@3: Fun fact!: The Primals directly sampled this Peter Fonda scene, from Roger Corman's The Wild Angels, on "Loaded" so...it's kind of six of one, half dozen of the other :)
@4: MILES O'Keeffe!!!! :)
All of the choices listed above are so good, and I honestly have so many favorite episodes it's hard to pick just a few, but I think I've always had a particular weird weakness for the riffs of various Russo-Finnish fantasy movies, particularly The Magic Voyage of Sinbad (from the Joel years, which I still have recorded somewhere on a VHS tape from grade school) and Jack Frost (a Mike episode, which was a real favorite among my friends in college). The movies themselves are actually pretty enjoyable, in their bizarro-fairy-tale way, and the jokes are ridiculously quotable :)
It's funny--I really enjoyed The Hot Rock when I saw it years ago (I've had a thing for heist movies since I was a kid, and must have bounced from The Sting directly over to The Hot Rock at some point, without knowing it was based on a book for years). Then after James brought up these books ahead of this article last week, I picked up a copy of Good Behavior and inhaled it over the weekend...I really enjoyed it (smart, funny, and silly in just the right proportions), but I find I can only picture a mid-30s Robert Redford as Dortmunder in spite of the fact that he doesn't fit Westlake's descriptions at all.
I guess I'll have to read more of the novels until I get the right mental image. Or just learn to live with a Redford-y version of Dortmunder...(it's really not so bad :)
Thanks, Leah :) I'm also still processing the finale, and I need to watch it again to catch all the tiny jokes and call-backs to the last four seasons (and maybe cry less this time? But probably not.) But I just wanted to take a second to recommend The Good Place: The Podcast--just when I thought I couldn't love the show more, I started rewatching it along with the podcast and it just takes it all to another level.
Marc Evan Jackson (who plays Shawn) is a spectacular host, and the insights that the cast, writers, directors, and other behind-the-scenes folks bring to each episode are fascinating--but they also drive home what a truly special and inspiring project The Good Place was and is. It's a show about how to be a better person made by people who seem to have deeply embraced that question (and who also happen to be incredibly smart, funny, and charming). Can't recommend the podcast enough, if you want a deeper look into what makes the show so heart-crunchingly wonderful :)
@4: Oh, yayyy--I've never ready it, but I would ABSOLUTELY check that out. Will start tracking down a copy (they seem to be available, happily!)
There's so many great lines and little moments in this section, but I've always loved the fact that "The Golden Girls" is mentioned as one of Crowley's favorite shows. It just makes me so happy to imagine him with his feet up, eating cheesecake angel cake and cackling at the one-liners :)
Even though we had limit ourselves to just two shows for this article, I just want to loudly second the praise for Black Sails, and Killing Eve. And Phryne Fisher. They're all fantastic, in different and immensely entertaining ways :)
And if I haven't flouted my love for period pieces and costume dramas quite enough today, I'd also recommend The Crown on Netflix and Hulu's Harlots, which recently finished its second season. Harlots isn't perfect, but it's both interesting and engaging, with a very smart take on class and gender...and if you've already seen it or don't mind massive spoilers, you should go read everything Genevieve Valentine's ever written about it over at the AV Club; it's brilliant.
@26: That's a *great* catch--I'd never made the connection (and I *love* Elvis Costello); thanks!
@Jedikalos: I just wanted to say thanks so much for sharing that story, and I'm so very sorry for your loss. I'm also glad you have such a wonderful reminder of those times together. Thanks again :)
Lisamarie @3: I think that's Scarlet Witch and Vision (a non-red, more human-looking Vision...which is interesting :)
Laura @1: I'll take it! I have had *so* many of these songs stuck in my head over the last couple of weeks that it's like the world's weirdest permanent dance party in there, 24-7. But you can never go wrong with Liza :)
I also wanted to mention that a commenter named Dominika Adamska apparently put together a Spotify list based on the post, if anyone's interested: https://open.spotify.com/user/1166971245/playlist/158Eep6UjVN3Xh9G2J3Sab
Hi, everyone: the first reread post is now up and can be found here...
Birgit @20: I think that may be the first time Trouble for Trumpets has ever come up on Tor.com, and it just made my day--I've been in love with that book since I was five, and still have a battered copy carefully tucked away (still holding out hope that it will come back into print some day...)
