Some Kind of Monster

January 17, 2018

Steve and I watch and review Some Kind of Monster, the classic Metallica documentary.  We also talk about other Metallica related issues in our review so even if you haven’t seen the movie, we think you’ll still enjoy this monster of a podcast.

 

And spoiler alert, even though you must know what has happened to the band by now, right?

-Intro

-The review

-Through the Never

-What did Steve think after seeing Some Kind of Monster for the first time?

-“My Metallica”

-What did Steve do after watching SKOM and listening to St. Anger?

-Steve watching SKOM as an adult

-“Non Metallica” moments in the 80s

-The Osbournes

-Reality TV

-This Monster Lives

-Dave Mustaine

-Ron McGovney

-James Hetfield and Mustaine’s image

-The tough guy exterior

-Hetfield missing his son’s first birthday

-Steve’s divorce

-Putting yourself first

-Ulrich and Hetfield’s personalities

-Ulrich’s upbringing

-Skylar Ulrich and Good Will Hunting

-Lars’ family

-MTV ICON

-Robert Trujillo

-The bass player auditions

-Geordie White and rape accusations

-The small world of Metal

-Trujillio and Jason Newsted in Ozzy Osbourne’s band

-Ulrich and “Fuuuuuuuck!”

-Newsted

-The music business

-The collective

-Ulrich and Hetfield’s politics

-Feeling the discomfort

-St. Anger’s creative process compared to now

-Kirk Hammett

-If Hammett left the band, would Metallica stay together?

-Slayer

-If Trujillo left the band, would Metallica stay together?

-Hammett’s solos

-Hammett’s work on Hardwired . . .

-Ulrich’s experimenting (“regular” and “solid”)

-Hammett’s presence

-What if Hammett died instead of Cliff?

-Hammett and Cliff Burton

-Burton’s influence and personality

-To Live is to Die lyrics and Excalibur

-Hammett as the glue

-Bob Rock

-Needing space

-Finishing St. Anger and SKOM

-Mike and Steve’s opinions on St. Anger

-St. Anger live DVD

-Fixing St. Anger

-Solos

-Coffee is great

-Seeing the emotion

-Phil Towle

-What makes a good therapist

-Zone It and life coaching

-HBO’s In Treatment

-The investment in Towle

-The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

-Newsted’s relationship with Metallica now

-Blackened

-Even if you’re not a Metallica fan . . .

-No one is not a human being

-Star Wars: The Last Jedi and “mine”

-Back to “My Metallica”

-Plugs!

 

Tofumofo https://tofumofo-nyc.bandcamp.com This is Steve’s album, called “Songs in the Key of Fuck You (The Angry Commuter’s Companion). If you hate your job and/or commute, you will like this album.

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-Cliff ‘Em All just might be next.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi with Erin (Spoilers)

January 10, 2018

Erin and I see Star Wars: The Last Jedi on New Years Eve.  It was the first time for Erin and the second time for me. What did we think?

It won’t take the Force to realize that there are major, major (not roger roger) spoilers ahead.

 

Here’s the breakdown:

-What did Erin think?

-Planet Crait

-Erin talked to herself during the movie

-Kylo Ren

-Mike’s fear of JJ Abrams

-Rian Johnson

-What Erin was expecting

-Rey’s parents

-Who can be a Jedi?

-Snoke

-General Hux

-Luke Skywalker

-“Let the past die”

-“Not my Star Wars” and the trap of expectations

-Mark Hammill

-Yoda

-Failure

-New York weather

-Carrie Fisher

-General Leia

-Poe Dameron’s arc

-Mansplaining

-Admiral Holdo

-Holdo and Dameron

-Kylo Ren and Rey’s relationship

-Rose Tico and women in The Last Jedi

-Kathleen Kennedy and the women of Lucasfilm

-Canto Bight

-Expanded Universe

-The gray area of Star Wars

-DJ

-DJ’s stutter

-Our favorite scenes

-Saint Fisher

-Rey being called a “Mary Sue”

-How does the Last Jedi rank?

