Ep 24 – Long Week

11-11-18This week was a very long week in real life… and it appears that this spilled over into the things that Dhani watched as well.  This episode might seem too political for some listeners, but Dhani really feels that people can learn from TV and Movies, so please listen and make your decision about watching these things.  

First, Dhani saw The Hate U Give.  This is a harrowing story about a cop shooting a young, unarmed, black teen.  While we have seen this story in real life way too many times, the movie talks about very important pieces to such a complicated situation.  This is a movie that every person, and especially all young people should watch.  

Next, Dhani watched the Netflix special, John Leguizamo’s Lating History for Morons.  She learned so much about the Latino history that has been wiped from our textbooks or culture.  This is a very informative, but very funny show that everyone can enjoy.  John Leguizamo is a fantastic teacher and storyteller.  

Switching now to TV, Dhani touches on The Purge that just ended.  She enjoyed the 10 episodes enough to recommend to those that enjoy the movies.  Next, she talks about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the overall arch of the 4 seasons and how much she is going to miss this original, funny, musical show.  

Finally, we get to our Actors’ Corner and this week we chose Melissa McCarthy.  She is receiving the ICON award at the Peoples’ Choice Awards this weekend, so we thought we would honor her work as well.  Listen as John and Dhani name Melissa’s projects that they love, like, hate, secretly love, haven’t seen and want to see.  

The Hate U Give (1:00)  ★★★★★

John Leguizamo’s Latin History For Morons (13:30)

The Purge (25:02)

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (29:45)

Actors’ Corner: Melissa McCarthy (35:44)

Ep 23 – It Grasped Me

11-4-18This week starts off with allergies and strange words… but I think we get it together long enough to discuss a few things that were watched this week.

First, Dhani talks about watching the movie The Darkest Minds.  She liked the performances, but the story still lacked a bit of explanation.  Next, Dhani talks about the documentary Three Identical Strangers and the horrific twist that these siblings discover about their lives and adoption story.  It’s quite fascinating and everyone should check out this movie.

Next, before moving on to TV, we talk about an exciting cross-promotion we are doing with another podcast called Pop Culture Nickel.  Dhani gave them 5 thanksgiving epsiodes of Friends for them to rank on their podcast before Thanksgiving and then we will compare their rankings to our own.  Listen to their promo and check them out!

Moving on to TV, Dhani first discusses binging the new series Homecoming on Amazon Prime with Julia Roberts.  She loved the direction by Sam Esmail more than the story… but it all truly worked well together and she was intrigued by the series as a whole.

Then we talk about the new late night show called Busy Tonight hosted by Busy Philipps.  Both John and Dhani have really enjoyed the first week’s episodes and find it to be very fresh and new.

Finally, Dhani surmises about the depressing show A Million Little Things.  She doesn’t think she can take one more sad thing happening on this show.  They are trying too hard and she can’t even find the sympathy for the characters anymore!

And then we get into the Actor’s Corner and this week we chose Julia Roberts.   We share the projects of hers that we love, like, hate, haven’t seen and want to see.

The Darkest Minds (1:21) ★★★

Three Identical Strangers (8:15) ★★★★

PROMO: Pop Culture Nickel (18:00)

Homecoming (22:05)

Busy Tonight (32:08)

A Million Little Things (39:13)

Actor’s Corner: Julia Roberts (46:40)

Ep 22 – Gotta Get To Wendy’s

10-28-18We are back this week with just a few things to talk about… but hang on for our picks of scary movies for the upcoming Halloween holiday!

We start off discussing the new standup special from Adam Sandler called 100% Fresh.  We gush a little too much about this special as we both loved it so much.

Next, Dhani talks about a small movie called Juliet, Naked starring Ethan Hawke, Chris O’Dowd, and Rose Byrne.  She enjoyed the story but knows that these types of movies aren’t for most people.  Then we both revisit Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again because John has been able to watch it now.  Since Dhani was so crazy about this movie, she was disappointed that John didn’t fall in love so quickly… though he tries to convince her that he did enjoy it.

Moving on to TV, Dhani only chose to discuss the BBC and Netflix series Bodyguard.  She talks about the twists and turns in unfolding the story.

Finally, we decide not to do our usual Actors’ Corner this week and instead use the same format to discuss our favorite scary movies.  These are the films WE love, like, hate, or haven’t seen and not necessarily the scariest or best movies.  And since John actually doesn’t enjoy horror films, this could get interesting.

Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh (1:90)  Dhani  ★★★★★    John ★★★★★

Juliet, Naked  (12:08)  ★★★1/2

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (19:10)  Dhani ★★★★3/4   John ★★★★

Bodyguard (23:40)

Scary Movies (31:19)

Ep 21 – Here Come The Jerks


No new movies this week… but we still have a lot to talk about with pay-per-view movies and TV!  First, I am getting John caught up on some summer movies that I already saw, so we start with The Spy Who Dumped Me and TAG.  John gives his input on these movies.  And no real surprise, he really enjoyed them both!

