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Feb 5, 2019

Join Jason, Sion, Donielle and Gary as we natter about episode 3x05 of True Detective: If You Have Ghosts, featuring...

Woodard counting to three for the last time in his life, Wayne and Amelia having some of that hot "post justifiable homicide" sex, Julie Purcell (or some random woman) saying cryptic things, Scoot McNairy wondering what it all means, Old Roland killing time with his dogs, Super Detective Purple Haze finally getting around to reading his wife's book about the one case that has haunted him for decades and Bill Clinton lining a birdcage.


Jan 31, 2019

Join Jason, Gary and Donielle as we natter about episode 3x04 of True Detective: The Hour and the Day, in which we learn..


Roland prefers mass produced psychos to limited edition psychos, Julie had aunts in the pants, that "black" is an adequate description of a human being, that Wayne feels inadequate and useless (which is the same thing), that vicissitudes are a hell of a drug, that Roland met the Man from Hope, that Tom apologizes twice for getting racial once, that snooty counts drive Pintos and that some trashmen like to go out with a bang. 

Jan 24, 2019


Join Jason, Gary, Donielle and Juan as we natter about the third episode of the third season of True Detective wherein we learn:

...that 1990 Wayne has a better memory than 1990 Roland...that whoever wrote the ransom note wasn't exactly the Zodiac...that the Ozark Children's Outreach Center DID reach out...that Martians think Julie Purcell is on a snake farm...that the protests stopped after the draft ended...that Walmarts are TOO DAMN BIG...that Wayne has said his piece...that motel sex is the best sex...that the Boyle kid didn't really know the Purcells too well...that Mr. Hoyt is on safari...and Wayne is a bit of a hunter himself...that Han and Leia were sitting in a tree...that imaginary Amelia is almost as hot as she is scary...and that Roland wants two fingers of Southern Comfort

Jan 17, 2019


 Join Jason, Gary, Sion, Donielle and the one and only Bobby Shovel as we natter about the first two episodes of True Detective season 3! Featuring...

MAHERSHALA ALI as Det. Wayne "Purple" Hays, who absolutely remembers that one time the moon blew a fuse. That's reliable.

STEPHEN DORFF as police detective and micro-brew namesake Roland West whose Lego hair and progressive views on feminism make him a hit with the ladies.

CARMEN EJOGO as school teacher and definitely NOT a CIA-trained Black Panther assassin, Amelia Hays nee Rearden

SCOOT MCNAIRY as well-balanced family man Tom Purcell


Jan 16, 2019


Join Jason, Gary and Sion as we natter about this month's exciting Netflix features including: Roma, Bird Box, Bandersnatch, The Kominsky Method, Sex Education and Dumplin.

And then join us for a deep dive on John Grisham's The Innocent Man which dares ask the question: did Ricky Bobby kill Laura Palmer?

Dec 16, 2018


Join Jason, Donielle, Gary, Andrew and Sion as we natter about the first season of HBO's True Detective!

Dec 16, 2018


Join Jason, Sion, Andrew, Gary and Donielle as we review season one of HBO's True Detective!

Nov 4, 2018

Join Jason, Gary and Patrick as we discuss Michael Radford's 1984 movie of George Orwell's 1948 book, Nineteen Eighty-Four, 1984, featuring

JOHN HURT as thought criminal and sexual pervert, Winston Smith

SUZANNA HAMILTON as scrounger and enemy of the Revolution, Julia .. uh .. Julia Something

RICHARD BURTON as patriot and digital arithmetic expert O'Brien .. uh, Something O'Brien

CYRIL CUSACK as shop owner and totally not a thought cop, Charrington. Just Charrington.

AND GREGOR FISHER as razor blade hoarder, thought criminal and chocolate enthusiast, Parsons. Tom Parsons.

Oct 24, 2018

Join Guillermo, Jason and Sion as we discuss season 2 of Netflix's Atypical!


Oct 17, 2018

Join Jason, Sion, Jay and Gary as we natter about episode 4x10 of Better Call Saul: Winner

Oct 7, 2018


Join Jason, Gary and Jay as we discuss episode 4x09 of Better Call Saul: Wiedershen

Sep 29, 2018


Join Jason, Sion, Gary and Jay as we discuss episode 4x08 of Better Call Saul: Coushatta!

Sep 26, 2018


JOIN JASON, GARY AND PATRICK as we discuss David Fincher's 2007 film Zodiac, based on the book by Robert Graysmith, featuring:

MARK RUFFALO as the gun-toting, bow-tie-wearing, Animal Cracker eating, Zodiac-investigating, due-process respecting, circumstantial evidence dismissing San Francisco super cop, Dave Toschi

JAKE GYLLENHAAL as the code-breaking, Aqua Velva drinking, California size underestimating, late night rainstorm surprise visiting author slash cartoonist (and not the other way around), Robert Graysmith

ANTHONY EDWARDS as the sushi-curious, apologetic, fast-moving, telefax-having homicide detective, Bill Armstrong

ELIAS KOTEAS as the pen-stealing, cigarette forbidding, shoe brand noticing Solano cop, Jack Mulanax

DONAL LOGUE as the Rick Marshall suspecting, cartoonist indulging, Riverside vacationing, fancy-big-city-telefax non-having Napa investigator, Ken Narlow

CHLOË SEVINGY as the reasonable precaution recommending, non-existent pasta dish ordering, sleazy plan suspecting, most interesting date having, book completion demanding Melanie Graysmith

ROBERT DOWNEY JR. as the vest-wearing, Vallejo crime covering, Aqua Velva disparaging, r-word denying, non-target-hitting, "whatever else it is he's doing" non-out cutting of it ace reporter, Paul Avery

JOHN CARROLL LYNCH as possible non-Zodiac killer, Arthur Leigh Allen

AND JAMES LEGROS as that one guy from Point Break

Sep 23, 2018

 In David Fincher's film Zodiac, author Robert Graysmith's former wife Melanie is portrayed by Chloë Sevigny. 

