Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hermophobia #20: The Movies of 1994 – Part I

Allen and Mark discuss the films of 1994

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discussed in this episode:

  • The Top 20 films of 1994
  • Comedies of 1994
  • Sci-fi in 1994
  • Action Movies of 1994

 

Coming Next:

The Movies of 1994 – Part II

 

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Hermophobia #19: The Movies of 1988 Part II

Mark and Allen continue and conclude their discussion of the films of 1988.

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discussed in this episode:

  • The stars of 1988
  • The directors of 1988
  • Horror Movies of 1988
  • Dramas in 1988
  • Siskel & Ebert's Top 10 of ‘88
  • The Oscars
  • Overlooked, Under-rated or Forgotten Films of 1988
  • Over-rated and Best Forgotten Films of 1988
  • Mark and Allen’s Top 5 of 1988 .

 

Coming Soon: 1994

 

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Hermophobia #18: The Movies of 1988 Part One

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Oops! A week late! This is actually the second take of 1988, the first dumped for excess boringness! As Mark gets older, and Allen gets younger (?!?) they take time out to talk about the movies of 1988

discussed in this episode:

  • The Top 10 Grossing films of 1988
  • Comedies of 1988
  • Sci-fi in 1988
  • Action films of 1988

 

coming up next:

the movies of 1988 – part two!

 

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Hermophobia #17: The Movies of 1979 Part II

Mark and Allen continue their discussion of the films of 1979

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discussed in this episode

  • The stars of 1979
  • The directors of 1979
  • Horror Movies of 1979
  • Dramas in 1979
  • Odds & ends
  • Siskel & Ebert's Top 10 of ‘79
  • The Oscars
  • Overlooked, Under-rated or Forgotten Films of 1979
  • Over-rated and Best Forgotten Films of 1979
  • Mark and Allen’s Top 5 of 1979

 

coming next: 1988

 

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Hermophobia #16: 1979 – Part I

Mark and Allen talk about the films of 1979!

1979 discussed in this episode:

  • The Top 20 Grossing Films of 1979
  • The Comedies of 1979
  • Sci-Fi in 1979
  • Action Films of 1979

 

Next Week: 1979 – Part II

Coming Soon: 1988

 

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Hermophobia #15: Coming Soon: The Past!

Mark and Allen talk about the upcoming changes to Hermophobia!

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Next Episode:

1979

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Hermophobia #14: A Baby Ate My Dingo!

This week Mark lies “in bed thinking about ‘Showgirls’” while Allen walks around in circles singing ooo-a-o!

 

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discussed in this episode:

Man on FirePrimary Colors 

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Get Off My Lawn!

We will be talking about Gran Torino and Clint Eastwood’s phase in his career as an Oscar caliber director on Hermophobia #14. If you have any comments you would like included in this discussion, please post them now.

 

 

Also, what do you think of the new Underworld trailer? Or the franchise as a whole?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Hermophobia #13.5: TV Edition

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Special Guest: Hayley!

 

 discussed this week:

  • My Own Worst Enemy
  • Boston Legal
  • Life
  • Heroes
  • The Graham Norton Show
  • Supernatural
  • The Starter Wife
  • Crusoe
  • Eli Stone
  • No Heroics
  • Weeds: Seasons One & Two

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Hermophobia #13: You Can See Stuff!

This week Mark and Allen are joined by Allen’s HLP, Hayley!!!

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discussed in this episode:

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Angels in America

One of my angels in america loftier goal of things to do during my time off was to finally watch Angels in America.

I had heard a lot of great stuff about it, both in print and from friends that had watched it, and they all sang its praises. It has an amazing cast including Mary Louise Parker and Justin Kirk (both of Weeds), Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson and Jeffery Wright. It is directed by Mike Nichols (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, Closer) who is always a solid film maker, and even when he fails (Wolf), he does it interestingly.  The mini-series was written by Tony Kushner, adapted from his play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes.

I have always thought that the mark of a really great movie (or in this case, mini-series) is that it remains with you long after you have viewed it. However, after watching Angels in America, what remains on my mind is “what did I miss?”

