Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Lars - Thwip, Snikt & Bamf!


"The Lars": Episode 3 - Ben and Ralph are back with another episode of The Lars! Ralph discusses his Check Card fiasco, we get into some Comic Book talk and check in on the Orange County Flyers. We do movie reviews of Ocean's 13 and Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer. We have two great movies to stick in your queue as well as a two minute debate about the awesomeness of Superman, who will win? Call us anytime at 206.338.4261!

Playlist:
Golden- Jurassic 5
Forbidden Zone- The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo
007 and Counting- John Barry
Three Days- Jane's Addiction
Cry me a River- Combustible Edison

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Thwip, Snikt & Bamf!

172 comments:

tall guy said...

Yay!

elias said...

nice!!

Ralph- said...

I DEMAND PICTURES AIMEE -->

Benjamin said...

Thwip, Snikt & Bamf is totally going to be my law firm name. If people came up with law firm names instead of band names.

Ralph- said...

I have to be honest with you guys. I really like this episode. I just finished listening and i think this is the most natural that Ben and I have ever sounded on a podcast. not saying that we are fake normally, but there was something about this recording that felt like we werent doing a podcast. Sorry if the check card and comic talk is boring, but i sort of like it.

Call us and let us know what you think about anthing we talked about. I would really like at least one person to hang out with us at the Flyers game on friday, i think it would be a lot of fun!

Ghostwatch The Great said...

That last thread must be the shortest I've encountered since hitting this blogspot. i think I might be firmly out of ny "newbie" status. I'd offer to answer questions about myself you "y'all" can get to know me, but I think I might be actually trying to craft some kind of enigmatic personality. If only I could type in my silly podcast voicemail voice.

In the last threas, Aimee said:

"Thanks guys! Thuys!"

Aimee...? Are you referencing... Look Around You!?

Doctor Who/Torchwood chat - there is a second series of Torchwood on its way, featuring a guest appearance by everyone's favourite "how old?" faux-English vampire punk poet rock star Brainiac, James Marsters.

Jordan from the 206 said...

I'll see if I can make it Ralph. Traffic on I-5 is a bit of a bitch on Friday's though.

Ralph- said...

Ghostwatch, it is from Look Around You, which is something that the dharmalars/lars cant get enough of. If you listen closely you can hear me say Thay and Thack in this current episode.

Ghostwatch The Great said...

Has Look Around You hit BBC America? I remember Matt Groening referencing it at some comedy awards a couple of years back (during which, Look Around You resolutely won sod all), but I figured he'd been sent a copy.

The main scientist (who in the second, slightly differently themed series was named as Peter Packard) was not only in Spaced and Shaun of the Dead but was also very genuinely the voice of Darth Maul. This fact is quite well known now, but I like to drop it in whenever I can as it usually hits a few new people each time.

Ralph- said...

Both series of Look Around Yog have hit BBC America and i love them both to death. I just wish that they would release the DVD for region 1. fucking region encoding!

Benjamin said...

Look Around You, Flight of the Conchords, and even the great Tenacious D are all things that I discovered by leaving the channel on after watching something. And I love them all so much. I'm sure I would have found FOTC and the D sooner or later, but Look Around You may have taken a while. Thank heavens for remote laziness.

Ghostwatch The Great said...

"Look Around Yog"

Now THAT's how to reference. Smooth.

We've had a call from "Bournemouth"... from Bournemouth!

Ghostwatch The Great said...

ALSO - I'm happy to make DVDs of both series available to you without worrying about region encoding.

I don't know what to do about PAL playback though - I think making it NTSC will be outside my powers.

However - johnnyghostwatch@gmail.com if you don't mind me having a go.

stephsmith said...

Yay, podcast by the pool. Happy Wednesday.

Benjamin said...

Isn't the cDonald's Theorem naming contest coming up? It's on April the 12th of September, right?

Jordan from the 206 said...

ghostwatch, a program I use call dvdshrink allows you to copy dvds and remove regional coding. It's a free program. Just do a google search and you should find it easy.

stephsmith said...

Wow, ralph-, you bank in Walker County, Alabama?

Ralph- said...

i am not sure Steph. but my Kinecta is in Brea CA.

Ghostwatch, is that something you can send to dharmalars@gmail.com? not sure how that works.

elias said...

you can remove region encoding from your dvd player using the remote control.

google your dvd model followed by "region change".

peace and love

stephsmith said...

The bank that my husband chose is so far freakin out of the way of our house because he has an aversion change charges such a huge fee to use the ATM card that I worry about bouncing checks so I don't use it except in emergencies. I hate that bank.

tall guy said...

Very natural sounding podcast, as you say.

Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang, is one of my fave films of recent years. Shamefully overlooked when released, although it got great reviews. Great script and direction by Shane Black. If only it had been a success, we could have had more.

Mr Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang, is the name James Bond is known by in Japan. Nothing to do with the film, but it is a cool title.

Ghostwatch The Great said...

