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Remember When – Episode 55

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Yes, it’s been a while.  But if it helps, WE MISSED YOU TOO!  And that’s why we’re back with Episode 55 of Remember When.  After a slight, minor, tiny delay due to Real Life, we’ve dusted off our microphones and come back for a fun and spirited conversation!

We kick off the show with a chat about Super 8.  This J.J. Abrams helmed adventure seeks to capture the spirit of Steven Spielberg and The Goonies by taking us back to the era of the late 70’s … but peters out near the end.  We talk about the successes and failures of the movie, and sidetrack into whether or not J.J. Abrams is really as great as Hollywood seems to think he is.

Then we sidestep our way into The Goonies, a timeless piece of 80’s pop culture.  A seminal work from our youth, this film ages like fine wine or good cheese.  In fact, it’s better to say it ages like Karen Allen (listen to the show… you’ll get this joke later)

And since we’re on a J.J. Abrams themed show, we talk about the news of his helming Episode VII, and what we think this means for the future of the Star Wars franchise.  Can our childhood memories be resurrected from the cruel, tortured world of the prequels?  Will we be able to feel proud for this sci-fi epic once again?  And how much lens flare can you fit into a single space epic?

We look ahead at the summer movie season.. there’s a LOT of stuff ahead (like Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Man of Steel) and a lot of stuff that has us worried (like Man of Steel and Kick-Ass 2).

And TV is in a WILD place right now! From the success of House of Cards to the general failure of pretty much every one of the major TV networks, it’s like we’re back in the wild wild west of content programming.

As always, thank you to our fans for your patience and understanding as the duties of both of our Real Lives come up! We’ve missed you and thank you so much for your words of support these past few months. If you’d like to reach us, give us a ring at 714-758-5027 (you can call or text)! Or if you don’t want to hear the sounds of our voices, you can click through to our Facebook page or say hi to us on Twitter.

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0:00 to 4:22 – Intro

4:22 to 15:37 – Super 8 discussion (we basically spoil the CRAP out of the movie) and some tangenting about J.J. Abrams

15:37 to 31:31 – The Goonies discussion, with backtrack to Super 8 (More spoilers… we wreck the ending of both)

31:31 to 48:04 – J.J. Abrams taking over Star Wars… how do we feel? (plus talk of the casting rumors, side movies, and more)

48:04 to 52:15 – Sidetrack to Bryan Singer and the new X-Men casting news, Kick-Ass 2, Doctor Who, Sherlock (just a feather dusting of spoilers, nothing important)

52:15 to 56:02 – Summer movies and what we’re looking forward to (includes chatter on Man of Steel’s trailer)

56:02 to 1:02:28 – The Hobbit (mild spoilers)

1:02:28 to End – Chitchat on The Americans, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and the network TV issues… plus House of Cards!

Remember When – Episode 54

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A displacement of geographic proportions left our podcast in an unintended hiatus.  Now that Jay’s moved across the country and settled into his new digs, we’re back behind the mics and getting back into our old routine.

Episode 54 drops us at the end of our Star Wars trilogy series, where we sit and take a look at 1983’s Return of the Jedi.  The final installment of the Original Trilogy is a controversial piece, to say the least, but a renewed look at the movie brings a few surprises.  We talk about the Return of the Jedi that might have been (Han dies before the first half of the movie?) and the Return of the Jedi that will never be again (Hayden Christensen’s Ghost… need we say more?).  You don’t even have to be an Ewok lover to find something to agree with us with in this show… we run the gamut of opinions and have a lot to talk about.

And the timing of our episode couldn’t have come at a better time!  Between the news of the Disney buyout of LucasFilm and the announcement of Episodes VII through IX, there’s a whole slew of new stuff for us to offer up our opinion on.  We’re going to tell you why you don’t REALLY want to see the original cast in the new movie, why it’s a terrible idea to film the Heir to the Empire trilogy in this day and age, and what it’s going to take for the new movies to be successful.

We cap off the show with a look at the road ahead for movies and our current landscape of TV.  The new Star Trek teaser certainly teased, the poster for Man of Steel has us intrigued, and Homeland’s looking pretty solid.

