Posts tagged: TV

Popmatic Podcast for June 3, 2015: Super Summer Challenge

By , June 3, 2015

NPL Summer ChallengeSummer Challenge is here! This year’s theme is super heroes so the Popmatic crew gets bit by a spider and saves the day by giving you awesome book, movie and music recommendations. And yes, listening to this episode, or any episode of Popmatic, counts for Summer Challenge points.

Summer Challenge sign-up

Summer Challenge events

Superheroes Wikipedia Edit-a-thon


Black Widow: the Finely Woven Thread by Nathan Edmondson, Phil Noto & Clayton Cowles

Captain America and the Black Widow by Cullen Bunn & Francesco Francavilla

fan made Black Widow movie titles

Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster the Creators of Superman by Brad Ricca

Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-creator of Batman by Marc Tyler Nobleman

Arrow tv show

Green Arrow comics

Flash comics

Legends of Tomorrow trailer

Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore


Robert Altman retrospective at the Belcourt Theatre

COPRA by Michel Fiffe

Brain Freeze Comics + Zines

Hoopla has comics!

Google Fiber

Google Fiber Announces ‘Digital Inclusion Fellowships’

Silicon Valley



Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast Post for May 6, 2015: The Saga of a Family Bicycle

By , May 6, 2015

We interrupt this regularly scheduled podcast to bring you the latest consumer safety report: Bicycles – Green Transportation or Human Death Traps?* My name is Amanda and posting with me today are Mike and Jeremy. Bill mentioned something about researching the Manson Family for this podcast, but we haven’t heard from him since. Maybe someone should check on him?

This is the (printed version of the) Popmatic Podcast, where you can rock out with your library card out. For the last couple of months, Nashville Public Library has been celebrating Nashville Reads with Rita Sepetys’ book, Between Shades of Gray.

Between Shades of Gray is a family saga of sorts, but since everyone in Nashville has probably already read this book in advance of Tuesday’s author talk, we here in the land of Popmatic decided to share with you our other favorite family sagas.

Personally, I love family sagas. I love reading 500+ pages (or even better multiple books) about the same family. Yes it’s sad when some family members inevitably die, but that’s life right? A new series has come out that piqued my curiosity. I’ve wanted to read Jane Smiley ever since I found out that she wrote a book called Moo. In the fall of 2014, she released the first book in what she is calling The Last Hundred Years Trilogy entitled Some LuckSmiley follows the Langdon family from rural Iowa in the 1920′s to 2020. Some Luck covers 1920-1953. I really liked it because she didn’t belabor each year. The Dust Bowl came and went. The war came and went. And yet, the Langdon’s continue on.

I grew up in rural Indiana as opposed to Iowa, but I come from hardy German peasant stock, like the Langdons. One of our local grocery stores was called Augsbergers and the maternal grandparents in this book were Augsbergers. Many other names were familiar to me and I felt like I was reading about my own family  - my maternal grandfather was a farmer as well. Honestly, the book started off a little slowly, but by the end I couldn’t put it down and now I can’t wait to see what the next volume will hold for the Langdons! Good thing the library has the second book Early Warning. Put your hold on it today.

From the Desk of Mike:

Rowan Atkinson is most famous to American audiences as Mr. Bean, but he also played various members of a British family in another British import called Blackadder.  In the late early eighties, Atkinson and writer Richard Curtis were working on a show called Not the Nine o’Clock News, when they came up with the idea of a historical sitcom.  BBC executives told them that sitcoms and history don’t mix.  Seeing this as a challenge they developed the first Blackadder series, a sort of alternate history where Richard III won the battle of Bosworth Field.  Edmund Blackadder (Atkinson) plays a dim-witted cowardly prince who is constantly scheming to seize the throne.  His servant, Baldrick, played by Tony Robinson, assists him in his plans.

