Better In The Dark – Episode 132: Die, Indie, Die! The Changing Face of Independent Cinema

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Let me take a few seconds to properly introduce everyone to the Better In The Dark podcast. Done by 2 (renowned writer) guys out of Brooklyn, NY named Thomas Deja and Derrick Ferguson, BITD is the one of leading movie podcasts on the internet today. Derrick and Tom’s chemistry is the stuff of podcast legends, whether they’re talking about today’s newest movie releases or their love for the Marx Brothers, there’s not one moment you’re not entertained. It also helps that they let me do their theme songs for the show. Enough intro though, welcome to your first experience of Better In The Dark.
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The Boys Outta Brooklyn wander off the mainstream reservation this episode as they take a look at the way indie cinema has transformed into a minor league for the big studios. Tom and Derrick examine how the recent switch to digital projection, Sundance and other factors have transformed the face of this filmic tradition. Plus Derrick is reduced to helpless laughter when he learns one of Tom’s nicknames, far too much talk about 90′s alt-rock and comics, the revelation of where the indie spirit really lives, and a challenge to both the readers and the hosts! You don’t want Robert Redford making money off of you, so get to clicking!

Better In The Dark – Episode 132: Die, Indie, Die! The Changing Face of Independent Cinema

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The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show – Pineapples, Aliens, & Anger!

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God speed to the Howitzer in his attempt control the Buzz-saw in this one. A Hall of Fame gets ASININE! Mike “the Buzz-saw” Asti sits a committee down and unleashes. This is a rant that would make the Soup Nazi blush. No pineapple chunks for you! On a happier note, college football is heading towards a playoff system. Does this signal our end of days? Will the aliens come down and reverse District 9 us? While an extraterrestrial invasion would make many of Mike’s crazy dreams a reality, it’s unlikely. What is likely? The NCAA finally waking up. How will this impact college football? Is the method for change actually the right one? Is it possible to please everyone? No!

LeBron James is officially a king! LBJ won his first NBA championship, as his Miami Heat completed a five game series victory over Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder. How will a crowned LeBron effect the NBA? Can the Heat actually become the dynasty they celebrated upon their inception? Where did their ESPN Live covered parade rank on the asinine scale? Hey Dan Gilbert, FYI: you were wrong! The Cleveland Cavaliers are still without title and the Cursed City is perpetually in the midst of a never ending drought. After officially putting to rest the insane NBA season, a brief draft recap will grace your ears.

Finally, the HBS catches up on their wheel house. Major League Baseball is approaching the mid-way point. Mike “the Buzz-saw” Asti and George “the Howitzer” Gerbo break down the Kevin Youkilis trade while answering some questions burning up all over the diamond. What teams have been the biggest surprise and can some perennial power houses fend off the injury bug to stay at the top of the MLB mountain top? One team that will eternally remain above the rest – the Howitzer and Buzz-saw, joining forces to conquer sports radio, one day, at a time….

The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show – Pineapples, Aliens, & Anger!


Mike Asti is one half of The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show podcast. He also writes for and helps run the site BDL Sports and is on-air talent for the Champs Sports Network.

George Gerbo is one half of The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show podcast.

Previously from Mike Asti & George Gerbo:

Encyclopedia Crawford Knows All: The Right To Bear Arms…Brought Up At A Cookout?

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This isn’t a typical post. It is however one that falls under entertainment, as it is entertaining to watch people argue over things. As mentioned before, it is amusing to watch people argue almost to the point of fighting over things such as politics. As long as it remains civil, it is okay. This particular argument happened at a relaxed Sunday afternoon cookout between two individuals that will remain nameless, just call them Frick and Frack. The main point was gun control. It is most interesting that both had very good points, yet neither were able to back off or give an inch of concession. This small argument is actually a perfect example of the larger scale problem, that people are unable to give an inch, and yet feel that they will make a difference in the greater scope of things. Continue reading

Hyphen’s Long Travelled Thoughts: Maury Gets Results

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I’m old. While only 29, I still have seen some things in my day. I remember when The Maury Povich Show was on. And this wasn’t theMaury we all love (and loathe) today. This is when Maury, along with the Sally Jessy Raphaels, Phil Donahues, Ricki Lakes, and Geraldo Riveras of the world where constantly chasing Oprah Winfrey’s mega-blockbuster of a show. Continue reading

The Big Push: What Is WWE Doing With Their Big Men?