Jordan, Elias. Both these things are true. DVD Shrink is what I would plan on using, but even once you get rid of region encoding you are then left with the PAL/NTSC problem.

It's not really a problem in the UK as we've developed PAL 60 - a technology to enable us toview imported NTSC videos, DVDs and videogames on our screens purely because as a people we got sick of it all and became importers.

I'm not sure there is an equivalent technology the other way around, beyond the PAL to NTSC converters that used to be sold in American sex shops so that customers could import hot German videos.

That's what I meant.

Jordan from the 206 said...

Haven't listened to the new ep yet. But I have to say that I really liked Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. For some reason I was expecting to hate it, but I was quite surprised. I normall hate Val Kilmer, but he was great in this role. Definitely a movie to stick in your queue.

Speaking of queues, is anybody else not able to access the friends feature on netflix? It says it's unavailable. Also, is there anybody else on here who wants to be netflix pals who I'm not already with?

tall guy said...

"Adios half-soldier!"

I'm fairly sure that's Lee Van Cleef in Good, Bad and the Ugly.

I always enjoy trying to guess the sign off quotes at the end of the show.

t-dot kim said...

WTF, I take off for 12 hours, and we have 2 new threads and a podcast! Dang.

Welcome back Aimee, I tried my best to keep your 'secret' underwraps. I think I'd do well if tortured so you'd never get made.

PalmerEldritch said...

sweet! we've had Aimee, Ralph, Ben, MB, and now Kim. where's Jimmy?

FutureAlly said...

Jordan, I haven't been able to access the Friends thing on Netflix either, I don't know what's going on.

:(

morgan said...

Looks like Kate doesn't like her picture taken:

http://www.idontlikeyouinthatway.com/2007/06/evangeline-lilly-is-friendly.html

morgan said...

Arrgh! How do you put a link in a post?

FutureAlly said...

wow. good find, morgan.

that is hilarious!

FutureAlly said...

here you go morgan.

how to make a link.

PalmerEldritch said...

yeah, morgan, that's great stuff. just wait til Steph gets here. that's her new avatar.

for me, it actually makes Evangeline more likable for some reason. i guess cuz i assumed she was stuffy and high maintenance.

PalmerEldritch said...

of course now maybe she's stuffy, high maintenance, and vulgar and rude. boy howdy, what's not to love?!

elias said...

Great call on Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Great fucking movie.

Val Kilmer is good in Top Secret, Real Genius, Heat, Spartan and this.

elias said...

When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk ;)

That is how badass westerns can be.

aimee in little rock said...

Dang! Everyone's posting cool stuff that I can't access today!

PalmerEldritch said...

there have been some sweet links these past few weeks while you've been gone, aimee.

it's time for you to read through ALL of the threads you missed and catch up.

after all, you're running out of LOST related books. right?

/that would be both impressive and sad

aimee in little rock said...

I haven't finished any new books recently! That's what I like to call "hitting rock bottom".

I vow to go on reading bender the likes of which you have never seen before.

FutureAlly said...

wow aimee hasn't been reading, yet i have?

what is wrong with this picture?

PalmerEldritch said...

no reading lately?

who are you and what have you done with aimee?!

trevor mcfur said...

Whew, go away for an hour, there's a new thread with 40 new posts already. Hard to keep up!

And Netflix friends has been down for me since Monday, I think. Someone said on the last thread (of the one before that!) that the blogspotters broke it...

Ralph- said...

KA-BLAMO!

memphish said...

Proof that Hurley's numbers are cursed -- Paris Hilton is due to be released after serving 23 days.

Holli

Jordan from the 206 said...

What's the highest % compatible netflix friend anybody on here has? Mine is Andrew at 84%.

FutureAlly said...

I would love to say who I'm most compatible with, but I don't remember and since the Friends section is down...

elias said...

a reading bender as shall be accounted a marvel among the Three Kindreds: Elves, Dwarves and Men? ;)

Jordan from the 206 said...

Anybody on here use the instant viewing feature on netflix? Every time I click "full screen" my browser closes out. What the heck?

Benjamin said...

I haven't used it yet, but I was thinking how awesome it would be if I could use it in conjunction with my Wii. That would kick major buttocks. I guess instead I'll wait until I get a Mac laptop with video out. That would work, right?

memphish said...

I give the new 'Lars a thumbs up. And I agree with Ben that The Lost Room is cool and you should watch it. I watched it when it aired and enjoyed it a lot. There was some talk it could become a series, but nothing happened.

And Ben and Ralph should be mothers. "You never call." Waaahhh.

Holli

P.S. I couldn't vote and emailed Ryan, but I'll tell you too.

trevor mcfur said...

Jordan, if I remember right, you were my most similar friend, with 80%. Andrew and I are 79%. I need to get my brother onto Netflix, just so I can see how similar we are ... I bet we'd be close to 95%.

stephsmith said...

Great podcast guys. You sounded like you were having fun.
I like Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang as well. There were about ten years there I didn't see Val Kilmer in anything. Wonder why. I hear he's not a pleasant guy to work with.
Now that you have made a big deal of not having any calls for You All Everybody I bet you'll be covered up next week.

goofball said...

