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Dude Watches – Game of Thrones – S07E01

by Will Dutcher on July 20, 2017

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Game of Thrones is back, though it’s already said because we’re coming to the end of the road. If that song just popped in your head, listen to the podcast for more Boyz II Men connections!

Caleb and I both gave this episode a 9, and before you listen, be aware there are plenty of spoilers and theories abound! We cover this episode nearly scene to scene from the cold open (HELL YEAH, ARYA!) to the final scene. And with that, ‘Shall we begin?’

Please take a minute and review us on iTunes or leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. Or email us if you have a television series or a movie (or maybe a genre) that we should check out. We’re also toying with the idea of alternative reviews (books, games, etc.) so let us know if there’s something you want an opinion on.

Caleb (@OriginalCaleb) (rafehatescaleb.com)

Cord (@TooFewWhales)

Will (@Ramtrap)

 

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Dude Watches – The Leftovers – S03E08

by Cord Culver on June 7, 2017

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Here it is, The Book of Nora– the series finale of HBO’s The Leftovers! The Leftovers is dead, long live The Leftovers.

Cord:

I don’t know what else there is to say– this episode is amazing. This show is amazing. Easily one of the best shows ever– Period. 10/10

Will:

This show is instantly a top 5 for me, probably top 3, of all time. There’s things you expect people to be upset about, insofar as not answering questions or following up on red herrings throughout the show, but that’s the beauty of this show–uncertainty. There’s uncertainty about the afterlife, Armageddon, suicide, love, family, relationships, etc. The ending scene of this episode, and this series, answers more questions than I thought were going to be answered. I’m not the least bit dissatisfied with the series and am grateful and thankful to have watched it. It really makes you think about your own mortality and the ‘what-would-you-do’ scenarios if you were in the same situations as Kevin, or Nora, or John, or Laurie. Was Nora telling the truth or lying? I think she was telling the truth. I felt she portrayed the pain of getting the closure with her family and not being able to do more, and how much it hurt her, but lifted a weight off her back to know they were (for all intents and purposes) happy and taken care of. It’s heart-breaking and uplifting, the final 5 minutes, and I couldn’t have thought of a better way for the story to end. I’m sad to see this show depart without knowing everything, but I’m happy to let the mystery be. 10/10

Caleb:

This show is important. I feel as if this show will be remembered and revered throughout television history. I don’t care if you like it. I don’t care if you don’t like it. It’s important to me and that’s all that matters to me. The show took an impossible concept and not only accomplished the narrative aspects  – they made it human. Honest dialogue. Real characters. I love this show. Easily in my top 3 favorite shows of all time. 10/10

Review us on iTunes. Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. Catch up on our other episodes of Dude Watches, including Seasons 1 and 2 of The Leftovers, here. Finally, hit us up if you have a television series or a movie (or maybe a genre of something) that we should check out. Or give us something to talk about. Give us a question. Send us an email. Hell, I might even give you Cord’s phone number!

Caleb (@OriginalCaleb) (rafehatescaleb.com)

Cord (@TooFewWhales)

Will (@Ramtrap)

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Dude Watches – The Leftovers – S03E07

by Cord Culver on May 31, 2017

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This week, Kevin is the World’s Most Powerful Man (and his Twin Brother) on episode seven of HBO’s The Leftovers.

Kevin is the President. Kevin is an Assassin. Kevin is in the Guilty Remnant. Kevin has a key in his heart. Dean is a Special Forces Operator. Patty is the Secretary of Defense. Meg is the Vice President. Christopher Sunday is the Prime Minister of Australia. The Kevins fucked up with Nora. Kevin blows everything up.

Cord: At this stage in the game, I don’t have the energy to try and decipher every little thing about this show. I get there’s some sort of symbolism with the nuclear end of the world, and the romance novel, and the reflections, and God being an ear piece. I get there’s something to it, but instead of trying to decipher all of that crap, I’m just going to sit back and let HBO tell this weird-ass fucked up story about the end (or not end) of the world. At this point in the universe, each element is a flourish for the characters and it’s another opportunity to show just how well written and well loved these characters are. Sometimes I don’t get it, but I don’t care– I guess I don’t have to to enjoy Kevin working through his emotional problems in the netherworld. I fucking love this show. 8.5/10

Will:

Listen, I’m not the most intelligent man in the world. My arguments consist of “it was stupid” or “it was cool” more often than it should. I don’t get into the jargon that Cord and Caleb do, envious as I am. But I’ve got conviction in my opinions. This episode was fantastic. This whole episode, nearly, played out in Kevin Garvey’s mind, meaning that all those times he was ‘at the hotel,’ he was actually in some catatonic state, on the brink between life and death, playing a deadly game with himself. Is he happy now that his alternative world is gone? Can he even be happy? We have one more episode to find out. From the two Kevin’s, the penis scanner, the return of Patti, the death of his ‘world’ and Dean…it was outstanding. I’m completely entranced with the creators’ and actors’ work and can’t wait to find out what happens. Will Kevin and Nora find solace together? Maybe apart? Will they both even be alive at the end of the episode? Was any of this real? Was this all in Kevin’s head the entire time? Lindelof and Perotta knocked this series out of the park and I’m going to be sad to see it depart. June 4th is my October 14th. 10/10

