Nerd Lunch Podcast 193: It Gets a Bad Rap

Kirk Howle and William Bruce West guest on this episode where we jump out of "internet group think" and make a case for why some characters, actors and movies get a bad rap. Hear us defend the Spice Girls, John Doggett, the Keanu Reeves Constantine movie, and Star Trek: Enterprise...just to name a few. Also, check out Kirk Howle's new animation short here.


Jack said...

Good evening, gents. This was a fun episode for sure. Some of the subject matter I never saw, and some was so long ago I had forgotten a lot of it, but great memories as well as food for thought.

You know, if Nerd Lunch and/or CT are getting a bad rap, it could be because when people try to add to the discussions after the fact, YOU NEVER ANSWER! Just making some noise *wink, wink.* It's really the responsibility of certain commenters to be more interesting. Which brings me to my real comment.

Years ago you did a post on Inception in which you praised the work of Dreamboat Leo, who we both seemed to dismiss as fluff at the time, and on your recommendation I watched it, and was very favorably impressed with his acting chops. On today's podcast you talked about Daredevil and Ben Affleck's reputation. During our conversation back then, I attempted to return the favor by turning you on to Hollywoodland, where I thought he had done a quite creditable job with the George Reeves biopic. Did you get around to watching it, and what did you think?

Carlin Trammel said...

We are rather horrible about responding to comments or doing much in the way of written content recently, Jack. That I will truly fess up to and admit. For some reason, I can spend all sorts of time prepping for the show, recording the show, editing the show and posting the show, but when it comes to sitting down and composing written content, I have lacked the energy for it. I have several half-started/half-finished blog posts that haven't been published to prove it. I apologize. I hope we get better, but I can't promise we will. Blame #RealLifeProblems.

That said, we do appreciate it when we get comments.

Ben Affleck...I wasn't really a fan for a long time. And I pride myself on not going along with "group think" for the most part, but perhaps in this case I fell into that trap. Because in recent years, I've come around on him. Hollywoodland being one example of a role that I thought he was really good in. (I think I intended to write a review about that. There's that lack of written-content motivation again...) Argo is another example of something I thought he was really good in. He used to be an immediate turn-off for me, now I'm okay with him.

That said, I'm still not 100% sold on him as Batman, but that remains to be seen.

Jack said...

Thank you for getting back to me, CT, I appreciate it. As a writer with a day job, I am constantly faced with time management. When I see a couple hours of free time coming up, I know I would like to play a videogame, take the wife out, do some gardening, write a blog post, comment on a blog, do any of a million things that are backed up, and all the time the muse is poking the bottom of my brain with a broomstick muttering, "If you do any of that, you won't get any writing done!" All that, and my children are grown and gone. So yeah, I get that real life stuff. You guys talk about things that I have enjoyed, or still do, for the most part, which leads me to believe that you enjoy them, too. So it's frustrating for me to offer up a discussion point that seems pertinent, only to have it lay there until the post gets pushed down. But, yes, if you aren't moved to reply in the future, I'll re-read this one. And know that that was mostly tongue-in-cheek. I was never going to bring it up, but when you made that crack about Nerd Lunch getting a bad rap, it was just too perfect to pass on.

Ben seems like one of those actors like the Golden Age guys that can only play one or two roles. Action/heroic seems beyond his range; Daredevil, Batman, even Gigli might have had some merit with the right casting and direction. Another one in that mold for me is Sienna Miller. Beautiful girl, face, bodyline, everything pushes all my buttons. The only thing is I never see her because of her concentration on rom-com, which I enjoy like you enjoy cobras. Oh, I guess I need to check out her performance in Rise of Cobra, but that will just make it worse, as if she's good, I'll hate it that she isn't doing more of that! Ah, the damned if you do, damned if you don't aspects of acting...

Good to hear from you, Carlin. Don't feel obligated, just know you have a fan who respects and enjoys your opinions. Have a great evening!

nick said...

Great show guys.

Enterprise was definitely a missed opportunity. Any chance of doing a ENT redo episode?