Alex Goldman is a producer for On the Media. One time he got run over by a car.
OTM Staff Picks, Volume 5
Monday, April 23, 2012 - 01:57 PM
The staff of OTM again pick a few of our favorite things. Please leave us comments below and enjoy.
Sarah Abdurrahman: I am really loving having HBO Go. Every episode of every HBO series ever? Watching The Wire all over again like it’s the very first time? Yes please!
Bob Garfield: I'd never heard of Troll 2, before seeing Best Worst Movie, Michael Paul Stephenson's doc about the cheesy horror film he'd child-starred in back in 1990. Turns out there is an international cult of Troll 2, based on the movie's delicious awfulness. Who knew? But what a discovery! It is an absolute must that you drop everything you are doing -- including work, war, kidney dialysis whatever -- to see both of films. Tolstoy and Shakespeare together could not have plumbed the depths of human poignancy such as explored in Best Worst Movie scenes featuring Troll 2's director, Claudio Fragasso. And Christopher Guest could not have imagined the likes of actress Margo Prey. Hurry.
Brooke Gladstone: I’m feeling pretty optimistic about Veep….starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Ripping political satire from the people who brought us “In the Loop.” Pretty impressive, how they managed to cram so much caustic commentary in a sit-com format.
Alex Goldman: If you haven't seen a trailer for the new horror flick Cabin in the Woods, do yourself a favor and avoid them. The premise of the movie is so novel that going into it with any prior information kind of ruins it. But I will say this. Josh Lyman (or the actor who played Josh Lyman, not the character) is in it, and it's about a cabin in the woods. Sort of. Radiolabber Lynn Levy described it thusly: "Joss Whedon just handed you your last-day-of-horror-class screening on silver platter."
Chris Neary: Charles Colson’s life went like this: Ivy League Grad, youngest ever company commander in the Marines, ruthless political operative, prisoner, evangelical leader.
He died Saturday. The L.A. Times describes him a ‘central figure’ in the Watergate scandal and the effort to discredit Daniel Ellsberg (and by extension the Pentagon Papers) by breaking into Ellsberg’s psychiatrist’s office.
The Times writes that people were understandably skeptical when he became born again around the time he was about to be charged in the Watergate scandal. However, the paper writes, “Colson's conversion proved genuine and lasting. After serving seven months, mostly at the Maxwell Correctional Facility in Alabama, he founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which says it operates in 1,367 prisons in the U.S. and has more than 200,000 inmates participating in its programs.”
I like this obit because you leave it not knowing what to think about its subject.
Katya Rogers: I’m going to embarrass myself (and also Alex Goldman who openly admits to liking this show) with my staff pick which is the truly brilliant/awful NBC series “Parenthood.” I finished watching the third season this weekend – it was an orgy of tears (mine) and ridicule (of me by my husband). I know the plot lines are contrived, I know the characters are 2-dimensional, I know the writers aim to manipulate my emotions…but I DON’T CARE. It's fun to cry. There. I said it.
PJ Vogt: Longtime OTM blog fans know that producer Alex Goldman and I are big fans of the software company Valve, which has made a bunch of great games and earned buckets of money by giving away our favorite game for free. Recently, a copy of their employee handbook leaked, and it’s surprisingly fascinating.
Wherever you work, however good (or bad) your job, it’s hard not to read this thing with a bit of envy. Essentially, the company has a “flat” management structure. There are no bosses. People work on what interests them and are paid according to how valuable their co-workers think they are. Plu,s their desks have wheels on them and they move them around all the time. Basically, it makes working at the Googleplex sound like a coal mining job in the 1840’s.
Jamie York: Since flirting with Rastafarianism at the age of 12 I’ve had a deep antipathy for reggae music and the global culture it’s responsible for. So I’m as surprised as anyone that my pick this week is a 40 song collection of original recordings by The Wailers at Studio One in Kingston. The holy trinity of reggae artists recorded these songs in the early 1960’s when they were still a striving pop group, before Marley took over singing duties and before they converted to Rastafarianism. As a result the songs are all over the map stylistically and decidedly non-reggae; the gospel songs sound like the Swan Silvertones, the harmonies like Frankie Lymon, an R&B/rocksteady song that sounds like Sam Cooke and rock & roll that sounds like Them. If, like me, you’ve gotten a restraining order against Legend, consider forgiveness with One Love at Studio One.