What we did on our summer vacation: watch lots of Criterion movies, see a few quality blockbusters, and rock out to some sweet summer jams. Oh, and not post very frequently. But fortunately here’s a special end-of-summer podcast to let you know what we’ve been doing this summer pop culture-wise as we head into the cold hard crispness of Fall.
An event is coming! Another event is coming! Summer is here and we all know what that means: Blockbuster movies. 2017 has more franchise and sequel flicks coming out than any other year in history, so we thought we’d celebrate that absolute glut of cinema by actually celebrating the highest achievers in the medium. So, this July, be on the lookout for 30 reviews of 30 films by 29 directors from the Criterion Collection. We’re so excited about the foreign, silent, and black and white films that will be dropping on you that we even had to do a draft so we could each claim the reviews we wanted to do. Check out the podcast, the tentative schedule is after the break.
Well, it’s the first week of the Trump presidency and we could all use a pick-me-up, am I right? Sometimes it might seem hard to look forward to the good times ahead, sometimes you might even forget those good times exist. This week, we’re here to remind you that’s absolutely not the case, there’s plenty to anticipate! Like, 20-or-so movies, for instance. And a 10 movies not to anticipate, but you can eagerly anticipate us discussing them negatively. That’s what people like us are for, the ruthless tearing down of other people’s hard work. Yay!
If 2016 was a script, it would have been rejected for being unrealistic and unrelenting. Lots of people have written something like that, but I don’t have a lot of time to work on this post because it’s already so late. This week we talk about our individual top 10 lists and try to come up with an overall list of our favorite films of the last year. Spoiler alert: we did it, we made that list. Hell yeah!
Makin’ those movie dreams on the small screen?
It seemed impossible, the way things had been.
But along came David Chase and Tony Soprano,
and the world no longer loved Ray Barone a.k.a. Romano.
Now the world’s a confusing and complicated place,
there’s so much good stuff it’s hard to keep pace.
Don’t believe me? Check out this podcast.
It’s hard to believe how little was broadcast.
If you’re being honest, do all the non-Oscars movie awards shows matter to you? Do you care about the various guilds’ picks? What about lists from critics, newspapers, and blogs? Certainly you don’t care about the Golden Globes, right? Not really, at least, because all those people are going to be talking about the same 10 or so movies which are undeniably great. And that’s true, to a lesser extent, in pretty much every medium.
That is why, for five years now, the Mildly Pleased Awards have celebrated the “good, not great” works that would otherwise go forgotten. After all, everyone one of us just lived through a whole 365 days of 2016. If we were to just talk about the 10 good days, it wouldn’t really do the year justice, would it? So join us as we count down the most OK video games, music, TV, and film from the last year. Oh, and hit the jump to check out our viral video nominees… They’re fine!
The original idea for Top Ten Thursdays was a simple solution to two problems: one, writing T3 posts on the blog was a contentious, time-consuming affair and two, Da Podcasket was a meandering, directionless mess. So doing a podcast where we made lists seemed to be the perfect solution – it would be easier to jot down nominees and talk about them as a group than to try to do the whole thing solo written, and our podcast would have an actual hook to get people interested. But as our professional lives became more busy and we invented other types of shows that better complimented our strengths, Top Ten Thursdays became something of a black sheep – or perhaps even an albatross keeping us from podcasting.
So we decided it was time to retire the old girl. But we couldn’t do that without a proper send-off, which is what you have here as episode 100 (give or take a few). Join us as we reminisce over some of our favorite moments while trying to track the history of the show over its four and a half year run. You know we did this one right: little to no research, one long take, plenty of jokes we’ll regret later. It’s the end of T3, Judgement Day is finally here! The machines will rise!