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Back Seat Box Office – Two Hundy

August 15th, 2014 · Jeff Bailey · 4 Comments

Here it is.. Episode #200. Thank you, Art for taking the time every week to keep the show going. And thank you to our listeners.

Help Support Lilly’s Pediatric Cancer Treatment
Lilly and her family need your help (Brittney’s video)

Jeff
1. TMNT
2. Guardians of the Galaxy
3. Expendables 3
4. The Giver
5. Let’s Be Cops

Art
1. Expendables 3
2. TMNT
3. Guardians of the Galaxy
4. The Giver
5. Let’s Be Cops

Art’s House
Jeff, Art: The Trip To Italy
Father Beast: Ragnarok

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Back Seat Book Club – Book Twenty-Three: Black Dog

August 12th, 2014 · Scott · No Comments

Author: Rachel Neumeier

Published 2014

Strange Chemistry

Plot Summary - Natividad is Pure, one of the rare girls born able to wield magic. Pure magic can protect humans against the supernatural evils they only half-acknowledge–the blood kin or the black dogs. In rare cases–like for Natividad’s father and older brother–Pure magic can help black dogs find the strength to control their dark powers. 

But before Natividad’s mother can finish teaching her magic their enemies find them. Their entire village in the remote hills of Mexico is slaughtered by black dogs. Their parents die protecting them. Natividad and her brothers must flee across a strange country to the only possible shelter: the infamous black dogs of Dimilioc, who have sworn to protect the Pure. 

In the snowy forests of Vermont they are discovered by Ezekiel Korte, despite his youth the strongest black dog at Dimilioc and the appointed pack executioner. Intrigued by Natividad he takes them to Dimilioc instead of killing them.

Now they must pass the tests of the Dimilioc Master. Alejandro must prove he can learn loyalty and control even without his sister’s Pure magic. Natividad’s twin Miguel must prove that an ordinary human can be more than a burden to be protected. And even at Dimilioc a Pure girl like Natividad cannot remain unclaimed to cause fighting and distraction. If she is to stay she must choose a black dog mate. 

But, first, they must all survive the looming battle

Quick Thoughts:

  • No plot.
  • Structure; do it better.
  • World building; do it.
  • Gratuitous Spanish mixed with made up fantasy setting terminology. No context cues for either.
  • 105 pages and then no…
  • for no one.

Recorded: 06/27/14

Next time: American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis

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BSP Episode 327: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

August 11th, 2014 · Tony · No Comments

Join the gang as they discuss the 2013 film Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.

  • Directed by Tom Tykwer
  • Written by Andrew Birkin, Bernd Eichinger, Tom Tykwer
  • Starring Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is the highly stylized murder story from Tom Tykwer, German director who broke into international prominence with Run Lola Run and most recently co-directed Cloud Atlas. It’s slow, historical, and is a movie primarily about odor which is a trifecta of problems not dealt with by other movies. On this, we can give it credit for originality. On accounts of quality or watchability, reviews were mixed. Perfume tells the story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, an 18th century man born into poverty in Paris who learns he has an amazing sense of smell. Strange things happen but, eventually, he starts killing people. A lof of people. That’s where it gets weird.

Worth noting:

  • Life finds a way. Dr. Malcolm was right, dammit. People bang in subzero temperatures.
  • Jolie likes this movie because the ending pays off hardcore.
  • Tony disagrees for some reason and has some crackpot theory that it’s a fairy tale. You know, where a lot of people get murdered.
  • Find out, if you want to, what all the head butting talk is all about.
  • “I’m pooping and I have no escape route.” The wasp is coming for you.
  • If you’re not slutty for George Clooney, you’re slutty for Cheech Marin.
  • I’m a dragon.
  • Jolie talks all about the big move to Seattle.
  • If you don’t like the show notes, blame the ghost of Kurt Cobain.

