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

Ally kicks off our Christmas season with Miracle on 34th St. (1947) and Elf (2003) with these movies in hand she's asking questions about the true meaning of Christmas, why there are so few memorable resent Christmas movies, and how well the classics really hold up.

We also talk about consumerism, capitialism, cardiomegaly, diabities, and how Kris is a 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 an attempt to explain Lacanian psychology. This episode is full of phallic symbols, and the fatherly figure you must overcome. Come see which characters represent the id, ego, and superego. 

We also discuss musicals in the key of authoritarian, the Boy Scouts of the USSR, and which celebrity Slavoj Zizek 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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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 also offer advice on fighting children, a discussion on how a physical bad guy can ruin a chance at supernatural scares, and the arguement that professional clowns need to clean house rather then 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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Ally has us take a look at the book A Monster Calls, while we chat about grief and mourning: it's not not just for kids anymore!

We also explored some of the differences between the book and it's movie adaptation, e.g. the relative merits of Jason Isaacs vs Liam Neeson.

Kurt's notes: We changed the way we recorded again. And it sounds great...except for my audio track, because I had my microphone set to omnidirectional instead of personal, so I'm echo-y but that will be fixed by next episdoe. Sorry. 

Links for this episode

Ally's notes for this episode

Grieving in the Classroom - NPR.org

GrievingStudents.org 

Sesame Street in Communities

Coping with Grief - SNNLA.org

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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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With the Guardians of the Galaxy and Big Hero 6 getting surprisingly big-budget movies for less-well-known comics, we ask what comics would be great to pull for developing a new series or cinematic release? 

Kurt brings in Marvel's Exiles and Image's Invincible as examples, but with suggestions from Ally, Blake, and the Grown-Ass Geeks, you'll have plenty of new books to check out. Which ones will work? Which ones won't? And why? Tune in, true believers! 

Links for this episode *deep breath*:

Exiles
Invincible
The Authority
Runaways
Red Sun
Lumberjanes
Princeless
Courtney Crumrin
Gotham Central
Locke and Key
Top 10
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt theme song
Pride of Baghdad
Rat Queens
The Sandman
Umbrella Academy
Shaderunners
The Hitman
X-Factor
Savage Dragon
Goon
6th Gun
IDW’s Ghostbusters

Wanted movie poster
Movie Bob - Fantastic Four

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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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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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