, The Divinyls, Clint Mansell, Glee Cast, Charles Bernstein, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Angelo Badalamenti, Craig Safan, The Goo Goo Dolls, Sinead O'Connor, Dramarama, Billy Idol, Shiny Toy Guns, Fatboy Slim, Slowdive, Alan Silvestri and 213.

Direct download: CS_0034b.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 12:16 AM

Just before he heads to the Summit City Comic Convention, Scott Carelli stops by to talk about Iron Man 2, among other topics of geeky interest. Mostly though, at least in this first half, it's about Iron Man 2. There will be SPOILERS in this discussion. You've been warned.

00:02:01 - John has purchased a Blue Snowball Microphone. The wedding is in June. :)

00:03:54 - Talk of Iron Man 2 starts here, beginning with Justin Theroux's script.

00:06:59 - Was this actually an Avengers prequel film? If not, should it have been?

00:12:07 - Apparently, creating your own brand new element to the periodic table, ain't no thing but a chicken wing.

00:16:57 - Do the bad guys have any solid motivations behind their actions? All signs point to "Not really".

00:20:26 - Demon In A Bottle? Kind of, sort of, just a little.

00:25:02 - We take it upon ourselves to rewrite a crucial section of the film. Did we make it better? We'll leave that for you to decide.

00:32:56 - Sam Rockwell is always fun to watch, but perhaps his Justin Hammer character needed a revision or two.

00:38:15 - Speaking of wasted potential, we discuss Scarlett Johansson's character (or lack there of), Natasha.

00:44:44 - John strongly recommends a new personal favorite horror film, Triangle, which is currently available on streaming video through Netflix Watch Instantly.

00:51:10 - Marvel Studios' upcoming film adaptations get some discussion, including Captain America and Thor.

00:56:45 - Due to Joss Whedon's involvment with The Avengers, we imagine the possibility of Nathan Fillion and Sarah Michelle Gellar making appearances in the film. This leads to thoughts about Gellar's recent work and the evolution of her career over the last five years.

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Glee Cast with Jenna Ushkowitz & Kevin McHale, The New Amsterdams, Rogue Wave, The Antlers, Goldfrapp, AC/DC, Earlimart, Coldplay, The Little Ones, Radio 4, The Shout Out Louds, Christian Henson, Curve, Air and Third Eye Blind.

Direct download: CS_0034a.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 8:54 AM

After what seems like a decade in vampire years (meaning, "forever"), the Sofa Dogs podcast has returned to the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the third season premiere, "Anne" the Slayer has run away from home to the mean streets of L.A. Though she's lost and alone, Buffy seems to do quite well for herself, securing a waitressing job and a decent apartment right in downtown. Unfortunately, she can't escape who she is, and Buffy must investigate when another former Sunnydale resident recognizes her, and some teen runaways start growing old super fast.

Meanwhile, it's the first day of the new school year at Sunnydale High. The Scoobies try to pick up the slack where Buffy left off. Willow is bothered by Oz's lack of school spirit, Xander and Cordelia begin some sort of serious courtship/fighting ritual and Joyce blames Giles for Buffy's disappearance. To celebrate my favorite season of this series, I asked Brent Moore and Elizabeth Coffman from The Geekscape Movie Club to join me. Please listen and enjoy our discussions about 16 millimeter film versus 35, music product placement and alternate hell dimensions. NOTE: Contains some adult language. Listener discretion is advised.

Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_buffy_3x01.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 3 -- posted at: 3:17 AM

The nineties ended, and so did the Scream franchise (until just now). Off the success of the previous entries, Dimension Films demanded a complete trilogy. Wes Craven and his cast were brought back yet again, with at least one key participant in a severely reduced capacity. Equally as important, original author Kevin Williamson was missing this time out, having been replaced by Ehren Kruger. The results were a mixed bag of rampant cameos, Hollywood in-jokes and some occasional thrills.

Sidney Prescott has changed her name and disappeared, now working as a crisis counselor by phone. Meanwhile, Stab 3 is steamrolling into production on a big movie set. Surprise, surprise, the cast members in said picture start getting themselves killed. Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley play Scooby-Doo on the studio back lot, discovering that the killer is leaving behind pictures of Sid's Mother, forcing the young heroine out of hiding as she is continually haunted by her past.

Please join Scott Carelli and I as we discuss Directors-for-hire, arbitrary hallucinations and dream sequences, ridiculous, obvious red herrings and how Scream 3 plays more like one of the Stab movies than a legitimate entry into this once fresh and creative series. Hopefully, the upcoming fourth film will get things back on track. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_scream3_2000.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 4:25 AM

Scream hit the cinemas during Christmas of 1996, and made Teen Slashers popular and profitable again. Barely a year later, the sequel was released, cementing Kevin Williamson as a hot ticket in both television and films dealing with American youth. Scream 2 takes place a couple of years after the events of the first film. Sidney Prescott is alive and well at a fancy college, and even has a strapping, new boyfriend. Unfortunately for Sid and her friends, more killings are happening, and she must continue to pay for the mysterious sins of her dead Mother.

Deputy Dewey and Gale Weathers are on the case! As the body count rises, our heroes try to find the culprit (or culprits), as well as the connection between Sidney and all this bloodshed. Please join Scott Carelli and I as we talk about the Young & Hot Hollywood of '97, some thin plot developments, character motivations and the great scene thievery of Timothy Olyphant and Laurie Metcalf. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_scream2_1997.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 5:55 AM

Greetings,

This weekend marked the four year anniversary of the Sofa Dogs podcast! When I started this audio adventure on April 3rd of 2006, I never would have been able to fathom what the show has expanded into, nor that I would still be going strong. Initially, this was simply an excuse for me to get together with friends and record DVD fan commentaries for various movies and television shows. Today, Sofa Dogs has evolved into a more laid back, stream of consciousness podcast about general popular culture (known as Couch Surfing) and even a legitimate interview section with various film makers and producers I admire.

Over these past four years, I've met some amazing, generous people both inside and outside the entertainment industry. Were it not for this little show, my life would be nowhere near as rich and rewarding. I can't express how much joy and opportunity this humble podcast has afforded me. Experiences that I could never even dream of fulfilling otherwise. For someone like me, a person declared legally blind by the state, it's astounding to meet such compassionate, friendly people who go out of their way to accomodate my online indulgences such as this one.

I've made friends and colleagues through this ongoing project from all over the globe. Even though most of them I've never met face to face, they never cease to make me feel like I can do anything and as long as you strive for passion and sincerity in life, good people will give of their precious time to share in such rare, powerful commodities and values. This is but a short list of the kind souls that have welcomed me into their lives in their own way, even if for just a moment or two. I am forever in your debt. Now, because I know you, I have a better understanding and appreciation of who I am and what it truly means to be a podcaster and a fan of films and television:

William Bibbiani, Ray Brown, Scott Carelli, Allen Coe, Chris O'Connor, Paul Elard Cooley, Fred Dekker, Eric Diaz, The Dollhouse Podcast, The Dollverse, Stuart Duncan, Tom Duncan, Rachel Gatlin, Jenn Geoppinger, Andre Gower, Jack Gregson, Nick Jimenez, Keith Kinney, Justin Krey, Juliet Landau, Lightning Love, Bob Lofgren, Jonathan London, Paul Maki, Tim Minear, Brandon Ortega, Kim Paris, Gary Poussard, Susie Richards, Will Ritchie, Frank Sabatella, Crystal Smalling, Stephanie Smith, Lisa Tobias and Whedonesque.

I would also like to thank the thousands, literally thousands of listeners and supporters out there who continue to enjoy my show. You are the ones who built this show. You keep this experiment alive and well. Here's to four more years, and then some!

Sincerely,

John Pavlich

Category:general -- posted at: 4:22 AM

Back in the mid-to-late 90s', a young writer burst onto the scene with a big, self aware love letter to the slasher genre. Respected horror master Wes Craven signed on to direct and Scream was born, thus revitalizing and innovating the teen scare flick onward. In a quaint, sleepy town, a masked psycho is terrorizing the teens of Woodsboro.

Using horror films of old as a modus operandi, the killer rattles young victims by phone before brutally slaughtering them. Specifically, the mysterious "Ghostface" preys on innocent high schooler, Sidney Prescott, whose Mother was raped and murdered only a year prior. Is the past trauma connected to these new murders? Who's the killer and why?

Please join Scott Carelli and I as we take a look back at one of the most iconic slasher films of our adolescence. In this commentary, we discuss Kevin Williamson's writing style and characters, Wes Craven's directorial choices and the state of the horror genre at the time. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_scream_1996.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 1:50 AM

The conclusion to this episode leaves brevity behind, as John and Scott talk at length about indie films, british television and superhero icons.

00:02:10 - Scott tried to watch New York, I Love You. He made it about halfway through. It was apparently that bad.

00:20:53 - Scott highly recommends the UK television series Skins, but only after the dreadful first episode.

00:30:04 - John took Scott's advice and watched the pilot for Life Unexpected. He loved the show and the characters, but decided to stop there, opting to quit while ahead.

01:01:50 - John and Scott share their thoughts on the 2-hour Smallville event, Absolute Justice as well as the show in general.

01:28:43 - Scott closes out the show with hopes that in the final season, Clark Kent will become Superman on Smallville.

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Kevin Smith, Moby & Debbie Harry, Geographer, Adam Merrin, The Dollyrots, The Chemical Brothers, Lovedrug, They Eat Their Own, Echobelly, Josh Kramon, Bowling For Soup, Death Cab For Cutie, Electric President, The All-American Rejects, Cocteau Twins, John Ottman, Mark Snow, The Notwist, Stars, Smashing Pumpkins and The Crystal Method.

Direct download: CS_0033b.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 10:26 AM

Part one of this two-part episode finds John and Scott ranting and raving about everything from geek culture, to obsessive behavior, to the joys of Netflix Streaming.

00:03:35 - John feels that Whedonesque is not being realized to its fullest potential, and worries that he's missing out on several news items, at the discretion of some questionable moderation. (UPDATE: The concerns of this issue have since died down considerably, making much of this rant more obsolete than before.)

00:24:11 - Yes, the rant was that long. This leads to another rant, one that's been discussed before. The Cult of Whedon, and how in some cases, the more overzealous contributors can ruin it for other fans. There is also more talk about the ups and downs of Dollhouse.

00:37:24 - Scott and John share their thoughts on Seasons 1 and 2 of Felicia Day's award-winning web series, The Guild. Spoilers abound, so beware. The idea of online gaming and the fantasy genre are also discussed.

00:50:57 - When writing creepy, stalker humor, how far is too far?

01:00:52 - Felicia Day has a Celebrity Music Playlist on Canadian iTunes, proving once again that Canada rocks!

01:04:24 - Scott checked out Big Fan through Netflix Watch Instantly. The Wrestler and Patton Oswalt's star power are also mentioned.

01:15:32 - Scott also watched the off-the-wall "comedy", Good Dick.

01:23:02 - Finally, Scott closes out the show by discussing the film, World's Greatest Dad.

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Kevin Smith, Vampire Weekend, The Submarines, L7, Black Sabbath, Air, Cassettes Won't Listen, Stereophonics, Headlights, Joshua Radin, Paul Minor, David Guetta & Akon, Metric, The Smiths, Why?, FC Kahuna, Stars, U2, The Weepies, Hem, Belle & Sebastian, Grandaddy and Regina Spektor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct download: CS_0033a.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 7:50 AM

The following interview was conducted on Sunday, February 21st. Juliet Landau makes her directorial debut with the documentary Take Flight, which captures Gary Oldman's experiences while shooting a music video for the Jewish Hip-Hop group, Chutzpah! During the interview, Juliet talks about new media, independent production, film versus digital, Gary's strong work ethic as it relates to his rarely seen, playful sense of humor and much more. A number of Buffy and Angel alumni are discussed as well. Please listen for more details.

Take Flight is now available to watch online in streaming video at JulietLandausTakeFlight.com!

The theme and closing music for this podcast comes courtesy of the band, Lightning Love. The song is called "Good Time", from their 2009 album, November Birthday. Big thanks to them and Kim Paris from Sinister Foxy Productions.

Direct download: sofadogs_juliet_landau_chat02212009.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 4:44 PM

This is the second half to William Bibbiani's two-part episode. Discussions within range from "Lost" to "Angel" to "Drive". So, pretty much lots of TV talk. If you don't watch TV, then these 50 minutes or so are going to be really strange to listen to.

00:01:17 - William discusses the disturbing premise of the film, "Never Been Kissed."

00:04:38 - John laments the lack of quality, Teen films being produced these days. Also, he wants those damn kids to get off his lawn!

00:10:00 - William and John weigh in on "Lost", past and present.

00:16:37 - We would like to see Maggie Grace show back up somewhere in the final season. Please?

00:24:32 - Due to a slight technical glitch, about a minute of audio had to be removed. In its place, please enjoy some intermission music by "Lost" composer, Michael Giacchino.

00:25:05 - Angel fans might enjoy this section, but things get really interesting when William kills John with his brain, regarding a theory on why Tim Minear's "Drive" wasn't a big success.

00:36:10 - While discussing "Fringe", William brings up the pros and cons between episodic and mythology-based storytelling in Television.

00:45:55 - John convinces William to get back into watching "Castle", at least for an episode or two.

00:49:20 - William closes out the show by pimping the various projects and websites he's involved in, including http://www.geekscape.net and http://www.buspirates.com.

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Tim Minear & The Succubus Club, Average White Band, M83, Vast, The Bodeans, BT, Michael Giacchino, Darling Violetta, Nine Inch Nails, Gavin Rossdale, The Crystal Method, Electric President, Say Hi To Your Mom and The Dust Brothers.

Direct download: CS_0032b.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 7:23 AM

In the first half of this Two-parter, William Bibbiani, columnist on Geekscape and star of Bus Pirates joins the show to talk about Bluray DVDs, Sports Films and the Teen genre. NOTE: Please be sure to visit http://www.geekscape.net and http://www.buspirates.com

00:01:43 - William laments film stocks from the 80s' and the pain of High Definition transfers. This leads to Digital Noise Reduction, Public Enemies and evoking past generations in film-making.

00:09:24 - If you need a good story about The Titanic, make it A Night To Remember, not the James Cameron opus. That man has enough money. :)

00:14:56 - What's the deal with the Super Bowl being the highest-rated TV event in the world? We don't know, but we have fun trying to figure it out. This leads to a dissection of the beloved Sports Movie Formula.

00:25:01 - So begins John's lengthy analysis of the teen girl film Sleepover, starring Alexa Vega, Jane Lynch, Jeff Garland, Steve Carrel.... and Summer Glau?

00:40:15 - What is the intended message of Sleepover? To answer this, William explains the importance of tone and consistency in teen films.

00:45:09 - William ponders who could play Peter Parker in the Spider-Man reboot. John suggests Anton Yelchin.

00:49:26 - In response to the misguided Sleepover, William recommends An Education. This results in talk of sexuality and youth culture.

The following artist can be heard in this episode:

Matt Keeslar & Natalie Morales, Splashdown, Killing Joke, The Lonely Island, Longwave, Electric President, The Go! Team, Vitamin C, Ivy, Pink, Rod Stewart, Coldplay, Garbage and Bjork & PJ Harvey.

 

 

 

Direct download: CS_0032a.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 7:34 PM

Everything you ever wanted to know about Geek By Night, but were afraid to ask. Scott Carelli (that's right) returns to the show. In this, the first sign of the coming apocalypse, Scott shares the ins and outs of his beloved audio series, why it was forced to be put down like a sick dog (it had rabies) and what this means for the future. There's even some comics and television talk thrown in, so as not to make this totally about us.

00:02:53 - John tells the epic tale of Will Ritchie: The Quest For Peace. Thankfully, there's no Nuclear Man in this particular story.

00:06:31 - John talks about the Valentine's Day episode of Couch Surfing you will never hear.

 

00:09:36 - You may not believe it at first, but if ever you're in need of a reality check, your true friends are there for you.

 

00:14:01 - Scott sets the record straight on why Geek By Night was canceled.

00:17:26 - John and Scott discuss when good fandoms go bad.

00:21:02 - John weighs in on the recasting of Elliot Markowitz. Sort of.

00:27:07 - When does enough become enough for the masses? To answer that question, Heroes is briefly discussed.

00:32:12 - Scott reevaluates his priorities in life. Comics and TV are discussed.

00:38:06 - John and Scott share their creative writing process in regards to Geek By Night.

00:47:03 - However big or small your circle of friends may be, put all of them in your phone's address book. Just in case.

00:53:07 - John and Scott talk about the pros and cons to writing in personal experiences.

01:00:05 - It's better to appreciate what you have, than to complain about what you don't. This nugget of wisdom leads in to a discussion about the early conceptions for season 2 onward of Geek By Night.

01:04:04 - In the tradition of Marvel Comics, Geek By Night gets its own "What if..." treatment.

01:07:22 - Faye T. Westlake: Geek By Night's mystery girl.

 

01:11:44 - Brainstorming vs actual writing.

 

01:13:49 - John closes out the show by finding the silver lining in a dark cloud. In other words, he's a walking cliche. Again.

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Billy West, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Jets Overhead, Imogen Heap, Kelly Clarkson, Jay-Z & The Verve, Shriekback, Frightened Rabbit, Moby, Velvet Underground, Coldplay, Tortoise, Public Image Limited and M83.

 

Direct download: CS_031.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 9:47 PM

The following interview was originally conducted for QuadrupleZ.com. In the future, you will be able to visit that site, for a better quality version of this recording, which will be broken up there into 15-minute increments or less. A transcript of the interview may also be included. In the meantime, please enjoy my interview with Frank Sabatella, the Director of Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet. You can visit Amazon.com or BloodNightMovie.com (now with special X-Mas pricing of $9.99! Expires on December 25th!) to purchase the film on DVD, starring Nate Dushku, Danielle Harris and Bill Moseley.

Note: The interview contains spoilers for the film, as well as some mild, adult language so please proceed with caution.
Direct download: blood_night_qna_frank_sabatella.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 7:13 AM

The debate for Rob Zombie's Halloween rages on with Paul Elard Cooley. This is part two, and the conclusion to this monster edition of the podcast.

00:03:02 - Is Rob Zombie capable of telling an original story? We search for an answer.
00:08:23 - Paul recommends the foreign gore sensation, Inside. This leads to talk about High Tension and George Romero's zombie offerings.
00:13:18 - Cable darling, AMC is adapting Robert Kirkman's zombie graphic novels, The Walking Dead.
00:17:22 - Paul mentions the three distinct zombie types of the genre.
00:22:38 - We talk about movie cancer: Boredom. This leads to talk of the Transformers franchise.
00:30:26 - We measure our manliness by way of our Netflix Queues. Spoiler: Paul's is bigger.
00:35:12 - Dissecting the pros and cons of Sam Raimi's, Drag Me To Hell.
00:46:11 - Paul sings the praises of the remake for My Bloody Valentine.
00:48:52 - Mel from the UK sends an email thanking us for sharing the music of Splashdown with the uninitiated listeners.
00:52:33 - When trailers attack! This leads to discussion of 2012. John recommends the indie drama, Grace Is Gone.
01:07:23 - Paul closes out the show by singing the praises of the PS3 and Blu-ray.

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Bill Moseley & Rob Zombie, Michael Hoenig, Tears For Fears, Spacehog, Fabio Frizzi, Goblin, John Harrison, Linkin Park, Ash & Chris Martin, AC/DC, Tricky, Laika, Gus, Splashdown, REM, Ladytron, Lindsey Buckingham and KC & The Sunshine Band.
Direct download: CS_0030b.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 1:58 PM

On June 13th, 2009, the writer and director of Night of the Creeps appeared with his cast members at The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas before a crowded audience of nostalgic fans. Of course, the folks in the sold-out theater were "screamin' like banshees". In conjunction with Red Shirt Pictures and Sony Home Entertainment, the filmmakers were there to present the newly remastered and restored Director's Cut of the 80s' horror classic, in preparation for the long-awaited DVD release. After a screening of the film, a Q&A session took place. Lisa Tobias and I were in the audience, and Lisa managed to record the festivities, now posted here for all to enjoy.

Thanks goes out to editing wizard, Stuart Duncan for doing such a fantastic job on cleaning up the audio quality. Thanks also to my dear friend, Lisa for making my attendance possible and for basically being made of awesome. I miss you.

Special thanks goes out to Eric "Quint" Vespe, Michael Felsher, Fred Dekker, Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow, Tom Atkins and everyone at The Alamo Drafthouse for their part in such an amazing evening. I'll never forget it!

Note: Alcohol was being served at this event, so the crowd was very loose and rowdy. Fair warning for those easily offended, this podcast does contain some explicit language.

Also, if you're interested in hearing more about my love for this film, please check out my guest appearance in episode 70 of The Geekscape Movie Club podcast, with Brent & Liz!
Direct download: sofadogs_nightofthecreeps_qna_2009.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 9:31 AM

Paul Elard Cooley, Horror author and podcaster for Shadow Publications joins the show. In this edition, we discuss many aspects of the Horror film genre, including some specific titles that we like, and others we don't. This is the first half of the podcast. It's been divided into two parts, due to our original running time of over two hours!