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They are the outcasts, they inspire awe and fear as their massive size makes ordinary men and women look like children. Giants and monsters have been a part of wrestling since the beginning. In fact, many of the old time strong men and giants of carnivals were some of the main attractions of early wrestling. However, as wrestling has changed, so has the place of the monsters. They still are the unstoppable engines of destruction, yet now they have personalities. They dance, sing, and pat kids on the head making them smile. These two extremes, monster, and massive entertainer, are regularly seen in the wrestling world. In the WWE, the focus is on Big Show, Brodus Clay, and Ryback. The question is, what is WWE doing with these big attractions? Continue reading

Hyphenated Review: Kendrick Lamar – “The Recipe” (Feat. Dr. Dre)

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In today’s age where a new song hits the internet every few seconds, it’s hard for someone like me to pick favorites. When new music broke when I was younger, I had to catch everything through videos on MTV and BET. Other than that, I could only read about new music in The Source and it was even harder to track this music down before it was released to retail. The Napster age made things a little easier but it wasn’t until 2004 when virtually any song was available if you knew what you were doing. Continue reading

Mountain Men: Interesting Concept; Take With A Grain of Salt Part II

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This show is a very interesting look at how some people can survive and thrive out in the wilderness. The danger is real for these men and women and they do put their lives on the line daily. However, there are some things that need to be understood. This show is entertainment, and therefore not everything is exactly how the show is promoted. The show promotes these people as completely independent individuals. It also builds suspense through narration and filming techniques. Continue reading

The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show: The Heel Brings The Fans To The Yard!

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There have been many sports curses. None have sniffed Cleveland’s. The Curse of the Bambino, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Buffalo Bills, the Plight of Canuck Nation, & the lovable, yet always losing Chicago Cubs (just to name a few), none has compared to the Cursed City. Jim Brown ain’t walking through that door. Since he walked out, no Cleveland sports franchise has won a major championship (1964). The Browns got close & then fumbled. John Elway drove by. The Indians went from laughing stock to, “these guys ain’t so stinking bad” to the brink of glory. One of the most dominant squads in baseball for a decade was left ringless. Then came the chosen one! Sent to save his cursed city. He carried the weight of the cursed world on his back for 8 swag filled seasons. Like Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, this savior swiftly smacked his people with a DECISION that will live in infamy. From then on, the FACE of the NBA, & more importantly a nation, turned HEEL, becoming the greatest villain in sports history. LeBron Raymone “King” James is now preparing to be fitted for his crown.

Mike “the Buzz-saw” Asti & Cleveland sports supporter, George “the Howitzer” Gerbo square off in a battle of good vs evil. In one corner, Mike: 6 ft, 165 to 175 lbs (depending on food intake that week), rocking a shaved head, an angry scowl, an unbearable ego, & a powdered keg of multiple personalities. In the other corner, George: 6 ft, 180 lbs (formerly fat), owning glasses, a beaming smile, & an unreasonable amount of compassion. Let’s end an era with a radio HELL IN A CELL! How will basketball’s landscape change with a champion LeBron? Will Cleveland make Vancouver blush with their reaction? Will anything else be discussed? Yes! The NHL awards & a couple trials are also on tap. LeBron James conquers the hardwood, Cleveland conquers NOTHING, & the HBS conquers sports radio, one day, at a time….

The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show: The Heel Brings The Fans To The Yard!

Mountain Men: Interesting Concept; Take With A Grain of Salt Part I

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This is a new show on the History Channel about three men that live the mythic Mountain Man lifestyle. It follows three men, Eustace Conway, Marty Meierotto, and Tom Oar. Each man has carved a life for themselves off the grid, and out of the way of modern society. They each live off the land, surviving by their wits and using self-reliance to live life in some rough and harsh environments. Continue reading

Is It Time For CM Punk To Lose The WWE Title?

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As big of a CM Punk fan I’ve become in the past year, I can’t help but complain about him. But unlike last time, I see this complaint as no fault of his own (Unless he’s genuinely is pulling strings backstage to remain champ. Unlikely.) as this time, blame is placed squarely on the writers. Continue reading