Following on the heels of our episodes about The Force Awakens and Rogue One, and our December mixtape for The Last Jedi, a few SportsAlcohol.com mainstays got together over the holidays to talk about Rian Johnson's newest entry in the Star Wars saga. This is definitely a fan conversation intended for people who have seen the movie; spoilers and nerdiness abound. What did we love? What gave us pause? How were the porgs? And what does any of this have to do with Watto?
There was a hell of a lot of TV in 2017, but your SportsAlcohol.com pals managed to narrow it down to a 12-series list for your enjoyment. That list is detailed on the site, but we also recorded a podcast where Nathaniel, Marisa, Jesse, and Sara discussed all twelve shows -- plus others that didn't make the list! Curious what we thought about recent episodes of Riverdale or what we loved/hated about the second season of Master of None or who loved Twin Peaks the most? LISTEN IN!
It's the end of the year, and you know what that means: music publications published their year-end coverage approximately one to three months ago. We here at SportsAlcohol.com do not have a list of our 200 Favorite Albums That Came Out Between January and Mid-October. For our best music of 2017 wrap-up, we decided instead to take a different tactic and take a roughly chronological trip through the various live shows we all attended, together and apart, throughout the year, and let the...
We'll have a proper podcast about Star Wars: The Last Jedi soon enough, but in the meantime, here: we made you a mixtape.
Here are the instructions:
1. Figure out when you will be arriving at your theater of choice to see The Last Jedi.
2. Approximately 35 minutes before that time, hit "play" on the mp3 of our mixtape on your music-playing device of choice.
3. Get psyched.
There is also a trivia component:
The songs and samples on this mix (EXCEPT those that are from a Star Wars...
Superhero movies are still dominating the blockbuster landscape these days, and plenty of your pals at SportsAlcohol.com see most or all of these things. So after a bunch of us saw Justice League, we sat down to talk about the state of DC-based cinema, plus where Thor: Ragnarok leaves us with the MCU, and how they both fit into the year of superhero cinema.
Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach have collaborated on three movies, and this fall they're both back with their own solo movies: Gerwig's Lady Bird and Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected). Marisa, Sara, Nathaniel, and Jesse watched both movies (as well as plenty of past work from both filmmakers) and then got together to discuss how they function together, how they function apart, and what we think of their new projects.
Following a movie swap where Pretty Woman was exchanged for Starship Troopers, Ben and Jesse leap forward one year in time and make another business/sci-fi trade: The 1991 Danny DeVito dramedy Other People's Money swapped for the 1998 cult classic Dark City. We watched 'em both and then talked it out, touching upon Penelope Ann Miller, The Matrix, subverting expectations, and possible reasons that both of these movies flopped in their original releases.
Jesse had never seen Pretty Woman.
Ben had never seen Starship Troopers.
So they sat each other down and watched two beloved Films of the '90s, then had a little chat about it.
This is that little chat.
While what makes us laugh, cry, or scared can vary greatly, what we want out of a romantic comedy is often even more nebulous, especially as romantic comedies appear to be in something of a mainstream slump at the movies. In a state-of-the-genre conversation, Marisa, Nathaniel, Jesse, and two different Saras chat about what makes a romantic comedy, what our favorites are, and how they (maybe) work or (sometimes) don't. This is a must-listen for rom-com fans and also for people who want to...
Summer may be winding down, but there are probably still some cool non-blockbuster movies you need to catch up with. For the third year in a row, Marisa, Sara, Nathaniel, and Jesse got together to discuss over a dozen of the summer's most notable indie movie releases, which in 2017 includes The Big Sick, The Beguiled, Detroit, Ingrid Goes West, It Comes At Night, A Ghost Story, Atomic Blonde (it's an indie!), Columbus, and a whole lot more recommendations for your local arthouse -- or to...
While the Steven Soderbergh oeuvre isn't universally beloved by The SportsAlcohol crew, it is well studied. We talk about his return to filmmaking in Logan Lucky as well as his whole career. If you're worried we only cover his films, don't worry: we talk more about K Street than anyone has since K Street aired. Other topics include:
Do The Right Thing
As we did for 1994, 1995, and 1996, we look 20 years back at the top films of the summer of 1997. Things were much different 20 years ago and we tackle some of the bug changes including:
Watching trailers without a broadband connection
Bookstores, existence of
Nicolas Cage was respected, dammit
John Travolta too, for that matter.
Girls wanted to hang out with us
Earlier this year, a meme was going around Twitter, Facebook, and presumably other soc-meds, too: People were listing their favorite movies for every year that they had been alive. This struck the SportsAlcohol.com core cinema team as a fun exercise, so Marisa, Nathaniel, Sara, and Jesse each produced one such list, sent it to each other, and discussed the results. Which years wound up with universal consensus? Which years were wildly divergent? Which directors turned up again and again...
Having faithfully chatted about Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad, we were pretty excited to gab about Wonder Woman, a DC Comics movie that people actually like! Marisa, Sara, Nathaniel, and Jesse all saw Wonder Woman and then talked about it for an hour: how it's similar to other comics movies and what makes it different; the starmaking performance of Gal Gadot (and how to pronounce her name); what it means to see a female superhero kicking ass on the big screen; and more!
If you're anything like us, everyone you know watches Riverdale for some reason. Following the first season finale of this teen soap du jour, based on the Archie Comics characters, Marisa, fellow redheaded dude Nathaniel, Jesse, and special guest Maggie got together to discuss the show: as a teen soap, as an Archie adaptation, and as a thing we watched for thirteen weeks this spring. We also talk a little about the 2001 feature film Josie and the Pussycats.
With The Fate of the Furious roaring through movie theaters and stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson roaring through the gossip pages, we decided to consider whether reports of the death of movie stars (in favor of special effects, superheroes, or other brand names) has been exaggerated. Listen in as Marisa, Jesse, and Nathaniel discuss the new Fast & Furious sequel, its stars, along with other big names like Anne Hathaway, Will Smith, Tom Hanks, Adam Sandler, Nicole Kidman, Will...
Lena Dunham's divisive thinkpiece magnet Girls ended its six-season HBO run this week, and four of SportsAlcohol.com's regular podcasters are dedicated fans. So Marisa, Sara, Nathaniel, and Jesse got together to discuss the show: the finale, the season that led up to it, the series as a whole, and rejecting the conceit of who on the show is the worst. This conversation is a must for any Girls fans still mourning the loss of their favorite show -- or hatewatchers wondering what the fuss was...
At the end of our recent podcast about Trainspotting 2, Marisa, Sara, Nathaniel, and Jesse each took the opportunity to make some pitches for years-later sequels we'd like to see. What '90s and '00s favorites would we like to see revived? This minipodcast bonus track answers that question. Nathaniel guessed what Jesse's would be about 30 seconds after he thought it up.
Over 20 years after the release of the seminal British junkie dramedy Trainspotting, Danny Boyle and his crew of aggrieved Scottish addicts are back with T2: Trainspotting. Marisa, Jesse, Nathaniel, and Sara went and saw Trainspotting 2 and then talked about the movie and how it fits into the larger Danny Boyle filmography, and how it functions as a 20-years-later sequel.