Let’s go back to: That Thing You Do!
In 1996, a movie written, directed, and co-starring the legendary Tom Hanks was released. Set in the summer of 1964, it told the story of the rise and fall of a band from Erie, Pennsylvania that rode the wave of their one-hit-wonder "That Thing You Do!" The story follows drummer Guy Patterson (Tom Everett Scott) as he is asked by his friend Jimmy Mattingly (Jonathon Schaech) and Lenny Haise (Steve Zahn) to join their band The Oneders (which they say is pronounced like "wonders"). After winning a local talent show, they soon find themselves on a wave to stardom and bring along Jimmy's girlfriend Faye (Liv Tyler) when they are asked by Mr. White (Tom Hanks) to join popular record label Play-Tone on a Midwestern tour. The movie also stars Giovanni Ribisi, Ethan Embry, Rita Wilson, Charlize Theron, and Colin Hanks.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: I remember watching this movie with Christina in her dorm room in college and trying to school her in the importance and greatness of this movie. This has always been one of my favorite movies and the fact that it revolves around great music of the 1960's makes it that much better. In a strange coincidence, when my sister met her now-husband, she told me he was from Erie, Pennsylvania and I immediately said "That's where That Thing You Do! takes place!"
Where can you find it now? Though it is not available on any streaming service, you can rent this amazing movie on Amazon or Netflix and I highly recommend you do!
-- Kelly Lee
Let’s go back to: Captain America: The First Avenger. The first of the Captain America films was released in 2011 and starred several actors who would continue on within MCU: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, and Dominic Cooper. Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have written all three Captain America films and will be writing the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War films. The First Avenger introduced Captain America to MCU and also was the final Marvel movie released before the first Avengers team up.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: There's a certain film being released in theaters you may have heard of called Captain America: Civil War. We're hardcore supporters of #teamcap at ALNM, and The First Avenger was when the love affair started. More obsessively for some co-hosts than others. I plead the fifth on who that is.
Where can you find it now? Captain America: The First Avenger is available for purchase on DVD and digital media.
Let’s go back to: Smash
The short-lived NBC musical drama gave us an insight to what the path to Broadway looked like from the audition process to workshops to opening on Broadway. The show starred Debra Messing, Anjelica Houston, American Idol's Katharine McPhee, Pirates of the Caribbean star Jack Davenport, and a long list of Broadway stars: Megan Hilty (Wicked), Krysta Rodriguez (Spring Awakening), Andy Mientus (Les Miserables), Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher), Brian d'Arcy James (Something Rotten!), Will Chase (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Ann Harada (Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella), Leslie Odom, Jr (Hamilton) and Jeremy Jordan (Newsies). The show spawned two fake (but successful) musicals Bombshell and Hit List and the cast recently reunited to perform the songs from the show Bombshell in New York. Suffice it to say that this show had a very specific target audience and that audience loved it.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: Though the show only ran for a total of two seasons, it was one of my favorite shows on NBC at the time. It was a time before Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon original shows and I still think it would play well as one of the original shows for these streaming services. If only it could still be picked up!
Where can you find it now? Both seasons of this show can now be found on Amazon Instant Video and you can watch their performance of their hit song "Broadway, Here I Come" from the series finale below.
-- Kelly Lee
Let’s go back to: "Peeno Noir"
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: With the second season of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt premiering on Netflix tomorrow, it seems only fitting to pay tribute to one of the greatest things to come out of last year's premiere season: "Peeno Noir". Even if you didn't watch the show on Netflix last season, you may have heard your friends talking about Titus Andromedon's ridiculously catchy spoof song and the actor Tituss Burgess even took the idea and ran with it, creating his own line of pinot noir wines. This song is one of the things that makes the show great.
Where can you find it now? You can binge-watch Season 1 on Netflix tonight and get ready for Season 2, which premieres tomorrow! If you're all caught up, you can check out the music video for "Peeno Noir" below.
