The Sonia Show

Writer. Podcaster. Beer drinker. Old movie watcher. Mother. Goober.


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So many podcasts: Pet Sematary, Fletch, Devil Wears Prada and Revenge of the Nerds

Yeah, so, I’ve got a couple of podcasts to share with you.

Pet Sematary (2019) vs. Pet Sematary (1989) – I’m so dedicated to Dorking Out that I sat through two versions of “Pet Sematary,” but apparently I’m not dedicated enough to sit through “Pet Sematary 2.”

Fletch – Former co-host Chris Smith returns to talk about “Fletch” and update us on his documentary series, “Three Days In Paradise.”

The Devil Wears Prada – I’m probably two or three stomach flus away from my goal weight. Margo and I had so much fun talking about this one and Margo has some great stories.

Oh, and Margo and I were invited to go on my favorite podcast F This Movie to talk about “Revenge of the Nerds.” NBD!

Also, Margo and I have an exciting announcement soon, so stay tuned!


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By Grabthar’s Hammer, you should listen to this podcast

Yeah, so, Margo and I never give, never surrender and talk about 1999’s “Galaxy Quest” on this week’s Dorking Out. This is one of her favorite comedies, and it was super fun to revisit it.

You can listen to it riiiight here or on Apple PodcastsGoogle PlaySpotify and Stitcher.

Your assignment if you choose to accept it: Next week’s episode is 1992’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” RIP Luke Perry.


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Everything I do, I do it for you

Yeah, so, I love Kevin Costner. I do. I don’t know why, but I’ve got a real soft spot for him.

I was a big fan of “Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves” when I saw it in 1991. So, when a listener requested that Margo and I watch it for Dorking Out, I was pretty excited. I thought it would be a really fun rewatch. Alan Rickman is really great in it, but it wasn’t a fun rewatch. However, it was super fun to talk about it with Margo.

You can listen to it riiiight here or on Apple PodcastsGoogle PlaySpotify and Stitcher.

And, if you want to do something really awesome for me, you could leave a review on Apple Podcasts. Apparently, reviews really matter to Apple, and all our reviews are from when Smith was still on the show. Please, and thank you!


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Time to take out the ‘Crash’

Yeah, so, the Oscars are coming up soon, so Margo and I decided to dork out about one of the least popular Best Picture winners in recent years, “Crash,” starring Hollywood’s biggest stars AND Tony Danza.

 

We have a lot of thoughts and feelings about this one, including but not limited to “what the fuck,” “are you fuckin’ kidding me,” and “this is a bullshit movie.”

You can listen to us on DorkingOut.com and on Apple PodcastsGoogle PlaySpotify and Stitcher.


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Listen here

Yeah, so, I’ve got a few things for your listening pleasure.
My mighty, mighty good man David and I are on this week’s Storied SF. You can listen to Part 1 here, and part 2 is riiiight here. In part 1, we talk about how we met and how we ended up in San Francisco. In part 2, we talk about my cancer battles, getting married and raising an autistic son in San Francisco.

Image from Storied SF and film photography by Michelle Kilfeather

We recorded at Barebottle Brewing, which is one of our favorite breweries in San Francisco, It was really fun to record. You should listen to it.
But wait, there’s more!
In honor of Valentine’s Day, Margo and I decide to talk about one of the greatest love stories of the 90s, “Point Break,” starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. If you think that’s an unusual choice for Valentine’s Day, you should really watch “Point Break” again.
You can listen to our “Point Break” episode of Dorking Out riiiiight here.


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The ‘Secret’ is out

Yeah, so, we loved Michael J. Fox so much in the ’80s that we paid money to watch shitty movies like “The Secret Of My Success.”

Spoiler alert: It turns out the secret is to his success is entitlement.

Margo and I chat about this crapsterpiece on this week’s Dorking Out. You can listen riiiight here.


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Seize the day, or don’t – it’s your life

Yeah, so, this week’s Dorking Out is a good one. Margo and I talk about 1989’s “Dead Poets Society,” starring Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard and Josh Charles.

A few things about this rewatch …

Robert Sean Leonard was/still is super cute

This is a horror movie about a teacher that makes students read their poems in front of the class.

 

 


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Dorking out about Mister Rogers and summer movies

Yeah, so, there’s a couple of really good Dorking Out episodes you should listen to … if I don’t say so myself.

My mighty, mighty good man David and I dork out about the new documentary about Mister Rogers, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” We have a lot of thoughts and feelings about it. Spoiler alert! I sobbed repeatedly throughout the movie. It really is good for the soul. You should see it and then listen to us talk about it.

Another recent episode features the return of listener favorite Margo D. from Book vs. MovieThe Best Neighbors PodcastNot Fade Away and Fit Bottom Girls.

We talk about summer movies. I don’t mean movies coming out this summer. I mean, movies that remind us of summer. It was a really fun conversation because we got to explore what summer means to us. Plus, it’s always super fun talking to Margo.

