Episode #34: Close That Loop

Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect; Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Bruce Willis as Joe in Looper

In this episode, we’re talking about two buzzworthy/hyped fall movies.

-Our enjoyment of Pitch Perfect was somewhat hampered by ill-applied (and, let’s face it, racist) tropes, but buoyed by Rebel Wilson
-You may be interested to know that Cynara thinks Step Up Revolution beats Pitch Perfect hands down (or, should we say, several bouncing cars down)
-A detour into the current trend in youth-oriented television and film program where everyone has to be super attractive, and even the Beast in the new Beauty and the Beast is less “Beast” and more “Moderately Handsome”
-At 34:00 we start talking about Looper, and we keep it spoiler-free with talk about the premise and also the use of prosthetics in the film to make Joseph Gordon-Levitt look more like Bruce Willis (or, should we say, Bruce Willi$)
-At 46:10 we start the spoiler section of the Looper discussion. If you haven’t seen the flick, shut it off then and come back later, at which point you’ll also be “treated” to a discussion at the end of “butt-chugging” and Jenny’s opinions about drinking age laws

End clip: Northwestern University’s all-male a cappella group Freshman Fifteen with their version of “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” by the Postal Service

Link: Ten Mysteries in ‘Looper’ Explained by Director Rian Johnson at /Film

Episode #8.5 – Dream a Little Bigger (SPOILERS)

It’s our very special bonus episode full of our SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER review of Inception.

-Does Inception pass the Bechdel test?
-Could Tom Hardy have been a woman?
-Are the highly structured dreams in the film realistic?
-Is Inception the new Matrix?
-Was Clementine Kruczynski an MPDG?
-A little excessive fangirling of Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
-JGL’s HitRECord.org
-And a bit on the topic of digital copyright (for some reason)

Music: “This is the Dream of Win and Regine” by Final Fantasy (or, as he’s now known, Owen Pallett)


Episode #8 – Jump the Queue

"Leaning on a Landscape" by Patrick HughesDiscussed:

-Double Rainbow: the video, the guy, the phenomenon. What does it mean? [Cynara’s disclaimer: when she says “expressionism” she means “romanticism.]

Work of Art: Cynara is caught up on the series, so we talk about it again. What kind of art does this show privelege? And also, have you noticed the show is obsessed with the attractiveness of the women participating in it?

Inception: Part one of our review/discussion. What we talk about in this episode is relatively spoiler-free and focuses on general ideas and also the hotness of the cast (especially the obvious — Michael Caine). So unless you are a huge spoiler-phobe, you can listen to this episode without seeing the movie (provided you are planning on seeing the film at a later date).

Stay tuned for episode 8.5 where we will go all-out spoiler and geek on Inception. It’ll  be posted tomorrow.


Yosemitebear Mountain Giant Double Rainbow 1-8-10 [YouTube]

Double Rainbow Store [CafePress]

End music: “DOUBLE RAINBOW SONG!!” by the Gregory Brothers.