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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"Its!"

Pennywise (the dancing clown) is here to take us all down to Killer Clown College: we're looking at both the 1990 and the 2017 adaptations of Stephen King's It. (Ally loves clowns so much she subjected us all to five hours of them.)

While comparing these two films, we'll also offer tactical advice on fighting groups of children, a discussion on how a physical bad guy can ruin a chance at supernatural scares, and the argument that professional clowns need to clean house rather than protest movies. Thats right, we're coming for you, big Top! 

 

Links for this episode:

The Matrix Revolutions - Agent Smith Laughs

Seinfeld - “The Foundation” - Kramer and Karate

The Mummy Returns - The Scorpion King Returns

Rubber trailer

Boogerman playthrough

Kamina vs Viral Swordfight - Gurren Lagaan

How Many 5 Year Olds Can You Realistically Take in a Fight

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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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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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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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Ally has us take a look at the book A Monster Calls, while we chat about grief and mourning: it's not not just for kids anymore!

We also explored some of the differences between the book and it's movie adaptation, e.g. the relative merits of Jason Isaacs vs Liam Neeson.

Kurt's notes: We changed the way we recorded again. And it sounds great...except for my audio track, because I had my microphone set to omnidirectional instead of personal, so I'm echo-y but that will be fixed by next episdoe. Sorry. 

Links for this episode

Ally's notes for this episode

Grieving in the Classroom - NPR.org

GrievingStudents.org 

Sesame Street in Communities

Coping with Grief - SNNLA.org

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