RIP Bobbi Kristina Brown
Let’s go back to: In honor of Yvonne Strahovski's birthday today, let's remember Chuck!
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: I've always loved the show, but I finally convinced Kelly to watch it on Netflix. I told her she'd love it and I was right! The show is fun, charming, and perfect suited to our nerdy interests. Even if it weren't for his other pursuits, this show would firmly place Zachary Levi as a leader amongst nerds. Plus bonus Matt Bomer!
Where can you find it now?: Netflix!
The Band: Disclosure feat. Sam Smith
The Song: "Omen"
The YouTube Link:
Where you heard it first: I literally just heard this song for the first time on the radio this morning.
Why it’s been stuck in your head: It's a catching song, but we'll have to wait and see if Disclosure and Sam Smith have captured the magic of their previous collaboration ("Latch").
Why you recommend it to our listeners: I love hearing Sam Smith's beautiful vocals over something besides a slow melodramatic ballad for a change.
Let’s go back to: Clueless
Released on July 21, 1995, Clueless was a modern-day retelling of Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. The movie told the story of 16-year-old Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) growing up in posh Beverly Hills with her huge mansion, her best friend Dionne (Stacey Dash), and trying to "save the world" one makeover at a time. The movie also starred the late Brittany Murphy as Cher's pet-project makeover and friend Tai Fraser and Ant-Man himself, Paul Rudd as Cher's step-brother Josh.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: It's been 20 years since the movie has been released and it still means a lot to those of us in our 20's and 30's. Clueless became famous for its ridiculous outlook on life in Beverly Hills and for its interesting take on vocabulary. We will always remember words like "as if", "Baldwin", "buggin", and so many other original words said by Cher and her friends. I recently told my 24-year-old cousin about this movie telling her, "It's like Mean Girls for the 90's". For those of us who remember and love Clueless, that's what we compared Mean Girls to. Even 20 years later, we still remember that Cher is a "virgin who can't drive" and when you see a stop sign, you "totally pause". And we will always remember our first time driving on the freeway, hoping that it will be far less traumatic than when Dionne's boyfriend Murray (Scrubs' Donald Faison) helped her drive on the freeway for the first time. My point is, that for those of us who grew up in the 1990's, this movie is iconic -- a piece of movie history.
Where can you find it now?: Clueless can be found streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. You can also see Paul Rudd as Ant-Man in his first solo film, which is out now, and in next year's Captain America: Civil War. Check out the movie's original trailer right here!
We want to thank all of you who participated in our raffle over Comic-Con Weekend in order to win tickets to Disneyland. We're proud to say that 100% of the proceeds have gone to CHOC Children's Hospital in Orange County. At the end of the weekend, we picked two winners:
Lisa Mazzanti of South San Francisco, California
Kerry Mormello of Newark, Delaware
Congratulations, ladies! You will each be receiving 2 One-Day Park Hopper tickets to the Disneyland Resort to be used any time in 2016! Have a great time at The Happiest Place on Earth and thank you so much for supporting our little podcast and CHOC Children's Hospital's annual fundraiser CHOC Walk in the Park presented by The Disneyland Resort.
What Is It: Ant-Man is the origin story of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) as Ant-Man as well as the final film in Phase II of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film also includes the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), as well as his daughter Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly).
My experience: I saw the film opening weekend and was disappointed to see how empty the theater was. A lot of the easter eggs Marvel slipped in seemed largely ignored by the audience, and even half the people there left before the mid- and post-credits scenes had come up. I myself found the film to be enjoyable even though it clearly isn't one of the stronger MCU films. I actually liked it more than Age of Ultron due in large part to Paul Rudd's performance and scene stealers Michael Peña, T.I., and David Dastmalchian.
Why You Should See It: This film does a good job of tying itself into MCU, thanks to a few significant cameos. And you should DEFINITELY stay for the post-credits scene featuring some early footage from Captain America: Civil War.
The Future: Paul Rudd will be portraying Ant-Man in the next MCU film Captain America: Civil War, due out May 16, 2016.
The Artist: One Direction
The Song: "Happily"
Where you heard it first: Ever since my lovely co-host Christina left Orange County, I've been on a One Direction kick and finally started to listen to their albums all the way through. This song was one of the ones I've never heard before that popped out at me.
Why it’s been stuck in your head: While I do not consider myself a Directioner at all, I do occasionally like their music. That being said, I pretty much only enjoy their more upbeat songs and this song is definitely one of those. It makes the listener smile and want to sing along to it, even if, like me, you don't know the words.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: Even if you're only the occasional One Direction listener like I am, I think you'll like this song. As far as I know, it was never a big single for the band, but it certainly has the potential to be. One Direction is one of those groups that reminds me of the good old days of 90's boy bands and that makes me happy. Even though I'm almost 30, I still like listening to their fun, upbeat sound from time to time.
Happy 60th Birthday, Disneyland!!
“As long as there is imagination in the world, Disneyland will never be complete.”
- Walt Disney, opening day speech, July 17, 1955
Check out this year's Emmy nominations!
Let’s go back to: To Kill A Mockingbird
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: This is one of my favorite books ever, as well as one of the greatest films in American cinema. There's been a lot of hoopla about it lately to bring it back into the public eye.
Where can you find it now?: The recently released Go Set a Watchman could technically be considered an early draft of To Kill A Mockingbird, featuring an adult Scout twenty years later. There's been some controversy about the release concerning both the intentions of the publishers as well as the fact the Atticus Finch, one of the great all time American fictional heroes, is portrayed in a much darker light than the classic novel.
Will you be reading the new book?