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Six things I’m loving right now: Rick and Morty, Battle Of The Sexes, scary movies and more

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Yeah, so, it’s Friday! Also, the country is shit. Wheeeee!

Let’s try to have some fun. Here’s six things I’m loving right now.

1. “Rick and Morty”

I know, I know. Everyone loves “Rick and Morty,” but my mighty, mighty good man David and I just started watching it a month or so ago. The show is hilarious, and strangely dark and serious occasionally. It brings us so much joy. We are always sharing scenes with each other and giggling, like this sext I sent David.

2. The Best Neighbors Podcast

One of my favorite podcasting people and friend of Dorking Out, Margo D. from Book vs. Movie, has another podcast that she co-hosts called The Best Neighbors Podcast. She co-hosts it with her neighbor Erin (hence the name). They just talk about TV, movies, podcasts – the same thing we talk about on Dorking Out, but it really feels like a conversation with your favorite girlfriends. I love it. You should listen.

3. “Battle Of The Sexes”

You guys! You need to see “Battle Of The Sexes.” I really, really, REALLY liked it.

With all the sexism and discrimination in Trump’s America right now, I think we all need to see this movie. We’re going to review it in next week’s Dorking Out, so I won’t go on and on here, but it’s a great movie. It’s probably going to be one of my favorites of the year.

4. The reviews for this ice cube recipe

Whenever I hate the internet, I read stuff like this to remind me that there are some people who are still having fun out there.

5. Scary movies

I saw “It” a few weeks ago, and it felt so good to be scared of something that wasn’t the news. I’ve been chasing that feeling ever since, and I started watching scary movies at home. I’ve watched “John Carpenter’s The Thing,” “The Witch,” “Beyond The Gates,” “Tales Of Halloween” and “The Monster Squad.”

Of those movies I’d say that ‘The Witch” is the one that legit creepy and scary – the kind of horror movie that sticks with you. “Tales Of Halloween” and “The Thing” are scary fun. And “Monster Squad isn’t really scary. It’s more of a “Goonies” with monsters, but I’m putting it on this list anyway, dammit, because it’s my blog.

If you like scary movies, my favorite podcast F This Movie hosts Scary Movie Month. Everyone watches scary movies and writes seven-word reviews on their website. The reviews are amazing.

6. This tweet.

Ha ha! I love it when brands have fun on social media.

 

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Dorking Out Episode 68: Blade Runner 2049, Spielberg and Star Trek Discovery

Yeah, so, in this week’s Dorking Out we review “Blade Runner 2049,” with one of my favorite podcasting people, Margo D. from Book vs Movie and The Best Neighbors Podcast. Is it a sci-fi-fi masterpiece like the original? Probably not. But I really loved it, and I can’t stop thinking about it. I need to see it again.

In our second segment, Smith and I chat about the new HBO documentary “Spielberg.” It’s basically a good reason to sit around for more than 2.5 hours and watch Steven Spielberg movie clips.

And finally, we end our show with our thoughts and feelings about the latest episode of “Star Trek: Discovery.” I’m really digging it.

We hope you enjoy our dorky podcast. You can listen to us here, or you can find us on iTunes and Stitcher.


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Dorking Out Episodes 65-66: Star Trek Discovery, Kingsman, The Emmys & more

Yeah, so, I forgot to share last week’s episode, so you get two episodes of the price of one. The price = free, by the way.

In last week’s podcast, we chatted about the Emmy Awards … remember those? It seems like forever ago I was all upset about Sean Spicer’s redemption tour. So yeah, we talked about that.

My former editor at the Chico State Orion (seriously), Todd Bishop stopped by to talk about the Silicon Valley-ing of Hollywood. He also reminded Smith and I that we used to have noble ambitions, and now we talk shit on a weekly pop culture podcast.

In this week’s episode, we talk about the long-awaited premiere of “Star Trek: Discovery.” We’ve been talking about this show for more than a year, so it’s pretty exciting.

I like what I’ve seen so far, and I’m happy for the opportunity to get in on a “Star Trek” show at the ground level and watch it from the beginning. I’ve always missed the boat starship on the other shows, watching them sporadically.