00:02:22 - The great debate begins. Rob Zombie's version of Halloween and his work in general is discussed.
00:08:53 - The Evil Dead Trilogy comes up.
00:12:58 - John talks about the documentary, Halloween: 25 Years of Terror.
00:19:19 - Supernatural versus psychological.
00:26:07 - John makes a point to list off his positive opinions of the remake. Paul questions the swaying nature of nostalgia. The remake of Dawn of The Dead is discussed.
00:32:08 - The vampire craze is among us, and doesn't seem to be letting up anytime soon.
00:41:24 - The differences and similarities between horror films of today and those of old. The Saw franchise and the term, "torture porn" is dissected.
00:51:31 - Nothin' but love for the delightful, Julie Benz. It's brief, but there it is. :)
00:56:06 - If it's Halloween this year, it must be something else more worthy and fitting of the tag line.
00:58:50 - Paul recommends Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.
01:42:01 - Back to Rob Zombie's Halloween. Lots more discussions to come in part 2 of this episode.

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Rob Zombie, White Zombie, Primitive Radio Gods, Face To Face, Nine Inch Nails, Danny Elfman, Talking Heads, Echo & The Bunnymen, Johnny Cash, Bauhaus, Alice Cooper, Charlie Clouser, The English Beat, Shriekback and Brother Cane.
Direct download: CS_0030a.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 10:25 AM

Ray, from The Dollhouse Podcast joins in on this commentary for "Needs". In the eighth episode from season one of Dollhouse, Echo and her fellow actives mysteriously awaken to find some semblance of their original selves intact. Unfortunately, their memories are still very fuzzy, having no idea where they are or how they got there. They must band together in order to escape the Dollhouse and try to return to their former lives. Meanwhile, Paul Ballard discovers a chip in his phone that may lead him to Caroline.

Please join Paul and I as we discuss disturbing dreams, telegraphing the story, the importance of foreshadowing and the pros and cons of Dr. Saunders' "experiment". Remember to listen for my preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

NOTE: Coincidentally, I was in the middle of editing this podcast, around noon of November 11th, 2009 when I heard the sad, yet unsurprising news that Dollhouse had been canceled.
Direct download: sofadogs_dollhouse_1x08.mp3
Category:Dollhouse -- posted at: 5:08 AM

After more than two years away, Susie Richards returns to the podcast! This time, we take a look at the original horror classic, Halloween. John Carpenter's influential masterpiece has affected horror films and audiences alike for generations, resulting in many sequels and even remakes over the years, but we won't get into that right now.

Please join us, as Susie and I discuss pacing, the nature of evil, how modern horror stacks up to more traditional methods and sadism versus suspense. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

NOTE: Due to some minor, technical difficulties, the episode cuts off at the end, before we get the chance to say goodbye. Don't worry though, because we were pretty much finished by then, and you didn't miss anything big.

Happy Halloween!!!
Direct download: sofadogs_halloween1978.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 5:52 AM

Will Ritchie returns, with television on the brain and werewolves in his heart, or something. NOTE: This episode is very late, due to occasional moments where Will's audio is lacking in quality. I spent weeks trying to fix it as best I could. Sorry for the inconvenience. Please enjoy!

00:02:00 - Will has been in a podcast Coma for months. He sheds some light on why.
00:08:05 - Will has been a TV fiend, lately. They discuss The Mentalist and True Blood. This leads to the lamentation of a lack of any werewolf-themed shows. The original Fox series, Werewolf is mentioned.
00:13:23 - Will talks about Big Wolf On Campus.
00:16:34 - Glee + Kristin Chenoweth = Heaven!
00:24:02 - Will and John talk about the oddity that is the Tuesday night TV wasteland.
00:27:31 - John recommends David Goyer's new conspiracy thriller series, Flash Forward.
00:30:32 - Will is feeling generous and wants to give John a TV.
00:33:01 - We heart Dollhouse. Just sayin'. This leads to talk of Smallville.
00:40:00 - Halo ODST results in a fun, mini-reunion for Firefly. Video games are discussed.
00:49:29 - Do you have a Collector's mentality? We do.
00:58:40 - Marshal loves this show so much, he sends not one, but two emails. Yeah, THAT'S why he did it. Alias is discussed.
01:11:24 - Marshal expresses Canadian pride by recommending the werewolf film, Ginger Snaps. Check it out!
01:16:27 - Will closes out the show by sharing his love for Bradley Cooper. The man is everywhere, and we couldn't be happier!

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Quentin Tarantino, Amber Riley & The Glee Cast, Earlimart, Caviar, Four Star Mary, Hot Chip, The Martinis, Portishead, Alexi Murdoch, David Bowie, Splashdown, Massive Attack, Coldplay, The Crystal Method, AC/DC, Adam Merrin, Bishop Allen, Juliana Hatfield, Venus In Furs and Idlewild.
Direct download: CS_0029.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 1:34 PM

In "Echoes", the seventh episode from Dollhouse's first season, a viral epidemic breaks out at a college campus. As Echo investigates, memories of Caroline shed more light on The Rossum Corporation. Jenn from The Dollhouse Podcast joins me for this commentary as we discuss show continuity, similarities to Buffy the Vampire Slayer's, "Band Candy" and the comedy stylings of Olivia Williams.

Please remember to listen for my preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_dollhouse_1x07.mp3
Category:Dollhouse -- posted at: 3:01 AM

The thrilling (read: boring) conclusion to this two-part, Dragon*Con special with Jenn from The Dollhouse Podcast!

00:03:47 - John takes advantage of some sound advice on podcasting and acquiring guests. Once again, the call goes out to Heather Stewart, Neha Tiwari, Elisabeth Rappe, Alex Albrecht, Dan Trachtenberg, Jeff Cannata and David Chen.
00:07:10 - Finally, John and Jenn talk about the Dollhouse panel with Felicia Day.
00:10:49 - Jenn tells the origin story behind how the panel came to be.
00:17:01 - John laments not having a firewire port on his computer and not being able to spend quality time with his fellow Dollhouse podcasters.
00:19:14 - Having no money to give to his favorite actors, John instead makes a personal mix CD to give out, with varying levels of success. He tries his hand at networking by passing out business cards for the podcast, also with similar results.
00:27:07 - James Marsters agrees, "Tim Minear is great." Jenn mentions her husband and a certain pretty, floral bonnet.
00:30:11 - Everyone should follow Julie Benz on Twitter, particularly for awesome recipes and dinner ideas.
00:33:23 - Felicia Day has awesome/familiar taste in music.
00:37:04 - John got his Buffy DVDs signed ("Thanks again, Felicia!"). One down, at least a dozen to go.
00:40:45 - The calculations are in. All things considered, Dragon*Con was a success!
00:44:23 - Jenn shares her first initial exposure to Serenity and the works of Joss Whedon.
00:49:27 - John talks about how he tries to spread the word of Firefly.
00:56:08 - Plans are already being kicked around to return to Dragon*Con next year.
01:03:31 - Consolation prizes are always appreciated.

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Patton Oswalt, Metric, Sonic Librarian, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, Primal Scream, Cassettes Won't Listen, Dianogah, Slicker & Telefon Tel Aviv, Slowdive, Jan Johnston, Liquid State, Dirty Vegas and Stars.

Direct download: CS_0028b_edit.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 8:06 PM

In this two-part special episode, Jenn from The Dollhouse Podcast stops by to share in the epic, annual experience known as Dragon*Con!

00:05:35 - The origin story behind John getting a ticket to Dragon*Con, thanks to the giant heart with arms, also known as Lisa Tobias.
00:07:56 - Lisa has to bow out of the Con. John is sadness incarnate.
00:16:25 - The Con Gods are battling John at every turn. Even laundry becomes a casualty of war.
00:22:33 - John is unable to buy autographs and photos at the Walk of Fame. Here's why.
00:27:36 - How young is too young to expose your child to the Buffyverse and horror films in general?
00:31:14 - Con Crud is approaching. Meanwhile, John talks about getting his Pre-Registration badge, bad cell phone reception and getting lost.
00:37:41 - John has amazing family and friends, just F.Y.I.
00:45:14 - Appreciation goes out to Kim, Crystal, Larissa, Suzanne, Paul and Nathaniel for their support and generosity.
00:48:33 - Nathaniel and his Hybrid car to the rescue! John is able to get a bit of cash from the very patient and helpful bank.
00:51:05 - The Comicon edition of Dollhouse suffers battle damage in Atlanta.
00:53:10 - If you snore loud enough to bring about a zombie apocalypse, please consult your doctor.
00:58:24 - Thievery should be punishable by cactus whip. Just sayin'.
01:01:50 - John wants to implant video recording technology into his eyeballs. This just in: The Dr. Horrible and Buffy Sing-Along events are amazing! Tell your friends!

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Jon Ehrlich & David Boreanaz, Liam Howlett, Devics, The Cure, Blink 182, Missy Elliott & Ludacris, Luna, Aerosmith, The Fray, Aimee Mann, Queen, Coldplay, The Dandy Warhols, Spoon and The Original Cast of Once More With Feeling.

Direct download: CS_0028a_edit.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 5:23 AM

After a five month hiatus, Couch Surfing returns to the Sofa Dogs podcast! Nick Jimenez joins the celebration for a jam packed episode, filled with over two hours of content.

00:07:00 - Nick recommends The Goods as at least a solid rental comedy, but he loved Funny People to bits.
00:20:35 - John sings the praises of the short-lived series, The Middleman.
00:22:34 - There's also warm nostalgia for Parker Lewis Can't Lose.
00:29:48 - John enjoyed The Guild's music video, "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?", NIck, not so much.
00:32:48 - Hot Tub Time Machine sounds like a potentially wacky love letter to the 80s'. We are so there. This leads into a discussion of the Internet Movie Database and the Top Ten Films of The Decade.
00:45:02 - Catching up on ancient emails, Hayden has a theory about Geek By Night. John and Nick try their best to clarify some things.
00:53:03 - Nick advises towards patience on the internet, while lamenting how podcasting can sometimes feel like work.
01:12:32 - Marshal has finished the Dead Like Me franchise and loved it, but did not care for the film.
01:19:32 - John is still occasionally giving Alias a chance, having watched a handful of episodes from season 3. It didn't go over well but the episode, "Conscious" was amazing.
NOTE: Feel free to stop the podcast here, as there's much internet drama ahead. It's understandable to tune out at this point.
01:23:42 - The last email of the episode first requires some back story, concerning Geekshow.us and the death of John Hughes.
01:27:14 - Kristen Stewart or Kat Dennings? Do you care?
01:38:59 - It's apparently not common knowledge that Drag Me To Hell made a nice chunk of change. Some are even in denial about such news.
01:47:54 - John weighs the pros and cons of big, sensational summer blockbusters, like Transformers 2.
01:57:40 - John has hate mail. Confusion sets in as he tries to understand the minds of those who write such bile.
02:09:02 - Nick closes things out with some positive recommendations of his favorite podcasts.

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Telefon Tel Aviv & Danny DeVito, Metric, Staind, Taxi Doll, Flo Rida & Katy Perry, Eminem, The Submarines, The Martinis, MC Lars, Joe Strummer, Stars, 12 Rounds, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Glasvegas, Beck, Charles Ives, Groove Armada, Owen Pallett, Peace Orchestra, Gary Chang, Young MC, Army Navy, Hugh Harris, Tears For Fears, INXS, Radiohead, Phil Collins, Splashdown, Beirut and Dianogah.
Direct download: CS_0027.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 10:21 PM

Now that the DVDs are finally here, I resume commentaries for season one of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. In the sixth episode "Man On The Street", Paul Ballard comes face to face with Caroline for the first time, sort of. During this particular engagement, she takes on the personality of Rebecca Mynor, wife to wealthy internet mogul, Joel Mynor (played with heartbreaking sincerity by comedian, Patton Oswalt). As soon as Boyd takes Echo away, Paul and Joel have a meeting of the minds about the need to pursue a fantasy and the justification for that need.

Back at the Dollhouse, someone is abusing Sierra, sexually. An investigation leads first to Victor, but then down a more disturbing path. Meanwhile, Agent Ballard retreats back home to lick his wounds, after having come so close to rescuing Caroline, but failing to keep her within his grasp. Luckily, his friendly neighbor, Mellie (the delightful Miracle Laurie) is there as a willing consolation prize. If you can't be with the one you love, then love the one you're with.

Please join me for this jam-packed, game-changing episode written by Joss Whedon. I discuss obsession versus nobility, the importance of geography and physical space within a fight scene and Patton Oswalt's truthful, satisfying brand of stand-up humor. All this and more as I try to fight off drowsiness from painkillers, while recovering from Kidney Stones.

From this point on concerning Dollhouse, please listen for my preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_dollhouse_1x06.mp3
Category:Dollhouse -- posted at: 4:24 AM

Nick Jimenez returns to talk about the film, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist. The story concerns two teenagers falling in love, dealing with their past relationships and the search for an elusive band in the unpredictable streets of New York's nightlife. Please join Nick and I for our commentary as we discuss our opinions on contemporary relationships, "finding today's John Cusack", young love, "selling a soundtrack" and how the film stacks up to "teen" films of previous generations.

Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_nickandnorah.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:21 PM

In "Credit Where Credit's Due", the second episode from season one of Veronica Mars, Weevil's Grandmother is arrested for credit card fraud. Eli confesses to the crime in order to get her out, but Veronica has a sneaking suspicion that both members of the Navarro family are innocent. Could it all have something to do with Logan's new girlfriend and one of Weevil's biker boys? A few grand in stolen money says it just might. Please join me as I discuss school dress codes, the beauty of shooting by firelight, red herrings and the infamy of Paris Hilton.

Remember to listen for my preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD. 
Direct download: veronica_mars1x02.mp3
Category:Veronica Mars -- posted at: 7:50 AM

It's the first ever (as far as we know) fan commentary for Joss Whedon's web-friendly sensation, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog! The story concerns an ambitious super-villain (Neil Patrick Harris) who's obsessed with the Evil League of Evil, his crime-fighting nemesis (Nathan Fillion) who's obsessed with, uh, himself and the bright, big-hearted activist (Felicia Day) who's caught between them. On top of all that, there's singing! Really awesome singing! With words and everything!

Please join Nick Jimenez, Will Ritchie and myself as we bring up Stephen Sondheim, Depeche Mode, Once More, With Feeling and appoint Felicia Day as the spokesperson for frozen yogurt! After all, it's about time this delicious treat had some solid representation, right? Remember to listen for my preemptive countdown before starting the program.

By the way, the hammer is my podcast. :) 
Direct download: drhorrible_nickandwill.mp3
Category:Web Shows -- posted at: 12:34 AM

Veronica Mars is and was not only a smart and satisfying teen drama, but also an outstanding, contemporary murder/mystery. From creator Rob Thomas, the show dealt with the seedy underbelly of Neptune High School and its wealthy inhabitants. While also embracing its hard-boiled detective roots, Veronica Mars also defied convention by following the crime-solving exploits of the plucky, young female sidekick (delightfully played by Kristen Bell), giving the proceedings a fresh, new perspective.

Please join me as I take a look at the very first episode, discussing "Pilot-itus", style versus substance and mystery shows of the past. This is just the beginning. Similar to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I will be making my way through every episode of the entire series' three seasons.

Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.
Direct download: veronica_mars1x01.mp3
Category:Veronica Mars -- posted at: 11:51 PM

Rising from the ashes like a Phoenix, or a Firefly into a glorious state of Serenity, the Sofa Dogs podcast will be returning to the internet by next week. I've purchased a refurbished computer from an ebay store, and it has shipped today. If all goes well, it should arrive within this week, just in time for the season finale of Dollhouse. :) After the Mothers Day holiday weekend, the podcast will begin to get back into a regular schedule. At the same time, I will be attempting to transfer essential files and programs from my previous hard drive, over to my "new" computer.

Thanks to everyone who have continued to keep the numbers strong during this extended period of down time. Big things are coming for the podcast and this site, so stay alert! :)

-John Pavlich 

Category:News -- posted at: 8:14 PM

With John's laptop on life support, I'm temporarily coming out of retirement to provide some texty Lost reviews. If ever there was occasion to describe new content as 'filler', this is it ladies and gents.

The last Lost review I threw together was for seminal Desmond episode The Constant (with The Other Woman tacked on as an afterthought). It's been over a year since that post made nary a splash in the podcasting pool, so let's see if 365+ days of C# and SQL has dulled my thirst for mild speculation and fanboyish whining...

Spoilers for Lost episode 5x10, He's Our You follow:

Click here to open the review

Related links:
LostCasts
Official Lost site
He's Our You screencaps at Lost-Media

Category:Lost Reviews -- posted at: 8:09 PM

With just a few days of March left to go, Sofa Dogs has reached a milestone: 5,224 downloads! The numbers for the month of February came out to 1,182. Thanks to the draw of Tim Minear and Dollhouse, as well as supportive word-of-mouth from the likes of Whedonesque, The Dollverse and The Dollhouse Podcast, our numbers have broken over the 5,000 mark in just a few weeks!

Not only that, but another unprecedented special occasion has occured: Tim Minear's commentary for the Dollhouse episode, "True Believer" is the first single installment of the Sofa Dogs podcast to reach 1,000 downloads, with a current total of 1,012!

My heart felt thanks to all of you who made this happen. I am truly grateful. "We've done the impossible, and that makes us mighty."

Best wishes,

John Pavlich

P.S. Keep those iTunes reviews and emails coming. They give me warm fuzzies. :)

EDITED TO ADD: Stuart Duncan, Co-Producer of Sofa Dogs has informed me of at least 5 previous episodes to break the 1,000 downloads mark:

#4 - Firefly: Our Mrs Reynolds (1076)
#68 - Summer Movies + Fall TV (1131)
#36 - Firefly: Ariel (1153)
#3 - Firefly: Jaynestown (1173)
#47 - Lost: The Glass Ballerina (1564)
"Having said that, the True Believer commentary has reached 1,000 far, far quicker than the others, so records are still being set."     -Stuart Duncan
Category:News -- posted at: 5:27 PM

Motherboard (May 4th, 2005 - March 18th, 2009)

A few nights ago, at 11:30pm, the Fire Department came knocking on my door to inform me that a pipe had burst in the building and water was flooding the halls. Everyone was to evacuate the sixth floor and head down to the lobby and await further instructions. Sure enough, stepping out into the hallway, I was met with pink water (yes, pink) about a quarter-inch deep. I took the elevator down to the lobby. Roughly thirty minutes later, a man with a clipboard arrived and took our names, apartment numbers and asked us how we were feeling. We were then told not to leave the building, as the water was potentially toxic and we had been quarantined. At 4:00am, we were finally allowed back up to our apartments. Luckily, no water had managed to penetrate into my apartment. It remained in the hallway.

I tell that story as a preface to this: When I initially left my apartment, I shut down my computer, just in case. Arriving home at 4 in the morning, I discovered that my computer would never turn on again. I pushed the power button and nothing happened. After calling HP technical support, I was informed that my motherboard must have died. Basically, what this means is, aside from occasional e-mail updates, via the computers at my local library, I have no internet and no computer access at this time. My website and podcast, Sofa Dogs must now go on hiatus, the extent of which is currently unknown.

Ironically, the numbers for the site are at an all-time high, due in large part to our Dollhouse commentaries and my recent chat session with Tim Minear. In March alone, we have 3,838 downloads and the month is still in progress! Big plans were in the works for the show, including more Dollhouse discussions and further involvment from Tim, as well as a brand new redesign to celebrate the site's 3rd anniversary in April.

Sadly, all of this must now be put on hold, indefinitely. I am in the process of trying to find either a replacement motherboard or a refurbished computer that will allow me to simply transfer the guts of my original machine (hard drive, graphics card, DVD/CD burner, etc.), but limited funds is of course a problem right now.

I will continue to respond to emails and comments as best I can during this time, but I have no idea when new content will be available again on the Sofa Dogs podcast. I'll keep you all posted. Until then, I wish to extend my appreciation and gratitude to those of you who continue to support the show. Will Ritchie and Nick Jimenez at Geekeasy, David Chen and company at /Filmcast, Crystal Smalling at 3 Chicks & A Mic, Jonathan London and Eric Diaz at Geekscape, Lisa Tobias at Hypersensitive, Heather Stewart at First Things First TV, the folks at Whedonesque, Tim Minear, Stuart Duncan and many others that I simply haven't the time right now to mention. My sincerest thanks for everything you've done to help get the word out. Without you, this show means nothing.

Sincerely,

John Pavlich

Category:News -- posted at: 5:36 PM

After our Dollhouse Commentary for "True Believer", Tim Minear (writer/consulting producer/narcissist) keeps the party going. Please enjoy as Tim and I talk about more Dollhouse, digital downloading, listening to your public, the "cult" of Darla and war stories concerning creative credit. Also, we get a little punchy and take many lighthearted, verbal jabs at each other. It's nearly an hour of podcasting that defies the laws of thermal dynamics (probably), due to its deadly combination of astounding brilliance and sheer stupidity (mostly). BEWARE: This recording contains some mature language not necessarily suitable for younger audiences. Listener discretion is advised. 
Direct download: sofadogs_tim_minear_chat_031509.mp3
Category:Dollhouse -- posted at: 11:30 PM

Tim Minear (writer of this episode) joins the podcast to talk about "True Believer", the fifth installment of Dollhouse. Echo undergoes surgery to become a blind woman, while the government's ATF division uses her as a mole to infiltrate the compound of a religious cult. Meanwhile, Agent Ballard finally gets the evidence he needs to prove that Caroline does or did exist, bringing him one step closer to the Dollhouse. Please join Tim and I as we discuss breaking the "cult" story, the importance of building a solid foundation for a script, "playing blind" and how to make exposition sound natural.

