Paul Reiser

Paul Reiser

Paul Reiser

Born March 30, 1957

Paul Reiser has helped to shape our popular culture through his comedy, his writing, his roles in movies or television. Whether you are enjoying Reiser trading quips with a talk show host or appearing on the large or small screen, Reiser’s own views and way of telling a story shine through.

Noteworthy

  • Aliens – Reiser was Burke in Aliens. While this is not my favorite part of the Aliens franchise I did dig Paul Reiser in this role.
  • My Two Dads – This is the first thing that I ever saw Paul Reiser in. I loved this show. It was a typical 80s sitcom. It had some very funny parts and tried to wing a little drama at you from time to time.
  • Mad About You – Potentially this is Resier most famous role. He was Paul Buchman for the full 162 episodes opposite the always amazing Helen Hunt. Great 90s sitcom that again had a little drama to go along with the funny.
  • Stranger Things – This is one of the best things that Netflix has ever turned out. Resier is Dr Sam Owens on the show. If you have not reached this point in Resier career… stop reading this and go watch Stranger Things.

And after you’ve done the acting, there’s a lot of places you can put your input – in the editing, in the production of it, in the rewriting of it and so on.

-Paul Reiser

Magnificent Seven – 1960

The Magnificent Seven - 1960 - is one of those movies that I have watched literally dozens of times over the years. It is one of the first VHS tapes that I bought when I began my movie collection and it was one of the first that I swapped out to DVD. I learned to love...

Joanne Woodward

Joanne Woodward Born February 27, 1930   Joanne Woodward Noteworthy The Three Faces of Eve - Woodward was nominated and won best actress for this 1957 film about a woman suffering from multiple personality disorder. The Long, Hot Summer - Woodward and Newman star in...

I Am a Bad Gamer

I am a bad gamer. I hardly ever buy a game when it first comes out. I like a hard copy of the game and at times I am turned off by the multiplayer/online aspect of most games. I am not saying that I am opposed to first run games, but I am opposed to paying the money...

Millie Bobby Brown

Millie Bobby Brown Born February 19, 2004   Millie Bobby Brown first dropped onto my radar as ELeven on Stranger Things. She is now on the list of actors and actresses that I will watch in anything. She has a presence that she should probably not have for a person her...

LL Cool J aka Ladies Love Cool Jams

LL Cool J LL Cool J aka Ladies Love Cool Jams is one of those artists whose song still run through my head years later. Catchy beats, great rhymes, and a certain style that make him stick out in the minds of the youth of the late 80s and early 90s. By the 2000s, LL...
Lucy Lawless

Lucy Lawless

Lucy Lawless

Born March 29, 1968

Lucy Lawless, New Zealand born actress and singer, has been a pop-culture icon since the early 1990s. From Xena: Warrior Princess to her latest work on Ash vs Evil Dead, Lawless spans the world and genres. She helped create the woman-power fueled TV series and kept Xena running for years – a show that is still beloved by its fans.

Noteworthy

  • Xena: Warrior Princess – 134 Episodes across 6 seasons. This role made Lucy Lawless an international star and set her star much higher in the firmament of Hollywood.
  • Parks and Recreation – Lawless on Parks and Rec was perfect. She is such a talented actress and is so funny that she fit perfectly into that cast of odd characters. She and Nick Offerman are perfect as a couple.
  • Ash vs Evil Dead – Lawless and Bruce Campbell. There might not be a more perfect team-up on screen. They have both played these larger than life roles and having them on screen together is perfect.

Treat everyone the same until you find out they’re an idiot.

-Lucy Lawless

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba Born April 28, 1981   Jessica Alba started out acting as a teenager and has been turning out great entertainment for all of us ever since then. She is one of those actresses that makes interesting choices and elevates the role. Noteworthy Idle Hands - I...

Overdrive App

My latest obsession on my phone is the Overdrive App. This is the fault of one my co-workers (Amy you know who you are). I was using Audible, and I love Audible - if there is a book that I want to keep, that I want to listen to more than once, or once a year, I will...

Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher - Born February 7, 1978 Ashton Kutcher is on the list of actors that I will watch whatever they are in. Not saying I will always love it but he has produced enough entertainment for me over the years that I will still give it a watch. Noteworthy Dude,...

Jay Chandrasekhar

Jay Chandrasekhar Born April 9, 1968   Love Jay Chandrasekhar and all things Broken Lizard. Whether he is rolling with that crew, doing stand up, or producing movies on his own - Chandrasekhar always brings the funny. Noteworthy Super Troopers - director/actor - This...

Drop Dead Diva

Drop Dead Deiva My wife is an evil person. She starts watching shows on Netflix and then she gets me hooked. Once I am invested in the show, I have to watch the whole thing. So, we are burning our way through Drop Dead Diva. This TV show has one of the goofiest...
Vince Vaughn

Vince Vaughn

Vince Vaughn

Born March 28, 1970

Vince Vaughn is fantastic. I love him in every role that I see him in. And, as you may have heard one more than one of our podcasts – I want him to be in every movie. And if he can’t have a speaking role just have him walk through the scene and wave at the camera. We need more Vince Vaughn. Vaughn delivers fast-paced dialogue better than anyone else. I am going to try and include some of the snippets from the movies below just for reference. I bet you can hear him speaking the lines.

Noteworthy

  • Swingers – This was the first major motion picture that I remember seeing Vaughn in. I can sum this movie up with one line: Baby, that was money! Tell me that wasn’t money.
  • Clay Pigeons – Vaughn as Lester the Molester: Some people just need-NEED-killing.
  • Psycho – No dialogue from this one. This movie a few others are proof of just how talented an actor Vaughn is. It takes someone special to step into Anthony Perkins shoes.
  • Dodgeball – The stripper was meant to be congratulatory.
  • Anchorman – What, you guys can’t say one thing? Even the guy that can’t think said something. You guys just stand there? Come on.
  • Wedding Crashers – Yeah, it could have been the soft mattress. Or the midnight rape. Or the nude gay art show that took place in my room. One of those probably added to the lack of sleep.

My father came from nothing, so he believed that people could do anything if they worked hard enough. I think he liked that I chose to be an actor. Both he and my mom were totally supportive.

-Vince Vaughn

Where did all the good commercials go?

I was flipping through the Netflix the other day and ran across Video Games: The Movie. It was a really good documentary on the history, purpose, and culture of gaming. While I was watching it the Atari issue of E.T. The Extraterrestrial The Game was brought up. If...

Why I will Not Be Seeking a Refund for No Mans Sky

So, I just read an article on the site Gadgets360 that Sony, Amazon and Steam are refunding digital copies of No Mans Sky regardless of playtime (click here to read the full article).  Great story from the folks at Gadgets360, but let me explain why I will not be...

Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt - Born January 27, 1969 As a professed stand-up comedy addict, Patton Oswalt is one of my drugs of choice. I really dig smart humor and when a comedian uses language well, wraps their humor and stories back around to a common thread, and at the end don't...

Alan Tudyk

Alan Tudyk Born March 16, 1971   Alan Tudyk has embraced the geek over and over in his career. I will watch him in just about anything and go out of my way to keep an eye on what he has been in or what he has coming out soon. Below is such a small list of what he has...

Sean Astin

Sean Astin Born February 25, 1971   Sean Astin is, was, and will always be the leader of the Goonies for me. As a kid, hell right now, I would follow Mikey into the pits of hell to find One-Eyed Willy's treasure. I still pine for a Goonies 2 and I still want Brand to...
Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino

Born March 27, 1963

I am a Quentin Tarantino complete-ist. I am in it for the long haul. Even the flicks of his that might not be my favorites, I will watch and watch multiple times. He has a style that I dig. A sensibility that really works for me. Inventive and strange at times, Quentin Tarantino writes and directs the odd and wonderful.

