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!
BOO BOO ARM KIMMIE!
HOWARD and his cross to bear
NACHO taking a pill
AND, AS ALWAYS...a side of Frings!
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!
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.
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!
JOIN JASON, Sion, Gary and Patrick as we discuss the rapidly escalating degrees of crazy in four Netflix documentaries, including...
MERCURY 13 .. in which we learn that the ladies' auxiliary of the space program had to have the same right stuff as the guys, only backwards and in high heels.
THE PUSH .. in which we learn that destroying people's confidence in their own common human decency can be fun!
Check out the controversy on Derren Brown here.
THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR .. in which we learn that even in the 1930s, no matter where you go, there you are. Until you disappear and are mummified at sea.
WILD WILD COUNTRY, in which we learn that you cannot make an enlightened, sex-crazed cult community without breaking a few salmonella eggs over a salad bar.
Special thanks to The Distance for our music!
Join Jason and Gary as we natter about the 1987 classic buddy cop movie, "The Untouchables," featuring...
KEVIN COSTNER as Eliot Ness, the man who never stops verbing until the verbing's done.
SEAN CONNERY as Jimmy Malone, who is prepared to go all the way and then go all the way to get Capone, but not if it means maintaining an Irish accent.
ANDY GARCIA as George Stone. No, really...George Stone.
CHARLES MARTIN SMITH as Wallace, who finds dying in an elevator much more diverting than accounting.
AND ROBERT DENIRO as Al Capone, who should consider developing an enthusiasm for wiffle ball.
Join Jason, Gary, Sion and Patrick as we discuss our Netflix picks for February 2018, featuring...
BRIGHT, the film in which fairy lives don't matter. And neither does plot, character motivation or backstory. But character chemistry and fun action do, so there's that.
And be sure to check out Lindsay Ellis' video essay on the apotheosis of lazy worldbuilding in Bright.
RETRIBUTION aka ONE OF US, in which two Scottish families do their best to convince themselves that they're not in a Vince Gilligan series despite the looming presence of Lydia Rodarte-Quayle.
ALTERED CARBON, based on the book that envisioned a future of sex, drugs and rock n' roll, comes a series that envisions a future of sex, drugs and Edgar Allen Poe.
DIRTY MONEY, or "Mr. Robot - The Home Game" in which we learn that Volkswagon are naughty boys, there's a such a thing as a strategic maple syrup reserve and Donald Trump is the president.
Thanks for listening and be sure to join us next month for more Netflix madness!
Join Jason, Patrick and Sion as we continue our Summer of Sean Connery (hey, it's summer somewhere!) with bonus discussion of PT Anderson's The Phantom Thread!
IN THE HUNT for Red October, we learn that Russians are not always the bad guys...and Americans are not always the good guys...for example:
MARCO RAMIUS, who chooses a somewhat radical option for protesting his country's health care system
VASYLI BORODIN, whose matrimonial aspirations might work out better in Utah than Montana or Arizona
JACK RYAN, who probably sends a memo every week suggesting that America should just start swiping nuclear submarines. It was bound to eventually be a good idea!
ADMIRAL GREER, who finds your lack of faith disturbing
JONESY, who can hear invisible submarines and has Pavorati coming out of his...wherever
CAPTAIN MANCUSO, whose talent for remembering Playmate of the Month measurements will probably be more applicable in the civilian job market
AND FRED THOMPSON, who takes patriotic pride in dumps of an unplanned nature
JOIN JASON, GARY AND SION as we discuss our latest binges on Netflix, with in-depth coverage of series 4 of Peaky Blinders!
And be sure to join us on Facebook in our binge-watching, film-loving, stream-addicted group, "I Can't Stop Watching Netflix!"
We open with a short discussion of some of the shows we've been watching, including...
GODLESS, in which we learn that there's nothing a man can do that a woman can't do better, unless that man is Jeff Daniels or Sam Waterson in which case it's an even money bet
WANTED, for those who love Breaking Bad, Thelma & Louise and Australia but just can't seem to pick one.
WORMWOOD, in which we learn that you should probably either drop acid or work for the CIA. It's not good to do both.
And then we continue to our in-depth coverage of Peaky Blinders, featuring...
