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Mr. Gene and I are back to review 2 Disney movies – Frozen and Muppets Most Wanted. Listen to our podcast and hear the happiness these movies brought back into our lives once more.

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PS – Mr. Gene and I mentioned Rosanna Pansino who does Nerdy Nummies. I immediately fell head over heals for her as she is a nerdy superstar. Please check her out: http://www.youtube.com/user/RosannaPansino


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Having just watched the new Muppets movie, I can truly say that this soundtrack is a must have for me. I have been saving my iTunes gift card since Christmas and it has been sitting there until yesterday. For the most part, the diversity in music styles and musical talents has made this one of the best Muppets soundtracks in a very long time. Yes, there will always be a special place in my heart for the ‘Rainbow Connection” and “Moving Right Along” (old school) and “Mahna Mahna” (really old school) which are Muppet classics but at times the other Muppets which songs are overly sweet and not catchy after listening to it several times. Below is a listing of the tracks on the cd. Those that are in italics are my favorite bits which are still stuck in my head/earworm.

  1. They’ve Ordered a Sequel* – Walter, Statler & Waldorf
  2. We’re Doing a Sequel – The Muppets, Lady Gaga, & Tony Bennett
  3. My Name First_ _ _ Your Name* – Constantine & Dominic Badguy
  4. I’m Number One – Constantine & Dominic Badguy
  5. The Casa Grande* – Kermit, Nadya, Jemaine Clement, Danny Trejo & Ray Liotta
  6. The Big House – Nadya & Josh Groban
  7. Stick With Me* – Constantine & Miss Piggy
  8. I’ll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu) – Constantine
  9. The Muppet Show Theme – Los Muppets
  10. Answer Some Questions* – Jean Pierre Napoleon
  11. Interrogation Song – Jean Pierre Napoleon, Sam Eagle, and The Muppets
  12. Oh Foo Foo, It’s Always Been a Fight* – Miss Piggy & Foo Foo
  13. Something So Right – Miss Piggy, Kermit, Celine Dion, & The Muppets
  14. We’re Goin’ Underground* – Kermit
  15. Working in the Coal Mine – Jemaine Clement
  16. The Gulag Finale* – Kermit
  17. Together Again – The Muppets & Josh Groban
  18. Moves Like Jagger – Scooter & The Penguins featuring Pepe the King Prawn
  19. Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix) – The Flamingos & Miss Piggy
  20. Muppets Most Wanted Score Suite – Christophe Beck
  21. We’re Doing a Sequel (demo) – Bret McKenzie
  22. The Big House (demo) – Bret McKenzie
  23. What You Want (outtake) – Bret McKenzie
  24. I’ll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu) (demo) – Bret McKenzie
  25. Something So Right (demo) – Bret McKenzie

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Here’s to hoping all good things to come when Agent Carter get greenlit. If you have not seen the latest Captain America movie, **SPOILERS** Agent Carter, rather, an elderly Peggy Carter receives a visit from Steve Rogers. This scene was one of my favorites moments from The Winter Soldier and left me wanting to know more about Peggy. If done right, the Agent Carter series can help stabilize the Agents of Shield for season 2 if it gets that far. The formation of SHIELD would be compelling as we could see the Hydra connection. 2, we would have a strong female lead which Marvel really needs to their dominant male cast of heroes. Lastly, I would come back to watching Agents of SHIELD provided the two series were linked with crossover storylines and with different time periods.  Hell, I would love to see a young Agent Coulson storyline at this point. I just need a good reason to believe that Marvel/Disney can show us all good things are not always on the big screen. I promise I will come back to watch week after week; honest.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn’t quite the runaway success that ABC had hoped for, but the network isn’t giving up on Marvel just yet. To the contrary, it’s thinking of doubling down.

A new report indicates that Agent Carter may bypass the pilot stage and go straight to series, debuting sometime during the (as yet unannounced) second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. More details after the jump.

via Marvel’s Agent Carter TV Show: ABC Eyes Series Order – /Film.


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Mr Gene and I discuss the latest Marvel superhero movie, Captain America The Winter Soldier. Please do not listen to the podcast if you have not seen the movie as this show is filled with spoilers.

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Mr. Gene and I ranted about things that only Nerds would understand our rage. Please note, during the making of this podcast, due to technical issues, I lost 1/2 of the podcast content. Still, I believe there is enough content to entertain our fans (all three of you.)

Enjoy,

The Monster

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On one of the rare times that I go to the movies, an even rarer times going to the movies with my wife, we decided to see Noah. I can honestly say my wife like this movie more than I did. For me, it was not so much the artistic license with the story, though this seemed I was watching a fantasy movie a la Lord of the Rings, Mad Max or some alternative Earth story. My problem lies within the context of this bible story. Since I don’t follow a religion, though I observe religious holidays, I am not a religious person. I get the idea of faith and that there is something greater than us that made the world that we live in today. How do we know all this went down the way that it did?

