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

From another dimension (another dimension (another dimension)), a soundtrack for a movie that this world had never seen (Sunset Blood by Starcadian) fell into our hands! We peer into this artifact with our ear-eyes and try and decipher the plot to the missing movie.

Who is Ronnie? What is a Pompey Pirate? What is the significance of the floppy disk? The game is afoot!

Links for this episode:

Now You See It - “How Film Scores Play with Our Brains”

Sideways - “How Pixar uses Music to make you Cry”

YouTube - Interview with Starcadian

Extra Credit: Sideways - “The Song that Changed my Life”

Extra Credit 2: Sideways - “How Robin Hood Transformed” (goes into Lietmoteifs and thematic transformations)

Amazon.com - J. Patrick Allen's Dead West (paid advertisement)

 

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How best to parent takes the front seat on this episode. We look at Captain Fantastic and The Wolfpack and discus the alternative path the fathers of these movies take to child rearing. When does guidance become control? How much of the differences are just fiction vs non-fiction? And why is The Mountain going around fracturing a kid's hand? 

Links for this episode:

Meet the Robinsons clip - T-Rex Arms

Wikipedia: The Simpsons - Spanking episode

YouTube: The Wolfpack trailer

YouTube: Captain Fantastic trailer

Drew Carey Show - Ryan Stiles' Cheeto...I mean...Pasta Brows.

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Ally promises us a fun look at objectivism when we watch to see if Brad Bird is trying to turn your kids on to Ayn Rand's philosophy. Ally also gives us a primer on the finer points of Objectivism so you can follow along.  

We also look at other uncomfortable ideas in media. Is Wreck-It Ralph about the futility of unions? Is Totally Spies a show about negative body image? Is Firefly about presenting a nicer face for the Confederate States of America? These answers or fewer on this week's episode!

Episode links:

Objectivism - Wikipedia

Ayn_Rand - Wikipedia

Mr._A - Wikipedia

Introduction to Ayn Rand's ideas - Atlas Society

No,Brad Bird isn't a disiple of Ayn Rand. - Slate

Is Totally Spies fetish fuel?

Blake's Wreck-it Ralph review aka The Blood Soaked Hands of Capitalism.

 
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Cannibals and cops and zombies! (Oh my!) Our media this week is Chew from Image Comics and the CW TV show iZombieThis time we're exploring why we want to humanize our monsters and whatever was going on in early 2010 that made ghoulishness en vogue. We also discuss if the monster love story books are related to the "fix the bad boy" trope in teen lit. 

Hopefully there's something here you can...sink your teeth into? ...I'll see myself out. 

Links for this episode:

 

 
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August 22, 2016  

Ally has us look at The Time Traveler's Wife. What genre is this? Romance? Drama? Horror? Are these lovers destined by fate or merely codependent? 

We continue our look at how time travel makes it impossible to have normal relationships (to say nothing of a normal life). 


Come check out our most book-club-like episode and help us try to figure out who this mysterious "Harry" is that Ally seems to think was in the book. 

Links for this episode:
Extra Life team (Arc Aid), Ally and Kurt's Extra life page.

Our logo was made by Jay Garcia of Oddio Visual.
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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!  
 
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On our sixth episode, we tackle The Lobster, a dystopic indie film in which society deems you must be in a relationship or be turned into a animal.

What does this dark and cynical movie have to tell us about relationships and the societal pressures of the dating scene? Is being in a relationship worth taking a steak knife to the eye? The Lobster gets a wider theatrical release on May 13th, so go find out for yourself!

 

P.S.: Sorry for our audio problems on this episode. We record several weeks in advance and we don't hear the problems with the raw audio until it comes time to edit. Starting with episode seven, it should be fixed. Thanks for sticking with us while we I learn how to better troubleshoot and fix these problems. -Kurt- 

Things referenced in this episode:
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