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Director Chris Smith on “Jim & Andy,” Kaufman, Carrey and the Making of “Man on the Moon”

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Opinion, Podcast, Q & A | 0 comments

If you like documentaries, it’s worth checking out “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond,” a fantastic film diving into the making of the great Andy Kaufman biopic, “Man on the Moon,” starring Jim Carrey. It was a stellar performance in which Carrey not only channeled Kaufman on screen, but off as well. Needless to say, it created all sorts of problems on set. Not just because Carrey was going full method actor portraying the unpredictable, mercurial comedian, but also his vulgar alter ego Tony Clifton.

We spoke to director Chris Smith about the making of the movie, and what he learned about Carrey in what is a fascinating look at his career, fame, and the pain that makes comedy.

The movie debuts Friday on Netflix. Check it out.

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Are the Lakers Actually Good at Defense?

Posted by on Nov 4, 2017 in Podcast |

We recorded this one on Thursday ahead of the Portland and Brooklyn games, but technical problems kept it off the interwebs. Good news: This stuff is pretty evergreen. (As is the commentary on Fantasy Football that opens the show. Got a feeling we hit on things many, many, many of those listening will recognize.)

The Lakers are actually playing defense through (now) eight games this year. Is it sustainable? Yes, we’re asking that question: Could the Lakers defense actually be… good? And how sustainable are we talking, here? What happens now that Larry Nance Jr. is out of the lineup for at least a month? And will there be any regret long term for letting D’Angelo Russell go?

 

 

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Alan Sepinwall on “Breaking Bad 101″

Posted by on Oct 28, 2017 in Opinion, Podcast |

If you like TV recaps and reviews, you probably have read Alan Sepinwall. Now at Uproxx, Sepinwall has long been one of the most influential critics working. His new book “Breaking Bad 101: The Complete Critical Companion” is a fantastic compilation of old and fresh episode recaps, along with new essays and interview with important figures from the series.

It’s really fun.

We talk to Sepinwall about the book, Breaking Bad, recap culture, Mad Men and more. Great stuff for TV lovers.

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Ingram’s Slow Start and Season Predictions

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Opinion, Podcast |

Last show before the real games begin. (Recorded on Monday, but delayed in posting…)

We cover…

  • Brandon Ingram’s slow preseason in the wake of expectations rising sharply for him this offseason.
  • Who starts at the four? Are the Lakers missing an opportunity in the frontcourt?
  • How many games will the Lakers win this year? The Vegas line is 34.5… so are they over or under, and how does Lonzo’s absence this preseason impact the final number?
  • What about the rest of the Western Conference? Who are the eight playoff teams in a stacked group?
  • In the East, since only two teams really matter, we look at Philadelphia’s chances, since in a lot of ways they’re the E.C. version of the Lakers.

And finally, it’s the 20th anniversary of Boogie Nights, one of the great movies of the last two decades. We discuss what makes it so good, and why it holds up so well.

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Are the Lakers Good Yet? Plus Tom Petty and the R’n'R HOF

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

So three preseason games in, are the 2017-18 Lakers good yet? No? Why not? We discuss. From there, what are the most interesting parts of the annual NBA GM Survey? Where does Lonzo Ball fit into it all? And are the Lakers going a little overboard fueling the Lonzo Hype Machine? Finally (on the basketball end of things, at least) Luke Walton dropped some serious hints as to what type of year he thinks this is for his developing group. We decode.

In non-sports news, the death of Tom Petty was (rightly and understandably) overshadowed by the horrendous violence in Las Vegas, but worth some reflection. And as we do every year, it’s time to break down this year’s nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

 

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