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1 minutes | Aug 2, 2016
POEM: The Bowling Instinct
The Bowling Instinct In the bag she carries a bowling ball of a Head—it was mine, I think, Or thought (when I could still think). Now I know it is filled with pictures That pander to the baser instincts— The Martha Stewart nesting instinct, Blue-batik-cloth-covering-the-table instinct, Abundant-brass-candlesticks- Handmade-by-sweating-innocents-of-our-globally Acquisitive-taint instinct, like an Automated teller’s cash slot, the Mouth of the head prattles forth Fresh crisp cash for a whisper in the ear instinct. Eres monja sin rascar. Como se puede pasar? None tread so deep but the Buddha, And the Carmelites fall asleep at her prayer requests, But the superficial protestants, Smile-coated rage at her bland affect faced with Their monotheistic monomania which forges their most secret doubts, They will lock her in a cell in the catacombs beneath the Pantheon
2 minutes | Jul 26, 2016
POEM: A Brief Report on Your Child's Progress at School
A Brief Report on your Child’s Progress at School [Firstname] threw up on [hisher] prison dinner tray Because [SheHe] had been drinking whiskey That was later discovered in the alley above the tennis courts; A urine test for marijuana was given but was negative. And if [SheHe] is discovered smoking in the dorm a Third time [SheHe] will be suspended for a week. Parents will have to bear the expense of a Trip down and up the mountain and Roundtrip airfare Madurai-Mumbai. [SheHe] shows little respect for the property of others Especially religious materials and is Rumoured to have burned a blue jeans Bible in [hisher] stove. [SheHe] has actively engaged in Eve Teasing in Hindi in numerous classes and We have zero tolerance for that kind of love. [SheHe] has been diagnosed with hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder and [hisher] daily dose of Ritalin has been tripled Resulting in a significant decrease of daily incidents. [SheHe] with friends takes a taxi daily around the lake Where [SheHe] smokes along a quiet country lane; We have infiltrated this group and an investigation is pending. [SheHe] was suspiciously the first to report a used Condom thrown on the roof of the piano block— The envious eyes of the science teachers bled tears. We admire [Firstname]’s leadership skills and feel
8 minutes | Jul 17, 2016
Jon Snow's Patrimony
Someone has made a beautiful video on YouTube that reveals they have been telling us all along who Jon Snow's parents were. Some of these were couched discreetly in double entendres, but others were pretty blunt. Why didn't I know?
13 minutes | Jul 16, 2016
Asian Cinema / YouTube's Free Association / New on Amazon Prime
New movies on AMAZON PRIME. YOUTUBE's Free Association programming: left to its own devices, the YouTube on your phone will lead your big-screen TV and your 5.1 sound system down paths you've never tread before. Headline story: a peek at what's happening in ASIAN CINEMA and a plaint over why it's so hard to get here in the States, even by streaming.
5 minutes | Jul 15, 2016
HBO's THE NIGHT OF....
HBO's new eight-part miniseries The Night of... starring John Turturro as a cool, cynical, ex-commie-in-the-21st-century attorney who promises to unravel some pretty knotty legal problems, or that's my guess after watching the first episode. "The Beach," which is the first episode, is a college kid's night (or nightmare) out. His joy ride in his dad's taxi leads into a devil's Rube Goldberg machine of incriminating evidence against our young protagonist. Every possible witness, event, and physical evidence fall to point at the kid and create the perfect wrong conclusion. Riz Ahmed is the guest star of the first two episodes, and his co-star seems to be the palpable tension that wraps around characters and viewers alike in this cop-show noir. Viewers have just enough time to make sure they've seen episode one before episode two comes out this Sunday night.
14 minutes | Jul 14, 2016
Everyone says Seinfeld was about nothing. But was it?
I've tried repeatedly to apply the good-old Being-and-Nothingness kind of Sartrean existentialism to Seinfeld and have repeatedly come up with the same answer every time: the show was about a lot of things, not the least of which were the characters themselves. And that being-about-something-ness applies at both the level of the nine-season show as a whole and at the level of each individual episode.