We also discuss Ken Burns’s documentary series “The Vietnam War” and review “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” which I kinda hated.

We hope you enjoy our dorky podcast. You can listen to us here, or you can find us on iTunes and Stitcher.


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Dorking Out Episode 64: IT and Favorite Stephen King Adaptations

Yeah, so, we review “IT” on this week’s Dorking Out. My niece Lorelei (who is 15 now, you guys!) and I went to the Alamo Drafthouse to see it. Honestly, I was prepared to be terrified. I imagined myself breaking out into tears in the theater, and Lorelei repeating softly, “It’s just a movie. It’s just a movie.”

Instead, I really loved the movie. I know. I’m as shocked as you guys. I haven’t read the book or seen the 1990 TV movie, so I went into it without any baggage. It’s a good movie. It’s very “Stranger Things”-esque, which makes sense. “IT” came first.

Anyway, Margo D. from Book vs. Movie podcast joins us to review “IT.” She’s read the book and saw the movie twice. She’s a big Stephen King fan, and she graciously agreed to stick around for our second segment in which we share our favorite Stephen King adaptations. Margo and Smith only laughed for a little while as I defended my love of “The Running Man.”

Dana Buckler from the awesome How Is The Movie podcast was supposed to join us, but he couldn’t make it for Hurricane Irma reasons. His podcasting studio is flooded, but I’m so glad he’s safe. He did a really great episode about the TV movie version of “IT” that is definitely worth listening to.

So, yeah, it’s a really fun episode. You should listen.

You can listen to our podcast here, or you can find us on iTunes and Stitcher. If you listen to the show, I’d love to hear what you think. You can comment here, or on our website or Facebook page.


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Dorking Out Episode 62: Fall TV Preview, The Defenders and Game Of Thrones

Yeah, so, in this week’s Dorking Out we chat about what TV shows we’re most looking forward to this fall. Plus, we review “The Defenders,” which feels like a second season of “Iron Fist” to me, and I didn’t watch the first season.

 

Oh, and we NEED to talk about the season finale of “Game Of Thrones.” It’s a really good episode. You should listen. It’s fun.

You can listen to our podcast here, or you can find us on iTunes and Stitcher. If you listen to the show, I’d love to hear what you think. You can comment here, or on our website or Facebook page.

 


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Dorking Out Episode 61: Summer Movie Review, Fall Movie Preview & Game Of Thrones

Yeah, so, we share our most anticipated movies for the rest of the year in this week’s Dorking Out. I mean, movies other than “The Last Jedi,” of course.

We also talk about the summer movie season’s biggest winners and losers, which was really just another opportunity for me to talk about how much I love “Girls Trip” and hated “The Dark Tower.”

But wait, there’s more! We also talk about Sunday night’s “Game Of Thrones.” I try to give a good breakdown of what happened in the episode, and then Peter Brown from Assignment X and I have a really fun conversation about it. I can’t believe the season will already be over next week.

I forgot to link to the last few episodes. Sorry about that.

Episode 60: We review “Detroit,” and wonder where the next big movie trend is going to come from.

Episode 59: We review “The Dark Tower,” and discuss the controversy surrounding “Confederate.”

So anyway, you can listen to our podcast here, or you can find us on iTunes and Stitcher. If you listen to the show, I’d love to hear what you think. You can comment here, or on our website or Facebook page.


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Dorking Out Episode 58: Our Favorite Movies Of The 2000s

Yeah, so, we share our favorite movies of the 2000s in this week’s Dorking Out.

I worked on this list off and on for weeks beforehand, which is ridiculous because it’s not like it’s a binding legal document. I was determined to have some variety on the list, and I really didn’t want it to be like every other movie lover’s list.

I made a few rules for myself in compiling the list, including considering a movies “rewatch-ability factor.” I think I did pretty OK. Please remember that my list are my favorite movies, not the best movies. My list of movies that I would argue are the best would be very different and probably include movies such as “Children of Men,” “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Inglorious Basterds.” You know, influential shit like that.