Ben I like that name for a law firm. I'm a marvel fan though. I like the 3 stooges law firm better "Dewey, Cheatam, & Howe".

Aimee I have been feeling neglected since I realised you have some kind of life.

Rodrigo said...

Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.

PalmerEldritch said...

Rodrigo, customized shirts are the coolest. Oh... and "Was it the Uhhh-thers?"

Is it a good sign or a bad sign that I immediately recognized Thwip, Snikt, and Bamf as Spidey, Wolvie, and Nightcrawler sound effects?

Ralph- said...

its not good or bad, just dorky.

Jellymanianos said...

One for Kim, i think

stephsmith said...

Teej, Kimberley doesn't need to seem trendy or important. She already is.
Anyone else disturbed by this? Or just me?

PalmerEldritch said...

steph, i wonder what L. Ron Hubbard would have to say about that?

Jellymanianos said...

I didn't mean Kim was one - she mentioned it once on a podcast that she didn't like people like that...

memphish said...

Nice avatar Steph. Is it just a LOST connection or is that your mood today?

Kim is not a bluetool. Well, as long as she only uses it in her car she's not. To scare you away from it Kim, my 72-year-old mother-in-law walks around with her blue tooth. Yes, you too can look as cool as a 72-year-old.

LOST Question of the Day: Danielle's backstory -- lie or truth? And did she arrive pre- or post- Purge? Beat the rush in discussing this issue now before Jay & Jack discuss it.

Holli

PalmerEldritch said...

I'm inclined to believe that most of what Danielle says is the truth. From a certain point of view.

A batshiat crazy bitch who lives in the jungle point of view...

And she arrived in '88, right? And when was The Purge? And is The Purge "The Incident?" That'd put The Purge pre-Marvin Candle with one arm. But if "The Incident" is pre-Purge or non Purge related then The Incident doesn't help us date The Purge at all. :(

trevor mcfur said...

I think that Danielle believes that she's telling the truth, at the very least. And I tend to believe her too, and think that she's one of the good guys. I still wonder what 'the sicknes' is, though.

I think that she got there post-purge too. '88 sounds right for her arrival date, since Alex is 16 and Danielle was pregnant when she got there. I think that The Others were already in charge and running the show when Danielle arrived ... and already up to their baby-nabbing shenanigans.

stephsmith said...

Yes Holli, I feel like my avatar for I'm at work. Dealing with people sucks. I really need a job where I have no contact with people. Sorry, I'm feeling a little jaded today.
Danielle, what little she is saying, is telling the truth.
You know, Alex looks just like what you'd imagine Danielle's daughter to look like. But when they're side by side, not so much.
Live action Teen Titans movie.

PalmerEldritch said...

trevor, that is the haircut of champions.

PalmerEldritch said...

we're getting close to a kablamo.

trevor mcfur said...

A Teen Titans movie could be good, especially if they do the Terra/Deathstroke storyline. I hope that it's not in the same vein as the recent Cartoon Network series, though (which was shi'ite).

Benjamin said...

Agreed that the Judas Contract storyline would make a great movie (especially for me because it's my favorite Teen Titans story) but I don't know if any studio will ever have the cojones to make a comic book movie where the first one isn't done as an origin story.

PalmerEldritch said...

knowing the WB, they'd disallow Nightwing to reference Batman. So, he'd just be some Rando. WB stinks it up.

Benjamin said...

That's a good point. I don't know how they're going to explain Nightwing without referencing Supes or the Bat (the non-Aimee version.) Come to think of it, there's a lot of properties involved in a team that started off as all sidekicks. Ralph and I touched on it briefly, but I really enjoyed Geoff Johns reboot of the Titans franchise. I used to be a huge fan back in the day.

elias said...

"There are some players that have sport psychologists.
I smoke." - US Open winner Angel Cabrera

PalmerEldritch said...

ben, kablamonate that 69!

/i'm being polite
//no golden girls tattoo reference

trevor mcfur said...

You're probably right Palmer ... and would they allow any of the 'sidekicks' if the adult characters (Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Arrow) have movies in production? It would be cool if they could somehow acknowledge that the films they're making are part of the same 'universe' ... that way they could make all of these films independantly of each other, and maybe give little shoutouts to the other heroes, if they wanted to.

PalmerEldritch said...

i remember Clark Kent couldn't name his dog Krypto on Smallville because WB was making a Krypto the Super Dog cartoon and didn't want viewers to be confused.

and they can't have Bats or Wonder Woman on the show as it would confuse people because of Batman Begins and the in-development WW movie. and they can't call The Flash by that name since they wanted to make a Flash movie.

WB is annoying.

am I going to watch Smallville and see that Clark has a dog named Krypto and then freak out cuz i can't understand how Clark can have a dog named Krypto while there is simultaneously a Krypto cartoon?

