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Dorking Out Episode 47: Our Favorite Journalism Movies

Yeah, so, in this week’s episode of Dorking Out Smith and I talk about our favorite movies about journalism.

Why? We were inspired by the current trumpster fire that we call the White House. Great journalism is more important now than ever. And, as a pair of former reporters, we have a lot of thoughts and feelings about how reporters and the media are portrayed in film. While “All The President’s Men” and “Spotlight” are obvious examples of great, noble journalism movies, we tried to vary our picks to include comedies, too, which is how 1985’s “Just One Of The Guys” ended up on my list. How do I defend that pick? Well, you’ll have to listen to find out.

But before we get into nerdy journalism talk, Peter Brown from Assignment X stops by to talk about the 2016-17 TV season. Which TV shows got canceled? What were the surprise hits? We did some predictions at the start of the season, and we check back to see how we did.

You can listen to Dorking Out here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube. 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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6 Things I’m Loving: Eshakti, Baguette Vending Machines And More

Yeah, so, I’m going to try to deal with my anger by sharing six things I’m lovin’ right now.

1. Calvin’s Bedhead

So, we usually keep Calvin’s hair on the short side, but we haven’t had time to get cut in a while. He’s got great hair, and he’s got even greater bed head. See for yourself.

2. What Kind Of Cat Is This?

We have a stray cat friend, and we put food on the porch for her, but we bring the bowl back into the house at night. Well, one night I forgot to bring the food back inside. When I went to get the food, I saw this.

I took some video footage, because my mighty, mighty good man David was out that night, and I wanted him to see it, too. And now Calvin loves watching it. He thinks it’s hilarious that we have a skunk for a neighbor.

3. This Video

There’s a baguette vending machine (seriously – this is a real thing) in our nearby mall, and David had to try it out.

4. These Websites: The Daily Skimm, Small Victories, Swing Left & Wonkette

The Daily Skimm is an easy way to feed my anger first thing in morning. Basically, it summaries all the news you need to know in a short, fun email. I’ve written about it before, but I highly recommend it. You can sign up right here, if you want to try it out.

I also suggest you sign up for Small Victories, which helps me stay positive. When you sign up, you get an email every Friday with – you guessed it – small victories. It’s filled with stories about wins for the good guys. I really needed it today.

I want more small victories, so everyone should be giving money to Swing Left, which donates money to candidates running against those fuckin’ fuckers who voted for the death panels American Health Care Act. This organization just moved into a top 5 spot on my donation list. I also donated directly to Lisa Battista, who is running against that big tool Darrell Issa in California’s District 10. He just barely won in the last election, so he is super vulnerable.

You know what’s weird? I have pretty much stopped reading celebrity gossip and now I read political gossip. Who am I? My main site for this is Wonkette, which covers political stories, but writes it with such a angry, funny voice that it makes it just a little easier to deal with.

5. This Dress

I bought this fox-tastic (see what I did there) dress from Eshakti, and I looooove it. I can’t wait to wear it.

After ModCloth was acquired by Wal-Mart, I was looking for a new place to buy clothes. I love online clothes shopping. It’s my fave. My good buddy Jess recommended Eshakti, and it’s so great. The clothes are super cute and not too expensive. AND, you can customize the clothes. For example, I love this fox dress, but I wanted it a little below the knees, and you can ask for that! You can add sleeves, or make it a tank dress – whatever. It’s so cool!

6. Smith Got An Emmy Nomination

My Dorking Out cohost Chris Smith received another Emmy nomination this week for Instructional/Information Program. Now he will be even more insufferable on the podcast. In all seriousness, I’m super proud of him. He’s super talented and a good friend. Enjoy this moment, Smith. It’s the last time I’ll be nice to you for a while.

Actual footage of me celebrating Smith’s Emmy nomination.


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Dorking Out Episode 45: Summer Movies and The Handmaid’s Tale

Yeah, so, in this week’s episode of Dorking Out Will Wilkins from the NetHeads podcast on the Smodcast Network joins us to share our three most anticipated movies of the summer. Of course, I totally cheat and pick like five movies, because I’m the worst.

And if you think “Wonder Woman” is one of my picks, well, you’re right. It is. I also picked “Cars 3,” because my mighty, mighty good boy Calvin super loves the first “Cars” movie so I know I’m seeing it. Then I lumped in “Rough Night” and “Girls Trip” together, because they are both comedies about girls nights out gone wrong, and I’m into that shit, because just in case you haven’t noticed, I’m a girl. Plus, “Rough Night” has Kate McKinnon, and she’s the best.

Also, during this segment, I agree to watch “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes” and “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes,” if Smith watches “Pitch Perfect” and “Bring It On.” I’m pretty sure he’s getting the better end of this deal, because those movies are rad.

In our second segment, we review “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu. This miniseries is crazy good, you guys. It’s some serious next-level TV. It’s scary as hell. Smith came up with a pretty good game to play while watching it so he doesn’t get too bummed out. I won’t spoil it here. You should listen. I resorted to drinking, because duh.

You can listen to Dorking Out here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube. 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 44: Fargo, Toy Box and Avatar

Yeah, so, in this week’s episode of Dorking Out we review the third season of “Fargo,” which started last week.

The movie “Fargo” is one of my all-time favorite movies, and the TV series is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I adore the first two seasons. I just watched the first episode of season three last night, and I really liked what I saw.

