Before I give you a recap on what we've been watching lately, I need to tell you about my mom's visit and Little Kitty.
Week before last, my sister and her husband drove down to visit San Antonio and her son (my nephew) and his family, so my mom and her cousin flew over from Tampa. In short, it was a nice little meet-up in a centralized locale, and let's face it, San Antonio is a great place to visit (until it gets cold and rainy). And even then, if you are coming from Minnesota like my sister and her husband, cold in rainy beats -20 and snow blizzards.
|Eva, Mom, & Cousin Shirley|
|Mom, Buccee & Shirley|
While my sister was here, I suggested a few podcasts that I listen to (does anyone listen to the radio anymore?) and thought I might highlight a few.
I love interviews and biography sort of things, but I like to be entertained. This is why one of my favorite podcasts, and one of the most popular on iTunes is Marc Maron's WTF. Yes, WTF stands for exactly what you think it does, so if you are squeamish with potty mouth, beware. The first time I heard the opening, not that I'm squeamish, I was sort of taken aback. But Maron is the best interviewer ever. He has a studio set-up in his garage and comedians and movie stars and musicians come over to his house, sit down and just chat. This isn't a pre-scripted 4 minute interview on Leno where he plays the straight man while the star plugs their latest movie. If you have never downloaded and listened to a podcast, you might want to scroll through the list of people he has interviewed and try it out. Just last week, I was shocked at how interesting an interview with Seth Green could be. Seriously, give WTF a try.
I just started listening to one that is not quite as polished as Maron called, The History Chicks. From what I can gather, these are two moms recording their podcast from a family room or someplace in the house, because you can occasionally hear kids playing. Never-the-less, they research a person in history, then tell about it adding in their own remarks and such.
I am really enjoying several podcasts with the theme of people telling stories. The Moth is a well known series where people go to these events at coffee houses or big theaters, get up on stage and tell a personal story, usually written in advance. These stories are usually fairly short but very entertaining. Another one I enjoy is called Strangers where host Lea Thau explores different stories that have a theme involving strangers. A recent weird one involved a guy who asked her to borrow some of her son's poop. Don't let that scare you away, the story was really interesting.
Anyway, I have an iPhone full of these podcasts that keeps my drive to and from work entertaining. At very minimum, if you don't like the idea of these, you owe it to yourself to listen to the weekly This American Life with Ira Glass podcast. They take the radio show and convert it into a podcast. Good stuff.
TV Shows and Movies Update:
Eva can't enjoy American Horror Story with me because of the scary music at the beginning of the show. If you saw season one where the story centered around a house that had issues, like me you were surprised to find many/most of the same actors in an asylum for the mentally disturbed in season two. I have never really considered myself a fan of the horror genre per se, but I enjoy good writing and story telling. The season finale happens on Wednesday but I'll have to wait to watch it when Eva is doing something else so she doesn't get the willies! I must warn you in advance, this show is very nearly pornographic given some of the story lines and images, but don't let that stop you. Jessica Lange is incredible in AHS as is the make-up artists who help create some of the most disturbing imagery in the asylum.
Justified and Shameless are both back on for new seasons. If you ever saw Deadwood and appreciated the rich, sophisticated dialog coming from the seemingly uneducated hicks, you will thoroughly enjoy the amazing writing of Justified. Likewise, if you ever watched an episode of Jerry Springer and wondered, what do these people live like when they go home, Shameless has got you covered. It is nothing short of Springer, the home version. Seriously, William H. Macey and the girl who plays his daughter, Emmy Rossum, are spectacular. I'm eager to track down the original UK version of this show and watch it.
Last night we watched a movie called Hemingway and Gellhorn. It was sort of a documentary but played out like a regular movie. I loved the way they incorporated actual black and white war footage and easily faded back into color creating a seamless transition. I think we also found out that, pretty much every movie we have seen with Nicole Kidman, we like.
We had a movie on our DVR called 50/50 with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogan and sat down to watch it. Wow! That was an incredible movie. I keep thinking how the little kid from 3rd Rock has transformed into this total movie star. Anyway, it is a story about a young guy who gets cancer. I'll spoil it and tell you that he lives, but you already know that since you have seen Gordon-Levitt in The Darknight Rises and Looper since this movie was made.
And I think this is enough for one morning. What movies, TV shows and podcasts are you checking out? Any tips on stuff I need to be watching or listening to?