NOTE: As this is not a DVD release, you are instead encouraged to view the episode either through Amazon, iTunes or Hulu. Please listen for the preemptive countdown before beginning the video on your computer or mobile device. 
Direct download: sofadogs_dollhouse_1x05.mp3
Category:Dollhouse -- posted at: 4:02 PM

After a long hiatus, Lisa Tobias makes a welcome return to the show. John decides to eat during this momentous occasion, loudly. Yeah, totally professional. Not rude at all. :)

00:03:29 - Lisa is bummed about the end of Battlestar Galactica. They talk briefly about Caprica.
00:06:55 - Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist is discussed. Lisa loved it. John, not so much with the love.
00:12:28 - Is it acceptable to punch someone in the throat if they call you "jealous"?
00:19:30 - Summer Glau + The Big Bang Theory = Awesome! General appreciation for the Sitcom genre is also discussed, again.
00:28:42 - Ever heard of a horror movie called Midnight Meat Train? Yeah, we thought not.
00:33:50 - Lisa enjoyed He's Just Not That Into You, despite the off-putting, mixed message at the end.
00:37:26 - Apparently, the mixture of Cool Ranch Doritos and French Onion Dip causes toxic air pollution. Who knew?
00:40:12 - John and Lisa highly recommend the Hyperlink film, Twenty Bucks.
00:47:18 - Canada's own, Marshal writes in to the show with a double dose of emails, prompting discussions about Alias, Dollhouse and Dead Like Me: Life After Death.
00:55:38 - Marshal also asks about the mystery clip at the top of the previous episode. The answer is a Kevin Smith-type film called What Love Is.
01:05:18 - John and Lisa close out the show with discussion of Heroes. Can it be saved, and is Bryan Fuller the best man for the job?
 
The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Billy West & John Di Maggio, Kimberly Cole, Vampire Weekend, Mark Mothersbaugh, Band Of Horses, The Real Tuesday Weld, Barenaked Ladies, The Avalanches, Oasis, Nine Inch Nails, Heather Nova, Coldplay, Electric President, Organic Audio, Josh Kramon, Etta James, Stewart Copeland, Vast, Cary Brothers, That Dog and We Are Scientists.
Direct download: CS_0026.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 12:11 PM

In "Gray Hour", the fourth episode of Dollhouse, Echo is imprinted as a master thief. While attempting to steal a rare piece of art, a mysterious, remote mind-wipe occurs, reverting Echo back to her "blank slate". Meanwhile, Topher learns the truth about Alpha, and Agent Ballard gets a surprise visit from Victor/Lubov. Please join Lisa Tobias and I as we discuss magical cell phones, occasionally confusing subplots and Eliza's ability to command attention through her performance. Also, Lisa drops an F-bomb.

NOTE: As this is not a DVD release, you are instead encouraged to view the episode either through Amazon, iTunes or Hulu. Please listen for the preemptive countdown before beginning the video on your computer or mobile device.
Direct download: sofadogs_dollhouse_1x04.mp3
Category:Dollhouse -- posted at: 2:42 AM

In "Stage Fright", the third episode of Dollhouse, an unstable fan is getting dangerously close to his obsession, a pop star diva. Echo is brought in as a backup singer to keep an eye on things. Her engagement takes a turn when Sierra enters the picture as a contest winner. Meanwhile, we meet a new Active named Victor, and Agent Ballard gets closer to unraveling the mystery of the Dollhouse, with violent results. Please join Lisa Tobias and I as we discuss Eliza's singing ability, Paul Ballard's lonely neighbor and what to do when your third act feels like padding (the answer is hit someone with a folding chair).

NOTE: As this is not a DVD release, you are instead encouraged to view the episode either through Amazon, iTunes or Hulu. Please listen for the preemptive countdown before beginning the video on your computer or mobile device.  
Direct download: sofadogs_dollhouse_1x03.mp3
Category:Dollhouse -- posted at: 9:50 AM

In "The Target", the second episode of Dollhouse, we learn more about the facility's humble beginnings and fatal mistakes. Also, a client hires Echo for an exciting adventure in the wilderness that may end in murder. Meanwhile, Agent Ballard receives clues about Caroline and where she came from. Please join me as I discuss Matt Keeslar, big game hunting and using flashbacks to help better your story and identify your characters.

NOTE: As this is not a DVD release, you are instead encouraged to view the episode either through Amazon, iTunes or Hulu. Please listen for the preemptive countdown before beginning the video on your computer or mobile device.
Direct download: sofadogs_dollhouse_1x02.mp3
Category:Dollhouse -- posted at: 1:26 PM

Do you like Joss Whedon programming and talking about it with other fans? Do you like hearing yourself fan-gasm? Are you curious about this thing on TV called Dollhouse? The Sofa Dogs commentary for the Dollhouse pilot episode was so successful (317 downloads in just 2 weeks, and still climbing!), we're doing this every week a new episode airs, and we want you to join the fun!

Recordings for Dollhouse commentaries will occur on Saturdays at 10pm Eastern, 9pm Central. Anyone interested in co-hosting the podcast, please put in a request either through this site, or by email to sofadogs@hotmail.com. Please make sure you have a quality headset/microphone, a stable/strong internet connection and a Skype account (they're absolutely free!). Any submissions received during or after the scheduled podcast will be considered for the next available recording. Thank You.
-John Pavlich
Category:Dollhouse -- posted at: 3:27 AM

It's the first ever (as far as we know) fan commentary for Dollhouse! This new series from Joss Whedon introduces an "active" named Echo, played by series Producer, Eliza Dushku. A top secret facility is wiping the memories and personalities of men and women, to be imprinted with new identities, so that they can carry out "engagements" offered up to high paying clients. But, what happens when Echo begins to become self aware, remembering who she really is and what she's hiding from?

Lisa Tobias and I take a look at the pilot episode, Ghost. We talk about sexuality, pacing your story, Eliza's range and untapped potential as well as how happy we are to have her, Joss and Tim Minear back on TV again!

NOTE: As this is not a DVD release, you are instead encouraged to view the episode either through Amazon, iTunes or Hulu. Please listen for the preemptive countdown before beginning the video on your computer or mobile device.
Direct download: sofadogs_dollhouse_1x01.mp3
Category:Dollhouse -- posted at: 2:45 PM

Just in time for his 17th Birthday, Will Ritchie from Geekeasy makes an appearance on the show. Could this be considered some manly rite of passage? Probably not, but you decide.

00:02:50 - Will's been watching and loving Dead Like Me. This brings up lamentation of Bryan Fuller's recent experiences with the TV Gods.
00:07:23 - How I Met Your Mother has become Will's new drug of choice. The nature and history of sitcoms and reality shows are discussed.
00:15:28 - John likes making new friends through pop culture references. This leads into curiosity about Nathan Fillion's work. Will suggests that Joss Whedon and his entourage may be cursed.
00:21:55 - Will schools John on Firefly's DVD exclusive episodes. John hangs his head in shame.
00:26:37 - This just in, Will and John love horror movies like a fat kid loves cake. John praises the strong acting in The Alphabet Killer, but warns against the so-so script. This leads into an appreciation of Eliza Dushku.
00:36:33 - John breaks Will, after discussing sexuality used in media as a marketing tool. Burn Notice is mentioned.
00:41:25 - Dollhouse is fast approaching. The anticipation is so thick, you can almost taste it. It tastes like cinnamon. Will throws in a story of random geekness.
00:45:16 - More email from Marshal, our neighbor to the far, far north. His favorite episode of Geek By Night is apparently That Yellow Mustard.
00:51:50 - Will just wants to spread the love and increase the peace. John is open to the idea, but not optimistic.
01:03:32 - John discusses his age and maturity level in relation to others. This is just before he closes out the show so he can go cow tipping, so your mileage may vary.

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Cuba Gooding Jr., Fader Gladiator, Faithless, Groove Armada, Weezer, Zero 7, Why?, Coldplay, My Chemical Romance, Stars, Dreadzone, Moby, Jimmy Eat World, Echobelly, Syntax, Anthony Stewart Head & George Sarah & Alyson Hannigan and Deadstar.
Direct download: CS_0025.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 2:45 AM

Nick Jimenez, co-host of Geekeasy returns to the show. This time, we record a commentary for the film Eagle Eye. The movie reunites Shia LaBeouf with the Director of Disturbia, D.J. Caruso. Both pictures were Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg.

Unfortunately, these big names do very little for the quality of the film itself which is plagued by absurdly massive plot holes (the super computer needs to be unlocked in order to perform tasks it spends the entire movie already carrying out just fine), forced and manufactured tension (why does a brief case have a digital timer on it anyway? It's not even a time-sensitive bomb!) and underwritten characters (Rosario Dawson, you turned down a role written specifically for you by Kevin Smith for this?).

Please join Nick and I as we shrug and laugh our way through this entertaining but stupid, popcorn actioner. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_eagleeye.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 11:50 PM

Eric Diaz, from Geekscape returns to the show to discuss his favorite television program, Twin Peaks. Also, we review The Strangers on DVD.

00:02:22 - John had a Twin Peaks marathon a few months back. The discussion can finally begin.
00:08:37 - Eric feels that David Lynch has lost his mojo.
00:13:53 - Angelo Badalamenti is discussed, as well as Lynch's dreamspace aesthetic. John manages to bring up Buffy the Vampire Slayer, naturally.
00:17:23 - Femme Fatales in David Lynch's work is mentioned. Sherilynn Fenn is so beautiful, even gay men find her hot. Well, one, at least.
00:24:44 - Eric recalls the impact Twin Peaks had on him and the nature of television.
00:39:00 - Ray Wise gets some love for his fine acting.
00:43:40 - Eric recommends the prequel film, Fire Walk With Me.
00:48:36 - John and Eric both found The Strangers to be a pleasant surprise. What qualifies as "Torture Porn"?
01:03:55 - Horror sequels are discussed, as well as the three big, Slasher franchises. This just in, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 is the "gayest" horror movie ever made.
01:10:34 - Rob Zombie gets put in movie jail, for his hypocritical treatment of the Halloween remake.
01:14:29 - Eric and John lament the slow process of their favorite titles making it to Blu-ray. Tony Scott's first film, The Hunger is also talked about.
01:26:28 - Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Series needs to be converted to a high definition release, kinda now. Eric brings up Star Trek.
01:30:11 - After a short intermission, the podcast jumps ahead in editing,  to a discussion about the polarizing passion of geek culture and fanaticism. Devon Faraci wishes fatal illness on Alex Billington.
01:38:14 - Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to The Darkside. The Darkside leads to stomach ulcers. Ask your doctor. It's true.
01:43:33 - John is compiling a list of potential guests he's contacted for the show (David Chen, Neha Tiwari, Elisabeth Rappe, Brian Gilmore, Alex Albrecht, Heather Stewart, Tim Minear). The list is growing and will soon break loose into the city. Hide your babies and small pets! :)

The following artists can be heard in this episode:      

Crushing Velvet, Moby, Julee Cruise, Angelo Badalamenti, Mark Snow, Joanna Newsom, Mark Isham, Harry Manfredini, John Carpenter, Bauhaus, LaTour, Relient K, The Crystal Method, Nathan Fillion, Paul Oakenfold & Nelly Furtado and Denis Leary.
Direct download: CS_0024.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 10:47 PM

All alone on a Wednesday night, I finally respond to some long overdue emails.

00:02:15 - Gather 'round, kids. It's story time, as I talk about what it was like to meet writer/podcaster, Scott Sigler.
00:05:33 - Part two of the story takes place in a bar. Lisa and Suzanne get me tipsy. A good laugh is had by all. The moral of the story? Check out The Mannerscast, of course.
00:14:53 - Traci sings the praises of Stephanie Meyer and her Twilight series of books.
00:24:37 - Jess is curious about the promotional discs from Buffy the Vampire Slayer's score composer, Christophe Beck.
00:30:26 - My new best friend, Marshal shows his appreciation for my contributions to Geek By Night, and his disgust for the Powers That Be. This further adds to the growing big ball of awesome Canadians that enjoy this podcast. My kingdom for some Tim Horton's!
00:41:07 - I'm working on a top secret project. Need a hint? Here's one. :)

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Antiqcool, Filter, AC/DC, Electric President, The Black Heart Procession, Vampire Weekend, Christophe Beck, Echobelly, Gomez and Rilo Kiley.
Direct download: CS_0023.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 2:30 AM

Through the magic of Skype and high speed internet, episode fourteen of Couch Surfing pairs John up with native Londoner, Jack Gregson. More Judd Apatow talk within, as Jack gives his thoughts on Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which leads into a discussion about Muppets. He also talks about the films Leatherheads and In Bruges. Meanwhile, John is caught up on all things Chuck and Reaper, but is now hooked on Dead Like Me, and is looking forward to the DVD movie. The guys also cover news regarding the Jeepers Creepers franchise, The Hobbit and a remake of Friday The 13th. The following artists can be heard in this episode:

The Clash, Rilo Kiley, The Muppets, Hank Williams Jr., Alabama 3, Thomas Newman, Stars, Everything But The Girl, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Runaway Cab, C+C Music Factory, Dan Stein, Alice Cooper, Scout, Caviar, Javier Navarrete, Danny Elfman and Warren Zevon.
Direct download: Couch_Surfing_Episode_14_-_A_Slice_o.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 6:10 AM

It's the end of Angelus (for now), the end of Buffy's second season and the end of 16 millimeter film stock. Paul Maki joins the fun again as we take a look at the second half of this epic two-parter, Becoming. Giles has been kidnapped, Kendra has been murdered and Willow has resolve face. While Buffy tries to prevent the earth's impending destruction, her friends try to restore Angel's soul. To top it all off, Joyce finally learns of her daughter's secret life as a vampire slayer. All this show needs now is some heartbreaking piano music performed by Sarah McLachlan, and we've got a solid tearjerker on our hands... Oh, wait.

Who needs a hug?

As per usual, remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before beginning the episode on your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_buffy_2x22.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 2 -- posted at: 6:21 PM

Crystal Smalling returns to the podcast for part one of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's second season finale, Becoming. Angelus wants to destroy the world. Spike just wants to grab Dru and skip town. Meanwhile, Buffy and her friends are trying to study for final exams. Everything comes to a head in this gripping finale that will have lasting effects on the next season and the series as a whole. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_buffy_2x21.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 2 -- posted at: 6:07 PM

Nick Jimenez takes a break from his voice acting gig with Geek By Night, to talk movies and TV with John. Don't forget to check out Nick's show, Geekeasy. You can find it over at www.geekshow.us.

00:05:03 - Nick is digging on this groundbreaking new series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Better late than never.
00:11:44 - John is making his way through season two of Alias, with a few frustrating results. See above.
00:17:39 - John takes a moment to pimp Tim Minear's long-lost series, The Inside. This leads into a discussion of Fox's confusing treatment of Dollhouse.
00:26:01 - Nick brings up how Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is invading mainstream culture.
00:28:20 - Nick updates John on the current episodes of Heroes. The show was dropped a while back, and will now definitely stay dropped, stomped on, stabbed and set on fire.
00:38:00 - The both of them are excited about Star Trek, but weary of hardcore Star Trek fans. This leads to talk of Juno, Twilight and over-hype.
00:46:02 - Diablo Cody is really proud of her Oscar. Others, not so much. Nick and John explore the bile that is internet flaming.
00:54:50 - Will Smith wants a sequel to Hancock. Apparently, so does Nick.
01:05:00 - Nick longs for a serious, hard-edged vampire film. Let The Right One In comes up in the conversation, and the plans for an American remake, naturally.
01:09:56 - It turns out that Disney cartoons are full of all kinds of violent death. Who knew?
01:15:22 - Seth McFarlane is listed in Entertainment Weekly as the smartest man in TV. Eliza Dushku is all kinds of hot. What's the connection? Find out here.
01:22:35 - Nick closes out the show by sharing his thoughts on Mission: Impossible 3 and reminds listeners to visit his podcast, Geekeasy.

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Jack Black, The Dismasters, The Breeders, Mick Smiley, The Killers, Dreadzone, Tricky, The Crystal Method, BT, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Nada Surf, The Submarines, Britney Spears, Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Oceansize, Weekend Players, Mathew Good Band, Michael Jackson & Will I Am, Presidents Of The United States Of America and Kanye West.
Direct download: CS_0022.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 10:19 AM

Episode four of Drive, entitled No Turning Back, begins the second half of the six episode run of Tim Minear's fast-paced series. Alex Tully is awarded the Jump Start Challenge, but things turn sour when he's forced to bring the Salazar Brothers in on a bank robbery. Meanwhile, Lee and Susan are eliminated from the race, and Rob must report to the nearest Army base to stand trial for abandoning his duty to his country.

Just as with all my commentaries for Drive, there is no preemptive countdown.

Direct download: sofadogs_drive_1x04.mp3
Category:Drive -- posted at: 11:38 PM

Dark comedies rarely get any darker than Heathers. Veronica Sawyer is fed up with the shallow, popular members of her highschool. With the help of her mysterious new boyfriend, the two of them begin killing their social betters and making it look like suicide. Unfortunately, this trend makes the recently deceased more popular than ever.

Join me as I discuss school violence, teen suicide and the art of black comedy while revisiting this wickedly funny gem from the 80s'. It's so very. Remember to listen for my preemptive countdown before starting your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_heathers.mp3
Category:Fall TV 2006 Preview -- posted at: 11:28 PM

Couch Surfing Episode 13 - We Ain't Been Shaved

Gibson and Elliot record a podcast! Well, sort of. Episode thirteen of Couch Surfing supplies John with Chris O'Connor from Geek By Night, filling in as Scott's replacement. Thanks to John and YouTube, Chris discovers the modern vampire cult classic, Near Dark. Civil rights advocate and NRA spokesman, Charlton Heston has unfortunately passed away, but at least the world still has epic favorites like Ben-Hur and Planet Of The Apes to remember him by. Remakes of both Dune and Short Circuit are currently in the works, which leads to a discussion about how robots will eventually rise to power and crush us all. Lionsgate may soon give The Monster Squad the High Definition treatment, even though John is still hopeful for Night Of The Creeps to be released on DVD soon. Chris has a substantial theory concerning Versus Movies, but is distracted when he learns of Armageddon in The Criterion Collection. The episode concludes with a possible correlation between African-American Presidents and movies about world destruction. Keep those co-host requests coming, folks. The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Don Felder, Bear McCreary, Tangerine Dream, Joe Kraemer, Brian Tyler, Brian Eno, Styx, MC Lars Horris, The Platters, The Diamonds, The Perishers, Blondie, The Martinis, Heavens, Sum 41, Slowdive and Kaiser Chiefs.
Direct download: Couch_Surfing_Episode_13_-_We_Ain_t.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 2:30 AM

Episode twelve of Couch Surfing brings you mostly bad news, unfortunately. First off, John and Scott are without new iTunes reviews or e-mail. Secondly, they both lost two and a half hours of their lives, thanks to Richard Kelly's Southland Tales. If that's not enough, the dreaded Knight Rider revamp has been picked up for a series. In lighter news, Scott finds Horton Hears A Who to be quite endearing, and he's oddly excited about the new X-Files movie. John rediscovers the rewarding value of patience after watching Wristcutters: A Love Story, but warns listeners to proceed with caution when considering the very well made, but dark and disturbing Gregg Araki film, Mysterious Skin (Correction: The book that inspired the movie was written by Scott Heim). Finally, the guys contemplate a world without Superman. Scott decides to take an indefinite break from Couch Surfing, to focus on his many other projects. This leaves John without a co-host. If anyone wishes to fill in as a temporary replacement, please send an e-mail.

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Relient K, HIM, Bloodhound Gang, The Beatles, Spoon, Mark Snow, The Church, Moby Michael Andrews, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Leftfield, The Killers, Dollshead, Blur, I Monster, Sigur Ros, John Ottman, Red House Painters and ELO.

Direct download: Couch_Surfing_Episode_12_-_X_Marks_T.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 1:58 AM

Eric Diaz, from the video podcast Geekscape brings a unique perspective to the show this week. Lots of frank, dividing subject matter gets covered here in this overstuffed episode, so proceed with caution. Not suitable for children, unless you're really open and casual with your kids. Like, seriously.

