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".

 

© Mike Lane 2017 All Rights Reserved

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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!

 

© Mike Lane 2017 All Rights Reserved

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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!

 

© Mike Lane 2017 All Rights Reserved

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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

 

© Mike Lane 2017 All Rights Reserved

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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

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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