I know everything is up to interpretation in the bible and not as gospel of truth. We have Adam and Eve who had two sons. Cain killed Abel and Adam and Eve then had another son called Seth. So, out of the four, we give credit to them for the birth of civilization? Flash forward to Noah and the flood. Carrying out God’s will to protect the innocent – the animals, Noah believed that after his family died, there would be no more men on Earth. Yet, the barren Ila (Emma Watson) is given the ability to have children and as so upset Noah’s plan. Since the babies were girls, Noah planned to kill them as to not have any more off-springs. When the time came, Noah was unable to commit murder of his two new granddaughters. By the end of the movie, he is telling the same thing that “God” said about being fruitful and multiply. With that said, we have Noah and his wife, his oldest son with Ila and their two daughters, and then Noah’s youngest son. Noah’s middle left the family due to conflicts with his father which were very valid but are we to believe that this small handful of survivors had enough genetic material to populate the Earth? There had to be incest on some level to procreate, right? So my wife is really my sister and Noah is my father, NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! That’s impossible and no, I will not search out my feelings because I know this to be false.

For all the good the movie tried to give you a story that might have happened a long, long time ago, I for one was taken out of the movie by logic. Later in the day, I was watching Cosmos on Fox which blew me away on the origins of the Universe. Having experienced these polar opposites, there is room for both in my life. I am not about to get into the details here because I am getting physically worked up on this issue. I will try to make mention of it on my podcast which has been long overdue.


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It’s The Walking Dead episode that has everyone talking, and now the woman at the center of it all — Melissa McBride, who plays Carol — gives her take on the events of last night’s episode, “The Grove.” [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead.]

via ‘The Walking Dead’: Melissa McBride on Carol’s ‘devastating’ decision | Inside TV | EW.com.

Is it wrong for me to want to live in this world where the biggest worries are zombies as opposed to paying back student loans. Life would be so much easier for me but then again, I may be replacing one problem for another. (If zombies are people and you have to kill them to survive and corporations like banks who want to see themselves as people… I smell a loophole.) Yet, I am always drawn to the problems our survivors are dealing with their new normal lives. We see people band together for the common good and others exploit for gain of power. Yet, the strength of the show are the toughest choices that have to be made which are necessary to preserve life.

Over the years, Carol has become one of my favorite characters watching this series. Her mousey demeanor to abusive husband from season one to becoming not only a survivor but a survivor that is willing to carry out the tough choices to preserve life is truly remarkable. I am not going to go in great details about her arc but refer to her appearance on last night’s episode. Carol had to put down one of the two girls she took care of back in the prison. While she tried to be more than a mother to the girls, Lizzie was never able to cope with this zombie world unlike her younger sister Mika. Carol felt as responsible for the death of Mika as Lizzie was of Mika. She kept instructing them both about the need to kill to survive and Lizzie just acted out. Carol knew that their own safety was in jeopardy even if Lizzie was to remain unarmed. Taking Lizzie out into the field of flowers to kill her was an act of mercy by Carol. Which brings us to her relationship to Tyreese.

Back before the Governor attacked the prison compound, there was a flu-like virus that was spreading and killing the survivors. Tyreese’s then girlfriend Karen was infected with the flu strain and was quarantined. Carol took it upon herself to not only kill Karen but also burn her body. For the longest time, Tyreese never knew that it was Carol that did the deed. Flash forward back to this episode, Tyreese and Carol were beyond stun by Lizzie’s action. Carol spoke up about having to kill Lizzie. As for Tyreese, for as big as he is, I don’t believe he could have done what Carol ultimately did. As such, when Carol reveals to Tyreese what she did to Karen, yes Tyreese could have hurt her badly or have killed her out right. Deep down, Tyreese knew that these tough choices are necessary to preserve life and Carol is willing to keep on fighting to survive. I am truly in awe of this show as there doesn’t seem to any kink in the show’s armor despite the many show runners over the year.

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Let me begin with this note up front. This entry is in no way to make light of this terrible situation. The goal of this blog is to point out how art imitates life and vice versa. Many times, I get in awe of scientific concepts on scifi shows and when times catches up to make those concepts a reality, I am blown away. So, going back to the Malaysian Airlines flight 370, this brings up scifi themed movies and shows that brings up the point, “Can a plane simply disappear?”

Remember Amelia Earhart? Her famous journey to fly solo around the world and still to this day, neither she nor her plane have been ever recovered. Yet, science fiction leads up to believe that on Star Trek: Voyager Season 2 Episode 1 “37″ Amelia Earhart was found in a cryo-stasis by the Voyager crew. So how did Amelia appear on the almost opposite side of the galaxy? Alien abduction.

Another plane related tv series was Lost. This series finds survivors of a plane crash on a remote island filled with secrets. After 6 seasons of episodes, not all the questions posed were answered but did not diminish this great show.