00:02:46 - Eric is singing the praises of Mad Men. It won some important Emmy awards, so that's gotta count for something, right?
00:09:12 - John desperately wants to check out the special features on the Spaced DVDs, even though he's already seen and enjoyed the show.
00:11:48 - John is experiencing a love/hate relationship with season one of Eli Stone. The conversation turns into talk of the Green Lantern movie.
00:18:47 - Breaking news, Tim Burton was a hired gun on his remake of Planet Of The Apes, which ruined the movie.
00:20:28 - John and Eric discuss fan boy-submitted, great movies lists. Popularity goes head to head with actual quality.
00:26:00 - Back to Eli Stone. Season two will be arriving soon, but John is almost certain the show had been canceled. Confusion ensues.
00:29:55 - John brings up Fringe. It's entertaining, but the problems are still there. This leads into some Joshua Jackson love.
00:42:36 - If a show taps an idea really well, should no one else be allowed to expand on it? This leads to talk about Bones. The show has jumped the shark, so John has dropped it. Again.
00:46:27 - There's talk of the season three premiere of Heroes. It's not pretty. Thankfully, Hiro manages to escape more or less unscathed.
00:56:36 - John gives his play by play on Heroes through his Twitter posts.
01:06:24 - John continues his thoughts on season one of Six Feet Under.
01:13:45 - Eric explains the difference between sexual behavior and sexual orientation, using the new Buffy comics and the television series as reference material.
01:24:48 - Chasing Amy comes up in a discussion of the validity bisexuality.
01:34:27 - Buffy gets blamed for the decrease in female membership in the Church Of England. We roll our eyes and scoff.
01:45:41 - Eric makes a bold prediction about the Buffy comics. John gasps, but considers it.
01:54:02 - Eric praises the writing on the Angel comics, but the art makes him cry.
02:01:30 - John closes out the show by lamenting how expensive weekly comics are.

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

C & C Music Factory, Etta James, Johnny Ace, Dan Mudford & Pete Woodhead, George Michael, Ladytron, Beck, Imogen Heap, Thomas Dolby, Moby, Pete Yorn, Crystal Method, Wendy & Lisa, Stars, Iio, Doves, Gym Class Heroes, Thomas Newman, Lamb, Stereophonics, Sarah Mclachlan, DJ Shadow, Massive Attack, Tricky, The Futureheads, Curve, Marvin Gaye, Overseer, Sinead O'Connor, BT, Joshua Radin and Dead Or Alive.
Direct download: CS_0021.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 10:42 AM

Paul Maki returns for commentary on the twentieth episode from Buffy the Vampire Slayer's second season, "Go Fish". The promising members of Sunnydale High's swim team are shedding their skins, literally! It's up to Buffy and her friends to find the connection between these bizarre deaths and a recent crop of scaly sea creatures roaming the halls. Naturally, it all has something to do with the fall of the Soviet Union.... Naturally.

Please join Paul and I as we talk about Wentworth Miller, David Fury and the subtle message in this episode which warns us, "performance enhancing drugs are bad, m'kay?" Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the program on your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_buffy2x20.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 2 -- posted at: 5:25 AM

The season of Fall is upon us. Lisa Tobias returns again to the show. That can only mean one thing: It's time for the Couch Surfing podcast, baby! It feels good to be back in the swing of things.

00:02:28 - Lisa is enjoying the updated version of 90210. John is indifferent.
00:05:35 - The Fringe pilot caused unintentional laughter from John, but Joshua Jackson is a bad-ass, so he's going to keep watching.
00:15:16 - True Blood was a bit of a letdown for Lisa, but she's still on board. John is reminded of Sundown, starring Bruce Campbell.
00:19:34 - John is finally watching Six Feet Under. So far, he's not impressed, finding much of Alan Ball's work cold and one-note.
00:27:52 - Free DVD rentals from the Library are exposing John to mediocre entertainment such as the Amityville Horror remake and Babel, but he strongly recommends the special edition of David Cronenberg's The Fly.
00:35:55 - Be sure to pick up the long overdue special releases of Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Weird Science this month!
00:38:12 - At the end of this month, keep an eye out for the tenth anniversary release of Can't Hardly Wait. Hopefully, we'll get to see more of Amber Benson in the film!
00:40:05 - While trying to catch up on Bones online, John has to deal with his first ever serious virus on his computer. A system recovery (F10) was performed. Everything is fine, now.
00:42:25 - Due to the computer virus, John had to read stuff (!). When all is said and done, he finishes the novelization of Can't Hardly Wait, but was left kind of bored with the Brian Michael Bendis graphic novel, Powers: Who Killed Retro Girl? (Answer: The Butler did it. Just kidding.)
00:45:36 - John is curious to check out the reboot of Geek By Night, and recommends listeners to do the same. He wonders how much of his input remains in the show, if any.
00:49:38 - A shout out to Geek By Night and Buffy Between The Lines alum, Rachel Ruzzo.
00:55:51 - We get our Neil Patrick Harris fix by watching Harold & Kumar: Escape From Guantanamo Bay.
01:02:11 - John & Lisa are hopeful they can take Tim Minear up on his offer to be on the show soon (call us, Tim! Let's do cyber lunch!).
01:03:04 - The show wraps with Lisa recounting her experience at Dragon Con. NOTE: Sorry we didn't have time to get to listeners' emails. We'll hit it next recording!  

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Three Dog Night, Weezer, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Eberg, Rolling Stones, Sneaker Pimps, Tom McRae, John McEntire, Massive Internal Complications, Simple Minds, Depeche Mode, Thirteen Senses, Van Halen, Mickey Avalon, Elvis Costello, Badly Drawn Boy and Craig Wedren.
Direct download: CS_0020.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 9:42 AM

Lisa Tobias drops in for some Bicardi, pizza and The Guild. We chuckle and guffaw our way through the complete first season DVD of this hilarious and creative web-based series. The show is written by, produced by and stars Felicia Day as a sweet, plucky young violinist struggling with her addiction to online gaming and the other players she "socializes" with. The situation intensifies when one of her fellow gamers finds out where she lives and inserts himself into her life, with his overbearing mother trailing close behind.

Lisa and I discuss babies in cages, stalkers and the monetary value of a person's awesomeness. As per usual, please listen for the preemptive countdown before selecting "Play All" on your DVD.

"Commentaried."
Direct download: sofadogs_theguild_season1.mp3
Category:Web Shows -- posted at: 6:38 AM

Couch Surfing Episode 08 - The Whedon/Zombie Dance-Off

In episode eight of Couch Surfing, our heroes rejoice at the end of the Writer’s Strike. Scott gushes about the new ABC show, Eli Stone, but weeps about the latest FOX game show, The Moment of Truth. John finally finishes Veronica Mars, and Scott must talk him down off the ledge, over the unsatisfactory ‘ending’. They both praise the mind blowing bargains from Deep Discount. Scott finds the willpower not to punch a kitten after watching the BBC show, Primeval, while John shares a childhood story of his mad archery skills. The two of them finish up the show by lamenting Joss Whedon’s frustrating lack of follow-through, and laughing at the absurdity of Rob Zombie possibly directing Conan. The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Leroy, Shakespeare’s Sister, Lords of Acid, George Michael, Fleetwood Mac, The Bravery, INXS, Bjork & PJ Harvey, The Delays, Guided By Voices, The Dandy Warhols, Primal Scream, Prince, Was Not Was, Hans Zimmer, AFI, Evanescence, Scissor Sisters, Nickelback, Staind, White Zombie and The Dollyrots.
Direct download: CS_008.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 1:37 PM

"I Only Have Eyes For You" is the nineteenth episode from the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Surrounding the day of the Sadie Hawkins Dance, a couple of ghosts from 1955 are possessing random folks at Sunnydale High, forcing them to play out a forgotten crime of passion, ending in murder and suicide. Things go from bad to worse when Buffy and Angelus become the next vessels for these tortured spirits.

Crystal Smalling (Three Chicks & A Mic and the Squint Squad) joins the show as we take a closer look at this episode about role reversal, heartbreak and forgiveness. In this commentary, Crystal and I discuss snakes, poltergeists and the possibility of a few hidden, subtle fashion statements.

Please listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_buffy2x19.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 2 -- posted at: 5:57 PM

According to Variety's online blog The Set List, Rounder Records will release a long overdue official score soundtrack for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The album will contain 29 tracks from seasons 2 through 4, composed by Christophe Beck (Bring It On, Elektra, Confidence) and released on September 9th.

Here is the track list:
 
1. Massacre  (from “Becoming”)
2. Angel Waits  (from “Passion”)
3. Remembering Jenny  (from “Passion”)
4. Twice the Fool  (from “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”)
5. Moment of Happiness  (from “Innocence”)
6. Loneliness of Six (from “Lover’s Walk”)
7. Sugar High (from “Band Candy”)
8. Tai Chi  (from “Band Candy”)
9. Kralik’s House  (from “Helpless”)
10. Magic Snow Music  (from “Amends”)
11. Slayer’s Elegy  (from “The Wish”)
12. Faith’s End  (from “Graduation Day”)
13. Drink Me  (from “Graduation Day”)
14. One Last Moment  (from “Graduation Day”)
15. Haunted  (from “Fear Itself”)
16. From the Grave  (from “This Year’s Girl”)
17. Demon Got Your Tongue  (from “Hush”)
18. Golf Claps  (from “Hush”)
19. The Princess Screams  (from “Hush”)
20. Spellbound  (from “Who Are You?”)
21. Fyarl in the Morning  (from “A New Man”)
22. A Really Big Sandbox  (from “Restless”)
23. Spaghetti  (from “Restless”)
24. Body Paint  (from “Restless”)
25. Xander’s Nightmare  (from “Restless”)
26. The Tower  (from “The Gift”)
27. Losing Battle  (from “The Gift”)
28. Apocalypse  (from “The Gift”)
29. Sacrifice  (alternate version, from “The Gift”)

Personally, I'm mostly excited for the previously unavailable material from season 4 (especially "Restless"), as I already have the rest from Beck's original promotional discs. Hopefully, if this sells well, we may see a second volume some time in the future. I wouldn't say no to music from the remaining seasons, either (particularly Thomas Wanker's work on "Into The Woods" and "Smashed").

For anyone interested in making their own compilation, here's the track list from Christophe Beck's promotional discs for Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

NOTE: The order of these tracks may seem odd at first, as they are not initially in chronological order. The reason for this is, if you listen to the music very carefully, you will realize that much of it is actually seamlessly mixed together, like one, very long suite:

1. Resurrection
2. Twice The Fool
3. Remembering Jenny
4. Ampata's Kiss
5. Devil Child
6. What's That Do?
7. Sledgehammer
8. Cursed
9. Angel Waits
10. Mob Rush
11. Accused
12. Escape
13. Moment Of Happiness
14. The Buffy Rat
15. Love Is Forever
16. Robot Rampage
17. Show Me Your World
18. Waking Willow
19. Massacre
20. Vision Of Jenny
21. As Angel Becomes
22. The Mark Of Eyghon*
23. Deliverance
24. Tai Chi
25. Sugar High
26. Loneliness Of Six
27. Bizarro Sunnydale
28. Blood Machine
29. Slayer's Elegy
30. Dublin, 1938
31. Dreaming Of...
32. Magic Snow Music
33. Betrayal
34. Kralik's House
35. A Father's Love
36. Alternate Willow
37. Into The Mayor's Lair
38. Dearly Beloved
39. The Beginning Of The End
40. Class Protector
41. Poison Arrow
42. Faith's End
43. Aftermath
44. Drink Me
45. Little Miss Muffet
46. War
47. One Last Look
48. Close Your Eyes**
49. Dead Guys With Bombs***
50. Buffy & Riley's Love Theme****
51. Suite From "Hush"*****
52. Suite From "Restless"*****
53. Sacrifice From "The Gift"*****

*The end of this track starts to lead into a new, unknown piece of music. So, either a cue is missing from the promotional CD, or the track list I got from Blunt Instrument is inaccurate. Anyone who can clarify, please send email.
**Available on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Album
***Available on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Radio Sunnydale (UK Mix)
****I can't even remember where I got this from. I'm not entirely sure if it's from the composer, or if a talented fan did their own cover of this piece. It's difficult to tell, since Beck mostly uses synth instruments in his work as well.
*****Available on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Once More, With Feeling"





Category:News -- posted at: 4:56 AM

Eighteen episodes into Buffy the Vampire Slayer's second season brings us to, "Killed By Death". Buffy isn't feeling her Wheaties. The Scoobies take her to the hospital. While recovering from the flu, she learns the Children's Ward is being visited by a mysterious figure every night and killing kids who are too weak to fight back. Is it the Doctor and his questionable experiments? Is it the invisible, eye-popping monster with an underbite? Hard to say. I guess you'll just have to watch and find out. :)

Please join Paul Maki and I as we discuss the high level of gullibility of Sunnydale residents, Day for Night shooting and the debate over whether or not Power Girl was created for the show, or if she's a preexisting superhero (Turns out, she is in fact a DC Comics Character. I knew it!).

Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_buffy2x18.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 2 -- posted at: 6:47 AM

Paul Maki returns for the seventeenth episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's second season, "Passion". Angelus is stalking Buffy, killing Willow's fish and leaving delightful, creep-o-gram drawings for the Slayer and her friends to find. Meanwhile, Jenny Calendar is working on a rare, forgotten spell to restore Angel's soul. Also, Joyce learns of her daughter's recent intimacy with an older man. Much older. Much, much older. In any case, relationships are tested, secrets are revealed and someone dies.

Please join Paul and I as we talk about building sets versus shooting on location, practical effects versus CGI, strong casting and even vampire etiquette. NOTE: You may hear it on occasion, but I was enjoying a plate of angel hair pasta during this recording. :)

Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_buffy2x17.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 2 -- posted at: 8:37 PM

Lisa and John discuss their two favorite and most anticipated entertainment experiences of the year. WARNING: This podcast contains spoilers for The Dark Knight. Discretion is advised.

00:01:25 - John and Lisa give their thoughts on Joss Whedon's web series, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and they talk about what this could mean for the future of online entertainment.
00:18:50 - Lisa brings up the merits of novelists building an audience by providing their works online for free in the audio podcast format. She cites the superhero series, Playing For Keeps as being one example of success, similar in tone to Dr. Horrible.
00:24:22 - John and Lisa share their experience of seeing The Dark Knight on the big screen, with a packed crowd.
00:39:50 - Lisa expresses her disappointment in Maggie Gyllenhaal's performance, which leads back to a discussion about Katie Holmes playing the same role in Batman Begins.
00:46:11 - They both long for the days of ushers in movie theaters, which transfers over into talk about how common courtesy and etiquette are almost nonexistent these days. The ratings system and taking young children to inappropriate movies is also discussed.
01:07:55 - John mentions his optimism and curiosity with Terminator: Salvation, after having seen the Teaser.
01:16:50 - They're both amused by the Trailer for the new CGI film Bolt, especially a certain thrill seeking Hamster. "Let it begin!"
01:19:16 - There's a film about vampires coming out called Twilight. Not interested. We'll stick with Buffy & Angel, thank you very much.
01:21:53 - Ridley Scott made a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. It's called Body Of Lies. That's pretty much all the Trailer had to say.
01:25:52 - Apparently, the United States government doesn't like it when you talk smack about Ridley Scott's latest film, because they sent a very loud, intrusive helicopter after us.
01:26:47 - The show comes to a close with talk about the Teaser for Watchmen and the works of comic book author, Alan Moore.
01:33:50 - Promo for the Astral Audio Experience.

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

AC/DC, Neil Patrick Harris, Blur, Teddybears, Fonda, Splashdown, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard, Ladytron, Robert Miles, 8mm, Aqualung, Brad Fiedel, Monster Magnet, Aretha Franklin, Seal, Hughes Hall and The Smashing Pumpkins.
Direct download: CS_0019.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 9:02 AM

I recorded this Q & A session in Dallas, during the North Texas 2008 Can't Stop The Serenity screening. Enjoy:




Category:News -- posted at: 4:49 PM

John is once again joined by the always delightful Lisa Tobias, from the Hypersensitive Podcast!

00:01:19 - John and Lisa squee like nobody's business over how awesome Tim Minear is, and what it was like to meet him.
00:22:37 - John was able to identify strongly with The Incredible Hulk, while Lisa is enjoying the build up to The Avengers movie.
00:29:50 - Neither of them cared for 27 Dresses all that much. It was absurd and lame, with an occasional sprinkle of charm.
00:39:00 - After having only watched the first disc so far, Lisa is already madly in love with Wonderfalls.
00:43:17 - Lisa finally watches Enchanted, and agrees whole heartedly that Pip rules all.
00:44:10 - John brings the listeners up to date on the whole internet drama fiasco (now you have the option to skip it entirely, if you so choose).
01:10:34 - John asks for help from the listeners in tracking down episode 8 of Couch Surfing, "The Whedon/Zombie Dance-Off".
01:13:03 - Tim Minear brings the show to a close with an important message.

The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Mates Of State, Jay Gruska, David Newman, Gavin Rossdale, Andy Partridge, Syntax, The Rhones, The Crystal Method & Milla Jovovich, Gorillaz, Nada Surf, Bloc Party, Greyboy, Kim Richey, Splashdown, The Dandy Warhols, Junkie XL, Puracane, Lunatic Calm and Four Star Mary.
Direct download: CS_0018a.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 3:59 PM

It was bound to happen sooner or later, but a woman has been recruited to bring some class and intelligence to Couch Surfing. John is joined by Lisa Tobias from the Hypersensitive Podcast. They discuss the well roundosity (it's a word, now) of Lost and its fourth season. The both of them show some love for Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, and then John ruins everything by turning his nose up at Juno. Thankfully, Diablo Cody still comes out on top as generally awesome. Things go dark and depressing when The Mist rolls into the conversation, but childhood nostalgia brings the show back up, with talk of The Gate and Fraggle Rock. More Canadian mail gets answered, this time in regards to viral marketing. All the while, John searches for moral support from the audience. The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Iggy Pop, Groove Armada, The Temptations, John Williams, Angels & Airwaves, Modest Mouse, Stars, Iron & Wine, The Moldy Peaches, Coldplay, Gary Numan, Dead Can Dance, Jon Brion, James Newton Howard, Michael Hoenig & J. Peter Robinson, Johnny Law, APM, Hooverphonic, The Fraggles, Arco, L7, Kathleen Edwards, Erasure and Boy In Static.
Direct download: CS_0016.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 2:19 PM

The eleventh episode of Couch Surfing, is over-stuffed with equal measures of both pain and pleasure. John loses a little piece of his soul, having watched Hostel Part 2. After a twenty minute rant about the works of Eli Roth, John and Scott go into joyous praise over Martian Child. They talk about the news of Bryan Singer having another go at Superman, which leads into a discussion about Kate Bosworth, followed by Scott getting a homework assignment. John suggests his casting of Chris Evans in Y: The Last Man. Scott expresses his love for the works of Amy Sherman-Palladino, but expresses mostly disgust with The Return Of Jezebel James and lead actress, Parker Posey. Thankfully, the two of them seem to be madly in love with Lauren Ambrose, so it balances out. Rob Thomas is bringing his show Cupid back to ABC, but he's also been hired by The CW to revamp the iconic, teen drama series, Beverly Hills 90210. Confusion and morbid curiosity ensues. Plus, answering e-mail from Wichita, Kansas. The following artists can be heard in this episode:  

The Dust Brothers, Say Hi To Your Mom, Ministry, John Carpenter, Sigur Ros, Guster, Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Aimee Mann, Stars, Christian Burns, Smashing Pumpkins, Mika, Elvis & JunkieXL, Dashboard Confessional, Shiny Toy Guns, Marvin Gaye, John E. Davis, Alison Krauss and Nada Surf.
Direct download: Couch_Surfing_Episode_11_-_9021-Oh_W.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 4:04 AM

We're not homophobic, we swear! In this episode of Couch Surfing, John discovers a surprising association with top shelf Vivid Girl, Tawny Roberts. The guys give their thoughts on the films Superbad and Definitely, Maybe. A lengthy, heated discussion follows concerning some new developments in the latest comic book issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. John stands his ground on the idea of turning down another man's affections, while Scott is suddenly feeling alienated by the otherwise favored show, Torchwood. They finally count themselves among the worthy in the podcast section of iTunes, and answer listener e-mail from Canada. The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Yummy Bingham, Elvis Costello, Lyle Workman, MIA, Re-Flex, The House Of Love, Slowdive, Meat Beat Manifesto, Cocteau Twins, New Order, Lush, Nine Inch Nails, Timbaland, Plain White Tees, Death Cab For Cutie, Metallica, Boards Of Canada, Barenaked Ladies, Etta James and Bear McCreary. 
Direct download: Couch_Surfing_Episode_10_-_Gay_Pride.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 3:36 AM

Episode nine of Couch Surfing finds John and Scott discussing the differences between comics and movies as viable mediums of storytelling. Scott talks smack about dormitory living and teenagers, ensuring our audience doesn't get too big. John reviews Justice League: The New Frontier, which he finds entertaining but feeling very truncated. This leads into a discussion about the live-action counterpart, which still seems to be moving forward. The two of them question the credibility of i09.com, after a contradictory article on the success of science fiction in movies and TV. They push for a new measurement system to replace the Nielsen Ratings, while praising the merits of watching TV online. The following artists can be heard in this episode:

MGMT, Kaiser Chiefs, Coldplay, Tuatara, Eminem, The New Pornographers, Rod Stewart, Ash, Linkin Park, Devo, Elastica, Goldfrapp, Regina Spektor, Rilo Kiley, Stars, Cornrowz, Aerosmith, Vast, Danny Elfman and Republica.