"how does that work?! is Clark a cartoon too?! is krypto's new owner a baby clark under an assumed identity? did superman die in a fire and krypto had to find a new family? what does this mean for the Smallville crew?!"

Red Card to the people in charge of the WB.

PalmerEldritch said...

in other comic book movie news, AICN has a rumor about some Iron Man stuff. i really hope it's true cuz that'd kick ass.

stephsmith said...

A guy from Fullerton brought us free lunch today.

stephsmith said...

I might need to change my avatar. My mood may change from receiving free lunch.

Jordan from the 206 said...

Red card to the crows outside my bedroom who won't shut the hell up in the morning when I'm trying to sleep. Screw crows.

stephsmith said...

Crows in Seattle? Crows seem to be very aggressive birds.

Jordan from the 206 said...

I hate crows. They have no redeeming value whatsoever. They're just ugly and annoying as hell. What is the point of crows? Now I'm not one for animal genocide. Let's just say I wouldn't mind if Steve Carell didn't have room for them on his boat.

Benjamin said...

You guys seem to be skipping the all-important yellow card step. And I like it!

I guess I had a sixty-nine without even realizing it. That sounds like me.

Hey, is there anyone who say Day and/or Night Watch and can tell me where the Sam Scratch I can find a jacket like the work jacket the Night Watch wears? Dang Internet!

Robert said...

Anyone interested in the audio from Cuse and Lindeloff at the Promax conference can get it from Cranky Fanatic Lost Podcast on iTunes. It's an interesting 45 minutes or so recorded by someone with a video camera, but the sound isn't bad at all. The release date of the podcast is 6-20.

I ordered my Dharmalars T-shirt last week. Can't wait!!

Robert

MB said...

Holy crap Jordan - crows woke me the hell up this morning too! damn that's a little freaky.

MB said...

Oh and thanks for the podcast guys! Finally listening right now.

Fucking banks

stephsmith said...

My dad has a story he likes to share about knowing someone when he was a kid that taught a crow to talk- a rural legend.

stephsmith said...

Or a folktale.

MB said...

What did the crow say?

stephsmith said...

I just called him. He said he must have been drunk if he said that. I don't know where I got it. Maybe he WAS drunk. I know somebody told me because I can remember hearing the story several times. Maybe if was my grandfather who told me. Maybe I was drunk.

stephsmith said...

if=it

Jordan from the 206 said...

I don't know how this went unnoticed.

I guess I had a sixty-nine without even realizing it.

TWSS.

MB said...

Jordan - good catch :)

Steph - well now I'm doubly intrigued by the folktale

Jordan from the 206 said...

That's creepy MB. Damn crows.

Last summer there was a couple groups of rival crow gangs or something that would hang outside my apartment and have super loud crow shouting matches. It was the most annoying thing ever. They went on for weeks. One day I snapped and went outside and threw rocks at them. I hate crows.

Finally finished the new lars. I got to agree with Ralph. That was the most natural you guys have sounded.

Regarding the Superman debate. On the topic, I totally agree with Ralph. Superman is lame. Not so much as in, he isn't powerful. Just that his stories are boring. Seriously. How many times is Lex Luthor going to try to kill Superman with kryptonite? For me, Superman suffers from a lack of interesting enemies and villians. But back to the debate. I gotta say, I don't think either Ben or Ralph clearly won. Ralph somewhat let me down in his case. And for one of his arguments, Ben went with, "His cousin is hot." Nice. lol.

Benjamin said...

Well, she is.

stephsmith said...

Interesting article on crows of the Pacific Northwest.

PalmerEldritch said...

Aimee, would be proud because I actually have read a book. Sure, it was a year or so ago but it was real long and about Crows.

The whole Supergirl thing in the comics is way too confusing. And, hell, I even read the new comics where they re-introduce her for the first time. Or something...

Bat's found her spacepod under water and then she popped out or something and was Supergirl. Is that (from Batman/Superman) the official story now?

memphish said...

Since we're talking about comics, having read Watchmen and really enjoyed it, I'd like another self-contained, pre-packaged story like that. What do you guys recommend so that I can ask for it at the Comic Book store? I'm not afraid to admit weakness at the comic book store and I don't have an hour to spend there.

Holli

trevor mcfur said...

I think that the whole Supergirl story is confusing too. She's dead, she's alive, she's this girl, she's that girl. Agree with the hottie part, though. Of course, the real hottie in the Super family is his OTHER cousin, Power Girl.

memphish said...

Is Handsome Jack really going to get this job?

Holli

Benjamin said...

Holli: Well, I would recommend Supreme: Story of the Year if you had any background in reading Superman comics and other vintage stuff. It stands alone pretty well, but it adds a whole other dimension of awesome if you know all the various originals they're riffing on.

A self-contained awesome story that you can buy (in installments) is Sandman. Very great stuff from Neil Gaiman. It's like ten books, though, so that's a bit of an investment. But it's totally entertaining and beautifully done.

PalmerEldritch said...

What did everybody think of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen?

Uh... The comics by Alan Moore. Not the movie...

