This week is an unprecedented episode in that we selected horror comedies. Horror and comedy are two things in short supply on this podcast.
Zombeavers, unsurprisingly is about zombie beavers. And…well…that’s pretty much all you need to know. A bunch of actors you’ve never seen run from mindless zombie rodents (?) who want nothing more than to gnaw off their legs. I’m really stretching for things to say about this one. Boobs.
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is a far superior to Zombeavers because it recognizes that the real villain in pretty much every horror film is the victims themselves – college kids. Let’s be honest, we shouldn’t victim blame, but let’s wag the finger pretty hard in these idiots’ general direction.
Zombeavers and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil are both currently available for streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
This is the week when things turn dark. Oh sure, it starts all peppy with yet another discussion of the opening theme. But then things take a turn as Dean and Ed try to figure out just who is in The Outsiders, you know, for planning purposes.
Orphan Black is a Canadian show, so… pretty good. It stars Tatiana Maslany and Tatiana Maslany and Tatiana Maslany (etc.) playing her own various clones. Is it nature versus nurture? Who’s the real one? Will we find out in this episode? No, to that last one, but the guys do determine that Tatiana Maslany is a huge talent! Big fans.
Black Mirror is a British show, so… also pretty good. It’s an interesting anthology type, science fiction, thriller ala The Twilight Zone. The first episode is very grounded and very disturbing. The other eps are less disturbing, but still provocative. If you like Downton Abbey, it will give you no context for how to feel about this show – but lots of the same actors!
Orphan Black is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime and Black Mirror is currently available for streaming on Netflix.
It’s documentary week, though “documentary” is entirely false for one of our picks and downright questionable for the other. In any case, the tension is palpable as Dean announces his retirement from podcasting. Ed diligently forges on carrying his co-host emeritus with him. So grow your beard and don your sunglasses, it’s time to go all hoaxy on this thing.
Exit Through the Gift Shop is perhaps a documentary and perhaps an artistic construct meant to be some sort of statement. Either way famous street artist Bansky directs. Half of the film features the history of the street art movement of the last few decades. The other half is the story of Mr. Brainwash, a Banksy acquantance, who becomes an overnight success, much to the chagrin of his contemporaries… or is he? Speculation abounds!
I’m Still Here is a mockumentary. Remember that time Joaquin Phoenix went crazy on Letterman? Well even if you don’t, it’s the climax of this Casey Affleck directed “hoax”. Edits are few and far between as Affleck strings together footage from Phoenix’s transition from acting to hip-hop. Can’t say whether the public was fooled, but paying to see this movie may have been the biggest joke these two Academy Award nominees pulled.
Exit Through the Gift Shop is currently available for streaming on Netflix and I’m Still Here is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime.
This week’s episode gets off to a bangin’ start with a short lesson on Greece including their alphabet and other quaint things like Greek “money”. Then the discussion turns to Ed and Dean’s general lack of interest in computer science in college.
Betas stars a bunch of kids you’ve never heard of and John Daly. It also stars one of the kids from The Nanny at least we think to, we never looked it up. Betas is a show about a bunch of fresh-faced kids trying to make it in the tech industry. We agreed that it’s a lot like Silicon Valley but that we wouldn’t spend the whole time talking about Silicon Valley. We then proceeded to talk entirely about Silicon Valley.
Alphas, despite it’s name, is not a reality show about former college jocks. Well, sort of. I mean it does have one jock, but they also have a guy who’s pretty far along the on spectrum, a hot woman with self-esteem issues, an angry black policeman, and a hot woman with no self-esteem issues who has a lot of friends with really expensive cars. Oh, and they have superpowers. I probably should have led with that. Actually Alphas is sort of like CSI if instead of relying on non-existent science and ridiculously unbelievable powers of intuition to solve crimes, they instead use a bunch of ridiculously unbelievable superpowers.
Betas is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime and Alphas is currently available for streaming on both Amazon Prime and Netflix.
Listener, the Age of Ultron appears to be upon us. In tribute we rebroadcast (or repodcast) an Avenger ep, starring everyone’s favorite Torch turned Captain. Please enjoy, once again, and we’ll be back next week with a fresh pair of streams!
As this week’s episode takes a walk on the dystopian side, Ed and Dean talk about the mash-ups of Batman vs Boromir and Captain America vs the White Queen. Turns out you can be in a big franchise and a smaller sci-if one-off.
Equilibrium stars Batman (Christian Bale) as an unfeeling, feeling hunter who suddenly becomes a feeling feeler who is himself hunted by Taye Diggs (a surprisingly feeling unfeeler). It’s a strange, interesting exploration of how to stick a bunch of science fiction tropes into a single film. Is it a riot? Join us as we find out.