-- Kelly Lee
This week, TBT stands for "That Big Trailer" because neither of us at ALNM are over the one that dropped this morning. Check it out!
Let’s go back to: In honor of Oscar Isaac's birthday yesterday, let's go back to the most adorable meeting ever: when he met Room star Jacob Tremblay at the Golden Globe Awards this year.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: It's no secret that my co-host and I have an unconditional love for Oscar Isaac and his Star Wars character Poe Dameron, but we've also recently discovered our love of the adorable little personality of nine-year-old Jacob Tremblay. For someone who is so new to the spotlight, you can tell that he is easily getting used to charming the pants off of all who meet him. If you want to see what we mean, check out his Instagram account. You'll quickly fall in love with him too.
Where can you find it now? While the pair meeting was only captured with a picture, the young star went on Jimmy Kimmel Live and recounted his experience meeting Poe Dameron himself.
Let’s go back to: 1997, when Men in Black premiered starring veteran actor Tommy Lee Jones and a young Will Smith. It received three Academy Award nominations, winning for Best Makeup. The sci-fi action comedy centered around the mysterious Men in Black organization as they sought to hide and protect the Earth's alien population from humanity. The film would later have two sequels and an animated television series.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: In one of the stranger stories I've read this year, it turns out Columbia will be moving forward with their plans for a crossover film with the Men in Black and Jump Street franchises. Jump Street stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are said to be on board while the leads for Men in Black are being recast.
Where can you find it now? All the Men in Black films are available for purchase wherever DVDs are sold.
Let’s go back to: The 85th Annual Academy Awards (2013)
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: With the Oscars airing this weekend, it seems fitting to throwback to two of my favorite moments in recent years that just happened to take place in the same broadcast: 2013's Academy Awards. Hosted by Family Guy's Seth McFarlane, I was skeptical about the show to begin with, but I'm a huge fan of the Academy Awards. I had actually seen most of the movies that year and I was excited to see who would be awarded with the highest honors in Hollywood. That year, however, turned out to be an interesting one when Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence tripped and fall on her beautiful Christian Dior Haute Couture gown while getting up to accept her award. It just showed the world that nobody is perfect and even Oscar winners can't handle themselves with the grace and poise that we think they can. That year also marked the return of the Oscar-worthy musical with Les Miserables earning eight nominations and three wins that night.Perhaps most-talked-about among the Broadway fandom that night was the way Broadway cutie Aaron Tveit OWNED that stage of Hollywood actors when performing "One Day More" with the rest of the cast. If you're just not sure about these moments that I'm talking about, take a look below at the amazingness.
Where can you find it now? Be sure to catch this year's broadcast of the 88th Annual Academy Awards this Sunday (February 28th) at 8:00 PM on ABC.
-- Kelly Lee
Let’s go back to: February 23rd, 2014. That was the day A Little Nerd Music was born.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: It's been a crazy adventure as this little podcast has evolved from two friends geeking out in front of microphones to a full fledged website with original content, projects like the Ship Bracket that allow us to interact with all you wonderful people, and more and more podcast episodes. These past two years have been so exciting for the two of us. We've got lots of exciting things planned for 2016, and we hope you'll stick with us to enjoy the ride.
Where can you find it now? As always, you can find us here at alnmpodcast.com as well as on iTunes, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Let’s go back to: This Twitter exchange
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: Exactly two years ago today, Christina tweeted me about having a fandom podcast....and the rest, as they say, is history.
Where can you find it now? Two years down the road, Christina and I just recorded our 35th episode, attended two CHOC Walks, experienced Comic-Con, and started this lovely website. We have had so many episodes we're proud of, the lost episodes that we hope no one ever hears, and so much more coming for you guys in the next few months. You can download us on iTunes, like us on Facebook, and continue to be the amazing fans and listeners that you are. Here's to many more years of ALNM!
-- Kelly Lee