Monthly Archives: October 2017

Who you gonna call? On Halloween!

I almost got into talking about this the other day during our horror movies discussion on Comparative Opinions, but I decided since it’s a good read I would link it up here on Halloween. This is an absolutely phenomenal review of Ghostbusters, and I honestly think it helps explain some of why the movie is so good, why the sequel as well as the new one don’t compare, and… yeah. Enjoy.

The Ghostbusters are an Antidote to Lovecraft’s Dismal Worldview

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Horror Movies – Comparative Opinions Episode 65

Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week, in the spirit of Halloween, hosts Holly and David talk horror movies, their frequent dual-genre status, and ones they’ve seen and liked and recommend. Also, a bit of other Halloween and traditions talk. Happy Halloween!

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Music is by Scott Gratton: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Gratton/Intros_and_Outros

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Week in Geek Episode 10

Week in Geek, episode 10, recorded 10/26/17. News since last recording, including: Punisher versus Justice LeagueThor: Ragnarok and the future of Thor; contenders for worst movie of the year; more is coming from the Dark TowerPandemic Legacy Season 2; quick TV show news including Star Trek DiscoveryDoctor Who, and Daredevil; and potential movies coming up including X-23 and Deathstroke. Oh, and libraries are not dead.

Here’s the Postmodern Jukebox song Holly was talking about: https://youtu.be/yjiupe-odRQ

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Music is by Scott Gratton: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Gratton/Intros_and_Outros

I’m On Top Of The World! – Imagine Dragons for Throwback Thursday

I love Imagine Dragons. At this point, they’ve had two albums since this post – Smoke + Mirrors and Evolve. They’ve kept me interested and kept up their quality, which has been great to see. Having seen them live, I feel a bit more connection – and understanding – for this band. Hopefully I imparted some of that below!

 


Last week I wrote about Lorde, one of the sudden, big hits of recent years. She’s so young that some of the question is, how genuine is she, how much will she maintain who she is now into the future? She sings so much of being small, but has become so big that you have to wonder what the future holds for her.

Night VisionsThe discussion, about how genuine she is, and if it will last, got me thinking of a different band – another recent rise to fame. A band whose name and first full album I keep seeing listed as a top-selling album – 2 years after its release. The album is Night Visions, and the band is Imagine Dragons.

My wife Holly and I were fortunate enough to see Imagine Dragons in concert last year. And by fortunate, I mean that we planned far in advance, got the tickets, and flew many thousands of miles to see them. And what we saw was a band that seemed truly, humbly pleased with their fame, who seemed overwhelmed with it all.

Waiting on this for a while now… Paying my dues to the dirt

Continued SilenceA quick scan of the Wikipedia page about the band shows that some of it was luck that they hit it big, filling in for someone else (Train) at a large concert. We started following them with their early 2012 EP, Continued Silence. And then Night Visions came out, and has been hanging out on iTunes, at least, as one of the top selling Alternative albums ever since, whenever I’m looking for new music.

A lot of their music has been coming out, bit by bit, on EPs, and after the album even, on soundtracks and one at a time. Part of their success has been in the ability for people to get their hands on their music digitally, rather than only through traditional albums.

That also says to me that they’ve been making music for a while, have been putting it together bit by bit, have been trying to figure out what people might like, and what they like to play. As the lyrics say – “been dreamin’ of this since a child.”

And now, they’re on top of the world.

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Duck Tales for Meme Monday

I say Scrooge McDuck, and you think…

However, what happens when – fully understanding the meme that this character and the idea of him has become – you bring back, say, Duck Tales?

And how about for good measure, you cast David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck?

The show is just incredibly genre-aware, with jokes playing off of our expectations of the characters – or even entire episodes playing off of them. For instance, the most recent we’ve watched revolved around Donald Duck being the most unlucky person – and his brother being the luckiest. With a luck god.

This show has been a ton of fun so far, and we recommend it. Whether you’re new to the characters or not, this is a good one to watch!

Oh, and Webby is amazing.