Episode 243 – I Love My New Drug

by admin on October 13, 2014

Dawn discusses the sense of overkill (as described by Colin Hay) she’s grown familiar with, and the way she’s come to combat it – a method that involves abandoning delicious, delicious alcohol. Also discussed: Seeing the Who, the decision to abandon bad nicknames in the pursuit of seriousness, the future of weed, and the magic of pop-tarts.

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You Need to See: Dreamcatcher

by dawn on October 8, 2014

With the neighborhood video store all but extinct and movie-lovers finding their films via Netflix and Amazon searches, the pleasure of “stumbling across” a great film is becoming a lost pleasure.  Each week I share one of my favorite movies, and I encourage you to seek it out.

This week, however, I’ve chosen a truly abysmal film, so terrible that it becomes something wholly beyond the usual judgements of quality, demanding that you watch just to have the experience of seeing how deeply, psychotically awful a movie can be.

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Having been run down by an errant van-driver and smashed into bits by the side of a Maine highway in 1999, a recovering Stephen King kept himself entertained during his period of forced bed rest by doing what he does best — vomiting up every little bit of his psyche onto the printed page in the form of a horror/suspense novel. The uneven, formulaic, and ridiculously long novel (it logged in at over 600 pages) read exactly like what it was, the work of man who was attempting to revisit every single one of his most overworked themes while obsessing on his disabled state, hopped up on painkillers. With some five different storylines in both the past and present happening simultaneously, horribly written characters, idiotic set pieces and an almost gleeful wallowing in graphic descriptions of bodily functions, it may be King’s absolute worst book in his extremely uneven career.

Yet someone, for reasons utterly inexplicable, decided that Dreamcatcher should be made into a motion picture. [click to continue…]

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Episode 242 – Almond Milk and Pumpkin Beers

by admin on October 6, 2014

The pumpkin adventure continues, with help from Jenny Hieronymus and Sean Stutzman of the In One Day Radio podcast! They bring a bushel of bombers to sample, while Dawn brings the pain (in the form of really terrible cookies to try). Learn how to make your own coffee creamer, how to make pudding out of a chia pet, and the strange skills you only learn by volunteering to record yourself having conversations for an hour a week, every week, for any number of years.

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With the neighborhood video store all but extinct and movie-lovers finding their films via Netflix and Amazon searches, the pleasure of “stumbling across” a great film is becoming a lost pleasure.  Each week I share one of my favorite movies, and I encourage you to seek it out.

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I love Pedro Almodóvar’s films, but they certainly are difficult to describe. Suggest a friend see Matador (1986), for example, and they inevitably respond with “What’s it about?” Well, it’s about a matador … and angels … and masturbation. Sort of. Or take Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989): an adequate explanation of that one can take 45 minutes, because “mental patient kidnaps a former porn star/junkie, slaps her around some, then ties her to a bed; actually, he just wants to get married and have kids” doesn’t cover it, even if that really is (I kid you not) Leonard Maltin’s description. [click to continue…]

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Episode 241 – Growing Pains (Comics Version)

by admin on September 29, 2014

David Walker joins the show to recap and then expand upon the panel he hosted at Rose City Comic Con, about fan advocacy, and how better to support the awesome people making awesome things that you can’t stop talking about on twitter. Eric Tomorrow then mails us some pumpkin goodness, and David discusses his stewardship of the SHAFT legacy.

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You Need to See: The Wild Bunch

by dawn on September 23, 2014

With the neighborhood video store all but extinct and movie-lovers finding their films via Netflix and Amazon searches, the pleasure of “stumbling across” a great film is becoming a lost pleasure.  Each week I share one of my favorite movies, and I encourage you to seek it out.

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“I suppose I’m something of an outlaw myself. I identify with them. I’ve always wondered what happened to the outlaws of the Old West when it changed, and I thought this story by Walon Green dramatized it very well.”

— Sam Peckinpah

In the 1950s, a young Sam Peckinpah worked as a writer on Western-themed television series’ like “Gunsmoke” and “The Rifleman,” even creating one of his own in 1960 called “The Westerner.” He’d grown up on a ranch in Fresno, Calif., descended from rugged men who settled the then-untamed land and, often, worked in law enforcement (his father was a judge). He was fascinated by the history of the region, especially the period around the turn of the century when technology and society began changing and the West, as it had been, began to die. [click to continue…]

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Episode 240 – The Bone Gleaner

by admin on September 15, 2014

This episode is all about personality. Which makes sense, as Eric D. Snider is on it. But sometimes personality doesn’t just mean “personality,” it means something different. A dip into some strange worlds this episode. The world of entendre, the world of sexual taboo, the world of child-stardom, and then there’s the world of PEPPERIDGE FARM’S PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE COOKIES, which are reviewed, just before the show is saved via a special cameo appearance by a chicken gizzard expert.

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Episode 239 – Heart Like a Roast Beef

by admin on September 8, 2014

Self-improvement is the theme of today’s auditory meal, as Jaime Kirk comes on to talk through the ways our grandparents served as both a model example of how to grow old, and the source of a lot of our crushing disappointments as grown adults. Growing old gracefully is way harder than it seems, and things like mean school bus drivers and snotty conversationalists don’t make it any easier. What helps it go down smooth? Some delicious pumpkin-flavored foods… some a little more delicious than others.

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You Need To See: Romper Stomper

by dawn on September 3, 2014

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Imagine, for a moment, that it’s 1951. (Just for a minute, work with me on this one, okay?) It’s 1951 and you sit down in your local movie house to enjoy Elia Kazan’s film of the Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. The actor playing the lead character of Stanley Kowalski is a young man named Marlon Brando, in only his second film. As you experience this new talent’s tour de force performance — so physical and charismatic that he practically leaps right off the screen into your lap — there’s a voice in your head that keeps getting louder and louder, asking, Just who the hell is that guy, anyway? [click to continue…]

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Episode 238 – Chicken Strip Politics

by admin on September 1, 2014

There’s a lot that goes into your approach to any supermarket deli counter. You have to consider the quality of the strip. You have to consider the quality of the person who made it. You have to consider the quality of life when choosing to take a job in a kitchen – ANY kind of kitchen. This week’s episode is a blend of food and words that is as well put together as any Costco muffin. With a bonus story about how Mike Russell once made Dawn cry!

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