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

Kurt takes us into the world of the mafia and the FBI with the 1990 movie "My Blue Heaven". This not-at-all-accurate glimpse into their world is all in service of the question: "Is this movie good, or is Kurt just nostalgic?" 

All three hosts come to agreement pretty quickly, so they spend sometime talking about caricature versus character, why the U.S. Marshals felt so aggrieved by factual innacuracies, and the difficulties of treading between two genres instead.

(Other episode topics include the difficulties of finding Italian food in the 80s/90s, Mr. Noodle, and the prefix "pseudo-".)

Links for this episode:

Hannah Stubbs has a very Lyncian breakdown (audio only) - hosted locally

Hans Molemann productions presents "Man Getting Hit by Football" - youtube.com

Paul and Storm Olive Garden jingle - youtube.com

Seasame Street: Mr. Noodle washes his hands - youtube.com

 

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In our 49th episode, Ally has us look at 2008's Speed Racer--a movie that in her opinion never got the recognition it deserved. We have a discussion on the movie's merits (and demerits) and Blake and Kurt follow up with other works they felt fell into the same pit of underappreciation.

We also talk about movies we'd love to see made, the importance of correctly labeling cities, and what movies fall into the genre of "Guillermo del Toro-esque".

 

Links for this episode:

50 Movies that Critics Hate but People Love - Business Insider

In Media Res - Wikipedia

Volkswagen Ad - Speed Racer (1996) - Youtube

Speed Racer Geico Commercial (2005) - Youtube

You Say Run Goes With Everything - Speed Racer Final Race - Youtube

 

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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 has us watch Troll 2 and the companion documentary Best Worst Movie because he hates us and also himself. Also, so that we can talk about enjoyable bad movies what characteristics they have.

Can you make a good-bad movie on purpose? Why do people find them enjoyable? Is Blake actually the only troll in this episode? Find out this week on I'm the Host!

 

Movies mentioned in this episode

Good-Bad movies

YouTube: trailer - Plan 9 From Outer Space

YouTube: trailer - Hudson Hawk 

YouTube: - The Room Funniest Scenes 

YouTube: trailer - Six-String Samurai 

YouTube: MST3K: Space Mutiny - Why We Love It 

YouTube: MST3K: The Movie trailer 

YouTube Troll 2 trailer 

Bad-Bad movies

YouTube: trailer - Gigli 

YouTube: trailer - Highlander II: The Quickening 

YouTube: trailer - Manos: the Hands of Fate 

YouTube: trailer - Re-Cycle

YouTube: trailer - The Island of Dr. Moreau

Other Links

Scriptnotes - a podcast

The Conspirators - a podcast

YouTube: Best Worst Movie trailer 

The Angry Video Game Nerd - “Episode 15: Chronologically Confused about Sequel Titles” - The Zombie series (starts at 8:55)

YouTube: trailer - The Rocky Horror Picture Show 

YouTube: trailer - What’s up, Tiger Lily? 

YouTube: trailer - Kung Pow! Enter the Fist 

#2podsaday - a blog about introducing you to independent podcasts

Hellbound Lyrics - genius.com

 

Kurt's notes: It didn't come up in the episode but Troll 2: Part 2 that is mentioned in Best Worst Movie is stuck in production hell because no one wants to fund the movie. And Dr. George Hardy will reprise his role in the German film Goblin 2 where there will be no goblins and only trolls (I swear to you guys I'm not making this up).

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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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In this episode about how to make a good remake, we're looking at westernized anime Voltron in two incarnations: Defender of the Universe (1984) and Legendary Defender (2016). We also poke fun at the sillier parts of Voltron and talk about good remakes of past, present, and (we hope) future.

Dept. of Corrections: Kerberos is an actual moon of Pluto that was descovered in 2011. Kurt was unaware of it's name. 

Links for this episode:
Voltron Defender of the Universe Intro

Voltron Legendary Defender Intro 

World Events Productions' Wiki page

Thundercats (1985) Intro
Note: Thundercats (2011) has only a title card and no intro, so a link is not provided here.

Patton Oswald expalins My Little Pony

TMNT (2006) Intro

Ducktales (2017) Trailer

Lasertime's Disney Afternoon episode

MC Frontalot - "I'll Form the Head"

 

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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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It's the end of the world as we know it, and we feel fine.

We're back, and Kurt has us prepping for the zombie apocalypse by reading/listening to World War Z by Max Brooks. We discuss how the meticulous research and exacting details of this book really make the horror out of the minor engineering problem that is the "Zack" invasion.

We also talk about memorable and favorite parts of the book, Kurt's time in the army, and our own Zombie Survival Teams.

Articles for this episode:

Nerdist: Max Brooks interview 

Wikipedia: “Sticky Bomb”

Radiolab: “Playing God” 

U.S. News.com: “Declassified Memo Hinted of 1941 Hawaii Attack” -

Wikpedia: “Pearl Harbor advance-knowledge conspiracy theory”

Cowcatchers on tanks - from World War 2 database - only a blurb in the article though. Search cowcatcher to find easier.

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