This 2017 Baldies Awards deliberation is on “Return to Form, Highest Stakes / Biggest Risk”! We talk about shows that might have stumbled in the past, but have picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and are back better than ever, as well as recognize the people and projects that took crazy foolish risks that paid off.
This 2017 Baldies Awards deliberation is on “Best Debut or Pilot, Biggest Surprise / Miss”! We talk about our favorite freshmen shows and pilot episodes, the things that really took us by surprise, as well as the podcasts we feel like we let get away.
This 2017 Baldies Awards deliberation is on “Meta & Notable Exceptions”! We talk about trends in television, podcasting, and why some otherwise noteworthy shows didn’t make our lists.
Welcome to our coverage of Black Mirror, where you’ll never know whether you’ll have a heart wrenching or heart warming experience, but it will definitely revolve around the implications of technology and culture. From Star Trek simulations, ultimate dating apps, and murderous robotic dogs, this season hits some amazing highs, but for the first time also hits some fairly deep lows. Or maybe what’s most amazing is how the show remains fresh and original four years into it’s creative process? All I know is there are few things Jim and I like discussing more than futurology. Enjoy!
Special thanks to Saylor from Santa Cruz, the latest Bald Move Fantasy Football champ to claim their prize for winning the league. Emerging from the pile victorious, he has selected the 1997 vampire flick, The Lost Boys. Helmed by Joel Schumacher and chocked equally full of cool and hilarious moments and extremely questionable decisions, the film manages to confound and delight. Why is 16 year old Corey Haim taking baths and being tucked into bed by his mother? Why is there a shirtless oiled up, muscle bound sax player? Why is Rob Lowe gazing seductively from Haim’s bedroom closet, and more importantly, why is Jim completely oblivious to his siren’s call? Is the grandpa a vampire or what? All these questions and more are explored in the depth to which they deserve.
Today’s podcast was commissioned by Rylan, by virtue of his victory in the famed Bald Move Fantasy Football league. To the victor go the spoils, and Rylan has claimed the 2000 slasher/satire/thriller, American Psycho. Directed by Mary Harron and starring Christian Bale, the movie is dark, disturbing, hilarious in places, and provoked a lot of thoughts and opinions from Jim and I. What does it mean to be a sociopath, how much of this film is reality and how much is fantasy, what does it say about society and the conflict between our stated and actual values?
The final act of any satisfying story should be one of triumph and heroism. The villains are brought to justice and everyone involved can be proud of the role they played in the outcome. Of course, there are always mistakes along the way. And that whole justice thing? Well, this is “Bad Guy Bigby” so…
Special thanks to Sean Ray (previous commissioner of the Insidious series, and Blood Simple) for commissioning this late 80’s Ridley Scott crime thriller, Black Rain. Michael Douglas plays a cop alongside Andy Garcia that gets mixed up in a gang war between the Yakuza and a rival upstart over counterfeit US currency. The film explores the intercultural exchange as Douglas’s corrupt and brash NYC cop runs into the brick wall of Japanese police decorum and honor, but how successful it is in that exploration is an open question. The film is great looking, has some solid action sequences, and hilarious Michael Douglas hair, and it’s concepts don’t quite stand the test of time. But Andy Garcia’s chest hair is magnificent.