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

It's all fun and games until someone gets shot.  We're looking for Chekov's Gun and talking about splitting the party so we can search for a murderer. Ally has us looking at tropes in movies with Clue (1985) and Game Night (2018).

We look at who is the blonde airhead, did the butler really do it, and was it really all part of the plan? 

But aside from that we talk about the Devil, the Joker, and a Robot named Prime. 

Links for this epsiode:

TV Tropes - Clue

TV Tropes - Game Night

Clue - IMDB Trivia 

Game Night - IMDB Trivia 

Rowan Atkinson Live - youtube.com

Fallout 3: Liberty Prime - youtube.com

Clue on Blu-Ray - amazon.com

Jim Gaffigan: Beyond the Pale - youtube.com

21 Jump Street - Explotions - youtube.com

Joker and Red Skull

Gravity Falls Episode 1 cypher

Burn After Reading (What did we learn from all this?) - youtube.com

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One of us always tells lies...one of us always tells the truth...but what IS the truth, really? We're digging deep this week with the films Rashomon and Life of Pi, discussing absolutes, equivocations, and whether a single noble lie can balance out a thousand false promises.

We'll also discuss Satre's concepts of "bad faith" and "the look" (na na na na!), the soap opera Dallas, and getting called poindexter at a comedy show. (It makes sense in context, I promise.)

Links for this episode:

The Atlantic - “Life's Stories”

The Invention of Lying (trailer)

True Detective - pessimism: religion and fairy tales

The Hogfather - ‘Belief’ as according to Death

The Dark KnightJoker’s speech and 

ending scene

KURT - BIT FROM DALLAS  “IT WAS ALL A DREAM”?

The Look (Anime version) - Okami-san

The Look (Midi version) - download link

Brian Thomas Smith (aka the commedian who called Kurt "Poindexter")

Blake's notes for this episode - hosted locally

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Strange things are afoot at the Kwik-E-Mart this week as we look into the documentary The Problem With Apu and three classic Apu-centric episodes of The Simpsons to see if these charges are warrented, and if the writers ever got better at writing Indian characters.

We also take time to talk about James Woods' career (or lack thereof), Indian covers of Western pop songs, and airlines treating people like cattle.

Links for this episode:

Tumblr - Hari Kondabolu - My career goal is to make people say my name.

Deadpool 2 trailer

Washington Post - “A beloved restaurant owner was deported; a community was in uproar, then it moved on”

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - Civics Practice Test 

This American Life: Our Town (Part One) 

This American Life: Our Town (Part Two)

Psychology Today - “Why Are So Many Indian Arranged Marriages Successful?” 

Buzzfeed - “15 Times Indians Slayed With Their Covers Of Some Of Your Favourite Songs” 

The Simpsons - Lisa the Vegetarian clip

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It's rare for an artist to remake a work from their early career. With Spike Lee's remake of She's Gotta Have It, we're looking at the differences between the film (1986) and the web-series (2017) with a big helping hand from our guest Samantha from Rocket Punch Radio.

With art, music, sexuality, and civil unrest on the table, we also found time (in this long episode) to talk about the Spin Doctors, Celtics fans, and eminent domain.

Links for this episode:
CBS This Morning - Spike Lee on Rebooting the iconic and timely “She’s Gotta Have It”
YouTube - Lindsay Ellis - RENT - “Look Pretty and Do As Little as Possible: A Video Essay”
Goodreads.com - Dossie Easton, Janet W. Hardy's "The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationship & Other Adventures"
UrbanDictionary.com - “Gold Star Lesbian”
The Magicians - The Wit and Wisdom of Eliot
Wikipedia - 25th Hour
Wikipedia - Audre Lorde
Pleasantville - "What’s Going to Happen Now?"
Mars Blackmon in Nike commercials

Shoutouts:
Samantha's Twitter
The Kave Podcast/Hot 365 Radio

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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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Ally kicks off our Christmas season with A Miracle on 34th Street (1947) and Elf (2003). With these movies in hand, she's questioning the true meaning of Christmas, why it is that there have been so few memorable Christmas movies in recent years, and how well the classics really hold up.

More broadly, we discuss consumerism, capitialism, cardiomegaly, diabetes, and how Kris Kringle is a filthy red communist. 

 

Links for this episode:

Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt

Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus

Elf trivia IMDB

Miracle on 34th St. trivia IMDB

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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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Ally has us checking out the first season of My Hero Academia (/Boku No Hero Academia). She asking questions about heroism and what makes a hero, what traits are necessary for one to go from zero to hero? 

Kurt's Notes: Ally's track was echo-y but I don't think it's too bad, our recording situation has changed and I'm working on trying to get it back to how it used to sound. Thanks for bearing with me. 

Also I know in our outro we say the next episode is Lego:Batman, but we looked at a calender and realized my next episode will be out on October 1st, which starts our Halloween Month. So we'll do that later and instead will be looking at Meta-horror, with Tucker and Dale vs Evil. 

Links for this episode:

YouTube - Bojack tells it like it is: military style

YouTube - The Simpsons - Kid in a Well

YouTube - All-Might's Laughter (English-Japanese Comparison)

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Ally takes us to the theater for our first recent release, Wonder Woman (2017). There are spoilers galore, but we also talk about blind casting, feminism, and the female gaze. (Is that even a thing yet?)

And because this is a super-long episode, we'll also get into the troubles of casting a historical figure as a villain, the horrors of World War I, and how best to accessorize your sword and shield when visiting another culture.

Links for this episode:

Wikipedia - General Erich Ludendorff

YouTube - Wonder Woman Theme

Box Office Mojo - Wonder Woman Box Office Figures

 

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