Articles tagged ‘Sofa.Dogs’

Commentary: Prometheus (w Sofa Dogs and Faldor!)

Join me as I join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs and Faldor of the Extended Edition podcast for a thoro drubbing of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. It’s the heartwarming tale of an old man trying to recapture his youth and getting his head handed to him. But enough about Ridley Scott.

We examine the themes and complications, the plot twists that don’t quite work, and the way the film repeatedly works against itself with their echoes of religion and the other Alien movies, as well as Stargate, Return of the Jedi, and Casablanca.

Commentary: Looper

Join me as I join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs for a long, hard look at Rian Johnson’s wobbly time travel thriller. We both like it (he more than I) and both have problems with it (I more than he). We look at Confused Matthew’s take on the film, and Rian Johnson’s himself. John had a Twitter conversation with him that I gamely try to retroactively explain Johnson’s side of. Regardless, it’s a fascinating film or two films squooshed together, depending on your point of view and, possibly, your current location in the space-time continuum.

Commentary: Community 1×07 “Intro to Stats”

Join me as I again join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs to watch the seventh episode of Community.

We discuss how this episode feels out of place, girl bonding, Greendale’s weird football field, Jeff and Annie. And say goodbye to Troy’s interest in sports.

Commentary: Community 1×06 “Football, Feminism and You”

Join me as I again join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs to watch the sixth episode of Community.

We discuss how this episode feels out of place, girl bonding, Greendale’s weird football field, Jeff and Annie. And say goodbye to Troy’s interest in sports.

Commentary: Inception (with Sofa Dogs!)

Join John Pavlich and me as we delve into the innermost psyche of Christopher Nolan and pull out dead wives, survivor guilt, selfishness, and a creaky elevator. We analyze how many acts the film really has, the cinematography of the Avengers, and whether or not Hans Zimmer is the right man for to score the film.

We compare the film to other Nolan films, other Di Caprio films, Dreamscape, Ghostbusters, The Matrix, The Dirty Dozen, The Guns of Navarone, heist films, The Spanish Prisoner, Ocean’s 11, Reservoir Dogs, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. We compare Christopher Nolan to Woody Allen, the Coen Brothers, Stanley Kubrick, and Michael Bay. I complain that Ellen Page doesn’t have enough to do. I rewrite the film and give it to M Night Shyamalan to direct. John pitches an Ariadne-Arthur TV show and tries to cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the new Spider-Man.

Commentary: Community 1×05 “Adv Criminal Law”

Join me as I again join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs to watch the fifth episode of Community, one of the best comedy television shows ever.

We discuss Luis Guzman, Mark Hamill, going off campus, the theme of cheating, and Annie stuffing her bra.

Commentary: The Avengers (with Sofa Dogs!)

Join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs and me as we walk thru The Avengers (the loud American one, not the weird British one). We fail to remember what happened in Thor, discuss the structure and character motivations, and general enjoy it. John accuses me of being negative because I think the idea of an Iron Man suit that shoots out of a wall, chases down a falling Tony Stark, opens itself, and somehow puts itself on him while he’s falling is a dumb idea. He also has to explain Loki’s plot to me, but I remain dubious. (What is his plan for Hulk again?)

Commentary: Community 1×04 “Social Psych”

Join me as I again join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs to watch the fourth episode of Community, one of the best comedy television shows ever.

We discuss John Oliver, butt stuff, Jeff vs Vaughn, Eric Charles-Nielson, ultimate Frisbee, and Annie’s sweaters.

Commentary: The Dark Knight Rises (with Sofa Dogs!)

Join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs and me for the third of Christopher Nolan’s Batmen! We discuss Nolan’s shift in approach, the uneven writing, and why we both respond very favorably to the film anyway. We discuss the Batvoice and whether or not the Batcowl squooshes his face and makes him talk that way. We debate Bane’s nature (weightlifting painkiller addict?) and why we don’t see his face since we saw Dent’s charred face.

I contend that substantial parts of the story are unnecessary and that it doubles back on itself. John defends it. We compare it to the previous films, James Bond, Catwoman, and strong female characters. We discuss the wonky timeline, my preferred ending, and how great Joseph Gordon-Levitt is no matter what he is or isn’t given to do.

Commentary: Community 1×03 “Intro to Film”

Join me as I again join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs to watch the third episode of Community, one of the best comedy television shows ever.

We discuss Annie and Troy, casting younger, California pizza, and interwoven plots.