Each subsequent series would feature another Edmund Blackadder in another point in history, from the Elizabethan age all the way to an hour long TV special set in 1999 called Blackadder Back & Forth.  The Blackadders would progressively become cleverer, but each generation would become lower and lower in social status.  He is always assisted in his plans to rise in the social ladder by another loyal Baldrick, and sometimes helped by a none-too-bright aristocrat (in two seasons his best friend is played by Hugh Laurie, who would go on to star in the series House).  Of course, all of his carefully thought out plans backfire, and they try to fix them, which backfires yet again.  Usually at some point Baldrick exclaims “I have a cunning plan!” and then says something completely unhelpful and nonsensical.  Here is an exchange from the fourth series:

Private Baldrick: It’s part of a cunning plan, sir.
Captain Blackadder: Of course it is.
Private Baldrick: You know how they say that somewhere there’s a bullet with your name on it?
Captain Blackadder: Yes?
Private Baldrick: Well I thought that if I owned the bullet with my name on it, I’ll never get hit by it. Cause I’ll never shoot myself…
Captain Blackadder: Oh, shame!
Private Baldrick: And the chances of there being *two* bullets with my name on it are very small indeed.
Captain Blackadder: Yes, it’s not the only thing that is “very small indeed”. Your brain for example- is brain’s so minute, Baldrick, that if a hungry cannibal cracked your head open, there wouldn’t be enough to cover a small water biscuit.

One giant perk of getting Blackadder from the library and watching it on DVD instead of streaming is that there are special features to explain some of parts of British history that Americans may not get (for example, I had no idea about rotten boroughs.) We even have the completely remastered edition of the entire run of Blackadder on DVD. Why haven’t you checked it out yet?

Just Jeremy:

None of the Ramones are actual Ramones, but they were brothers in every sense of the word. Being in a band is like being in a family, and touring the world in planes, trains, and automobiles is like sharing a tiny room. Tensions will inevitably flare, especially when someone doesn’t shower regularly or abstain from heroin.

A good place to start with the saga of the Ramones is the box set Weird Tales of the Ramones, which features gems from all the band’s studio albums. This will give you all the buzzsaw guitar, mispronunciations of “massacre” and “basement”, and Burger King references you need.

To see the dynamics behind this unique clan, check out the movie End of the Century. This movie features interviews with the band, footage from some of their earliest shows, and insights into the group’s successes and failures from insiders and famous fans.

There are plenty of books by and about the Ramones. My favorite of these is probably Johnny Ramone’s Commando. Though technically not that good of a book–it reads like a transcript of a long interview/monologue–Johnny is fascinating because he was stubbornly committed to the his idea of how the band should be, and he was a Ted Nugent-level conservative in a music scene generally associated with more progressive ideas.

*So the reason we are posting instead of podcasting is that Bryan had a slight disagreement with his bicycle and the road that resulted in an injury to his arm, which then resulted in his doctor having to lock Bryan up in his office because the new robot arm tried to take over the world. Don’t worry, it’s under control, but please bear with us in the meantime. If you miss us and want to hear our voices, you can always listen to classic episodes of the Popmatic Podcast here, or subscribe to the Popmatic Podcast on the iTunes. Hopefully, we’ll get Bryan fixed up and rescue Bill in time to be back for next week’s glorious podcast where we discuss Australia.

That’s not a knife…


Popmatic Podcast November 5th, 2014: Courtroom Shocker

By , November 5, 2014

The Escape ArtistIn honor  this year’s Nashville Public Library Literary Award winner, Scott Turow, we feature of our favorite legal thrillers; or at least our favorite cop shows. There is a huge surprise during the “tickle my fancy” segment that results in our amps being cranked to eleven.

Pro tip: at the end of every show, we do corrections of the previous show. This is often embarrassing and/or hilarious.


Scott Turow free public lecture


Psych novels by William Rabkin

Perry Mason

Perry Mason novels by Erle Stanely Gardner

The Escape Artist

Defending Jacob by William Landay

12 Angry Men

We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks

Wikileaks’ response to the film


Blurred Lines” by Postmodern Jukebox

Juggernaut – part of Movies@Main

Doug Loves Movies recording at Zanies

Birth School Metallica Death by Paul Brannigan & Ian Winwood

Jim Carrey’s return to SNL

My Gimpy Life


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast September 10th, 2014: Critical Rehab

By , September 10, 2014

Tales by H.P. LovecraftThis week we give some needlessly maligned books, movies, and music some critical rehabilitation. You know, things like, um, Led Zeppelin(?). Then a fight breaks out about opera because LIBRARIANS.