PalmerEldritch said...

holli, i remember liking League of Extraordinary Gentlemen but i'm having trouble remembering which TPB was which. there are, at least, two collections of their comics.

t-dot kim said...

Teej, I'm not a bluetool, but I do wear a bluetooth whilst driving. I have long hair--so it covers it up well.

Superman... I like Superman. I'm on Season 2 of Smallville (I know it's not really Superman, but I think it applies)

Wonder Woman is the shizzy!

PalmerEldritch said...

Kim, only four more season and you're caught up. If you don't sleep then you should be able to do it in...

43 minutes... 22ish episodes per season... 4 seasons... 60 minutes in an hour... 24 hours in a day...

Uh...

Pretty soon?

Mike Campbell said...

palmer - the comics were amazing. I keep reading there is a new one coming out "The Black Dossier" but i haven't heard anything about it for awhile. I like most Alan Moore stories, but "Lost Girls" was a bit much.

PalmerEldritch said...

i read about Lost Girls at AintItCool...

um... yeah. that's the one with Wendy and her brothers in some huge orgy or something?

that's fucked up.

Benjamin said...

I enjoyed the Leauge of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but I always wished there was a pop-up video version to let me know all the cool references I may have missed. I also like Moore's Top Ten, but that's not as self-contained as I would like.

Kim, if your Bluetooth is hidden by your hair I can only imagine you look like an utter madwoman muttering to yourself. Which might be a pretty good defense mechanism in the big city.

stephsmith said...

Is the comic discussion over yet? Not that I have anything against comics but I have nothing to contribute. I know more about crows than comics.

PalmerEldritch said...

set up.

Benjamin said...

Did I mention my water was watery?

PalmerEldritch said...

ben is teh winnar!

trevor mcfur said...

A great graphic novel is 'Kingdom Come' by Alex Ross. It's a little heavy in DC mythology, but still enjoyable even if you're not quite sure who's who. It's an 'alternative future' novel, where Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, etc are all old, and come out of retirement to deal with the new generation of more destructive superwhippersnappers (it's actually really intelligent and serious in tone, despite my silly description). Alex Ross' artwork is photo-realistic, and is just beautiful to look at,independent of the story.

memphish said...

Thanks for the recs. Keep 'em coming if you think of others. Sorry Steph.

Holli

PalmerEldritch said...

i've enjoyed The Ultimates so far. just been getting the compilations though so i've been left at a cliffhanger for the past few months. bastards.

Jordan from the 206 said...

Speaking of Smallville Kim. The best interchange between Ben & Ralph in the newest lars was this:

---------------------------------
Ralph: "Can you believe this new Flash Gordon series from the maker or Smallville?"

Ben: "Yeah! How awesome is that gonna be?!"

Ralph" "I dunno. But I hope it's not like Smallville."
---------------------------------

It doesn't translate as well in word form, but it cracked me up for some reason. It was the way Ben was so excited and Ralph so sarcastic afterward. You guys are like a modern day Martin & Lewis.

stephsmith said...

I just looked at my skymiles (or what have you) to see if I could actually make it to ComicCon. I could probably get to Texas. Don't know how I'd get the rest of the way or get back. At least I could get that far.

t-dot kim said...

Jordan, you know my dilema with Smallville. I gonna stick it out. I'm no quitter.

Benjamin said...

Now, if Ralph and I can just get a really long pole, we can maybe poke you in Texas from San Diego. Or if they printed comics on turlet paper we could maybe get a really long one and try to unroll it toward you.

PalmerEldritch said...

kim, are you ready to bitchslap Lana yet like the rest of the civilized world?

trevor mcfur said...

Two other classics for Holli:

Batman: Year One, by Frank Miller. It's a retelling of Batman's first year as a superhero. Kind of the same feel as 'Batman Begins'.

The Dark Knight Returns, also by Frank Miller. This is another alternative-future type, this one about old Batman coming out of retirement to fight some old enemies (and old friends).

PalmerEldritch said...

Best.review.evar!

Frank Miller's All Star Batman & Robin is apparently absolutely horrible. This review makes it well worth it. Absolutely hilarious.

t-dot kim said...

P, I sure am. I was from day one.

trevor mcfur said...

I've heard that All Star B&R is to be avoided like the plague. All-Star Superman is supposed to be pretty good, though. Not sure if there's any other All-Star titles or not.

Ralph- said...

I LOVE FLASH GORDON the serials. i am not really into the movie that much, cause it goes against what a serial is, which is a series of shorts that end with cliffhangers. I am not a fan of Smallville, mostly because i dont care about superman.

I am hoping that the New Flash Gordon series isnt about young Flash coping with all the shit that young Clark does in Smallville, but it looks like they are scewing younger. I give it one episode and that cliffhanger better grab me, or i am done.

Steph, fly to Oklahoma instead, rob a car, kidnap craig and drive to san diego.

PalmerEldritch said...

trevor, you'll want to read that review. hell, you all will.

trevor mcfur said...

