Upper West Side Story

We admit, it was touch and go for a while there, but GLoP is back and not a moment too soon because West Side Story, a movie near and dear to one of the hosts of this podcast is out (read his unqualified rave review here) and the podcast is all over it. Perhaps too much. We’ll leave that up to you. But fear not, loyal GLoP listeners, there’s more: one of our podcasters has a new dog, we cover (not kidding) The Towering Inferno and A Bridge Too Far (this podcast is SO cutting edge),Chris Wallace’s sudden departure from Fox News, and the guys pick the best thing they’ve seen this year. Well, two of them do, anyway.

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  1. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    I said the Russia Hour “illustration” might be the best ever.

    Stop the presses!

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  2. OwnedByDogs Coolidge
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    @JuliaBlaschke

    kedavis (View Comment):

    I said the Russia Hour “illustration” might be the best ever.

    Stop the presses!

    Jonah has the best leg kick.

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  3. Fresch Fisch Member
    Fresch Fisch
    @FreschFisch

    GLOP needs to improve it’s sound quality.

     

    Too many drop outs, too choppy.

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  4. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    All joking aside, this episode really was on the dull side.

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  5. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    Fresch Fisch (View Comment):

    GLOP needs to improve it’s sound quality.

    Too many drop outs, too choppy.

    The walk off music — “Tonight” from the new West Side Story (presumably) — sounded a little scratchy.

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  6. LukeWVa Listener
    LukeWVa
    @LukeWVa

    I appreciated the shout-out to West Virginia!

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  7. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    In Poseidon (the original, of course) several of the “calm, reasonable” people died too.  Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters, Gene Hackman…  On the other hand, those who went to the bow probably ALL died.

    Meanwhile, Towering Inferno did hit the panicking-people angle too, such as those who rushed into the elevator and wound up Extra-Crispy.  And the people rushing onto the roof who caused the helicopter to crash…  and the people who rushed the breachers buoy thing, and caused THAT to collapse…

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  8. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Wait a sec.  Is Rachel Maddow off MSNBC, but they’re still paying her to NOT be on CNN?

    What a deal!

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  9. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    I may have missed it, did anyone ask Jonah why his “quitting” Fox is anything considering that it’s known his contract wasn’t being renewed anyway?

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  10. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Fresch Fisch (View Comment):

    GLOP needs to improve it’s sound quality.

     

    Too many drop outs, too choppy.

    The usual Zoom stuff.

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  11. John & Holley Member
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    @thatwoman

    After three years of not missing an episode we finally reached overload on John Podhoritz. Couldn’t finish this one because it doesn’t matter what point John is making or nugget of background he’s sharing he won’t draw breath and it just becomes so much noise. We think that Jonah and Rob have something to say but unfortunately rarely get to finish a sentence. We had to let the Commentary podcast go for the same reason.  Please try to balance the conversation between the three of you. 

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  12. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    kedavis (View Comment):

    In Poseidon (the original, of course) several of the “calm, reasonable” people died too. Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters, Gene Hackman… On the other hand, those who went to the bow probably ALL died.

    Meanwhile, Towering Inferno did hit the panicking-people angle too, such as those who rushed into the elevator and wound up Extra-Crispy. And the people rushing onto the roof who caused the helicopter to crash… and the people who rushed the breachers buoy thing, and caused THAT to collapse…

    Hackman’s minister regards the disaster as a trial sent by God, so he doesn’t give up hope.  Until he meets his end; but some of the people he led survive.

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  13. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Taras (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    In Poseidon (the original, of course) several of the “calm, reasonable” people died too. Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters, Gene Hackman… On the other hand, those who went to the bow probably ALL died.

    Meanwhile, Towering Inferno did hit the panicking-people angle too, such as those who rushed into the elevator and wound up Extra-Crispy. And the people rushing onto the roof who caused the helicopter to crash… and the people who rushed the breachers buoy thing, and caused THAT to collapse…

    Hackman’s minister regards the disaster as a trial sent by God, so he doesn’t give up hope. Until he meets his end; but some of the people he led survive.

    Yes, but the point seemed to be – or at least the claim – that the sensible people didn’t suffer/die.  But they did.  Another point was that there wasn’t the same kind of thing in Towering Inferno, but there was.

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  14. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    John & Holley (View Comment):

    After three years of not missing an episode we finally reached overload on John Podhoritz. Couldn’t finish this one because it doesn’t matter what point John is making or nugget of background he’s sharing he won’t draw breath and it just becomes so much noise. We think that Jonah and Rob have something to say but unfortunately rarely get to finish a sentence. We had to let the Commentary podcast go for the same reason. Please try to balance the conversation between the three of you.

    In the Commentary podcast, when I listened to it … last year? … JPod tended to bully the other panelists, who all worked for him.

