Super 8

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John Pavlich and I open up J J Abrams’ mystery box and like what we see, if only because it reminds us so much of all the films we loved from our childhood. We heap praise all over the place, repeated forgive it its sins and excesses, and try to nitpick anachronisms.

We compare it to other J J Abrams films, Steven Spielberg films, The Explorers, The Goonies, Aliens, and Alf.

Bonus: we manage to keep it clean.

We’re watching the Blu-ray. Start right after the Paramount logo on the countdown.

Genius Kids Find Century-old Train Robbery Gold

For a remarkable second time, youngsters have found a hoard of treasure buried on the property of Todd and Amy Hundt. Long-time readers of this writer may remember the 2007 case of Jacob Bennitt and Alexandra Lohse unraveling the mystery of a buried treasure involving invisible ink and coded messages. Yesterday afternoon, cousins Keely Kovach and Connor Hundt (both 13) of Bremen, Indiana, discovered the missing loot from a 1901 train robbery.

The full set of pictures…

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Mission: Impossible: Rogue: Nation

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Join me in watching the fifth and by no means final episode in the Ethan Hunt saga, in which IMF—gasp!—gets shut down and Ethan—gulp!—goes rogue. Insiders turn out to be bad guys! Ethan works with a beautiful mystery woman he isn’t sure he can trust! They steal something they don’t understand and give it to the villain! I know this sounds like every other Mission Impossible film! But this one is even better than most of the others!

I compare it to the other films, to James Bond (again [too much {again}]), to the TV show, to Hitchcock, to Faust, to Foul Play, and to Phantom Menace. I tiptoe around Cruise’s real life, explain the geography of Europe and the design of my swimming pool, fail to remember Timothy Dalton’s name, do an impression of Luther that is half Ving Rhames and half Tracy Morgan, point out a couple of substantial logic gaps, and complain endlessly about how much I like the film.

I’m watching the Blu-ray. Start right after the Paramount logo on the countdown.

More commentaries

Okay, no more lies, no more hiding. I’m out on parole after The Incident** and tanned, rested, and ready to do some commentaries.

  • Mission Impossible 5: Jeremy Renner Talks on Phones
  • James Bond vs Guess What, There’s A Bad Guy on the Inside Again
  • Super 8
  • Super 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini’s semi-biographical exploration of a director’s struggles with the women in his life while making a film about an alien monster’s escape from government scientists)
  • Showgirls, in which I explain the theme of female empowerment
  • Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels
  • Snatch, if I can get a Cockney to explain it to me (attn: Russell Brand)
  • The Cabin in the Woods, if I can get Pavlich to explain it to me
  • 6 episodes of Midsomer Murders (all the ones that don’t feature a village fete)
  • Whatever is popular on Netflix at the time, which at the moment looks like Skinwalkers: The Navajo Mysteries or Nazi Mega Weapons: German Engineering in WW2***

ALL THIS WITH MY SOLEMN PROMISE OF SLIGHTLY LESS GIGGLING ****

** You probably read about it on Flipboard and Tinder: a cat, a van, two apple pies, a bottle of Captain Morgan’s, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

*** They write it with Roman numerals, but as I’ve explained before I DON”T SPEAK LATIN

**** Let’s be realistic tho about Showgirls

 

Ant-Man

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Jimmy and I take a rambling look at Marvel’s Ant-Man (after a brief bit of confusion over which movie we’re watching) and express our (reserved) love for it. We praise the look and art design, the actors, and the writing. And we discuss which aspects of the writing and directing don’t work as well.

We’re watching HD versions and stay in sync. Start at 0:00:00 on the countdown.

Hiatus

I’m going to go on hiatus for a couple of months. Some life changes (possibly menopause) are sapping my time and attention. I hope to get back to doing commentaries in January, but until then I need to focus on real life.

I appreciate the feedback I’ve gotten recently. It’s all been really positive. I know the site continues to present issues with downloads sometimes, which baffles me despite my best preventative measures.

Welcome, Iron Man fans, I guess (or bots?)

According to the PodPress statistics, my commentary with the Doctor from Speakeasy for Iron Man has been downloaded more than 33,000 times. That’s about 15x more than my next most popular commentary, The Phantom Menace (which is actually a remix of Red Letter Media’s work, so it isn’t really even mine).

Maybe a celebrity tweeted about it or a DJ talked about it on the radio or something. I don’t know. Maybe it’s one obsessive nerd just really into it. Or maybe it’s software bots gone crazy. It only has one comment, so maybe it’s bots?

Regardless, welcome, whoever you are. I guess.

Running commentaries that you listen to while you watch the movie.