Saw Me Some Movies This Week – Welcome to Me (2014)

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So, I have taken some time lately to catch up on my movie watching. Usually I just catch something that is in the theaters, or just troll Netflix for movies or television shows to watch. I should be keeping tabs on what I watch, and I’ll probably do so in the future.

On Monday, a national holiday, I had plenty of time to watch movies since I was off from work. I decided to go an “unconventional route” to watch movies and began choosing what to watch. The first movie I watched was the 2014 Kristen Wiig vehicle, Welcome to MeThis movie is about a woman, Alice, with borderline personality disorder who is on medical disability and spends her days watching old Oprah episodes on VHS. One day, she wins $86 million and decides to create her own talk show about her life.

Welcome to Me is produced by many people, but two big names attached are Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, whose wife, Shira Piven, directs the movie. The tone of the flick is kind of off-kilter from the beginning, probably by design, and there are moments where this woman would be the star of her own rom-com in the 90s – if she weren’t mentally ill.

I don’t personally know anyone with borderline personality disorder, but her skewed view on the world, lack of social filter, and somewhat reckless behavior seems like plenty of people I know, so perhaps I do know some mentally ill people after all. Alice spends her lottery winnings trying to right the wrongs of her life, not through altruism, but by having avatars re-enact key traumatic moments in Alice’s life on camera, only to have her jump in and rage at the actors. She even mocks her lifelong friend by hiring an obese woman to portray her average sized friend, implying her friend’s aversion to bikinis as a sign of weight insecurity.

Alice isn’t a complete monster, but her reckless behavior take its toll on her and others around her. She spends most of the movie trying to find ways to help others through her show, which has become a minor local success, and somehow manages to poke fun of the superficial self-help on daytime television. As a character, Alice is downright despicable at times, and at other times wounded and hurt, teetering on destruction. It’s hard at times to empathize with Alice, but I think that if the viewer takes everything that she goes through at face value, the movie is unbearable.

There is an absurdist quality to the movie that makes it all gel together. And if anyone else but Kristen Wiig was cast as Alice, the movie would probably fail altogether because there is a sort of mania that Wiig seems to communicate through each character she plays. But more importantly, she has a vulnerability that even when she’s outright berating someone, you can see that it is coming from pain and she doesn’t even know what she’s doing.

There is a pervasive cringe quality that also exists in shows like The Office, Wilfred, and Eastbound and Down that kept me watching Welcome to Me. Throughout the movie, you know the interactions between characters will be somewhat acrimonious, but ultimately productive for the characters. There is also some catharsis during the finale that for me was satisfying, considering the journey that Alice took at the expense of others.

The Untenable Podcast, Episode 42: This is What it Feels LIke…A Drake Remix

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In this week’s episode, Mike and Jay talk Mad Men, Walking Dead, Supernatural, and Mike’s journey into the Lifeless Planet. They also set right the wrongs of the last episode.

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The Untenable Podcast, Episode 41 – The Adventures of Hanz Stroganoff and the Meatball Warriors

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“Sorry bro, but KISS already did that…” 

In this week’s extended episode, Mike and Jay tackle the social ills of the newest pox upon the house of the MRA’s, watch the Dogs, lose the madness of Men, and celebrate the return of Mindy.

The Untenable Podcast, Episode 40: So, This is 40…

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SJWs, assemble!

In this week’s episode, Mike and Jay fight against the confederacy of dunces aligned to prevent this episode from airing. There are some announcements about future plans for the pod, some discussion about the gender inequity inherent in popular culture, and some disappointment and anger thrown in Konami’s direction.

Untenably Yours: Summer 2015 Forecast

I’m not completely sure, but I think that the release of Averngers: Age of Ultron signaled the begnning of the summer moviegoing season. If that movie did not kickstart the season, the upcoming release of Mad Max: Fury Road will start the season off to a bang, at least that’s what it looks like based on the fireballs upon fireballs in the trailer. And recently we saw the heartbreaking cancellation of a fan favorite, nearly instant classic yet-to-be-released Silent Hills “playable trailer,” or p.t. Not a great way to start the summer, but it could be worse than losing an anticipated game title.

This is a time when Mike and I try to see as many movies and play as many games as possible (well, Mike gets in as much gaming as possible anyways). We also had times in our lives when we lived for the summer and sleeping in, watching cable all day, and only playing outside when no one was looking.  And of course, we died when school started and we had wake up early again.

Since we have the SoundCloud account that allows for seemingly limitless content upload, look for some more content to be uploaded there in the coming weeks, hopefully targeted on a specifc topic. Those topics will probably be focused primarily on movies or gaming; yes, we have both of those in our regular eps, but we might just focus on one title, possibly a retro favorite in gaming or movies. Mike and I spent a lot of summer hours during our youth playing videogames and watcihng movies, so we have a trove of experiences to recall.

Please join us for our summer series, Untenably Yours, as we take a trip down memory lane and over sentimentalize our youth.  This is a chance for the indoor kids to celebrate the culture of the sedantary lifestyle.

A Note from Jay

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So, it’s quite obvious that I haven’t produced any content, aside from the podcast’s show notes, since earlier this year. I sincerely apologize for the lack of written content. There have been some minor setbacks recently, mainly in the form of sinusitis and bronchitis, and some personal issues that have been resolved.

I do have some plans to restart the content flow, but that all depends on another set of circumstances, my job. Currently I work two jobs, and those jobs are manageable, but right now I’m looking to move up to more stable full-time employment, so that could factor into how much content can be generated. I’m hoping to work on another installment in the “In Defense Of” segments rather soon. But this time I’ll do research and have notes to work off of, and not go off the cuff as I did with the first episode.

I take full responsibility for the lapse in content, and I apologize. Mike and I sincerely thank all of you who continue to come back and listen each week, and we strive to produce quality podcast content as well.

If there are any subjects, topics, or genres you would like for us to discuss, please contact us here, or by email at untenablepod@gmail.com

Thanks all!

Jay

The Untenable Podcast, Episode 39: Ultron, Schmoltron aka Midpod Crisis

There be SPOILERS ahead!

In this week’s episode, Mike and Jay spend an inordinate amount of time talking about their experiences with Avengers: Age of Ultron; within the confines of the MCU, they also talk Agents of SHIELD with the introduction of Inhumans, and the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. They also venture into the DC Shared Universe films and discuss various developments with David Ayers’ Suicide Squad and Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Mike discusses his completion of Battlefield: Hardline, Wolfenstein: New Order, and going back to Watchdogs. Jay’s contribution to the gaming talk is minimal, and is mainly talks about a new smartphone based app game, Night Terrors and the possibly game changing elements of real time survival horror played on a handheld device.

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