As always, thank you to our fans for your patience and understanding.  We appreciate it as the Universe is taking us in new and exciting directions in our personal lives!  If you’d like to reach us, give us a ring at 714-758-5027 (you can call or text)! Or if you don’t want to hear the sounds of our voices, you can click through to our Facebook page or say hi to us on Twitter.

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0:00 to 5:01 – Intro

5:01 to 43:57 – Return of the Jedi (spoiler filled discussion)

43:57 to 1:06:43 – The future of Star Wars

1:06:43 to End – Star Trek teaser (some mild spoilers), the Man of Steel, Homeland

Jay’s spoiler-free take on TRON Legacy, in less than 400 words

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TRON Legacy isn’t Shakespeare.

The reviews for the latest take on the legacy of Flynn and his electronic grid are less than kind.  Reading some of them, you’d expect this movie to be on par with one of the worst movies ever.  Even my companion to the midnight launch last night compared the movie’s suckitude to The Matrix Revolutions, a declaration which kind of surprised me.

So let me just say, TRON Legacy isn’t Shakespeare.  It’s not a Movie of the Year contender.  Instead, it’s just fun.

If you go into the movie only expecting a 2 hour piece of entertainment, you’ll probably walk out very happy.  That’s how I approached the movie, and I left the theater pleased.  TRON Legacy is fun.  It’s loud, it’s shiny, and it’s one of the best uses of your movie theater’s subwoofer since the Inception soundtrack.  The writing isn’t the best, and the acting has some issues.

TRON Legacy is like the Michael Bay film for geeks.  The explosions are big and beautiful, the sound effects are well crafted, the set work will impress you, and the special effects are a work of art.  Daft Punk’s soundtrack is like sex for your ears. I’d even go so far as to say that TRON Legacy is one of the best uses of 3D in a while.  And although the script work is questionable at best, the writers at least deserve credit for ditching the PC acronyms as character names.

It’s not perfect and it has its problems, CLU being the biggest of them.  I also think the trailers have painted a terrible picture of Legacy being this massively epic sci-fi piece on a similar scale as The Matrix, which is a woefully inaccurate comparison and an unattainable bar for any movie.

If you’re a TRON fan, you’ll see lots of background references to the original film (Space Paranoids, anyone?).  If you’ve never seen the original, go see Legacy anyway, because it gives you a great synopsis of the events from its predecesor.  But whoever you are, if you go see Legacy, just go with a good time in mind, and make no heavy demands of it. You’ll probably find the right level of entertainment. Then again, I’m the guy who liked The A-Team. 😉

Oh, and biggest surprise of the night?  I kinda loved the trailer for Cars 2.  No joke.

Holy cow! The new Tron Legacy trailer rocks

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Ever since I saw the first trailer earlier this year, I’ve been really eager to see Tron Legacy.  The initial teaser didn’t do much for me, but seeing the 3D trailer in front of Alice in Wonderland had me practically wetting myself.  I honestly thought Disney had outdone themselves when I saw that.

As it turns out, I was wrong.  The latest trailer manages to be a lot more dark and intense, and for me, it’s turned the anticipation for Tron Legacy from “Oooh, that looks SO good” to something more akin to “OHMIGAWD IS IT HERE YET?!?!?!!!!111oneone”.  This movie looks incredible, and the CG version of younger Jeff Bridges is practically mind blowing, even if the lip syncing is a slight bit off.

Disney looks to have another hit on their hands with Tron Legacy, which is amazing considering that the first film wasn’t a spectacular hit.  Even more interesting, they had Pixar help with the creative process of this film, with both Brad Bird and John Lassiter (among many other Pixar alum) offering a hand with the development of this remake.

We’re planning a major Tron episode for Remember When, due out in very late December.  In Remember When time, that comes out to something along the lines of early January.  I’ve never seen the original Tron before (seriously), so we’ll feature that as a Great Movie Jay Has Never Seen and discuss the original movie from the 80’s, then follow it up with a discussion on this latest piece of flashiness.

Are you interested in the Tron Legacy release?  Let us know your thoughts!

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