Tue, 25 August 2009
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.
Thu, 6 August 2009
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.