THOMAS SHELBY, who is not a traitor to his class, just an extreme example of what a working man can accomplish
POLLY SHELBY, who is evidently trying to sleep with everyone on Game of Thrones
ARTHUR SHELBY, who should probably stick to ranching and fixing cars instead of fights
JESSIE EDEN, who is red all over, not just on her right hand
ALFIE SOLOMONS, who is thinking of retiring...maybe to Italy...nah
ABERAMA GOLD, whose red right hand has a finger of unusually small size...little, one might call it
AND LUCA CHANGRETTA, who will make the Blinders an offer they can't understand
Enjoy the show, and be sure to join us soon for the sheckond in our sheries of the Shummer of Sean Connery: The Hunt for Red October
And next month when we begin our tribute to a true San Francisco hero, Dave Toschi (who passed this week at age 86), starting with 1968's class Steve McQueen film, Bullitt.
Join Jason, Gary and Jay as we discuss Alan J. Pakula's 1976 classic, "All The President's Men," featuring..
BOB WOODWARD'S amazing grasp of human language
CARL BERNSTEIN'S record breaking nicotine consumption
BEN BRADLEE'S cranky insistence on verifiable facts
THE DARK WISDOM of Deep Throat
HUGH SLOAN'S shattered idealism
AND DON SEGRETTI'S nickel and dime rat fracking operation
Join Jason, Patrick and Malik as we natter about the classic 1986 sword and sorcery fantasy action extravaganza, Highlander! Featuring...
CONNOR MCCLEOD, born in 1518 in Glenfinnan...not France...definitely definitely not France.
JUAN SANCHEZ VILLALOBOS RAMERIZ, the "effeminate" Egyptian Spaniard who doesn't like Scottish food...played by Sean Connery.
HEATHER MCCLEOD nee MACDONALD, Connor's second wife who's a tad more groovy with the whole "possessed by Lucifer" thing.
BRENDA WYATT, NYPD's resident metallurgist who is willing to overlook a decapitation or two if it means she can do the no pants dance with a guy with a severe abdominal wound.
THE KURGAN, the strongest of the immortals, not quite a people person. Bit of an introvert.
Join Jason, Alan, Patrick, Andrew and Gary as we discuss episode 7x07 of Game of Thrones: The Dragon and the Wolf, featuring...
EURON going full player character, skipping dialogue and jumping straight to the "bad guy" option on the response tree.
BRIENNE telling Jaime that loyalty cannot coexist with zombies.
BRONN telling Jaime that it's all cocks from here on in
THE HOUND and Brienne coparenting like a couple of divorcees
LITTLEFINGER'S failure of imagination
THEON manning up by not staying down
THE CLEGANEBOWL weigh in
AND JON AND DANY playing Aunts in the Pants
Join Jason, Gary, Sion, Donielle, Patrick and Alan as we natter about episode 7x06 of Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall!
Featuring: Tormund and the Hound breaking Gendry's balls, Jon whipping it out for Jorah, zombie Direbear!, Dragons vs. frickin' ice zombies!, the Hound in no house throwing stones, frickin' zombie dragon! And Jon and Dany...sharing a moment.
Join Jason, Sion, Gary, Alan and Patrick as we natter about episode 7x05 of Game of Thrones: Eastwatch, featuring...
DAENERYS "liberating" the Tarlys from the burden of not being a pile of ashes
ARYA learning that little fingers hold big secrets
BRONN AND JAIME'S trip down the River of Teleportation
JON AND DROGON sharing a moment
SAM Samstepping on Gilly's big reveal
TYRION'S PLANS turning to ash...but not in his mouth
Join Jason, Sion, Patrick and Andrew as we discuss episode 7x04 of Game of Thrones: The Spoils of War, featuring...
LITTLEFINGER AND DR. BRANHATTAN trying to out creepy each other
ARYA ASSURING SANSA that she's not on the list
BRIENNE AND POD getting a lesson in swinging their swords
BRON getting his smirk with Dickon
JAIME suffering from PTSD: Post Targaryen Stress Disorder
CERSEI opening her new credit card from the Iron Bank
JON doing a little spelunking with Dany, if you know what I mean. And if you don't, I mean literally going into an actual cave made out of stone. She's is AUNT you big pervs!