Noteworthy

  • Reservoir Dogs – This was the first. This is the movie that set the stage for everything else. While not as famous as Pulp Fiction it was the first time we saw a Tarantino movie.
  • Pulp Fiction – This is my favorite. The cast, the acting performances, the story, the atmosphere – this may have been the first time that we routed for the anti-hero. This may be the first time that we didn’t know who the hero was.
  • Death Proof – Or maybe this is my favorite. Old school car chases and stunts. Zoe freaking Bell. Rosario Dawson. Let’s introduce a bunch of characters, kill them and then introduce some more characters. Damn what a fun movie.
  • Inglorious Basterds – Only Tarantino can get away with re-writing WWII and killing Hitler off with Brad Pitt as the lead and Eli Roth as the Bear Jew. I want to watch it on the big screen again.

When I make a film, I am hoping to reinvent the genre a little bit. I just do it my way. I make my own little Quentin versions of them… I consider myself a student of cinema. It’s almost like I am going for my professorship in cinema, and the day I die is the day I graduate. It is a lifelong study.

-Quentin Tarantino

Christian Bale

Christian Bale - Born January 30, 1974 Christian Bale. People that know me well are probably surprised that I am celebrating him on his birthday. I am very outspoken about not liking him as Batman (certainly his most well-known role). If someone could tell me if it...

Michael Rooker

Michael Rooker Born April 6, 1955   Michael Rooker defines the term gritty actor. He is the grittiest of the gritty and one of my favorite actors on the planet. The roles that he digs into are always passionate, sometimes misunderstood, and usually very strange....

Anthony Head

Anthony Head Born February 20, 1954   Anthony Head or Anthony Stewart Head as he was known in pre-Buffy syndication times. He was freaking Giles. One of the best characters on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He was the mentor to that whole group and was the pivot of the...

StarTalk Radio Podcast

I have a secret science crush. I have had this crush for a while but it got worse when I started listening to the StarTalk Radio podcast with Neil deGrasse Tyson (NdT). I don't know how I am so late to the party picking this podcast up but now that I have found it, I...

Evan Peters Horror and So Much More

Evan Peters - Born January 20, 1987 Evan Peters Horror and so much more. My first exposure to Evan Peters was the first season of American Horror Story. From that point forward, he has slowly become an actor that I seek out. Someone that I want to see in more movies...
Elton John

Elton John

Elton John

Born March 25, 1947

Since the 1960s, Elton John has been creating the soundtrack, the musical feeling of our pop-culture. From pop hits such as Crocodile Rock to taking his hits about Marilyn Monroe and re-writing them for Princess Diana, he is one of the most prolific artists of the modern age.

Noteworthy

I’ve always wanted to smash a guitar over someone’s head. You just can’t do that with a piano.

-Elton John

I Am a Bad Gamer

I am a bad gamer. I hardly ever buy a game when it first comes out. I like a hard copy of the game and at times I am turned off by the multiplayer/online aspect of most games. I am not saying that I am opposed to first run games, but I am opposed to paying the money...

Call Me Lucky

Call Me Lucky is a 2015 documentary about Barry Crimmins. This is his story. The good the bad and the ugly of his life. I added this doc to my queue on Netflix because Bobcat Goldthwait was involved. The first half covers his comedy career - his comedy club - this...

Top 5 Labor Day Movies

I was originally going to do a Top 5 movies that revolved around Labor Day - that is harder to find than I thought it would be, People need to make more movies that revolve around Labor Day. It is a great holiday! A day off, the first holiday for most kids right after...

Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment Born April 10, 1988   Haley Joel Osment Noteworthy Forrest Gump - Osment comes in toward the end of this movie playing Gump's son. You could really see how good of an actor he was and was going to be. There was so much of the Forest Gump character in...

Kal Penn

Kal Penn Born April 23, 1977   Kal Penn roams this weird world between comedy and drama. He walks the edge between entertainment and public service. He has existed in different worlds and been successful. He is proof that while someone in Hollywood's opinion isn't...