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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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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The battle for animation supremacy rages on. In the meantime we're looking at RWBY and Soul Eater to see how culture defines the heroes, villains, gender norms, teamwork, and badass weapons therein, and what--if anything--this tells us about eastern and western cultures. We also look at how to give souls to inanimate objects, the origins of all evil, and whether it's safe to use pure evil as a power source.

Media for this episode:

Rwby Volume 1

Soul Eater Episodes 1-7

World of Remnant: The Four Maidens 

Extra Credits: The Myth of the Gun

Rwby Vol. 4 Ch 8: A Much Needed Talk - Creation myth for Grimm and humanity @ 4:35 - 8:15 

World of Remnant Series - short videos that explain some parts of Rwby’s world in a deeper light

Links for this episode:

Seinfeld - “The Junior Mints”

Buzzfeed - “How The Comics Code Killed the Golden Age of Comics”

Thundercats Outtakes

Deptartment of Corections:
Blake’s “Wrong Fact” (trademark pending) of the episode was indeed about the definition of “akatsuki”: in English “akatsuki” directly translates to “dawn” or “daybreak”; what Blake was likely thinking of was that, if written phonetically using different kanji, “aka[i]” means “red” and “ “tsuki” means “moon”.

Not to be outdone, Kurt combined the technobabble terms "dynotherms" and "mega-thrusters" into dynothrusters. Whoops

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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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It's going to be the future soon, so Ally's taking us on a detailed tour of vat-grown proteins and lab-created organs coming soon to a grocers/hospital near you! We also talk briefly about the media this week--Repo! the Genetic Opera and The Island--although we don't spend much time on these so you're probably safe to listen without watching these unless you're big worried about small spoilers.

This week's episode links will be found on the following pdf. Since Ally's notes were so long and comprehensive, this was taken from our shared Google doc. It also may give some insight into how we make our episodes? Free behind-the-scenes features below!

https://imthehost.podbean.com/mf/web/b28ptu/_028_-_Ally_-_Petri_Dish_-_Google_Docs_1_.pdf

 

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