Next, I saw Searching and RBG and I give my thoughts on both.  Searching is one of the best mystery movies I have seen in a while and I loved the twists and turns.  And then RBG is a documentary that I recommend to every person in this country.

Moving on to TV, I give my opinion on this season of Better Call Saul.  Then I watched the Netflix show The Haunting of Hill House.  Very creepy, but ultimately a good family story.  Next, I urge everyone to watch Arrow.  This season’s opener was so incredibly good and I think if you haven’t watched the previous seasons, you could start watching now.  It really is the best show in the Arrowverse.

Since the fall TV season is in full swing, I talk about my disappointment with the network shows (less all CW shows) and how I haven’t found a new network show this year that I love.  It’s really a bummer because many I have already stopped watching and the others, if they were to be canceled, I wouldn’t care.  But there are many new cable and streaming shows that I am loving:  Kidding, You, The Purge, Doctor Who and AHS:Apocalypse.

Did you know that I can read too???  I don’t very often, but I love biographies and here I talk about a book that just came out this week by Busy Philipps called This Will Only Hurt A Little.  It’s a fantastic read and she tells the truth about her experiences in early life and then in Hollywood.  Definitely recommended.

Finally, we finish with the Actors’ Corner and this week we chose Denzel Washington.  This was the toughest round we have had so far to choose his movies that we love, like, hate, haven’t seen, and want to watch.

The Spy Who Dumped Me (2:00)   Dhani ★★★★1/4   John ★★★★

TAG (9:12)

Searching…  (12:48)  ★★★★1/2

RBG   (18:57) ★★★★★

Better Call Saul (23:23)

The Haunting of Hill House (27:15)

The Romanoffs (33:43)

Arrow (35:12)

New Shows I Am Not Enjoying (36:90)

Returning Shows I Love (39:00)

New Shows I Like (41:15)

This Will Only Hurt A Little (47:14)

Actors’ Corner: Denzel Washington (52:00)

Ep 20 – I Blame That Grammy Scene

10-6-18We took last week off because Dhani simply felt there wasn’t much to say after Fall TV premiere week.  Well, we’re back, so that means she has lots to say!

First, we both saw A Star Is Born and there is so much to unpack to this incredible film, that we speak about it for half of the podcast.  Settle in for quite a discussion.

Next, Dhani discusses the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor and how it should be required viewing for all human beings.

Moving on to TV, Dhani and John discuss their fall favs of The Good Place and Single Parents.  And then Dhani gives her first impressions of the new show A Million Little Things, and what new shows start or come back next week.

Finally, in the Actor’s Corner, we discuss Bradley Cooper’s projects that we love, like, hate, haven’t seen and want to watch.

A Star Is Born (2:02)    Dhani ★★★★3/4     John ★★★★

Won’t You Be My Neighbor (31:32)       Dhani ★★★★

Fear The Walking Dead (36:23)

The Good Place (38:08)

Single Parents (39:20)

A Million Little Things (44:47)

New Shows This Week (50:23)

Actor’s Corner: Bradley Cooper (52:00)

Ep 19 – You’re Making Me Think

9-23-2018Gearing up for the new TV season, this week we managed to pack a lot into this episode.

First, Dhani was finally able to see the end of The Meg and John saw the movie as well, so we discuss our thoughts on the movie overall.

Next we discuss the Emmys from earlier in the week and excuse our minor heated back and forth on this subject.

This week The Sinner, season 2, ended… so Dhani talks about her disappointment in this season as compared to the brilliant first season.  Some new shows have started that Dhani is in the middle of viewing, so she talks about her first impressions on the following shows:  Kidding, You, AHS: Apocalypse, The First, Maniac, and The Good Cop.

Next we get into a subject that we never have discussed on this podcast before, and this is podcasts.  Dhani recommends Dirty John and the new 3rd season of Serial.  Also, her weekly go-to podcasts of Bitch Sesh, Armchair Expert, and My Favorite Murder.

Finally, Dhani lists the new and returning shows that start this week that she will be watching:

Returning Shows:  Big Bang Theory, The Gifted, This is Us, American Housewife, Modern Family, The Good Place, Greys Anatomy, Law & Order:SVU

New Shows: Magnum PI, Manifest, FBI, New Amsterdam, A Million Little Things, Single Parents, Murphy Brown, The Cool Kids

ACTORS CORNER: Jack Black – we name his movies we love, like, hate, secretly love, and haven’t seen

The Meg (2:05) – Dhani ★★1/2   John ★★★1/2

Emmys (11:29)

The Sinner (23:59)

Kidding (26:56)

You (28:30)

AHS:Apocalypse (30:28)

The First (32:19)

The Good Cop (34:22)

Maniac (36:25)

Dirty John podcast (39:00)

Serial podcast (41:35)

New Shows this week (48:20)

Actors Corner (56:00)

Ep 18 – Living In Paul Feig’s Suit

9-16-18This week was another one for slim pickings in viewing options… but Dhani can always pull together enough to fill an hour!

