Matthew Belinkie, Peter Fenzel, Mark Lee, and Matthew Wrather overthink the filmography of JK Simmons and the two kinds of Game Nights—Cards Against Humanity nights and Settlers of Catan nights.[audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/mwrather/otip295.mp3]
Subscribe to the Overthinking It Podcast
Want new episodes of the Overthinking It Podcast to download automatically?
Subscribe in iTunes
Subscribe with RSS
Tell us what you think!
(203) 285-6401 call/text
Lol is not that uncommon in the UK as a short for Laurence. Lol Creme of 10CC and Godley & Creme, Lol Tolhurst (former member of The Cure) and Lol Hammond (DJ, Producer and Film Music Supervisor for lots of British movies) come to mind.
Few things are most disheartening than somebody giving up on naming all the members of the Wu-Tang Clan midstream. I would have let you get away with forgetting Masta Killa too.
Fenzel sounds like a good guy to play Words with Friends with to me. I say that presuming it is like Scabble, but legally different, having never played Words with Friends, or used any app other than a banking app, for that matter.
First time comment!
@Fenzel: if you are ever back in NJ and looking for a game night, my friends and I go pretty bananas with board games! (E.g. last board game day we played Glass Road, Spyrium, and Last Will.)
Oh, man. This is one of those episodes where everything mentioned is pretty much something I loved (when I was in junior high and first watching Law & Order well before I knew who J. K. Simmons was I would literally chant Skoda’s name when it became clear he was going to show up on an episode). I’m going to restrain myself to saying on the subject of board games there is a surprisingly excellent Buffy the Vampire Slayer board game. Don’t be fooled by the terrible box design, the actual game itself is quite well-crafted both aesthetically and it plays pretty well.
Everything you need to know about nougat.
Now I want to play Words with Pete Fenzel and the gang!
Proposal for the Overthinkingit card game.
Like Apples to Apples there are two types of cards and there is a judge position that rotates after every round. The two types of cards are “Pop-culture” and “High Concept”. In expert play a player turns over one of each type and describes how the two cards relate to each other. Play proceeds with each non-judge player doing the same before the judge declares a winner. Handicapping can be added by distributing some “Draw again” tokens to new or less educated players.
In Medium level play each player holds a few Pop-Culture cards in their hand (in the manner of Apples to Apples). At the beginning of the round the judge turns over one High Concept card and play only proceeds once it is established that all players get the concept. If the concept proves unusable another card is drawn. All play on the same High Concept using whichever Pop-Culture card they choose from their own hand.
Easy level play is exactly like Expert level except that you never take the High Concept cards out of the box and instead make two piles of Pop-Culture cards.
All we need now to have an awesome fundraiser for site is a list of all references to High Concepts, or High Culture and to all Pop-Culture in the history of the website. And some cool are for the backs of the cards. I’m thinking OTIS surrounded by guys in togas for High Concept and OTIS surrounded by Ewoks for Pop-Culture.
I would be happy to help you compile such a list, but I have one question of clarification. By High Concept, I assume you mean concepts that are usually considered intellectual, like, say, “existentialism” or “identity as a construct”?
As for pop culture:
Wikipedia’s incredibly comprehensive film indicies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_film_lists
Popular music: http://www.billboard.com/archive/charts/2013/billboard-200
Video games: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_video_games
The biggest issue, then is narrowing the massive compilation here.
JK SIMMONS IS GOING TO BE IN THE NEW TERMINATOR MOVIE.