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
On this episode of Game of Thrones, we learn that Brann can be quite a drag, that Gilly is quite lovely, that Margery is fascinated by Sparrows who don't make her walk naked through the city, that Mace Tyrell is quite the little peacock, that Joffrey died eating dry pie, that the whole world is laughing at the Freys, that Cersei will always have the Mountain, that the Blackfish must be dealt with, that Benjen Stark has grown older and colder, comfortably numb, that Sam will never wield Heartsbane and that Dany plans on doing something! Someday! Yay!
In this episode of Game of Thrones, we learn that Sansa and Arya enjoy Ned cosplay, that Euron makes a compelling case, that the Iron Islands primary season is rough to say the least, that the children of the forest have some cold friends, that Jorah is under orders to cure himself, that Daario has no lines this week, that Tyrion and Varys want the support of the God of Tits and Wine...or at least just Tits...and that Hodor has always had one job.
In this episode of Game of Thrones we learn that Jon just wants to get warm, there Sansa has done nothing to forgive, that Brienne doesn't forgive and she doesn't forget, Tyrion is rich and doesn't own slaves, Grey Worm and Missandei don't trust the Masters, that Daario is aware that no matter what he does he's a dick, that Jorah knows his clock is ticking, that even a tiny Khaleesi has to make water, that Margery will most certainly NOT be doing the walk of atonement, that Theon is sorry for being sorry, that Tormund has a girlfriend and that it's not wise to threaten to rape fireproof white girls.
In this episode of Game of Thrones, we learn that Dany will always have Vaes Dolthrak, that Jon Snow knows nothing and he saw nothing, that the Artist Formerly Known As Stannis the Mannis was not the Prince to be, that "I did what I thought was right and I got murdered for it" are the new words of House Stark, that Ser Davos believes in failing fast and failing often, that when someone asks Jon Snow if he's a god, he doesn't say yes, that Tormund will bear hug a man with a half dozen stab wounds in his chest, that Dolorous Edd read Reddit (your eyes are still brown!), that one sword fight is enough for one day, that Dany's body double has impressive side-boob, that Tyrion is up for a game of Cards Against Westeros, that Qyburn has a child army, that Pycelle the Flatulent fears Silent Bob, that a girl can see, that Rickon has been growing like a weed and that the man who passes the sentence swings the sword...until his watch is ended.
In this episode of Game of Thrones, we learn that Lyanna rides a pale horse, that "I'll Ring Your Head Like A Bell" are the true words of House Stark, that Hodor Hodor Hodor Hodor, that Baelon is too old for the Bridge of Unusual Ricketiness, that Arya Stark is still a stick fightin' woman, that Davos has nothing to apologize for, that Wun Wun won one, son!, that Melisandre is absent minded about her ability to raise the dead (oh, yeah, I can totally do that!), that Roose Bolton is one trusting guy, and so is Walda, that babies make good doggie treats, that Tyrion has a way with dragons, that the High Sparrow has some low motives, that there's no moot like a King's moot that home...is where Theon wants to be..and that Jon Snow was only MOSTLY dead.
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In this episode of Game of Thrones, we learn that Jon Snow is one cold bastard, that Alliser Thorne is a persuasive guy, that Ser Davos can't hunt for mutton, that if you want to see tomorrow you picked the wrong room, that Myranda is good meat, that Jaime wants to fuck everyone who is not Cersei as well as everyone who is Cersei, that weak men will never rule Dorne again, but they may write a few Dorne storylines, that Margery isn't without sin, that Oberyn probably would have been a lousy ruler, that the Dolthraki are kind of dicks, that Ser Jorah has Bilbo Baggins-like ring-finding powers, and that sometimes seeing a woman naked for the first time is further down the list of great things in life than you would imagine.
In this episode, we learn that Jimmy's mama loved him, not so much Chuck, that Chuck did not consent to an EKG, that the Hippocratic Oath only applies when your patient is not a passive aggressive hypochondriac, that Jimmy has Chuck right where Jimmy wants Chuck, that Ernesto misses the mail room, that Betsy Brandt was on a Betsy Break, that Mike is still the guy who doesn't pull the trigger, unless the target is made of paper and that expecting Chuck to forgive himself for a mistake is WISHFUL THINKING!
In this episode, we learn that Mike is Batman because he won't pull the trigger, that Chuck never makes mistakes, that Nacho is too smart to be a criminal, that Kim is the Real Kim Shady, that Carnac has all the answers, that video tapes are expensive to erase, that Jimmy has a jawline (contrary to popular myth), that to be a filmmaker you have to grow a pair, that Chuck is an Officer of the Court(tm), that everyone makes mistakes, that Jimmy is not perfect and that no one would listen to Hercule Poirot if he was nuttier than a bag of pralines.
In this episode of Better Call Saul, we pack some Major Fudge
In this episode, we learn that there are wolves and sheep in this world, that birds are in the habit of dropping guns at crime scenes, that Jimmy's got Heavy Heart and is stressed out, that the answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind, that the Santa Fe watershed is down two inches, that juice is good food, that bagpipes are relaxing if you just put your lips together and blow, that money is no object for Mike, that Kim isn't in Kansas anymore...or Nebraska...and that for Wexler AND McGill, two firms are better than one!
In this episode, we learn that Jimmy enjoys playing with his balls, that pull out couch bed is for tenant only, that some cups are not meant for holders, that Howard Hamlin fucks pigs with the best of them, that Slippin' Jimmy is preferable to Singin' Jimmy, that evidently carbon paper is still a thing, that Mike can go full Crash Cohle when he wants to, but you have to try hard to scare him, that Hector drives a hard bargain, that Nacho is worried about "that thing," that Kaylee thinks the pool is just "okay," that the Cousins can Batman their way on to a roof with the best of them, that a watched pot never boils and that Dale the Engineer is, indeed, a live one.
In this episode, we learn that Jimmy can tell a joke but Chuck can't, that no one saves Kim but Kim, that Erin is a pixie ninja, that defendants tend to vomit and are all scumbags, that braindead suckwads go away, that Kim has her plate full in doc review, that the Gypsy Kings do it their way, that Chuck can't make coffee, that when you're in Dutch, you're in Dutch, that Howard is a cowboy, but fucks pigs with the best of them, that Hector is familiar (he rings a bell), that rattling means we have something to celebrate, that Chuck and Jimmy's dad kept food on the table and cash in the till and that Mike makes a half measure.
In this episode, we learn that Jimmy is not a team player, that Sandpiper doesn't keep the lights on, that Tuco has (shock surprise) a taste for meth, that Kim is in the cornfield, that Nacho tells a good story, that two space blankets are better than one, that Chuck will not be baited, that Mike (shock surprise) knows his guns, that Jimmy wants to make a deal, that the ends don't justify the means, that Jimmy needs to hear it from Chuck's mouth, that Nacho's real problem is not Tuco, that Krazy-8 is employee of the month and that Mike is fully insured...and can take a punch.