Episode 260 – Donuts and Explosions

by admin on February 23, 2015

And dancing gorillas and green bears and bad taxes and chocolate and bourbon and the weird things you can do with a Potato Salad and the Oscars and the Babadook and the Grand Budapest Hotel and Mad Max Rockatansky, baby. But not Warren Buffett. Not that guy.

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You get get up to a lot of trouble/fun in a borrowed IKEA wheelchair. You really can. There’s also a little K-Mart mishap to be shared, as well. And then there’s a discussion on the way in which The Kingsman derailed for Dawn, why John Wick didn’t even leave that particular station, and then Dawn tries to figure out who should replace Jon Stewart.

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Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

by dawn on February 13, 2015

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I’ll admit, I never considered Colin Firth a potential action star, kicking and jumping and shooting guns and the like. I’ve certainly considered Mr. Firth (never Colin, that would be too casual) in other ways, many of them NSFW. Yet the James Bondian gentleman spy character fits him so well, it now seems so … obvious.

Kingsman: The Secret Service, adapted from a comic by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, is a hugely fun throwback to those great, old-timey spy flicks that gave us the likes of Harry Palmer and Derek Flint. With the exception of one giant, gaping misstep in the middle of the film – I’ll get to that in a bit – it’s a marvelous little addition to the genre, full to the brim with off-hand quips, smartly executed fight scenes, and delightful gadgets. [click to continue…]

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With a title like that, you might think this is a sexy show. This is never a sexy show. In fact, we talk about pet poops for awhile there. Very not sexy. That’s of course not the only topic. There’s discussion on True Detective, and the writings of Elmore Leonard, and a whole bunch of other stuff that’s pretty awesome. Although I think the topic of sex DOES come up once or twice, so there is SOME titillation to be found. It’s just ham-scented, that’s all.

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Episode 257 – Read a Book

by admin on February 2, 2015

David Walker joins Dawn to discuss his reading habits, how he attained them, and why school curriculae keep recommending really old, uninteresting stuff for kids to read when there’s a whole bunch of newer, way more interesting stuff that kids could be checking out, stuff that might cause them to be the voracious readers Dawn and David grew up to be. Plus, personal theme songs are chosen, and a quick Parenthood recap.

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Dawn believes that information wants to be free. Which makes her attempt to introduce a new intro to the show extra frustrating for her. Also frustrating – whatever it is the people behind “Parenthood” think they’re doing to that show. Other discussions include the freedom of schmutz, and the emotional blackmail that only a cat can provide.

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Episode 255 – You Can Like a Butt

by admin on January 19, 2015

Bet you didn’t think this would be an episode centering on the world of FRIENDS and the trials and tribulations of one Jennifer Aniston, did you. But it kinda does that. It also kinda spends a lot of time talking about the awkwardness of trying to score your sexual encounters to music, and how that can not only ruin your sex, but ruin the music you previously enjoyed. Also, as the title implies, we talk about butts. Enjoy!

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Episode 254 – Know Your Source

by admin on January 12, 2015

Noted satirist (and also movie critic and all around bon vivant) Eric D. Snider stops by to talk about the slippery subject of satire, and why people have such a hard time getting it. Also discussed: Technological innovations, the movie “Clue,” and Dawn’s inner journey to outer peace. It’s a discussion that involves the phrase “Turtling.” Hi Mrs. Snider!

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Episode 253 – You Gotta DO Somethin’

by admin on January 5, 2015

For an episode that starts inside a not-too-distant future where VR helmets render the home theater craze of the mid-’80s a quaint endeavor, it seems sort of funny that we end up discussing the lo-fi need to simply make things with your hands, for the sake of being able to look at yourself, and look at the thing you made, and say “I did that.” Also discussed: The strange and varied ways Leonard Maltin has touched us all.

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Episode 252 – The Bad Gravy

by admin on December 29, 2014

In which a discussion about… INTERESTING Christmas cuisine leads to a shared love of high-quality Ramen, and adventures of both the culinary kind, and the good old fashioned road-trip kind, of which Dawn already has planned for 2015, which not only will lead her to Austin, Texas, but lead the show in a discussion on both “Boyhood” and “The Babadook.”

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