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Can life lessons we learn from movies prepare us for the end of civilization? Is Harry Potter the new Star Wars? Has modern science fiction lost its way? Are housewives ruining American television? Explore these questions and many others with Sean Gilbert, Brooks Robinson and Greg Starks in TV Ate My Dinner, the podcast that brings you the finest in opiniontainment when it comes to movies, TV and media issues. It could also mean the difference between living and dying if you ever find yourself staring down the business end of a zombie bite, so this is one show you can't afford to miss!

In this precursor to our episode on The Conjuring, Sean, Greg, Lynn and Andrew talk about scary movies like Sinister, Insidious, and Saving Private Ryan (the conversation jumps around a lot). There's also some discussion of evil apes and monkey bites with a little time dedicated to the cosplay controversy of hot women who wear skimpy outfits even if they may not fully understand the back story of the character they are currently sexying. Our position on this very serious issue may just shock you.

Direct download: TVAMD_bounce.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:27pm EST

In this installment of "Apocalypse Party" by Sean Gilbert, difficult questions are asked and answered and argued about, such as which section of a human centipede would you rather be?

Here's a taste:

“You are out of your mind!” I told Alicia. “It’s obvious that C would be better!”
“I thought you said A was better!” she contradicted.
“Everyone knows A is best! That’s not in question. Beyond that it’s just a matter of whether you’d rather be B or C.”
“Then it’s definitely B!” Alicia insisted.
“You’re insane. B gets it on both ends. That’s the worst of all!”
“But at least B gets to dish it out!”
“You’re disgusting.”
“At least that way you’re not a total victim. You get to shit in someone else’s mouth.”
“Why would you want to shit in someone’s mouth?” 
“I’m just saying, if someone’s shitting in my mouth...”
“You’re terrible,” I declared piously. I have no tolerance for mouth-shitters.

ENTER: STEFAN 

Every now and then there’s a drunk guy so unbelievably obnoxious it’s kind of endearing. That night it wasn’t me. I’m a sweetheart on my worst night compared to Stefan. 
He was a four foot German who approached our table inexplicably and was just as inexplicably pissed off at the whole of existence. All attempts at conversation ended in bile. 
He looked confused and disheveled. We were so amused at the idea of him that we didn’t even notice that his right hand was covered in dried blood. 
Considering he chose to stand in such close proximity with no stated purpose, I decided to extend a greeting.
“What’s up?”
He moved between me and Dane to sit on a stool near Charlotte. His surly countenance softened somewhat at the sight of her.
“Vhat’s up vith you?” he asked of her instead of answering me. “I am Stefan.”
“Where are you from?” she humored him. The novelty of any new experience is enough to make it acceptable to the inebriated.
“Vhere ze fuck do you sink I’m from?” he said sharply.
“Doucheland?” Tracy asked. He had a distinct German accent.
“Deutschland!” he corrected her, which was unnecessary since the mispronunciation had been deliberate.
“Whatever,” said Tracy, unfazed at the admonishment.
Dane decided to try his hand, asking Stefan: “Did you come here for SCAD?”
The little man snorted indignantly.
“Do I look like a fucking art student?” he complained.
“Yes,” I told him. He absolutely did.
“Do you like it here?” Charlotte asked him, at this point making conversation out of pure fascination.
“No, I fucking hate it here!” he barked angrily, as if all questions were infuriating.
“Then what the fuck are you doing here?” I asked him with annoyance. I meant it in every applicable way.
“I don’t fucking know!” he admitted.
“Well, how’d you get here?” I pressed him.
“How did you get here, asshole?” was his curt rejoinder.
Without asking, Stefan took a cigarette from the pack of Kools and used my lighter to light it. Scowling at the flavor, he examined the pack with disgust.
“I hate fucking Kools!” he spat out with rage.
“Sorry, Stefan,” I said insincerely, “they were out of Marlboros.”
“I hate fucking Marlboros too!” 
He took offense at this even though we never offered him a cigarette at all. He was beside himself with anger at the prospect of settling, and banged his tiny fist on the table in defiance. 
We took no offense, mostly because we couldn’t stop laughing. Stefan was a treasure, an unexplainable force of nature. Like an angry little gnome sent to entertain us with his ire. 
The conversation tapered off, and after introductions were made Stefan couldn’t remember anyone’s name so he decided to call every-one Ross. Except me. Me he continued to call Asshole.

Direct download: ApocalypseParty02.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:47am EST

Sean and Andrew talk about the Conjuring and other James Wan films like Insidious. They also talk about the real-life Warrens and the true story of the demon-possessed doll Annabelle. Then they get scared like little girls and recount some of their own paranormal experiences.

Direct download: TVAMD_conjuring.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:56am EST

Sean, Greg, Lynn and Andrew pay tribute to the New Doctor Who.  And giant robots, and Aaron Sorkin, and Game of Thrones, and Star Wars and Star Trek, and tipping waitresses, Lando Calrissian and DragonCon, drop bears, cargo pants, and didgeridoos. Just another regular show, folks...

Direct download: TVAMD_DrWho2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:53pm EST

Enough said.

Direct download: TVAMD_sharknado.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:19pm EST

In what will certainly be a series of episodes focusing on Dr. Who's 50th Anniversary, Sean, Lynn, and Andrew take some time to recap the finale of the latest series of Dr. Who. They also talk about Sharknado, get Lynn's thoughts on Game of Thrones and there is a surprise appearance by VRON! Less surprising, now that I just told you about it, but does anybody really read these episode blurbs?

Direct download: TVAMD_DrWho2013.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:16am EST

Sean, Lynn and Andrew talk about robots vs. monsters in Pacific Rim. They also discuss Batman vs. Superman, The Wolverine, Tom Cruise's Oblivion and Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing.

Direct download: TVAMD_PacificRim.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:39pm EST