The Counterforce podcast is dead! Long live the Counterforce Podcast! But what is dead can never die. The Counterforce podcast has risen, harder and stronger than before. We’re calling it Time Travel Murder Mystery. You can find it on iTunes here. And you can visit our new website here. Enjoy.
It’s so weird to live in a post-The Dark Knight Rises world…
What is the next big movie/event/thing to come to our lives? At least in a pop culture sense, I mean. I’m very curious to see The Master, but that is not nearly the same thing, of course.
This is just a digression, of course, but I think it goes to show you: savor the expectations and the moments where you’re left waiting, desperate to will the hands on the clock to move faster. Spoiler: I really liked The Dark Knight Rises, it met all my expectations and then some, but I also enjoyed those times in my life when I had not yet seen it, that all I had was the imagined storylines and scenes in my head, when I just had the curiosity and that unbridled enthusiasm. What I have now is no better (well, it’s probably better) nor worse, but different.
Also, I’m clearly going to use a ton of Batman pictures in this post. This is nothing new on Counterforce, but all the same…
Also, a few entries ago, WordPress greeted me with this beautiful sight after I hit the “post” button:
For some reason that image has stuck with me. Stuck with me beyond me screencapping it, I mean. And it has stuck with me for a lot of reasons, I think… But that is a story for another time, a long story, and right now I do not have the time to make it shorter.
Just wanted to give you a heads up: The Counterforce podcast is over.
I’m sure not many folks out there care, which is fine because I care and that’s all that I need, but I like that for at least another day or two it’ll remain a mystery. As much as I would like to travel through time to get to that place, I’m thankful to be here in this place right now, dreaming of the future. If that makes sense.
I’ll just say this… A new site and a new podcast. Somewhat the same, but a little bit different…
Benjie and Marco discuss True Blood, trying to avoid spoilers in Comic-Com coverage, and their problems with Peter Jackson. Plus, a full breakdown of The Dark Knight, and brainstorming for an Alfred movie in the five-man band mold.
1. Today at work I endured a conversation with a random stranger about the seminal television program MacGyver. I love MacGyver, but I wouldn’t go back and watch it now if I could. In my memories it’s still great, and I don’t want those memories to be ruined, shattered, broken, rendered meaningless.
This random stranger really enjoyed MacGyver too, but not as much as I do, or did. Her devotion is not as strong as mine, nor her love as pure. Also, she kept saying “Magnum” when she meant “MacGyver.”
2. After she left, my co-worker and I made fun of her in a very subtle way. We started talking about Magnum, P. I. but we kept saying “Matlock.”
3. RIP Andy Griffith.
4. Remember the episode of Magnum, P.I. where he had to tread water in the ocean for, like, forever? Or, at least for near 45 minutes.
Yeah, it was good. At least… that’s how I remember it.
5. Remember the one where he died and was in a coma, more accurately, and was all astral and ghost-like and was floating around and hanging out people and solving a mystery but no one could see him or hear him?
You think I’m joking but that was totally real.
6. Unrelated… This is a picture of a dog and a bunch of tacos:
7. I can’t testify to full and clear total recall of the episodes, but I am positive that I have seen 100% of MacGyver the TV show (and TV movies after the show ended) in my life. I would wager that I have watched 87% of Murder, She Wrote the TV show (and TV movies after the show ended) in my life (some of it, or rather, a lot of it in the past year alone). I have probably watched something like 69% of Magnum, P.I. in my life, including the one where that show and Murder, She Wrote crossed over with each other, which I remember happening but don’t fully remember the details of, much to my chagrin.We’re not even going to waste our time talking about the time that Magnum, P.I. crossed over with Simon & Simon. We’re just not.
If I’m being honest with myself, I’ve probably only seen like 34% of Matlock the TV show in my life.
8. Did you ever watch The Rockford Files? It was good. I like James Garner. He’s one of the older actors that I tend to just like in whatever he’s doing.
10. When I was a kid, my father had a great big mustache and wore a lot of Hawaiian shirts and baseball caps and short shorts.
He made faces like these a lot:
11. No joke: The Magnum, P.I. theme song has been my ringtone for over a year now. It’s the ringtone for calls from numbers that aren’t already in my address book. It was weird to me, considering that, when I spontaneously found myself in this conversation today at work.
