Existential Parachute Pants: A 90′s Pop Culture Podcast

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Existential Parachute Pants: A 90′s Pop Culture Podcast – Episode 80: Boogie Nights

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments

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A movie about the 70s from the 90s shall be discussed in the 2010s on a podcast. Also, the movie is about the 80s too. Also, the movie is Boogie Nights, the P.T. Anderson vehicle. Seth was seeing it for the first time. How did he feel? How did we feel? How does it feel?

Lunks!

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The theme song remains “Her Favorite Bra” by Dan Emery Mystery Band. Thanks for listening. I wish that I had Jessie’s Girl.

Better Money Than Ben Stein’s Money

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments

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Remember Win Ben Stein’s Money? You know, the game show that combined the odious individuals Ben Stein and Jimmy Kimmel? Sure, they were relatively affable on the show, and it was a pretty good game show. The questions were challenging, and it was marginally funny. You didn’t get to actually win Ben Stein’s money, which is a shame, because actually getting his actual money would have been fun, I imagine.

Here’s the thing. There is one real reason to want Ben Stein’s money. It was rumored for some time that he was Deep Throat, the guy who gave Woodward and Bernstein their information on Nixon and CREEP and Watergate. Of course, he wasn’t. It was Mark Felt. So, in short, I propose a game show called Win Mark Felt’s Money. Now, I know what you might be saying. “Chris, Mark Felt died in 2008. Do you really want a game show where people are vying to win a dead guy’s money?” My answer is, of course, yes, that’s exactly what I want. He had a couple kids. One of them can come and try and fight for the money. Their dead father’s money.

I also wish Mark Felt had been in ads for Clear Eyes.

 

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The Real Life Gambit

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments

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Tomorrow Never Dies is a flawed movie, which makes it different than all those perfect movies that are made. Pierce Brosnan only got to lead one good James Bond movie, and it was his first, Goldeneye. Tomorrow Never Dies is a middling Bond affair, with a forgettable villain and not great Bond girls. However, the movie also has a couple of actors in it that amuse me in their appearance in the film. No, this does not include Joe Don Baker as Jack Wade. Go ahead on. It’s your move.

Two of the villains in the film are played by Ricky Jay and Vincent Schiavelli, whose name I just spelled from memory. Now, Schiavelli’s role makes sense. It is a small role as an assassin known as Dr. Kaufman. He’s an odd looking guy and a bigger guy, so it is easy to turn him into a villain. He slides into being creepy and sinister pretty quickly. For a fairly small role, even in a Bond film, he sort of makes sense. I mean, Richard Kiel was in a Bond film. The dude who played Tattoo was too. I can’t spell his name from memory, and I don’t want to look it up.

On the other hand, I am more amused by Jay playing Henry Gupta, who Wikipedia refers to as an “American Techno-terrorist,” which is funny and stupid and James Bond-esque. Jay is a good actor, but he doesn’t do it a lot outside of David Mamet films. His real vocation, and advocation, is magic and card throwing and arcane knowledge. If they wanted to cast him as Gambit, they could, and they wouldn’t need special effects. So, the fact they took ol’ Ricky Jay and were like, “be a henchman in this Bond film” entertains me. Teri Hatcher as a Bond girl? Not as much. It’s all been downhill since McGyver.

 

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Let That Camera Roll

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments

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Here are a couple things about America’s Funniest Home Videos, which I feel had its heyday during the 90s. It existed afterward, sure, but those glory days, those Bob Saget days? That’s the 90s. One, it’s a garbage show. It’s one of the worst, most inane, and idiotic things ever on television. I just can’t stand it. However, this isn’t what’s important. This isn’t what is relevant.

What’s relevant is the theme song. There’s a line wherein the lady sings “You might be a star tonight…” This is patently false. Nobody else became a star from AMFV. People have become more famous from internet videos. Name one person from AMFV. Do it! You can’t. You can give vague descriptions of various people falling or getting hit with stuff. You may have the vague image in your brain of some family and their god damn dog in the audience or whatever. But nobody got any real fame or notoriety from this show. Not even Bob Saget.

Lies. Lies and slander.

 

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Heroes And Golfing Villains

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments

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Say what you will about Adam Sandler’s films. Like, say they are bad, because a lot of them are. The jokes are sophomoric and inane. The plots are flimsy. The acting is poor. The emotional moments baldly manipulative in an ineffectual way. We talked about Sandler’s 90s movies in a podcast episode, so you can check that out.

However, despite all that, I will say this; Shooter McGavin is a pretty much ideal name for a golf playing villain. It’s the platonic ideal. You’ve got the Shooter, which is key. And then McGavin could be a lot of things, but it more than suffices. Sandler is all like, “The bad guy in my golfing movie is named Shooter McGavin” and I’m all like, “I’m in!”

Happy Gilmore is a dumb name, though, even for a name that is maybe supposed to be dumb. But it does stick out. Virginia Vennett, on the other hand, is just super stupid. Chubbs I’m OK with. I don’t remember anybody else’s name. Verne Lundqvist, sure, but he’s a real human person.

 

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Teenage Rap Session

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments

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So apparently the internets is abuzz with memes and such from A Very Brady Sequel, the sequel to The Brady Bunch Movie. It’s all Jan and Marcia centric and apparently is being bolstered by teenagers watching the movie on Netflix. Here’s what I have to say to these teens. Let’s have a rap session. I’ve turned my chair around, and it’s time to get real.

