Last weekend was a garbage fire at the multiplex, so JVL, Vic, and I toasted the dearly departed Red Eye and used the excuse of a new Michael Caine movie, Going in Style, to talk about some of our favorite basic cable classics. If you don’t listen to this episode, the bank is going to foreclose on my house and my dog will run away to a no-kill shelter. So, you know, help a brother out by downloading it and reviewing it.
In the latest episode of the Substandard—which climbed to number ten on iTune’s TV & Film Podcasts sub-chart last week; download now and/or leave a review to help us maintain this dominance of what has to be iTunes’ least-popular subsection—JVL, Vic, and I discussed Ghost in the Shell and its star Scarlett Johansson. Vic and JVL also spent five minutes discussing something called “Star Blazers” or “Blazed Stars” or some such, I dunno. Damn Gen Xers. Give it a listen!
Apparently Pepsi is in trouble because it tried to be “woke” and was in fact “broke.” Or something, I dunno, insert some dumb millennial slang above. Point is, everyone’s mad at Pepsi.
This makes me happy.
It’s July of 2020. Donald Trump’s prospects for reelection aren’t particularly hot, given his approval rating has hovered near 40 percent for the last three-and-a-half years. Despite this, gloom is on the faces of two Democratic consultants—Ted and Fred—meeting for coffee at the Starbucks on K Street, NW, in Washington, D.C.
So here’s an interesting story in the Wall Street Journal about a conflict between foragers and landowners in Maine. The short version is deceptively simple: some property owners in Maine want mooching foragers to stop raiding their land for the wild bounty that grows there, natural vegetables like ramps and fiddleheads (an edible fern, basically), the seaweed rockweed, and mushrooms. The foragers are not only impinging upon the landowner’s privacy, they are, in certain cases, depriving him of income:
In the latest episode of the Substandard (subscribe or leave a review! We blew past 100 reviews last week so, as promised, Bill Kristol’s intro this week is extra hateful!) JVL, Vic, and myself pay tribute to the Gong Show and discuss reboots and remakes of all stripes: Power Rangers, CHiPS, some other stuff. If you want to hang out with some dorks who enjoy hanging out with each other, give it a listen, you’ll love it.