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The Martian

Matthew and Dean are joined by Daniel James Barker from the Uncertainty Principle Podcast. Daniel brings his physics expertise along with his perspective on the book (which Matt and Dean DID NOT read), and lends some unique perspective to this week’s episode. Although a trained physicist, Daniel isn’t much of a network tech. He experienced some internet issues along the way, but like Mark Watney, he never gave up. Join Matthew, Dean, and Daniel as they discuss the finer points of “The Martian” — like how this film is a sequel to “Good Will Hunting.” Enjoy!

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The Last Samurai

Matthew and Dean discuss the film at length, but they also dive into some of the interesting and conflicting history of Bushido and the samurai. Disclaimer: they aren’t historians. They just read a couple articles and are now regurgitating those findings for all of you. That’s not to say that there is not quite a bit of thought-provoking stuff going on this week. On the contrary, the podcast episode launched into some very cool theories (and a few facts) surrounding the mysterious samurai. We hope you enjoy this conversation in English.

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Man on Fire (2004)

If you were to describe Matthew and Dean’s discussion about Man on Fire you’d likely come up with an adjective they used to describe the editing of this film: herky-jerky. Right out of the gates Matthew admits to not being a fan of this flick. Dean has a confession of his own… until covering this film, he’d never seen the film in totality. For 13 years he told people it was great. Does he still feel the same? One thing both of our glorious hosts agree on is that Denzel is always awesome, and he and Dakota are outstanding.

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3-8: The Leftovers “The Book of Nora”

The Leftovers is over, but don’t worry Jessica and Dean are here to get you through it with the help of our loyal listeners who put forth many great comments on this episode and the series as a whole. Jessica and Dean are both high on this episode as it delivers on the premise put forth in season one: this is a series about the characters and their struggles post-departure more than it is about the “truth” of the departure. Another phenomenal acting display by both Theroux and Coon, and an unexpected appearance by Amy Brennemen. Was the appearance of Laurie good or bad for the story as a whole? Does it matter? All this and more on this week’s episode of, Sudden Departure: A Leftovers Podcast.

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Arrival

Matthew and Dean go deep with Arrival. They have a blast talking about all the important things in Arrival, like how this isn’t the Charlie Sheen movie, how HIV doesn’t reach base as often as it once did, and how time paradoxes, non-linear time, and linguistics work. Disclaimer: Matthew and Dean aren’t quite smart enough to talk about this movie, but you can be assured that you will smile while listening to this, and if not you can draw some complaints with inky-black alien spunk and send them to hosts@libertystreetgeek.net. Enjoy!

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Twin Peaks Visited

“Harry, I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.”

Special Agent Dale Cooper

For as long as I’ve been watching things, Twin Peaks has somehow always managed to stay under the radar for me.  I’d heard it was about the murder of a young teenager on the northwest coast, and that it turned to complete shit in its second season, but that was pretty much it.  Who killed Laura Palmer?  I have no idea (well, maybe SOME idea – I’ll get to that later).  What is the rest of the show about?  Not sure, maybe kids smoking pot in some rainy woods?

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3-7: The Leftovers “The Most Powerful Man in the World”

The seventh episode reminds us all why we are still watching “The Leftovers.” It isn’t about the metaphorical religious stuff, but more because we are deeply invested in the characters. We are able to empathize with them, and we feel like we know them, or at least understand their human frailty. Kevin Garvey Jr., like most people, is a beautiful mess of flaws and surprising moments of virtue. It would be easy to overdue the “international assassin” device, but Lindelof has displayed patience and an innate awareness of perfect timing. He knows exactly when to send Kevin into the “Bizzaro World” for maximum effect. A triumphant episode that has Dean and Jessica feeling positive about next week’s finale.

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Near Dark

Are champions of Near Dark suffering from a chronic case of nostalgia, or is this horror/western blend thought-provoking enough to take gum-deep? Matthew liked it less than he assumed he would based on the love it has gotten around the block, and Dean thinks that this movie would be much flatter without the great, late Bill Paxton. Does Near Dark measure up, or is it simply a cool horror flick with a silly ending?

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3-6: The Leftovers “Certified”

Inexplicably, Jessica becomes a fan of Laurie this week… well not really, but she does have a lot of favorable things to say about this week’s episode as does her counterpart, Dean. The two agree that this series has always been about the characters and how they respond to the departure. Although both Dean, and Jessica can’t totally wrap their head around Laurie’s final decision, they do agree that it was a well constructed story arc for a complicated and deeply flawed character.

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Matthew and Dean oscillate between absurd, accent-laden editorializing, and truly attempting to feel Bram Stoker’s Dracula in all its glorious melodrama. This movie is not about the book by the titular author, but if you can get past that and see BSD for what it is – a dark and seductive fairytale with powerful, memorable visuals, and great performances sans Keanu (relax we love him anyway) – you will surely have a good movie watching experience.

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