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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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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Blake is excited for Guillerrmo Del Toro's The Shape of Water, but it's not out yet. So we're looking at Let Me In instead and the problems that plague monster-human relationships with it.

Also discussed: What makes a monster? Do Beauty and the Beast need a good counselor? Can a monster ever be a part of society? And--most importantly of all--would you love a monsterman?

Links for this episode:

Pool Scene - Let The Right One In

Pool Scene - Let Me In

Beauty and the Beast fanart - "Change Back"

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September 4, 2017  

This week we looked at David Lynch's Mulholland Drive to try and piece together what is going on and what went on and what all the goings on really mean.

We also discover which is the worst Budweiser product and give name to a new sex act. 

Links: 

Silencio! No Hay Conectar! There are no links!

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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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