A Movie Theater Experience

November 10, 2017

In this episode, I discuss my movie theater experience while seeing Blade Runner 2049, on a Saturday afternoon, with my dad, on Long Island.  Rules, rituals, and some movie theater advice are ahead on this very special episode of “Music, Movies, and More”.

 

Here’s the breakdown:  

-What this is not

-My dad

-A sign outsider the theater

-The bathroom rule

-In the theater

-The seats

-Living room surround sound as a kid

-Where we sat

-Coffee 

-My job experiences 

-My coffee experience

-My coffee timing

-What movie theaters mean to me

-When I sit down

-The best form of meditation

-Tangent mania

-When I sit down

-Fighting to stay awake

-My leg cramps

-Two hours in

-Caffeine withdrawal

-The movie ends

-The bathroom again

-Shushing my dad

-Burritos

-After one burrito

-Caffeine withdrawal again

-Coffee on top of burritos

-Halloween weekend on Long Island

-Let this be a lesson

-Plugs!

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Diversity in Movies

November 4, 2017

I explain why diversity in movies (this also applies to any art) is so good.  This seems obvious but critics of diversity seem to be so emboldened these days.  Gee, I wonder why?

 

Enjoy this “Music, Movies, and More” quickie!

 

Here's the breakdown:

-When someone says they’re “anti-PC”

-The Force Awakens

-Wolfenstein

-The hypocrisy of the anti-PC movement

-Criticisms of a diverse cast (not my criticisms)

-How movies can inspire life through art

-Art imitating life and life imitating art  

-Plugs!

 

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Friends From College Review

October 25, 2017

Tell your friends that this review contains spoilers for season one of the new Netflix show, Friends From College.

Here’s the breakdown:

-How I know when a TV show is a good TV show

-Watching the Friends From College trailer

-My main criticism 

-What’s great about the show

-Characters, acting, writing, directing

-Acting and writing

-The subject matter and how I relate

-How I felt about college

-My group of friends

-The personalities of the characters

-The issues that the show presents

-The comedy

-Improv

-Love on Netflix, Judd Apatow, and improvisation

-Friends From College and improv

-Mix of comedy and drama

-Fred Savage

-Keegan-Michael Key

-My overall view

-Do I have the right to say “y’all”

-Plugs!

 

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Game of Thrones: The Dragon and the Wolf Part II . . . What Stood Out

October 19, 2017

My last “The Dragon and the Wolf” podcast was my immediate reaction to the season finale. In this podcast, I explore what stood out to me during the episode.  I also spoke my notes into my iPhone which lead to disastrous results.

Spoilers are ahead.

As a bonus, stay tuned for my "Reading of the Notes".  It will include an original score composed by me, which was made by sliding my finger over a violin on GarageBand.

 

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Here’s the breakdown:

-Finally

-This podcast vs. the other “Dragon and the Wolf” podcast

-The iPhone dictation

-When did I last see this episode

-Where are Bron and Jaime?

-My stupid notes

-My coffee

-Gallows humor

-My stupid notes again

-Reunions

-What’s great about Game of Thrones (one of the aspects, anyway)

-The Hound

-The new Lannister armor

-Tywin

-Clegane Bowl

-Daenerys’ entrance

-Euron and 300

-Greyjoys and Robert’s Rebellion

-Women leaders

-My notes again

-Great storytelling with the release of the wight

-The meeting and diplomacy

-Brienne and Jaime

-“When enough people make false promises . . . “

-Tyrion and Cersei

-Lena Heady’s acting

-Trying to figure out Cersei’s motivation

-Wardrobe detail

-The rest of Tyrion and Cersei’s argument

-Theon

-Alfie Allen’s acting

-Yara’s failed rescue

-Theon’s motivation

-Theon’s fight with the Ironborn

-Littlefinger

-Aiden Gillan’s acting

-Sophie Turner’s acting

-Bran

-My scary notes

-Back to Cersei

-The Golden Company

-Daario Naharis, show vs book

-Cersei and Jaime

-Bran looking into the fire

-Sam and Bran

-Rhaegar, Lyanna and what might have been

-Daenerys, Jon, and Tyrion

-Aegon

-Who is the “rightful heir” and does it matter

-Bran, Jon, and Daenerys

-Arya, Sansa, Ned, and Catelyn 

-“The lone wolf dies but the pack survives”

-What about Catelyn?

