Weekly Recap: More Nonsense Than Usual
The Last Jedi has the potential to be the darkest Star Wars movie since The Empire Strikes Back (not counting the one last Christmas where everybody died…) And yet, Lucasfilm still found a way to squeeze in the adorable and highly merchandisable (not a word? don’t care) Porgs. What’s a porg? No one knows. But They are already flying off the shelves of toy stores everywhere. Secretly, I hope they turn out to be like the cute bunny rabbit in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. After an especially bloody encounter with a big-eyed monster, all the Jedi flea screaming “run away!” If that sounds like something you’d like to see, this is definitely the site for you! Let’s take a look at the other nonsesnical topics we discussed last week.
Just in case my Python reference didn’t land (or if, like me, you feel the need to watch it again), here’s a clip for your enjoyment:
Crap. Now I have to dig out my DVD and watch the whole thing.
Recently, Daffy and I discussed The Last Jedi and other topics of interest in a new show we are calling “Digital Nonsense“. Why? Because all of the other names we came up with were already taken. Those of you who have wasted more time here than is probably advisable may remember back in the day when Daffy and I tried our hands at a podcast. Back when we were doing “Le Show”, we would talk on Skype for up to two hours and then I would try to edit it into an hour-long program. Something about editing brings out my inner perfectionist. I would spend hours on every show trying to remove all the “uhs” and “ums” which as it turns out wasn’t the best use of my time. Eventually, I decided to concentrate on blogging which isn’t necessarily something I am more skilled at, but as readers well know, I am able to write without all my errors leaping out at me. In fact, more often than not, I don’t see them at all. It’s a blessing and a curse, really.
Anyway, Daffy floated the idea of revisiting the podcast concept. I was open to the idea provided I could find a way to do it without spending a lot of time editing the show every month. The first thing I suggested was that we set time limits to keep ourselves from going off on tangents. And my other suggestion was to let Daffy take over pretty much every aspect of the show. So that’s what we did. I got to talk to a friend about topics that interest me and he did all the heavy lifting. I think it turned out great! If you haven’t checked it out yet, here it is for your convenience:
If you don’t feel like sitting through the entire hour and change, you can skip ahead to the following times to listen to the specific topics that interest you:
Star Wars- 33:35
The plan is to do a new hour-long show on a monthly basis. Let us know what topics you would like to hear us talk about in future episodes.
One topic you can always read about here at the blog is celebrity birthdays. Jestak served up another batch of celebratory articles letting you readers know who blew out birthday candles this week. Let’s review:
- December 4 & 5: Amy Acker, Fritz Lang, Jeff Bridges, Linus Sandgren, Lynne Ramsay, Marisa Tomei, Otto Preminger, Paula Patton, Tony Todd
- December 6: Colin Salmon, Ira Gershwin, Judd Apatow, Nick Park, Nora Kirkpatrick, Sarah Rafferty, Shekhar Kapur, Tom Hulce
- December 7: Abdellatif Kechiche, Caleb Landry Jones, Emily Browning, Harry Chapin, Jack Huston, Mark Duplass, Nicholas Hoult, Sara Bareilles, Shiri Appleby
- December 8: AnnaSophia Robb, David Harewood, Ian Somerhalder, Kim Basinger, Matthias Schoenaerts, Richard Fleischer, Rick Baker, Teri Hatcher
- December 9: Beau Bridges, Buck Henry, Felicity Huffman, John Malkovich, Judi Dench, Kara DioGuardi, Simon Helberg
This week, subjects included a couple of legendary directors, both of the Fabulous Baker Boys, hot Aunt May, the Candy Man, a Whedonite, a lyricist with rhythm, the guy who more or less invented the modern movie comedy, Pinto/Amadeus, the girl from Sucker Punch and Lemony Snicket, a furry X-Man, a singer-songwriter who still won’t write me a love song even though I have repeatedly asked for it, more than one vampire, Batman’s shriekiest love interest and Superman’s sexiest co-worker, one half of the Desperate Housewives, a brilliant make-up artist, James Bond’s former boss and actor-turned-puppeteer, John Malkovich.
The Movieline cover story of the week was an interview with one of the biggest movie stars in the world as he was cementing his hold on that title. Tom Cruise‘s career seemed to be guided by working with the best collaborators he could find. In 1992, that meant starring opposite Jack Nicholson in Rob Reiner’s A Few Good Men. Cruise hadn’t yet let his freak flag fly, but now that we all know what a couch-jumping kook he really is, you can see some of the warning signs in the way he hides behind his mega-watt smile in early interviews like this one.
The same issue included a profile about too-slick producer David Permut. At the time, many wondered of Permut was all style and no substance, but last year he was one of the producers on Best Picture nominee, Hacksaw Ridge. The 1997 issue included an interview with Matt Damon right at the moment that Good Will Hunting was making him into a movie star. That issue also included a list of the 100 smartest things Hollywood had done circa 1997. Spoilers: The list is as snarky as you would expect a Movieline list to be.
And finally, a moment of silence for Lego Dimensions. Traveler’s Tales pulled the plug on its toys-to-life game one year earlier than planned. For the final installment in my on-going look at the game’s many offerings, I took at look at two nostalgic fun packs; Beetlejuice and E.T. Now that the game is cancelled, you should be able to find these expansions on clearance. Grab ’em up before they are gone!
Next Week: The truth is out there and so is the last Jedi