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

Blake's Halloween episode brings us horror from the dark side of pop culture. What do you get when culture is turned inside out? Things like Too Many Cooks and Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared. But are these pieces really trying to scare, or are they simply trying to warn us of something else? Something lurking just off-camera? Will you heed the call...before it's too late?

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On this most haunted of episodes, we look at The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror I through V and ask spooky questions like: 

* Is it bad to see the parody before the original?
* Did The Simpsons do too good of a job a lampooning horror and sci-fi? 
* Has Homer been in a coma since 1992?
But mostly we just enjoy some slightly spooky parodies, and talk about old television, horror movies, and how Marge is the true M.V.P. We also sneak in some hot tips on hacking Ally's brother's bank account, and Kurt's grandma being a fan of "dat ass". It's all here in this newest episode...of the damned!

Episode Links:
Recut Movie Trailers:


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We're kicking off October with a special guest! James from Rocket Punch Radio joins us to look at scary movies for kids, and Ally wants to know just how scary they should be? Is Gremlins really about neglected latchkey children? Is Coraline about your parents getting a divorce? Are all children horrible people?

We also delve into scary movies from our childhood, scary sleepover stories, and why The Neverending Story must be German. 
Episode links:
Trailer: Gremlins

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Seven episodes of The Simpsons to discuss whether the Simpsons changed the sitcom scene or were part of the larger change in getting dysfunctional families the representation they needed on network television. 

We also have Ally sit through these episodes to see how someone who didn't watch the show growing up fares with it's cynical sensibilities and discuss great/horrible childhood toys, our childhoods, politics, and substitute teaching. 

Links for this episode:
Simpsons Wiki
Patton Oswald - Talking for Clapping
Grudge Match

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July 17, 2016  

Hot off...my computer, our episode about Ghostbusters (2016), with our fastest turn-around time yet from recording to publishing. We look into the controversy surrounding this movie and also talk about our likes and dislikes, so no matter how you feel about it, there's a host for you!

Or perhaps this will be the episode where we piss off everyone.

Editor's Note: We changed recording locations and so we are having to re configure our audio, not our sharpest sounding episode. I apologize for any inconvenience to your eardrums. 

Links for this episode:
Ghost - Mystery Skulls
Ozark Ghostbusters - A couple members of this group showed up at our showing of the movie. And took a picture with "friend of the podcast" Jen.
 
 
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In this episode we look at the sci-fi rom-com Timer, but Blake sees dystopia in the edges of this movie. Is it robots? Aliens? Mind control? And to what end?  

We also discuss what this means for friendships and all relationships in general. We also compare the "Timer" device and service to Grindr, Tindr, Ashley Madison, and E-Harmony as well as Google, Apple, and Facebook.  

Does this device spell the end of free will, or is it fallible? Look upon the ruin of the single life that this so-called service has caused.  

Show Notes/Moats:

Editors Note: We had problems with Blake's mic losing power for this episode which is why he gets faint twice in the episode. We have since fixed this problem. -Kurt-
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Due to the holiday, and Kurt and Ally moving we were unable to have the next full episode ready for you, but we were able to get our first listener response episode up. 

Jondar contacts us about our episode on the Lobster. And Ally promises Blake will do a voice for every listener question we answer. 

We'll have our next episode out on Timer soon, in the mean time enjoy this short episode. See you soon. 
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Blake suggests that two unrelated movies are the same movie: Clerks (1995) and Friday (1995). Different coasts, different cultures, surprisingly similar movies! Come with us to experience a day in the lives of Dante and Craig, hanging out with their best friend (Randal/Smokey), while they consider a new love interest (Caitlin/Debbie) at the expense of their current girlfriend (Veronica/Joi). Coincidence or independent invention? You decide!  
 
Links for this episode:  
 
 
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June 6, 2016  
Just in time for the Stanley Cup finals, Kurt invites us watch the 2011 movie Goon. We discuss how this movie contains almost every sports-movie trope known to man, and we compare/contrast how it handles them. We also drift off on various sports-themed topics, and Blake shows us that anime is the true source of all the world's inspirational quotes.  
  
P.S.: We are now on iTunesStitcherTuneIn, and Google Play. So now it should be way easier for you to download the show. Any comments, ratings, and subscriptions are greatly welcomed, and will help us get to a once-a-week format faster.  -Kurt-  
  

Things mentioned in this episode:

The Finer Points of Hockey (from Slap Shot)
Even Men with Steel Hearts (love to see a dog on the pitch)
 
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May 22, 2016  
It's a battle for supremacy! It's Scott Pilgrim versus Scott Pilgrim as we compare his comic and film versions and discover how a few changes in casting and tone can totally alter the way a line, scene, or entire piece is received.

We also take a look at how Brian Lee O'Malley and Edgar Wright influenced each other's versions of Scott--for better or for worse--and why almost no one in the movie blinks.

Things referenced in this episode:
Oni Press - Publisher of comic
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World - movie trailer
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Game Trailer - video game version
Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation - Animated web episode
IMDB Trivia page for Scott Pilgrim
15 facts about Scott Pilgrim - Mental Floss
Scott Pilgrim - Sex Bob-omb Vs Katayanagi Twins (A-BOMB Remix) - Cool remix we don't mention but should have. 

 
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