So anyway, you can listen to our podcast here, or you can find us on iTunes and Stitcher. If you listen to the show, I’d love to hear what you think. You can comment here, or on our website or Facebook page.


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Dorking Out Episode 57: Dunkirk, Comic-Con and Game Of Thrones

Yeah, so, in this week’s Dorking Out we review Christopher Nolan’s new movie, “Dunkirk.”

I have mixed feelings about it. It’s visually awesome, and Nolan is so great at building a sense of dread and panic, but I had a difficult time telling some of the characters apart, which made it difficult to connect to the story. I think I might like it more if I see it again, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

Side Note: Why does Nolan insist on covering up Tom Hardy’s handsome face in all his movies? Rude!

In our second segment, Peter Brown from Assignment X joins us to talk about all the buzzy new trailers from Comic-Con, including “The Defenders,” “Ready Player One,” “Justice League,” “Thor Ragnarok,” “Star Trek Discovery” and more. Somehow this leads into an argument between Smith and I about which “Star Trek” movie is the worst “Star Trek” movie. I think “Star Trek Into Darkness” is the worst one, while Smith thinks it’s “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.” Personally, I would rather watch “Star Trek V,” because I like the original cast so much. Smith thinks I’m crazy, and it turned into an entertaining brawl.

And finally, Peter sticks around for our “what we’re dorking out about this week” segment, which has turned into a “Game Of Thrones” recap and discussion. If you watch the show, and I suspect you do, then you should definitely listen. We have a lot to talk about.

You can listen to our podcast here, or you can find us on iTunes and Stitcher. If you listen to the show, I’d love to hear what you think. You can comment here, or on our website or Facebook page.


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Dorking Out Episode 56: Game Of Thrones, War For The Planet Of The Apes and the Emmy nominations

Yeah, so, in this week’s podcast we talk about the return of “Game Of Thrones.” In fact, we’re probably going to be talking about “Game Of Thrones” every week while these final two seasons air, so if you like “Game Of Thrones,” then this podcast is for you.

In our second segment, we review “War For The Planet Of The Apes.” I’m new to this series. I recently watched “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes” and “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes.” Smith is a huge fan of this series, so our reaction to the final installment might surprise you.

Plus, we chat about last week’s Emmy nominations, and our conversation takes a strange political turn while talking about the nominations for late-night variety show. It’s a good discussion, though.

You can listen to Dorking Out here, or you can find us on iTunes and Stitcher. If you listen to the show, I’d love to hear what you think. You can comment here, or on our website or Facebook page.


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‘Easy’ Does It

Yeah, so, I’ve been busy with work and being sick, which are both full-time jobs, so I’ve been slacking here. My apologies. I’ve got a ton of random things to say, so let’s get right to it. Here’s six things I’m loving right now.

1. “Easy” by Sky Ferreira

I went on and on about my love for the movie “Baby Driver” on the podcast, so I won’t repeat it here. But, man oh man, I love this song so much. I can’t stop listening to it. Even when I’m not listening to it, it’s still playing in my head.

2. Zenni Optical

When I got a new prescription the first thing I did was start ordering new glasses online, because it’s cheaper and it’s kinda fun. I’ve decided that since I have to wear glasses every day I really need more than two pairs. Basically, I’ve stopped buying so many dresses and started buying glasses.

I have some nice glasses that I got through LensCrafters, but even with eye care insurance I end up spending $200-$300 for a pair of glasses. I love those glasses, but I want some variety, and I don’t want to pay big bucks. My buddy Jennifer introduced me to Zenni Optical, and I’ve got a few really fun pairs of glasses for $25-$35 each. Seriously!

These glasses are my faves right now. They have a ’50s look about them, and I think they are super fun.

I wore them to my parents’ house last week, and my dad said, “What the hell is up with your glasses?”

Me: “I like them. I think they are fun.”
Dad: “I guess.”

Of course, I’m not going to take style advice from my dad. If I did, I’d have to get a pair of camouflage glasses … and grow my hair out … and dye it blond.