-Bran, lonliness, and the Internet

-The ice dragon, Tormund, and Berric

-The ice giants

-The wall

-The ice dragon reveal

-The Knight King javelin throw

-Tormund and Berric’s purpose

-The wait until next season

-Comparing season finales then and now

-Plugs!

-The bonus "Reading of the Notes".

 

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Nirvana’s Breed

October 16, 2017

In 2014, I recorded my thoughts about Nirvana’s Nevermind, song by song, and put them on YouTube.  Now those musings are on "Music, Movies, and More" so feast your ears on my thoughts about “Breed”.  

Hear me trip and cough over my words at the beginning since, back then, I battled burn out and running myself ragged overall.  I also touch on my "club" days as a teenager as well as the new appreciation of this album due to headphones.

Here’s the breakdown:

-Breed reminding me of The Shop, a club on Long Island

-The arrangement

-The lyrics and what they mean to me (I can be so wrong)

-What’s really cool about “Breed”

-The impact of Nevermind when listening on headphones

 

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The Last Jedi Trailer

October 14, 2017

I started recording right after viewing the latest trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.  How do you think I reacted?

 

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Here’s the breakdown:

-What I thought

-Will TLJ be like The Empire Strikes Back?

-How do I think TLJ will compare to The Force Awakens?

-What I think TLJ is about

-Kylo Ren and General Leia

-How will TLJ end?

-The look of the movie

-Finn and Captain Phasma

-I have a little bit of an orgasm

-My reflection on my phone

-Star Wars and me

-Mark Hamill

-Adam Driver

-Snoke’s look

-My expectations

-The Porg and cute fuzzy things

-Plugs!

 

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Erin the Star Wars Virgin and The Force Awakens

October 10, 2017

Seeing The Force Awakens in a movie theater was one of the greatest moments of my life (I elaborate during the podcast).  Erin has never seen The Force Awakens but has seen Rouge One, and Episodes I-VI in that order, which gives her a very unique perspective.  We watch, review, and tack on our comments during the movie as a bonus.

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Here’s the breakdown:

-Intro

-Our review!

-Erin is mad

-Rey’s Force vision

-Who is Rey?

-Mike doesn’t believe she’s Luke’s daughter

-Rey may not be related to any known character

-Mike is not reading any Episode VIII rumors

-What did Erin think of the movie?

-Han Solo and Kylo Ren

-Will Episode VIII be predictable?

-Looper

-JJ Abrams and Episode IX

-Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley

-Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker and the Force

-Snoke

-Maz Kanata and Lupita Nyong’o

-The new characters

-BB8 vs R2D2

-Rey compared to Leia and other women heroes

-The importance of “Let go of my hand”

-The diversity of the cast

-Mike’s disappointment with Captain Phasma

-Gwendoline Christie

-Carrie Fisher

-Erin was surprised

-Mike’s hopes for Episode VIII and IX

-The Mobile Horror Companion and Star Wars fights

-Expanded Universe

-Threepio’s red arm

-Erin’s ranking of Rogue One, and Episodes IV-VII

-Mike’s The Force Awakens story and why seeing it in the theater is one of his greatest days

-BEGIN STORY

-Mike and Erin’s math

-Erin’s sleepy

-Mike’s wait vs. Erin’s wait

-What Mike did while waiting for a new Star Wars movie

-Legends and The New Jedi Order

-Mike’s job at the time and getting through the week

-Mike’s dad getting tickets

-Getting to the theater

-1983 vs 2015

-Mike’s nephew

-Waiting for the theater to open

-Walking towards the theater

-Sitting through the trailers

-Mike’s emotions during the movie

-Star Wars and Mike

-Mike’s life in December 2015

-Mike and the new characters

-Mike’s nephew and Kylo Res

-Mike’s nephew and the lightsaber fight

-Luke Skywalker

-When the movie ends

-Leaving the theater and spoilers

-Calling friends and before and after the movie

-Podcasts about The Force Awakens

-END OF STORY

-Criticisms about TFA and why they’re wrong

-Why The Last Jedi can’t be like The Empire Strikes Back

-What Erin thinks of the criticism and her unique position in Star Wars fandom

-The prequels

-What Erin gives out of four stars

-Erin’s “Let go of my hand” story

-Mike is mansplaining

-Comedy in TFA

-Plugs!

