This week, Alex and Wesley discuss the ridiculousness of San Andreas and the appeal of the disaster movie. Then it’s onto a conversation about Cameron Crowe’s Aloha. Does anything about it work? If this doesn’t succeed, will it doom other so-called adult movies in which adults do adultish things?
Before any of that, Wesley has a couple of music-related thoughts. He’s so tired of hearing “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, also known as “The Paul Walker Song” and an early entry in the summer jam sweepstakes. This song is stalking him. On the other hand, he really likes the ads for whatever it is Longines is using Disclosure’s “You & Me” to sell during Roland Garros. Some people are already being driven crazy by this conversation. The version in the commercial is a remix that Wesley fails — refuses? — to credit to Flume. He’s seen your tweet and already regrets the omission.
Next week we’ll be talking about Paul Beatty’s novel The Sellout for this month’s book club.
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Here are links to topics discussed in this week’s show:
“In ‘San Andreas,’ Dwayne Johnson Rushes to Rescue His Collapsing World,” New York Times, May 29, 2015
“L.A. Apocalypse! ‘San Andreas’ and 23 Thoughts on Destroying the City of Angels,” Grantland, May 27, 2015
“Cameron Crowe Apologizes for Casting Emma Stone as Asian Character in ‘Aloha,’” The Hollywood Reporter, June 2, 2015
“Should we give up on Cameron Crowe?,” The Verge, June 1, 2015
“The Three Movies Inside ‘Aloha,’” Grantland, June 1, 2015
“‘Elizabethtown’ Kicked Off Cameron Crowe’s 10-Year Cold Streak. Let’s Watch It With New Eyes,” Grantland, May 28, 2015
“See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa, featuring Charlie Puth, 2015
“You & Me (Flume Remix),” Disclosure, 2013
Jam of the Week
“6 Minutes of Pleasure,” LL Cool J, 1990