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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Dunkirk Review

September 12, 2017

Jared and I watched Dunkirk and then recorded our thoughts right after the movie.  Spoilers abound!

Here's the breakdown:

-What Mike thought

-What Jared thought

-War movie cliches

-The storylines

-Memento 

-Tom Hardy’s character

-The dogfights

-The movement of the characters

-Harry Styles

-The score

-The directing and cinematography

-The Englishmen and haircuts

-Kenneth Branagh

-How Dunkirk compares to other war movies

-The heroes of the film

-Winston Churchill’s speech

-Iron Maiden

-Gary Oldman as Churchill

-The beginning of Dunkirk 

-If Long Island gets invaded

-Oscars?

-The movie of the year (until Star Wars Episode IX)?

-Plugs!

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MIKE’S ADDENDUM!

-This was right after my cardio workout so that’s why I’m a wee bit out of breath.

-Why a delay is so important

-Clearing up the term “fun” for war movies

-Conveying the stress of war

-Saving Private Ryan

-One big ball of stress

-How Dunkirk made me feel

-Watching movies vicariously 

-One of the reasons why I like movies

-How I think movies help us  

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Erin: The Clash of the Titans Virgin

September 8, 2017

Erin, a Titan in her own right, has never seen Clash of the Titans, the 1981 classic.  I have seen it a kajillion times in over a 30 year span.  What will the two of us, coming from two different points of view, actually say about the movie?  Will it have a place amongst the constellations or we will we release the Kraken?

 

Here's the breakdown:

-Intro

-What did Erin think of the movie?

-The special effects

-Model work versus CGI

-Who was Erin’s favorite character?

-Burgess Meredith

-Erin hasn’t seen any of the Rocky movies (which leaves the door open for a possible Erin: The Rocky Virgin podcast).

-Perseus

-Andromeda

-Zeus and the Gods of Olympus

-Calibos

-Mike yawns pretty loud

-Pegasus

-Perseus’ heroes journey

-Inspired by the movie

-The performances

-Harry Hamlin and Ursula Andress

-Behind the scenes with Laurence Olivier 

-Remembering Laurence Olivier

-The Jazz Singer with Neil Diamond

-Marathon Man (semi-spoiler alert)

-Predictability

-It’s opening weekend

-Mike’s childhood of movies

-Greek mythology

-Plugs!

 

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Metallica

September 3, 2017

Steve and I riff about the Metal legends and then go on a tangent about life, man. 

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

 

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Here’s the breakdown:

-What are we going to talk about?

-The first time we heard Metallica

-The sound of …And Justice for All

-The cassette fold out of … And Justice for All

-Pushead

-Steve’s Metallica album listening order

-Columbia House and BMG (12 CDs for a penny!)

-Kill ‘Em All

-Satanic?

-Back to the sound of Justice

-Vibrating the boom box

-Justice on a plane

-Lars Ulrich as a drummer

-Harvester of Sorrow and double bass

-Justice and technique

-Harvester of Sorrow live

-Their prime

-The Black Album

-What if Bob Rock produced the 80s albums

-The production of Justice

-Steve’s Gibson Explorer

-Flying Vs

-First time seeing them live

-Metallica were scary

-Larger than life

-Biggest Metal band ever?

-Metallica vs. Black Sabbath

-Bill Ward

-Back to our first show

-Hetfield’s voice

-Newsted singing the Kill ‘Em All songs

-Our bassist

-Kids listening to Metallica

-What if Cliff Burton were still alive?

-What if Kirk Hammett had died instead?

-Hammett’s influence

-Hammett’s solos 

-Metallica podcasts

-Hammett’s solos after The Black Album

-Load and Reload

-Coming of age

-The Load and Reload era

-Death Magnetic and Hardwired To Self Destruct

-The sound of Death Magnetic

-Metallica and the unexpected

-The first time we listened to The Black Album

-The first time we heard Unforgiven

-Mama Said

-Seasons in the Abyss

-Anthrax

-The Big Four and predictability 

-Hardwired and predictability

-Trump?!?!?

-Pleasing your base

-Being genuine

-AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and a warm blanket

-Evolution of legendary bands

-The album after Hardwired

-Starving and creativity 

-Overseas

-Fate (not Mercyful)

-If Dave Mustaine was still in the band

-Their personalities 

-When Robert Trujillo joined

-Trujillo

-Seeing Metallica in 1994 at Jones Beach

-On Mike’s death bed . . .

-If Steve can go back in time

-Mike’s regrets

-Metallica’s childhoods

!!!!TANGENT ALERT!!!

-Our childhoods

-Pursuing our dreams

-Backup plans

-Measuring success

-Balance 

-Those who make it

-The “never Anvils”

-Creativity

-Fear

-Being in debt

!!!!TANGENT OVER!!!!

-Now That We’re Dead

-Plugs

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Game of Thrones “Beyond the Wall” Review (S7:E6)

September 1, 2017

There are spoilers for “Beyond the Wall” as well as “beyond” the episode (I spoil the finale too).