Direct download: Couch_Surfing_Episode_09_-_Kill_Your.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 8:35 PM

The fifteenth episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's second season is all about "Phases". I'm joined by Paul Maki, from Geek By Night. It seems that Sunnydale is in the cycle of the full moon. A werewolf takes this as an opportunity to go trolling for late night snacks. It's up to Buffy and her friends to stop the big, bad wolf from eating civilians, or worse yet, making more of its kind. And on a completely unrelated note (I covered that up pretty nicely), Willow and Oz are making moon eyes at each other.

Join Paul and I as we talk about continuity errors, visible crew members, exposition and expensive globes. That's right, globes. Please listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_buffy_2x15.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 2 -- posted at: 3:25 AM

Lisa Tobias returns to the show and this time, it's personal. The new series on the USA Network, In Plain Sight gets a recommendation. Meanwhile, John goes nuts over the adorable Amy Adams and her equally adorable Chipmunk friend from Enchanted. The two of them rather enjoyed The Air I Breathe, and they give praise to Sarah Michelle Gellar and Brendan Fraser for their standout performances. The dynamic duo of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp plan to bring Dark Shadows to the big screen, while John tries to be optimistic about a fourth Beverly Hills Cop film. Also, Shirley Manson is set to kick ass and look hot next to Summer Glau in the second season of the Terminator series. By the end of the show, a kind listener gives strong, moral support and John makes a big announcement about his future. The following artists can be heard in this episode:

RJD2, Beastie Boys, The Chipmunks & The Chipettes, Coldplay, Mark Isham, Mat Kearney, Harold Faltermeyer, Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, Feist, DJ Erb & Ludacris, AC/DC, The Posies, Radiohead, Ambulance LTD, William Shatner & Aimee Mann & Ben Folds and The New Radicals.
Direct download: CS_0017.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 10:15 PM

In the third episode of Titus, called Dave Moves Out, Christopher convinces Dave to leave the nest. Unfortunately, he tried to take his father's VCR. Ken is not too happy, and has Dave thrown in jail for grand theft. When it's revealed that Titus is behind Dave's sudden independence (and the theft of the VCR), their Dad makes Christopher join his brother as an accomplice.

Can Erin bring Father and Sons together through love and reconciliation? Will Ken get his VCR back? Will Tommy ever back off? Most importantly, why has it taken me over a year and a half to record more Titus commentaries? Please join me as I attempt to answer all these questions and more.

As per usual, please listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_titus1x03.mp3
Category:Sitcoms -- posted at: 9:18 AM

Spiffy! The fourteenth episode from the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer brings us to Innocence. In the conclusion to this two-parter, Angel has lost a soul, but gained some swagger. This does not bode well for Buffy, after having done some "stuff" with Angel the night before. Thanks to Jenny Calendar's Gypsy ancestors, and their inability to let things go, Angel's cursed. Buffy soon learns the hard way that you really do hurt the ones you "love". Can she bring herself to do what must be done? Is there a weapon forged that can destroy The Judge? Do you really not know the answers to these questions by now?

Join Rachel Gatlin and I as we discuss inconsistent wardrobes, Gellar's heartbreaking performance, sexual milestones, an ever-expanding Sunnydale, a strange appreciation for matchbooks and the latest game to sweep the nation, Six Degrees Of Joss Whedon.

NOTE: UrbanDictionary.com defines "Wiggins" as:

The state of being uncomfortable or freaked out.

I want to go home, this place gives me the wiggins.

Just as before, please listen for the preemptive countdown before beginning the episode on your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_buffy_2x14.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 2 -- posted at: 12:46 AM

Surprise is the thirteenth episode from Buffy the Vampire Slayer's second season. In this epic two-part event, Buffy's birthday has arrived, which basically seems to always coincide with lots of sex and lots of death. Go figure. Meanwhile, Spike and Dru are planning their own celebration, in honor of resurrecting the world's oldest and scariest Smurf (for now, but more on that later. Much, much later), more commonly known as The Judge.

Rachel Gatlin and I discuss wheelchair-bound vampires, the rules of pranking on party guests and the smooth pimpness of Angel and Oz. We also talk briefly about the passing of veteran, character actor, Vincent Schiavelli. Like I said, lots of sex and lots of death. Halfway through season two, and the party is still going strong.

As per usual, please listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_buffy_2x13.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 2 -- posted at: 11:32 PM

Twelve episodes into season two of Buffy the Vampire Slayer brings us to Bad Eggs. The school is pairing off students to take part in an early form of parenting, by using eggs. Unfortunately, these particular eggs are mind-controlling, energy sucking parasites. In Sunnydale, apparently, even your breakfast is evil and out to get you. Rachel Gatlin and I discuss shopping mall etiquette, overbearing mothers, gigapets and the excessive amount of stuffed animals on Buffy's bed.

Please listen for my preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_buffy_2x12.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 2 -- posted at: 5:08 AM

The eleventh episode from Buffy's second season brings us to "Ted". Rachel Gatlin and I sit down to watch one of Joss Whedon's favorite episodes. In it, a new man is suddenly showing up in the Summers household. He rather quickly and easily wins the trust and affection of Joyce and the Scoobies, but Buffy herself is convinced something is rotten in Sunnydale. Who is this man named Ted, and what's the deal with all the crazy malarkey going on?

Rachel and I discuss busy shirts, the surprising lack of an official soundtrack score album, the pros and cons of 16-millimeter film and the late, great John Ritter. He's a man known for expert, comic timing and genuine warmth and sincerity. Gone, but never forgotten.

Just as before, please listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

NOTE: Rachel and I briefly mention Ritter's passing, unable to recall exactly when it happened. Apparently, we were both mistaken. John Ritter died on September 11th, 2003, barely a week before his 55th birthday.
Direct download: sofadogs_buffy_2x11.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 2 -- posted at: 6:04 AM

Rachel Gatlin and I keep the party going with What's My Line?, Part Two. In the tenth episode of Buffy's second season, Kendra shows up. She's called to Sunnydale as a replacement Slayer, after that brief moment from Prophecy Girl when Buffy died, just a little. Rachel and I talk about lipstick on Men, vampires who breathe, Seth Green's ever-changing hair color from scene to scene and the apparent absence of a dress code at Sunnydale High. This just in: Giles secretly collects action figures.

As per usual, please listen for a preemptive countdown before beginning the episode on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_buffy_2x10.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 2 -- posted at: 1:12 PM

Finally: the ninth episode from season two of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, What's My Line? (Part 1). Joining me for this two-part event is Rachel Gatlin, from Geek By Night. It's Career Day at Sunnydale High, and Buffy is considering a job in law enforcement. Meanwhile, Spike and Drusilla send three assassins after the Slayer. Rachel and I discuss the difficulty of ice skating, the meaning behind whacky neckties, the importance of potassium, and bad Jamaican accents. All the while, the battle of the hair rages on: Buffy Summers vs. Rachel Green.

As is generally the case with these commentaries, please listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_buffy_2x09.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 2 -- posted at: 1:05 PM

Geek By Night is here!.... except that it's not. It's over there, at Geekshow.us. In case you don't know what the smeg I'm talking about, head on over to the site and check it out. Point is, I'm a writer, producer and actor for the show, supplying my voice as the main character! So what are you waiting for? An invitation? You've already got one. Go! Listen! Enjoy!
Category:News -- posted at: 7:24 AM

DESMOND! PHYSICS! DESMOND AND PHYSICS!

Okay so I'm well over a week late...but honestly, who wouldn't want to spend a little time rehashing the best episode of the season so far (even sans mp3) ?

In the intervening time we've also had a slightly less exciting episode, The Other Woman. Since I'm way overdue with both of these, and running short on time (so short this post has no accompanying images!), I'll abbreviate as much as pssble.

Spoilers for Lost episodes 4x05 and 4x06 follow:

Click here to open the review

Related links:
LostCasts
Official Lost site

Category:Lost Reviews -- posted at: 9:02 PM

Lost audio reviews: back for one week only!

Despite my optimism, it'll be back to a text review for the next episode since I'll be out of town. In the meantime, here's 30 minutes of speculative (and somewhat hoarse) chatter on the specialist subject of "Eggtown - Parenthood and the Oceanic 6".

Related links:
Eggtown screencaps @ Lost-Media
LostCasts
Official Lost site

Direct download: sofadogs_104_lost4x04.mp3
Category:Lost Reviews -- posted at: 8:12 PM

Well, it took me nearly two years, but I've finally done it. I have now recorded commentaries for every episode of Firefly. I finish out this long, memorable journey, fittingly enough with the final episode, Objects In Space. In the show, River melts away and becomes the ship, a bounty hunter sneaks on board and wrestles with his own sanity while holding Simon at gunpoint and Jayne sleeps through it all.

Please join me for this one-man, pity party as I mourn the loss of such an amazing, innovative, funny slice of science fiction greatness in television. As is generally the case, please listen for my preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

The Firefly commentaries have stopped here, for now. He understands. He does not comprehend.
Direct download: sofadogs_firefly_objectsinspace.mp3
Category:Firefly -- posted at: 5:24 AM

No podcast this week (again) because I had a bit of a throat thing going on (again) over the weekend, and the review is late because...well...I'm just writing it now.

The Economist is this week's ep, and with a nice, obscure-sounding title I was bound to enjoy it. Factor in that it was Sayid's turn to take centre stage and it's high fives all round.

The end of the writer's strike has thrown up the possibility of 5 more new episodes of Lost being produced this season, bringing the total to 13. Chances are there will be a long break before the new batch air though.

Spoilers for Lost episode 4x03 follow:

Click here to open the review

Related links:
The Economist screencaps @ Lost-Media
LostCasts
Official Lost site

Category:Lost Reviews -- posted at: 10:43 PM

As of episode 8, John and Scott's Couch Surfing has now migrated across to Geekshow.us. Just as well really - I'm not sure our webspace could have coped with the sheer megabytage those guys were producing for a while there!

To check out episode 8, 'The Whedon/Zombie Dance-Off', click here.

And here is where you'll find new Couch Surfing episodes in the future :)

Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 11:27 AM

And our streak of weekly Lost podcasts ends at...um...one. Oh well, we had a good run...

This week's episode, Confirmed Dead, didn't interest me nearly as much as last week's, so perhaps it's fitting that it should be the first to fall by the audio wayside. With the writers' strike possibly at an end, there may still be hope (blindly optimistic or otherwise) for the season to be completed and aired the way it was intended - 16 consecutive episodes. More episodes means more chance of the odd podcast falling through the cracks, so with that in mind I'm instituting a radical new policy of subsitute textual reviews. Yes, while I may not have enjoyed Confirmed Dead enough to chat about it, I can still muster up the will to write about it!

Spoilers for Lost episode 4x02 follow:

Click here to open the exciting, text-based content!
Update: Now with added Gary!


Related links:
Confirmed Dead screencaps @ Lost-Media
LostCasts
Official Lost site

Category:Lost Reviews -- posted at: 4:00 PM

CANNONBALL!!!

As if anyone needed any reminder, Lost is back. 7 months to wait and scarcely 7 weeks worth of episodes to look forward to, so Stu and Gary make sure they get in on the ground floor with a wander through the season premiere, The Beginning of the End. Besides a little flash-forward confusion, it's business as usual.

No spoilers, as long as you don't count inferences made by reading the opening credits...

For more Lost:
Official Lost
LostCasts

Direct download: sofadogs_102_lost4x01.mp3
Category:Lost Reviews -- posted at: 11:10 PM

In episode seven of Couch Surfing, the guys wage war against ill-mannered comic shop owners. Scott recommends the film, 27 Dresses for both Men and Women, while pushing for more James Marsden on the big screen. John is unimpressed with both Saw IV and Hatchet, but finds plenty of Super-Action entertainment with Rambo. The two of them share celebrity meet and greet stories from conventions, but also urge Sarah Michelle Gellar to appear at this year's Buffy Reunion Event, or risk losing fans. The following artists can be heard in this episode:

John Reuben, Drowning Pool, Brian Tyler, Marilyn Manson, Fear Factory, Stars, Radiohead, The Crystals, Starling, Paris Hilton, Junior Senior, CSS, INXS, Garbage, Jet, Moby, Tuatara, Journey, Cat Stevens, Blink 182 and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
Direct download: sofadogs_couch_surfing_7.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 12:04 PM

Holy smokes! Three digits!

Yes, the episode counter has ticked over to 100 without the webpage imploding in some horrible imitation of the millennium bug. To celebrate said non-implosion, a well-worn DVD makes its way into two DVD players on opposite sides of the Atlantic and simultaneous chatting ensues. As if the name of said DVD was ever in doubt, let's just say it's the one with the llama on the cover.

100 Serenity

Direct download: sofadogs_100_serenity.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 9:53 PM

In episode six of Couch Surfing, John and Scott contemplate what it means to be a Real Hero, and then give their thoughts on the film, Cloverfield. Some points of debate include believable characters, motion sickness and magical cameras. Spoilers abound, so proceed with caution. The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Wiseguys, David Bowie, Bjork, Bonnie Tyler, Elmer Bernstein, Chemical Brothers, Static-X, The Smiths, Psapp, Josh Joplin Group, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Dashboard Prophets, BT & Sarah McLachlan, Smashing Pumpkins and And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead.
Direct download: sofadogs_couch_surfing_6.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 11:07 PM

In episode five of Couch Surfing, John & Scott search for elusive curves on today's modern woman. They outlaw gossip magazines and also praise the new surprise hit show, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. After catching his breath from a title that's way too long, John welcomes Summer Glau back to science fiction. Scott proclaims effects powerhouse, Zoic Studios to be the North American version of WETA. The guys round out their week with a possible end in sight for the writers strike, as well as the superior Blu-ray gaining majority support in the format war. It's the war against weight, the war against the guild, the war against home entertainment and the war against the machines. We say, make love, not war. The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Fine Young Cannibals, Weird Al Yankovic, Patsy Cline, Spoon, The Dust Brothers, Brad Fiedel, Nine Inch Nails, Prodigy, Vast, Edwin Starr, Foo Fighters and Deadsy.
Direct download: sofadogs_couch_surfing_5.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 5:30 PM

In the fourth excursion of Couch Surfing, John & Scott live for the music. They go nuts over the entertaining adventures of Veronica Mars and Jaye Tyler, while exploring the possibly bleak future ahead for television and showing sympathy for Tim Minear. Eventually, Scott instigates a verbal slap fight, expressing his disappointment in Sarah Michelle Gellar, and her longstanding abandonment of the vampire slayer that made her famous. Attempting to prove that chivalry isn't dead, only missing an arm, John tries to defend her professional career choices. It's not easy. After the dust settles, the guys appoint themselves as Sarah's new managers and a mutual decision is reached in the new direction for her star to shine. It's the best career idea for her, ever! You'll have to listen to the show to find out. The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Michael Jackson, Angels & Airwaves, Ivy, Abra Moore, Kate Havnevik, Coldplay, Travis, Longwave, REM, Gavin Rossdale, Orbital, The New Pornographers, Amy Studt, The Verve and The Solids.
Direct download: sofadogs_couch_surfing_4.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 8:49 AM

For the third episode of Couch Surfing, John tries to call in sick, while Scott confesses his love of peddling comics on unsuspecting victims. John is lamenting the late, great Veronica Mars, having recently discovered the show on DVD at his local library. Scott longs for the days of a happy Spider-Man. The two also discuss hidden treasures to be found in novelizations of popular movies and television shows, as well as the joys of knifing Captain America and gutting that smug jerk like a fat trout. The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Korn, The Dandy Warhols, Air, Death In Vegas, The Replacements, Lali Puna, Stars, Tears For Fears, Rogue Waves, Danny Elfman, Stretch, INXS, Oasis, Beck, Paul McCartney, Better Than Ezra, Rob Dickinson and Moby.
Direct download: sofadogs_couch_surfing_3.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 11:18 AM

The second episode of Couch Surfing finds John & Scott in the aftermath of the holiday break. They discuss the pros and cons of dollars as presents, ebay and "rare" collectibles and what the future holds for the Academy Awards. Also of note: For those of you who might give a pretentious crap, you can finally hear what Bill Murray whispered to Scarlett Johansson at the end of Lost In Translation, by going here. We're still working out the kinks of this experimental show, but we hope you will listen and enjoy. The following artists can be heard in this episode:

The O'Jays, The Flying Lizards, Andy Partridge, Stars, Dream Academy, Greyboy, David Newman, Rob Dougan, The Cure, Death Cab For Cutie, Bloc Party, Craig Armstrong, Moby, Pale 3 Featuring Beth Hirsch, My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, Michael Jackson and Moby (again).

Direct download: sofadogs_couch_surfing_2.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 8:53 AM

Welcome to the first episode of Couch Surfing. This is a new section of Sofa Dogs, devoted to weekly discussions about the latest news in entertainment. Joining me on this experimental, maiden voyage is Scott Carelli, from Two Geeks, A Mic & A Podcast. Taking a page from the book of Kevin Smith (more like downright ripping out that page), we adopt the Smodcast structure, by playing music behind our random conversations. This is my first attempt at a podcast like this, so please send me feedback and let me know what you think. The following artists can be heard in this episode:

Lionrock, Peter Gabriel, Portishead, Remy Zero, Shampoo, Lemon Demon, Sugarloaf, Sarah Michelle Gellar, New Order, They Might Be Giants, Prince, Gnarls Barkley, The Pixies, Camille Saint-Saens, U2 Darlene Love, Yoko Kanno, Danny Elfman, Telefon Tel Aviv, Cinderella
Angels & Airwaves, The Dandy Warhols, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Elmer Bernstein, Christophe Beck, Brad Fiedel, Justin Timberlake
Supertramp, Dave Pimer, Flyleaf, Fugazi, Charlie Clouser, Lazlo Bane Coldplay and John McEntire.
Direct download: sofadogs_couch_surfing_1.mp3
Category:Couch Surfing -- posted at: 7:21 AM

While we were sorting out the general confusion, bewilderment and thumb-twiddling that led to first the sofadogs.com domain expiring and then the libsyn account going inactive, John still managed to distill his thoughts into mp3 form over at Geekshows.us. And when I say distill...well I guess I don't actually mean distill because his guest host spot on Two Geeks, a Mic and a Podcast lasted over two hours.

And as an incredibly minor, insignificant side note, it turns out that my failure to renew the .com domain resulted in it being snapped up by some webparking 'service' or other. Oh well. If I knew how to put a positive spin on things I'd say 'Look out for Sofadogs.NET in 2008!!!', but I don't. *sigh*

Category:News -- posted at: 9:32 PM

After more than a year of procrastination, empty promises and flat out laziness, I finally get my hands on a copy of Jonathan London's award-winning short film, Gay By Dawn. Filmed in Austin, Texas, the flick concerns a small group of rednecks sitting around a campfire, telling scary stories. Little do they know, the real terror is out there in those woods. Suspiscion mounts and the accusations fly as the threat of homosexuality may exist among them.

It's a light, innocent and hilarious romp. If you happen to have a copy on DVD, please join me as I take a look at this amusing gem. As always, listen for my preemptive countdown before starting the movie.

P.S. Special thanks goes to Scott Carelli, for being kind enough to send me his copy. Remember kids, you might wake up to find yourself Gay By Dawn, but at least Mexicans and giraffes aren't real. 

Direct download: sofadogs_gaybydawn.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 9:02 PM

It's more than six weeks since season 2 of Heroes premiered, so what better time to bring you our thoughts on the first new episode? Six weeks ago, you say? Pfft.

Today's podcast is actually culled from a recording session intended to cover the first five episodes of season 2, but since we rambled on for 40 minutes about Four Months Later it seemed reasonable to split the thing up. Whether or not the rest of that conversation makes it to the feed is unclear - chances are we'll just cheat like we did with Lost and skip ahead to the latest episode. Yeah, we can do that.

Heroes Official Site

Direct download: sofadogs_92_heroes2x01.mp3
Category:Heroes Reviews -- posted at: 5:31 PM

House is a classic, haunted residence story from 1986. William Katt stars as a struggling writer who revisits his Aunt's home, after she mysteriously commits suicide. While staying there, he's tortured by memories of his missing son and his personal experiences during the Vietnam War.

It's not long before the house begins to feed off his guilt and sadness. Strange and frightful things are happening, and it all seems to be related to the disappearance of a young boy. This is a fun, dark-humored ride of a ghost story that deals with one man's need to face and conquer his personal demons.

The film is produced by Sean Cunningham, directed by Steve Miner and written by Ethan Wiley, from a story by Fred Dekker. As is usually the case, please listen for my preemptive countdown before beginning the movie on your DVD.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Direct download: sofadogs_house_1986.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 3:41 PM

With John currently unable to post new episodes, Stu retires to the archives to dig up and finish editing a long forgotten episode. Well, long forgotten in the sense that it was recorded in September this year. Okay, so maybe just forgotten then.

For this episode we port the Last 3 Movies blueprint over to the TV world. Here are the picks:

Stu Gary
The IT Crowd The IT Crowd
Traveler Dexter
Raines Family Guy

Note: The episode is obviously a little behind the times, so when we talk about upcoming stuff it's clearly not so upcoming any more. Also, turns out that the IT Crowd season 2 was only 6 episodes long, as opposed to the 8 episodes Gary mentions here.