If you’re expecting a movie list filled with obvious picks of “Jaws” and “Star Wars,” think again! We acknowledge those movies, but we made a rule that those movies could not be on our lists.

So many of my picks were because of my time working at the movie theater. Shout out to my people from Regency Cinemas in Pleasant Hill, Festival Cinemas in Walnut Creek and Chico Movies 10.

So anyway, they’re really good episodes, and you should listen. You can listen to us on our website, or you can find us on Apple PodcastsGoogle PlaySpotify and Stitcher.


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Dorking Out Roundup

Yeah, so, Smith and I got a chance to chat about this year’s Oscar nominations just a little while after they were announced. We had a fun discussion about this year’s Academy Award contenders, including some movies that we truly love.

You can listen to that episode riiiight here.

We have SUPER FUN episode coming out next week in which we do a deep dorking out about 1992’s “The Last of the Mohicans” with AJ Muller from Horrorview and Daily Grindhouse. I have a lot of affection for this movie, so AJ and I had a great time talking about our favorite scenes and sharing why we love it.

Last week, we reviewed “The Post,” starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. As a recovered newspaper reporter, I have a real soft spot for journalism movies. This one is good, but not great. We talk about it riiiight here.

There’s a lot of good movies and TV shows planned for 2018, and Smith and I made a list of some of the stories we’re most looking forward to, including “Isle of Dogs,” “The Alienist” and various Marvel and Star Wars movies. You can listen to that one riiiight here.

 


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Buh bye, 2017

Yeah, so, this year hasn’t been awesome.

We have a sexual predator in the White House, and – with the help of an enabling GOP – he is attacking this country’s most vulnerable citizens, including the sick, elderly, disabled and immigrants. It’s disgusting and depressing as fuck. It fills me with rage.

I have donated money to organizations and candidates who are helping people and fighting for what’s right. I’ve been calling my reps, and occasionally reps in other districts since their votes affect me. I do what I can handle, and it makes me feel a little less helpless.

BUT, I wanted to focus on some good things that happened this year in the MansTracy household.

My mighty, mighty good boy Calvin started kindergarten, and he is flourishing. He’s so happy, and he’s learning so much. His language skills have improved by leaps and bounds.

I got a new job … kinda. The big corporate overload moved me from the Oakland office where I was the lone content person from the past 8 years to the San Francisco office to join the content team. And instead of just working on content for one brand, I will be working on the content with the team on all the brands. I’m really excited and nervous. Writing is in my comfort zone. Thinking big picture is outside my comfort zone. But, I’m down to expand my skillset. Plus, I super love being in the SF office. Not only has it cut my commute in half (and I’m taking BART instead of driving), but I absolutely adore my content coworkers. They are fuckin’ rad as hell.

I got on an airplane all by myself for the first time ever. True story. I met up with my mighty, mighty good man David in Portland after his work trip. We had a great time exploring the city, which is swimming in vegan options for me and beer for both of us. Plus, we got to see our friends Caitlin and Kirk, which made the trip even more awesome.

I got to go to Washington, DC to see my good buddy Katie and her husband Nathan. I finally got to see their house, and we spent some awesome time together walking around the Newseum, going to a Nationals game and sitting on the couch watching YouTube videos, because that’s how we roll.

We went to Santa Cruz again this year for our little family vacation, and we had an amazing time. Calvin has been asking to go back pretty much every day since we got back.

I started baking bread this year. I have always wanted to bake my own bread, but I thought it was too difficult and too time consuming. I found a perfect bread baking book: “Bread Illustrated” from America’s Test Kitchen.

My sister Michelle and my sister from another mister, Amanda, did a spa day at the Sonoma Mission Inn. We got massages and lounged by the pool with drinks. It was heaven.

I went to Bourbon & Branch for David’s birthday, and I discovered that I like gin. That’s a good thing.

 

 

My 15-year-old (!) niece Lorelei came out for the weekend, and we saw “IT” at the Alamo Drafthouse. Lorelei is a Tiny Sonia, so I knew she would love the Alamo Drafthouse. We had so much fun hanging out together. I was scared to see “IT.” I thought it was really fuck me up, but it turns out that I loved being scared about something other than the news.

After our weekend together, I went on a scary movie watching spree. It turns out I love horror movies! Funny enough, I’ve been listening to F This Movie for years, and the host Patrick Bromley is always taking about horror movies. Now I have the courage to actually watch all those movies he’s talking about.

Speaking of podcasts, Dorking Out with Chris & Sonia is still going strong. We recorded a podcast every week, except for one week. Even dorks need a week off once in a while. Super-big, mad props to my co-host Smith for keeping us on schedule, and all the work he does recording the podcast. Oh, and we got this amazing new logo by Jeff Heerman.

I’ll end this post with what everyone wants to see: Dog and cat cuddling action!

Happy New Year, you guys! Let’s hope that 2018 is chrome and shiny.