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The One Thing Podcast on Trending Buffalo

12 Jul

By way of reminder, about twice per week – usually on Mondays and Wednesdays – Chris Smith and I meet up with Brad Riter to record a podcast for Brad’s new venture, Trending Buffalo.  It’s usually about 25 minutes long, and it’s almost always about “one thing”. If you’ve missed the last couple, they’re posted below, but you can subscribe to its feed using iTunes, and keep track of it here

Books: 7/12/12


Food: 7/10/12


Chris Collins: 7/5/12


Brad Riter on WBEN Today

15 Dec

Brad Riter is a radio talk show host who most recently hosted the afternoon drive slot on WECK 1230-AM before it switched to a music format in July.  He wrote one of our “Daily Five” about a week or so ago.

He’ll be filling in for Tom Bauerle today on WBEN 930-AM and 107.7-FM from 9 until 12. Brad’s a good guy who does good radio. Please check him out.

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Riter Radio & Hassan

27 Jan

In case you missed my talks with Brad Riter on WECK 1230-AM regarding the Hassan trial:

January 24, 2011

January 25, 2011

January 26, 2011

The List: 20 Best Guy Movies, Part 1

22 Nov

Last week on Brad Riter’s show, we took the week off from talking about politics, the creeping totalitarian state, Republican douchebags and the ghost of Carl Paladino to talk movies.  Specifically, the 20 or so movies that are essential to being a heterosexual white man in America…since that’s what we are.  I’m pretty sure the list of 20 essential movies for gay or hispanic dudes in America would look a lot different.

Now, the rules we used to make up this list are as follows:

– The movie needs to be near-universally quotable.  If I were to use the line “We’re gonna take it to the mattresses” or “So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.“, most white hetero guys between the ages of 21-45 in the country know what I’m talking about without explanation.

– It needs to be a movie written specifically to appeal to our demographic.  Usually, this means excessive nudity, violence and ethnic or scatological humor.  You won’t find “Hope Floats” on a list like this, unless, of course, you’re name is Tom Schuh and you’re making your own list.

– It was a movie that created or portrayed a shared experience.  It’s a movie we either saw together, rented and watched while drunk/stoned in college, or featured scenes and/or dialogue that reminds us of a time when we were young and/or cool.

– The Re-Watchabaility Index. If you come across any of these movies while channel-surfing, you are inclined to stop, regardless as to how far into the movie it may be.

– Some directors and producers (Scorsese, Tarantino, Apatow) and actors (DeNiro, Pacino, Ferrell) have multiple movies which qualify for the list, but I’ll try (in most cases) to pick their best contribution to the man movie sub-genre.

So, with that said, here’s the list in reverse order.  The order is what’s always debated with lists like this and it seems rather subjective.  If you don’t think these movies qualify, let me know.  We’ll do eight movies today and the rest later this week.

20.  Anchorman – A recent addition to the list, but it’s rising quickly on the man charts.  Anchorman requires multiple viewings to really comprehend its pure excellence.  One of the most quotable movies of the last decade and the apex of the Judd Apatow/Will Ferrell production cabal.  This movie edges out The 40 Year Old Virgin, Wedding Crashers, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights and others, which are all exceedingly quotable and funny, but Anchorman was the best of the set.

Quotable: “You are a smelly pirate hooker“, “They’ve done studies, you know. 60% of the time it works, every time.“, “I would like to extend to you an invitation to the pants party.


19.  Rocky III – A controversial choice as Rocky movies are essential to the American experience and determining which is the best is pretty tough.  I mean, most men in America have seen each Rocky film at least a dozen times and this is my choice as the best of the series.  The Rocky theme song gets the blood moving and Survivor’s “Eye Of The Tiger” secondary theme song in Rocky III is epic-level awful/awesome.  This edition of the film series takes us toward B-Movie territory and features the introduction of Mr. T into pop culture.  There is also an incredibly uncomfortable man-hug scene with Rocky and Apollo on Venice Beach which pushes this film over the edge and onto the list.

Quotables: “I pity the fool“, “Eye of the tiger, man


18. Roadhouse – While we’re in B-Movie territory, why not go to the best B-Movie of the last 20 years, Roadhouse.  It is so exceptionally trainwreck awful that it transcends its own awfulness into awesomeness.  This movie is found on any number of cable channels any day of the year.  You can find it on CMT, VH1, Spike, HBO, TBS, TNT…pretty much any channel that shows movies.  It’s the Ferris Bueller of guy movies…the motorheads, rednecks, dummies, jocks, puffers and dweebs all love it.  Why?  Because of this scene:


Quotable:  “Pain don’t hurt“, “I want you to be nice until it’s time to not be nice.

