Thursday, January 29, 2015

Episode #74 - "Drug Dogs or A&R Guys?" - Show Notes

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Alternate Title: "Fant-Four-Stic"
  • Tonight's Beverages: Diet Mountain Dew (Dirk); Jim Beam with a splash of Diet Mountain Dew (Otto).
  • Previewing Otto's trip to San Francisco for Walker Stalker Con.
  • Mop-up: Yahtzee's reaction to PC Gamer stepping in it; Thunderf00t's response to the violent unhinged Prom Queen Sarkeesian fan; liberal rage escalates even more over American Sniper being successful, especially compared to anti-American movies.
  • Updates on the Hayley Jane and Pete Wurdock Kickstarter projects and Dirk goes over his word count a bit.
  • Dirk's super inexpensive Superman Blu-rays arrived from England and Warner Bros gave him a bunch of free digital movies.
  • 1st Music Break:
  • What Tegan & Sara look like:
  • The minor difference in laptop key size that's messing Dirk up.
  • Windows 10 unveiled and has a heavy videogame name flava. As predicted last week, it'll be free.
  • Casting news for Disney's live-action Beauty & the Beast; the new female Ghostbusters; Supergirl (who has some pr0n in her past); David Tennant (two Doctor Whos back) to be the villain on AKA Jessica Jones; the new Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm for X-Men: Apocalypse.
  • The diss scene from Girls referenced.
  • Discussion of the trailer for what we call Fant-Four-Stic.

    A lengthy interview with Trank and Kinberg is here.
  • 2nd Music Break:
  • Snobby elitists who sniff that they're bored of [whatever] movies and the problems with trailers.
  • Dirk reviews Rushmore, Altered States Blu-ray; The Imitation Game, Birdman and Hermione's "catty" guest review of Boyhood.
  • The ending of Altered States and "Take On Me":

  • Miles Teller is a turd?
  • 3rd Music Break:
  • Extensive learning about Amalgam Comics - the one-off limited series of comics mashing-up Marvel and DC characters.
  • 4th Music Break (a story about it):
  • A problem with the Nvidia GTX 970 video card.
  • Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams are splitting up. The photo where she looks like Diane Lane:
  • A woman who's made nearly $5M opening toys.
  • Taylor Swift's Twitter got hacked.
  • Cherkitert: ScreenCrush's You Think You Know Movies? series:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Episode #73 - "Thud: God of Carboloading" - Show Notes

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Alternate Title: "Kim's Sunset Viking Funeral"

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Episode #72 - "Brood Mare Hotel" - Show Notes

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Alternate Title: "Agents of N.E.T.F.L.I.X." or "Clique For Life"
  • Tonight's Beverages: Labatt Ice (Dirk); Jim Beam with a splash of Diet Mountain Dew (Otto). The same old same old. 
  • Dirk's got a new new laptop which leads to technical issues.
  • Talk about the latest episode of Agent Carter and Otto's completion of the first half of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 
  • Venting about respective football disappointments - the rare exception to our "no sports" rule.
  • A report on Otto's new side project.
  • We're open to accepting free adult beverages. Contact us!
  • The CW renews all their shows, but Jeremy is leaving The Vampire Diaries and more Arrow-verse shows may be incoming.
  • Woody Allen to write/direct TV series for Amazon in 2016.
  • Dirk mourns the apparent passing of Shaw on Person of Interest played by Sarah Shahi who never looked like this on the show:

    (After taping, the following episode revealed she's still alive, but in an undisclosed location.)
  • Ghastly.
  • Kyle MacLachlin returning for the Showtime Twin Peaks reboot in 2016. David Lynch's tweet about it.
  • Tips on scoring killer Blu-ray deals from Amazon UK.
  • Karen Sisco and Hawkeye:
  • Golden Globes recap and discussion.
  • The first episode of Transparent appears free for all to watch here.
  • Vox: "The Golden Globes made an important statement about diversity on television."
  • Uptight liberals whine about Margaret Cho's skits, but she spanks the haters and goes full honey badger.
  • Brangelina were already married before their wedding. (But when?)
  • WHO YA GOT?!?

