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

From another dimension (another dimension (another dimension)), a soundtrack for a movie that this world had never seen (Sunset Blood by Starcadian) fell into our hands! We peer into this artifact with our ear-eyes and try and decipher the plot to the missing movie.

Who is Ronnie? What is a Pompey Pirate? What is the significance of the floppy disk? The game is afoot!

Links for this episode:

Now You See It - “How Film Scores Play with Our Brains”

Sideways - “How Pixar uses Music to make you Cry”

YouTube - Interview with Starcadian

Extra Credit: Sideways - “The Song that Changed my Life”

Extra Credit 2: Sideways - “How Robin Hood Transformed” (goes into Lietmoteifs and thematic transformations)

Amazon.com - J. Patrick Allen's Dead West (paid advertisement)

 

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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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How best to parent takes the front seat on this episode. We look at Captain Fantastic and The Wolfpack and discus the alternative path the fathers of these movies take to child rearing. When does guidance become control? How much of the differences are just fiction vs non-fiction? And why is The Mountain going around fracturing a kid's hand? 

Links for this episode:

Meet the Robinsons clip - T-Rex Arms

Wikipedia: The Simpsons - Spanking episode

YouTube: The Wolfpack trailer

YouTube: Captain Fantastic trailer

Drew Carey Show - Ryan Stiles' Cheeto...I mean...Pasta Brows.

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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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August 8, 2016  

Come with us as we revive an old controversy: "Are video games art?" We look at Roger Ebert's original argument of why video games are not art and take our own spin. (Being three nerds of a certain age, our opinions are a bit different then Mr. Ebert.)

We also talk about favorite video game artful moments and what we'd like to see from the genre in the future. 

Links for this episode:
Roger Ebert's article "Video Games Can Never Be Art"

The following links are media we consumed before making this episode:
The following are Bonus links:
We Happy Few
Velvet Sundown (play footage from Giant Bomb)
Detroit: Become Human
 
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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!  
 
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May 22, 2016  
It's a battle for supremacy! It's Scott Pilgrim versus Scott Pilgrim as we compare his comic and film versions and discover how a few changes in casting and tone can totally alter the way a line, scene, or entire piece is received.

We also take a look at how Brian Lee O'Malley and Edgar Wright influenced each other's versions of Scott--for better or for worse--and why almost no one in the movie blinks.

Things referenced in this episode:
Oni Press - Publisher of comic
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World - movie trailer
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Game Trailer - video game version
Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation - Animated web episode
IMDB Trivia page for Scott Pilgrim
15 facts about Scott Pilgrim - Mental Floss
Scott Pilgrim - Sex Bob-omb Vs Katayanagi Twins (A-BOMB Remix) - Cool remix we don't mention but should have. 

 
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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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