Thursday, August 29, 2013

GGS 067 Fall Movie Preview


Susan, Amelia, & Kelly are joined by special guest Scot to countdown the top 5 must-see movies of the Fall. How do our lists compare to yours?

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Why does anyone care who’s playing Batman?

by Todd Eckert

August 25, 2013




Late last week Ben Affleck was revealed as the next film actor playing the role of Batman.  Within minutes of the announcement waves of indignation crashed through the ether and, predictably enough, indignation about the indignation soon followed.  It was the earthquake and the tsunami after the earthquake with lots and lots of grumbling triggered by what on the surface seems to be a super-trite issue.  As of this moment something over 30,000 people have signed a petition trying to get the guy removed and memes are being generated as fast as people can lift Gene Wilder’s face.

I know a little bit about this phenomenon.  A few years ago I produced a film called Control about Ian Curtis, the lead singer of the band Joy Division who killed himself in 1980 when he was 23.  Casting Ian was a difficult process and the public watched us really closely, particularly in the UK where he’s considered a pretty massive deal.  We were flying around, taking meetings, trying to find that person who would get the role just right.  We knew we were making the artifact by which the future would understand Ian and the responsibility felt huge.  But the public didn't know that, and every time some rumor would surface we’d get slapped around.

“Jude’s not (expletive)ing playing Ian!” screamed Stuart Braithwaite at me in a club in Pittsburgh just after his band Mogwai had left the stage.  I had known Stuart for some time and wasn't all that surprised he was upset – the rumor that Jude Law would be taking the role had surfaced that afternoon and made its way all over the world within hours.  Nothing against Jude at all, but he wouldn't have been right and we never considered him.  Still, someone thought we had and I was experiencing a particularly intense version of Scottish wrath over the idea.  The scenario would be repeated with different actors in different scenarios until we premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and the public accepted Sam Riley as having not destroyed Ian’s memory or legacy.

Perhaps it made sense – Ian was a real guy who touched millions of people very deeply and our film would materially affect the perception of the man.  Fine.  

So why Batman?  Isn't the outrage really . . . dumb?  I honestly don’t think so.  If anything I think the selection of Batman is probably more personal to more people, and therefore more meaningful than who we picked for Ian.

Batman, by virtue of not being real, is psychologically simpler to admire.  He doesn't run the risk of unforgivable behavior in public, growing corpulent or senile, selling out to a dodgy corporation – he’s interesting, he’s dark, he’s just damaged enough and he always wins.  Batman is a really tough, really cool version of Gary Cooper – a bench-pressing, world-saving everyman.  People see the best of themselves in him (he doesn't have super powers, after all) and they aspire to his greatest strengths.  In as much, the selection of the person who will play him, and therefore them, is crucially important to their sense of self.

It’s a self-perpetuated ruse – the ultimate inside joke because no one has to know if it’s not really supposed to be funny.  It informs a positive result and that’s enough.

So the indignation is ok.  They’re invested – the best audience Warner Bros could possibly want.  As for casting Ben Affleck, he probably seems like a bit of an intellectual schlub and therefore incapable of the depth these people need for the character to be satisfying.  But I’m sure that’s exactly why he wanted the role in the first place – to prove he can be great as the world-saving everyman.

I hope he’s great at it.

BG 09 Confessions



Susan, Amelia, Chris, Kelly, and Scot discuss Breaking Bad S5E11, Confessions written by Gennifer Hutchinson, directed by Michael Slovis

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

GGS 066 Dude Feud

Susan and Amelia were really too tired to podcast, so they bring you the Geek Guys Chris & Scot talking summer movies. Beware, this podcast contains spoilers galore for Iron Man 3 and Star Trek: Into Darkness.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

BG 08 Buried


Susan, Amelia, Chris, Kelly, and Scot discuss Breaking Bad S5E10, Buried: written by Thomas Schnauz, directed by Michelle MacLaren

**SPOLIER ALERT** for THE SHIELD skip 1:03:20-1:05:11 if you have not watched the entire series run of The Shield

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Monday, August 19, 2013

TB10 21 Radioactive


In this podcast, Susan and Kelly discuss the HBO show True Blood S6E10: Radioactive, the season finale. 

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

BG 07 Blood Money



Susan, Amelia, Chris, and Kelly discuss the first of the final 8 episodes of the series Breaking Bad, "Blood Money"

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

TB10 20 Life Matters


In this podcast, Susan and Kelly discuss the HBO show True Blood S6E9: Life Matters and try not to talk too much about Breaking Bad S5E9 Blood Money

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

BG 06 Breaking Geek



The gang's all here: Susan, Amelia, Chris, and Kelly welcome special guest podcaster Scot to discuss what's new in the latest rewatch of Breaking Bad and what, if any, predictions they have for the final 8 episodes of the series.  Find Saul Goodman's "The Defense Never Rests" series on Scot's blog at  http://esotericcandy.blogspot.com/

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

TB10 19 Oozy, But Productive


In this podcast, Susan &  Kelly discuss the HBO show True Blood season 6 episode 7: In the Evening and Episode 8: Dead Meat.

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

GGS 065 John de Lancie Q & Discord at Space City Con 2013

This is the audio from John de Lancie's Q & Discord at Space City Con 2013 hosted by Star Trek: The Next Generation writer Diana Botsford, introduction by Robert Picardo.
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GGS 064 Star Trek: The Original Series Panel from Space City Con 2013


This is the audio from the Star Trek: The Original Series panel from Space City Con 2013. ST: Voyager actor Robert Picardo introduces Don Marshall and Walter Koenig who both acted on the Original Series. Some of the audience questions are off the mic & hard to hear, but other than that, the audio came out pretty well.
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