Palmer ... wow. I wouldn't have believed the review if they didn't have the panels right there. WTF happened to Frank Miller? I can't believe that some editor didn't say something like, "Hey, you know, this kind of sucks." Maybe he has full creative control.

PalmerEldritch said...

"Dick Grayson... age twelve."

Just remember that Frank Miller is partially responsible for Robocop 3. Then the Batman & Robin stuff starts to make more sense.

He seems a bit "hit or miss."

At least he's not as weird as Alan Moore.

Ralph- said...

"SUPERMAN HATES MILK WITH THE FIERY INTENSITY OF A THOUSAND SUNS!"

Holy cow, i may have to go to the dharmalars site and vote for Ben, that was awesome!

Benjamin said...

Superman was so pissed at his future-telling newspaper that he apparently put on someone else's glasses and broke them with his heat vision.

MB said...

Finished listening

Absoulely agree about Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - highly recomended.

Was the first caller Jareth (sp??) from the OC actually Ralph? Sounded just like you Ralph.

stephsmith said...

ralph-, we could sleep in the car, right? I can't decide if that sounds like fun or not.

Jordan from the 206 said...

MB, that was Cherith Cutestory. If memory serves me right, I think he is a famous maritime lawyer.

stephsmith said...

If we all liked Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang why did it not make more of a splash?

Ralph- said...

i dont think there is enough of us on the blog to hike up the box office numbers for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. i went 3 times, but i guess that didnt help.

Since we are such a tight knit group. do you guys have any suggestions for my next Stick It In Your Queue recommendation?

I think that it is interesting the Chareth Cutestory knew that the episode was not posted yet. hmm. strange.

memphish said...

Steph,

What's with the Jate kiss?

Holli

andrew. said...

-i'll be the dissenting opinion on Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. i wasn't very impressed with it.
It's good points:
*I enjoyed Robert Downey Jr. & Val Kilmer's performances. I actually really like Val Kilmer in most things. Real Genius is one of the most perfect movies ever made. so that wasn't much of a surprise. But, i usually hate Robert Downey Jr. He usually plays every role with that attention-craving drama-queen desperation. Here, i found him funny and human. Like the dharmalars said, this performance actually made the Iron Man casting pretty cool.
*I enjoyed the comedy of errors premise
It's bad points:
*i've seen the post-modern hollywood gumshoe story too many times. It's really stale to me. The neo-noir film has been done to death since the early 70's.
*As much as Downey's performance kept me aboard for all of the hijinx, at no point did i care about the central mystery. It felt like it was secondary, which is fine, great even, except that it became the central focus for the climax and resolution.

Perhaps it was victim of its hype (online hype was pretty furious) or the fact that i've seen way too many movies.
I recommend Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye" Stick it in your queue.

-Just watched Michael Moore's new documentary, "Sicko," about the US healthcare industry. I really disliked Farenheit 9-11 because i felt Moore was intellectualy dishonest in a lot of places, and was very wary of this film, but i have to say it's really strong. He's forgone the stunts (except for one at the very end) and really focussed on letting the stories speak for themselves. He makes his biases very clear, but argues his points effectively. i'm very open to seeing someone make a film with the counter argument, but i think it would be extremely difficult. I definitely recommend seeing this.

-For comic stories. I recommend Hellboy: Wake The Devil. It's actually the second Hellboy trade, but it's a very complete story that does a great job of giving you everything you need to know with a big, fun story. i read it first and then went back to read Hellboy: Seeds Of Destruction and i've been thoroughly hooked on that universe ever since.

-I also recommend the 1st 2 volumes of Lone Wolf & Cub. That series is thoroughly brilliant. I recommend the 1st 2 because it begins in medias res and takes a little while to unfold the bigger plot.

andrew.

trevor mcfur said...

I have the Chin book!!!!! WooHoo!!!!!!

And I'd nominate an Altman film for Stick it in Yer Queue as well -- Shortcuts. Also, my all-time favorite dumb summer movie: Summer School.

MB said...

L on my forehead - lmao

confession - I had only listened to the first phonecall when I wrote my last post (and then had to leave to run an errand) and assumed it was the first in a bunch (which BTW - WTF...NO DRE?!?!? damn) -
I came back to the office, listened to the second call, began immediate slapping of forehead (attempting to knock the stupid out of my brain).

Funny - I guess I should call you guys sometime.

Actually - I am going to be sending you an intro hopefully this week.

FutureAlly said...

Glad to hear the Chin book made it to its newest destination. I hope you enjoy it :)

Jordan from the 206 said...

So I am walking down the street in downtown Seattle during my lunch break today, and what do I see out of the corner of my eye? A crackhead lady in an exposed alley about 6 inches from the sidewalk with her pants around her ankles squatting & pissing all over the place. It was disgusting and really caught me off guard. She was spewing like a fire hose. It was really weird as this was right in the heart of downtown in the middle of the main shopping area. There were people everywhere. I'm sure she had no idea what was going on around her. Worst of all, I think I accidentally made eye contact with her. I know, I know. It's disgusting. But I had to tell somebody.