Featured in this episode:

  • Tony
  • Darrell
  • Jolie
  • David
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Back Seat Box Office #199

August 7th, 2014 · Jeff Bailey · 2 Comments

I have tamed the beast (my computer) so please enjoy Episode #199 of Back Seat Box Office.

Help Support Lilly’s Pediatric Cancer Treatment
Lilly and her family need your help (Brittney’s video)

Jeff

1. Guardians of the Galaxy
2. TMNT
3. Into The Storm
4. The Hundred-Foot Journey
5. Step Up : All In

Art

1. Guardians of the Galaxy
2. TMNT
3. Into The Storm
4. Step Up : All In
5. The Hundred-Foot Journey

Art’s House
Jeff: About Alex
Art, Father Beast: What If?

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Back Seat Box Office – No Show This Week

August 1st, 2014 · Jeff Bailey · 2 Comments

As I prepared to edit this week’s show, I have discovered everything from the beginning of the show to the news has disappeared from the audio. So no show this week. We will try again next week.

Box Office Results
1. Lucy – $43.9 million
2. Hercules – $29.8 million
3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $16.8
4. The Purge : Anarchy – $10.5 million
5. Planes : Fire and Rescue – $9.5

Scores:
1. Cougron – 25 (earns 1 entry for Amazon Gift Card contest)
2. Britney and Jeff 23
3. Art and Tad 22
4. Nick 18

Leaderboard:
1. Cougron – 25
2. Jeff – 22.5
3. Art – 22.25
4. Tad 22
5. Britney and Nick – 20

Art House (# of wins this season)
1. Father Beast (3) – A Most Wanted Man – $7,442
2. Art (3) and Jeff (0) – Happy Christmas – $1,881

Amazon Gift Card Entries for Season 9:
Nick – 3
Tad  - 1
Cougron – 1

Picks: Jeff, Art and Britney
1. Guardians of the Galaxy
2. Lucy
3. Get On Up
4. Hercules
5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Art’s House:
Art and Jeff pick Calvary
Father Beast picks Child of God

JB

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BSP Episode 326: Don Jon

July 28th, 2014 · Tony · No Comments

Join the gang as they discuss the 2013 film Don Jon.

  • Directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Written by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Brie Larson

Don Jon is Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut and he also wrote the script. The kid sure has grown up since he keeps showing up in good movies, so much so I only sometimes think about Tommy Solomon from Third Rock from the Sun. He’s been crushing as an actor (Inception, Lincoln, The Dark Knight Rises, Looper), but this one sits more squarely on him as creator. He did well: good movie, surprisingly more depth than we expected, and interesting character developments. JGL plays Jon, a Jersey-fied gym rat with a porn addiction. Then he meets Barbara and he thinks things are really turning around. Then it gets complicated, as it always does.

Worth noting:

  • Don Jon surprised us by bringing up interesting questions and being much deeper than we anticipated. Surprisingly, it got straight male relationships right. It also has some interesting things to say about the idea of perfection, how adult relationships work, honesty, and all topics widely relatable.
  • Watch for the curtains scene. We had a lot to say about it.
  • The difference between porn for men and porn for women.
  • Tony Danza: the man’s still got it.
  • Why New Jersey? Could this movie be set anywhere else?
  • Also, Julianne Moore: what an actress.
  • Bechdel test and women in movies. Again. Ladies are important, too.
  • Google “age of consent.” Trust us. You won’t be disappointed.
  • Stop making up dumb elemental materials. Just don’t.

Featured in this episode:

  • Tony
  • Darrell
  • Jolie
  • Sam
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Back Seat Box Office #198

July 25th, 2014 · Jeff Bailey · 2 Comments

Help Support Lilly’s Pediatric Cancer Treatment
Lilly and her family need your help (Brittney’s video)

Jeff

1. Lucy
2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
3. Hercules
4. The Purge : Anarchy
5. Planes

Art

1. Hercules
2. Lucy
3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
4. The Purge : Anarchy
5. Planes

Art’s House
Jeff, Art: Happy Christmas
Father Beast: A Most Wanted Man

Link:
America’s Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Movies (And Least Favorite Characters)

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BSP Episode 325: Attack of the Crab Monsters

July 21st, 2014 · Tony · No Comments

Join the gang as they discuss the 1957 film Attack of the Crab Monsters.

