Summary: Popspotting is a pop-culture blog and show by Jen and Ryan, long-time podcasters based in Hawaii. Popspotting covers movies, television, music, books, art, tech, and pop culture news. Reader and listener participation are a key part of the show, with regular and special segments, including contests and trivia.
This week we tackle another batch of new fall shows, including "Pan Am" (starring Christina Ricci, Kelli Garner, Margot Robbie, Karine Vanasse, Mike Vogel and Michael Mosley, Sundays on ABC), "Terra Nova" (Mondays on FOX), "Person of Interest" (Thursdays on CBS), "Up All Night" (starring Wil Arnett and Christina Applegate, Thursdays on NBC). We also pay tribute to our favorite half-hour comedy sitcoms on NBC, including "The Office," "Parks & Recreation," and "Community." Alas, no "30 Rock" until next year!
This "Movie Monday" brings another double feature, this week highlighting two of Jen's favorite John Cusack films. Although he's plays a teenager in one and a directionless twenty-something in the other, Cusack delivers memorable performances in both as men dealing with love and heartbreak. Tune in as we talk "Say Anything" and "High Fidelity."
It's a jam packed feedback show, from "Drive" to more soundtracks worthy of mention, including "Juno," "Tank Girl," "Friday Night Lights," "Valley Girl," "Next Stop Wonderland," “Jackie Brown” and “Go.” Then we move over to the small screen for early takes on now shows, including "Ringer," "Person of Interest," and "New Girl."
Joining us today for PopTalk & Trivia Thursday is Paul Fox (@Foxlore on Twitter). Originally from Palm Beach County in Florida, he moved to Asia in the year 2000, and he’s now a college lecturer in Hong Kong in the field of Media Studies and Asian Studies. Paul is also a podcaster, co-hosting “East Screen West Screen” with Kevin Ma and other guests to cover news, rumors and reviews for cinema from Hong Kong, China, Asia and the West.
As a follow-up to our June show highlighting Jen’s favorite photo apps, both of us share five apps that we can’t live without. While we’re iPhone users, almost all of these apps are available for Android smartphones, and most have web interfaces as well. Of course, there are thousands of apps out there, and many gems we've probably never heard of. If there's a killer app you use every day, tell us about it!
With the new fall TV season underway, and several of our favorite returning shows chugging along, we adopt the "what we're watching" format for our Tuesday podcast. We share quick takes and premature judgments on "2 Broke Girls," "Free Agents," "New Girl," and "Prime Suspect." Then we finally catch up with programs we love: "Fringe," "Sons of Anarchy" and "Breaking Bad."
We kick off the week with another new release. "Moneyball," starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, is based on a true story and a book of the same name by Michael Lewis. Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland A's, changes the game by adopting a new way to build a competitive baseball team. The movie was directed by Bennett Miller and features a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian.
Once again we celebrate the brilliance of our listeners in Feedback Friday. On tap, your needledrop movie soundtrack picks (including "Dirty Dancing," "Reality Bites," "The Jackal," "Forrest Gump," and "2001." And Lauren chimes in with a spirited defense of "Hackers." Also, some different takes on "Battlestar Galactica" and its finale, from "loved it" to "couldn't stick with it." And we close with quick takes on "Sherlock" and "White Collar." I think we're going to have to set aside the time to give "White Collar" a fair shake.
At long last, the great Steph Smith (@stephsmith) joins us for PopTalk & Trivia Thursday. She’s a TV lover, movie snob, and internet addict, and you can hear her on several podcasts, including “What’s On with Steph & Des” and “PotentialCast.”
It was over five years ago when Jen last shared her "Top Five Favorite Podcasts." Suffice it to say, a lot has changed since then... but some things haven't! Today, we send shoutouts to a few of our fellow media makers... with the prominent caveat that we probably could never mention or list everyone we should. Both Jen and Ryan share separate lists, bringing you at least ten other podcasts you might want to check out. From tech shows to personal stories to public radio, there's something for everyone.
The new fall television season is upon us! And from Daniel B. in Boston comes the suggestion to take a day-by-day look at what’s coming up on the tube. Today we run through the Fall 2011 TV programming grid and make snap judgments about brand new shows on the major networks. Next week we’ll start to cover returning shows and share our first impressions on some new stuff. But we really want to talk about the shows you want to talk about, so be sure to let us know what you’re watching this fall!
For Movie Monday, we take in an unusual, unforgettable, riveting and sometimes shocking new film from director Nicolas Winding Refn. An unabashed throwback to an earlier time, "Drive" takes you on a one-of-a-kind ride through the darker streets of Los Angeles. Next week, "Moneyball"! If you've seen either of these films, we'd love to hear your review.
For Feedback Friday, a fun mix. Movie music and filming locations, television, and suggestions for future double features.
Joining us today from Wisconsin is Barry Laabs (@brewerfan71), a long-suffering Green Bay Packers fan, proud Brewers fan, and total Disney and Lost fanatic. He shares his love of Happy Mondays,” Disney kids shows (“Phineas & Ferb” and “Good Luck Charlie“), and “Bloom County: The Complete Collection.”
We love movies. We love music. Why not combine the two? For Wildcard Wednesday, we start with your suggestion for a "favorite soundtracks" show, but with a slight twist. Today both of us share our "Top 5 Needledrop Soundtracks," movie soundtracks that use popular music to set the scene.