Join Jason, Sion and Andrew for our coverage of Better Call Saul 3x06: Off Brand, featuring:
SLIPPIN' KIMMIE'S closing argument in defense of Breakin' And Enterin' Jimmy.
SAUL GOODMAN sporting a look that says "you can trust me because I'm in the witness protection program."
NACHO sewing up a thing or two.
CHUCK'S midnight stroll in...SPACE PANTS!
AND LYDIA AND GUS doing some location scouting for the Fring Cave.
Join Jason and Sion for our instant take of Better Call Saul 3x06: Off Brand. And join us later this week for our full podcast!
Join Jason, Andrew and Sion as they natter about episode 3x05 of Better Call Saul: Chicanery, featuring...
SLIPPIN' KIMMIE misleading her clients by defaming the character of a respected jurist.
HUELL BABINEAUX'S magically light touch
CHUCK stepping one strawberry over the line and going full Bogart
AND JIMMY, who would never lie and manipulate his brother the way Chuck did...except in court, of course.
Join Jason and Sion for our instant cast of Better Call Saul 3x05: Chicanery, and be sure to join us later in the week for our full take on this great episode!
Join Jason, Sion and Andrew as we natter about the fourth episode of the third season of Better Call Saul: Sabrosito, featuring...
HANDYMAN MIKE'S adventures in contracting.
GUS FRING'S inspiring "I Believe In America" speech.
SLIPPIN' KIMMIE'S cold call express.
DON ELADIO and Don Hector's Greek theater revival.
JIMMY working up his whole "remorse" play.
AND HOWARD AND CHUCK who will leave no tape unaccounted for and no rat un-...uh...chucked.
And be sure to check out Andrew's political musings at Whispering In A Wind Tunnel.
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Join Jason and Andrew as we natter about Better Call Saul 3x03: Sunk Costs, featuring...
MIKE AND GUS working together to take down Hector's business, because who the hell imports ice cream into the United States anyway?
KIM who has enough work on her hands defending her clients without having to also defend her partner.
CHUCK, who seems to be able to handle being around electricity when disbarring his brother is on the line
AND JIMMY, for whom orange is the new bleak...
Join Jason and Sion for our instant take of Better Call Saul 3x03: Sunk Costs. And join us later in the week for our full podcast of this great episode!
Join Jason, Sion and Andrew as we discuss episode 3x02 of Better Call Saul, featuring
CHUCK AND HOWARD'S private investigation club playing the waiting game, deciding the waiting game sucks and opting for Hungry Hungry Hippos
KIM deciding to take on just one more client for $20
FRANCESCA before she becomes the broken, soulless woman working at Saul's
ERNESTO really not grasping the concept of keeping one's yapper shut
MIKE who is evidently willing to travel all over New Mexico to get his gas cap back
AND JIMMY, who wanted nothing more than a pimento-cheese stake out with everyone's favorite grandpa but OH NO! WISHFUL THINKING!
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Join Jason and Sion for the return of Better Call Saul, picking up right where we left off with...
CHUCK continuing his investigation of the Case of the Unearned Typo.
KIM'S punctuation which is anything but punctual.
MIKE'S DIY silent automotive bug hunt.
AND JIMMY, who is getting deeper and deeper into some truly major fudge.
Join Jason and Sion for their instant take of the season premiere of Better Call Saul!
Choose Natter Cast. Choose Trainspotting. Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fooking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fooking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fook you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fooking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fooked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life... But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin' else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?
In this very special edition of Natter Cast, Jason, Gary and Donielle examine Oliver Stone's brilliant yet deeply flawed masterpiece, JFK.
Wherever you come down on the question of JFK, this film is a must see.
On the Trail of the Assassins
Everything begins with Jim Garrison's book, On The Trail of the Assassins
Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy
Oliver Stone was also deeply influenced by Jim Marrs' book, especially regarding government involvement at the highest levels.
Gerald Posner's book addresses many of the allegations made by Garrison, Stone, Marrs and others and presents the case for Oswald having acted alone.
The JFK 100
Dave Reitzes webpage "The JFK 100" direct addresses historical inaccuracies, some might say distortions, in Stone's film and provides alternate explanations for the evidence in the case against Clay Shaw and David Ferrie.
Finally, if you're looking for a great rendition of the JFK conspiracy that admits it's pure fiction, check out James Ellroy's Underworld USA Trilogy
Wherever you come down on it, whether you think Oswald acted alone or literally everyone in the country except Oswald was involved, we hope you enjoy Stone's movie and our conversation!
Part two of our coverage of Westworld, season 1
In this edition of the Natter Cast, Alan, Cort and Jason discuss the first season of HBO's Westworld.
Dr. Robert Ford - An eccentric genius who has, for some reason, developed a low opinion of humanity after a mere 35 years of running an orgy of sentient Fleshlights programmed to placate the psychopathic desires of bored rich people.
