The Fauxworthy Podcast

Bryan Faux and Taylor Gaines are here to guide you through a crowded TV landscape. Their credentials: True storytellers (journalists).

Ep. 50: “Survivor” Week 2: Poor Tai

 

Goat mommies and goat babies can live their lives however they want. On this week’s episode, Taylor, Ty and Levi break down the atypical second episode of “Survivor” Season 34. They start things off with a Fantasy Survivor update (1:10) before discussing the massive blow to Ty’s team (2:10) and revealing their power rankings for the week (3:30). Then they spend 5 Minutes On … Caleb (11:25), unveil their to-be-named You Have No Chance Rankings (17:10) and talk about the ethical dilemmas of Goat Bambi (24:45). Finally, they talk about the switch to three tribes (29:15), look forward to next week (35:10), and reveal their Pretentious Social Takeaways of the Podcast from the episode (37:10).

You can find all of our previous podcasts on our website, TheFauxworthyPodcast.com and on iTunes. Subscribe, rate, and review! We are also a proud member of the Establishing Shot Podcast Network.

As always, thanks to Levi Bradford for the theme song. You can find his music at poblano.bandcamp.com.

Tune in next week! Maybe you can get invited to Levi’s party…

 

Ep. 49: “Survivor” Gamechangers Week 1 Recap: The Queen

 

The March madness is real. “Survivor” is back, and Taylor and Ty are teaming up to discuss all the exciting developments from the two-hour premiere of “Survivor” Season 34. First, they cover their Fantasy Survivor draft and run through the teams (1:45) and explain the trademarked, copyrighted, genius scoring system and rules (9:30). Then, the guys talk about their biggest takeaways from the first episode (11:30), the explosive ending between Sandra and Tony (16:05), whether old Jeff Probst is back (19:40), and begin their season-long quest to devote five minutes to each expelled castaway, starting with Ciera (20:55) and followed by Tony (26:00). Last, they look forward to the early-season tribe mix-up and discuss some other change-ups the game is trying to implement in its old age (31:15).

You can find all of our previous podcasts on our website, TheFauxworthyPodcast.com and on iTunes. Subscribe, rate, and review! We are also a proud member of the Establishing Shot Podcast Network.

As always, thanks to Levi Bradford for the theme song. You can find his music at poblano.bandcamp.com.

Ep. 48: Hitting the Nail on the Nose

 

It’s review time! The guys have seen the first four episodes of ABC’s “American Crime,” and on the heels of last night’s premiere, it’s time to talk about it. Bryan and Taylor discuss whether watching the show tackle issues is “enjoyable” (3:30), and Taylor somehow compares it to “Supergirl” (5:15). They also discuss the show feeling disjointed in the early-going (7:30), which show within the show is the best show (9:30), what the title means (13:00), and why the show is important (15:30).

You can find all of our previous podcasts on our website, TheFauxworthyPodcast.com and on iTunes. Subscribe, rate, and review! We are also a proud member of the Establishing Shot Podcast Network.

As always, thanks to Levi Bradford for the theme song. You can find his music at poblano.bandcamp.com.

Fauxworthy Podcast Episode 47: The “Girls” Experiment

 

The guys have a different kind of episode cooked up this week. In honor of the final season of HBO’s “Girls” — which Bryan loves and Taylor has never watched — they sat down and watched Episode 603 of Lena Dunham’s TV show, “American B****.”  (Sorry, haven’t earned our explicit rating on iTunes yet!) Taylor came up with five takeaways from the episode, and Bryan helps him decide whether they are emblematic of the show as a whole.

They discuss whether the show feels like work (5:15), whether the show is smart (8:45), whether the show is visually striking (11:20), how funny the show is (13:50), how tight the show is narratively (14:30), whether Episode 603 was a great episode of “Girls” (15:35), and whether “Girls” is unlike anything else on television (17:00).

You can find all of our previous podcasts on our website, TheFauxworthyPodcast.com and on iTunes. Subscribe, rate, and review! We are also a proud member of the Establishing Shot Podcast Network.