Promos:
OzPod
The 9th

Direct download: sofadogs_90_last3tv1.mp3
Category:Last 3 TV Shows -- posted at: 11:13 PM

Jim Caviezel stars in Highwaymen, the unofficial companion piece to Robert Harmon's cult classic, The Hitcher. Rennie Cray (Caviezel) is a broken man following the murderous exploits of another broken man, Fargo (Colm Feore). Caught in the middle of this personal vendetta is Fargo's latest pretty, but scarred target, Molly (Rhona Mitra). Meanwhile, a State Traffic Investigator named Macklin (Frankie Faison), is trying to piece together the nature of this particular cat and mouse game between Cray and Fargo.

It's a loud, furious thriller where cars get mangled and destroyed because two men are way past the point of being able to "hug it out". In this commentary, I talk about the importance of rhythm and pacing in a thriller, balancing the ratio between action set pieces and character back story, all the while getting the most out of your sound mixing and editing. As is usually the case, please listen for my preemptive countdown before starting your DVD.

NOTE: This is a Region 2 disc, so there might be a slight synchronization issue for those of you with Stateside DVDs. However, this looks to be a simple port of the American release, so perhaps playback will run at the same speeds. Please let me know if this is not the case.
Direct download: sofadogs_highwaymen.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 3:41 PM

Ever wonder how those seedy, desolate roadside motels across America manage to stay in business? Well, Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale find out the hard way in Vacancy. This eerie little gem concerns an estranged married couple, forced to spend the night in a rundown motel after their car breaks down.

They soon realize something twisted may be in store for them, when they discover hidden cameras are watching them and the windows are nailed shut. With solid suspense and a lean, well paced running time, Vacancy delivers mature, classical horror in the tradition of Hitchcock, with a modern sensibility in visual storytelling.

Please join me as I discuss claustrophobia, home video technology and Frank Whaley's sinister mustache. As always, please listen for my preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_vacancy.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 5:42 PM

Technically, the shows discussed in this segment don't hit the airwaves until the start of 2008, but whatever. At least we're early this time. Concluding our Fall Preview podcast of the new TV season, Stu and I take a look at the genre offerings from the trigger-happy Fox Network: New Amsterdam and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Time travel, immortality, killer robots, forbidden love and Summer Glau kicking really high (hopefully). It's all here, or at least it will be, a few months from now.

New Amsterdam official site
Sarah Connor Chronicles preview site

SciFi Smackdown

Direct download: sofadogs_87_falltv3.mp3
Category:Fall TV 2007 Preview -- posted at: 6:28 PM

So does this podcast still count as being late if 1 of the 3 TV shows we cover hasn't aired yet? It does? *sigh*

Today's segment deals with the genre offerings from ABC, CBS and The CW: Pushing Daisies, Moonlight and Reaper respectively.

Notes:
Pushing Daisies official site
Chuck official site
Reaper official site

PodCulture

Direct download: sofadogs_86_falltv2.mp3
Category:Fall TV 2007 Preview -- posted at: 1:59 PM

With scarcely a week to spare before the new TV season begins, part 1 of our Fall preview hits the feed. Who'll give us 20-1 against on Stu getting parts 2 and 3 edited in time?

Today's installment covers the three new sci-fi shows debuting on NBC this season: Bionic Woman, Chuck and Journeyman.

Notes:
Bionic Woman official site
Chuck official site
Journeyman official site

The Totally Rad Show
TechnoFodder

Direct download: sofadogs_85_falltv1.mp3
Category:Fall TV 2007 Preview -- posted at: 2:41 PM

My Firefly commentaries through the entire series are coming to an end with the thirteenth episode, Heart Of Gold. It seems a house of independent "companions" have got themselves into a world of trouble. One of the girls is pregnant by a powerful sociopath who will stop at nothing to claim his baby. Inara asks Malcolm and the crew of Serenity for help against this madman, and before you know it, it's The Jerry Springer Show with horses and lasers.

Please join me as I talk about the second season that never was, Shawna Trpcic's inspired costume designs and the search for Vera. As is per usual with these Firefly commentaries, please listen for my preemptive countdown before starting the show on your DVD.

....And oh yeah, Bwah!

Direct download: sofadogs_firefly_heartofgold.mp3
Category:Firefly -- posted at: 5:04 AM

Directed by DJ Caruso, Disturbia is about a troubled teen placed under house arrest. He's got an ankle bracelet that prevents him from going beyond his front yard. To make matters worse, an insanely hot girl moves in next door, and he's pretty sure his other neighbor is an elusive serial killer. But, Carrie-Anne Moss plays the boy's mother, so at least there's that.

Please join me as I go over some of the finer points of this surprisingly intense and well-crafted thriller. A few topics of discussion include comparisons to Fright Night, Cherish and Rear Window. I also ponder the absence of car alarms and a mother's intuition. :)

Just as with other movie commentaries, please listen for my preemptive countdown before starting your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_disturbia_copy_1.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 7:38 PM

Twelve episodes in, we come to one of my favorites from the Firefly series, The Message. The dead body of a fallen soldier is delivered to Mal and Zoe. For some reason, the police are in hot pursuit. An attempted autopsy brings about a rude awakening, and the body is very much alive. Turns out, he's transporting someone else's organs in order to make some quick cash for his family. Will he get home in time to deliver the goods, or will Mal and Zoe turn him in to the fuzz?

It's a harrowing tale, complete with a socially inept doctor, a naked soldier and something in a jar. As per usual with my Firefly commentaries, please wait for my preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Direct download: sofadogs_firefly_themessage.mp3
Category:Firefly -- posted at: 9:00 PM

It's the eleventh episode in the Firefly series, otherwise known as Trash. Don't worry, this is the good kind of Trash. It's the return of Saffron, now having added more men to her roster of husbands, and more names for herself (including Bridget and Yolanda). She once again crosses paths with Mal and the crew of Serenity.

This episode completes the caper portion of the series, along with The Train Job and Ariel. Let me know if I've missed any. In this adventure, Mal reluctantly teams up with his estranged wife in order to steal the first ever laser pistol prototype.

As always with these Firefly commentaries, be sure to listen for my preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_firefly_trash.mp3
Category:Firefly -- posted at: 9:07 PM

Let The Games Begin, is the third episode from executive producer Tim Minear's fun but short-lived series (as if there was only one), Drive. It focuses on an assortment of characters competing in a secret, illegal road race across the country.

In this episode, Alex and Corinna are separated when he's abducted by a police officer who is certain Alex used to be a getaway driver. Violet teaches her father, John the ins and outs of telling a convincing lie. Winston is arrested by a "Fugitive Recovery Agent", forcing his brother to make a tough decision. There's also the addition of an exciting new character, Alex's 1972 Dodge Challenger!

As is usually the case with these Drive episodes, there is no preemptive countdown. That means you can start the show simultaneously with this podcast. Also keep in mind, I'm skipping past any commercials and the recap segment at the top of the program.
Direct download: sofadogs_drive_1x03.mp3
Category:Drive -- posted at: 7:54 PM

Now, thanks to a new FREE service called Jangl, we have voicemail. All you have to do is visit www.jangl.com and sign up. After that, you enter in our e-mail address, which is sofadogs@hotmail.com. You'll be given a phone number to call, which will allow you to leave us a message. Got a question you want answered? Give us a jangl. Want to tell us how awesome we are? Give us a jangl. Feel more like sending a litany of swears our way? You can do that too, just give us a jangl. If you're lucky, we may even include your message in the show (with your permission, of course).

You've listened to us for long enough, now it's time for us to hear what you have to say!


Category:News -- posted at: 7:13 AM

The Dark Age is the eighth episode from the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It seems that Giles was something of a miscreant during his formative years in England. One night of dabbling in the dark arts results in the death of a friend, the unleashing of a globe-trotting demon and a freaky tattoo. Now, Giles must own up to his sins of long ago, as his murderous past has caught up with him.

Throw in the slithering Ethan Rayne, the sexy Jenny Calendar and one nasty-looking demon, and The Dark Age is the place to be. Join me as I talk about unexplainable green lighting, a possible connection to Firefly by way of set decoration and one of the more baffling continuity mistakes in the history of this series. As per usual, please listen for my preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_buffy_2x08.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 2 -- posted at: 7:43 PM

Slightly less than 7 years since they were released, Stu picked up the umpteenth reissue of the DVD set of Buffy season 2. Though the new fangled optical discs confounded him for some time, he was nonetheless finally able to make the episode Lie to Me appear on his computer screen and thus join John for a commentary.

Of course, the very fact that Stu made this purchase all but guarantees one of two things: either (a) the Chosen Collection will come crashing down in price or (b) Fox will announce a forthcoming HD release with shiny new bonus content. If it turns out to be option (b) then all you crafty consumers who waited more than 7 years will know who to thank...

Notes:
Lie to Me @ Buffyguide.com
Lie to Me @ TV.com
Lie to Me @ Wikipedia
Lie to Me screencaps @ Screencap Paradise
Buffy episode table @ RankItAll.com

Direct download: sofadogs_78_buffy2x07.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 2 -- posted at: 8:29 PM

Shadow Puppets is written and directed by Michael Winnick. It concerns a handful of amnesiacs who awaken to find themselves trapped in an abandoned research facility. While they attempt to figure out their situation and their identities, they are pursued by a mysterious and dangerous shadow creature.

The film stars James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jolene Blalock (Star Trek Enterprise) and Tony Todd (Candyman). Fear, suspicion and paranoia run high in this fun slice of eerie entertainment, where nothing is as it seems and your own shadow is out to get you.
Direct download: sofadogs_shadow_puppets.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:22 AM

Movie length commentaries sound like too much hard work, so Stu and Gary chicken out and instead debut the imaginatively titled 'Last 3 Movies' episode format. The six movies we talk about are listed below with highlight-spoiler-protection for anyone who wants to remain vaguely surprised.

Stu Gary
Dawn of the Dead (2004) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Raising Arizona Transformers
The Big White Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer


Note: A small part of this podcast was lost somewhere along the line, so parts of it have been heavily edited to make some semblance of sense! Hopefully it's not too noticeable :)
Direct download: sofadogs_76_last3movies1.mp3
Category:Last 3 Movies -- posted at: 5:19 PM

It's all about chaos and costumes in Halloween, the sixth episodes from the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Willow becomes a hot ghost, Xander becomes a soldier, Buffy becomes a noblewoman and Cordelia is still Cordelia, but with cute, plastic cat ears. Ethan Rayne makes his first appearance and we see that Giles has a bit of a dark side.

In this commentary, I talk about volunteer work, trick or treat and the inconsistency of the vampire invitation rule. As usual, be sure to listen for my preemptive countdown before beginning Halloween on your DVD.

For the record, the last time I dressed up for Halloween, I was Leonard Shelby from the film, Memento. So, had I been in Sunnydale at the time, I would have been struck with short-term memory loss and a taste for murderous revenge. As Buffy would say, "It's good to be me." :)

Direct download: sofadogs_buffy_2x06.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 2 -- posted at: 6:08 PM

Reptile Boy is the fifth episode from the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. While altogether funny and entertaining, it stands as one of the more well known Public Service Announcements of the series. What we learn here is that alcohol is bad, college guys are up to no good and if you discard your responsibilities, you just might get eaten by a giant snake monster.

Join me, as I discuss set dressing overkill, transparent clothing and the top notch acting performances from Nicholas Brendon and Charisma Carpenter. As is usually the case, listen for my cue to start your DVD for synchronization purposes. Remember kids, friends don't let friends drink and slay.

Please drink responsibly.... or I'll stab you with a spork.

Direct download: sofadogs_buffy_s2x05.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 2 -- posted at: 7:55 PM

 In 1986, The Hitcher assaulted cinemas around the world. From writer, Eric Red (Near Dark) and director Robert Harmon (Highwaymen), The Hitcher concerns a young traveler being tormented by a cold-blooded killer across the desolate, Texas landscape. The film stars C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders), Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hudsucker Proxy).


Supportive co-host and good friend, Stuart Duncan was generous enough to send me a Region 2 Special Edition DVD. Join me, as I take a fond look back at this cult classic. It's an intense psychological thriller with some of the most amazing car stunts ever realized on film. As per usual, remember to listen for my preemptive countdown before starting the movie. However, since this is a Region 2 disc, there may be issues with synchronization, as these tend to move at a slightly faster framerate, not to mention that the sound is also pitched up a bit.


In any case, strap in, buckle up and have fun. But always remember, never pick up a hitchhiker, unless it's me because, you know, I don't drive. :)

Direct download: sofadogs_thehitcher1986.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 9:21 AM

Inca Mummy Girl is the fourth episode from the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. That much, I do know. Apparently, that's pretty much it. A few corrections I want to point out: In this commentary, I mistakenly refer to the actor playing Devon as the actual lead vocalist for the band, Four Star Mary. After researching the episode for show notes, something I probably should have done before the recording, I realize now that Jason Hall is an actor, playing the role of a musician. My apologies for the mix-up. Also, I talk about how Devon isn't in the show after season two. This is also false. Jason Hall appears quite a few times throughout season three, and at least once in season four. Again, I'm sorry for my ignorance.

Anyway, Inca Mummy girl gives us an abundance of at least three good things: Seth Green, cinematic lighting, quality music by Four Star Mary, Willow in an Eskimo outfit and special guest star, Ara Celi. Oh, and a mummy. Can't forget about the mummy. Okay, so that's clearly more than three good things. I can't help it, there's a lot to enjoy about this episode. I mean, it's another solid Xander-themed episode. What's not to love? You're not supposed to answer that. It's rhetorical.
Direct download: sofadogs_buffy2x04.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 2 -- posted at: 2:24 AM

After a sudden attack of kidney stones, followed by severe sickness, I'm back to my old self. To celebrate, I take a look at How I Met Your Mother's third episode from the first season, "Sweet Taste Of Liberty". Ted just wants to hang out with his regular friends at his regular bar, but Barney's got other plans. The fun becomes "legendary" when the two guys spontaneously board a plane to Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, back at the bar, Robin and Lily try to spend some time together. When random guys start hitting on Robin, Lily is ultimately ignored. At Marshall's request, she pockets her engagement ring. In this episode, it's all about trust, adventure and the desire to lick things. This was recorded very late at night, so by the end of it, I'm very tired and a bit incoherent. As per usual, I'll do a countdown and tell you when to start the show on your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_himym_1x03.mp3
Category:Sitcoms -- posted at: 9:57 AM

The Sofa Dogs team would like to wish writer/director Joss Whedon, a happy birthday. He turns 43.
Category:News -- posted at: 1:38 AM

What do you do when there are no new Lost episodes to review? Rehash the ones you've already seen of course! With that in mind, the three of us embark on a Greatest Hits tour of Season 3, picking our many highlights across a range of categories and awarding one or two wooden spoons to break up the gushing.

Note: The Stu and Gary half of this episode was recorded around a week before the Stu and John half, and in an unprecedented turn of bad luck, 12 planes flew over Stu's house throughout the hour. Most of them were easily edited out, but one or two low rumbles survive.

Notes:
Promo: Tony's Losing It
Promo: PodCulture
Whedonesque
Gallery @ Lost-Media.com

Direct download: sofadogs_70_greatest_hits.mp3
Category:Lost Reviews -- posted at: 9:02 AM

It wouldn't be a true end to the season without tantalising DVD info being dangled in front of us rabid fans, would it? Unfortunately, this year's release has an awfully distant December 11th street date attached to it :(

Excerpt from the press release:

Examine all 23 one-hour episodes on 7-disc DVD and discover deeper secrets behind the series with over 6 hours of bonus features including never-before-seen "Lost Flashbacks", "Lost in One Day" that shows 24 hours of production, and a deeper dive into "The World of the Others," where cast and producers reveal more about the island's secret inhabitants. Plus, get a behind-the-scenes look at 10 episodes with "Lost on Location," deleted scenes, bloopers and more.

BONUS FEATURES:
  • "The World of the Others" - The secrets and mysteries of the Others revealed by the cast and producers
  • "Lost Flashbacks" - Never-before-seen glimpses into the past lives of the castaways
  • "Lost in One Day" - An exclusive behind-the scene look at 24 hours in the life of this series
  • "Lost on Location" - A behind-the-scenes look at 10 episodes
  • "The Lost Book Club" - Get hints to the significance of the show's literary references
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Bloopers
  • Audio Commentaries
All sounds fine and dandy, but if the US release date is mid-December I hate to think when the UK version will surface! Looks like I'm importing again...

Sources:
Check out the full-size artwork and the complete press release at TVShowsOnDVD.com

Jacob loves you!

Category:News -- posted at: 12:36 PM

No. More. Lost. Till. 2008.

AUGH!!!

Despite their anguish, Stu and Gary manage to compose themselves long enough to record a farewell podcast for the final episode, Through the Looking Glass. Even though the finale was a double-length episode, we somehow trimmed this review down to only a few minutes longer than The Man Behind the Curtain podcast. How? Probably by missing out lots of crucial discussion points, but hey, we're still in shock/denial/grief here okay?

For more Lost:
LOSTCasts
The Official Lost Podcast

Notes:
Enjoy Jack's beard with Lost-Media screencaps

Direct download: sofadogs_69_losts3_ep22.mp3
Category:Lost Reviews -- posted at: 12:21 PM

It's John's 28th birthday (or at least it was last Wednesday...) and my present to him is a 9am wake-up call to record a special birthday podcast! It takes a wee while for him to shake the sleepiness, but soon we're getting into all the big event movies of the coming Summer including Spider-man 3, Transformers, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and The Bourne Ultimatum.

Day 2 of the recording session, seamlessly edited together with Day 1 (*ahem*), concerns a few of the shows that have perished in this year's end of season cancellation carnage, as well as one or two pilot pickups and 11th hour renewals: Veronica Mars, Jericho, The Class, How I Met Your Mother, Traveler and The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Happy birthday John :)

Direct download: sofadogs_68_summer.mp3
Category:Random Chat -- posted at: 4:08 PM

Brandon Ortega joins me once again via speaker phone, as we take a look at Firefly's tenth episode, War Stories. Wash is jealous of the respect Zoe has for Mal, so he insists Mal take him on their latest adventure. A simple delivery operation becomes dangerous when Niska returns to kidnap Mal and Wash, holding them for ransom. Now, it's up to the remaining crew of Serenity to initiate a risky rescue mission.

Brandon and I discuss Book's past (or lack thereof), Jayne's eating habits and the cost of producing a weekly sci-fi series for network television. We also address what some of the cast members have been up to lately. Once again, be sure to listen for the preemptive countdown before engaging the hyper drive of your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_firefly_war_stories.mp3
Category:Firefly -- posted at: 7:10 PM

An old friend from High School, Justin Krey sits down as my special guest as we revisit Richard Stanley's cult classic, Dust Devil. After spending the better part of a decade lost in video limbo and cut to incomprehensible shreds, the film can finally be appreciated in full on DVD.

A shape-shifting serial killer prays on lonely, desperate women who have lost hope and want to die. Meanwhile, a sullen cop tries to maintain order among the corrupt police force as he chases the demon across the South African desert. The Walking Man, played by Robert John Burke begins a cat and mouse game of seduction with his latest victim, as his human form conflicts with the spiritual realm.

Justin and I take a look at the film's layers of social, political and spiritual themes. We also discuss the circular nature of the film's narrative structure and how the most intelligent and creative filmmakers are usually misunderstood by the Hollywood assembly line. As per usual, listen for the preemptive countdown before starting your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_dust_devil.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 4:59 PM

The story of How I Met Your Mother continues, in Purple Giraffe, the second episode of the first season. After getting shot down by Robin, Ted attempts to win her heart again by throwing not one, not two, but three (!) impromptu parties. Meanwhile, Barney keeps running into a one night stand, as he tries desperately to find out who Carlos is. Also, Lily can't keep her hands off of Marshall who's struggling to finish an important paper before the deadline.

Join me as I talk about the art of controlling the claw machine, my disdain for parties and large crowds and the near impossible feat of staying "just friends" with a woman you wish would have your children. As per usual, listen for my preemptive countdown before starting your DVD.
Direct download: sofadogs_himym_1x02.mp3
Category:Sitcoms -- posted at: 6:30 AM

Well I tried to get this episode edited up well in advance of tonight's US airing of episode 21, and um... I got the 'in advance' part right. I'll work on the 'well' for next week...

So...The Man Behind the Curtain. What can you say? This one had it all. Father issues in the flashback, a magic circle, gas masks, hand-carved birthday presents, a mass grave. Oh and 11 frames of Jacob.

For more Lost:
LOSTCasts
The Official Lost Podcast

Notes:
Didn't spot Jacob? Lost-Media did.

Direct download: sofadogs_64_losts3_ep20.mp3
Category:Lost Reviews -- posted at: 9:51 PM

"Shiny!" Universal Home Entertainment is releasing a 2-disc Collector's Edition of Serenity on August 21st. According to DVD Active, these are the special features for the DVD:

  • 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation.
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1, and DTS 5.1 Surround tracks.
  • Audio commentary with Joss Whedon.
  • Audio commentary with Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau and Ron Glass.
  • Introduction by Joss Whedon.
  • Deleted scenes with director commentary.
  • Extended scenes.
  • Outtakes.
  • Take A Walk On Serenity featurette.
  • Green Clan featurette.
  • We'll Have A Fruity Oaty Good Time! featurette.
  • A Filmmaker's Journey featurette.
  • Future History: The Story Of Earth That Was featurette.
  • Re-lighting The Firefly featurette.
  • What's In A Firefly? featurette.
  • Session 416 featurette.
  • Sci-Fi Inside: Serenity featurette.
Click here for larger artwork.