In this episode of Natter Cast, we speak with the real Melanie Graysmith about her experiences consulting on the film, the friendship she and Robert developed with San Francisco homicide investigator Dave Toschi and the impact both the real case and the 2007 film had on their lives.

Beyond her role in the Zodiac story, Melanie Graysmith is an accomplished writer, educator and artist. You can learn more about her work here on her website and on her Facebook page.

Melanie also has an interest in clockmaking. Pictured here is a clock she made for Dave Toschi commemorating Mark Ruffalo's performance in Fincher's film.

The Natter Cast extends its warmest thanks to Melanie for talking with us and for helping us with our podcast coverage of Fincher's film! 

Sep 21, 2018


Join Jason, Gary and Jay as we discuss episode 407 of Better Call Saul: Something Stupid

Sep 13, 2018


Join Jason, Sion, Jay and Gary as we discuss episode 4x06 of Better Call Saul: Piñata!

Sep 8, 2018


Join Jason, Gary, Sion and Jay as we discuss episode 4x05 of Better Call Saul, entitled "Quite A Ride!"

Sep 2, 2018


Join Jason, Gary, Sion and Jay as we discuss episode 4x04 of Better Call Saul: Talk



NACHO having a bad feeling in his gut.

JIMMY painting himself into a corner.

MIKE AND ANITA dining out.

AND KIM, cruising the courts for a little drama.

Aug 27, 2018

Join Jason, Sion, Gary and Donielle as we discuss three Netflix trigger warning shows, including:


Hannah Gadsby's one-woman non-comedy-comedy show,  Nanette, wherein Mz. Gadsby breaks new ground by literally calling Pablo Picasso an a-hole.

Noted Private School Negro, W Kamau Bell, who has no comment on Pablo Picasso, but gives his phone every reason to call him the n-word.

And lastly Jessica Biel shows us in The Sinner that huggin' and kissin' is all fun and games until it morphs into hittin' and stabbin'.

Aug 24, 2018

Join Jason, Gary and Jay as we discuss episode 4x03 of Better Call Saul: Something Beautiful

Aug 17, 2018

Join Jason, Sion, Gary and Jay as we discuss episode 402 of Better Call Saul, entitled "Breathe"

Aug 9, 2018

Join Jason, Sion, Gary and Jay as we discuss episode 4x01 of Better Call Saul: Smoke, featuring...


THE RETURN of Cinnabon Gene!

SAFETY INSPECTOR Mike Ehrmantrout!


HOWARD and his cross to bear

NACHO taking a pill

AND, AS ALWAYS...a side of Frings!

Jul 31, 2018

Join Jason, Gary, Patrick and Sion for our discussion of two films inspired by the late San Francisco super-cop, Dave Toschi: Bullitt and Dirty Harry.


Some movies feature car chases, but Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen, is a car chase that features a movie.

Frank Bullitt, aka Frank Bullitt's Car's Sidekick, is a groovy, new wave bohemian jazz aficionado who knows that time is not only a flat circle, but it also starts now.

He's also San Francisco's top Lyft driver, with a city map whose accuracy makes Watch Dogs II look like the AuthaGraph.


Harry Callahan, on the other hand, is tough-as-nails, all-business, neo-fascist, ketchup-hating lunatic vigilante who has got to be compensating for something with that hand cannon of his.

But when Scorpio is running loose through the city and all the mayor/Animal House dean can think to do is put Harry on Double Secret Suspension, you've got to ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" 

And join us next month for our coverage of David Fincher's Zodiac, featuring Mark Ruffalo as the man who kept our city safe without driving recklessly or losing track of how many high powered bullets he fired into the middle of a crowded street.

And be sure to check out Duffy Jennings' upcoming memoir of his in San Francisco journalism!

Jul 3, 2018

Join Jason, Andrew and Sion as we discuss the essential elements of the William Peter Blatty Cinematic Universe, including...

THE EXORCIST, in which we learn that you're better off with the Pazuzu you know than the Pazuzu you don't, the bed must be on the floor and going through puberty in the 1970s is a much rougher ride than classic rock songs have led us to believe.

THE NINTH CONFIGURATION, in which Black Superman auditioning for a production of Hamlet for dogs is among the least bizarre thing that happens.

AND THE EXORCIST III, where Bill Blatty decides to finish off his story with characteristic elegance and subtlety.

Jun 24, 2018

Join Guillermo, Jason, Sion and Gary as we discuss Netflix's autism spectrum family melodramedy "Atypical", featuring:


SAM, whose turn ons include thinking about sex and thinking about penguins. Mostly penguins.

DOUG, who clearly didn't think through the ramifications of making one poor choice in your life when everyone you love is an obssessive-compulsive repressed rage-a-holic emotional sadist.

ELSA, who is played by Jennifer Jason Leigh and is therefore perfect and that's all you need to know and can we PLEASE talk about something else like for example what a complete a-hole Doug was to her a decade and a frickin' half ago already.

ZAHID, Sam's coworker and one-man #MeToo class action lawsuit waiting to happen.

CASEY, who loves her brother, but can't think about anything but running, running away, running anywhere, running all the way to the EFF...BEEE...EYE.  Okay, maybe just college instead of the FBI.

AND JULIA, who proves that no matter how neuro-typical you are, none of us is more than one chocolate covered strawberry away from blowing up our lives and shopping for a TV in our pajamas in the middle of the night.

Thank you for supporting the Natter Cast and thanks as always to The Distance for our opening music: Caffeinated Woman!

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