It's Episode #182 for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, in which our protagonist is joined by previous Avengers movie reviewer Bailey and they discuss a film with Cecil B. DeMille-level amounts of characters, a user-friendly Gordian knot of plotlines and the finer points of Cap's helmet. [[ More This Way... ]]
Edgar Wright is near and dear to our hearts. First, he had Spaced, a delightfully mental comedy show which also introduced a lot of people to the dynamic duo of Simon Pegg (co-creator/scribe of the series with Jessica Stevenson) and Nick Frost. That may have come out first, but I was ignorant of that madness. He made Shaun of the Dead (co-written by Pegg) which managed to send up everything about the zombie sub-genre (while simultaneously helping to revive it) but still be an actual horror movie. It is hands down one of the most amazing feats I've ever seen on screen writing-wise, since it seems to go from truly comic moments to truly horrific moments and then back again in the blink of an eye. (Penelope Wilton in the pub, anyone?)
Written by: Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel comic created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby Directed by: Joss Whedon Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie and about 1500 other people
Age of Ultron is just another day at the office
How does one follow up a movie that is arguably the most entertaining display of blockbuster prowess in recent memory? How does the ever growing Marvel Cinematic Universe hold up these days? The answer is a straight forward and simple as it is beautiful: everybody is doing their job.
This episode was delayed by a computer crash, a dead hard drive rescue, a lot of reconstructive audio surgery (so forgive the weird echoes and such) and other such fun. Apologies for the delays.
This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This month's episode is helmed by Dr. Rob Levy with Prof Tuffley riding shotgun and Widgett Walls in the glovebox.
This episode's central topic is getting back to whatever the hell we were doing before the hiatus happened, plus the usual bitching and such about the Grammy and the Rock and Roll Hall Fame, as well as a look back at 2014 and a look forward into whatever this year we're in is called. Also, the Beck/Kanye debacle as well as the Sam Smith/Tom Petty debacle. And more.
Arthur C. Clarke once said "The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space program." I have created a Need Coffee Pinterest board entitled "The Reason the Dinosaurs Went Extinct is They Had No Coffee." And now those two things have finally come together--and I think mankind can, collectively, make the next step.
Now, you may say that we've had coffee in space. And that's true. But just like astronaut ice cream is anything but ice cream, coffee in space is coffee, Jim, but not as we know it. But decent coffee drinks are in sight as an honest-to-God espresso machine has reached the International Space Station, thanks to Italian companies Lavazza and Argotec.
So there we were, minding our own business, watching the Aliens commentary (as you do), when the Marines in the cast started discussing Al Matthews aka Sgt. Apone. I forget what it was exactly that was said, but I was inspired to look him up on Wikipedia (which is always right) and learned something new: before he loved the Colonial Marine Corps, he had landed a hit single in 1975 with "Fool," which reached #16 on the UK Singles Chart.
The path then was clear: find the song. And the Internet did not let me down. Here he is live from Top of the Pops...
Note: This episode is taken from the archives and was recorded before A) Widge's computer blew up and 2) Widge's car's transmission died. It's been fun.
It's Episode #181 for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, in which our protagonist discusses franchise creep, a cast that's doing the best they can with the material they've been given and a film that feels like its two and a half pod races too long. [[ More This Way... ]]
The question on everyone's lips is: when is HBO Now going to be released to everybody but Apple TV? The next question on everyone's lips is: how do you get someone to take a sip of what you're offering when the Internet is a damned firehose.
What one person can do, another can do...presumably. There's one way to find out: go to people who've apparently been able to do it and get answers from them. That's what Team Need Coffee members J.J. Hawkins and Aaron Fever want to do with their documentary Standing Out in the Crowd. Among the targets of their documentary: Prof. John Hodgman, Jonathan Coulton, Bill Corbett, some crazy zombie artist named Len Peralta, and Friend of Need Coffee Joseph Scrimshaw.