I’m the Host A slightly deeper look at the media we all consume

It's rare an artist remakes a work from their earlier career. With Spike Lee's remake of She's Gotta Have it, we're looking at the changes between the film (1986) and the TV Show (2017). With a big helping hand from our Guest Samantha from Rocket Punch Radio. We discuss art, music, sexuality, and civil unrest. 

But we also find time (in this long episode) to talk about the Spin Doctors, Celtics fans, and Eminent Domain. 

Links for this episode:
CBS This Morning - Spike Lee on Rebooting the iconic and timely “She’s Gotta Have It”
YouTube - Lindsay Ellis - RENT - “Look Pretty and Do As Little as Possible: A Video Essay”
Goodreads: Dossie Easton, Janet W. Hardy - The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationship & Other Adventures
UrbanDictionary.com - “Gold Star Lesbian”
The Magicians - The Wit and Wisdom of Eliot
Wiki - 25th Hour
Wiki - Audre Lorde
Pleasantville - What’s Going to Happen Now?
Mars Blackmon in Nike commercials

Samantha's Twitter
The Kave Podcast/Hot 365 Radio


We interupt this podcast to bring you a quick episode about Black Panther...only there was so much to say that it turned into a full episode anyway. And despite all three hosts enjoying themselves, it didn't keep them from picking all manner of nits from this excellent film. 

We also talk about racial politics, familial conections, and the etymology of a particular type of footwear.

Editor's Note: Ally wasn't feeling her best while recording this episode and ended up misspeaking a few times. She made a comment on African American incarceration and worried that it came out wrong; she was trying to say that African Americans are jailed at a higher rate over smaller crimes than whites. I would have cut it out, but it made the conversation flow weird. Thanks for listening, hope you enjoy. 

Splinter News - “How the U.S. Government Locked Black Americans Out of Attaining the American Dream”
Boston Review - “‘Black Panther’ Is Not the Movie We Deserve”
Twitter - @diasporicblues - Black Panther costuming tribes/cultures thread
Cinemablend - Why Chadwick Boseman Feels Like Tchalla is the Enemy in Black Panther
Wikipedia.org - The Moscow Rules - aka Once is a accident, twice is an coincidence, three times is an enemy action. 

February 10, 2018  

A short episode dealing with nostalgia, Nintendo and the many applications of cardboard.


Links for this episode:

Nintendo Labo debut - youtube.com

Movie Bob's Alternative Nintendo Labo debut - youtube.com

How to pronounce Nintendo Labo - nintendosoup.com


Kurt takes us into the world of the mafia and the FBI with the 1990 movie "My Blue Heaven". This not-at-all-accurate glimpse into their world is all in service of the question: "Is this movie good, or is Kurt just nostalgic?" 

All three hosts come to agreement pretty quickly, so they spend sometime talking about caricature versus character, why the U.S. Marshals felt so aggrieved by factual innacuracies, and the difficulties of treading between two genres instead.

(Other episode topics include the difficulties of finding Italian food in the 80s/90s, Mr. Noodle, and the prefix "pseudo-".)

Links for this episode:

Hannah Stubbs has a very Lyncian breakdown (audio only) - hosted locally

Hans Molemann productions presents "Man Getting Hit by Football" - youtube.com

Paul and Storm Olive Garden jingle - youtube.com

Seasame Street: Mr. Noodle washes his hands - youtube.com



In our 49th episode, Ally has us look at 2008's Speed Racer--a movie that in her opinion never got the recognition it deserved. We have a discussion on the movie's merits (and demerits) and Blake and Kurt follow up with other works they felt fell into the same pit of underappreciation.

We also talk about movies we'd love to see made, the importance of correctly labeling cities, and what movies fall into the genre of "Guillermo del Toro-esque".


Links for this episode:

50 Movies that Critics Hate but People Love - Business Insider

In Media Res - Wikipedia

Volkswagen Ad - Speed Racer (1996) - Youtube

Speed Racer Geico Commercial (2005) - Youtube

You Say Run Goes With Everything - Speed Racer Final Race - Youtube



Blake puts the final stab on our holiday episodes, with the holiday movie about another character who sees you when your sleeping, who knows when your awake, and who may make overbroad presumptions about your guilt and/or innocence.

We're watching the 1974 movie Black Christmas, and talking about societial changes, horror tropes, and just how conservative the horror genre has to be to be scary.

We'll also chat about the missing link, the connection between Black Christmas and It's a Wonderful Life, and mechanical systems (engineering and otherwise).

Links for this episode:

Scream - “The Rules”

The Slasher (card game)


Just in time for the holidays we decided to watch Frank Capra's perennial holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life. But why was this the movie that became one of the great Christmas classics? And why is so little of this movie set at Christmas time? And does this movie have anything to do with holiday depression? (And is it really such a wonderful life after all?)

We also talk about sci-fi vs fantasy, inflation, pixelation, and goats; All this, plus constant Jimmy Stewart impersonations from Kurt and Blake. 


Links for this episode:

Roseanne - It’s A Wonderful Life bit

The Simpsons - Bart starts a run on the bank

Crazy Train - Ozzy Osborne 

MST3K Intro Seasons 5-6 

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town trailer  

Etymonline - “pixelated”

Vertigo trailer

Rear Window trailer 

Jim Gaffigan - Mr. Universe “Four Kids” 

IMDb It’s a Wonderful Life (trivia) 

Splinter - “How the U.S. Government Locked Black Americans Out of Attaining the American Dream”

When a Quirk of Copywrite Creates a Christmas Classic - copyrighttrademarkmatters.com

Inflation Calculator - in2013dollars.com 


Ally kicks off our Christmas season with A Miracle on 34th Street (1947) and Elf (2003). With these movies in hand, she's questioning the true meaning of Christmas, why it is that there have been so few memorable Christmas movies in recent years, and how well the classics really hold up.

More broadly, we discuss consumerism, capitialism, cardiomegaly, diabetes, and how Kris Kringle is a filthy red communist. 


Links for this episode:

Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt

Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus

Elf trivia IMDB

Miracle on 34th St. trivia IMDB


It's the Wrath of Lacan as Blake has us watch Slavoj Zizek's The Pervert's Guide to Cinema in a backdoor attempt at explaining Lacanian psychology. This episode is full of phallic symbols, and the fatherly figure you must overcome. Come and decide for yourself which of us is the id, ego, and superego. 

We also discuss musicals in the key of authoritarian, the Boy Scouts of the U.S.S.R., and which celebrities Slavoj Zizek most closely resembles. 

Harvey Danger - Carlotta Valdez
Huey Lewis - I Want a New Drug  
Death Wish trailer
Soap - Ventriloquist arguing
Comrade Detective trailer  
Zlad! - Elektronik Supersonik



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