Video games!!! After months of health issues and various maladies, Leland and Paul emerge from the valley of the shadow of death for a long-overdue return to podcasting. We chat about how we’ve been convalescing: lots of video games, reading, and movies and TV. We discuss the totally awesome ’90s video games awards show Cybermania ’94, Peter Dinklage’s half-assed voice acting in Destiny, plus what we’ve been playing, including The Last of Us, The Lord of the Rings, Super Smash Bros, Bayonetta 2, Advance Wars, Fire Emblem, Persona 4, and the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series.
In book chat, we discuss David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks, Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, and Karen Russell’s Swamplandia and Vampires in the Lemon Grove. We also discuss great TV past and present, including Six Feet Under, The Knick, Deadwood, Carnivale, Hello Ladies, the impending return of Twin Peaks, and the failures and merits of Arrested Development Season 4.
Finally, we also chat about class, race, and diversity in Hollywood, Coen Brothers movies we love and don’t love, Stephen Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, the unsung greatness of Bad Boys 1 and Bad Boys 2, 2012, Tron Legacy, as well as whether John McCain and his family enjoy weekend spa retreats and vision quests in Sedona.