Bernard - Ford's deeply insightful partner who, for some reason, doesn't seem to notice that he never needs to eat or go to the bathroom.
Dolores - Part time robot revolutionary and professional farm-girl feck-puppet
The Man in Black - Griefer completionist and amateur Johnny Cash impersonator
William - Okay, it's the 21st century and everyone knows it's okay for boys to play with dolls, but there are limits, Billie.
Logan - Just because you're right, doesn't mean you're not a complete dick
Teddy - He's a loser, baby, so why don't you kill him? A dozen times a year? For 30 years? While your wife and daughter beg for scraps of your emotional attention?
Maeve - She can be whatever the frack she wants, as long as it's a madam in a 19th century western saloon
Armistice - Someone teach her how to use a phone and then give her my number
Hector - I don't always die mid-sentence while robbing a brothel, but when I do, I....BLAM!
On this very special edition of Natter Cast, Jason and Sion answer the Bald Move podcast of Kathryn Bigelow's Point Break, which Jason and Sion commissioned precisely so they could have this moment to celebrate one of the great action films of the 90s.
KEANU REEVES as Special Agent Johnny Utah who defines the universal overlap point on the Venn diagram of a) young b) dumb and c) full of...even more dumb.
PATRICK SWAYZE as Bodhi. Surfer, bank robber, spiritual guru, also surfer and bank robber, which leads to kidnapper and murderer but...you know...spiritual guru still applies.
GARY BUSEY as Pappas. He smokes cigars in federal buildings. He assigns his agents to learn to surf. He eats sandwiches two at a time. And that's just what Busey does on weekends. What till you see what he does in this movie.
AND LORI PETTY as Tyler...whose friendzone is a tougher ride than Mavericks.
Thanks again to Bald Move for doing our commission!
Now, are we going to jump or jerk off? Let's watch Point Break!
In this episode of the Natter Cast, Jason, Cort and Sion discuss Donald Glover and Hiro Murai's African-American-driven sit-dramedy, Atlanta.
Our cast of characters includes:
Earn Marks, new father and wannabe manager of all things rap has returned to Atlanta after dropping out of Princeton, to the delight of everyone in his family.
Earn's cousin, rapper Paper Boi is all about that Paper Boi, paper boy, all about that paper...boy. Also he's about smoking out at 420, outdoor interior decoration, randomized gun play and not tapping Kaitlyn Jenner.
Vanessa, Earn's baby mama and "it's complicated" serial hookup knows how to Jackie Brown her way down the hall at work toting a condom full of contraband piss...even if Tobias is in whiteface.
And finally, we have Darius. Darius is...well, Darius will measure your tree. Darius will use rats as phones. Darius, you see, is the man for his time and place. He just fits right in there.
So join the Natter Cast as we delve into the harsh Georgia winter with...Atlanta!
In this very special Halloween edition of Natter Cast, Natter Caster Jason and Oscar Blogger Andrew throw George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead into the arena to fight it out. Which of the three films contributed the most to the modern zombie horror phenomenon?
Our first contender is...
Night of the Living Dead
...in which we learn the Johnny is already damned to hell, that "they're" coming to get Barbara too, that farmhouses are creepy places even without a zombie apocalypse to worry about, that Ben escaped from the ghouls in an exciting scene that would have been far too expensive to film, that race relations get strained when the living dead are closing in, that Tom really knows how to drive that truck, that Judy likes staying put and that the dead...are all messed up
Our next contender is...
Dawn of the Dead
...in which we learn that Fran's professional ethics are just about the only thing to survive the apocalypse, that Stephen doesn't know a thief from a bad guy even when he qualifies as both, that rednecks enjoy killing zombies, that people still think there's respect in dying, that when there's no more room in hell we must stop the killing or lose the war, that Roger's got this (man) he's got this by the ass, that there are no charges against Martinez or any of his people, that the only thing more annoying than a Hare Krishna is a zombie Hare Krishna and that bikers are generally down on people who don't share.
Rounding off the ticket is..
Day of the Dead
...in which we learn how people of Hispanic descent might feasibly pronounce "yellow," that for some reason no one thought to bring a powerful radio to a hidden bunker, that Captain Rhodes has professional monkey farm running skills that might come in handy in the civilian world, that Major Cooper loses face, that John thinks they're living in a great big 14 mile TOMBSTONE! (witanepitafonitnobudygonnaboddatoread), that Aunt Alicia screens her calls, that Bub has issues with Rhodes and that zombies, who do not breathe, might hypothetically still choke.
Check out our epic throw down and be sure follow the Oscar Blogger at academyhistory-oscarblogger.blogspot.com!