Luke Danes from Gilmore Girls

Sophia Petrillo from Golden Girls

Jack Shephard from Lost

Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory

Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Tales by H.P. Lovecraft

The Library of America

Henry Kuttner

Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin

Only God Forgives

Tangerine Dream CD | Freegal | Hoopla

A Tribute to Bob Dylan in the 80s: Volume 1

One More Try” covered by Iron and Wine on A.V. Club Undercover


All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor

Tennessee Volksfest

Lullaby and… the Ceaseless Roar by Robert Plant

Hansel and Gretel by Beni Montresor

The Witches of Venice by Philip Glass



Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast September 3rd, 2014: Work, Work, Work

By , September 3, 2014

Intern's Handbook by Shane KuhnIt’s back to business after Labor Day. Unironically, we do a work themed episode and we all choose to talk about books. We’re librarians – get it? During tickle my fancy, a debate flares up about whether Popmatic is about high or low culture. Amanda settles it with an appreciation of Drunk History.


The Interns’ Handbook by Shane Kuhn

High Plains Drifter

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People interactive infographic

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Carsick by John Waters


Shakespeare in the Park

David Olney

Sandman Slim series by Richard Kadrey

Drunk History

Go” by Grimes and Blood Diamonds

video for “Go

Work” by Iggy Izalea


VNV Nation Hoopla | Freegal


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast July 9th, 2014: Gril is French for Grill

By , July 9, 2014

The Chopped CookbookSummer time is for cooking out so we gab about the best books movies and music to get you grillin’ and chillin’. Did I just write that? Grillin’ and chillin’. I wrote that. Okay. Let’s move on.


Guy on Fire: 130 Recipes for Adventures in Outdoor Cooking by Guy Fieri

ORCA coolers from Franklin, TN

The Chopped Cookbook: Use What You’ve Got to Make Something Great

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer

upgrade your beer with a French press

Beer Cocktails: 50 Superbly Crafted Cocktails that Liven Up Your Lagers, Ales, and Stouts by Howard Stelzer

Racing Weight Cookbook: Lean, Light Recipes for Athletes by Matt Fitzgerald & George Fear

Shaft: the TV Movie Collection

Oldboy Korean original


Big Kids Club at Main Library superheroes creative writing workshop

Sentinels of the Multiverse – Greg called it “Avengers” of the Multiverse

Between the Bars by The Civil Wars

Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Schwartz

upcoming Midnight Movies at the Belcourt
- Heavy Traffic
- Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Night Moves (1975)

The High Window by Raymond Chandler

Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves

If a Tree Falls

Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey

This Sporting Life

ESPN 30 for 30: Broke


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast May 2014: A Renaissance (of Sorts)

By , May 4, 2014

May marks the joyful return of the Tennessee Renaissance Festival. We hark back to the Renaissance, the Dark Ages, and Season 5 of Gilmore Girls. Merriment is had by all.


Tournaments and Jousts: Training for War in Medieval Times by Andrea Hopkins

The Art of Chess by Colleen Schafroth

Shakespeare’s Insults: Educating Your Wits by William Shakespeare

Gilmore Girls Season 5

Big Bang Theory Season Two Episode Two “The Codpiece Topology

The Armada by Garrett Manningly

Silver Skull by Mark Chadbourn

Hild by Nicola Griffith

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset

Porius by John Cowper Powys

Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters

The Story of Wales

Lancelot of the Lake

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Tenth of December by George Saunders featuring the story “My Chivalric Fiasco”

Donatello’s bronze David

turkey legs


The Guild DVD | YouTube

Four & Twenty Blackbird Pie Book by Emily Elson & Melissa Elson

Ascendant by Drew Chapman

The World of Yesterday by Stephan Zweig

The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz

Under the Skin by Michel Farber

Are you a Tim Gunn or a RuPaul?


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast March 2014: Nashville READS (About Animals)

By , March 2, 2014

With Karen Joy Fowler‘s We are All Completely Beside Ourselves being named the next Nashville READS title, we wax poetic about our favorite animal tie-ins. Somehow Babe: Pig in the City didn’t make the list? And what is tickling our fancy this month.

