The Sound Board #31: A Rose By Any Other Name Would Still Be a Bette Midler Reference

Michael Madsen from Reservoir Dogs

This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This month’s episode stars Prof. Tuffley and Rob Levy with Widgett in the pilot’s seat, crashing into buildings more often than not.

This episode’s central topic is name changes. What do they mean and do we even care? We also discuss the latest in live music, including what God has against Lollapalooza, what London has against Bruce Springsteen, and why you would attend a festival on a boat. In addition, we discuss the Olympics, punching Bieber and remember Kitty Wells.


Special thanks to Hyperbubble for our lead-in music. Show them love and buy their stuff.

By | 2017-09-24T22:30:23+00:00 August 18th, 2012|Podcasts, Sound Board|0 Comments

Four Things I Learned From 127 Hours

James Franco as Aron Ralston in 127 Hours

So I’ve now watched 127 Hours twice, once with the commentary. I had wanted to catch this in the cinema but just couldn’t get to it–and now I’m actually glad I didn’t since I found the experience to be personally devastating. I’m not just talking about That Thing That Happens In The Last Reel. And it’s not spoilers if it’s history, so let’s just have it out and be done with it: Aron Ralston, played in the film by James Franco, amputates his own arm with a dull multi-tool in order to free himself from the rock that has pinned him down in a narrow canyon. And I’m glad I didn’t watch this in the cinema because watching that had me out of my seat, hands over my face (but not covering my eyes) and in absolute shock. And I’m the guy who is normally fine with “fake” gore…but this was so real and felt so real–and I felt so much for the character of Aron–that I was mind-blown.


By | 2017-09-24T22:41:48+00:00 April 20th, 2011|Stimuli|0 Comments

Stuff You Need to Know: Meet Murray McKellen, Headmaster

Sir Ian McKellen

We’re back with all the pop culture news you need in bite-sized chunks so you can, you know, get on with having a life or something.

  • So Ian McKellen, who will soon be gracing the small screen in the remake of The Prisoner, is headed for television again. He is on board a mockumentary series called The Academy. Now here’s the bit that shows it’s too brilliant and cannot possibly ever hit the airwaves. Or, erm, cablewaves. Whatever the hell they’re called these days. The bit: “McKellen would play his fictional brother, Murray McKellen, who heads a run-down drama school, the Clapham Academy of Creative Arts, that is hoping to secure new funding through a docu on the school.” See what I mean? It’s just too good. Oh, and the other reason it might not happen is that Hobbit starts in March and if they don’t shoot it quick, they’ll miss Sir Ian’s window of opportunity. Oh, and “Murray” is indeed Sir Ian’s middle name. Nice. Source.
  • Uncle Warren‘s Black Summer has been optioned for a feature film, so the man himself has told us. Should be interesting in that the comic book’s plot was about a hero deciding that the President of the United States was a criminal and, because he was created to deal with criminals, um, dealt with the guy. Decisively, shall we say. This is Vigilante Entertainment’s first joint and they’ve brought on Knowing co-scribe Ryne Pearson to adapt it. The collected series is available from Amazon here.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:57:41+00:00 November 5th, 2009|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Trainspotting (1996) – DVD Review

    Trainspotting DVD


    Written by John Hodge, based on the novel by Irvine Welsh
    Directed by Danny Boyle
    Starring Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd


    • Running audio commentary with director Boyle, scribe Hodge, and actors Macdonald, and McGregor
    • Deleted scenes with audio commentary
    • The Making of Trainspotting
    • Retrospective featurettes and interviews
    • Cast and crew bios
    • Photo gallery
    • Cannes Film Festival Interviews and Spotlight
    • Trailers

    Released by: Miramax.
    Rating: R.
    Region: 1
    Anamorphic: Yes.

    My Advice: Own it.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:54:14+00:00 September 28th, 2005|Reviews|0 Comments

    28 Days Later (2003) – Movie Review

    28 Days Later movie poster

    Written by: Alex Garland
    Directed by: Danny Boyle
    Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Megan Burns, Christopher Eccleston

    My Advice: Don’t Miss It.

    A group of animal activites break into a primate research facility, ostensibly to release the test subjects. Trouble is, they don’t really understand what they’ve gotten themselves into: the primates here have been infected with a virus that changes the infected into rage-driven killing machines. And thanks to the eco-freaks, this virus has been unleashed upon the world. Enter Jim (Murphy). He wakes up in hospital, twenty-eight days after it all got started–and now England has been evacuated. Someone forgot to tell him, though. And there are many, many infected people left behind also–and they want murder.


    By | 2011-08-17T22:15:37+00:00 June 28th, 2003|Reviews|0 Comments