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

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)

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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 

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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

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A very special Christmas episode were we all reminisce about holiday movies, music, and media that we still love. Also Blake sings carols and the podcast dogs decide to let themselves be heard.

We also find time to throw out theories on why people want less traditional Christmas movies and whether there's a benefit to setting a film during the holiday season. 

LINKS/THINGS MENTIONED IN EPISODE

YouTube: N00b Boyfriend

Rocket Punch Radio episode re: Garfield & Xmas music?

YouTube: Family Guy - “KISS Saves Santa” 

Killer POV - “Holiday Horror!” (note: Blake believed this was a Scriptnotes episode but it was actually an episode of Killer POV from about 2 years ago) 

InternetArchive.org: “Dinner For One” 

YouTube: The Muppet Family Christmas

YouTube: Jonathan Coulton - “Chiron Beta Prime”

YouTube: “Feliz Navidad - Big Bird Ice Skating” 

YouTube: Barenaked Ladies - “Barenaked for the Holidays”

YouTube: It’s A Wonderful Life (trailer)

YouTube: Christmas Vacation (trailer)

YouTube: Krampus (trailer)

YouTube: The Nightmare Before Christmas (trailer)

YouTube: Die Hard (trailer)

YouTube: In Bruges (trailer)

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