On Rotten Tomatoes it has garnered a very respectable 82%, and the IMDB user rating is 8.3 Stars, very high for an IMDB rating.  While I didn’t hate Angels in America, I certainly didn’t love it as it seems so many others have. With a 6 hour running time, I was expecting much more – not that I wanted some huge sweeping epic saga, it was that I was expecting something more intricate and meaty that I would be immersed into and leave me pondering its rich prose and web of themes and sub themes.

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Instead what I got were a few interesting characters, a couple of  interesting (though not especially original) ideas, and of course, several excellent performances.

So after watching the 6 hour stage-to-screen translation, and spending nearly two weeks reflecting… what could have eluded me? I have to think there was more to it than sickness, despair and the idea that god has abandoned us. I really want to believe there was more. Surely I am not so thick that I am unable to get it? Am I? Perhaps the deep themes are hiding like Waldo. Perhaps if I unfocused my eyes, I will see the 3D themes immerge.I have wanted to cheat, start reading some reviews and articles that may be out there to help me understand what makes this so “important” and beloved. I keep thinking that if I do though, I will only start seeing what has been pointed out.  and then I am just squinting at the Emperor's New Clothes.

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-Allen

Monday, October 20, 2008

Hermophobia #12.5: TV Edition

***SPOILERS ABOUND***

 

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  • Valentine
  • Desperate Housewives
  • Dexter
  • Family Guy
  • Little Britain USA
  • True Blood
  • Boston Legal
  • Chuck
  • Heroes
  • Life
  • Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Worst Week
  • My Own Worst Enemy
  • Samantha Who?
  • Eli Stone
  • The Mentalist
  • Bones
  • Gary Unmarried
  • Project Runway
  • Pushing Daises
  • The New Adventures of Old Christine
  • Til Death
  • Eleventh Hour
  • Kath & Kim
  • My Name is Earl
  • Life On Mars
  • Supernatural
  • The Office
  • Ugly Betty
  • The Graham Norton Show
  • No Heroics
  • The Starter Wife
  • Real Tine with Bill Maher
  • Sanctuary
  • Stargate: Atlantis
  • Crusoe

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Hermophobia #12: Cockflavored?!?

They were MIA for a week! Mark is back from his expensive holiday while Allen weawwanges the wiving woom!

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discussed in this episode:

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DVD/Movie Picks:

30 days of nightBuffy road gamesreform school girlsvice squad 

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Hermophobia #11.5: TV Edition

***SPOILERS ABOUND***

discussed in this episode

  • dexter True Blood
  • Dexter
  • Desperate Housewives
  • Chuck
  • Life
  • Boston Legal
  • Heroes
  • Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles
  • Big Bang Theory
  • Fringe
  • The Mentalist
  • Pushing Daisies
  • Bones
  • Gary Unmarried
  • Knight Rider
  • The New Adventures of Old Christine
  • My Name is Earl
  • Supernatural
  • Survivor
  • Ugly Betty
  • Sanctuary
  • Real Time With Bill Maher

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Hermophobia #11: I’m Barren!

Mark struggles with a cold as Allen sloths away week one of his vacation.

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discussed in this episode

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Hermophobia #10.5: TV Edition

Mark & Allen talk about the TV shows they are watching.

 

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discussed in this episode

  • Boston Legal
  • Heroes
  • Big Bang Theory
  • The Mentalist
  • Eureka
  • Fringe
  • Gary Unmarried
  • The New Adventures of Old Christine
  • Knight Rider
  • Bones
  • Project Runway
  • Til Death
  • My Name is Earl
  • Ugly Betty
  • The Office
  • Survivor
  • Kitchen Nightmares
  • Supernatural
  • Real Time with Bill Maher
  • Stargate: Atlantis

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Hermophobia 10: R.I.A. eh?

Allen slides into a 2 week time off, while Mark awaits his medal for chopping wood… he’s gonna be waiting a long long time!

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discussed in this episode:

Jackie Brown La femme Nikita

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Hermophobia #9: It’s Fantastic!

Allen looks for a 12 step RSS program and abuses the word “Fantastic,” while Mark invests in a road to his outhouse!

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discussed in this episode:

the closer the hunger true romance

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Hermophobia #8: Now With Less Rat Hair!

After a seemingly endless week Allen and Mark take time out to talk film and tech… and the scary side of generic products!   

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discussed in this episode:

DVD/Movie Picks:

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