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

Alright, settle down, class. Settle down... This is Bowie 102 covering the last thirty-seven years of David Bowie's career: early 80's rise to popularity, late 80's decline, 90's revival, and death. If you came here looking for "Classical Knives of America, 1830 to Present" you are in the wrong room--that's down the hall in 118 with instructor Sharp yes that IS her real name...

Alright, for the five of you who are left, thank you for coming back for another semester. If you haven't already ordered your course materials yet don't bother--just look the songs up on YouTube, read summaries on Wikipedia, and guess. That's what I do...

Episode links: 

YouTube - David Bowie Official
Steam - Omikron: The Nomad Soul

Saturday Night Live - Napster lawsuit sketch (part 1--couldn't find a good copy of the Petshop Boys bit)
A Knight's Tale - "Golden Years"
The Killers (Brandon Flowers) - Just Another Girl
David Bowie's 1983 interview on MTV, holding them to the flames for not showing black artists
Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restraunt
Blur - Boys And Girls 
Donald Glover - The Worst Time to Be Alive (Classic Rap)

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Welcome to your first day of Bowie 101! This introductory course covers thirty-two years of David Bowie, from 1947 to 1979, spanning his vaudville, pop rock, glam rock, heavy metal, and funk/soul periods, as well as the Berlin trilogy. 

Our full two-part course will also span such topics as suing Napster, musical numbers from A Knight's Tale, bad haircuts, the roadways of West Berlin, and raps about hats. If you have any questions, your instructor Blake or your classmates Ally and Kurt will be happy to fill you in on the details. Take notes--there will be a test at the end. Enjoy!

Episode links: 

YouTube - David Bowie Official
Steam - Omikron: The Nomad Soul

Saturday Night Live - Napster lawsuit sketch (part 1--couldn't find a good copy of the Petshop Boys bit)
A Knight's Tale - "Golden Years"
The Killers (Brandon Flowers) - Just Another Girl
David Bowie's 1983 interview on MTV, holding them to the flames for not showing black artists
Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restraunt
Blur - Boys And Girls 
Donald Glover - The Worst Time to Be Alive (Classic Rap)

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With Infinity War out and Deadpool set to return soon. Ally has us look at Logan and talk about superhero movies and what these movies say about society. Focus revolves around Logan, the MCU, and Deadpool.

We also talk about Thelma and Louise, Seven Samurai, and Unforgiven

Note:This episode contains no Infintity War spoilers because Kurt and Ally hadn't seen it at time of recording.

Links for this episode:
Logan “Hurt” trailer - youtube.com
Deadpool trailer - youtube.com
Nerdwriter - Logan: Superhero Movies get old - youtube.com
Anthony Mackie and Tom Holland - youtube.com
Patrick Stewart and Ginger - youtube.com

 

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We interupt this podcast to bring you a quick episode about Black Panther...only there was so much to say that it turned into a full episode anyway. And despite all three hosts enjoying themselves, it didn't keep them from picking all manner of nits from this excellent film. 

We also talk about racial politics, familial conections, and the etymology of a particular type of footwear.

Editor's Note: Ally wasn't feeling her best while recording this episode and ended up misspeaking a few times. She made a comment on African American incarceration and worried that it came out wrong; she was trying to say that African Americans are jailed at a higher rate over smaller crimes than whites. I would have cut it out, but it made the conversation flow weird. Thanks for listening, hope you enjoy. 

Links:
Splinter News - “How the U.S. Government Locked Black Americans Out of Attaining the American Dream”
Boston Review - “‘Black Panther’ Is Not the Movie We Deserve”
Twitter - @diasporicblues - Black Panther costuming tribes/cultures thread
Cinemablend - Why Chadwick Boseman Feels Like Tchalla is the Enemy in Black Panther
Wikipedia.org - The Moscow Rules - aka Once is a accident, twice is an coincidence, three times is an enemy action. 

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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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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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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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Ally has us checking out the first season of My Hero Academia (/Boku No Hero Academia). She asking questions about heroism and what makes a hero, what traits are necessary for one to go from zero to hero? 

Kurt's Notes: Ally's track was echo-y but I don't think it's too bad, our recording situation has changed and I'm working on trying to get it back to how it used to sound. Thanks for bearing with me. 

Also I know in our outro we say the next episode is Lego:Batman, but we looked at a calender and realized my next episode will be out on October 1st, which starts our Halloween Month. So we'll do that later and instead will be looking at Meta-horror, with Tucker and Dale vs Evil. 

Links for this episode:

YouTube - Bojack tells it like it is: military style

YouTube - The Simpsons - Kid in a Well

YouTube - All-Might's Laughter (English-Japanese Comparison)

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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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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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