Lukas Kaiser + THE DARK TOWER, Lana Del Rey and BLUE BLOODS

I subject my friend Lukas Kaiser to The Dark Tower, Lana Del Rey’s Lust for Life and an episode of Blue Bloods (S07E02, “Good Cop Bad Cop”). We try to name three things we liked about each #1 and we manage to do it but it’s not easy! iTunes: goo.gl/EHRMDs Soundcloud: goo.gl/qAQMxU

 

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Andrei Alupului + THE EMOJI MOVIE, BIG BROTHER, JAY-Z and HOUSE OF SPIES

Improviser Andrei Alupului joins Hoff to talk The Emoji Movie, yet another episode of Big Brother, JAY-Z’s 4:44 and Daniel Silva’s novel House of Spies. Spoiler: A few of these things are really not very good. iTunes: https://goo.gl/DTqk7G Soundcloud: https://goo.gl/3pFgkR

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New Podcast Ep: Lizzie Martinez + JAY-Z, DUNKIRK and BIG BROTHER

Comedian Lizzie Martinez joins me to discuss JAY-Z’s 4:44, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and the CBS reality show Big Brother. We spend several minutes talking about a couch. It’s a really crazy-ass couch. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lizzie-martinez-jay-z-dunkirk-and-big-brother/id1254306301?i=1000390364901&mt=2

 

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New Podcast Ep: Ryan Sartor + WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, AMERICA’S GOT TALENT and CAMINO ISLAND

Ryan Sartor (writer, host of the Difficult to Name reading series) joins me to discuss:

–WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES!

–AMERICA’S GOT TALENT, S12E06: “Auditions (6)”!

–CAMINO ISLAND by John Grisham!

We also spend a while talking about the Daddy’s Home 2 trailer!

 

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Number 1s Is a Podcast Now

I finally realized that there are already too many blogs out there, so I’ve moved this project to a medium that’s totally not saturated yet: Podcasts! The first episode, initially performed as a Facebook livestream, is now up on iTunes and Soundcloud. I review Spider-Man: Homecoming, the DJ Khaled album Grateful, an episode of American Ninja Warrior and the Helen Hardt novel Surrender. Check it out, and if you enjoy it, be sure to rate, review and subscribe! Hope you like it! I think you will!!!

 

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TV: HAWAII FIVE-0, S07E25: “Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka ‘Aina I Ka Pono”

#1 TV show, Friday, 5/12/17

8.22 million viewers

What it is: A buddy cop procedural drama about a Hawaii state police task force, rebooted from an original series which ran from 1968 to 1980. In this episode, the protagonists must rescue a bunch of child sex slaves from the back of a cube truck while it’s speeding down the highway.

My main reaction to Hawaii Five-0.1 is that it seems unintentionally darker than you’d expect a sun-drenched tropical network cop show to be. The child sex slavery storyline is part of that, of course (especially when the cold open showing a bunch of young girls being roughly herded from bare mattresses in an abandoned house to the back of a truck cuts to the theme song montage of gnarly waves and bikini babes), but so is the moment at the end of the episode when unit leader Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) reveals to Danno (Scott Caan) that he got radiation poisoning from a dirty bomb they apparently defused earlier in the series. This plot point may have been introduced because O’Loughlin is leaving the show after the next season, partly because he’s been messing up his back doing stunts, and I guess this is one way of setting up McGarrett for a tragic/heroic end. But it’s still pretty bleak stuff for network laundry-folding material. Continue reading

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Books: THIRTEEN REASONS WHY

By Jay Asher

#1 USA Today bestseller, weeks of 4/13/17 and 4/20/17

What it is: A 2007 young adult novel that returned to the bestseller list after having been adapted into a Netflix series. In the book, a high school kid named Clay receives a set of audiotapes from a classmate named Hannah Baker who recently committed suicide. It turns out that the tapes contain Hannah’s explanation of the events that led up to her death, with each side dedicated to a particular person involved, each of whom is supposed to pass the tapes on to the next person in the series. The narration alternates between Hannah’s recorded monologues and Clay’s narration of what’s happening as he roams around town and listens. Continue reading

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