As always, thanks to Levi Bradford for the theme song. You can find his music at poblano.bandcamp.com.

Fauxworthy Podcast Episode 46: Adam Scott’s Beard and Other Stuff

 

Bryan and Taylor are back to break down the latest in HBO Sunday night television. First, the guys discuss the campy debut of “Big Little Lies” and what to make of Adam Scott’s facial hair (2:00). Then, they dig into the world-building skills of “Big Little Lies” and “Crashing” (10:00) before discussing whether “Crashing” stands out from all the other Louis C.K.-style shows (15:45). Then, they talk about some upcoming shows and some possible upcoming podcast discussion (23:45). They also throw out Oscar predictions and discuss a bit of the latest entertainment news (30:00).

You can find all of our previous podcasts on our website, TheFauxworthyPodcast.com and on iTunes. Subscribe, rate, and review! We are also a proud member of the Establishing Shot Podcast Network.

As always, thanks to Levi Bradford for the theme song. You can find his music at poblano.bandcamp.com.

Fauxworthy Podcast Episode 45: Dear Podcast Listener

 

This week, Bryan and Taylor are throwing some cultural recommendations at you supersonic. First, Taylor talks about the entertaining and thought-provoking book “The Postmortal” by Drew Magary (4:20). Then, Bryan raves about his current favorite Broadway cast recording, “Dear Evan Hansen” (8:00). After that, they exchange podcast recommendations, with Taylor earmarking an episode of “On Being” (12:30) and Bryan praising an episode of the “Longform Podcast” (16:00).

Finally, they preview their upcoming discussion of FX’s stunning new show, “Legion” (21:00).

You can find all of our previous podcasts on our website, TheFauxworthyPodcast.com and on iTunes. Subscribe, rate, and review! We are also a proud member of the Establishing Shot Podcast Network.

As always, thanks to Levi Bradford for the theme song. You can find his music at poblano.bandcamp.com.

Fauxworthy Podcast Episode 44: Faith on an Island – Michelle Schubert from “Survivor”

 

The “Survivor” crew is back to welcome another very special guest to the show! This time, it’s Michelle Schubert from Season 33, Millenials V. Gen-X, and this one is really great.

Taylor, Levi, Ty, Jordan and Michelle have a wide-ranging conversation covering what has stuck with her from the experience (2:45), Michelle’s interesting TV-watching habits (5:30), her love for thrills (8:00), how she felt about the way she was presented on TV (12:00), whether final tribal was predetermined (16:10), what really happened when the cyclone hit the island (18:35) and whether she thought about quitting (21:15).

They also discuss what it’s like being a Christian on the island (24:40), some divine intervention from early in the game (26:00), bringing her faith into “Survivor” (30:45), the most common reason people reject her message (38:00) and being a woman on the internet (39:45).

Finally, they move into the wide-ranging rapid-fire round, asking important questions like “cupcake or muffin” (43:30), whether time exists (45:00), whether she’s ever had any medieval diseases (47:30), what if you woke up and everything was different (48:00), calling versus texting (49:30), how she likes to write (52:30), her favorite Bible translation (54:00), and her daily motivational reminder (56:00).

You can follow Michelle on Twitter @MsShellSchubert, Taylor @GainesTaylor, Levi @LeviTheBradford, Ty @TylerBCommons and Jordan @JordanABradford.

You can find all of our previous podcasts on our website, TheFauxworthyPodcast.com and on iTunes. Subscribe, rate, and review! We are also a proud member of the Establishing Shot Podcast Network.

As always, thanks to Levi Bradford for the theme song. You can find his music at poblano.bandcamp.com.

Enjoy!

Fauxworthy Podcast Episode 43: A Podcast of Unfortunate Takes

 

Bryan and Taylor have a lot of television to cover from the month of January! On this episode, they recommend checking out “The Good Place” so they can revisit the finale in a few weeks (2:00), discuss their conflicted thoughts on the strange HBO series “The Young Pope” (5:20), why “The Young Pope” is similar to “Baskets” (9:00) and dive into the self-indulgent FX series “Taboo” (11:40).