12. Maybe it’s not all that weird.
13. Maybe it was fate?
14. Probably not.
15. T.C. was cool but Rick just seemed like an asshole to me.
16. A few nights ago Benjamin Light and I were talking about the future of our podcast and the caterpillar-like life of our blog and how it’ll soon turn into a beautiful and bewildering butterfly – watch for future announcements – and we were also mutually browsing around the internet, just talking and shitting the breeze and I remember reading somewhere that in other countries there confusions and mistranslations and people assumed that the title of the show was Magnum PI…
What a strange coincidence… The ringtone and the random factoid read about the internet and then the strange occurrence of the spontaneous conversation with a stranger about MacGyver but calling it Magnum and I’m trying to fix the broken web of time and it all leads to a journey down the clips show metaphor that is memory lane for me…
18. Maybe it’s not a coincidence. Maybe it’s just a thing, a thing that happens, and it has no meaning other than that which I assign to it?
19. Perhaps it’s no more important than anything, and not even real. Maybe I’m not real. Maybe I’m me, the me that I think I am and only sometimes comfortable with me. Maybe I’m really Zhuangzi, and I’m dreaming that I’m a butterfly.
20. It’s a bit of a stretch, I know, but my mind is still trudging through similar ditches as we slowly make our way towards the end of this blog. Perhaps I’m dancing around things, then taking a few steps backward before marching forward. The past can be a special place, and an odd place where things have different values and meanings assigned to him. Analyze what you can and appreciate the bizarreness of other things and leave them as they are, unmolested, uncontested. Making peace or at least coming to an understanding with your memories is a kind of time travel, and it’s how some of the best mysteries are solved, but don’t forget: The past can be a grotesque animal and you should always be mindful of how you’ll escape it.
21. Like I said… That’s a bit of a stretch, sure.
“Father figures” by Kevin Wada. I love it. Except for the KISS parts. Oh well.
22. After this… 82 posts to go.
Can you guess how it’ll end? I have an idea…
23. Maybe like this:
Marco and Benjie talk about True Blood and Newsroom, and take a look back at Batman Begins, before casting LeBron James in a movie about treasure hunters.
Bonus Podcast! Here the be spoilers for The Amazing Spiderman. Plus, Marco dreams up an old school Crichton movie from before he went wingnut crazy and died.
Wonder Woman by Hellen Jo, from here.
I’m really fascinated by images of Christopher Nolan on the set of The Dark Knight Rises – see below – which comes out so fucking soon now.
One of movies that I enjoy that is fairly obscure to your average film goer is Michael Haneke’s Caché from 2005. On the most basic level the movie could be viewed as a horror film when a well to do family in Paris has their quiet life turned upside down when someone starts sending them surveillance videos of themselves and their lives. They don’t know who’s sending them or how they’re capturing the footage of them. Just from that alone the movie makes a really chillingly effective psychological thriller, but it’s more artsy, and has a compellingly confusing final shot that makes you question just about everything you had just seen in the film that preceded it…
Anyway, the reason I bring it up is because a large part of the film is just long shots of people interacting and moving through their existence, just being. An unedited existence observed in a slightly ghostly fashion.
And that reminded me of this:
Just footage from what I presume was streaming video to some kind of function involving The Amazing Spider-Man, since Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are together. Obviously you know that the two actors are dating if you read any gossip columns or frequent any of those websites that post pictures of celebrities wearing tacky clothes as they stroll out of their homes to buy groceries, but it’s so odd to see them just hanging out somewhere and talking to people. People watching can be a fun time waster when you’re there, when you’re in the place or in the moment, but to just kind of hover over folks, it’s extra creepy.
But maybe I’m just reading too much into it?
Perhaps, but just watch a few minutes of this video and tell me you see it differently now. The glitch producing the echo in the audio doesn’t help any and I have to say, I felt a slight tingle when the actors stop and looked right at the camera. Suddenly… They could see me!
by Farel Dalrymple.
from here, and…
And before I go, until next time, I’ll leave you with a song I like…
Benjie can’t drink too much, because he’s going to see Spider-man in a few hours, but Marco won’t be seeing it until tomorrow, so it’s mini-bottle cocktails for him. The guys talk about True Blood, Steve Carrell, Game of Thrones video games and some meta-podcasting wankery.