Reunions. Betrayals. Usurpations. (Is that a word?) Just another day at Sterling Cooper and also the second season finale of Mad Men, “Meditations in an Emergency.” AJ, Kenn, and Joe discuss where Don and Betty’s relationship is headed in light of how badly it’s been damaged this season; the Cuban Missile Crisis hanging over every decision these characters make; and the conclusion of Duck’s foolish gambit. There’s also talk of Are You Here, Matthew Weiner’s new film and feature directorial debut. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
Before there was Juno, there was Alien, the ultimate film about unwanted pregnancy. Eggs shooting down throats, penile heads devouring yours, a brand new lifeform bursting forth from your body…Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic pokes and prods you where you don’t want to be poked and prodded. Paul and AJ kick off an epic podcrawl (see information on participating podcasts in the show notes) about the Alien and Predator films with a look back at the one that started it all, in all its psychosexual glory. Of course, there’s more underneath its skin, including gorgeous photography, eerie sound design, slow-mounting tension, a realistic ensemble, and a star-making performance from Sigourney Weaver. But it’s mostly about dicks. Plus, Gwen Stacy returns to the pages of Spider-Man comics in an unexpected way.
Next: Paul and AJ continue the podcrawl on September 3 with a discussion of John McTiernan’s 1987 classic (?) Predator.
Rulers–whether they be corrupt, wise, or both–make rules. They establish boundaries, set parameters within which a person lives their life. Should those rules be broken, there will be consequences. Neil Gaiman explores some of those consequences, joined by an incredibly talented string of artists including Bryan Talbot and Jill Thompson, in The Sandman: Vol. VI – Fables & Reflections. Paul and AJ continue their year-long Four-Color Flashback exploration of The Sandman, discussing everything from barophobia to Greek myth, from the once-great city of Baghdad to the “Thriller” video. Plus, Donald Glover finally gets to be Spider-Man and AJ offers his thought’s on Netflix’s first animated series for adults, BoJack Horseman.
Next: on September 1, Paul and AJ kick off an epic podcrawl (see information on participating podcasts in the show notes) discussing the Alien and Predator films with a look back at Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic Alien.
In their penultimate week of discussing Mad Men season 2, AJ, Kenn, and Joe take a look at “The Inheritance,” in which the Drapers experience a stroke of bad luck; “The Jet Set,” the charming tale of a young German man whose quest is to overcome adversity to see a Bob Dylan concert; and “The Mountain King,” wherein Don meets an old friend out Californee way. Plus, Hamm Watch makes its triumphant return!
Not a boy but not yet a man; it’s something both humanoid mutant turtles and Texans experience. To cover that wide range of experience, Paul and AJ are discussing both the new Michael Bay-produced version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as well as Richard Linklater’s down-to-earth epic Boyhood. Joining them is Nowheresville director/Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast co-host Joseph Lewis, who manages to summarize TMNT in the most beautiful way possible. That might be the only beautiful thing in relation to the movie; spoiler alert, but one of these films is a hell of a lot better than the other, and it’s probably the one about growing up without a stable father figure that was filmed over 12 years. Wait, which–which one was that? Plus, things start on a serious note with Ferguson and the passing of Robin Williams.
Next: we continue our year-long Four-Color Flashback exploration of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman with a discussion of Vol. VI: Fables and Reflections.
Continuing their discussion of Mad Men season 2, AJ, Kenn, and Joe take a look at “The Gold Violin,” wherein the Drapers litter; “A Night to Remember,” in which Father Gill makes his singer/songwriter debut; and “Six Month Leave,” wherein Freddy Rumsen pisses himself. No Hamm Watch this month…but just you wait until next week!
This week, AJ, Kenn, and Joe are joined by The Debatable Podcast host Greg Sahadachny to continue their look at Mad Men season 2. The episodes under discussion are “Three Sundays,” in which Peggy experiences Scorsese levels of Catholic guilt; “The New Girl,” wherein Don has a bit too much to drink; and “Maidenform,” which features a very sad puppy. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!