Sat, 27 August 2011
Subject: The Fly (1986)
Record Date: July 22, 2011, 07:43 PM
Plot Summary: A scientist builds a teleportation machine that backfires when it fuses his DNA with that of a common house fly. Meanwhile, his new girlfriend attempts to sever ties from her obsessed ex-boyfriend, who also happens to be her boss at the magazine she works for.
Note: Though this commentary has been available at Tysto.com for a while now, I decided to offer it here, to increase exposure and share it with the fans of this podcast and this film. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.
Fri, 19 August 2011
Subject: Fringe - The Same Old Story (1x02)
Record Date: August 12, 2011, 09:12 PM
Plot Summary: Olivia and the Bishops are called to action after a woman is impregnated and then gives birth to a full-grown, old man, all within a matter of minutes.
Note: Annie and I discuss the occasional importance of an "info dump", dropped story arcs and forced others. Also of note, it wasn't until after the recording that we both realized the identity of the final shot. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD. Blu-ray screen capture thanks to Ariane and the Fringe Media Photo Gallery.
Thu, 11 August 2011
Subject: Fringe - Pilot (1x01)
Record Date: August 05, 2011, 09:42 PM
Plot Summary: FBI Special Agent, Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) enlists the help of a mentally unstable but brilliant scientist, Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble) and his estranged son, Peter (Joshua Jackson) to investigate a series of strange and dangerous "experiments" that fall under the category of "fringe science".
Note: During the recording of this commentary, both Annie and myself were fighting a record-setting heatwave, courtesy of the Texas weather. You may hear the intrusion of fans and central air. Directed by Alex Graves and written by J.J. Abrams & Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, Annie and I explore the form and function of Fringe's pilot episode. We discuss the cast, the beginnings of a mythology and the engaging aspects of the dramatic narrative and the progression of the action. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.
Wed, 3 August 2011
Record Date: June 11, 2011, 10:04 PM
Warning: This stand-up performance contains adult language.
Note: Recorded on location, at The Granada Theater in Dallas, Texas. The comedy duo, Hard & Phirm performed stand-up and music before a huge crowd of enthusiastic geeks and nerds, myself included. Unfortunately, my seat was situated right in front of a giant, bass-heavy amplifier, beside the stage. As a result, most of the songs had to be cut. However, I was able to salvage Phirman's hilarious cover/impression of "What A Wonderful World", as well as his amazing build-a-song, using a digital looping machine. I've added that to the end of this episode, as a way to go out with a bang. The show was full of surprises, particularly when Chris accidentally spilled his bottled water all over the stage ("He must really like you!"), or when references to Raising Arizona and Black Dynamite would fly out from interesting places. Special thanks goes out to my good friend, Dallas resident Jesse Jackson, and the wonderful crew of The Granada Theater!