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

One of us always tells lies...one of us always tells the truth...but what IS the truth, really? We're digging deep this week with the films Rashomon and Life of Pi, discussing absolutes, equivocations, and whether a single noble lie can balance out a thousand false promises.

We'll also discuss Satre's concepts of "bad faith" and "the look" (na na na na!), the soap opera Dallas, and getting called poindexter at a comedy show. (It makes sense in context, I promise.)

Links for this episode:

The Atlantic - “Life's Stories”

The Invention of Lying (trailer)

True Detective - pessimism: religion and fairy tales

The Hogfather - ‘Belief’ as according to Death

The Dark KnightJoker’s speech and 

ending scene

KURT - BIT FROM DALLAS  “IT WAS ALL A DREAM”?

The Look (Anime version) - Okami-san

The Look (Midi version) - download link

Brian Thomas Smith (aka the commedian who called Kurt "Poindexter")

Blake's notes for this episode - hosted locally

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Strange things are afoot at the Kwik-E-Mart this week as we look into the documentary The Problem With Apu and three classic Apu-centric episodes of The Simpsons to see if these charges are warrented, and if the writers ever got better at writing Indian characters.

We also take time to talk about James Woods' career (or lack thereof), Indian covers of Western pop songs, and airlines treating people like cattle.

Links for this episode:

Tumblr - Hari Kondabolu - My career goal is to make people say my name.

Deadpool 2 trailer

Washington Post - “A beloved restaurant owner was deported; a community was in uproar, then it moved on”

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - Civics Practice Test 

This American Life: Our Town (Part One) 

This American Life: Our Town (Part Two)

Psychology Today - “Why Are So Many Indian Arranged Marriages Successful?” 

Buzzfeed - “15 Times Indians Slayed With Their Covers Of Some Of Your Favourite Songs” 

The Simpsons - Lisa the Vegetarian clip

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It's rare for an artist to remake a work from their early career. With Spike Lee's remake of She's Gotta Have It, we're looking at the differences between the film (1986) and the web-series (2017) with a big helping hand from our guest Samantha from Rocket Punch Radio.

With art, music, sexuality, and civil unrest on the table, we also found time (in this long episode) to talk about the Spin Doctors, Celtics fans, and eminent domain.

Links for this episode:
CBS This Morning - Spike Lee on Rebooting the iconic and timely “She’s Gotta Have It”
YouTube - Lindsay Ellis - RENT - “Look Pretty and Do As Little as Possible: A Video Essay”
Goodreads.com - Dossie Easton, Janet W. Hardy's "The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationship & Other Adventures"
UrbanDictionary.com - “Gold Star Lesbian”
The Magicians - The Wit and Wisdom of Eliot
Wikipedia - 25th Hour
Wikipedia - Audre Lorde
Pleasantville - "What’s Going to Happen Now?"
Mars Blackmon in Nike commercials

Shoutouts:
Samantha's Twitter
The Kave Podcast/Hot 365 Radio

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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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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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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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