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  15. Bishop Wash Member
    Bishop Wash
    @BishopWash

    Today’s vocabulary lesson, not having your contract renewed equals leaving for moral reasons.

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  16. Blue Yeti Admin
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    @BlueYeti

    Fresch Fisch (View Comment):

    GLOP needs to improve it’s sound quality.

     

    Too many drop outs, too choppy.

    SquadCast, our normal recording platform for this show was down on Sunday for maintenance so we did this one on Zoom. I agree that it was bad, but we use Zoom for the R> Pod with very few issues, so I don’t know what the issue was with this show.  

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  17. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Blue Yeti (View Comment):

    Fresch Fisch (View Comment):

    GLOP needs to improve it’s sound quality.

     

    Too many drop outs, too choppy.

    SquadCast, our normal recording platform for this show was down on Sunday for maintenance so we did this one on Zoom. I agree that it was bad, but we use Zoom for the R> Pod with very few issues, so I don’t know what the issue was with this show.

    Could have been internet issues with any one or more of the people involved. Especially if they rely on wifi.

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  18. Blue Yeti Admin
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    @BlueYeti

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Blue Yeti (View Comment):

    Fresch Fisch (View Comment):

    GLOP needs to improve it’s sound quality.

     

    Too many drop outs, too choppy.

    SquadCast, our normal recording platform for this show was down on Sunday for maintenance so we did this one on Zoom. I agree that it was bad, but we use Zoom for the R> Pod with very few issues, so I don’t know what the issue was with this show.

    Could have been internet issues with any one or more of the people involved. Especially if they rely on wifi.

    This is why we use SquadCast: it records each participant’s audio locally and then uploads it to a G-Drive folder. Very handy.

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  19. Ambrianne Member
    Ambrianne
    @Ambrianne

    I didn’t know dogs could survive parvo, a terrible disease. Has Jonah written somewhere about his dog having it?

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  20. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Ambrianne (View Comment):

    I didn’t know dogs could survive parvo, a terrible disease. Has Jonah written somewhere about his dog having it?

    A quick google search shows a survival rate of up to 90% or more, with treatment.

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  21. jorge espinha Lincoln
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    @jorgeespinha

    Taras (View Comment):

    John & Holley (View Comment):

    After three years of not missing an episode we finally reached overload on John Podhoritz. Couldn’t finish this one because it doesn’t matter what point John is making or nugget of background he’s sharing he won’t draw breath and it just becomes so much noise. We think that Jonah and Rob have something to say but unfortunately rarely get to finish a sentence. We had to let the Commentary podcast go for the same reason. Please try to balance the conversation between the three of you.

    In the Commentary podcast, when I listened to it … last year? … JPod tended to bully the other panelists, who all worked for him.

    I like COMMENTARY precisely because they very often don’t agree with each other. That’s the strength of right-wing commentary. It’s not a bunch of opinion commissars agreeing with each other.

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  22. jorge espinha Lincoln
    jorge espinha
    @jorgeespinha

    Fresch Fisch (View Comment):

    GLOP needs to improve it’s sound quality.

    Too many drop outs, too choppy.

    There’s one podcast I used to listen to, religiously, “the sceptic’s guide to the Universe”SGU). The “boss” is doctor Steve Novella. He’s such a perfectionist that the sound of each one of the podcasters (5 plus an occasional guest) is recorded separately and then assembled in a way that they don’t overlap each other. The sound is always crisp. It’s first quality stuff. Novell is a MD, a teacher at the University, a husband, father of two, in addition to SGU weekly podcast he has another podcast, he also writes for the  “science-based Medicine” site, on top of all that he does a few conferences every year. I don’t know how he finds the time, but everything is of top-notch quality.

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  23. jorge espinha Lincoln
    jorge espinha
    @jorgeespinha

    Martini Shot Podcast. So Rob claims he still does the podcast?! Interesting….

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  24. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    jorge espinha (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    John & Holley (View Comment):

    After three years of not missing an episode we finally reached overload on John Podhoritz. Couldn’t finish this one because it doesn’t matter what point John is making or nugget of background he’s sharing he won’t draw breath and it just becomes so much noise. We think that Jonah and Rob have something to say but unfortunately rarely get to finish a sentence. We had to let the Commentary podcast go for the same reason. Please try to balance the conversation between the three of you.

    In the Commentary podcast, when I listened to it … last year? … JPod tended to bully the other panelists, who all worked for him.

    I like COMMENTARY precisely because they very often don’t agree with each other. That’s the strength of right-wing commentary. It’s not a bunch of opinion commissars agreeing with each other.

    I used to love Commentary.  I not only had a multi-year subscription of my own, but maintained gift subscriptions for my brothers.

    But then they published a column by Christine Rosen which may be said to have followed the MSNBC style book, taking Donald Trump out of context to make him sound unbalanced.  (Essentially, he spoke four sentences on a subject, and she quoted only the second.)

