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

He is the sworn protector of the city. The wild blue yonder. He is The Tick. But which Tick are we talking about? All of them, we're looking at the Fox kids cartoon show (1994), the Fox live-action sit-com (2001) and the Amazon streaming live-action version (2016), and even some talk about the comic is involved.

We talk about what the changes in the small screen versions of the Tick shows about our society, why side characters change from version to version of the show, and how the themes of the show hold up over time.

We also talk about absurdist humor, secret identities, and hating your siblings favorite shows.

Links for this episode:

Geekvolution - youtube.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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Coming soon (as soon as you download it)--a podcast which is sick of misleading trailers will try to figure out the secrets to spotting bad movies with good trailers and debate whether movies would be better if we ignored trailers altogether. We also give a quick history survey, and talk about how these movie ads have changed over time.

Plus stick around for a trailer of the I'm the Host movie, coming summer of twenty-neverteen.

Links for this episode (trailers, in descending chronological order):

Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)

The Maltese Falcon (1941) 

Casablanca (1942)

Psycho (1960)

Dr. Strangelove (1964) 

The Shining (1980) 

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) 

The Abyss (1989) 

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) 

Godzilla (1998) 

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Hancock (2008) 

9 (2009) 

Watchmen (2009) 

Inception (2010) [teaser] 

Jack and Jill (2011) 

Suicide Squad (2016) 

In A World trailer 

(not trailers)

Freakazoid knows how to handle creeps 

Every Frame A Painting - “The Marvel Symphonic Universe” 

Nerdwriter - “Batman v Superman: The Fundamental Flaw”

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As a follow up to Blake's copyright episode, we look at the first volumes of RWBY and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen for ways the public domain can be used by creators to make original works. We also dig into some of the weird issues around the public domain and copyright, such as... Why a letter from 1755 is still not in the public domain, how a president's letters to his mistress are now fair game for smutty fiction, how an affidavit of a liar is a brilliant move, just how prevalent remixed public domain works are, and why the public should stand up to get the mouse out of the house.

Editor's Note: We had some microphone problems in this episode, so this recording may sound rough. Sorry. I've tried to clean it up as best as I can. Just know that if this is your first episode they usually sound better than this. Thanks. 

Companion episode: Copywrong: the Twin Blakes

The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society

Eddie Izzard - "Hannibal on Skis"

Vicious promo

The Guardian - "Deadmau5 and Walt Disney settle mouse ears legal dispute"

Art Law Journal - "How Mickey Mouse Keeps Changing Copyright Law"

The Cut - "You’re Not Old Enough to Read This Steamy Erotica Written by an American President" 

Baron Von Munchausen's preface/affidavit

Myths & Legends podcast: Thor episodes

TV Tropes - "Captain Ersatz"

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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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September 19, 2016  

Snake Vaughn ("I thought he was dead!") stealthily infiltrates our recording studio to tell us all about the recent lawsuit that found the creators of Lockout (2012) guilty of infringing on the intellectual property of Escape from New York (1981). 

We look at the copyright laws in the U.S. and France, ponder whether this is the best for the arts, and wonder why Lockout got hit with this when there are so many other properties which have aped Escape from New York's plot and style.
 
Kurt also calls Lockout by a couple different names. (It was that memorable.)

Episode Links:

 
Mystery Ben's trilogy of Mystery Skull videos (MoneyGhost, and Freaking Out)
Yuramec's unrelated Mystery Skull Video: Magic
 
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April 25, 2016  

For our fifth episode, we watched a Disney movie about a fox, a rabbit, and racism. No, not Song of the South: we're talking about Zootopia.

Beyond the prejudicial offerings at hand, we explore the original plot of Zootopia, how Disney will never be able to please everyone, and how Alan Tudyk became the new John Ratzenberger. 

Links for this episode:

 

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