They also discuss whether Tom Hardy can save “Taboo” (13:00), whether the show is visually interesting (15:15) and whether “The Young Pope” or “Taboo” has a higher ceiling (16:00).

Finally, the guys dive into the new Netflix show, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” (18:00) and discuss whether Neil Patrick Harris is right for the role of Count Olaf (20:15), what the target age for the show is (21:15), the show’s clever writing (23:15) and drop some thoughts on the Oscar nominations, including a brief review of “Hacksaw Ridge” (27:55).

You can find all of our previous podcasts on our website, TheFauxworthyPodcast.com and on iTunes. Subscribe, rate, and review! We are also a proud member of the Establishing Shot Podcast Network.

As always, thanks to Levi Bradford for the theme song. You can find his music at poblano.bandcamp.com.

Fauxworthy Podcast Episode 42: Someones In The Crowd

 

Today on the podcast, the guys work through some stuff. Bryan has some issues he needs to get off his chest.

They unpack the film “La La Land” and internet culture, including talk of the other two Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone films (2:00), why Taylor loves “La La Land” (3:00), whether there is enough music in the movie (9:00), why Bryan is fed up with the internet (10:15), Taylor’s strategy for dealing with the hot-take culture (13:00), “pure” art consumption versus influenced art consumption (17:30), whether or not Bryan will change his internet usage tactics (21:45), whether or not “La La Land” achieves its goal (23:15), Taylor’s conflicted thoughts on “Manchester By The Sea” (25:30) and Dr. Gaines’ diagnosis (27:50).

They also discuss upcoming TV shows and Taylor guesses what each one is about, including “A Series of Unfortunate Events” (29:45), “Taboo” (31:10), “The Young Pope” (31:50), “Legion” (32:25), “Big Little Lies” (34:00),

Finally, they discuss some other shows that are coming up in 2017 (35:15) and whether or not Taylor is an enlightened TV viewer (38:30).

You can find all of our previous podcasts on our website, TheFauxworthyPodcast.com and on iTunes. Subscribe, rate, and review! We are also a proud member of the Establishing Shot Podcast Network.

As always, thanks to Levi Bradford for the theme song. You can find his music here at poblano.bandcamp.com.

‘La La Land’ and the Past, Future and Present

I saw “La La Land” late on a Friday night. It was something like a 10:20 p.m. showing. The crowd was underwhelming. I easily got my favorite seat in the theater: front section, back row, dead middle. I took my routine trip to the bathroom after the second trailer and sat back down. Film rolled.

Two hours later, I floated out of the theater, the molecules that used to make up my body bouncing off the walls, some of them wandering up into the stars. I assume they were dancing up there. It was cold when I went outside. I didn’t feel it really. If the theater wasn’t closed, I probably would have turned around and walked right back inside to see “La La Land” again anyway. I think I would have easily paid twice the price.

I could have lived inside “La La Land” forever. I could have met a girl, raised a family, worked on my 401K or something, and died peacefully inside “La La Land.” I never wanted it to end.

Damien Chazelle views the world through a lens more beautiful than I can ever imagine. Justin Hurwitz hears the world through speakers far too expensive for me to purchase. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone perform in ways the English language is not even properly equipped to describe. Their chemistry sparks in ways I highly doubt any language is equipped to describe. The production design, the set design, the costumes; everything is simply elegant. To call it aesthetically pleasing is insultingly inadequate when I consider how at home and comfortable and joyful the movie made me feel. The songs are in my bones now it seems.

I don’t like to gush like crazy about things because I think that makes it easy to not take people’s opinions seriously. So I’ll get off this train. The experience is passed. Instead of ranting and raving, let me just get some of my thoughts out here. There’s a lot of meat on the bones of “La La Land,” and I just wanted to throw out some of the ideas I’ve been thinking about since seeing it.

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I don’t think anyone would tell you “La La Land” is a sequel to “Whiplash,” but in the, you know, “spiritual sense,” it kind of felt like it was. Damien Chazelle clearly loves jazz and loves movies more than I’ve loved anything in my entire life, and it comes across in every frame and musical note of this movie. (Note: Score by Justin Hurwitz.) And when it comes to “Whiplash,” I felt like “La La Land” explored areas of music and movies that “Whiplash” simply didn’t have the time or energy to explore.