Caleb:

Well folks – one episode left. As we approach the final episode of The Leftovers, I’d like to reflect on the series. I know my expectations were high for this season. I know I’ve doubted the show’s ability to live up to those expectations. Acknowledging that the show may not live up to the hype I gave it was a tough pill to swallow. However, seven episodes into this season and I feel like it has done just that. Following Laurie’s departure from the show and Kevin’s return to the other side – this show continues to blow me away. I loved this week’s episode. I love going to visit the other side – which I’m almost certain is Kevin’s subconscious. I don’t know what I love more, Kevin’s incredulous refusal of the other side’s rules (e.g. THIS IS FUCKING STUPID) or the heavy thump on the penis scanner. This episode was amazing. 9.75/10

Review us on iTunes. Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. Catch up on our other episodes of Dude Watches, including Seasons 1 and 2 of The Leftovers, here. Finally, hit us up if you have a television series or a movie (or maybe a genre of something) that we should check out. Or give us something to talk about. Give us a question. Send us an email. Hell, I might even give you Cord’s phone number!

Caleb (@OriginalCaleb) (rafehatescaleb.com)

Cord (@TooFewWhales)

Will (@Ramtrap)

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Dude Watches – The Leftovers – S03E06

by Cord Culver on May 24, 2017

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Welcome back, folks! This week we recap and review The Leftovers episode 6, “Certified.” Laurie gets into a fist fight with Nora, ends up drugging everyone and then goes scuba diving. And I promise, in context, it all makes sense.

Cord: Well, clearly I didn’t have the same viewing experience as Caleb and Will because as much as I enjoyed this Laurie-centric episode, it didn’t hit me as hard as it did for Caleb. Amy Brenneman is pitch perfect in this send-off episode as is Carrie Coon and the rest of the Leftovers cast. I can’t say a negative thing about this episode, or the way they handled Laurie’s decisions. All I can say is this episode did not resonate with me in such a way that the episode stands out amongst the many excellent episodes that The Leftovers has given us over the past three seasons. As always, this show is better than anything else on television… this one just didn’t hit home for me. 8/10

Will:

This is my favorite episode of the season because it was consistently outstanding in each scene. Amy Brenneman stole every scene she was in. She played the heartbroken woman at her wit’s end like a pro. She had great scenes with Nora, Kevin, John, and Tommy and Jill on the phone. We were introduced to a new mystery (where are the children’s shoes!?). We saw a physical confrontation between Laurie and an equally broken, almost kid-like Nora. Kevin Sr. knocked a cop out with a shovel and face-planted in his soup. Laurie committed suicide–or at least it was heavily implied. You can’t describe this show, or this episode even, in 200 words. You have to watch it, really–the entire show. Catch up and get back to us. It’s outstanding! 9.75/10

Caleb:

 

Review us on iTunes. Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. Catch up on our other episodes of Dude Watches, including Seasons 1 and 2 of The Leftovers, here. Finally, hit us up if you have a television series or a movie (or maybe a genre of something) that we should check out. Or give us something to talk about. Give us a question. Send us an email. Hell, I might even give you Cord’s phone number!

Caleb (@OriginalCaleb) (rafehatescaleb.com)

Cord (@TooFewWhales)

Will (@Ramtrap)

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Dude Watches – The Leftovers – S03E05

by Cord Culver on May 17, 2017

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It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt World! Indeed it is.

Welcome back to this week’s episode of Dude Watches where we discuss and review HBO’s The Leftovers. This being the final season we’re paying strict attention to each and every detail to figure out just what the hell is going on. Unfortunately, Caleb is not with us this week, so you’re left with just Cord and Will who do FAR LESS research than Caleb does. Basically, we’re winging it. This week’s episode focuses on Matt as he comes face to face with God, or David Burton, and learns how to navigate the sexual politics of a lion-worshipping orgy at sea, whilst investigating a murder. Off the coast of Australia.

Yeah– That’s pretty accurate. No clue what is happening in this show.

Cord: Each week I have to remind myself that I am committed to the ride– this was especially. I have no freakin clue what the hell the lion has to do with a nuclear sub exploding has to do with Kevin in Australia has to do with the departure. Honestly… if you can make it make sense for me, that’d be appreciated. I love this show and I love that it challenges the viewers from week to week, and I love that so much of the mystery is shrouded in Lindelof’s off-beat humor, but I’ll be damned if I can make heads or tails of this one. It was a fun episode and watching Matt have his Lt. Dan moment against David Burton/God… only to see God get eaten by a lion… was full of great acting and delivery, but in the end, I’m just not sure what one thing has to do with the other in the overall story arch. Caleb, tell me what I need to know. 8.25/10

Will:

