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Undead. They’re all the same. They’re pushy and whiny and they're all only after ONE thing…

Or at least that’s the case with this week’s movies: 2001’s Kairo (Pulse) and 1985’s Return of the Living Dead!

Coming in late due to a brief bout with morbidity, host Blake takes us on a roller coaster of emotions, from depressive dread to freewheeling terror, as we compare two movies about two groups of young adults coming to terms with death, life, and everything in between. Grab your duct tape and an pickaxe: we've got some choppin' to do!

YouTube - Kairo [Pulse] (2001) trailer
YouTube - Pulse (2006) trailer 
IMDb - Kiyoshi Kurosawa
YouTube - Cure trailer
YouTube - Tokyo Sonata (2008) trailer
YouTube - Kairo - OST Track 1
NowIKnow.com - Nuclear Shadows
Riverfront Times - “UMSL's Short-Sighted Plan to Demolish a St. Louis Landmark: Incarnate Word Convent”
YouTube - Eraserhead (1977) (industrial setting)
YouTube - It Follows (2014) trailer
Wikipedia - Hikikomori
Wikipedia - Eden of the East
Wikipedia - Serial Experiments Lain
Wikipedia - Stray Dog (1949)

YouTube - Return of the Living Dead (1985) trailer
YouTube - RedLetterMedia - Return of the Living Dead re:View 
YouTube - Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988) trailer
YouTube - 45 Grave - Party Time
YouTube - Francis Haines - Trioxin theme
Wikipedia - The Crying of Lot 49
IMDb - The Return of the Living Dead (1985) trivia

Wikipedia - Agent Orange
Science History Institute - Distillations - A Brief History of Chemical War
National Center for Biotechnology Information - THE CONTAGION OF SUICIDAL BEHAVIOR by Madelyn S. Gould, Ph.D. and Alison M. Lake, M.A.
Gaki Archives - 2001 Batsu Matsumoto Haunted Hotel
YouTube - Was tun, wenn's brennt? [What To Do In Case of Fire?] (2002) trailer
YouTube - Jonathan Coulton - Re: Your Brains
Dailymotion - Red Dwarf S1 E2 - Future Echoes
YouTube - Tarman zombie (Return)
YouTube - first ghost (Kairo)
YouTube - The Simpsons - Nuke the Whales

January 27, 2019  

Woop Woop! That's the sound of the police! Don't sweat it; as long we all tell the same story, no one's doing time. Just like in The Usual Suspects and Inside Man!

With Robin Hoods and charming devils alike on the corkboard, Ally has our forensics team dusting themes of trust, truth, and lies, and the thin, thin lines between them.

Here in N.W.A. court, we'll also be discussing the jurisprudence of "no face, no case," "if nobody talks then everybody walks," and other sayings that are likely true because they rhyme.

Links for this episode:
Bloomberg.com - "Storm Gia Strikes Midwest as Airlines Cancel, Waive Fees"
Thrillist - 100 Greatest Movie Props
Wikipedia - Knights and Knaves
Youtube - John Mulaney The One Thing You Can Never Replace  
YouTube - Fight Fight Fight Kiss Kiss Kiss
Kate Mara wig contrast pic from Fantastic Four

January 21, 2019  

This week on I’m The Host, chef Blake is behind the stove with sous chefs Ally and Kurt, and we’re going to show YOU how to cook with some REAL bad eggs we just had shipped in from The Dark Knight (2008) and Funny Games (2007).

For a firm omelette, beat three main characters--a father, a mother, and a child--until blended. Stir in firearms, explosives, and bludgeoning instruments. Once your protagonists are thoroughly abused, you can add a dash of comeuppance for a classic omelette, or simply throw into the pan with a dash of metafiction for a quick and dirty meal that practically makes itself!

Now we’re going to take a short commercial break, but when we come back, we’ll be discussing the pros and cons of different cooking techniques and what to watch out for so that your breaking bread doesn’t end up breaking BAD!

Don’t go away! We’ll be right back!

THIS SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY! Bats vs. Clowns! Bats vs. Knives! Biscuits vs. Breadrolls! BE THERE! BE THERE! BE THERE!

Wikipedia - The Dark Knight 
YouTube - The Dark Knight trailer
Wikipedia - Funny Games (2007) 
YouTube - Funny Games (2007) trailer

IndieWire - ‘The Dark Knight’: Patton Oswalt Shares His Personal Origin Story Theory For Heath Ledger’s Joker 
YouTube - The Flashpoint Paradox trailer 
YouTube - American Psycho trailer 
YouTube - The Killing of a Sacred Deer trailer 
YouTube - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse trailer 
YouTube - Giant Bomb Animated - Bat vs. Knife 
YouTube - Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures - Biscuits vs. Breadsticks 
YouTube - Heat (30 seconds) 
YouTube - The Departed (f’in short version)

December 22, 2018  

As you may have noticed, your feeds are one episode short of a full week. Our bad.

We WILL return; it just may not be as soon as we had previously hoped. Work, life, and flooring installer schedules have all conspired to keep us from being able to hit our release window.

As the holidays come to a close, however, we anticipate things going back to something resembling normalcy. Until then, enjoy Blake's dulcet garglings and the following articles and podcasts as a substitute for the top-tier media analysis you'd normally find in this slot:


The Atlantic - "They Shall Not Grow Old Is a Stunning World War I Documentary"
YouTube - Sideways - "Why Home Alone is the Best Christmas Soundtrack Ever"
Buzzfeed - "Why I’ve Had Trouble Buying Hollywood’s Version Of Girl Power"
YouTube - Philosophy Tube - "YouTube: Art or Reality?"
Twitter - @terrycavinagh's thread on revenue sharing by Itch.io (100%) vs. Epic (88%) vs. Steam (66%)

Fuds On Film

Dead Ringers


Could the secret sauce of good work be...respect for and investment in your employees? Weighing in on this bizarre take, Kurt has us watch one of the worst cases of employee neglect: 2018's Upgrade.