@hoopmanjh: I'm a huge fan of Ruth Wilson's (she's actually always been my #1 head canon choice to play Laura Moon from American Gods, but would happily watch her in anything.She's so fantastic in Luther.)
@Ross: It was! (I decided to tone it down a little bit and not link directly to the song, but I couldn't resist :)
@Sonofthunder: Well, thanks so much! I can't remember the last time I've been this excited about an adaptation, to be honest (although now I need to obsessively reread the books, since it's been a couple years... :)
I am *so* excited about this. I can officially say that I've seen Lando do stand-up now (and it was amazing!)
@11 STRONGLY AGREE. I mean, the man rhymes "found out about Vigo" with "the master of evil" and I love every second of it :)
Such a great post as always, Mari--thanks! Just a fun fact, for anyone interested in odd trivia (which I first heard on QI's No Such Thing As A Fish podcast): the Scottish poet/editor William Henley, who inspired the character of Long John Silver (in manner and appearance, mainly--he was a big, bearded, affable man who'd lost a leg to tuberculosis as a child) had a young daughter who was the inspiration for Wendy Darling in Peter Pan. Henley and his family were friendly with Robert Louis Stevenson and J.M. Barrie, so it makes sense, but the connection between the two characters just delights my brain, for some reason :)
@2: Yes! I actually happened to catch this live on Friday, and the contestant representing the University of Pittsburgh (it was the College Tournament final) answered "Redshirts" correctly. I think the only question in the category that wasn't answered was the Ready Player One question (which challenged the contestants to name a certain video game, featuring a knight riding an ostrich, that appears in the book.)
@1: Valyn is actually the older brother (but didn't have Malkeenian eyes, so was never in line for the throne). I'm excited to find out how it all ends, too!
Really just commenting to say how happy I am that the show is finally back--Peggy is a much-needed, completely delightful ray of sunshine in the midst of a particularly bleak January, so far :) And don't even get me started on how great it is to see Jarvis and Dottie again (I'm assuming Dottie is sticking around, right? Because she's quickly becoming one of my favorite TV villains of all time--Bridget Regan's ability to shift between smirky-and-calculating to sheer psychotic glee and back without actively being hammy or cartoonish...not sure that will ever get old.)
Plus Anna Jarvis is being played by Lotte Verbeek, who played a sassy time-traveling witch on Outlander for a bit, so I'm going to go ahead and mash those roles together in my head canon... And hooray for Ray Wise, alway; if the Crusty Order of Lapel Pin-Loving Candle Snuffers ever disbands, at least he and his stock market-crashing crony can always fall back on playing the Duke brothers in an all-but-inevitable remake of Trading Places one of these days... In any case, thanks for recapping again, Chris! Let's hope the show starts earning the audience it deserves this season...
So...Lex Luthor has a nuclear-powered cave-troll? (Okay, I know it's Doomsday, but he looks kind of like the rebooted version of The Thing might have spent a dirty weekend in the Misty Mountains awhile back. In other news, welcome to my new, all-CGI fan fiction obsession.)
Thanks, Lee! (And sorry, Lana!) I've read plenty of good things about the movie, but opted out of seeing it with my (rather young) niece and nephew and their parents last weekend--they apparently all cried a various points during the film, although the kids said they enjoyed it overall. I suspect they're made of sterner stuff than I am...I tear up at most, if not all, Pixar movies (Up, for example, EVERY TIME.) But as my brother described it, The Good Dinosaur is "a real emotional rollercoaster," and I think I might wait to ride this one out at home...
Gadget @6: That's correct--Brooks does say "Quickening" in the Q&A Aidan's linked to, so we've corrected the typo. Thanks!
@103: Sorry for the wait--Bill's going to be on vacation and traveling for the next couple of weeks, but Amanda is doing her best to have a new post in soon (possibly for Friday). The Reread should definitely be back up and running regularly by early August, as long as all goes according to plan!
@1: You're correct, and I've updated the post. Thanks!
@6: Thanks for the update!--I should probably point out that this post was originally published on January 10th, 2012 as part of Tor.com's celebration of Bowie Week, so if you're interested in more Bowie-related posts (including Emmet Asher-Perrin's excellent piece on Velvet Goldmine--a movie I love!), that's a good place to start!
@34: Thank you for the correction--we've updated the post--and congratulations on the new book!