-Luke’s arc

-Mike’s nephew’s reaction

-Understanding The Last Jedi at different ages

-Adam Driver’s performance

-The children of Canto Bight

-Animal rights

-Chewbacca

-The Porg and the Puffin

-Luke’s daily routine

-Mike is worried but hopeful about Episode IX

-Firing directors

-What Mike wants

-Plugs!

-Erin lost her apartment to a fire and she needs things.  Please donate to help her get back on her feet https://www.gofundme.com/erin-needs-things 

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The Breakfast Club Review (Spoilers)

January 9, 2018

Erin and I watch and review The Breakfast Club. Its been a long time since either of us have seen the movie so will we walk on by or will we call its name?

 

Stay tuned for the bonus commentary at the end of the review!

 

Here’s the breakdown:

-Intro

-Will Erin and I still like The Breakfast Club after years without seeing it?

-Mike is a proud SJW

-Erin lost her apartment to a fire and she needs things.  Please donate to help her get back on her feet https://www.gofundme.com/erin-needs-things 

-How this podcast works

 

The Review:

-Why is it called The Breakfast Club?

-The letter

-What did Erin think of the movie as an adult?

-Is the Breakfast Club outdated?

-Bender and sexual assault

-The romance

-Alison and Andy

-Alison’s makeover

-Claire and Bender

-Why is Claire into Bender?

-Is there justification for Claire and Bender?

-Bender is abusive

-Andy’s wrongdoing

-What did Erin think of Brian?

-Who can Erin relate to the most?

-The pressure of being perfect

-Erin’s favorite character

-Our favorite performance

-Allison and Ally Sheedy

-Would Erin recommend this movie?

-What did Erin not like?

-Vice Principal Vernon

-$31,000 a year and owns a home?!?!

-When Mike played a principal

-Claire’s lipstick trick

-TV shows and movies about kids

-The conversations teenagers have

-Sex and labels

-Building empathy when talking

-Why The Breakfast Club holds up

-Saying the “F word”, “N word”, “R word”

-Context

-Language in the 80s versus today

-No one was “out” in highschool in the 90s

-Language in the 90s

-Trolls versus people who don’t know any better

-Language today

-“You guys”

-When someone gets it “wrong”

-Compassion versus becoming a bully

-Why Bender treats people horribly

-Mike’s criticisms

-Mike was so hungry at Christmas. How hungry was he?

-Vegan lasagna 

-Plugs!

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© Mike Lane 2017 All Rights Reserved

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Mindhunter Review

December 30, 2017

You don’t have to do a lot of mind hunting to realize that there are spoilers in this podcast.

 

Here’s the breakdown:

-What I thought

-What makes a great show

-Netflix and ten hour movies

-Starting at the end

-The use of music in movies and TV

-The montage

-Martin Scorcese and Quentin Tarantino

-The Sopranos and Don’t Stop Believin’

-Led Zeppelin’s In the Light

-The use of music in Mindhunter

-Jonathan Groff in Boss and Looking

-Groff as Agent Ford

-Cameron Britton as Ed Kemper

-What makes a great villain

-The Butcher, Tommy DiSimone, Tony Soprano, Walter White

-The Walking Dead’s Negan and when a villain doesn’t work

-Negan in the comic versus Negan in the show

-Mindhunter and The Night Of and interrogations

-How interrogations work

-What I learned acting for a John Jay College thesis

-Mindhunter versus cop shows

-Women characters and the Bechdel test

-Anna Torv, Hannah Gross

-Plugs!

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The Last Jedi Review (Spoilers)

December 20, 2017

The spoilers are strong in this review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  This was recorded a few hours after seeing the movie and will not be the last podcast about The Last Jedi.

