Headsup: House of Lies: The Final Season on DVD

House of Lies Final Season DVD

I didn't know this, but apparently House of Lies is based on a fabulously titled book--House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time, written by the former real-life Booz Allen Hamilton management consultant Martin Kihn.

Perhaps that's part of what gives the series its ability to be so unapologetic in its portrayal of “the 1%” and the (almost) larger-than-life characters who will stop at nothing to beat them at their own game (and then send them the bill). Leading this group is, of course, the charming anti-hero Marty Kaan, a role for which Don Cheadle achieved popular and critical acclaim. (Rounding out the main cast are Kristen Bell as Jeannie, Ben Schwartz as Clyde, and Josh Lawson as Doug.) Over its five-season run, the series collected thirty-one award nominations and five wins (including the Primetime Emmy for Art Direction in 2014 and Don Cheadle's Best Actor Golden Globe in 2013). The show has been celebrated for tackling the difficult issues of interracial relationships, police brutality, gender identity, and the wealth gap in America--and remember, this is not only just a half-hour show, but a comedy. Such attempts are not for the faint of heart.

In the fifth season, viewers see the characters dealing with the challenges of raising a baby, navigating political and personal relationships, doing business in a communist country, and giving a TED Talk. When Kristen Bell signed on to star [...]

By |November 23rd, 2016|Headsup, Stimuli|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 9: Not of This Earth!

Not of This Earth 1957

So we start tonight's madness with a personal favorite of mine: Ken Nordine providing his own creepy take on music from Pinocchio. He bookends the Disney covers album Stay Awake with this and "Desolation Theme," although I couldn't find the latter one to include here.

Tonight's feature film is the 1957 Not of This Earth, directed by Roger Corman and scribed by Charles B. Griffith (Little Shop of Horrors) and Mark Hanna (Attack of the 50 ft Woman). The premise? An alien from a withered world needs the blood of humanity to survive! Enjoy!

By |October 8th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween, Stimuli|0 Comments

Plea for Sanity: STOP the Tinkering

Tinkerer

There is a plague, albeit of the First World variety, that has spread online through our technology...and it simply has to stop. I'm talking about the Tinkering.

By Tinkering, I mean screwing around with something that's working perfectly well until you've basically ruined it. I mean not leaving well enough alone. Remember when Pinterest was, you know, a good place to pin and share images? Now anytime the iPhone app is anywhere near functional, I won't update it for months. Like the very handy "You've just switched to the app with a URL in the clipboard, would you like to pin it?" feature, which works now about 7% of the time.

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By |September 17th, 2016|Stimuli|1 Comment

Because He's Michael C. Hall, Musical Clairvoyant

Did you know Michael C. Hall can do an eeriely decent vocal impersonation of David Bowie? Well, considering Bowie's musical Lazarus has been around since last year...maybe you did. I did not. So seeing that Hall was performing "Lazarus" at the Mercury Prize was just a novelty. Then the guy started singing. Nice. When the soundtrack for the show is released, I need it. And I definitely need to check out Mercury winner Skepta...because to beat out Bowie must be something special.

You can snag Blackstar from Amazon here. Or it's on Spotify here.

By |September 17th, 2016|Stimuli|0 Comments

Midsomer Murders: The Bingo Game

John Nettles from Midsomer Murders
'Officers, that man claims to have a bingo. Check his card.'

It's no secret that we have fans of Midsomer Murders among us. Cosette, having watched through the entire series, identified her Top 10 crazy murders that have occurred in Midsomer. And now our very own Kim has applied her knowledge of the show to a brand new game that you can enjoy while watching: Midsomer Murders Bingo. There's a sample below:

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By |November 29th, 2015|Stimuli|2 Comments

Doctor Who Season 9: A Primer

The Doctor and Clara

The good news is that there is a new season of Doctor Who coming. It has some great guest stars, familiar faces and a core of writers and directors who have never worked on the show before. Maybe an injection of new blood can tighten things up a bit this year. The bad news is that there will be no new Who for 2016, as Steven Moffat will be erstwhile-detained working on Sherlock. There has been no word of any specials or one of episodes for the coming year.

Some things that are different from last season include continued development of The Doctor by Peter Capaldi. His Doctor will still be mysterious and reckless but he'll have more whimsy built in this year. He's also going to have some fancy new jackets and pants as the season goes on. As with the Matt Smith Doctor before, we see a changing fashion style percolating into the lead character.

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By |September 15th, 2015|Stimuli|0 Comments

Lack of Sleep is Killing Us All. Wait, No, Hold On...

Edward Norton, sleepless in Fight Club

Normally the back and forth of "It's going to kill us all!" and "No, it's fantastic for us!" usually stays in the realm of caffeine, red meat and the films of Nicolas Cage. If there's one thing that the consensus has seemed to be: well, you need more of it, otherwise you have no clue how screwed you are--it's sleep.

Lack of sleep has been blamed for everything from diabetes to reality television, and that's some finger-pointing that does make sense. If you're tired, then you're probably stressed. And if you're stressed, then your body releases all those lovely "We Could Be Eaten By Something" chemicals...and too much of that can be quite bad. Especially if you're not actually being Eaten By Something.

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By |September 9th, 2015|Stimuli|0 Comments

The Need Coffee Dot Com 2015 Fun Fest

Friendly Fun Fest Monster

In case you missed it from the overall schedule, the Need Coffee Dot Com 2015 Fun Fest is taking place Saturday, September 5th starting at 8:30pm in Regency V in the Hyatt.

Please accept with our compliments this flyer. Consider it your invitation. You don't need an invitation, but consider it one if it makes you feel all posh and stuff.

By |August 31st, 2015|Stimuli|0 Comments

DragonCon 2015: We May Not Remember Who We Are, But At Least We'll Know When and Where...

Whoopee Johns Band

Behold. The time is upon you once more. The Prophecy Has Come True Once Again. And here is the result: the places and times where you can (in theory) find the Need Coffee Crew. Assemble with us, our awesome Caffiends. For the party shall commence.

Follow our Needcoffee feed for last minute updates. Where available, everyone's first mention has their Twitter ID linked up--so feel free to follow folks for their latest weirdness. (Except in cases where they've been added to an earlier panel than I first had them--so they're Twitter-linked on here somewhere. I'm old and lazy.) As always, this list is subject to change without notice or reason or rhyme.

As always, inevitably, there will be formatting and other stupid errors on this schedule. If you find something wrong, just ping me and we'll get it fixed. DON'T PANIC. Trust me, I'll tell you when to panic.

Changelog
v.1.01 - 8/28/15 - Rob's massive array of panels added

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By |August 25th, 2015|Stimuli|1 Comment

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Pixar seemed to get its groove back with Inside Out, a look into the mind of an eleven year old girl. Her anthropomorphic emotional states that formed the committee running her brain are: yellow Joy, blue Sadness, red Anger, green Disgust, and purple Fear. Obviously for a family movie, you need to simplify the complex emotions everybody has. But people are made up of many more than the simple primary emotions.

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By |July 31st, 2015|Stimuli|0 Comments