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In this episode of Natter Cast, Jason and the Oscar Blogger himself Andrew Littlefield do a remake throw down of Christian Nyby/Howard Hawks' 1951 classic "The Thing From Another World" against John Carpenter's 1982 classic remake entitled simply "The Thing."
Andrew will be defending the original classic, in which we learn that army guys get nervous around girls, that artctic researchers are GGG with a little light rope bondage, that only animal arrogance denies the intelligence of vegetables, that scientists can be both smart AND filled with "wild blueberry muffins" and that you can boil, bake or fry a carrot, even a vampire space carrot.
Jason will be defending the remake, in which we learn that computers are cheatin' beyotches, that Norwegians are crazy Swedes, that space clones are voodoo bowl sheet, that the Backscatter Effect has been rockin' out for hundreds of thousands of years, that the chameleon strikes in the dark, that spending the winter tied to a frickin' couch can affect mood, and that things can even freak out other things.
So join Jason, Andrew, Garry, MacReady, Nauls, Childs, Captain Hendry, Nikki, Blair, Palmer, Dr. Carrington, Scotty, Windows, Dr Stern and the rest for a two our tour (a two hour tour!) of Thing vs. Thing!
And be sure to check out Andrew's Oscar Blog!
On this 30th Anniversary of Alex Cox's Sid and Nancy we learn that Sid and Johnny are naughty boys, that you can want a pizza and smell like one too, that sox is boring, ugly, hippie shyte, that it's a real drag looking like an established star, that the Rock Head does.not.do.d.rugs, that John got beat up by fascists, the being a Rude Boy is evidently a family run industry, that the four cruelest words in the English language are "no women on the tour," that you have no right to be strung out when you can be selling healthy anarchy, that fire is a beautiful thing, that stabbing your girlfriend is on the serious end of your frack up scale and that...Love Kills.
In this episode of Game of Thrones, we learn that Cersei is back in black, that the Mountain is a party animal, that Tommen has gone out the window, that Loras is really super sorry for what he did, that Margery is the smartest person in a room full of burning people, that Grand Maester Pycelle is done kidding around, that Septa Unella is ready to die, that the Freys and Lannisters send their regards, but mostly the Lannisters, that killing Edmure would be rude, that Arya is back on the murder wagon, that Sam and Gilly are evidently in a Peter Jackson movie, that Davos is pretty clear that burning children alive is a bad thing, that Melisandre isn't so sure, that Daario Neharis is the new Lord of the Friendzone, that Tyrion has finally gotten some respect, that Littlefinger wants to get his little finger into Sansa weirwood, that Cold Hands is really attached to his horse, that Ned can really keep a promise, that Lady Mormont can own a roomful of Vikings and that the Unsullied evidently plan to stand on deck all the way to Westeros
In this episode of Game of Thrones we learn that Dany has options besides burning everyone to death, for example she could just burn mostly everyone to death, or burn everyone only mostly to death, that Grey Worm can't count to one, that Drogon and the Dolthraki are really good at sneaking up on people, that Tyrion appreciates a good Armada, that Ramsay misses Sansa, that Tormund doesn't like wine and never studied the Battle of Cannae, that having a father isn't always such a great deal, that Euron has a big...fleet...that Yara makes no demands, that Rickon doesn't run sideways, that Sansa can REALLY keep a secret, that Ramsay HAS studied the battle of Cannae, that Wun Wun will do more than hold the door and that Ramsay's dogs are loyal beasts.
In this episode of Game of Thrones, we learn that Lady Crane has stabbed, like, a lot of dudes, but never learned to cook, that Arya has a good deal of intestinal fortitude, that the Hound has been axing around about the Brotherhood, that fighting the Mountain is no time to lose your head, that Pod has a keen military mind, that Bronn is a sneaky guy, that the Blackfish is more stubborn than Brienne, that Lady Sansa is exactly like her mother, that trial by combat is a brutish tradition, that Cleganebowl has been Cleganeblocked, that the Unsullied do not drink, but Missande does, that Grey Worm make joke, that Edmure thinks himself a decent man, that the Blackfish hasn't swung a sword in anger for years, that Drogon can land on a helipad, that the Brotherhood are not butchers, that the Hound prefers chicken and that the Waif is out there, she can't be bargained with, she can't be reasoned with, she doesn't feel pity or remorse or fear...and she absolutely will not stop...ever...until a girl is dead.
In this episode of Game of Thrones, we learn that Tommen's got the blue balls, that Lady Olenna is over Cersei and her bullshit, that Wun Wun believes in Jon Snow, that Lyanna Mormont gives her men to closers only, that House Glover is more than a bit conflicted, that Jaime is ready to parlay, after he slaps a few Freys around, that Sansa writes letters to Tiger Beat, that Ian McShane is only mostly Deadwood, that Theon's gotta get busy living or get busy dying, while Yara gets busy tucking the fits off her friend and that Arya is losing the Game of Crones