In “Whiplash,” Miles Teller alarmingly dumps the charming and beautiful and fantastic and no-I’m-not-in-love-with-her-and-I-definitely-haven’t-seen-every-episode-of-“Supergirl”-why-are-you-asking Melissa Benoist for no other reason really than he’s a major dick. It’s brushed aside and the movie pretty much moves on. The music was always more important. In “La La Land,” it felt like Chazelle wanted to explore the flip side of that relationship: a world where the relationship is more important, one where putting art above it is a mistake.

It’s not that cut-and-dried of course, and I’m pretty sure for Chazelle art always wins out, but watching “La La Land” unfold, I felt like it more deeply explored what it truly meant to chase an artistic dream. Not just the blood and sweat and tears and J.K. Simmons-yelling-in-your-face-40-times-a-day of it all but the emotional toll it takes on your relationships with those you love.

Chazelle doesn’t speak through his character’s words as much as through their actions and Hurwitz’s music. He couldn’t have picked better vessels in Gosling and Stone, and his music and production squads are second to none.

The film builds to a moment where Emma Stone’s Mia is auditioning for one last movie. She’s at a point that is truly make-or-break. And in that moment, she lays her heart on the line. “Audition (Those Who Dream)” is a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful song that will knock you on your ass in the theater. It’s an ode to those really willing to fight and take risks in order to make it artistically, and Stone’s performance shows the toll that fight has taken on her character.

The interesting bit comes from the way the song (and movie) frames the idea of that fight. It constantly reminds us of its heavy cost, but it also romanticizes the journey in a contradictory and deeply human way.

This was best exemplified in the film’s final number (SPOILER ALERT) where Mia and her husband sit in on a performance by Gosling’s Sebastian at his jazz club in Los Angeles. Mia and Sebastian have both “made it” in their respective fields, but things don’t seem quite as romantic as they imagined. Because the price was their relationship. Everything that one is reaching for and everything that one has already reached seems much more romantic outside of those particular moments.

In fact, Sebastian’s piano transports Mia back to her year with Sebastian and tints it, alters it, re-imagines it in a slightly more positive way, one with a happier ending, one where everything works out and they’re still together. The music takes her on a beautiful, fantasized journey of everything that happened in the film previously. It’s not the same, of course. There are no downsides, no fights, no struggles. And in the end, Sebastian is the one who walks into the jazz club with her that night. But then the music stops, and Mia is right back where she started, wistfully imagining a much more romantic version of her life than the one she wound up with. What she doesn’t realize in that moment is that the reality of everything that happened before is just as beautiful as the way she imagined it. The reality was as breathtaking as her imagination. And just because she is looking back on it differently doesn’t mean those things aren’t true, or that those things didn’t happen.  “La La Land,” in all its wonder and whimsy, reminds us of the breathtaking grandeur of everyday life and the awesome beauty of the struggle. I wonder if it’s bombastic ending will keep even us from recognizing that.

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The characters in “La La Land” talk often about the past versus the future. This is quite fitting for a classical musical being made in 2016, particularly one that’s goal seems to be “bring back musicals in the movie theater.” Mia represents the future, a passionate artist thinly veiled as a cynic. Sebastian represents the past, a vestige of jazz music of yesteryear desperately trying to hold on to the way things were before.

In the movie’s final musical montage, “La La Land” unites the past and the future and shows how beautiful the result could be if we didn’t spend so much time debating which was more important and focused on the present itself. (In the same way, the characters in the film are constantly looking forward to something or backward toward something that has already passed.) During those final moments of the film, everything is united and beautiful and perfect. Then, the future and the past smile at each other and go their separate ways, leaving the rest of us in the present on our own.

I wish I could have held on to that feeling of beauty and perfection. But eventually I was back in my apartment, staring at my computer screen, just thinking about watching “La La Land” again.

I think I missed the point. What a waste of a lovely night.

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