Monday, September 29, 2008

Joe vs. Ken, Episode 11: Reunited 

The boys are BACK with a new episode of the Joe vs. Ken podcast, titled "REUNITED"! Joe's been to NYC and Ken's been to Arkansas, and both have come away from it... changed men. I even manage to make myself sound smart talking about sports, which never, ever happens.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

In Theaters: Miracle at St. Anna and Eagle Eye 


Miracle at St. Anna
 is many things at the same time: an old-fashioned war movie, a meditation on racism in America in the 1940s, and a sober examination of what constitutes a miracle. This is not a "Christian movie," per se, but it is nonetheless fascinated by demonstrations of faith when all seems lost. Never has the term "grace under fire" felt more appropriate.




Jerry (Shia LeBouf) has a problem: He’s a loser in a dead-end job distanced from his rigid father and his ace Air Force twin brother. He bluffs his way through poker hands with coworkers and picks up pretty girls on the El Train (he lives in Chicago, as do most Americans in movies these days) with quick sketches he’s made of them.



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Monday, September 22, 2008

Dear nerds, 

The purchase and support of the following products does not make you hip, or cool:

1) iPhones/iPods/Anything Apple

2) Red Bull

3) Wii's

4) Threadless shirts

5) Starbucks

6) Liquor, esp. scotch or whisky

Further, aggressive advocacy and a smug belief in your superior choices in the following is equally ludicrous:

1) Music

2) Movies

3) Television shows

4) Authors

Note that it is perfectly fine to sincerely enjoy these things, but trumpeting your predictable matrix of consumer product choices does not make you a rebel. It merely marks you as someone who can be convinced that purcashing consumer goods or partaking in mass-produced entertainment is some kind of exercise in individuality. Please be advised that you are being played even harder than the people around you. You know, the "squares."


(With an assist from Birdie and Lartigue Feel free to add your own in comments.)

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Friday, September 19, 2008

In Theaters: Ghost Town 

You may know someone like Bertram Pincus, dentist and sourpuss. If you’re like me, you may even be him from time to time.

Bertram (Ricky Gervais) is scathing in his reflexive distaste for all things social, a man who prefers peace and quiet, and likes his job because his patients can’t talk while he’s working. Bertram is funny, in his way, but there’s a meanness to his humor that any friend of sarcasm can identify as a mask for pain. Unfortunately, that kind of pain can easily become self-perpetuating, something Ghost Town knows well.



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Friday, September 12, 2008

In Theaters: Righteous Kill 

It’s weird and depressing to see Robert De Niro and Al Pacino inhabit roles like this: tired, plot-driven, unimaginative and clichéd. Weird because we know they’re both capable of better performances, even on their worst days; depressing because the lead characters in Righteous Kill—brokedown cops with shaky morals and failing faith—are a third-generation Xerox of the kinds of characters both actors made a career out of defining. It’s a little like watching The Clash cover My Chemical Romance songs.



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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Oh, the Heartland. 

A little perspective on the GOP's professed love of the Heartland, via the Wall Street Journal's Thomas Frank. Here's a graf I found especially revealing:

A few days ago I talked politics with Donn Teske, the president of the Kansas Farmers Union and a former Republican. Barack Obama may come from a big city, he admits, but the Farmers Union gives him a 100% rating for his votes in Congress. John McCain gets a 0%. "If any farmer in the Plains States looked at McCain's voting record on ag issues," Mr. Teske says, "no one would vote for him."

What's commonly missing from the GOP's invocation of noble people sending their teenagers off to war while working two jobs is why those noble people are doing so: Because they can't afford to send the kids to college, or to work only 40 hours a week.


Joe vs. Ken, Episode 10: Laura Dern Eats Babies 

The latest podcast "Episode 10 - 'Laura Dern Eats Babies'" is now LIVE at www.joevsken.com

The last podcast for a couple weeks before the boys go on vacation. Joe and Ken talk about the upcoming Wizard World Texas line-up. Ken talks politics while Joe absently nods his head. Joe talks Madden while Ken checks his watch. Special guest appearances by Joe's horrible fake Southern accent and Richard Neal from Zeus Toys and Comics.

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Monday, September 08, 2008

Joe vs. Ken, Episode 9: Blah Bluh-Blah Bluh-Blah 

Wherein Joe and Ken are so very tired, and spend way too much time talking about glistening torsos and Vin Diesel. Up now at http://www.joevsken.com. Hit "Subscribe" to auto-update, as we always have new eps up on Saturday and Wednesday.

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Joe vs. Ken, Episode 8: I Didn't Know House Did Bukkake Either 

Joe, Ken, and April get into the nuances of fan fiction. That's all I gotta say.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Joe vs. Ken, Episode 7: No Girls Allowed 

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Wherein we introduce April, old relationship drama is resolved (or at least revisited), and a defense of Jason Statham is presented.

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