Follow Erin on Twitter @erunuevo 

 

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-Don’t forget the bonus comments!

 

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Erin, The Exorcist Virgin??????

September 30, 2017

Erin has never seen the horror classic, The Exorcist.  In this “Music, Movies, and More” quickie, I ask her if she wants to see and review it for a future podcast.  What will her answer be?

 

-Mike's question

-Erin’s answer

-Has Erin ever seen clips of The Exorcist?

-What happened the last time Mike saw The Exorcist?

-What Mike thinks about the existence of demons?

-Why did Erin see The Conjuring and what did we think?

-What is it about Erin and possession movies?

-Mike’s phone gets possessed

 

 

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Nirvana’s Nevermind - “Come As You Are” Review

September 24, 2017

In 2014, I recorded my thoughts about Nirvana’s Nevermind, song by song, and put them on YouTube.  Now those musings are available on my podcast so feast your ears on my thoughts about Come As You Are. Hear me describe my '90s teenage metalhead (and mullethead) mindset when it came to Nirvana.

 

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Here’s the breakdown:

 

-I’m bending over but awake

-Not a huge fan of the song

-Gun reference

-The lyrics

-My question to Kurt Cobain regarding this song

-I was a metal head (and a mullet head)

-My judgmental musical tastes in high school

-My non-judgemental musical tastes today

-The welcoming nature of this song and what Cobain may have thought once fame really hit

-The documentary “Hype”, which is about the 90s Seattle music scene (I hate the term “Grunge” but I said it)

-The guitar solo

-Ear candy and Butch Vig

-Bleach versus Nevermind

-Against Me! and Butch Vig

 

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Erin the Star Wars Virgin and Return of the Jedi

September 18, 2017

Erin has never seen Return of the Jedi.  I have seen it too many times to count and seeing it in the movie theater in 1983 was one of the greatest moments of my life.  We watch it together and then review.  Will the Force be with Erin and ROTJ or will anger lead to hate?

 

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Here’s the breakdown:

 

-Intro

-Mike is raising expectations

-ROTJ was responsible for one of the greatest days of Mike’s life

-Erin is sad this is the last of The Original Trilogy

-Erin might fall asleep because it’s late and she’s tired, not because she’s bored

-We’re at the end! 

-Hayden Christensen (we watched one of the re-releases)

-Mike’s ROTJ story and why Star Wars and movies matter

-START STORY

-Rumors about ROTJ in 1983

-One theater in 1983 (the year Erin was born)

-How long Mike waited on line and what he and his family did

-The crawl

-Mike’s dad was reading the crawl and subtitles but Mike was able to read

-Someone stood up in the theater

-Were the neighborhood kids right?

-Six year old Mike was screaming

-Movie theaters to Mike

-Young Mike’s feeling after the movie ended

-Seeing The Force Awakens and patterns

-Why Star Wars is so important to Mike

-END OF STORY

-What did Erin think?

-Jabba the Hutt

-Erin’s surprise

-Leia

-Why ROTJ has been criticized

-Ewoks

-Clerks and ROTJ

-Ewoks and the Vietnam War metaphor

-Did the stormtroopers really want to fight?

-Han Solo’s possible backstory

-Wedge’s backstory and Rebels

-The Emperor 

-The Dark Side of the Force and its psychology 

-The lightsaber fight

-How does this compare to A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Rogue One?

-Why this was Mike’s favorite movie for a long time

-Ewoks and altruism

-The Ewoks TV shows

-Wilford Brimley

-Ewoks cartoon

-George Lucas’ motivation for Ewoks

-Planet of Wookies?

-Is Erin excited for Episode 7 (Mike can feel it)

-Plugs!

-Follow Erin on Twitter @erunuevo and like her on Facebook at Erin Neu

-Neu in German

-The Knights who say nee!

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-Movie comments

-The plugs again!

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