17.  Blazing Saddles – A truly subversive film for its time and the best film Mel Brooks ever made.  One of the most quotable films on the list and it features the best fart scene in history.   Takes on issues of race and strippers with speech impediments.  With a review like that, who wouldn’t love it?

Quotable:  “It’s twue, it’s twue“, “Where the white women at?“, “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges“,


16.  Swingers – If you’re between the ages of 32-38, this movie is yours.  It’s the movie that represents that time right after college when you’re were still trying to figure shit out while going out way too often with your friends.  We were the last group of men to go through post-adolescence without overarching technology and connectedness, this movie captures that time pretty well.  It also launched the careers of Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughan who have remained central to the guy movie culture ever since.  The scene when Mikey struggles to leave a message for the girl he met at the bar still makes me uncomfortable, but the Sega hockey scene makes me long for younger, less responsible days.

Quotable:  “Vegas baby! Vegas!“, “You’re so money and you don’t even know it!


15.  Full Metal Jacket – Kubrick made a few films that belong on this list, but the first hour of this one is essential viewing.  It’s beautifully shot, perfectly written and meets the shared experience/violent/quotable rules.  While the film was meant to portray the dehumanization and brainwashing of boot camp as the military attempts to turn normal people into killing machines as well as the moral ambiguity of war, it is the most universally watched movie if you’re in the military.  I know I watched it at least 100 times while on deployment…

Quotable:  “Five-foot-nine, I didn’t know they stacked shit that high“, “Me so HORNY. Me love you long time


14.  Reservoir Dogs – The first and best Quentin Tarantino film.  Reservoir Dogs pretty much reinvented screenwriting and movie dialogue, introduced the use of the soundtrack as an additional character and time-shifting as a tool for storytelling.  Tarantino’s film was revolutionary and not only provides some of the best movie lines of the last thirty years, the scenes were unforgettable.  To this day, just hearing “Stuck In The Middle With You” by Stealer’s Wheel gives me the shakes.  Incredible that such an influential cult classic made a paltry $2.5MM at the box office.

Quotable:  This movie is better known for its monologues than its quotes.  How about the entire ‘Like A Virgin’ monologue from Mr. Brown?


13.  Caddyshack – This movie gets posted without much comment due to its sheer genius and place in overall pop culture.  It would be higher on the list, but I wanted to close this segment with a strong choice.  Quotable, shared experience, funny, stands the test of time, it’s got it all.

Quotable: “So, I’ve got that going for me, which is nice“, “Be the Ball“, “It’s in the hole!“, “Let’s go, while we’re young!“, “Whoa, did somebody step on a duck?


The next eight movies will be posted on Wednesday with the final four presented on Friday.

Geek on WECK

15 Jan

For those of you who are unawares, each Wednesday at 4PM I join the Brad Riter radio show on our radio partner, WECK1230.

WECK allows for longer segments, which allows for more in-depth discussion on issues. In our weekly hour, we tend to cover a lot of ground and I like to think it’s mildly entertaining. You can listen on the air at 1230AM or listen live at WECK1230.com. We also solicit questions via Facebook and Twitter during the show as opposed to call-ins, so let me know what you’re thinking via twitter, @buffalogeek

Segment 1: The race to replace Brian Davis on the Buffalo Common Council, The Erie County Legislature Pigeon Coalition, The Backroom Deals behind both of these political stories


Segment 2: Team Conan vs. Team Jay, Tim “Fredo Corleone” Kennedy, Senate District 58, Collins For Governor


Segment 3: David Paterson, Upstate State Of The State, Economic Development, Buffalo’s Back Office Future, Buffalo as Bangalore, Yahoo, BNP/BNE Fail,


Segment 4: Pedro Espada Staff Member Joins Erie County Legislature Staff, Reforminess, Buffalo ReUse, Extreme Makeover Home Edition


Geek On Weck

3 Dec


I’ll be Brad Riter’s guest on our partner WECK1230 AM each Wednesday at 4PM.  We’ll talk about politics, rumors, media, local news and why Chris Collins hates black people. You can call in at 716.783.9325 or send me your questions via Twitter @buffalogeek

Yesterday we touched not only on why Chris Collins hates black people, but we also discussed the failure of the New York Senate to pass equal rights legislation, the saga of the Staler Hotel and the jockeying amongst the candidates to replace the Downtown King of FAIL and corruption, Brian Davis, in the Buffalo Common Council.

Chris Smith and Brad Riter discuss NY Senate Vote on Same Sex Marriage

Chris Smith and Brad Riter talk about the new WNYMedia journalism project and the battle to replace Brian Davis

Chris Smith and Brad Riter discuss Bashar Issa and the sad saga of the Statler Hotel

Chris Smith and Brad Riter discuss Erie County politics and why Chris Collins hates black people