Nashville READS


Animals by Pink Floyd

Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin bio pic with Claire Danes

Peter and the Wolf by Sergey Prokofiev

Rikki Tikki Tavi animated by Chuck Jones

original Rikki Tikki Tavi by Rudyard Kipling

National Geographic’s Cobra vs. Mongoose

Twin Peaks TV series

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me


What’s Happenin’ Captain by Library Pete


Tennessee First Lady Read20 Book Club

The weather has been great.

Into the Storm: Violent Tornadoes, Killer Hurricanes, and Death-Defying Adventures in Extreme Weather by Reed Timmer

Storm Chaser: In Pursuit of Untamed Skies by Warren Faidley

Lucky Day Collection

Twin Peaks fan art


DVD review: Top of the Lake

By , December 10, 2013

Top of the Lake

If you need more evidence that cream of the crop dramatic narrative lives in series TV these days and not movies, look no further than the miniseries Top of the Lake. The latest project from New Zealand auteur Jane Campion (if you’re not a film nerd you still remember The Piano right?), Top of the Lake features Detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) trying find Tui (Jacqueline Joe) a tween age girl that goes missing after discovering she is pregnant. Tui claims to have no idea who the father is before she goes disappearing into the woods. All the clues point towards Matt (Peter Mullan), Tui’s own father and local big man with as many criminal connections as illegitimate children. Matt’s sway over the rural community is challenged by the appearance of G.J. (Holly Hunteroh yeah I remember The Piano now), a perplexing guru who has set up all female commune on an idyllic lakeside plain, the traditional stomping ground of Matt and his family. Detective Griffin is stuck in the middle. She has affinities for G.J. and her followers but she has tasked herself with solving the case by the book – not only to rescue Tui and her baby, but to spite a patriarchal police force whose good old boys ties with Matt and his gang reek of corruption.

There’s evil in the woods. The lake and the wilderness are as much a part of the story as any of the human characters. It is nothing short of Twin Peaks New Zealand, but where Twin Peaks’ palette is warm, Top of the Lake’s palette is cool. Where Twin Peaks is ironic, Top of the Lake is realistic. Since Mad Men devolved into Dallas, I know I’ve been dying to see Elizabeth Moss go toe to toe with sexist meatheads again. Peter Mullan’s turn as Matt, a conflicted ball of neuroses about to burst at the seams, is the tightest, most engrossing performance of a royal baddest dad since Tony Soprano. (Anyone who thought I was going to write “Walter White” can go watch Sons of Anarchy while drinking beer out of a can.) With astonishing cinematography usually reserved for feature films and powerhouse performances, Top of the Lake deserves to be at the top of your holds queue.

Downton Abbey Season 4 the Countdown Begins…

By , November 7, 2013

Less than two months to go before season 4 of Downton Abbey premiers on PBS on Sunday, January 5, 2014 and to get you into the swing of all things Downton we have…





The Series:

Downton Abbey Season  1







Downton Abbey Season  2







Downton Abbey Season  3







Downton Abbey
Season  4






Downton Abbey Books:

Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey: the Official Backstage Pass to the Set, the Actors and the Drama

By Emma Rowley


Below Stairs: the Classic Kitchen Maid’s Memoir That Inspired “Upstairs, downstairs” and “Downton Abbey”

By Margaret Powell


The Chronicles of Downton Abbey

By Jessica Fellowes and Matthew Sturgis



Downton Abbey: the Complete Scripts. Season one

By Julian Fellowes



Downton Abbey Script Book: Season 2

By Julian Fellowes



Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: the Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle

By The Countess of Carnarvon



Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey

By The Countess of Carnarvon



Life Below Stairs: True Lives of Edwardian Servants

By Alison Maloney



Secrets of Highclere Castle DVD




The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook : From Lady Mary’s Crab Canapes to Mrs. Patmore’s Christmas Pudding : More Than 150 Recipes From Upstairs and Downstairs

By Emily Ansara Baines


Upstairs & Downstairs: an Illustrated Guide to the Real World of Downton Abbey

By Sarah Warwick



The World of Downton Abbey

By Jessica Fellowes



While We Were Watching Downton Abbey

By Wendy Wax



Downton Abbey Soundtracks:

Downton Abbey: the Essential Collection

Downton Abbey: Original Music from the Television Series









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