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

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

 

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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

 

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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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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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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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Kurt brings Lego Batman to the show for a wonder at what life after grimdark looks like.

We also take some time to talk about Batman as myth rather than comics media, as well as Nietzche, Billy D. Williams, and Bojack Horseman (three people who have never been in Kurt and Ally's kitchen).

 

Links for this episode:

Death of the Family - Wiki

The Real Marvel Agenda - Movie Bob

Breaking Macho - Comics Alliance

Batman name of my pain - youtube.com

Music Meister - youtube.com

Shout outs:

Dead Ringers Podcast 

Batman and Psychology

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October 1, 2017  

It's Octobereen for I'm The Host, that special time of year where we open the dark carnival of horror again. This year we're kicking off with Tucker and Dale vs Evil and the broader trend of meta-horror movies. What is meta-horror? How is meta-horror? Why is meta-horror!?

Kurt's Notes: Our next episode will be using Let Me In (the American adaptation of Let the Right One In). 

Links for this episode:

Sock Puppets - youtube.com

Tucker and Dale vs Evil trailer - youtube.com

Behind the Mask: Rise of Leslie Vernon trailer - youtube.com

Cabin in the Woods trailer - youtube.com

Scream trailer - youtube.com

Shaun of the Dead trailer - youtube.com

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Ally has us checking out the first season of My Hero Academia (/Boku No Hero Academia). She asking questions about heroism and what makes a hero, what traits are necessary for one to go from zero to hero? 

Kurt's Notes: Ally's track was echo-y but I don't think it's too bad, our recording situation has changed and I'm working on trying to get it back to how it used to sound. Thanks for bearing with me. 

Also I know in our outro we say the next episode is Lego:Batman, but we looked at a calender and realized my next episode will be out on October 1st, which starts our Halloween Month. So we'll do that later and instead will be looking at Meta-horror, with Tucker and Dale vs Evil. 

Links for this episode:

YouTube - Bojack tells it like it is: military style

YouTube - The Simpsons - Kid in a Well

YouTube - All-Might's Laughter (English-Japanese Comparison)

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Blake has us watch Troll 2 and the companion documentary Best Worst Movie because he hates us and also himself. Also, so that we can talk about enjoyable bad movies what characteristics they have.

Can you make a good-bad movie on purpose? Why do people find them enjoyable? Is Blake actually the only troll in this episode? Find out this week on I'm the Host!

 

Movies mentioned in this episode

Good-Bad movies

YouTube: trailer - Plan 9 From Outer Space

YouTube: trailer - Hudson Hawk 

YouTube: - The Room Funniest Scenes 

YouTube: trailer - Six-String Samurai 

YouTube: MST3K: Space Mutiny - Why We Love It 

YouTube: MST3K: The Movie trailer 

YouTube Troll 2 trailer 

Bad-Bad movies

YouTube: trailer - Gigli 

YouTube: trailer - Highlander II: The Quickening 

YouTube: trailer - Manos: the Hands of Fate 

YouTube: trailer - Re-Cycle

YouTube: trailer - The Island of Dr. Moreau

Other Links

Scriptnotes - a podcast

The Conspirators - a podcast

YouTube: Best Worst Movie trailer 

The Angry Video Game Nerd - “Episode 15: Chronologically Confused about Sequel Titles” - The Zombie series (starts at 8:55)

YouTube: trailer - The Rocky Horror Picture Show 

YouTube: trailer - What’s up, Tiger Lily? 

YouTube: trailer - Kung Pow! Enter the Fist 

#2podsaday - a blog about introducing you to independent podcasts

Hellbound Lyrics - genius.com

 

Kurt's notes: It didn't come up in the episode but Troll 2: Part 2 that is mentioned in Best Worst Movie is stuck in production hell because no one wants to fund the movie. And Dr. George Hardy will reprise his role in the German film Goblin 2 where there will be no goblins and only trolls (I swear to you guys I'm not making this up).

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With the Guardians of the Galaxy and Big Hero 6 getting surprisingly big-budget movies for less-well-known comics, we ask what comics would be great to pull for developing a new series or cinematic release? 

Kurt brings in Marvel's Exiles and Image's Invincible as examples, but with suggestions from Ally, Blake, and the Grown-Ass Geeks, you'll have plenty of new books to check out. Which ones will work? Which ones won't? And why? Tune in, true believers! 

Links for this episode *deep breath*:

Exiles
Invincible
The Authority
Runaways
Red Sun
Lumberjanes
Princeless
Courtney Crumrin
Gotham Central
Locke and Key
Top 10
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt theme song
Pride of Baghdad
Rat Queens
The Sandman
Umbrella Academy
Shaderunners
The Hitman
X-Factor
Savage Dragon
Goon
6th Gun
IDW’s Ghostbusters

Wanted movie poster
Movie Bob - Fantastic Four

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