What happened in this episode? Well, a French dude went butt-ass to blow up a nuke. Lion-people jerked each other off in front of Matt (or maybe behind him?). God threw a guy off a ferry. Matt’s dying. Lori’s keeping stuff from John. And a Lion named Frasier ate God. Not a lot of story movement in this one. The main plot elements are this: Matt, Lori, John, and Michael (is that his name?) get to Tasmania because they can’t fly into Australia on account of a nuclear explosion in the middle of the South Pacific. Matt’s cancer is back. John took the fact that Lori withheld information re: Kevin ‘seeing’ Evie in Australia pretty well. David Burton is a semi-famous celebrity who often transits between Australia and Tasmania. Matt has had all his faith in God since being cured as a child only to be told, by God (?), that he wasn’t even paying attention. It was all for naught. Matt has an awakening and then a lion kills God, aka David Burton. At least next week, the main players will all be back on the same continent, together. Now, I’m left to wonder what next week’s episode 6 title, “Certified,” is supposed to mean… 8.25/10

Caleb:

 

Review us on iTunes. Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. Catch up on our other episodes of Dude Watches, including Seasons 1 and 2 of The Leftovers, here. Finally, hit us up if you have a television series or a movie (or maybe a genre of something) that we should check out. Or give us something to talk about. Give us a question. Send us an email. Hell, I might even give you Cord’s phone number!

Caleb (@OriginalCaleb) (rafehatescaleb.com)

Cord (@TooFewWhales)

Will (@Ramtrap)

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Dude Watches – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

by Cord Culver on May 16, 2017

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You guys are in for a real treat! We stuffed our guts with Mexican food and took in a Saturday matinee of Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2. So strap in and listen as we recap and review GotGv2.

Cord: I managed to stay away from spoilers and reviews as long as I possibly could and couldn’t be more thankful that I did. I walked into GotGv2 as spoiler free as possible. Everything from the story, to the effects, to the acting and humor and emotions was a joy to take in. Everything about the characters has evolved and polished, the action is bigger and better, the heart of the team is front and center… there isn’t a thing to complain about. James Gunn et al have done a fantastic job bringing these characters to life and giving the Avengers franchise a run for its money. Easily one of the most enjoyable movie going experiences I’ve had in a while. Go see it– no question. 9.5/10.

Will:

What’s not to love with this movie? Chris Pratt is ripped, Groot is adorable, and Rocket gets emotional. In fact, all the heroes get emotional in this movie. We open the movie some time in the future from where Guardians Vol. 1 left off and they’re fighting a giant slug-octopus thing. The intro credits were pretty kick-ass. Makes me wonder how much money is spent on that kinda stuff. Star Lord’s father, Ego (played by Kurt Russell), finds our titular hero and his crew, invites him to his planet (or rather, himself), and attempts to use him as a battery. This movie has a lot of great one-liners (“I’m gonna build some weird shit!”) and pumps plenty of emotion into the movie (everyone has a cry/tear scene!). This is really an excellent movie, and if not for a few jokes that I think fell flat involving Nebula, I might have given it a 10. But you can’t keep jokes the audience can see from a mile away! That doesn’t take away from this being a top 3 Marvel movie, in my opinion. Go see it! 9.5/10

Caleb: I’m surprised I remembered my write-up and Billy forgot. He must have been so overwhelmed with emotion following the viewing of GotG2. Never in my life did I think female leads colored green, gold, and purple would be such a turn-on. Boy, what a time to be alive. The characters developed in GotG1 further grow and the new characters we meet – Mantis and Ego are equally as developed. We also get to see more dimensions to our secondary characters of Yondu and Kraglin(sp?). Such a fun adventure. If you loved the first movie, check this one out. You probably should have already seen it. This may be one of my favorite Marvel movies. 9.5/10

Dude Watches – The Leftovers – S03E04

May 10, 2017
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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSG’day listeners! We’re back with Episode 4 of the final season of The Leftovers, “G’day, Melbourne.” This week’s episode shows Kevin on the verge of insanity, the complete dissolution of Kevin and Nora’s relationship, and Nora’s drive to go to the other side. We […]

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Dude Watches – The Leftovers – S03E03

May 3, 2017
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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSYou better watch out– it’s the return of Cord’s Scott Glenn boner with a whole hour of “Crazy Whitefella Thinking” on this week’s episode of HBO’s Leftovers. This week we get indigenous dancing, Eddie Rabbit, poisonous snakes, a bug, a boat, and Kevin Jr., […]

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Dude Watches – The Leftovers – S03E02

April 26, 2017
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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSDon’t be ridiculous! This show is ridiculously awesome! This week, the gang watches and reviews HBO’s The Leftovers S03E02, “Don’t Be Ridiculous.” With an entire hour focused on Nora, who is clearly sloooowly fading into insanity, getting tattoos, meeting perfect strangers, stalking babies and […]

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Dude Watches – The Leftovers – S3E01

April 19, 2017
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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSHere it is, folks– FINALLY– the final season of HBO’s The Leftovers. We are beyond excited to talk about S3E01: The Book of Kevin. Tune in as we recap and review this week’s episode, and as always, SPOILERS AHEAD. Cord: Boy, oh, boy, I […]

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