This week on the show we watch “After the Thin Man” the 1936 sequel to “The Thin Man”. Mel Evans and Mark Colomb talk about William Powell, Mryna Loy, Jimmy Stewart, and of course Asta. We also talk about our growing love of TCM and the twitter account @NextOnTCM and how we’ve fallen in love with older films.
“Look, we have a lot of videos on our YouTube channel. No, really, we have like hundreds of videos on our YouTube channel that our video editor Sean Ely is responsible for. But this video, titled simply “Red Eye Chicago” is just … Something. Something that apparently has better SEO value than stuff we’ve done ourselves…”
This week WE ARE GROOT. An Hour with Your Ex is talking about Guardians of the Galaxy the new film from Marvel Studios. Chicago comedian Kellen Terrett @drterrett joins us to talk Chris Pratt, comic books, Celestials, continuity, and GROOT. Mel Evans and Mark Colomb are the hosts.
” Billy Corgan is into wrestling. This seems to be a joke to most people with a music blog/tumblr/snapchat of cassette tapes they listen to. He has written multiple hit rock records at the almost last possible moment in time that someone could do that. He was a suburban Chicago kid who willed himself into a rock star/music press combatant as the face of The Smashing Pumpkins. After years of playing the heel in popular culture is Billy making a face turn?
Corgan currently is the creative director for the Chicago-based independent wrestling federationResistance Pro Wrestling (ResPro forthwith) along with Jacques and Gabriel Baron, who are brothers. What separates the almost three-year-old group from most local indy feds is an impending unscripted reality show on AMC. On Friday July 25th, I attended “The Mob Rules” at The Barn at Arabian Knights Farm. Three hours of independent wrestling in a barn about an hour outside of Chicago and Billy Corgan? Tough to pass this up. I should note I received a complimentary ticket from ResPro ring announcer Zach Thompson.
A quick confession, initial versions of this article suffered from major drift. I wanted to talk about the actual wrestling show and less about Corgan. I took photos, notes, and tried to interview people like an honest to god journalist. No matter what I did the article was not coming together.
I needed a concept for this sprawling double album. Enter Brian Eno’s “Oblique Strategies”. Eno devised a series of cards (or a website in this instance) meant to inspire musical creativity with vague (or oblique if you went to a better college than I) statements written on each card like “consider different fading systems” and “abandon normal instruments.” I find them incredibly useful in writing. If Eno can draw almost listenable music out of Chris Martin and Bono, certainly he can help me write about wrestling. Each of the following headings is an Eno strategy…”
An Hour with Your Ex vs. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World vs. Your Questions. How awesome is Edgar Wright? How bad is Ramona and Mary Elizabeth Winstead? Movie talk, video game talk, and a whole lot of evil exes. We also get into Bryan Lee O’Malley’s new book ‘Seconds‘. Next show is “Raiders of the Lost Ark’. CANADA.
When in doubt? Spinoffs. An Hour with Your Ex After Dark: Triple Threat. The second episode. Chicago comedian and previous guest Daniel Strauss and Bro Jackson writer Robert Rich join Mark to talk wrestling. WWE, Weight Classes, The Shield, getting arrested on TV, and more. All the wrestling talk you didn’t know you wanted.
This week we went to Chicago’s Music Box Theater to see “Lawrence of Arabia” in 70mm. Mark’s brother Jon Colomb joins Mel and Mark to talk about the movie. David Lean, Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif, intermissions, 70mm, the score, the script, T.E. Lawrence, and more. This epic film gets an epic discussion.