Dan & Kenton review their summer media wish lists, going over all the movies, TV shows, music and books that they plan to consume over the next few months. Also, Kenton rants against the Winnipeg Parking Authority and Dan reminisces about the Barenaked Ladies.
Dan pitches his idea for the “CJOB Podcast Network” while Kenton pitches what would be the first “R-rated” Star Wars film. The Nerds also get into Star Wars toy collections, OITNB, and mourn the loss of Sir Christopher Lee.
No, that’s not a double-entendre. That’s the episode title suggested by Dan’s son Jack (the meaning will become clear a few minutes in.)
That’s right, it’s “bring your kid to the podcast” day! Jack joins the nerds for a somewhat chaotic discussion of Star Wars, Interstellar, and other sci-fi favourites.
Famed Couch Potato Brett Megarry joins Kenton and Dan for the final show of the year to talk about his favorite movies and TV shows. Brett co-hosts the All News Drive on Winnipeg’s 680 CJOB and is one half of the illustrious Couch Potatoes, a weekly radio talk show that features news and reviews off all the top media properties. The consensus: it was a great year for entertainment, but 2015 is going to be even better! (ageofultronstarwarsageofultronstarwars…)
Brazil (1985) was written and directed by Terry Gilliam (Tom Stoppard also co-wrote) and was his second non-Python feature film. Jonathan Pryce stars, and the movie is full of huge names in smaller roles. (Robert DeNiro, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm, and Michael Palin, among others). I rented it on iTunes.
For the plot summary, I’ll once again defer to IMDB, because they’re just so damn good at it:
Sam Lowry is a harried technocrat in a futuristic society that is needlessly convoluted and inefficient. He dreams of a life where he can fly away from technology and overpowering bureaucracy, and spend eternity with the woman of his dreams. While trying to rectify the wrongful arrest of one Harry Buttle, Lowry meets the woman he is always chasing in his dreams, Jill Layton. Meanwhile, the bureaucracy has fingered him responsible for a rash of terrorist bombings, and both Sam and Jill’s lives are put in danger. Written by Philip Brubaker <email@example.com>
Brazil is one of those films that everyone should see. It’s 1984 for the 80s. Gilliam creates a world that is both hilarious and terrifying at the same time, and the film’s pace never lets up for a second. Again, it’s not a really Christmas-y film. Christmas is taking place in the background and I think it’s simply meant as a touchstone for us, to let the audience know that consumerism is still going strong (and in fact is one of the building blocks) in this dystopian society.
As I mentioned, the film is funny, but it’s also dark and depressing and not a great film to watch during the Christmas season. Again, my own cleverness seems to have gotten the better of me as I wallow in the sadness that comes at the end of Brazil. (Kidding, it’s not that bad.)
But I have hope. I absolutely know that Trading Places will be full of Christmas hilarity. And Jamie Lee Curtis.
Okay, okay I’ll admit it. I’m a little behind on this challenge. What does Jeff Goldblum say in Jurassic Park, “Life gets in the way”? No no, wait. It’s “Life finds a way.” Never mind, I’ll catch up on the weekend.
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) was written by Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Iron Man 3) and stars Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson. It was directed by (unbeknownst to me) one of my favorite action film directors, Renny Harlin. The reason I say unbeknownst is because I didnt know that he directed this film, Die Hard 2, and Deep Blue Sea, all awesome action flicks. I watched The Long Kiss Goodnight on (get this) pan & scan DVD. That I had to buy. At HMV. For five dollars. C’mon New Line Cinema, there’s this thing called Netflix…
Samantha Caine, suburban homemaker, is the ideal mom to her 8 year old daughter Caitlin. She lives in Honesdale, PA, has a job teaching school and makes the best Rice Krispie treats in town. But when she receives a bump on her head, she begins to remember small parts of her previous life as a lethal, top-secret agent. Her old chums in the Chapter are now out to kill her so she enlists the help of a cheap detective named Mitch. As Samantha remembers more and more of her previous life, she becomes deadlier and more resourceful. Both Mitch and Charly proceed to do the killing thing, the bleeding thing and the shooting thing.
The film takes place in the few days leading up to Christmas – right about now, actually – and it does feel more Christmas-y than the last few movies I’ve watched. But it’s also a kick-ass 90s action movie, with kick-ass witty dialogue, and mediocre mid-budget action sequences (that green screen technology sure does date a film, hoo boy). I absolutely loved it.
One hidden gem in this movie is Brian Cox, who plays a former mentor to Davis’ Samantha/Charly character. Cox (who is always good) has some of the best lines in the film and really brings the scenes he’s in to life.
Sam Jackson is in top form as the wise-cracking Mitch Hennesey, and Davis is pretty good as well, although I prefer her innocent but sarcastic Samantha Caine to the supposedly cold-as-ice killer assassin Charley Baltimore.
The one thing in this movie that isn’t great is the villain, Timothy (yes, that’s really his name!) played by Craig Bierko. You may remember him from such films as The Thirteenth Floor and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but he hasn’t done much since the 90s. He sure plays up the cheese in this movie, almost comically so. But I get the feeling that he’s trying to straight up play a menacing, eccentric bad guy here. He does a poor job of it.
Still, it’s a fun movie to watch and I’m glad I added it to this list. The idea was to replace the now cliche Die Hard with another action movie, and The Long Kiss Goodnight fills that slot nicely.
Next up, Brazil, which I know is not going to fill me with Christmas Cheer either, but I love it and I’m watching it all the same.
Dan & Kenton engage in a spoiler-filled discussion about The Walking Dead mid-season finale, and about the series in general. In Nerd News they talk about the newly-announced Bond film, Spectre. And yes, Star Wars does work its way back into the podcast once again. I have a feeling that’ll happen quite a bit over the next year…
Dan & Kenton talk about what media they’re thankful and not thankful for, as they break down the Jurassic World trailer and discuss why Blade Runner should NOT have a sequel. Plus, a preview of the Media Nerds: Special Edition episode that will be posted tomorrow in reaction to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser.
Dan & Kenton celebrate their triumphant return to Red River Radio studios by talking about the state of radio, new Star Wars rumours, and the merits of Meet Joe Black
The trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron leaked this week, and Dan & Kenton react with appropriate *Squee*. Plus: hoverboards, Google takes over the world, and somehow it all comes back around to Star Wars.
And in case you somehow missed said trailer, enjoy!