    I sent JPod an email, giving the full quote (from a liberal source, ironically) and explaining the, um,  “error”.  But, rationalizing like mad, he doubled down rather than admit the mistake.  If Trump put his statement in a reasonable context, Podhoretz claimed, it was only because of audience reaction, so that part of his statement should be disregarded.

    This is an irrational argument, even setting aside the fact that, to do what Podhoretz claimed, Donald Trump would actually have had to jump backwards in time to the beginning of his statement.

    Did JPod sincerely believe such an absurd argument, or did he simply feel that since everybody at Commentary knows Trump is evil, details don’t matter?

    Anyway, I canceled my subscription to Commentary (I got back more than $100, as I recall), and didn’t renew my brothers’ subscriptions.

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  25. EJGorman Coolidge
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    @EJGorman

    I seemed to have liked this episode more than many of the above commentators.  Having said that, I had an issue with Rob Long’s critique of the casting of Ryan O’Neal as General Gavin in the exceptionally underrated ‘A Bridge Too Far’.  Long asserts O’Neal was too young to play that part, when in reality, he was almost the same age in 1977 as Gavin was in 1944.  I it was very fun for a listener my age, 58, to hear the commentary and wit with so many films that were a big part of my filmgoing youth.

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  26. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    EJGorman (View Comment):

    I seemed to have liked this episode more than many of the above commentators. Having said that, I had an issue with Rob Long’s critique of the casting of Ryan O’Neal as General Gavin in the exceptionally underrated ‘A Bridge Too Far’. Long asserts O’Neal was too young to play that part, when in reality, he was almost the same age in 1977 as Gavin was in 1944. I it was very fun for a listener my age, 58, to hear the commentary and wit with so many films that were a big part of my filmgoing youth.

    Indeed, there were some young generals at that time, compared to peacetime.

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  27. Miffed White Male Member
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    @MiffedWhiteMale

    kedavis (View Comment):

    EJGorman (View Comment):

    I seemed to have liked this episode more than many of the above commentators. Having said that, I had an issue with Rob Long’s critique of the casting of Ryan O’Neal as General Gavin in the exceptionally underrated ‘A Bridge Too Far’. Long asserts O’Neal was too young to play that part, when in reality, he was almost the same age in 1977 as Gavin was in 1944. I it was very fun for a listener my age, 58, to hear the commentary and wit with so many films that were a big part of my filmgoing youth.

    Indeed, there were some young generals at that time, compared to peacetime.

    Even Ike was “only” in his early 50s.

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  28. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    EJGorman (View Comment):

    I seemed to have liked this episode more than many of the above commentators. Having said that, I had an issue with Rob Long’s critique of the casting of Ryan O’Neal as General Gavin in the exceptionally underrated ‘A Bridge Too Far’. Long asserts O’Neal was too young to play that part, when in reality, he was almost the same age in 1977 as Gavin was in 1944. I it was very fun for a listener my age, 58, to hear the commentary and wit with so many films that were a big part of my filmgoing youth.

    Indeed, there were some young generals at that time, compared to peacetime.

    Even Ike was “only” in his early 50s.

    Maybe what Rob really meant is Ryan O’Neal looked too immature for the part.

    That O’Neal was ever considered a “movie star” will puzzle future generations.

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  29. Pugshot Member
    Pugshot
    @Pugshot

    John & Holley (View Comment):

    After three years of not missing an episode we finally reached overload on John Podhoritz. Couldn’t finish this one because it doesn’t matter what point John is making or nugget of background he’s sharing he won’t draw breath and it just becomes so much noise. We think that Jonah and Rob have something to say but unfortunately rarely get to finish a sentence. We had to let the Commentary podcast go for the same reason. Please try to balance the conversation between the three of you.

    You know, you could still get enjoyment from The Commentary Podcast by playing the John Podhoretz Drinking Game (TM).  You simply down a shot of your favorite single-malt beverage every time John says “You know” during the podcast. Generally, 10 minutes into the podcast you’ll be crawling across the floor on your hands and knees claiming the aliens are coming for you.

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  30. Pugshot Member
    Pugshot
    @Pugshot

    kedavis (View Comment):

    I may have missed it, did anyone ask Jonah why his “quitting” Fox is anything considering that it’s known his contract wasn’t being renewed anyway?

    It’s “known” that his contract wasn’t being renewed? And that “fact” is “known” because you were part of the contract negotiations? Or because some unknown person allegedly leaked this information? Or because it was merely speculated that this was the case. Or because when Jonah and Steve told Fox they were not renewing their contracts, someone at Fox said, “Oh yeah? Well, you can’t because we’ve already decided not to renew your contracts – so there! Na, na, na!”  As between some unknown person at Fox News and Jonah Goldberg, I’ll believe Jonah.

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