Fri, 14 June 2013
Subject: Veronica Mars - Pilot (1x01)
Record Date: June 10, 2013, 11:57 PM
Plot Summary: A high school outcast uses her intellect and resources to investigate the murder of her best friend, while also solving local, petty crimes involving her friends and classmates.
Note: In celebration of the upcoming Veronica Mars Movie, I decided to provide commentaries for every episode of the television series, starting once again with the Extended Pilot. This time, I've asked Crave Online's film channel editor (and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast), William Bibbiani to join me (check out some of his past appearances on the podcast here). We talk about the modern noir aesthetic, the use of a flashback within a flashback, voice-over narration and tackling dark subject matter within the limitations of network TV. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.
Tue, 4 June 2013
Subject: Inception (2010)
Record Date: June 01, 2013, 04:21 PM
Plot Summary: A team of thieves infiltrate the dreams of others to steal their secrets and ideas for profit.
Note: Tysto returns to discuss Christopher Nolan's epic, science fiction mind-bender he made in between Batman films. We talk about other dream-related properties, consistent themes within a filmmaker's body of work and the simultaneous limits and extensive possibilities of Inception's mythology. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.
Tue, 28 May 2013
Subject: Wonder Woman - Pilot (1x01)
Record Date: May 25, 2013, 04:08 PM
Plot Summary: An Amazonian Princess uses her super-human strength and speed to fight crime in a corrupt, corporate world.
Note: Nerdist and Topless Robot contributor, Eric Diaz returns to examine David E. Kelley's unaired pilot for Wonder Woman. We scratch our heads or shake our heads at nearly every decision or concept presented here. We talk about the comics, violence versus diplomacy, justice versus vengeance and feminism versus sociopathology. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your preferred media player.
Mon, 20 May 2013
Subject: The Sofa Dogs Podcast
Observers: John Pavlich
Record Date: May 19, 2013, 11:07 PM
Note: This is a special message I've recorded, asking the listeners out there to please make a donation, through the website's Paypal Donate Button. No matter how great or small, your support helps to keep me and the show going. Thank you.
Thu, 16 May 2013
Record Date: October 07, 2012, 02:08 PM
Plot Summary: Jeff uses his knowledge in criminal law to defend Britta for cheating on a test. Meanwhile, Annie enlists Pierce to write a school song for Greendale.
Note: Tysto returns to discuss the fifth episode from Community's first season. We talk about statues, thematic resonance and parallels and the slow death of Ben Chang, as a character. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.
Thu, 9 May 2013
Subject: Community - Social Psychology (1x04)
Record Date: October 07, 2012, 01:42 PM
Plot Summary: Professor Duncan instigates an experiment that backfires, while Jeff is confounded by a shirtless Hippie with tiny nipples.
Note: Tysto returns to discuss the fourth episode from Community's first season. We talk about Ultimate Frisbee, butt stuff, Annie's sweaters and Jeff versus Vaughn. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.
Wed, 1 May 2013
Subject: Angel - Darla (2x07)
Record Date: April 28, 2013, 10:55 PM
Plot Summary: Darla is haunted by her undead past, while dealing with her newly mortal state in the present as she searches for her identity and the life she once had as a vampire with Angelus.
Note: Due to positive feedback from the listeners and the success of our previous commentary for "Reprise", Tim returns to talk about directing his first episode of Angel, parallel story structure and tying together mythologies from the Buffy episode, "Fool For Love". Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button in the top right corner of the site.
Tue, 23 April 2013
Subject: Prom Night (2008)
Record Date: August 29, 2012, 06:09 PM
Plot Summary: Obsessed with one of his past students, a former Teacher tracks her down at a Hotel and begins murdering her friends during her Senior Prom.
Note: Due to a few technical difficulties (some dead air at 30 minutes and 13 seconds, then again at 1 hour, 17 minutes and 22 seconds), this episode has been in the vault for nearly 8 months. However, I've decided to do some extensive post work and submit it here for the loyal listeners who may want to hear this one. Hayley White returns for this well-made, but not wholly outstanding Teen Slasher. We talk about criminal psychosis, High School Proms and unintentional red herrings. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.
Sat, 13 April 2013
Subject: Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
Record Date: December 30, 2012, 05:36 PM
Plot Summary: A top secret, government organization brings together a misfit, band of Superheroes to thwart an impending alien invasion, lead by Loki, the God of Trickery.
Note: Digging into the vault, I bring you my commentary with Tysto for Joss Whedon's, The Avengers. We discuss Marvel Comics, glorifying America and feminism prominent in Whedon's work. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.
Sun, 31 March 2013
Subject: Beetlejuice (1988)
Record Date: March 14, 2013, 03:48 PM
Plot Summary: A recently deceased couple calls upon the power of a sleazy, trickster demon, in an effort to scare away the new, living residents of their house.
Note: Celebrating the film's 25th anniversary, Down In Front's Michael Scott returns. We talk about the impressive visual effects, the inventive set design, the powerhouse performance from Michael Keaton and the works of Tim Burton, past and present. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.