Let’s not forget the tv mini series called The Langoliers created by Stephen King. A red eye flight from Boston to LA, a handful of passengers wake up to find everyone else missing including the crew.

In the late eighties, there was a movie called Millennium not to be confused by the tv series by Chris Carter (X-Files). This movie dealt with humans from the future replacing all the humans moments before a plane crash with fake replacements. These future humans were trying to save humanity by bringing people from the past, who were going to die, to the future where they would live out their lives.

Now, go back farther to a little know Airport movie. This really started the whole disaster movie genre like Earthquake, The Poseidon Adventure, and The Towering Inferno. Like with all disaster movies, we were treated to an all star casts but unless you grew up in the late 60′s/70′s you will not know many of the stars. However, the success of this movie gave us: Airport 75, Airport 77, and Airport 79. If you want to know the premise of 75, watch Airplane. 77 shows us a plane crashing into the ocean in the Bermuda Triangle. 79 dealt with the no longer running Concorde – the plane that could travel twice the speed of sound.

Last but not least, one of the few books, an actual books not comic books, that I read as a kid was called The Ghost of Flight 401. This story was based on the real plane crash of Flight  401 which met its demise in the Florida Everglades near Miami. From the few details I remember, this book was more about ghost sightings of the deceased crew members appear on other flights. I could be wrong but the connection with the sightings were due to the salvage pieces from Flight 401 being put into other planes. Creepy yes but reading this stuff was truly fascinating.

Let’s all hope, from the searchers involved to the family/friends of those on board the Malaysian Airlines flight 370, that they are all able to have closure soon.

Details concerning the sudden, Saturday disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370 continue to trickle in. Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the head of Malaysia’s Civil Aviation Authority, said the missing Boeing 777 carrying 227 passengers presents an “unprecedented mystery.”

Here’s what we do know: The flight disappeared on Friday night/Saturday morning en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The plane was at cruising altitude (35,000 feet) and weather was more or less clear. Air traffic controllers in Vietnam say contact with the crew disappeared about 120 nautical miles east of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, and radar signals suggest the plane may have turned around before losing contact.

via Where In The World Is Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? Conspiracy Theorists Take To The Internet | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.


DougI love it science catches up to futuristic ideas as seen in popular science fiction books and movies. Now personally, I do like the idea of being able to understand a dog through a translation device rather than being able to speak to fish ala Aquaman. 1) I don’t like the idea of talking to an animal where I might eat it later on and 2) Squirrel…..

What if your dog could greet you with more than a growl, or announce the reason he’s scratching at the door? It sounds absurd and much like the storyline from the Pixar film, “Up,” but Scandinavian scientists are working to develop a headset that could soon allow your furry best friend to speak his mind. The Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery is the brains behind “No More Woof” — technology that aims to distinguish canine thought patterns and then issue them as short sentences via a microphone. “The brainwaves differ quite a lot from different races as well as individual dogs,” NSID writes on their website. “However it is possible to detect some common patterns and we have no doubt that in the future this technology will open up a vast new era of communication between dogs and humans, or animals in general and humans.”

via Talking Dog Device Ready to Hit Market Soon – Yahoo.


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And you are??? Any relations to Minnie Driver? Taxi Driver? Pile Driver? Ok, even of this crap. Now, could this be a good this to have an unknown actor, at least to me anyway, to play a villain role in the new Star Wars movie? Sure, there were many relatively unknown actors to play the heroes in Episode 4 like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford who had many smaller roles in Coppola’s movie. The two more established actors were Alec Guiness and Peter Cushing helped to round out the cast. Now for the new movie, the unknowns will be the stars of the movie and unknown, Adam Driver, to play the villain. My two cents, now worth less than that, is this character going to have a long lasting screen presence like Darth Vader as the article suggests below or will he be done in by the end of the new movie ala Darth Maul? (yes, I know Maul lives on in the comics and in the animated clone wars but no one cares.) I for one loved seeing Maul but they hype and the limited amount of screen time made this a less than impressive character let alone a villain. I can’t say that Adam will be doing Admiral Thrawn from the Zahn series but the cannon after Return, made clear by Disney, will not matter.

Any thoughts on this matter?

Adam Driver is ready to travel to a galaxy far, far, away.Sources tell Variety that while no deal is done yet, the “Girls” actor is close to signing on to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader.Driver, 30, is the first cast member to be revealed for Walt Disney Studios and LucasFilm’s highly-anticipated “Star Wars” installment, which will open in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.The big-budget tentpole, directed by J.J. Abrams, is scheduled to shoot at London’s Pinewood Studios in April. Additional cast members will likely be announced in the next month.“Star Wars: Episode VII” will continue the Jedi saga where “Return of the Jedi” left off.

via ‘Star Wars’ Adam Driver: ‘Girls’ Actor in Talks to Play the Villain | Variety.