Snowpiercer stars Captain America (Chris Evans) soldiering on through a long winter. Sound familiar? It’s not. We follow the highs an lows of a journey from the caboose to the engine, as Cap does his best to downplay his leadership while leading a rag tag band of back-car-dwellers in revolution. Plot holes be damed, this is what a train full of postapocalyptic survivors should be — full of Coors!
Equilibrium is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime and Snowpiercer is currently available for streaming on Netflix.
All is not what it seems. All it not what it seems. For instance, this might seem like a good podcast. But is it really?
Under the Skin (2014) is a film about Scarlett Johansson’s road trip through Europe in a windowless van. Apparently she subsidizes the trip by leading men into a strange health spa. Fantastic accents were had by all.
Strange Days (1995) is a film where the Red Dragon (Ralph Fiennes) is dealing experiences through “Getting Wired” while also pining for the Other Sister (Juliette Lewis) who long ago left him to shack up with the Guy of Gisborne (Michael Wincott). And, like he usually does, the Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio) is behind the scenes pulling the strings. If none of that makes any sense to you, it’s probably because you didn’t see the movie. So, you know, get on that…
Under the Skin is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime and Strange Days is currently available for streaming on Netflix.
There are things happening one cannot explain, going unnoticed to the naked eye. But that’s just Dean’s stomach. Ed on the other hand is full from a nice lunch. The pair discuss the matter as well as the categories for bad guys. Then there’s some streaming stuff, too.
Marvel’s Daredevil (2015) isn’t quite the Batfleck (Devilfleck?) of 2003. Instead, this 13 episode series focuses on Matt Murdock’s (Charlie Cox) early vigilantism and the Hell he’s sworn to protect, or Hell’s Kitchen rather. During the day Murdock is a blind lawyer running a small practice with his friends (Eldin Henson and Deborah Ann Woll), but by night he gallivants about thwarting baddies (Vincent D’Onofrio) with the help of his love interest (Rosario Dawson). It’s all very violent; good stuff.
Bosch (2014) on the other hand is a sanctioned crime-fighter in the midst of a few Michael Connelly mysteries, wrapped in the enigma that is LA. Titus Welliver plays the cop in question with a loner attitude and a penchant for breaking rules. A winner of 2014’s Amazon pilots, the mysteries unfold over the course of 10 episodes and any number of procedural tropes. But don’t write it off just yet, the show’s even hand and slow burn are what keep it interesting. That and the respect!
Marvel’s Daredevil is currently available for streaming on Netflix and Bosch is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime.
This podcast is like a fairy tale – in that Dean kisses a frog and Ed spends all of time in a high tower growing his hair. The guys discuss the pejorative nature of the term “the little man”, the linguistic legacy of the Brother’s Grimm, and the merits of Austrian and Germanic desserts.
The Brothers Grimm (2005) tells the story of the time when Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) and his brother the Joker (Heath Ledger) teamed up with Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) to butcher a bunch of Germanic Folk tales and not too subtley ripoff Monty Python.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) is the origin story of Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) from the Avengers. Apparently he cut his teeth fighting the queen of the witches – Jean Grey/Phoenix (Famke Janssen) – alongside his ample-bosomed (maybe British?) sister (Gemma Arterton). Which is an even more impressive feat when you learn of his lifelong struggle with type 2 diabetes.
Both of these films are currently available for streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
If you’ve been spending your time with the fresh, vibrant colors of the dawning spring, this is an episode that will remind you how fleeting that is! Ed & Dean record an all black and white episode and really dig into just how talented they are at dancing. So put on your funny hat, and join the fellows for these two dramedies.
Nebraska (2013) has a premise that you wouldn’t believe on paper. Directed by Alexander Payne, an SNL-alum (Will Forte) ferries Bruce Dern from Montana to Nebraska to collect the prize promised in a junk mail letter trying to sell magazines – only to find out it was a scam all along. On the way we meet the brash mother (June Squibb), the former partner/rival (Stacey Keach) and a whole host of uncomfortably realistic small-town bumpkins. Thank goodness there are some funny parts! The fellows discuss just how close-to-home this one hits and why they live in the big city.
Frances Ha (2012) is about a gal looking for her path in the big city. Greta Gerwig co-writes (with director Noah Baumbach) and starts as the aforementioned Frances in this examination of the year in the life of a free-spirit desperately trying to hang onto her freedom (perhaps?). You’ll see roommate stuff, money stuff, Adam Driver and maybe even choreography! Prepare to furrow your brow, withhold your judgement and tag along for the ride. It’s like a trip to Sweden and back, if that were a metaphor you might understand.
Nebraska is currently streaming on both Netflix and Amazon Prime and Frances Ha is currently steaming on Netflix.