    FYI: Amy Adams is 40; Julianne Moore is 54.
  • The Aimee Mann/Sarah McLachlan Portlandia episode. The Aimee Mann part starts at 2:39:

  • The ScarJo-starring Ghost in the Shell movie gets a release date.
  • Dirk's quick reviews of Blue Jasmine, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, In A World..., and Divergent (Some interesting VFX breakdowns).
  • Lake Bell, yo!
  • How Netflix is showing movies in the wrong format and Amazon is.
  • Otto's reviews of Gravity (Dirk's 3D theatrical and home video reviews), The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Behind the scenes shooting Gravity:

  • Monster is suing Beats for screwing them over.The original Gizmodo article.
  • Grim Fandango Remastered is available to purchase here and here are a couple of BTS videos about the project:

  • Grand Theft Auto V for PC delayed. BOOOOOOOO!!!!! Have some 4K screenshots to tide you over.
  • The origins of 21 tech terms.
  • Yeah, country music is hella more reals than that pre-fab formulaic pop music, right? Yeah, no.
  • Milo Yiannopoulos is writing a book about #GamerGate.
  • Anita Ekberg RIP:

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Episode #71 - "Blew Nü-Rae" - Show Notes

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Alternate Title: "Big Soft British Girl"
  • Tonight's Beverages: Labatt Ice (Dirk); Jim Beam with a splash of Diet Mountain Dew (Otto). We're in a rut.
  • Colin's Coffee's FaceSpace page.
  • Announcement of Otto's new show, The Witching Hours (Mondays, 7-9 pm EST at
  • Some apologies.

  • Adventures in laptop shopping. What Otto got. What Dirk got.
  • Music by Puffy AmiYumi - "Planet Tokyo" (no video exists on YouTube of their version; lots of covers for some reason)
  • Discussion of the Ant-Man teaser trailer...

    ...and the debut episodes of Agent Carter
  • Gemma Arterton...

    ...versus Hayley Atwell...

    ...WHO YA GOT?!?
  • Dirk's adventures in binge-watching The Flash and Homeland. FACT CHECK: Islamabad is in Pakistan.
  • Firefly/V/Homeland actress Morena Baccarin has joined the casts of Gotham and The Flash.
  • Dirk's getting apathetic about Sleepy Hollow leading to a discussion of the ups and downs of Lost including this classic moment:
  • Was the mega-hyped Serial podcast worth listening to? Dirk tells us! (After taping the show, we discovered there's some interviews emerging disputing the series; one with the prime witness, the other with a prosecutor, leading to pushback from Sarah Koenig.)
  • The Peter Pan portion of the This American Life fiasco episode referenced:

  • The live version of the 2nd break song to illustrate how it worked live:
  • The joys of a properly configured and calibrated surround system. This is the Disney WOW calibration mentioned:

    Radio Shack no longer sells the meter, but it's this model.
  • Pay attention to the black letterbox bars:
  • Movie attendance is down.
  • Gratuitous photo of Krysten Ritter, because she purdy:
  • Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem (Netflix link) and the video that started the craze:

  • The most-pirated movies of 2014. Does piracy automatically mean lost ticket and disc sales?
  • Rihanna in Battleship:
  • A random sample pitting Netflix streaming vs. the Fortress of Dirkitude® - i.e. streaming vs. a physical collection.

  • UPDATE: The petition for AMC to lay off The Walking Hope was successful. 
  • Quick reviews of The Lego Movie, Scrooged, Live Die Repeat, Gone Girl and The Interview.
  • Hit the link to see this VFX breakdown for Gone Girl:
    Gone Girl Reel from artemplehollywood on Vimeo.

  • Bono may never play guitar again.
  • Jessie J's earnings from co-writing "Party in the USA" paid her rent for three years.
  • Wedding news for Cameron Diaz and Stephen Fry, but they didn't marry each other.