First she talks about A Simple Favor and how it looked like we were living in Paul Feig’s suit.  (Explanation in the podcast.)

Next she discusses the waste of time that was Skyscraper.  Then John joins the conversation as they discuss The Female Brain which is on Hulu.

As we switch to TV, Dhani discusses the end of Castle Rock and her confusion on the ending.  The she talks about the oddly compelling Amazon show called Forever.

New shows Dhani is excited for this week:  Emmy Awards!,  I Feel Bad, Maniac

Actor’s Corner: We discuss the movies of Anna Kendrick and the ones we love, like, hate. secretly love, haven’t seen, and want to see.

A Simple Favor (1:46) ★★★ 3/4

Skyscraper (14:39) ★

The Female Brain (18:45)   Dhani ★★★1/2   John ★★★★

Castle Rock (26:00)

Forever (31:34)

New Shows (37:53)

Actor’s Corner (40:00)

Ep 17 – Are you ready now?


Not a lot was watched this week, as TV has been very slow lately…. But Dhani still managed to come up with a handful of things she wanted to talk about.

Starting with Peppermint.  You just can’t beat Jennifer Garner kicking butt and getting revenge.

Next was a Netflix teen movie called Sierra Burgess is a Loser.  It wasn’t super entertaining, but perhaps kids would like it better?

Moving on to TV, Dhani and John discuss the finale of Making It and their wish for it to return with another season very, very soon!  Then Dhani discusses a bit of disappointment in the Better Call Saul season so far.  Next, a new show called The Purge started this past week and Dhani explains that she liked the start of it and compares it to the movies.  And finally, John watched the Hannah Gadsby special Nanette and we discuss his thoughts it.

Since the new TV season is starting, Dhani ran down a list new shows starting this week that she is looking forward to, including:  You, Kidding, Rel, AHS: Apocalypse, The First, and Forever.

Actor’s Corner:  Dhani and John discuss their favorite and not-so-favorite Jennifer Garner movies.

Peppermint (2:00) ★★★★

Sierra Burgess is a Loser (14:04) ★★1/2

Making It (22:53)

Better Call Saul (25:46)

The Purge (29:56)

Nanette: Hannah Gadsby (32:59)

New Shows Starting This Week (40:32)

Actor’s Corner (46:15)

PROMO: Piecing It Together Podcast   @PiecingPod

Ep 16 – On The Seat Of My Pants

9-2-18We’re back after a week off!  During the downtime, Dhani took John to see Crazy Rich Asians so he could feel the love… and he did!  Listen as he praises this fantastic movie and adds his two cents.

Then Dhani braved Hereditary… however, there was no bravery needed as it wasn’t scary at all.  Bummer.

Moving on to TV, Dhani talks about Jack Ryan, Sharp Objects, and Queen Sugar.  Then we visit the genre of comedy specials and discuss Bert Kreischer : Secret Time and Hannah Gadsby : Nanette.

Finally, we revisit Amy Adams and discuss her movies we love, like, hate, or haven’t seen.

Also… Dhani managed to make up another word this week!  Listen to find out what it is!

Crazy Rich Asians (1:59) – Dhani ★★★★★   John ★★★★★

Hereditary (10:50)  ★

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (13:42)

Sharp Objects (19:10)

Queen Sugar (22:27)

Bert Kreischer : Secret Time (23:28)

Hannah Gadsby : Nanette (32:12)

Amy Adams (35:40)

Ep 15 – Take 2

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Our first recording of this week’s show was horrible quality and deemed not usable.  So… this is Take 2 on this week’s topics.  It was strange to redo it, but we hope you enjoy it nonetheless.

First, Dhani saw Crazy Rich Asians and loved it so much that she almost has a tough time getting the words out about how wonderful it was!  Next, she tells John about TAG, Adrift, and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

When they get into TV, they first discuss their mutual affection for The Great British Bake Off.  Then Dhani watched Agatha Christie’s Ordeal By Innocence on Amazon Prime.  Next, Dhani summarizes the TV shows she is currently watching and enjoying.

And finally, to celebrate Jennifer Lopez receiving the Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs on Monday, we discuss our favorite JLo movie.

Crazy Rich Asians (1:40) ★★★★

TAG (14:28) ★★★1/2

Adrift (18:20) ★★★

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (22:58) ★★★1/2

Great British Bake Off (28:09)

Ordeal By Innocence (31:16)

Shows I’m Watching (34:07)

Favorite Jennifer Lopez films (41:27)

PROMO:  Shooting Breezes