  • Directed by Roger Corman
  • Written by Charles B. Griffith
  • Starring Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan, Russell Johnson

Attack of the Crab Monsters is the responsibility of Roger Corman, B movie producer extraordinaire and king of the paper mache monsters. This short 62 minute gem was made to be part of a double feature for the drive-in movie crowd and it’s obvious all expenses were spared. The story begins with a group of scientists traveling to a remote island which just happens to be populated with a mutated, giant crab monster. Just one, despite the title telling us otherwise. From there, details and plot are, shall we say thin, but ultimately we find that a few make it out to tell the tale of the crab monster with trash bags for eyelids. Still, a B movie can be a lot of fun which is why we didn’t criticize this movie nearly as much as, say Gigli.

Worth noting:

  • Welcome back David! You were… missed???
  • Tony’s walking and avoiding beef. David is doing none of those things.
  • The story was weird but it was short. It got weird in the middle, too. These factors may appeal to you.
  • Your weekly pop culture roundup: Ninja Warrior, Naked and Afraid, HBO Go is like a stalker ex-girlfriend now, The Wire as the Best Show Ever on Television, Oz, Game of Thrones.
  • Stump stuff. Don’t ask.
  • Let’s talk about the worst movies you’ve seen.
  • Clone Wars TV show, lens flares, and Schrödinger’s Lightsaber.
  • In which we crush the dreams of small children just watching How to Train Your Dragon II.
  • What happens when crabs make well-reasoned arguments.

Featured in this episode:

  • Tony
  • Darrell
  • Jolie
  • David
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BSBO – Greetings from San Francisco

July 18th, 2014 · Tony · 1 Comment

Help Support Lilly’s Pediatric Cancer Treatment
Lilly and her family need your help (Brittney’s video)

Jeff

1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
2. Planes : Fire and Rescue
3. Sex Tape
4. The Purge : Anarchy
5. Tammy

Art’s House: I Origins

 

(Note: There is no attached podcast episode this week.  Enjoy the silence, or for God’s sake, go check out the new Weird Al videos.    - Tony)

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BSP Episode 324: Groundhog Day

July 14th, 2014 · Tony · No Comments

Join the gang as they discuss the 1993 film Groundhog Day.

  • Directed by Harold Ramis
  • Written by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis
  • Starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray

Groundhog Day is the pivotal 1993 comedy film from Harold Ramis, rest in peace, comedy writer and director extraordinaire and behind the likes of Ghostbusters, Meatballs, Caddyshack, and SCTV. Groundhog Day enjoys a comfortable place among the great comedies of all time, a comfortable 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and it’s listed on AFI’s 100 Films, 100 Laughs. You know, the comedy list. It’s the story of Phil Conners, played by the perfectly mugging Bill Murray, a Pittsburgh weatherman who travels to Punxsutawney, PA on Groundhog Day to do some fluff reporting on the event. However, he finds he keep waking up on the same day over and over again in a time loop, beginning each day with the irritating sounds of Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe.”

Worth noting:

  • Look who’s getting healthy?!?
  • Rules and the time travel movie. Sometimes comedies do it better.
  • Your obligatory Europe’s “The Final Countdown” mention. Ladies.
  • Autograph’s “Turn up the Radio” shown below. You’ve been pre-warned about the hair metalness.
  • Bill Murray is so punk rock.
  • Obligatory Game of Thrones updates. Spoilers of Season 3, a year after the fact, ahead.
  • What does the ending teach us and what are the rules? Serious discussion ensues with little to no penis jokes.
  • Edge of Tomorrow shows up again because it’s sci-fi Groundhog Day.

Featured in this episode:

  • Tony
  • Darrell
  • Jolie

And now, one for the ladies…

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