I wore them to the Oakland office on Tuesday, and a coworker said, “Oh, new glasses. They are … interesting.”

My “Toddler Grandma Style” is an acquired taste. I get it. But the truth is, I don’t really care if people don’t like it. I like it. I describe my style now as “I wear want I want.”

So anyway, I think these glasses below are pretty OK, too. They are not flashy. They are perfectly fine, everyday glasses.

It’s tricky when you buy glasses online. I’ve uploaded a photo to Zenni, and I try them on online, but you really don’t know until you really try them on if you’re going to like them. For example, these super-thick hard-rim glasses below are kinda fun, but I’m not sure I really love them. But for $25 I was like, “Why not?” I mainly wear them around the house, which is good, because I’m always fuckin’ up my nice glasses when I’m screwing around in the house – either rough housing with Calvin or just being a spaz.

I’ve got my eye on a few more pairs of glasses from Zenni, so be on the lookout for a lot of selfies on my Instagram.

3. Our new Dorking Out logo by Jeff Heermann

We’ve had what was supposed to be a temporary logo for a year, so I asked my friend Jeff, who is a super talented artist, if he would help a sister out with a new logo. Look how great it is! It’s soooo awesome! I love, love, LOVE it!

Also, I forgot to write a blog post about this week’s show. You should listen to this week’s show. I didn’t get a chance to see “Spider-Man: Homecoming” before we recorded, so Ben Weddell from “Big Ben’s Movie Show” sat in with Smith to talk about it. I show up in the second segment to review “Glow,” which I think is rad, and everyone should watch it.

4. Roku

We got a Roku, you guys! It’s got a really intuitive interface that kinda reminds me of Tivo. We’ve been looking to ditch Comcast for a long time, because Comcast is stupid and crazy expensive. The Comcast On Demand sucks ass, and the only reason we were holding on to it was because we wanted TCM and local baseball. Roku has both of those things, plus it’s cheaper AND it’s got the Film Struck app. So long, Comcast. You’re the worst.

5. The Great British Baking Show on Netflix

I love cooking shows, but I’m so over all the competitive ones. I used to be really into “Top Chef,” but I just hate all the manufactured drama. My mighty, mighty good man David and I stopped watching “Top Chef” when we discovered “Cooked” and “Chef’s Table” on Netflix. We just want to watch people cook while they talk about why they cook. I don’t care about some perceived slight of some asshole chef in a competition show in which they are all forced to live together, too. This is why I am in love with “The Great British Baking Show.”

It’s just people baking. It is a competition show, but the bakers are not really competitive. If anything, they are competing against ingredients and time, not each other. Everyone on the show is super nice and polite. And they are not super chefs. They are not James Beard winners or any kind of baking professionals. They are just regular ol’ folks who like baking. I find it very relaxing to watch it. I find is inspiring, too. I bought a book about baking bread, because BREAD!

6. Zootopia

My mighty, mighty good boy Calvin goes through phases with movies and TV shows. You might remember that a few months ago, Calvin was all about “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.” I never got tired of watching it. Now, he’s all about “Zootopia.”

I liked “Zootopia” a lot when I saw in the theater. I still think “Kubo And The Two Strings” was the best animated movie last year, but “Zootopia” is a solid movie. Calvin enjoyed it in the theater, too, but never asked about it again. It recently popped up on Netflix, and I thought I’d give it shot and see if he liked it. He likes it … a lot. I think we’ve watched it every night for the past two weeks.

His favorite part is always changing, but right now it’s when Officer Judy Hopps, on her first day on the police force, holds up her fist for a fist bump and asks “Are you ready to make the world a better place?” Calvin runs up and says, “Mommy, are you ready to make the world a better place?” And then we fist bump. I would be totally fine with it if he wanted to do this every day forever.

He’s also super into the Shakira song “Try Everything,” which plays in the movie and over the end credits. We’re listening to it nonstop in the car. He won’t let me sing or dance to it, though, which is a very strange form of torture. It takes all my will power not to sing or dance to it. I often fail, and he just has to deal with my terrible singing and dancing.