Thursday, September 29, 2011

Catwoman, trivia nights & a dull weekend at the movies

So, we've been following the set-reveals and discussion surrounding Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. Yesterday we got a sneak peek at Anne Hathaway's Catwoman costume...and it pretty much looks exactly like 1960s sex-kitten Julie Newmar. What the hell? Given that Nolan has been trying to make his Batman films as "realistic" and gritty as possible, I have no idea how they are going to play this. We'll see. Neither the Boom Operator or I caught any new movies this week, as the prominent releases starred Taylor Lautner and an animated lion from 1994, but I'd like to see Moneyball at some point, in spite of its accolades as an "Oscar-contender." Most of the talk was about the Faustian decline of Tim Burton, the lack of appreciation of Terry Gilliam, and our impending second plunge into bar trivia.

Speaking of which, Tavern Trivia part deux was another success! Thanks to all who braved the BBBBQ motorcycle rally and showed up, even that team of drunken troglodytes named *sigh* the "Weiner-Dicks." And if I have learned anything from our "Draw Your Own Poster" phase, it's that people love to draw dicks. You sick bastards. Our next trivia night will be Tuesday, October 11th, so pencil us in.

We heard music from the following films:
Bachelor Party - Various (1985)
Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus - Jeff Dana (2009)
Mission to Mars - Ennio Morricone (2000)
The Dark Knight - Hans Zimmer (2008)
The Fifth Element - Eric Serra (1997)
Time Bandits - Audio Clip (1981)


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Talk like a Pirate Day Podcast!

So, Monday, September 19th was "Talk Like a Pirate Day," and the Boom Operator and I eagerly seized on that fact and made asses of ourselves for this entire podcast. We also used the, um, holiday(?) as an excuse to play music from an assortment of pirate films, taking a break to talk shop about the new Nicolas Winding Refn film we both saw this weekend, Drive. The short review: we liked, if not quite loved, this flick, and I expect it will help move Refn from little-known Tarantino emulator to hipster-crowd darling. It should be interesting to see where he goes from here. We interjected some of the electro-house from the film's wildly popular soundtrack before returning to swashbuckling with an audio clip from Roman Polanski's Pirates!

For those of you who follow our shenanigans here in Northwest Arkansas: Tavern Trivia at Smoke 'n Barrel will be back next week on Wednesday the 28th! We're in negotiations to make this more than a monthly affair, so get your brains lubed-up, get excited, and stay tuned.

We heard music from the following films:
Cutthroat Island - John Debney (1995)
7th Voyage of Sinbad - Bernard Herrmann (1958)
The Goonies - Dave Grusin (1985)
Drive - Kavinsky & Cliff Martinez (2011)
Pirates! - Audio from Walter Matthau (1986)


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Yub Nub and Lapti Nek, Ya'll

What did we get up to this week? Other than insulting Sarah Jessica Parker, which earned the ire of one fan, we reviewed Oscar-contender Shark Night and the MMA-boosting Warrior. But, eventually talk lead to this week's Star Wars Blu-Ray release and ol' goiter-neck Lucas's continued tinkering with the beloved saga, and lord did that ever lead to a rant. I reiterated most of what I said in an old Pajiba review of that scatological Clone Wars movie. Eventually, we decided to relinquish all sense of dignity and performed impressions of Star Wars characters (and let it be known, I can do an excellent Salacious Crumb). Obviously that was my favorite part of the show. Growing up, my brother had every figure of the Max Reebo band, and we would do onomatopoeia renditions of the cantina music. Ah, memories.

We heard music from the following films:
American Gladiators - Bill Conti & Dan Milner (1989)
Bourne Identity - John Powell (2002)
Cobra - Sylvester Levay (1986)
Return of The Jedi (B-Sides) - Meco & John Williams
Jaws - John Williams (1975)


Monday, September 12, 2011

A podcast to bite your ankles off!

This week we had a running theme of tiny critters, mostly on account of the Boom Operator and I having seen Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, which featured menacing yeti-gremlins, and Apollo 18, which featured SPOILER some rocks. Naturally, this inspired a show filled with music from a bevy of little beast movies. Well, beasts, critters, tiny people, or flatulent midgets. Ugh, is Garbage Pail Kids still on Netflix Instant? Check that out when you feel the inkling to whiz 80 minutes down your leg. Anyway, we also talked how much we pwned our first live performance/trivia show at Smoke & Barrel. Seriously, we packed the house and thrilled the masses with wit and savoir faire. Evan, our generous host/co-owner of Smoke & Barrel has locked us in for every last Wednesday of the month. We're in negotiations to do more, but will need fan support/outcry to make that happen. Stay tuned.

We heard music from the following films:

Trilogy of Terror - Bob Cobert (1975)
Fantastic Planet - Alan Goreguer (1973)
Garbage Pail Kids - Various (1987)
Gremlins - Jerry Goldsmith (1985)
Arthur and the Invisibles - Eric Serra (2006)


A little something for everyone.

This week we had a great time in the studio getting ready for our first Tavern Trivia night at a local watering hole. We also reviewed the films Our Idiot Brother and 30 Minutes or Less. One was surprisingly better than the other. You'll have to listen to find out which. We discussed odd remakes, retiring director rumors and brought back some classic scores from the vaults for all our recent new listeners. Enjoy!

We heard music from the following:
Oldboy - Hyun-jung Shim (2003)
Oceans Twelve - David Holmes (2004)
Peter Gun - Henry Mancini (1958)
Spaceballs - John Morris (1987)
Beverly Hills Cop - Harold Faltermeyer (1984)