Alright, you dead eyed monsters. What’s the deal? Why you be so into The Brady Bunch movies? Have you ever seen the TV show? Do you have any frame of reference? When I was a kid, I saw the show, because it was on Nick and Nite. But I don’t think they’ve shown it on reruns for years? Do you think these movies are sui generis? That they are original ideas? I mean, whatevs. Enjoy it. They still have value to them in their campy ironic way. But you’re missing out on the real value of the film, and this whole thing doesn’t make sense to me.

That’s all. Next week, I will begin your abstinence only education.

 

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NOTE: Wikipedia Can Be Edited By Anybody

Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments

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As a person who often peruses Wikipedia for inspiration for these blog posts, you run across all sort of idiosyncratic entries from people. Sometimes, it becomes clear that a person only wrote one little part of one larger text. Take, for example, the page for the episodes of The Adventures of Pete and Pete. I was reading on up about the very first episode, the one with the squid. It’s pretty weird, and they actually made a few of these as specials before the actual first season started. Then I got distracted because the guy who plays Mr. Beverly in that pilot, the guy who paints the lines on the football field and owns the squid that gets got, was played by the original drummer for Sonic Youth. And then I got distracted by the entry for the second episode, “What We Did On Our Summer Vacation” which is a classic episode that features Michael Stipe as Captain Scrummy.

The entry has a little information on the plot of the episode. Then, it has three notes. That is to say, it has three NOTEs. It says “NOTE:” three times, with little bits of information after that. It’s the only entry on the entire page with any of these “NOTE:” entries. That says, to me, that this little bit was the only thing on Wikipedia this particular person did. This episode was also apparently written uncredited by Will McRobb, but that means there is no credited writer, which is unusual. Also, in another episode synopsis, somebody provided a hyperlink for the Wikipedia page for bears.

 

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Existential Parachute Pants: A 90′s Pop Culture Podcast – Episode 79: Neutral Milk Hotel

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments

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The only podcast I ever loved was born with roses in its eyes. Anywho, we were joined, once again, by Andrew Unterberger, this time to discuss Neutral Milk Hotel’s seminal album In the Aeroplane Over the sea. April Ludgate loves it. Do you?

Thanks to Andrew for joining us for a second time. He is on Twitter at @AUgetoffmygold. You know who else has things to link to? Us!

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The theme song remains “Her Favorite Bra” by Dan Emery Mystery Band. Thanks for listening. We will live forever. We won’t ever die.

Scandals And Animals Indeed

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments

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One of my favorite episodes of Seinfeld is “The Merv Griffin Show.” It’s a silly episode, yes, one of the absurd later episodes. However, it is absurd in a way that I enjoy. I mean, Kramer turns his apartment into the set of The Merv Griffin Show. Every moment on that set amuses me, and Kramer living his life like a talk show host is hilarious to no end.

Here’s the thing though, do you know when The Merv Griffin Show ended? 1986. This episode aired in 1997. Kramer finds the set for the show in the garbage. What is the set to The Merv Griffin Show doing in a dumpster over 11 years since the show stopped airing? How am I to believe in this journey? Look, had they just explained it to me, I would have accepted it. I am on the side of the televisual program. They didn’t though, and that I cannot forgive. Jim Fowler showing up in Kramer’s apartment? Sure. The sidling gentleman with all his sidling? You betcha. This business with the set, though? NO DICE!

I hate this episode now. I hate America.

 

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A Dangerous Aria

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments

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I have been watching Frasier for the first time recently. I won’t go into much detail, because we will probably talk about it on the podcast someday, and also because I’ve only seen like 15 episodes. I have very much enjoyed it so far, though. I’ve written before about The Simpsons episode “Brother From Another Series” wherein Sideshow Bob, voiced by Kelsey Grammer, sees his brother Cecil, voiced by David Hyde Pierce, show up in town. Of course, they play Drs. Frasier and Niles Crane on Frasier. Having seen some Frasier now, I can have some new found enjoyment in that ol’ Simpsons episode, but that is not here, nor is it there.

Anywho, I was looking at Pierce’s Wikipedia page, standard “I need to figure out something to write on the blog” procedure. And I noticed that he hosted SNL once in 1995. What stuck me as amusing is that the MUUUUSSSSICAL GUEST was Live. So Live was on Saturday Night Live. There’s some sort of pun and or wordplay type bit that could be done around that, but I am too apathetic to the concept to bring it to reality.

I also remember that I saw that SNL episode. It was a repeat, maybe on VH1, maybe on Comedy Central. Don’t know, don’t care. I remember one sketch. Pierce plays an English teacher and his students are supposed to have written poems to recite. They just recite rock lyrics. I’m pretty sure Janeane Garafalo did “Love in an Elevator” by Aerosmith. I think Adam Sandler does some song with the lyrics, “Time, don’t give me time/Because time makes lovers feel, like they have something real/But you and I both know, we’ve got nothing but time.” Or words to that affect. In the sketch, Pierce seems to be believing these are actual poems, but then when the students leave he tells a fellow teacher that the kids tried to pass off song song lyrics as poems again and I think they go get a drink. It was fairly funny.

I don’t know what songs Live played. Probably some garbage.

 

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