Ralph- said...

MB- i had cut the show, put up ben's call and got a call from Dre right after the show was being uploaded to the net. He will be the first one on the lars line next week.

We are also looking for more Intros.

stephsmith said...

Bless your heart, Jordan. lol.

Stick it in your queue- either The Last Waltz or Seven Samurai. Dumb summer movie- Better Off Dead. I take that back. That's a great movie.

stephsmith said...

I suppose I'm in an amorous mood now, Holli.

trevor mcfur said...

I second Better Off Dead. Stephanie, I love that movie ... must have seen it 50 times as a kid!

/Two dollars!

Jordan from the 206 said...

What to stick in your queue? I won't go with Oldboy as I think that is pretty well known by now. Instead I'll choose Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. It's by the same director, Chan Wook Park, and part of his series of revenge movies. Top notch. Another movie would be Equilibrium. Cool, stylish action film starring Christian Bale. Basically Fahrenheit 411, but with human emotion banned instead of books. Looks like a Matrix rip off at first glance, but is not in the least. Lastly, a comedy called Sour Grapes. This isn't a classic by any means. But I find it funny. It is both written and directed by Larry David, of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm fame. The movie got skewered by critics and even David himself admits it's not the best thing in the world. But it still has some good laughs and lots of the Larry David observational humor that many have grown to love. So go ahead. Stick that in your queue and smoke it...uh, watch it.

memphish said...

Steph, I thought you were a Skater though. Jate kiss, very confusing. Lucky Mr. Smith tonight though, eh?

As for stick it in your queue, I've got a "go out and buy it, assholes." It's the BBC Planet Earth series which you can get at Target. I bought it for Hubby for Father's Day and we're just getting around to watching it and man, it's awesome. And I don't like nature crap. I'm so not a Mutual of Omaha girl, but the shots they have in this thing are amazing. Tonight's episode, great white shark takes down a seal. That's Incredible (to quote a really bad show that aired in the '80s.) The best parts are the end where it shows the film crews getting the footage. The only thing they could have done better was the music. So buy it. It's not cheap, but buy it, or at least watch it.

Holli

Jordan from the 206 said...

I 2nd Holli's suggestion. I have watched maybe 5 or 6 of the Planet Earth episodes on Discovery HD channel and they are amazing. Especially in HD. The show is great regardless, but some of the hi-def shots are simply jaw-dropping. And I'm no nature documentary type either. But those shows are bad ass.

stephsmith said...

Holli, as far as Jate/Skate goes at this minute I'm rather disinterested. I was just looking for something that represented the opposite of my previous avatar.

stephsmith said...

holli, I've always wanted to ask you- is a pinky promise a binding contract?

PalmerEldritch said...

what the hell plugin do i need to vote on The Two Minute Debate? i'd like to be able to vote.

the voting's a great feature. it really opens up the debate and lets the people weigh in and join the debate.

i think in the future, when people think of Mass Debating, they'll think of Ralph and Ben.

PalmerEldritch said...

oh. and i can't says as it's "recommended" but if you're looking for a hilariously bad movie, look no further than Hoop Soldiers.

it's about a woman who works on computer games (despite being a lawyer according to the back of the movie sleeve) being forced to go behind her family's back in order to investigate her brother's on-court death in THE WORLD OF HIGH STAKES NO-HOLDS-BARRED CAGE BASKETBALL.

and for something hilarious, gory, and not nearly as awful, try Dead Alive (or Brain Dead) by Peter Jackson. spot Isildur in his second greatest role as "guy who works at a pharmacy."

PalmerEldritch said...

apparently going for the uninterrupted posting trifecta, i bring you Hoop Soldiers. just choose your format once you get there.

Ralph- said...

Planet Earth is the only thing that i have seen that you all have suggested.

I will stick all that stuff in my queue and will have to think of another one for tuesday.

FOR THOSE THAT LOVE PLANET EARTH!

BBC did a series a few years ago called Blue Planet, YOU HAVE TO SEE THAT! a polar bear grabs a whale out of an ICE Hole and eats it!!!!

i also need to see LIFE IN THE UNDERGROWTH by BBC

stephsmith said...

dharmalars.net is knocking me offline. My fragile Vista can't take it.

trevor mcfur said...

Gonna join the chorus of those who can't vote. Tried at work, tried at home ... just get a blank window. I want to vote too!!!!

andrew. said...

-re:Blue Planet: OMG! Spoiler alert Ralph!
bcc:me

-p.s. Forbiden Zone!
-p.s.s. as much as you love Forbiden Zone, do not trust Richard Elfman. He will lay in wait for 19 years before releasing the abomination that is "Modern Vampires" on the world. (which features an opening credit theme by Danny Elfman. 'save us baby brother.')

Ralph- said...

Dont forget Shrunken Heads which i believe came out before the shitty Modern Vampires. Shrunken Heads also had a theme by Danny, and was also shitty.

