What Was That, Now?
A discussion about culture. Arts, entertainment and society.
info_outline 024 - Sense8 and GLOW, Apocalyptic Shows and Summer Reading 07/12/2017
024 - Sense8 and GLOW, Apocalyptic Shows and Summer Reading Art and Loann are talking about some summer watches and reads. Loann is relieved that Sense8 will have a life beyond the cliffhanger ending of this most recent season, while Art thrills to the women of GLOW - the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. We talk about how shows and movies deal with the immediate aftermath of the apocalypse as Loann chats about the third season of Fear the Walking Dead and Art contrasts and compares that with the recent film It Comes at Night. And lastly, Art and Loann talk about the books they've been reading this summer. Things discussed in this episode: Sens8 (Netflix series) Sens8 To Receive a Two Hour Finale Special on Netflix - Variety GLOW (Netflix Series) G.L.O.W. - The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (Documentary) Fear the Walking Dead It Comes at Night The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer: Book 1 Annihilation Book 2 Authority Book 3 Acceptance Before the Fall by Noah Hawley The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
info_outline 023 - The Handmaid's Tale 06/23/2017
023 - The Handmaid's Tale This week Art and Loann dive into The Handmaid's Tale. Margaret Atwood's novel, published in the 1980's is now a hit series for Hulu starring Elizabeth Moss. We talk about the novel and the adaptation - how they differ, how they are the same, and what the story means to us today. Discussed in this episode: Mary McCarthy's 1996 review of the novel in the The New York Times The Handmaid's Tale is a Warning to Conservative Women - Sarah Jones, New Republic Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
info_outline 022 - Wonder Woman 2017 06/09/2017
022 - Wonder Woman 2017 Loann and Art talk a whole episode of Wonder Woman. This movie was high on both our lists of most anticipated summer movies, and we've both seen it and are ready to weigh in. In this show we also talk about Wonder Woman in the culture- her history and what was riding on the success of this latest incarnation of America's first female superhero! *We do not spoil any major plot points, surprises or twists. However, as always, we do warn listeners that do we review the movie in depth. We don't reveal anything much beyond what people could gather from watching a trailer for the film, or reading a typical movie review. If you're a moviegoer who doesn't even like watching trailers, come back and listen to our discussion after you've seen the movie! Things discussed in this podcast: The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore Intro music by Maeve.
info_outline 020 - We Need to Talk About Donald 03/13/2017
020 - We Need to Talk About Donald Art and Loann discuss how to talk about politics in this very weird and polarized atmosphere we are living through right now! Also, Art has been reliving the O.J. Simpson Trial days with the documentary O.J. Simpson Made In America and the dramatized series American Crime Story: The People Versus O.J. Simpson, along with reading the definitive book on the trial, Jeffrey Toobin's The Run of His Life: The People Versus O.J. Simpson. Loann has been watching The Magicians.
info_outline 019 - Going Rogue 02/04/2017
019 - Going Rogue Loann and Art spend the episode discussing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Is it good? How does it fit into the other Star Wars films? What are the politics of the Star Wars universe? Is it weird to resurrect dead actors to play cameos? WARNING: We are not spoilery, we give away no major plot points or surprises, but we do talk about the film in total. As we say in the show itself: If you still have not seen the movie, and you are the type of person who doesn't even like to see trailers or read reviews, then you may want to come back to this episode after you've seen Rogue One. Also Loann has been watching a crime thriller series from Denmark called Department Q. Art recently binged Brit Marling's new Netflix series The OA Reading list: Of Course Rogue One is Political - David Sims, The Atlantic
info_outline 018 - Memorable Moviegoing Experiences 07/10/2016
018 - Memorable Moviegoing Experiences Loann and Art discuss the possibility of movie theaters becoming a niche destination and an expensive one. And then each of us talk about our top five most memorable times at the movies. Sad, embarrassing, funny and uplifting, our movie experiences span across the globe and our lives. Featured discussion topic: Is It Curtains for the Big Screen? - Financial Times Music by MaeveMusic
info_outline 017- Summer Movie Preview 2016 05/20/2016
017- Summer Movie Preview 2016 Loann and Art talk about the movies their looking forward to seeing in the theaters this summer! That's right, these are the big, spectacular popcorn movies that are great to see with an audience looking to have a great time! And then we talk about some of culture we've been consuming lately. Loann checked out the new adaptation of J.G. Ballard's High-Rise. And Art ventured into the horror-thriller realm with two recent films about people trapped in remote areas - Green Room and The Forest.
info_outline 016 - Cliffhangers - To be or not to be...continued? 05/08/2016
016 - Cliffhangers - To be or not to be...continued? Art and Loann discuss the practice of cliffhanger endings in television series, movies and the origins of the practice in some of the world's greatest literature. Warning: Though we are a spoiler-free podcast in general, we do spoil some classic works of literature and few classic movies in this episode. We also talk about the Walking Dead season finale from this year as well as some other recent movies and television series, but we don't talk specifically enough to give anything away. If you like to remain completely spoiler-free in your entertainment consumption, consider yourself fairly warned! Featured discussions: The Walking Dead The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2 Sherlock (BBC series)
info_outline 012 - Charlie Hebdo and Satire 02/04/2015
012 - Charlie Hebdo and Satire This week Loann and Art talk about the aftermath of the attack on the satirical French publication Charlie Hebdo, and the discussion ranges into the types of satire and how it is received by those in power and those out of power.
info_outline 011 - Robin Williams and Where Are the Movies For Adults? 09/09/2014
011 - Robin Williams and Where Are the Movies For Adults? Robin Williams will be missed. A big career and an even bigger personality. Loann and Art talk about their memories of his performances and his impact on the culture. And, are movie theaters even a place for adults seeking serious drama?
info_outline 010 - Translation Troubles and Female Movie Hero Woes 08/19/2014
010 - Translation Troubles and Female Movie Hero Woes Art and Loann talk about the fate of foreign books in translation when it comes to the English speaking book markets. And, modern female movie characters often blaze onto the screen with brains and skills, but then recede so the the male characters can take center stage. Is this becoming a problem?
info_outline 009 - Tom Cruise & Dragons Underperform and 70's Political Paranoia Today 06/27/2014
009 - Tom Cruise & Dragons Underperform and 70's Political Paranoia Today How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Edge of Tomorrow are getting great reviews, (and Loann and Art have each seen one of them.) However, they are not meeting box office projections, so what does that mean for the studios and the stars. And, 70's movies like The Conversation made audiences feel creeped out about the surveillance state, but where are those stories being told today?
info_outline Episode 8 - Young Adult Lit and Conservative Comedy 06/13/2014
Episode 8 - Young Adult Lit and Conservative Comedy Loann and Art, in true young boy and girl detective spirit, track down the arguments for and against grown-ups reading Young Adult literature. And, where are all the conservative comedians? Is the comedy industry a liberal stronghold?