 

Here’s the breakdown:

 

--My friend Erin lost her apartment due to a fire and she is accepting donations to get back on her feet.  Please visit her GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/erin-needs-things 

-How was it?

-Expectations

-The look

-Nuance

-The humor

-My family (correction: I also saw Return of the Jedi with my cousin)

-The Porg

-The Mobile Horror Companion podcast

-My friends’ differing opinions

-Other people’s expectations

-Why people may not like this movie

-Back to the Porg

-Chewbacca

-Women in this movie

-IGN’s six WTF moments

-Poe Dameron

-Luke Skywalker

-Call backs and unpredictability 

-Snoke

-Rey and Kylo Ren

-Yoda

-DJ

-Captain Phasma

-Back to Luke

-Ben Solo

-Back to Snoke

-Kylo Ren and General Hux

-The First Order

-The script

-Lightsaber fights

-How does The Last Jedi compare?

-My hopes for Episode IX

-Rey’s parents

-Snoke’s backstory

-Snoke compared to the Emperor 

-General Leia

-Carrie Fisher

-The Force

-The running time of TLJ

-A cliffhanger

-Twin suns

-Inspired by stories

-The Military Industrial Complex

-Tyranical governments

-My experiences seeing TLJ

-The impact of Star Wars

-More The Last Jedi podcasts

-Processing

-The Last Jedi compared to The Empire Strikes Back

-The Star Wars I envisioned 

-Plugs! 

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Rainbow’s Stargazer and A Light in the Black

December 9, 2017

I’m a little soft-spoken on this podcast since I recorded it at 2am and didn’t want to wake my landlords.  Even though I’m soft-spoken, my enthusiasm about this song is LOUD!

 

Here’s the breakdown:

-My friend Erin lost her apartment due to a fire and she is accepting donations to get back on her feet.  Please visit her GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/erin-needs-things 

-Cozy Powell’s drum intro

-The music

-Ronnie James Dio’s vocals

-The first time I heard it

-How I first heard of Dio

-Rainbow in the Dark and Neon Knights

-The story of Stargazer

-The lyrics

-Worshipping the Wizard

-Dio was an atheist

-Relief from religion and faith

-How faith in a charismatic figure gets us in trouble

-Belief versus accepting the facts

-Dying for a belief

-Religion being used as a tool

-Faith

-Purpose

-Ritchie Blackmore’s solo

-What’s the big the deal about seeing a wizard fly?

-Putting his dream together 

-Why are they believing?

-“As he falls instead of rising”

-What the wizard really believed

-A guy I met who guarantees he will fly on his own someday

-The slaves are having doubts

-“I see a rainbow rising”

-Thanking the wizard

-Faith, delusion, blind loyalty

-Slaves having regrets

-The true definition of genius

-A Light in the Black

-The music

-Rainbow’s influence

-The lyrics

-Hope

-What’s the narrator going to do when he/she gets home?

-“Lost and never found” in Dio’s lyrics

-Now having control

-Change

-Starting anew with trauma

-The difference between hope and faith

-What can they do?

-Institutionalized 

-Changing your routine

-False idols, faith, delusion and what to do?

-Trump, the Wizard, and belief

-Evidence, reason, science, and facts

-Compromise and the least harm

-Plugs and vocal fry

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We’re Not Young and Getting Old(er)

December 1, 2017

This podcast is brought to you by lack of sleep and caffeine withdrawal.

In 2012, Yahoo!’s SketchY comedy series released a song parody of fun.’s We Are Young called We’re Not Young.  The parody is brilliant, funny, and heart wrenching all at the same time.  I analyze the lyrics and talk about getting older.