If you have seen the movie Freeway, that has more music by Elfman and was written and directed by Matthew Bright (squeezit/rené henderson) from Forbidden Zone.

I do not recommend Forbidden Zone to anyone....at all. BUT, it may be my last Stick it in your queue before LOST starts back up. Forbidden Zone is single-handedly the most bizzaar, creepy, strange, offensive, creepy, scary, awesome movie i have ever witnessed.

Forbidden Zone is an Aquired Taste! if you dont believe me, Check out the reviews on Netflix.

By the way, The Forbidden Zone is the first song that transformed The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo into Oingo Boingo, which you heard on the latest podcast.

DO NOT WATCH THE FORBIDDEN ZONE*

*unless you are okay with the most fucked up strange nightmare come to life. it just so happens that Ryan, Ben and Myself love this film.

memphish said...

I'm so glad it's not just me with the voting. I'm in email contact with Producer Ryan. He says it's his fault, and I'm willing to blame him and gave him my vote. If you can't vote, email Ryan. I'm sure he wants to count votes by hand. What with all the phone calls to sort -- ooooh! Calling the 'Lars out now.

Andrew, if you've made it this far, where did you see 'Sicko?' I hear there's talk of rich, no seriously rich, doctors in countries that have national healthcare, and Hubby and I and mini-me are willing to relocate. We all have passports. Oooooohh, sore subject again.

The shark taking down the seal, it's what I wish Jack had done to Ben in the finale. Grow a full pair man. That's all I gots.

Holli

P.S. That wasn't all. Casino Night is one of the best Offfice episodes ever.

Ralph- said...

i think that my favorite office is The Client.

Ralph- said...

OH, casino night has one of my favorite 3 minutes in OFFICE history!!

Michael talking about how he wants to live in a world where it is okay to tell a good AIDS joke. The Lincoln Assasination just became okay to joke about. "I need to see this play, like i need another hole in my head" GENIUS!
Then right after that Toby lists all the reasons that it isnt okay to have the boyscouts join them for Casino Night, and his list of reasons is hilarious, but not as hilarious as Michaels Reaction to toby!!! HOLY COW, i cry laughing everytime i watch those two scenes!!

stephsmith said...

Andrew, did Michael Moore leave you with the impression that if it weren't for all the pharmaceutical company's lobbyists
in Washington, we'd be in a different boat?

PalmerEldritch said...

Old Man Indy

memphish said...

We're getting up to that number of posts when you never know when or if someone's going to open a new thread.

If you couldn't vote on Dharmalars.net, try it now. Ryan fixed it.

Old Indy -- I hope they don't screw it up.

LOST QOTD: Why were people separated when the plane crashed, e.g. Jack in jungle/Rose on beach, Sun and Jin, Walt and Michael, Nikki and Paolo? Dramatic effect or something else?

Holli

memphish said...

Is it wrong to take your iPod with you to "Evan Almighty?" My son "really, really wants to see it," and it looks awful. I looked into mobile blogging, but it's lame, so my iPod is the next best option, right?

Holli

PalmerEldritch said...

holli, our Lostaways bounce.

i think that when the plane hit, they scattered all over the beach. all random like. so, some people bounced one way and others a different way. think of them like human pinballs. except much less ridiculous. i think the pairing being split up was A) to show the chaotic nature of the aftermath, B) be dramatic, and C) cuz it'd be pretty boring if everyone where all like "WHERE'S MY SON?! Oh. He's right next to me. Sweet."

how Jack managed to get thrown all the way over there and be ok, i don't know. maybe the bamboo helped cushion the blow?

memphish said...

Sayid in Suits.

Holli

PalmerEldritch said...

Sayid Jarrah is the man but Naveen Andrews really comes off as a douche in his interviews.

memphish said...

That's why I just looked at the pictures Palmer.

Holli

SMKGrl said...

I'm one of those befuddled listeners that doesn't know where to stick my comments...myspace, the phone line, here, there.

But I'm trying this out for now.

I really want you guys to stick this movie in your queue: Brick

Would love to hear your comments on it.

Thanks for doing what you guys do!

Ralph- said...

SMKGrl, i will bet you anything that ben will use this film as a Stick it in Your Queue recommendation before too long. that dude loves that movie and is a huge supporter of it.

PalmerEldritch said...

i remember el Benzo talking about Brick when he was talking about the Brick dude's bank robbing movie.

memphish said...

Steph, I forgot to answer, a pinky promise or any other promise is a binding contract if there is consideration. Consideration is a necessary element of a contract, which confers a benefit on the other party. Valuable consideration can include money, work, performance, assets, a promise or abstaining from an act. You can read more about consideration here. Thus ends the lesson in contracts for the day.

Holli

Benjamin said...

Brick was my favorite film of 2005 and is probably in my top twenty of all time. So, great call smkgrl. Ralph is totally right that I'll add that to the stick it in your queue segment sooner or later.

Jordan from the 206 said...

Couple more movies to stick up your queue.

Brotherhood of the Wolf
Bus 174
The Machinist
Roger Dodger