In our second segment, Smith interviews the owners of award-winning board game creators of Blue Matter Games. It’s a really great interview about how to live a creative life.

And finally, we end our show with what we’re dorking out about this week, including the saddest book ever — “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign” — and the announcement of the release dates for four more “Avatar” movies, which kicks off a lengthy argument between us about whether or not “Avatar” is a good movie. (Spoiler alert: It isn’t.) I realize that the movie made a lot of money, but I don’t think it’s as beloved as people think. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t ever hear anyone talking about it. I hear people talk about “Titanic” more often than “Avatar.” So, yeah, “Avatar” is not my jam.

You can listen to Dorking Out here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube. 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 42: The Fate Of The Furious & Mystery Science Theater 3000

Yeah, so, in this week’s episode of Dorking Out we review “The Fate Of The Furious,” because Smith hates me.

I saw the first one in 2001 in the theater with my brother, and the second one in 2003. I haven’t seen them since, and I didn’t see any of the other sequels. I basically walked into this movie completely clueless. Man oh man, I did not like this movie. I know that people love this franchise, but it is not for me. Yes, the movie is dumb, but sometimes dumb is fun. This movie isn’t fun. It’s dumb and mean. I hated it. If you like listening to Ranty Sonia, then this is the episode for you.

In our second segment, we talk the return of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” on Netflix, a show that I find so comforting. I’m so happy it’s back.

You can listen to Dorking Out here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube. 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 41: Big Little Lies, Ghost In The Shell and S-Town

Yeah, so, did you watch the series finale of “Big Little Lies?” I did, and I had a lot to say about it in this week’s Dorking Out.

I don’t want to spoil it here for you, just in case you haven’t watched the final episode yet, but I will say that a lot of TV series mistake a depressing ending for a powerful ending. This series doesn’t not fall into that, and gives viewers the ending they want, which made me love the series even more.

Also, “Big Little Lies” gave me this gif, which is pretty much perfectly describes every conversation I have with my mighty, mighty good man David.

Also, on this week’s podcast, we review the amazing new podcast “S-Town.” If you haven’t listened to it, you should listen to it. What starts as another true crime podcast turns into a fascinating story about death, sexual repression, mental illness and – well – illness. So many of the stories we get from Hollywood are based in LA, New York or Chicago, and involve cops, lawyers and doctors. There are a million stories to tell, and I’m glad that someone is telling one.

We also review the live-action remake of “Ghost In The Shell,” which is a shell of a movie, in my opinion. It’s pretty to look at, but doesn’t go beneath the surface and explore the ideas of what it means to be human when it should have. It was disappointing.

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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Dorking Out Episode 40: Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, Planet Earth II And More

Yeah, so, I can’t believe Dorking Out has turned the big 4-0. Just like a fine wine and me, Dorking Out only gets better with age. In this week’s episode of Dorking Out we review the new comedy specials from Dave Chappelle and Amy Schumer on Netflix. One of them was really funny, and the other one was very disappointing.

In our second segment, we decided to get a little random and share a bunch of stuff that we’re dorking out about right now. I shared my love of “Chef’s Table” on Netflix as well as “Planet Earth II” on BBC America.

Plus, I gave a rave review of the podcast How Is This Movie, and the host was kind enough to give us a big, fat recommendation on Twitter, which made me feel super rad.

You can listen to Dorking Out here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube. 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 39: Beauty & The Beast & Bette & Joan

Yeah, so, in this week’s episode of Dorking Out we review the live-action “Beauty & The Beast,” which I didn’t really like.

I don’t want to shit all over a movie that everyone loves, but I didn’t love it, and I rip into it during the podcast. It’s probably the most ranty I’ve ever been on the podcast, so if you’ve been aching to hear me just completely go off on a movie, here’s your chance.

 

My mighty, mighty good man David joins us to talk about it, and then he sticks around for the second segment, in which we talk about “Feud: Bette & Joan,” which I LOVE.

You can listen to Dorking Out here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube. 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 38: Skull Island and Big Little Lies

Yeah, so, in this week’s episode of Dorking Out we review “Kong: Skull Island,” which I kinda like more than I thought I would.

This movie is kicking off a Kong franchise. Is Kong DC or Marvel? Is the next movie “Kong v Batman” or does he join the Avengers? You’ll have to listen to find out.

In our second segment, Smith and I talk about HBO’s miniseries “Big Little Lies,” which I think is like “Bad Moms” but with more murder.

“Big Little Lies” is kinda soapy, but an excellent cast makes it more than that. Also, it’s filled with architecture porn. The houses are to die for … and someone does. Dun dun DUN!

You can listen to Dorking Out here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube. 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 37: ‘Logan,’ ‘Get Out’ And More

Yeah, so, in this week’s episode of Dorking Out my mighty, mighty good man David joins us to talk about the new Wolverine movie, “Logan.” I think it’s more of a western than a comic book movie. It’s “X-Men” meets “Unforgiven.” We have a lot of thoughts and feelings about it. Is it too dark? Is it hopeful or hopeless? It’s a really interesting discussion.

In our second segment, Smith and I review the new horror movie “Get Out.” Spoiler alert! I LOVE this movie. It’s super smart and creepy. I get a “Rosemary’s Baby” vibe from it; an overwhelming sense of dread.

You can listen to Dorking Out here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube. 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.