ALL THE DICKON you can handle and more!
AND DROGON taking one for the team!
GARY, JASON AND SION give their instant take of Game of Thrones episode 7x03: The Spoils of Dickon...err...War.
With bonus discussion of the Netflix original series Ozark.
And join us later this week for our full coverage of this epic episode!
Join Jason, Patrick, Gary Alan and our special guest the one and only Aron Hubbard of Bald Move as we discuss episode 7x03 of Game of Thrones: The Queen's Justice, featuring...
JON AND DANY getting a little glass
EURON being a real pisser
SAM catching up on a little light reading
ELLARIA having the worst Mother's Day ever
LADY OLENNA holding her liquor
VARYS deciding whether to choke the life out of Melisandre now or wait until she returns from home (choke her now! choke her now!)
Join Jason, Sion and Gary for our discussion of Game of Thrones 7x02: Stormborn, including...
JON AND SANSA agreeing to disagree about whether they've agreed to disagree
GREY WORM AND MISSANDEI getting it off and getting it on
JAIME AND CERSEI meeting the famous Dickon Tarly
ARYA reminiscing over hot pie with Hot Pie
DAENERYS completing the map room level of Dragonstone II: The Dragonstonening
AND THEON taking a dunk and feeling irked
Join Jason, Sion, Donielle, Patrick and Alan as we discuss episode 7x01 of Game of Thrones: Dragonstone, featuring...
ARYA (hopefully) adding a certain singer/songwriter to her murder list
EURON heading euroff to eurwhoknowswhere
CERSEI mapping out her options
DAENERYS learning that castles...made of sand...slip into the sea...e-ven-tu-ally
BRIENNE teaching Pod the Rod how not to get scrod
JON getting the concept of rewarding loyalty and punishing betrayal instead of constantly doing the opposite Sansasplained to him.
AND SAM just farting around with the same old shyte.
CHECK OUT Pat Sponaugle's blog here.
JOIN JASON, Gary and Sion for our coverage of the Coen Brothers' 1996 classic Fargo. Aw..geez.
Join Jason and Andrew for our throwdown of the original 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the 1978 pornstachstastic remake, featuring...
KEVIN MCCARTHY and Donald Sutherland as Misters Doctors Matthews/Miles Bennells
DANA WYNTER and Brooke Adams and the Elizabeths/Beckys Driscolls
KING DONOVAN and Jeff Goldblum as the Jacks Belicec
CAROLYN JONES and Veronica Cartwright as Teddy/Nancy Belicec
AND LEONARD NIMOY playing against type as an emotionless space alien
AND BE SURE to check out Meg Tilly's awesome monologue from 1993's reimagined "Body Snatchers"
Join Jason, Sion and Andrew as we natter about episode 3x10 of Better Call Saul: Lantern, featuring...
CHUCK ROAST fighting the powers that be
HOWARD boldly seeking out new worlds and new civilizations where Chuck has any sort of excuse for himself
KIM opting for the good stuff
HECTOR working through his daddy issues
AND JIMMY living life, as ever, on the wire
JASON talks to attorney Steven Keslowitz about his new book Why You Better Call Saul. (link here)
Mr. Keslowitz is also the author of The World According To The Simpsons, The Tao of Jack Bauer and From Poland to Brooklyn.
Join Jason, Sion and Andrew as we natter about episode 3x09 of Better Call Saul: Fall, featuring...
CRASHIN' KIMMIE, a woman out standing in her field
LYDIA AND MIKE deciding to skip the whole "new employee orientation" thing and get straight to the money laundering
NACHO patiently waiting for Don Hector to take a pill
SLIPPIN' JIMMY'S transformation into Riggin' Bingo Jimmy
AND CHUCK AND HOWARD getting things mixed up
Join Jason and Andrew as we natter about episode 3x08 of Better Call Saul: Slip, featuring...
JIMMY discovering that working for shmug shmealers is better than working for shmouche shmozzles.
MIKE EHRMANTROUT, a man out standing in his field
NACHO, who may need to switch to decaf
KIM giving Howard one last document to review
AND CHUCK going out for a little stroll