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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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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Just in time for the holidays we decided to watch Frank Capra's perennial holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life. But why was this the movie that became one of the great Christmas classics? And why is so little of this movie set at Christmas time? And does this movie have anything to do with holiday depression? (And is it really such a wonderful life after all?)

We also talk about sci-fi vs fantasy, inflation, pixelation, and goats; All this, plus constant Jimmy Stewart impersonations from Kurt and Blake. 

 

Links for this episode:

Roseanne - It’s A Wonderful Life bit

The Simpsons - Bart starts a run on the bank

Crazy Train - Ozzy Osborne 

MST3K Intro Seasons 5-6 

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town trailer  

Etymonline - “pixelated”

Vertigo trailer

Rear Window trailer 

Jim Gaffigan - Mr. Universe “Four Kids” 

IMDb It’s a Wonderful Life (trivia) 

Splinter - “How the U.S. Government Locked Black Americans Out of Attaining the American Dream”

When a Quirk of Copywrite Creates a Christmas Classic - copyrighttrademarkmatters.com

Inflation Calculator - in2013dollars.com 

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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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It's the Wrath of Lacan as Blake has us watch Slavoj Zizek's The Pervert's Guide to Cinema in a backdoor attempt at explaining Lacanian psychology. This episode is full of phallic symbols, and the fatherly figure you must overcome. Come and decide for yourself which of us is the id, ego, and superego. 

We also discuss musicals in the key of authoritarian, the Boy Scouts of the U.S.S.R., and which celebrities Slavoj Zizek most closely resembles. 

Harvey Danger - Carlotta Valdez
Huey Lewis - I Want a New Drug  
Death Wish trailer
Soap - Ventriloquist arguing
Comrade Detective trailer  
Zlad! - Elektronik Supersonik

 

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Kurt brings Lego Batman to the show for a wonder at what life after grimdark looks like.

We also take some time to talk about Batman as myth rather than comics media, as well as Nietzche, Billy D. Williams, and Bojack Horseman (three people who have never been in Kurt and Ally's kitchen).

 

Links for this episode:

Death of the Family - Wiki

The Real Marvel Agenda - Movie Bob

Breaking Macho - Comics Alliance

Batman name of my pain - youtube.com

Music Meister - youtube.com

Shout outs:

Dead Ringers Podcast 

Batman and Psychology

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"Its!"

Pennywise (the dancing clown) is here to take us all down to Killer Clown College: we're looking at both the 1990 and the 2017 adaptations of Stephen King's It. (Ally loves clowns so much she subjected us all to five hours of them.)

While comparing these two films, we'll also offer tactical advice on fighting groups of children, a discussion on how a physical bad guy can ruin a chance at supernatural scares, and the argument that professional clowns need to clean house rather than protest movies. Thats right, we're coming for you, big Top! 

 

Links for this episode:

The Matrix Revolutions - Agent Smith Laughs

Seinfeld - “The Foundation” - Kramer and Karate

The Mummy Returns - The Scorpion King Returns

Rubber trailer

Boogerman playthrough

Kamina vs Viral Swordfight - Gurren Lagaan

How Many 5 Year Olds Can You Realistically Take in a Fight

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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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October 1, 2017  

It's Octobereen for I'm The Host, that special time of year where we open the dark carnival of horror again. This year we're kicking off with Tucker and Dale vs Evil and the broader trend of meta-horror movies. What is meta-horror? How is meta-horror? Why is meta-horror!?

Kurt's Notes: Our next episode will be using Let Me In (the American adaptation of Let the Right One In). 

Links for this episode:

Sock Puppets - youtube.com

Tucker and Dale vs Evil trailer - youtube.com

Behind the Mask: Rise of Leslie Vernon trailer - youtube.com

Cabin in the Woods trailer - youtube.com

Scream trailer - youtube.com

Shaun of the Dead trailer - youtube.com

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