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

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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Blake's Halloween episode brings us horror from the dark side of pop culture. What do you get when culture is turned inside out? Things like Too Many Cooks and Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared. But are these pieces really trying to scare, or are they simply trying to warn us of something else? Something lurking just off-camera? Will you heed the call...before it's too late?

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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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Cannibals and cops and zombies! (Oh my!) Our media this week is Chew from Image Comics and the CW TV show iZombieThis time we're exploring why we want to humanize our monsters and whatever was going on in early 2010 that made ghoulishness en vogue. We also discuss if the monster love story books are related to the "fix the bad boy" trope in teen lit. 

Hopefully there's something here you can...sink your teeth into? ...I'll see myself out. 

Links for this episode:

 

 
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August 22, 2016  

Ally has us look at The Time Traveler's Wife. What genre is this? Romance? Drama? Horror? Are these lovers destined by fate or merely codependent? 

We continue our look at how time travel makes it impossible to have normal relationships (to say nothing of a normal life). 


Come check out our most book-club-like episode and help us try to figure out who this mysterious "Harry" is that Ally seems to think was in the book. 

Links for this episode:
Extra Life team (Arc Aid), Ally and Kurt's Extra life page.

Our logo was made by Jay Garcia of Oddio Visual.
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In this episode we look at the sci-fi rom-com Timer, but Blake sees dystopia in the edges of this movie. Is it robots? Aliens? Mind control? And to what end?  

We also discuss what this means for friendships and all relationships in general. We also compare the "Timer" device and service to Grindr, Tindr, Ashley Madison, and E-Harmony as well as Google, Apple, and Facebook.  

Does this device spell the end of free will, or is it fallible? Look upon the ruin of the single life that this so-called service has caused.  

Show Notes/Moats:

Editors Note: We had problems with Blake's mic losing power for this episode which is why he gets faint twice in the episode. We have since fixed this problem. -Kurt-
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Blake suggests that two unrelated movies are the same movie: Clerks (1995) and Friday (1995). Different coasts, different cultures, surprisingly similar movies! Come with us to experience a day in the lives of Dante and Craig, hanging out with their best friend (Randal/Smokey), while they consider a new love interest (Caitlin/Debbie) at the expense of their current girlfriend (Veronica/Joi). Coincidence or independent invention? You decide!  
 
Links for this episode:  
 
 
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Our first episode without a host! We gave our two cents on Captain America: Civil War. Can Marvel juggle this many characters? Can the dialog and character interactions justify this argument between co-workers? Tune in to this off-week episode and find out, true believers.

This episode was recorded on March 7, 2016 and sounds a lot better because of tweaks we made. Hopefully the problems that plagued us in early episodes will not bother us anymore. Also these off week episodes will become more regular as we find time to do them. -Kurt-

 
 
Things referenced in this episode:
Cap's speech from the comic version of Civil War.(Kurt was totally wrong on where this is from)
Civil War logic meme
(I could not find the fake image spoiler that Kurt saw before, if anyone has a link we'll post it here.)

 
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On our sixth episode, we tackle The Lobster, a dystopic indie film in which society deems you must be in a relationship or be turned into a animal.

What does this dark and cynical movie have to tell us about relationships and the societal pressures of the dating scene? Is being in a relationship worth taking a steak knife to the eye? The Lobster gets a wider theatrical release on May 13th, so go find out for yourself!

 

P.S.: Sorry for our audio problems on this episode. We record several weeks in advance and we don't hear the problems with the raw audio until it comes time to edit. Starting with episode seven, it should be fixed. Thanks for sticking with us while we I learn how to better troubleshoot and fix these problems. -Kurt- 

Things referenced in this episode:
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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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