20 minutes | Jul 13, 2016
Bergman's Motifs as a way of understanding Bergman's movies
Many exciting things are happening tonight! On the USA Network, Mr Robot starts its second season tonight. On FX, Tyrant presents the second episode of its third season, which was very exciting last week. Annet Mahendru, formerly Nina on The Americans, shows up on Tyrant tonight as Nafisa Al-Qada. And even Aquarius on Thursday nights is worth noting. But since we can't talk about what we haven't seen, I've talked a bit about motifs in the films of Ingmar Bergman and especially in Fanny and Alexander. I'm interested in taking this podcast deeper into the bedrock of cinema, upon which everything, including the television we're enjoying tonight, rests.
5 minutes | Jul 12, 2016
Review of Polish film IDA
This is a review of a wonderful Polish film set in a 1960s profoundly haunted by the 1940s and the German occupation. The film, Ida, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
12 minutes | Jul 11, 2016
Trumbo review & why I love streaming
Tonight's Podcast contains a review of the movie Trumbo w/Bryan Cranston, now streaming on Amazon Prime, and a quick rant on why I love streaming.
6 minutes | Jul 9, 2016
FX's Tyrant produces spectacular season three premiere.
Last Wednesday FX's Tyrant, about a Mideast dynasty and its conflicts with its country's people, its natural opposition, and the resistance movements that conflicts spawn. This is an excellent program, and it seems to be getting even better with each new season.
11 minutes | Jul 8, 2016
Mr Robot & Fight Club
There are both business and stylistic connections between Mr Robot and Fight Club. This podcast, exclusively focused on Mr Robot, lays several of these connections out.
8 minutes | Jul 6, 2016
TYRANT SEASON 3 PREMIERE. Counting down to Season 2 of Mr Robot. MAIL!
Podcast 5 includes reminders about what to watch tonight: we're catching up with Season 1 of Mr Robot in order to be ready for the premiere of season 2 a week from tonight. The big news is tonight's premier of Tyrant on FX, which you can stream through Sling TV. Tyrant comes on at 10 pm Eastern and Pacific times, and 9 pm Central. Out of the mail bag, I field a question about finding the Criterion Collection on HULU.
10 minutes | Jul 5, 2016
The Criterion Collection at Hulu; The Path; Mr Robot Tweets; Tyrant 3.1 IMMINENT!
I remember Janus Films on campus that introduced me to the great directors. The Criterion Collection manages a lot of those films beyond theaters for DVD packaging as well as online streaming at HULU. All about The Path and why you should watch it. Mr Robot Tweets. The corporate world embraces ANONYMOUS. Tyrant 3.1 IMMINENT!
1 minutes | Jul 5, 2016
POEM: Montague's Seduction
Montague's Seduction comes from the Indian section of Counting Stars at Forty Below.
9 minutes | Jul 4, 2016
Mr Robot, Naked Lunch, & Back to the Future
Feralthinker's Podcast #3 for 4 July 2016 tracks where I need to watch to review all of Mr Robot's first season to be ready for the second, and I talk a bit about paranoia in a world where power emanates from tall buildings of steel & glass. Speaking of paranoia, the Godfather of Paranoid Fiction, William S Burroughs penned Naked Lunch, and David Cronenberg's film of that book is now on HBO for streaming. I'll give you the quick, standing-on-one-foot version of where Naked Lunch came from. Netflix has all three Back to the Future movies, which is not a bad cap to a holiday weekend.
11 minutes | Jul 3, 2016
Notes from Tyrant & Upcoming Mr Robot
Podcast #2 includes some random summary notes from Tyrant seasons one and two. Also included is the announcement that if you start watching Mr Robot Season 1, you can watch one episode per night and finish just in time for the season premiere on 13 July. Mr Robot Season 1 is available on Amazon Prime, and current subscribers do not have to pay additional money to watch. USA Network is the series producer, and you can catch the second season there. For those who have cut the cord, USA Network is one of several traditional cable channels now availble through the Sling TV app, available for many devices. Seasons 1 and 2 of Tyrant are on Hulu. Tyrant's new season will be on FX, which is also available through Sling TV.
6 minutes | Jul 2, 2016
Feral Thinker's podcast on streaming television with the cord cut. This will be a short daily podcast about television. I prefer on-demand streaming, and I watch nothing through cable in the traditional sense. After a brief introduction to how the program will work, the podcast talks about how to get ready for the premiere of Season 3 of FX's Tyrant next Wednesday.
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