Here’s the breakdown:

-How this review is different my the previous Game of Thrones reviews

-What I thought of the episode

-What stood out

-My notes

-Our merry band of travelers and walks in real life

-What they could be thinking

-My experience in sports

-The nerves before battle

-Arya and Sansa’s conversation

-Ned

-Back to Arya and Sansa

-A line from Star Wars: A New Hope

-Arya life vs. Sansa (I forgot to mention Sansa's horrible time with Ramsay so I’m now not sure whose life has been worse)

-The Hound and Tormund

-Berric and Bryan Cranston

-Jon and Dany

-Leia and Luke

-Tyrion and Dany

-Gendry and good vision

-Red shirts

-Seeing them fight together

-The bear

-Jorah and Berric

-Allusions to Robert’s Rebellion

-White Walkers and strategy

-The weakness of the White Walkers

-Zombie

-Gendry running

-Jon’s team and cardio

-The cold and not winning

-Thoros

-My notes

-Berric’s fire

-Another line from Star Wars!

-Dragon glass

-Tormund’s a goner —wait, no he’s not

-The Knight King and the spear

-The dragon’s name is actually Viserion.  Viserys is Dany’s brother.

-Jon, a dragon rider

-Jon and hypothermia

-Is Jon impervious to ice?

-Uncle Benjen and my notes (“On the bench income”)

-Deus ex machina

-Back to Arya and Sansa

-Back to Jon and Dany

-The chain

-Spoiler for the finale

-Plugs!

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Erin the Star Wars Virgin and The Empire Strikes Back

August 29, 2017

I’m a huge Star Wars fan and have watched the Original Trilogy about ten billion times. Erin doesn’t remember watching any Star Wars movie so we both watch, and then we review. I set the bar pretty high with The Empire Strikes Back so does Erin think it lives up to my hype?

Erin is also unique since she began her Star Wars journey with Rogue One as opposed to A New Hope or Episode I. 

Stay tuned after the review for the comments we made during the movie.

 

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Here’s the breakdown:

 

-Intro 

-Review

-How it ends

-Did George Lucas know he would make more movies?

-What did Erin think?

-Everyone wants to bang Leia 

-Women in The Empire Strikes Back (or lack thereof)

-The Emperor in this version compared to the Emperor in the original version

-Yoda

-Yoda’s acting

-Suspending disbelief

-Mike seeing TESB as a kid compared to an adult

-The movie Clerks changing Mike’s opinion on his favorite movie in the Original Trilogy

-Comparing Luke to Han

-Leia’s Force ability?

-Lando

-Leia and sexual harassment (Mike mansplains to Erin ;) )

-Han and Leia’s relationship if TESB was made today

-What may have happened in between A New Hope and TESB

-Did Lucas write Return of the Jedi based on TESB?

-The action of TESB

-The Force

-The cave

-Ben not telling Luke

-What would Erin do with Vader’s offer?

-Luke letting go

-Erin was really, really tired at this point so we stopped

-We’re back after a few days, Erin is now less tired and had time to think about how she would rank the movies

-Erin’s rankings

-Does Yoda remind us of anyone in our lives?

-Mike’s dad quoting Yoda 

-Yoda and Mike’s grandmother

-Erin’s lack of understanding of Star Wars when she was younger

-Plugs!

-Commentary

-Erin’s yawn 

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Game of Thrones “The Dragon and the Wolf” Review (S7:E7)

August 28, 2017

I pressed record right when the credits started rolling. I'm posting this before "Beyond the Wall" (I mistakenly called it "Eastwatch" during this podcast) because I am too excited not to.  

 

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!

Here’s the breakdown:

-The dead

-Jesus

-What I thought of season seven

-The ice dragon

-Jon

-Littlefinger

-History of Westoros and Radio Westeros podcasts

-Cersei and negotiations 

-Jaime

-Tyrion and Cersei’s conversation

-Tormund and Berric

-Theon and Jon

-Euron

-Twists, turns, and ruling

-Cersei versus Littlefinger

-I lied. I’m uploading it now

-Plugs!

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-Real life history versus the Song of Ice and Fire history

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Game of Thrones “Eastwatch” Review (S7:E5)

August 16, 2017

I started recording right after I finished the episode.  “Watch” out for spoilers.

 

Here’s the breakdown:

-I don’t know how . . .

-Maesters and skepticism

-Raeghar (“Ragger”)

-Gendry

-Robert’s Rebellion

-Robert Baratheon and George Washington

-The war hammer!

-The Magnificent Seven?

-Reunions

-The Tarlys 

-Daenyrs the dictator?

-Varys

-This season

-What character would I like to be?

-Plugs!

 

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Atomic Blonde Review

August 15, 2017

Atomic spoilers ahead. 

Here’s the breakdown:

-I talk about the ending right away

-Charlize Theron

-Hollywood and beauty 

-The action scenes

-Fight plausibility

-Women fighters in the UFC

-The trailer and spoilers

-The fights again

-The soundtrack

-The outfits

-The sex scenes

-Letting off some steam

-Why I like movies so much

-Do I recommended it?

-Plugs!

 

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-My very own “after the credits” — A movie theater story (I started to fall asleep and then had to go to the bathroom)

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