What do you folks think of the new cover and these specs? Share your rants/raves on the Message Board. For the latest news on upcoming DVD releases, be sure to visit www.dvdactive.com

Category:News -- posted at: 3:02 AM

YEEHAW!!!! Ahem, sorry about that. What I meant to say was, it's The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. In the Pilot episode of this prematurely canceled series, Bruce Campbell stars as a gunslinging free-thinker, hot on the trail of the criminals who killed his Father. However, the wild west is more than what it appears to be on the surface. In his seemingly endless quest for revenge, Brisco periodically encounters a mystical, metallic orb that may in fact be from the future.

Yes, it's the original Sci-fi Western, long before Joss Whedon came along and made it trendy. :) Just as with my usual audio commentaries, be sure to listen for my preemptive countdown before pulling a quick draw on your trigger-happy remote.

Direct download: sofadogs_brisco1x01.mp3
Category:Brisco -- posted at: 9:33 AM

Inevitability won out, forcing Stu and Gary to leapfrog 8 episodes of Lost and land smack in the middle of The Brig. Let's face it, we were deluded if we thought we had a hope of catching up, even with squeezing two episodes into each review. Not to neglect our responsibilities entirely, here are Stu's insightful one-word reviews of the missing 8:

Enter 77: Good.
Par Avion: Excellent.
The Man from Tallahassee: Excellent.
Exposé: Razzledazzle!
Left Behind: Meh.
One of Us: Good.
Catch-22: Desmond!
D.O.C.: Meh.

For more Lost:
LOSTCasts
The Official Lost Podcast

Notes:
Screencaps for The Brig
Promo: WhedonCast

Direct download: sofadogs_62_losts3_ep19.mp3
Category:Lost Reviews -- posted at: 4:32 PM

Courtesy of Allie Leung at Lionsgate, here is the final, official information for the upcoming 2-disc 20th Anniversary Edition of The Monster Squad:

THE END OF THE WORLD STARTS AT MIDNIGHT

THE MONSTER SQUAD: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
   
Street Date: 7/24/07
Order Date: 6/27/07
DVD SRP: $19.98

Click here for larger artwork.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The 1980s cult classic, The Monster Squad, makes its long awaited DVD debut with a monster-ous 20th anniversary edition.  To pay tribute to this true fan favorite, the 2-disc set will be featured in collectible foil o-card packaging and is loaded with extra features, including a five-part retrospective, classic interviews, deleted scenes, commentaries and much more!  

Count Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy and the Gillman adjourn to earth in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world.  However, a bunch of kids regarded by their peers as losers and outsiders uncover the devious plan and prepare for a counter strike.  Now, our heroes - the Monster Squad - are the only ones daring to stand in their way...

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Monster Squad Forever! A five-part retrospective featuring new interviews with writer/director Fred Dekker, actors Andre Gower, Ryan Lambert, Ashley Bank, Duncan Regehr, Tom Noonan and more!
  • A Conversation with Frankenstein: A never-before-seen classic interview with the Monster himself!
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio commentary with Writer/Director Fred Dekker and "Squad Members" Andre Gower, Ryan Lambert and Ashley Bank
  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Fred Dekker and Director of Photography Bradford May
  • Original Theatrical Trailer and TV Spot
  • Stills Gallery
  • Newly Mastered 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 1987
Title Copyright: © 1987 Taft Entertainment Pictures/Keith Barish Productions.  All Rights Reserved.
Type: Special Edition
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Adventure/Comedy/Horror
Closed Captioned: English Closed Captioned
Subtitles: English and Spanish
Format: 16 x 9 Widescreen
Feature Running Time: 82 minutes
DVD Audio Status: Remastered 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, Original 2.0 Dolby Stereo Audio

For additional information on this release, e-mail Elizabeth Atler at Elizabeth_atler@bhimpact.com

Surf on over to DVD Empire and reserve your copy RIGHT NOW!

Big thanks to Allie and the fantastic company that is LIONSGATE.

Category:News -- posted at: 7:22 PM

Smokin' Aces is a melting pot of genres and characters. Some of it works, some of it doesn't, but it's full of vibrant energy and it's never boring. The story concerns a Las Vegas Illusionist who must decide between his loyalty to his friends and his desire to escape the dangers of the mob lifestyle. Buddy "Aces" Israel is a prisoner in every sense of the word. He's forced to hideout in the Penthouse Suite of a posh hotel while negotiating a deal with the FBI to testify against The Mob.

As Buddy slowly breaks down and spirals deeper into self destruction, The Mob gets wind of his plans and decides to put out a free for all contract on the magician's head with a hefty reward in tow. Bail Bondsmen, Snipers and Neo-Nazi Psychopaths of all shapes and sizes descend on the hotel as the FBI tries to get to Buddy before everyone else.

Join me as the blood and bullets fly all over the screen, and Ryan Reynolds proves once and for all that he's more than just a funny Canadian. Just as with most of my audio commentaries, listen for my preemptive countdown before pressing "play" on your trusty, DVD remote.

Direct download: sofadogs_smokin_aces.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 4:36 AM

Drive continues, with its second episode, Partners. Rob and Ellie's relationship is tested when she begins lying to him about his orders from the army. Corinna reveals her involvement with The Race to Alex. John changes his assumptions after he and Violet get assistance from the Salazar Brothers. Meanwhile, Mrs. Patrakas struggles with the notion of killing Ivy. The episode builds to an inspiring space shuttle launch, and the realization that Alex may be closer to rescuing his wife than first suspected.

Just as before, I recorded my commentary while watching the episode on streaming video, so there is no preemptive countdown.

Direct download: sofadogs_drive_1x02.mp3
Category:Drive -- posted at: 11:18 PM

The new episodes of Lost just keep on comin' don't they? Shame we're still 9 episodes behind with our reviews. Wait...what's that? We've recorded another podcast and are now only 7 episodes behind? Huzzah!

As if John's commentary wasn't enough, we throw in our own lamentations for the dearly departed Drive, as well as deliver a crucial update on the unstoppable juggernaut that is Australia in the Cricket World Cup.

For more Lost:
LOSTCasts
The Official Lost Podcast

Planes fly over Stu's house a few times in this episode, so don't adjust your sets when you hear that low rumble...

Direct download: sofadogs_59_losts3_9and10.mp3
Category:Lost -- posted at: 9:23 PM

Drive involves an assortment of characters competing in an illegal, cross-country road race, with a prize of $32,000,000 rumored to be at the finish line. Some people have been coerced into joining The Race, while others have sought it out. Some people are going after the money, while others are trying to save their loved ones.

It's a fun and exciting mystery from executive producers Ben Queen (Century City) and Tim Minear (Angel, Wonderfalls, Firefly, The Inside), currently airing on the Fox Network.... Oh, no wait. I'm sorry, it's been canceled. The series has only produced 6 episodes, and thanks to MySpace and their Fox On Demand page, we may get to see them all. Using the site's streaming video, I jump right in for my commentary on the first episode, The Starting Line. No preemptive countdown here. That means the second you start the show, you can start the podcast.

If we get a DVD set for Drive, I can do a proper commentary later down the road. For now, you'll have to settle for these on-the-fly recordings. So, strap in, adjust your mirrors and put your hands at 10 and 2 as I discuss the turbulent nature of network television and the importance of story versus character progression.

Direct download: sofadogs_drive_1x01.mp3
Category:Drive -- posted at: 2:04 AM

And no sooner has Lost season 3 resumed than 9 new episodes have flown past (as of recording - it's 10 now!) and Gary and I find ourselves so far off the pace we might as well be back kicking sand on the beach pre-hatch. Not to be deterred by such trifling details, we embark on what may well prove an insane attempt to get back up to date with Island proceedings, starting with Not in Portland and Flashes Before Your Eyes.

Since we're playing catch-up, we tried as best we could to stay away from the scene by scene format of the last 3 podcasts and focus more on the important points from each episode. Also: Desmond is Scottish!

For more Lost:
LOSTCasts
The Official Lost Podcast

Direct download: sofadogs_57_losts3_7and8.mp3
Category:Lost Reviews -- posted at: 1:15 PM

It's our 1st Anniversary! To celebrate, I've dug deep into the vault to bring you the lost commentary for Jaws: The Revenge. This track was recorded by myself and frequent co-host, Allen Coe at least a year ago. After our first session/episode for Sofa Dogs, which was the original Jaws from 1975, we decided to follow it up with the last film in the franchise.

By this point, Allen had consumed several tall boys (cans) of beer, which made for quite a loose and interesting commentary. A day or so after the fact however, Allen couldn't recall much of what he said and had second thoughts of releasing the recording to our audience. Afraid that this audio track reflected badly on him, he asked me to keep it to myself. Although I tried to convince him that he sounded just fine, I respected my friend's wishes, and so the file was tucked away in my hard drive and remained there for a full year.

He's since then had time to get over such fears, so it is with great pleasure that I can finally present to you our vague ramblings on Jaws: The Revenge. We laugh, roll our eyes and occasionally yell at the screen as a bloated, wobbly puppet of a shark manages to track down the last of the Brody clan all the way to the Bahamas, for...uh, for some reason. Tea and cake, maybe?

Direct download: sofadogs_jawstherevenge.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 11:21 PM

It's been over ten years since Empire Records and its colorful employees came into our lives. Since then, the film has become something of a cherished, cult classic. My good friend and Empire fanatic, Susie Richards and I watch and discuss the movie together, via speaker phone. The story takes place roughly within a 24 hour period and centers around a small, independent record store. The place is in danger of being bought out by an evil, corporate chain called Music Town. It's up to Empire's underdog staff to rebel against the system and maintain their family unit of rock n' roll dysfunction.

Join Susie and I as we take a look at the 2003 Special Edition DVD (basically a Director's Cut), and ponder such baffling questions like:
What exactly happened to Deb to make her suicidal?
What really happened to Lucas when he was in Atlantic City?
Why has there never been a Volume Two Soundtrack Album?
Where's the rest of the footage still missing from the movie?
Why no definitive DVD (commentary, retrospective documentary, etc.)?
Just what the hell is Warren's real name, anyway?

After enjoying the podcast, head on over to Open Till Midnight for the ultimate Empire Records fan site. It's chock full of music info, trivia, custom MySpace layouts, desktop wallpapers and even an online store! I recommend the "You make me feel like a bath" t-shirt.

Direct download: sofadogs_55_empire.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 4:02 PM

As John and I try for the third time to get his latest movie commentary uploaded, I thought it might be worth pointing out some contributions we've made of late to other podcasts. To hear me ramble for five minutes about scifi classic The Abyss check out the latest episode of PodCulture. To read John's thoughts on Sarah Michelle Gellar's The Return (among other things) head on over to the reviews section at Geekshow.us.

Coming soon: Empire Records.

Category:News -- posted at: 1:38 PM

The killer combination of illness (Stu), laziness (Stu) and dialup modem (John) means it's been over a month since a new episode was posted. But that's not to say new episodes haven't been recorded, as this second installment of John and Brandon's Lost pilot commentary amply proves. In your face Gods of Podfading!

As before, Brandon is on speakerphone for this episode so his half of the conversation, while generally intelligible, isn't as clear as John's half.

John and Brandon had seen the first few episodes of season 3 when this was recorded, but I don't think there are any major spoilers beyond the finale of season 2.

Direct download: sofadogs_54_lost1x01_pt2.mp3
Category:Lost -- posted at: 3:41 PM

According to a later episode of How I Met Your Mother, nothing good happens after 2 AM. I decided to test that theory by recording a commentary a couple of hours before sunrise. The pilot of How I Met Your Mother concerns the early years of Ted Mosby and his epic quest to find the future Miss Right. Meanwhile, newly engaged couple Marshall and Lily are lucky enough to have found each other, and man-about-town Barney is simply looking for Miss Right Now. It's a love story told in reverse. Suit up and join me, won't you?

Direct download: sofadogs_himym_1x01.mp3
Category:Sitcoms -- posted at: 1:48 PM

Despite protracted interference from the gods of Skype, MSN and voice chat in general, Stu and Gary finally complete their jaunt through the first 6 episodes of Lost season 3. And with only 4 days to spare before the first new episode airs no less...

The Cost of Living and I, Do are up for scrutiny, and the result is a roughly equal mixture of ranting and approval. This being the final part of the review, we also touch a little on what we expect (and hope) to see in forthcoming episodes, as well as some general thoughts on the future of the show.

Episodes 1 through 6 of season 3 are considered fair game as far as spoilers are concerned. Lost returns February 7th in the US and February 11th in the UK.

Promo: Fanboy Smackdown

For more Lost:
LOSTCasts
The Official Lost Podcast

Direct download: sofadogs_52_lost3_mini3.mp3
Category:Lost Reviews -- posted at: 5:05 PM

We return to Lost season 3 for another 2 episode installment. This time we're attempting to sift the divine insight of the Island itself from the convincing untruths of the conman, as we tackle Further Instructions and Every Man for Himself.

Once again, every episode of season 3 broadcast thus far is considered fair game as far as spoilers are concerned. Lost returns in the US in less than 2 weeks!

Promo: Two Girls and a Podcast

For more Lost:
LOSTCasts
The Official Lost Podcast

Direct download: sofadogs_51_lost3_mini2.mp3
Category:Lost Reviews -- posted at: 8:39 PM

For the first episode of 2007, Gary of OzPod joins Stu to co-host the first in a three part review of the 6 episode mini-season which comprised the opening of Lost season 3.

A Tale of Two Cities (commentary) and The Glass Ballerina (commentary) are first up as we chat about the highs and lows of the new season, while trying to extract as many clues as possible as to where the show will take us when it returns on February 7th.

Any of the first six episodes of season 3 are considered fair game as far as spoilers are concerned

For more Lost:
LOSTCasts
The Official Lost Podcast

Direct download: sofadogs_50_lost3_mini1.mp3
Category:Lost Reviews -- posted at: 4:49 PM

In a vain attempt to claw back some chronological order for the Lost commentaries, John is joined via speakerphone by Brandon for a chat about the first part of the episode that started it all. (That's the pilot for you Tail section types...)

Much general discussion of the nature of the show and its success ensues, along with the requisite 5 minutes of intense debate over Jack's regenerating haircut.

The audio quality of Brandon's half isn't quite as good as on the last Buffy track, who knows why, but I've done my best to balance out the volume where I can.

Direct download: sofadogs_49_lost1x01.mp3
Category:Lost -- posted at: 9:38 PM

The disembodied voice of Brandon Ortega joins me via speakerphone, or via my unstable psyche, I forget which. In any case, we talk about the second episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's second season, Some Assembly Required. As we first discover during this episode, in Sunnydale, there are many different ways to bring someone back from the dead. Two students apply the classic, Frankenstein method. They're hoping to revive the promise of a once great football hero. He's been totally off his game ever since he caught a slight case of death.

Unfortunately, the guy gets greedy and demands a mate. They decide to go after Cordelia Chase and her pretty, little head to complete the jigsaw puzzle of body parts. Sounds like the perfect plan to me. She is, after all, the apex of the cheerleading pyramid. If this episode teaches you anything, it's that dead guys need love, too.

Direct download: sofadogs_48_buffy2x02.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 2 -- posted at: 7:27 AM

Having failed to set up a conference call so John, Tom and I could record a new episode, I head back to the grindstone (which is shaped oddly like a microphone...) to record another solo Lost commentary to fill the void.

As befits any last minute substitute, I go into The Glass Ballerina with no notes whatsoever and an MPEG file sans subtitles. Recipe for success? You decide...

As before, this commentary comes in two exciting varieties to maximise the chances of it synching up with the episode. You only need download the version specific to your region as the content is identical:


Notes:
LOSTCasts: The Glass Ballerina
Official Lost podcast

Direct download: sofadogs_47_lost3x02_ntsc.mp3
Category:Lost -- posted at: 11:24 PM

Finally, I have returned from my extensive hiatus. I'm back, I'm bad and I'm spreading the Buffy love....Eeeewww. Nevermind. Forget what I just said. In an attempt to bring back some semblance of order and chronology, I tackle the opener for season two, When She Was Bad. In it, Buffy returns to Sunnydale after her own little hiatus. She brings along with her a major Joan Collins 'tude. Could her new Bitca vibes be connected to the resurrecting power of The Master's remains? Yeah, sure. Why not?

Meanwhile, Willow's got something on her face (a cuteness booger, I call it) and Xander does a little Dirty Dancing with the Buffster to the sensuous sounds of Cibo Matto. Well actually, it's more like he just stands there while The Slayer grinds up against him, but honestly I'd be paralyzed from the neck down, too. :)

It feels great to back in the saddle, and by saddle, I mean of course my squeaky computer chair!

Direct download: sofadogs_buffy2x01.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 2 -- posted at: 4:44 PM

With the new season of Lost coming to the UK much earlier than predicted, I decided to get a jump on the commentaries and record some before the DVD is even out. Foolhardy? Maybe. Courageous? Not really.

Join me as I struggle through my extensive (and hard to read) notes on the season 3 premiere, A Tale of Two Cities, in which Jack, Kate and Sawyer discover that The Others really just wanted to be their friends all along. And what better way to start a new friendship than with imprisonment, intimidation and a spot of behavioural conditioning. It gets even better next episode: they get to do some heavy lifting too!

This commentary comes in two delicious flavours to maximise the chances of it actually synching up with the episode. You only need download the version specific to your region as the content is identical:


Notes:
LOSTCasts: A Tale of Two Cities - lots of interesting observations and conjecture on the episode
Screencap of the Hydra logo at Wikipedia

The forum can now be reached at the much easier to remember forum.sofadogs.com and likewise the website at www.sofadogs.com.

Direct download: sofadogs_45_lost3x01_ntsc.mp3
Category:Lost -- posted at: 6:00 PM

Right on time, John and Brandon deliver another in absentia Buffy commentary. The episode in question, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, is a season 2 highlight which sees Xander channel the very best of The Average White Band as a love spell goes awry. Join the guys as they attempt to solve the greatest ethical conundrum posed in the entire 7 season run: if you were Xander, would you unwrap Buffy?

Fall TV mini-update: I just saw the pilot episode of Standoff and quite enjoyed it. Perfect timing then for Fox to order another 3 scripts and bring the running tally for season 1 to 19 episodes. Here's hoping they make it to 22...

Direct download: sofadogs_44_buffy2x16.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 2 -- posted at: 11:31 PM

Been watching any of the shows we talked about in the Fall preview? Find out how they're all fairing as the networks begin pruning their schedules of dead weight while trying to resuscitate those shows that just might make it to Spring.

Confession: poor choice of microphone plus sore throat does not good audio quality make.

Notes:
ABC.com (Six Degrees, The Nine)
CBS Innertube (Jericho, Smith)
Fox On Demand (Standoff, Vanished)
NBC.com Video (Kidnapped)

Al, Bill and David Watch TV
FireflyTalk
The 9th - A Heroes Podcast
Two Girls and a Podcast

Direct download: sofadogs_43_falltv_update.mp3
Category:Fall TV 2006 Preview -- posted at: 6:59 PM

In perfect time for me developing a sore throat, here comes a dusty volume from the archives to save the day. Although House of the Dead was the first commentary Brandon appeared on that was posted to the website, he and John actually recorded two Buffy tracks for season 2 episodes some time beforehand. To spare my vocal chords for the week I present the first of these, recorded for episode 3 of season 2, School Hard, in which a certain peroxide blonde makes his first appearance. And to think they were going to kill him off before the end of the season...

Direct download: sofadogs_42_buffy2x03.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 2 -- posted at: 7:44 PM

Take 2 of the Tom & Stu show sees us leapfrog 5 episodes (I doubt anything important happened in them...) to get to the Lost: The Tail Section season 1 recap episode, also known as The Other 48 Days.

The microphone merry-go-round continues as we employ our newest headset mic with super-duper in-built noise reduction. Still, audio is a bit on the rustly side (not least because I rustle my fair share of paper).

Notes:

Lostpedia: 'car in the background' goof screen cap (judge for yourself!)

In an effort to mix up the voices you're hearing, for next week I'll be digging up 1 of 2 Buffy commentaries John and Brandon recorded some time ago . We were holding them back to be released in chronological order (they're for School Hard and Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered) but, hey, if this isn't the time to make use of spare episodes I don't know when is.

Direct download: sofadogs_41_lost2x07.mp3
Category:Lost -- posted at: 6:30 PM

Against all odds I managed to convince my brother Tom to join me for a tour de stade of episode 1 of Lost season 2. Given that we haven't recorded a joint commentary for nearly a year, and the fact that the recording setup was different to what I usually use (which isn't that great in the first place...), the sound quality is not the greatest. Also, since I'd forgotten about 75 percent of this episode takes place in the dark, we tend to drift into general season 2 chat and therefore there are spoilers abound for the entire season.

[Scottish accent]Enjoy the show, brother.

Notes:
The Official Lost Podcast
Official Lost Podcast archive at dharmasecrets.com
Lost 'Hatch' Counter-Strike Source Map (video tour)

Direct download: sofadogs_40_lost2x01.mp3
Category:Lost -- posted at: 11:15 PM

Kicking off a new series of special episodes on cancelled shows is John Doe, the story of the guy who knows everything except who he is. Plus: News on Smith, Heroes, Eureka, Kidnapped and Standoff. This ep is a Stu solo effort, so slack may need to be cut...

