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newest episode of the podcast is up everybody. I think it’s a good one.

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Hello, everyone. We have another exciting episode of The Saas Perspective coming up today. In today’s digging deep segment, Trevor and I have a particularly passionate disagreement about the quality of 2011’s Rampart (for my money, it contains the best male lead performance of the 2010s). But, we come back together to discuss our sheer enjoyment of HBO’s newest drama, True Detective, as we talk our way through This Week’s Hot Saas. And finally, for the last section of the podcast, Trevor and I discuss Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and then Nickelodeon’s Legend of Korra. Enjoy.

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newest episode of the podcast, readers. Check it out.

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Hello, everyone. On this week’s episode of The Saas Perspective, Trevor and I discuss the 2007 crime thriller Zodiac from director David Fincher which I chose for the Digging Deep section because I think that, along with Winter’s Bone, it’s easily one of the best crime thrillers of the decade but sadly one of the least well-known to mainstream audiences. After that, we move on to the recent BCS College Football championship where Florida State beat Auburn in a thrilling game. The conversations segues into a more general sports conversation though because (spoilers) I barely watched the game. And finally, in the last section, Trevor and I have a brief conversation about both Glee and Homeland. Enjoy everyone!

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I just did my first “think piece” for the blog I also now run with my cousins. This is on the responsibility audiences bear to actually grapple with the thematic complexity of a film as opposed to the surface it portrays. Enjoy.

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During one of the most controversial moments in 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort, the unrepentant scam artist played by Hollywood icon Leonardo DiCaprio, has sex with his supermodel wife on a bed covered in money while a sweaty, invigorating blues number celebrates the essence of masculine sexuality. Jordan Belfort sleeps with an endless parade of beautiful women; he does enough yayo to fund a small Colombian village; and he has more money than any human being could reasonably spend in a life time. And what are the consequences of Jordan’s actions? He spends four years in a cushy minimum security prison and finds new life as a motivational speaker.

Does The Wolf of Wall Street “glamorize” Jordan’s lifestyle? Audiences are split over that very question. Hollywood has trained audiences to expect ham-fisted moralizing, and when films don’t present a neatly packaged parable with a clear spotlight…

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So, everybody, I’ve moved hosting of the podcast that I write for from Soundcloud to a new wordpress page devoted entirely to the podcast. So, from now on, if you want to hear the podcast, you can find it here. Enjoy!

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After putting up our backlog of old posts before we made the switch to our new host, we have finally made our way to our most current podcast which we recorded yesterday on our usual Sunday schedule. As I said in our write-up for the first podcast though, we decided to move away from Soundcloud for financial and space reasons, and we’ll be hosting all of the new episodes ourselves here on WordPress.

In this week’s Saas Perspective, Don and Trevor tackle the 90s cult film and examination of greed, Glengarry Glen Ross which Don worships but Trevor hates despite recognizing that it’s a great film. For This Week’s Hot Saas, the pair dive into Martin Scorsese’s latest epic, the Leonardo DiCaprio starring The Wolf of Wall Street which may be one of Scorsese’s greatest films in over a decade. And, lastly, the pair discuss Winter’s Bone as well as

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Hello, everyone. I will have two of my traditional reviews up at some point tomorrow (it’s been finals week and I just haven’t had time to do any reviews and I’ve also been doing a lot of work on one of my screenplays) but my cousin and I recorded the second episode of the Saas Perspective today where we discuss 2011’s Coriolanus and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (as well as the Heisman trophy winner and Silver Linings Playbook). We had some consistent technical problems that dragged the experience down a bit, but other than that, it’s still a great listen. Thanks again to Stenders for letting use their song “21 Cm Line” as our opening and closing tune and to Matt Janas for being a great producer.

You can find the direct link to the podcast here (and the embed below):

Well, long-time readers, I’m excited to announce a new addition to Hot Saas’s Pop Culture Safari and a new project that I’m really looking forward to diving into in the weeks to come. I, along with my cousin Trevor Saas, have created my very first podcast, The Saas Perspective. In The Saas Perspective, every week we’re going to dig deep into Hollywood’s hidden gems. My cousin and I will discuss some under-appreciated treasure that I’ve reviewed from this blog, although it’s possible that it will be an under-rated film that I saw before I started this blog. And for the first edition of the podcast, that means we’re talking about one of my favorite films that I’ve discovered thanks to running this blog, 2005’s Conversations With Other Women.

We will also have a segment where discuss something that’s capturing the nation’s attention for that week, so movies, television, and music that are the definition of the public zeitgeist. And, for regular readers, it should be easy to predict that our first discussion for that segment of the podcast was, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. And, to close the podcast out, we have a more free-form jam session where we look at what mine and Trevor’s current pop culture obsessions are, which is Buffy the Vampire Slayer for him and Star Trek and Sherlock for me. If you’re a reader of the blog, I think you’ll greatly enjoy the ability to hear me talk more in depth about the films and shows that I love and the added presence of my cousin brings an entirely new perspective to the series beyond mine. Enjoy everyone!

UPDATE: Apparently, Firefox and/or WordPress doesn’t want to show the embedded audio player from Soundcloud of the podcast so I’m also going to provide a hard link to the episode in case you’re having trouble seeing the player (which a lot of people are. Here you go: