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Dorking Out Episode 52: ‘Cars 3’ and ‘Rough Night’ Reviews

Yeah, so, in this week’s Dorking Out with Chris & Sonia we review “Cars 3” with Juan Uriarte from the Instant Ramen podcast.

I’ve got a soft spot for the movie “Cars,” which many people consider a lesser Pixar movie. My mighty, mighty good boy Calvin has watched it countless times, which means I’ve watched it countless times, and it’s really grown on me. It’s no “Toy Story” trilogy, and it’s certainly not as imaginative as “Wall-E” or “Inside Out,” but it’s a nice, enjoyable movie.

“Cars 3” is more of a direct sequel to “Cars” than “Cars 2,” which is apparently more of a spy movie. I say “apparently” because I’ve never seen it. Whenever we’ve started “Cars 2,” Calvin says, “No, thank you,” and I say, “You’re right. This looks like a piece of shit. Let’s watch ‘Cars.’”

“Cars 3” isn’t as good as “Cars,” but it’s a good movie, and it’s got a few things to say about racism and sexism, which I wasn’t expecting.

In our second segment, Smith and I review “Rough Night.” Spoiler alert! We were disappointed, but it leads to an interesting discussion about the audience this movie was hoping to attract and then not giving that audience what it wants.

One more thing, this is our one-year anniversary. Let’s dance!

In honor of our anniversary, we will have a very special show next week, so definitely check it out.

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Dorking Out Episode 51: The Mummy and Universal’s Dark Universe

Yeah, so, in this week’s episode of Dorking Out we review “The Mummy,” starring Tom Cruise. It’s supposed to kick off Universal’s new Dark Universe featuring the Universal monsters, including the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Creature From The Black Lagoon, Dracula and The Wolfman.

Instead of a Dark Universe movie, can we get a theatrical screening of “Mad Monster Party?”

I don’t want to spoil the review, but I’ll just say that the Dark Universe isn’t off to a very good start.

In our second segment, Peter Brown from Assignment X joins us for a fun discussion about the Dark Universe, the Marvel Universe, the DC Universe, and, well, all the cinematic universes.

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Dorking Out Episode 49: War Machine, Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 and Baywatch

Yeah, so, in this week’s Dorking Out with Sonia & Chris we review “War Machine,” starring Brad Pitt, which is Netflix’s first big attempt at blockbuster filmmaking. We had mixed feelings about it.

In our second segment, we chat about “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Baywatch.” And then we end our show with me offering my thoughts and prayers to the men who are upset about a women-only screening of “Wonder Woman.”

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Dorking Out Episode 48: Twin Peaks and Alien Covenant

Yeah, so, in this week’s episode of Dorking Out Smith and I talk the return of “Twin Peaks” on Showtime.

And just in case you are wondering why everyone is freaking out about “Twin Peaks,” I explain in the podcast that pretty much every good show right now has Twin Peaks’ DNA all over it. We have a really fun discussion about the first two new episodes, mainly about how we don’t know how to review it.

In our second segment, Peter Brown joins us from Assignment X, and we review “Alien Covenant,” which I really, really didn’t like. Smith actually liked it, so it’s an entertaining segment. I think our listeners like it when we disagree and fight.

The “Alien” prequels are not for me, because ultimately I don’t care how the aliens were created and I don’t care why they were created. “Prometheus” and “Alien Covenant” are basically movies about midichlorians. Pass! The only “Alien” origin story I’m interested in is a Vasquez origin story. Get on it, Hollywood.

And finally, we end our show discussing the “Star Trek Discovery” trailer. Peter sticks around for the discussion, and my mighty, mighty good man David drops by, too.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dorking Out Episode 42: Our Favorite Sports Movies And Why I Hate Promposals

Yeah, so, in this week’s episode of Dorking Out we share our top 3 favorite sports movies. I tried to make it so all of mine weren’t baseball movies, but I failed, because baseball is THE BEST. I also explain why “The Naked Gun” is one of my favorite sports movies.

In our second segment, we talk about pop culture homework. Do you watch the original movie before seeing a new remake? Do you read the book before seeing the movie?

Oh, and the podcast starts with me going off about how promposals are stupid. Seriously, fuck promposals. You’re not asking someone to marry you. It’s the goddamn prom. And all the boys who keep making promposal videos asking famous actresses to the prom: Just stop it. Stop it! For most of our lives, women compare themselves to celebrities. We’re not pretty enough, skinny enough, etc. It’s so tough to be a teenage girl, and now they have to keep with Emma Stone for a date to the prom. Come on!

So, yeah, promposals are lame. Do the kids still say “lame?”

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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.