Notes:
John Doe @ SciFi Channel
'John Doe's Secrets Revealed'
'EW Solves TV Cliffhanger Mysteries!'

Other links:
Brilliant But Cancelled
OzPod
Two Girls and a Podcast
WhedonCast

Direct download: sofadogs_39_jd_nfa.mp3
Category:Not Fade Away -- posted at: 5:42 PM

In the second episode of Titus, called Sex With Pudding, Christopher fears that Erin is cheating on him. Things go from bad to worse when he learns that she's actually being sexually harrassed, by her Lesbian Boss! The show continues to turn sitcom convention on its head and tackle fresh, new areas of the human condition with hilarious results. Some stuff even gets set on fire!

Important News: I regret to inform the loyal listeners (all six of you), I will be absent from Sofa Dogs for at least a month. Recent money troubles have forced me to cancel my internet service. On the bright side, the show will still be around. Full hosting duties will be in the far more capable hands of my partner in crime, Stu. You can direct all questions and comments to him through sofadogs@hotmail.com and as always, keep those iTunes reviews coming. They're very much appreciated. Also, the Sharecrow site has a new Top 10 section. I've recently discovered that Sofa Dogs is in their list of popular downloads, so a big thank you to those of you responsible.

Finally, I wouldn't normally do this, but if you folks would like to contribute a small donation to this site, you can do so at my paypal account through kungfubear@msn.com. I hope you enjoy the show while I'm away and I hope to be back soon, putting you all to sleep again. :)

Warm and fuzzy love,
John
Direct download: sofadogs_titus1x02.mp3
Category:Sitcoms -- posted at: 5:39 PM

There was really no contest for the first non-Whedon show to get the review treatment. Yes, it's Gilligan's Isla...no, wait...it's not Gilligan's Island? Okay, our producer informs me it is in fact Lost, but I think you can see why I'd be confused...

In this first of (probably) four parts, we make our way through the highs (35,000 feet, sipping on vodka miniatures) and lows (sea level, juggling day-to-day survival and father issues) of episodes 1 through 6 of the first season.

Notes:
WhedonCast
OzPod
PodCulture
Fanboy Smackdown
The Official Lost Podcast

In this super-extended nearly-100-minutes-long episode, John also shares his thoughts on some of the new Fall shows that have premiered recently: Jericho, Six Degrees, Smith and Heroes.

Direct download: sofadogs_37_lost1_r1.mp3
Category:Lost Reviews -- posted at: 4:31 PM

Almost five months after recording our first joint commentary for Out of Gas we return to the series that started it all with Ariel, the only episode for which neither one of us have recorded a commentary.

Dear Diary. Today I took River to have a brain scan in a super-secure yet strangely dark Alliance hospital. The crew stole lots of shiny medicine and Jayne sold us out. It was the best day ever!

Notes:
Notes on currency in Firefly
Ariel Ambulance Rescue

Direct download: sofadogs_36_ariel.mp3
Category:Firefly -- posted at: 10:54 AM

In this very special episode, I was fortunate enough to attend a midnight screening of The Monster Squad at The Denton Movie Tavern, as part of their Friday Night Frights. It was apparently the only remaining 35 milimeter print in the country! The film's star, Andre Gower was there to introduce the screening and he answered questions from an inebriated audience.

It just so happens that I brought my camera with me and I've recorded the event for all to enjoy. Andre was even nice enough to sign autographs and take pictures with fans, and this was probably around 2 AM! What a guy! The picture of Andre, Brandon and myself was taken in very little light. One of these days, my stupid ass will remember to use the lamp on the front of the camera. :) Thanks goes out to Stuart Duncan for somehow making the image presentable. Thanks also to my dear friend Brandon Ortega, for his help in getting to and from the screening and making it a fun time. You sir, rock!

Special thanks goes out to John Gray and Paul Salfen for putting together an unforgettable evening, and also to Andre Gower for taking the time to come all the way out to Texas, for sharing such wonderful stories with us and basically just for being awesome. See, it's officially in writing now, so that makes it true!

Note: Alcohol was being served at this event, so the crowd was very loose and rowdy. Fair warning for those easily offended, this podcast does contain some explicit language.

Direct download: sofadogs_35_monstersquad.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 6:01 PM

House Of The Dead is a lame, generic and cheap-looking movie based on a popular video game. You know what that means. Yup, it was directed by Uwe Boll. Brandon Ortega and I sit down for some commentary, having never seen the flick before. There's no way we could sit through this garbage twice. Hell, it was enough of a struggle the first time. In any event, Brandon and I keep the conversation alive and there are many laughs to be had with this obvious joke of a movie.

Note: The first countdown to begin the DVD failed, so just wait for the second one before pressing play on your remote. We hope you enjoy the show.

Direct download: sofadogs_houseofthedead.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 12:11 AM

Completing the trifecta of Fall TV shows is our discussion of the CBS line-up. Only three shows caught our eye this time around: Jericho, Shark and Smith. Mmm...one word titles.

Notes: As it turns out, the full premiere episode of Prison Break available at TV.com only works for those in the US. And for said lucky citizens, they also have the full Vanished pilot.
Direct download: sofadogs_33_falltv3.mp3
Category:Fall TV 2006 Preview -- posted at: 6:51 PM

Part 2 of our Fall TV odyssey sees us tackling new shows from NBC and FOX. In other words, fifty percent of the shows on today's podcast have already been cancelled. ZING! Oh yeah, I went there.

Shoutouts: Two Girls and a Podcast
Direct download: sofadogs_32_falltv2.mp3
Category:Fall TV 2006 Preview -- posted at: 9:54 PM

With the Fall Season upon us, Stu and I take a look at the new batch of television shows the major networks have to offer. First, we'll be giving early impressions of the new programs from ABC. We'll read a synopsis for each show and give our reactions to the various trailers and video clips we've seen. The titles we will cover in this podcast are Day Break, Six Degrees, The Nine, Traveler and Help Me Help You.
We encourage you to chime in with your opinions in the comments section, or you can leave us an e-mail at sofadogs@hotmail.com
Also, you can subscribe to our show for free at iTunes and write your own user review. We'd love to hear from you!
Direct download: sofadogs_31_falltv1.mp3
Category:Fall TV 2006 Preview -- posted at: 12:09 AM

My first celebrity interview is Jonathan London, co-host of Geekdrome. In addition to podcasting, he's also a music video director, an award winning filmmaker and a Mexican wrestler. :)
During our Q&A session, we talk about the importance of mood regarding independent cinema, the return of Super Action, the diminishing distance between box office and DVD release dates and how this could affect the future of the movie theater experience.
I'd like to thank Jonathan for being so generous with his time and for sharing his thoughts. His short film, Gay By Dawn is available on DVD.
More information on Jonathan London can be found here.
Don't forget to visit Geekdrome for your weekly reviews of movies, trailers, comics and video games!
Direct download: sofadogs_jonathanlondon_interview01.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 10:23 PM

In the long line of prematurely cancelled shows on Fox, I take a look at Wonderfalls. It's a fantastical and clever existential comedy about a young woman who lives in a trailer park and "works" at a Niagara Falls gift shop. Her aimless life takes a startling turn when inanimate objects start talking to her and telling her to do things. These actions affect her and those around her in hilarious and unexpected ways. It's the creative brainchild from the producers of Firefly and Dead Like Me, starting with the pilot episode, Wax Lion.
Direct download: sofadogs_wonderfalls01.mp3
Category:Wonderfalls -- posted at: 7:32 AM

This is the second half of our season one review for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Stu and I go over the remaining six episodes as we discuss the good, the bad and even dispense some trivia about the show. Sofa Dogs, the finest example of quality edu-tainment. At least, that's how we see it. Perhaps we're blinded by the eyes of love. Bring us back down to reality by sharing your thoughts in the comments section.

Today's promo is for Stargate Louisville.
Direct download: sofadogs_28_buffy1xr2.mp3
Category:Buffy Season Reviews -- posted at: 10:07 PM

Based on the Hellblazer series from Vertigo Comics, Keanu Reeves is John Constantine, an investigator of the occult and the supernatural. When demons start crossing over into the realm of the living, John has to track down the spear of destiny and stop the Devil's Son from bringing Hell on Earth. With a severe case of lung cancer and a history of sin, John must struggle for acceptance into Heaven and to escape eternal damnation. The things a guy's gotta do to stay in God's good graces. :)
Direct download: sofadogs_constantine.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 7:03 PM

My commentary for the episode, Safe is anything but. I bring up the topics of Buffy, The Village, Dogma and even my big, comfy couch. There's no telling what I may ramble on about. Please throw caution to the wind and join me in my delusion that I'm interesting. :) This was recorded on the 29th of March, in the year of our Joss, 2006.
Direct download: kungfubear_safe.mp3
Category:Firefly -- posted at: 1:32 PM

The professionalism continues as I babble through the episode, Shindig. Darkman, Cowboy Bebop & Brisco County Jr. all get honorable mention. I marvel at the pretty sets and costumes, while praising the big, squishy brain with arms that is Jane Espenson.
Direct download: kungfubear_shindig.mp3
Category:Firefly -- posted at: 1:11 PM

Completing the first disc in the Firefly Box Set, I'm back with the episode, Bushwhacked. In this commentary, I make comparisons and references to Event Horizon, Hellraiser and South Park. Obscure pop culture, a shout out from my telephone and the occasional seconds of dead air prove that I know exactly what I'm doing. I'm like a trained ape, without the training.
Direct download: kungfubear_bushwhacked.mp3
Category:Firefly -- posted at: 12:55 PM

The fun continues, as I record a commentary for The Train Job. This time around, I have notes and I've fixed my microphone. Actually, I fixed myself. In my previous commentary, I was too close to the equipment. I've since learned to restrain myself from making out with my mic.
Direct download: kungfubear_train_job.mp3
Category:Firefly -- posted at: 12:37 PM

Hey, folks. I've decided to post my current batch of Firefly commentaries. These are my very first recordings. They can also be found at www.bigdamncommentaries.com
I'm a Browncoat and a fan of all works by Joss Whedon. This commentary for the Firefly pilot is the first in a series which will cover the whole show and finish with the movie.
Direct download: kungfubear_serenity_pilot.mp3
Category:Firefly -- posted at: 12:01 PM

Thought we'd extracted maximum mileage from Season 1? Think again! John and I continue our Buffy adventure with a semi-coherent jaunt through episodes 1 to 6. That's right folks - no DVD commentary this week, although we do recommend watching your favourite episode along with the mp3 to try and take the edge off our inane 'analysis'...

The giggle-free promo featured in today's podcast is for Two Girls and a Podcast.
Direct download: sofadogs_21_buffy1xr1.mp3
Category:Buffy Season Reviews -- posted at: 6:31 PM

Stu and I return to finish up the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the season finale, Buffy must finally face The Master and ultimately die, as is written in the Slaying For Dummies textbook. Meanwhile, Xander takes a page from Dating For Dummies and asks Buffy to the dance. Three guesses on how that one turns out. This episode has everything. Drama, adventure, suspense, romance and fruit punch mouth.
Direct download: sofadogs_20_buffy1x12.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 1 -- posted at: 9:12 PM

Stu and I are back once again, with a vengeance. Okay, that's a lie. I mean, we are back, but certainly not in a vengeful fashion. We'll be saving that for when one of our fellow podcasters gets shot, or when one of them is left at the altar on their wedding day. Yeah, whichever one of those comes first.
Anyway, today we'll be discussing Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight. This is the eleventh episode from Buffy's first season.
Apparently, if you ignore someone long and hard enough, they really do go away! Neat!

P.S. Have A Great Summer! :)
Direct download: sofadogs_19_buffy1x11.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 1 -- posted at: 5:44 PM

In the Season One pilot episode Dad's Dead, Christopher Titus is worried that his father may have passed on. You see, Ken has been in his room for four days straight....without getting a beer! It's the groundbreaking, autobiographical and hilarious sitcom that introduced a massive audience to the brilliance that is Christopher Titus....for three years.

Well hey, it was on Fox, after all. :)

P.S. I recorded this commentary at the butt crack of dawn, so keep that in mind while listening.
Direct download: sofadogs_titus1x01.mp3
Category:Sitcoms -- posted at: 2:19 PM

Stu and I wax philosophical about Nightmares, the tenth episode from Buffy's first season. Everyone's worst fears are materializing, and it might just have something to do with a little boy named Billy, seen wandering around the halls of Sunnydale High. Within this episode, we learn some stuff like: Clowns are scary. Singing in an Opera is hard. Being buried alive really sucks. And, if you find a candy bar on the ground, you should definitely eat it without question. Notes: The Buffy and Angel Trivia Guide can be found at www.restlessbtvs.com
Direct download: sofadogs_17_buffy1x10.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 1 -- posted at: 8:31 PM

Seeing as John is time-zone impaired right now (i.e. he's probably asleep), I've decided to tackle the arduous task of writing this episode's summary myself. Hmm....ok. It needs to be witty, insightful, informative - nothing short of a tour de force.

Um...

We talk about The Puppet Show. John's phone rings halfway through. Mimes and puppets are scary. - Stu

Notes: The voting site where you can help rank all 144 Buffy episodes, mentioned this commentary and last, can be found at www.rankitall.com
Direct download: sofadogs_16_buffy1x9.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 1 -- posted at: 12:22 PM

Today is Joss Whedon's birthday! Stuart Duncan and I celebrate by tackling the 8th episode from Buffy's first season, I Robot, You Jane. Willow begins an online relationship with a stranger, who turns out to be a centuries old demon attempting to break free from imprisonment. What did he do to become banished into the pages of an old textbook, and later the internet? Well, you know those tags on mattresses that read, "Do Not Remove"? He cut one of them off! That's right, this guy is dangerous. Will Buffy be able to destroy the demon and save her friends? Will we see a relationship grow between Giles and the new computer-science teacher, Miss Calender? Why does the demon Moloch dress himself up to look like a cross between The Predator and a rejected villain from the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers? And why does Sunnydale High have web-cam access? Join us, as we attempt to answer these questions, and more. It's Morphin' Time!
Direct download: sofadogs_15_buffy1x8.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 1 -- posted at: 10:34 PM

In this modern remake of the H.G. Wells classic story, Tom Cruise runs from a giant Green Screen. You see, space aliens showed up here thousands of years ago and buried their 3-legged Imperial Walkers deep underground. Now, they're popping up all over to well, suck, basically. I'm not just being mean, either. They show up to drain us of our precious life juice. But hey, that's what happens when gas prices keep going up. Of course, if everyone accepted Scientology into their lives, we would be the ones sucking....sucking money from the aliens' wallets. Okay, I'm done with all the biting.
Direct download: sofadogs_14_waroftheworlds.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 2:30 PM

After contributing so much time and effort into these podcasts, I've decided to make Stuart Duncan an official member of the Sofa Dogs team. What does that mean, exactly? Well, almost nothing. It's not like he really wins anything significant. No shiny badge or membership card. No special certificate or cool tattoo. Not even a crappy football phone. But, he does hold the title of having the most co-hosted episodes (3 at this point). I guess, depending on how you look at it, that's either really awesome, or kind of sad. :)
Anyway, in this installment, Stu and I discuss Angel, the seventh episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's first season. Buffy is developing feelings for Angel. Unfortunately, Angel's dark and mysterious past threatens to expose his true nature, ultimately putting Buffy's mother in grave danger. Meanwhile, the Master calls upon three warrior vampires to seek out and destroy the Slayer. Either that, or they're just looking to fill the fourth spot at Poker Night.

Buy: Buffy on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_13_buffy1x7.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 1 -- posted at: 3:37 AM

Allen Coe makes a surprise return to the show. Taking a break from the string of Joss Whedon related material, we discuss the second episode from the fourth season of Boy Meets World. In Hair Today, Goon Tomorrow, Cory is going through a bad hair phase and is unhappy with his own appearance. In an effort to cheer him up and prove that looks aren't everything, his girlfriend Topanga purposefully butchers her own hair. Meanwhile, oldest brother Eric dreams of becoming the first Good Looking Detective, instead of getting a real job. It's sweet, silly Disney entertainment. Ah, to be a kid again. As always, feedback is very much appreciated and encouraged in the comments section.

Buy: Boy Meets World on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_12_bmw.mp3
Category:Sitcoms -- posted at: 5:41 AM

Through the wonder of computer technology, I'm joined once again by special guest, Stuart Duncan. In Buffy's sixth episode from Season One, The Pack, Xander is possessed by a Hyena at the Sunnydale zoo. Hyenas are dog-like, nocturnal mammals mainly found in Africa and southern Asia. They are carnivorous scavengers feeding chiefly on carrion, with powerful jaws, relatively short hind limbs and coarse hair. They are famously known for their distinct bark, which often sounds like laughter. So, basically, Xander is the same as he ever was.

Buy: Buffy on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_11_buffy1x6.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 1 -- posted at: 9:01 AM

In Season One's fifth episode, Never Kill A Boy On The First Date, Buffy tries to uphold her duty as The Slayer while dating a dull, stale loaf of bread named Owen. Meanwhile, The Master begins his plans to open a Day Care Center for the Wayward Youth of Sunnydale. Is there enough room in Buffy's life for school, slaying and the occasional post-pubescent fantasy? Join me in this commentary and find out. If we're lucky, Angel might even show up to brood at Buffy while wearing some more cool clothes.

Buy: Buffy on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_10_buffy1x5.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 1 -- posted at: 5:36 PM

In the fourth episode of Buffy's first season, Teacher's Pet, Xander is seduced by a substitute teacher at Sunnydale High. She's beautiful, she's mysterious and she eats bugs.... Um, yeah, bugs. So please join me as I talk about the authority of a substitute teacher, the trend of student/faculty intimacy and how at this point, Angel is only good for supplying Buffy with some boss threads. Again, I appreciate all forms of feedback, so please drop me a line and for the love of Joss, tell your friends about Sofa Dogs!

Buy: Buffy on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_9_buffy1x4.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 1 -- posted at: 7:48 PM

Today, I will be commenting on The Witch, the third episode in the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Someone is using witchcraft to clear away the competition in the Cheerleading Tryouts. Who could it be? Is it the new alternate, Amy Madison? Joy, the Senior Cheerleader? The Denver Broncos? Mystery awaits at Sunnydale High, so break out the DVD and cue up the iPod as I discuss witches and continuity errors aplenty.

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Direct download: sofadogs_8_buffy1x3.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 1 -- posted at: 1:49 AM

Part 2 of the pilot for Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Harvest. In this episode, I discuss the evolution of the series and my likes and dislikes of the first season. As always, suggestions and feedback are welcome and encouraged.

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Direct download: sofadogs_7_buffy1x2.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 1 -- posted at: 9:11 PM

Part 1 of the pilot for Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Welcome To The Hellmouth. Starting here, I will attempt to provide commentary on every episode of the entire series. Today, I'll examine the show's humble beginnings. If anyone has suggestions for what I should discuss in later Buffy episodes, please make them known in the comments section.

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Direct download: sofadogs_6_buffy1x1.mp3
Category:Buffy: Season 1 -- posted at: 9:06 PM

In this very special episode of Sofa Dogs, I'm joined by fellow Browncoat, Stuart Duncan. We discuss the Firefly episode Out Of Gas via transatlantic audio commentary. Other episodes relating to Firefly can be found at www.bigdamncommentaries.com  As always, feedback and suggestions are welcome.

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Direct download: sofadogs_5_outofgas.mp3
Category:Firefly -- posted at: 8:41 PM

In this episode, Keith Kinney and I discuss the Firefly episode, Our Mrs. Reynolds. Deception, trust, love and cross-dressing all get equal air time. As always, feedback and episode suggestions are encouraged.

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Direct download: sofadogs_reynolds.mp3
Category:Firefly -- posted at: 6:24 AM

In this episode, Keith Kinney and I sit down and discuss the Firefly episode, Jaynestown. Themes of symbolism and endorsements for Mudder's Milk run rampant. Commentaries for previous episodes of the Firefly series can be found at bigdamncommentaries.com. As always, feedback is appreciated and suggestions for future episodes are welcome.

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Direct download: sofadogs_jaynestown1.mp3
Category:Firefly -- posted at: 5:01 AM

This is the second half of the Jaws audio commentary. Allen continues to drink himself stupid, while a loud, elusive weed whacker tries to hog the mic.

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Direct download: jawscast2.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 7:28 AM

Welcome to the first episode of Sofa Dogs. My good friend, Allen Coe and I sit down to record our first audio commentary. Today in the DVD tray, the 1975 classic Jaws, directed by Steven Spielberg. It's about three men who share a boat, get drunk and go hunting a big, animatronic shark named Bruce. Due to the film's extensive running time of 2 hours and 6 minutes, this podcast has been slashed in half. We encourage you to watch the film along with us, so if you pause your DVD the moment this ends, you should be able to pick up right where you left off when starting the second episode. So please join us, as I parrot my trivia notes while Allen attempts to drink his own body weight in beer. We appreciate all forms of feedback and suggestions for future commentaries are also welcome.

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Direct download: jawscast1.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 11:27 PM