Here you are, sweet internet users. Another list of things from the year that was. Creating an arbitrary list of items pertaining to one general (or even hyper specific) topic has become the preferred way for websites to generate clicks. People click on lists of anything; it’s as certain as a late-game interception from Tony Romo. In so many ways, it is incredibly frustrating. Seeing how many users are sucked into reading a list like “21 Cats Celebrating Boxing Day” makes us weep for our children. (Screw you, Buzzfeed.) Seeing how websites are increasingly catering to this least-common-denominator type of list-ing and devoting resources to promoting this type of work is equally sad.
And while we at the Double A Podcast are firmly against list-icles, we are not above talking about things we like. If they happen to resemble something of a list, well then so be it.
In episode 74, Adam and Anthony discuss their favorite things from 2013, including an appreciation for Kanye, the new season of SNL, Kaiju, the Lannisters, Walter White and even some plays. The fellas also include a few things they are not pleased about at the end, namely the profound idiocy of Under the Dome, the weirdness of Manti Te’o and not giving a shit about whatever the fox does or does not say. (Also, ignore the fact we refer to it as Episode 75 at the beginning. We are dumb.)
Thank you all for listening throughout our maiden year. We hope you’ve enjoyed and continue to listen.
With the World Cup and Champions League draws set, Adam and Anthony decided it was time to call their pal Drew Shank to talk about the state of the soccer world. The fellas look at USA’s unlucky draw in the World Cup and what it is going to take to come out of a group that includes Germany, the Christiano Ronaldos and those pesky Ghanaians. Then the guys take stock of some exciting Champions League matchups before diving into the latest happenings in the Premier League. What will Arsenal have to do maintain their spot at the top of the table? Will Manchester City be able to find consistency to match their unmatched talent? And will anybody be able to stop Luis Suarez from scoring all of the goals?
The fellas of the Double A Podcast are filled with Christmas joy, but even their sunniest of dispositions cannot brighten up the sad offerings from TV this fall. Few new shows failed to gain any sort of traction and most risk being cancelled before a second season. Networks banking on stars like Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams returning to glory haven’t seen the sort of results they had hoped for. And surefire hits, like ABC’s (and Marvel’s) Agents of Shield have failed to deliver the same sort of quality Marvel fans had come to expect. Episode 72 breaks down why certain shows inevitably failed (really NBC? Ironside seemed like a good idea at some point in the pilot process?) and why others may have some hope for a certain audience, like the physically-uncomfortable-to-watch HBO comedy Hello, Ladies. The fellas also look at a few bright spots (and by a few, we mean Brooklyn Nine Nine) and what the future may hold for them.
The guys wrap it up by proposing a controversial question: has A Christmas Story run its course as the go-to marathon movie on Christmas Day? Perhaps it is time for a new movie to take over, so the guys throw a few recommendations out.
Then they discuss some Christmas music and things get weird.
The fellas preview December’s most interesting cinematic offerings, offering their takes on Oscars potential for certain films and bust potential for others. Trailers for all the movies discussed are listed below. But Adam and Anthony begin and end the podcast on a somber note.
Last Saturday, Paul Walker died in a car accident. The actor appeared in a number of movies, some forgettable, others entertaining. But the 40-year-old made his bones as undercover-agent/NOS-enthusiast-turned-rogue-cop-turned-Grecian-isle-inhabitant-turned-badass-driver-again-turned-American-citizen-again Brian O’Conner in the Fast and Furious franchise. The movies were never ones to receive critical acclaim, but to guys between the ages of 18-25, those movies were the most addictive adrenaline rush they could find on a screen. Walker delivered quotable lines, batted those baby blues at Jordana Brewster and drove like a badass for five of the six Fast movies. And though the seventh will likely still feature Walker, the series won’t quite be the same. The Double A Podcast pours out a Corona or drains some nitrous oxide for Paul Walker.
MOVIES PREMIERING DECEMBER 6th
OUT OF THE FURNACE [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClzRVlMhU2E]
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXMuR-Nsylg]