Here’s the video: https://www.yahoo.com/news/video/sketchy-were-not-young-130000362.html 

Info about the song: https://www.yahoo.com/music/blogs/stop-the-presses/not-young-parody-video-feels-love-201900885.html 

 

And the breakdown:

-My friend Erin lost her apartment due to a fire and she is accepting donations to get back on her feet.  Please visit her GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/erin-needs-things 

-What this is

-Yahoo!’s SketchY Comedy

-What gave me the idea for this subject

-The song in my head

-What this song is about

-The relatable lyrics

-The actors in the sketch

-Lyric by lyric

-Friends who are parents

-The first time I held by nephew

-Dinner parties as an adult

-My parents’ dinner parties

-Waiting to buy a diamond ring

-Marriage and divorce

-Commitment

-Settling

-Certain traps in life

-Dating

-Loneliness

-Post college

-Post acting

-A viable backup plan

-If I could do it again

-Once in a Lifetime by The Talking Heads

-My work in customer service

-How did I get here?

-Unfulfilling jobs

-Depression and anxiety

-Traffic on Long Island

-What you don’t want

-“So if by the time that I’m 40, and I’m still a waiter here . . . “

-Subtext of “want”

-Worthlessness and unfulfillment

-Youthful enthusiasm and naïveté

-Changing the world

-Sleep

-Finding purpose

-Gaining weight

-Looking at a computer all day

-Sitting at a desk

-Working at a restaurant compared to a cubicle

-Eating healthy and preparing food

-Yoga class

-Working out

-Things you hate taking time from the things you like

-Bored

-Romanticizing the past

-I’ll never be bored again

-Tired by Friday night

-Monday through Friday

-Staff drinks

-Saturday night!

-Sunday Night Dread

-Distracted

-Words With Friends

-The bad part about smart phones

-My own short, “Distracticon” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0awgkEILKno 

-TV

-Facebook is calling you

-Validation

-Getting your prostate checked?!?!?

-Back to anxiety and depression

-Responsibilities

-Apply to grad school

-Yoga teacher training

-Real Estate: Where actors go to die

-Improv class and plays 

-Drinking problems, drug problems and DWIs

-Blood Alcohol Level

-Health insurance

-Obamacare

-Dentists

-Doing things I want to do

-Freaking out

-Accomplishments

-Pursuing my passion

-Plugs!

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Metallica’s No Leaf Clover

November 26, 2017

I analyze and give my opinion on Metallica’s “No Leaf Clover”.  Other Metallica related issues and experiences are brought up as well.

Thanks for listening!

 

Here’s the breakdown

-One of my favorites

-Seeing an S&M show at Madison Square Garden (the Metallica show, not a bondage exhibit)

-A classical musician playing in front of a Heavy Metal crowd

-How No Leaf Clover grabbed me

-Pantera and their beef with Metallica

-Tribalism with music

-The Summer Sanitarium Tour

-Hearing No Leaf Clover live

-The Load and Reload era

-Romanticizing the past (“My Metallica”)

-Who knows what’s best for Metallica?

-St. Anger

-When S&M was released

-Other bands with orchestras

-James Hetfield’s introspective lyrics

-The overall meaning of No Leaf Clover

-The lyrics of No Leaf Clover

-“The big time”

-The “distant thunder” and the coming dread

-The guitar tone

-How I relate to the lyrics

-“That quick reward” and instant stardom

-Lars Ulrich at the 92nd Street Y

-Hetfield as a lyricist

-What makes Hetfield’s lyrics better

-My relationship with Metallica

-My friend saw Metallica in 1982!

-What makes me like this song even more

-Metallica criticism since Ride the Lightning

-The purpose of a band

-Possessiveness, jealousy, and envy

-Hetfield’s voice with “Then it comes to be” and a Heavy Metal store record clerk

-Selling out

-The transition from …And Justice for All to The Black Album

-Back to St. Anger

-Being influenced

-Led Zeppelin and punk rock

-If John Bonham had lived . . . 

-Led Zeppelin and problematic faves

-Death Magnetic and Hard Wired to Self Destruct

-My hopes for Metallica’s next album

-Lulu

-Plugs!

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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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