Mustaches will unfurl and monocles will pop as we discuss the business model that enabled Leigh Whannell's sci-fi beat-em-up to exist, along with other related topics: algorithmic screenplays, horror franchises, celebrity look-alikes, and the newest action cinematography sensation that's sweeping the nation!

Get your weekly recommended ultraviolence here, on I'm The Host!


Links for this Episode:
Wikipedia - List of Blumhouse Productions projects
Wikipedia - Jason Blum
Wikipedia - Blumhouse Productions 
Wikipedia - Homecoming (TV Series)
Wikipedia - Binders Full of Women
Fast Company - Jason Blum isn't hiring White Dudes for his Amazon Movies. 

Comicbook.com - Jason Blum Booed at Israel Film Festival
BlumHouse Partners with Amazon on 8 thrillers
Consequence of Sound - Jason Blum’s Female directors comments
Fastcompany.com - How Blumhouse is making a killing at the box office 
Giphy - WAKE UP FIGHTING GIF BY UPGRADE [good example of the arrested camerawork]
Collider.com - “Cary Fukunaga, ‘Maniac,’ and How Netflix’s Algorithm Is Becoming Entertainment’s Skynet”
Cheezburger.com - Michael Cera + Andy Samberg Totally Looks Like Jesse Eisenberg
YouTube - Nick Clegg “We’re Sorry” overlaid w/South Park 
StudentEdge.com - “Here’s How They Filmed Those Crazy Fight Scenes in ‘Upgrade’"
YouTube - Adam Neely - Whiplash (as reviewed by a jazz musician) 
Box Office Mojo - Blumhouse projects by the numbers 


November 7, 2018  

Howdy, y'all!

It seems our little podcast got washed out this week, and due to the technical snafu Blake sat down and recorded a little filler episode, holding forth on what movies he's seen recently.

Hopefully we'll be back next time with our previously-scheduled episode on Blumhouse--see you soon!

"Unnnnnnnhhhhh…. Uuuuhhhhhh! Brrrrraiiiiiiiinnssssss…"

Yeah, that's what you’d LIKE to hear, isn't it? Well too bad! This week Ally, our understudy of the undead, is exhuming the zombie genre as we talk Train to Busan (2016) and The Girl With All The Gifts (2016). We'll find out where all the bodies are buried in the history of zombie lore, from its Afro-Haitian origins, to its dark fusion with Romero's ghouls, to its chaotic re-imagining for a hilarious/horrifying present.

We'll also sink our chompers into more practical concerns, such as tube-cream manufacturing, our classic "girl-in-a-box" problem, and whether one dead deer will spell the end of humanity.

YouTube - White Zombie (1932) trailer
**YouTube - Night of the Living Dead (1968) FULL MOVIE!**
YouTube - Dawn of the Dead (1978) trailer
YouTube - Return of the Living Dead (1985) trailer 
YouTube - Day of the Dead (1985) trailer
YouTube - Night of the Living Dead (1990 remake) trailer
YouTube - Dead Alive/Braindead (1992) trailer
YouTube - My Boyfriend’s Back (1993) TV teaser 
YouTube - 28 Days Later (2002) trailer 
YouTube - Shaun of the Dead (2004) trailer
YouTube - Dawn of the Dead (2004 remake) trailer
YouTube - Land of the Dead (2005) trailer 
YouTube - Fido (2006) trailer 
YouTube - The Signal (2007) trailer 
YouTube - Diary of the Dead (2007) trailer 
YouTube - The Crazies (2010 remake) trailer 
YouTube - The Walking Dead (2010) trailer 
YouTube - Santa Clarita Diet (2017) season one trailer

YouTube - Kairo (Pulse) - basement ghost scene 
Wikipedia - Childhood's End (novel) 
Wikipedia - Cell (novel) 
Wikipedia - The Last of Us (video game) 
Wikipedia - Zombie 
Wikipedia - Uncanny Valley
Wikipedia - Aloha Oe

The Josef K. Stories - "Up"
Atlas Obscura - "How Haitian Slave Culture Gave Life to Zombies"
Den of Geek - George A. Romero and the Meaning of his Zombies

ExtraLife Team!

A videotape lands on your doorstep... An estranged friend emails you out of the blue... You may be tempted to respond, to reach out to a familiar hand...but what if it doesn't let go?

This week, Blake inaugurates spooky season with two movies about movies in movies that are actually kind of one movie? We're sitting down with creative duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's breakout film, Resolution (2012), and its break-out sequel, The Endless (2017). We'll talk about strained siblings, toxic relationships, invisible narrators, artistry vs. amusement, social media bubbles, and ultimately learn that you can never step into the same home twice...or, something.

We'll also blindly wander into how to defeat cosmic horrors through boredom, effective serial killer deterrents, and various cabins in various woods.

Dead Ringers - Episode 4 - The Cabin in the Woods + Resolution
YouTube - “James Cameron Almost Couldn't Make 'Aliens' Because of Tea (British Tea Breaks)” (time-skip to 11m, 5s for clip of Alien costume walking in full light) 
YouTube - In The Mouth of Madness (1994) (trailer)
YouTube - Castle Rock (2018) (teaser trailer)
YouTube - Funny Games (2007) (trailer)
YouTube - Memories of Murder (2013) (trailer)
Wikipedia - Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
Wikipedia - The Turin Horse (2011)
Wikipedia - Richard Chase
Wikipedia - Dramatic Structure (Aristotle’s analysis) 
Kotaku - “A Frightening Look Inside Japan's Newest Resident Evil Attraction”

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