Read it and Weep
Summary: Read it and Weep is a good podcast about bad books, movies, and TV. Each week 2.5 comedians and a guest make fun of things like Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, Dear John by Nicholas Sparks, Going Rogue by Sarah Palin, and anything Keanu Reeves has been in.
We're back! Kicking off a brand new season of Read it and Weep. We're calling the 3rd season "Back To School". Trying to understand pop culture has always been a mission of the show but now we're making it more explicit. And our first theme of Back To School is learning a bit more about film. I know, it's overdue. For the next couple of months, professor Anthony Lopez and associate professor Hunter Donaldson are going to give Alex the education he really already should have had.
Happy Holidays, everybody. We're wrapping up #Alexit and season 2 of the show with an action movie that's also loosely set at Christmas, just like Diehard. But is it as good as Diehard? Find out! And we'll see you in the new year for Season 3: RiaW Back To School Mentioned in this episode: Anthony highly recommends the documentary 20 Feet From Stardom on Netflix
Sorry for the weeks off, but that's because the move I've been talking about for a month actually happened. And it was hard! But now that I'm starting to settle in I talked to Ezra and Anthony about the universally annoying act of moving. Mentioned in this episode Ezra's playlist for changing diapers: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/41Q4RQxFeJeU1Sk58RjBje?si=d9rRBqGHTXi4dR0e7MRMSw
When I'm in LA, there's a chance I'll feel like a fish out of water. EXACTLY like Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop. I'm going to feel just like him. Avenging a friends murder / doing comedy. Same same. Hopefully I'll also be able to talk my way into secured warehouses and have buddies who are good at shootin'!
For the next step of my LA preperation I decided to see what the future of the city might hold. Specifically, the future imagined by Blade Runner in the far off time November 2019. That's right, not only is it a perfect pick for our LA month it's actually set RIGHT NOW. And boy were they 50/50 on predicting the present.
Big news! I'm moving to Los Angeles in December. To celebrate / scare myself, I'm going to spend the next little bit watching movies about Los Angeles. And since that wasn't specific enough, I'm only doing movies that specifically have LA in the title. Starting out with the 90s comedy starring a roller skating Steve Martin, an extremely fun Sarah Jessica Parker, and of course, the city of angels.
To close out The Rocktober, we could have watched the Elton John biopick Rocketman. But we dug deeper than that, we went back to the 1997 family comedy about farting on Mars, Rocketman. And just like the movie, we had to call in a sub at the last moment.
If you want to get some dirty looks, tell everybody you like Ballers. It's clearly aimed at a certain kind of bro, but if you're investigating The Rock the way we are, you have to watch it. And despite the negative hype, it's actually kind of fun. feat Alex, Anthony, and Amanda Leinbaugh (@amandable)
One thing we've never actually done for #TheRocktober is watch The Rock wrestling. We watched a documentary about it, but this year we're actually watching a whole episode, specifically the 2019 debut of Friday Night Smackdown on Fox. We have a great array of wrestling experience from much to absolutely none. Featuring - Amber Preston (@PrestonParty) - Jamie Carbone (@ThiccSonic)
Probably our favorite crazyballs franchise on this show is Fast & Furious. We've watched a bunch of them. And just because Hobbs & Shaw doesn't feature the whole families, it's still nice to spend a day with the cousins. The Rock and Jason Statham are punchy and quippy and care about their families, and while it isn't the best thing we've ever seen, it's not a bad couple of hours. Featuring Alex, Ezra, and special guests Chris Smith (@cwaltersmith) and Tanya Smith (@TheTanyeBest)
The most rockerful time of year is upon us again, The Rocktober! And we're shooting it off with a real sad whimper. Look, The Rock mostly appears in low quality movies. But even for him, this one's a stinker.
Autumn has fallen upon us and that means one thing: The Rocktober! Okay, but before that it's time to go back to school. We watched the 80s one-liner fiesta starring Rodney Dangerfield. And no disrespect but it's not that funny. Like a lot of stuff from the 80s it's racist, homophobic, body-negative and of course really really sexist. Featuring: Alex, Anthony, and Phoebe Bottoms (@phoebebottoms)
Aloha! It's the official end of the #SummerOfFun. We ate lollies, caught a baseball game, hung out at the mall, and lots more. For our final episode of the summer, we talked to comedian and writer for Full Frontal w/ Samantha Bee, Mohanad Elshieky, about his recent trip to Hawaii. Thank you to everybody who's contributed votes, suggestions, feedback, and more for our summer. I hope everybody had fun in the sun and got laid in the shade. Never change. Aloha!
Earlier this year we did a whole episode about candy from our childhood. Inspired by that, our Australian fanbase Rhiannon offered to send us over 3kg of candy and snacks from the earth's nether regions. So we sat down with Jordan Casner (@jordancasner on all paltforms) on a Tuesday morning and consumed that candy. These are the results.
We caught one of our last remaining sunny days and used it for the violent childhood classic, the water balloon fight. Anthony and I embarked on a woodland balloon rumble, surrounded by his extended family. It was a blast! But that's not all! Ezra had a separate water balloon fight with his whole family, so we chat with him and his five-year-old son about their splashy adventure.