Thursday, February 9, 2017

098: Adam Wingard Movies - Blair Witches & Blue Eyes

  

SPOILERS FOR YOU'RE NEXT (2011), THE GUEST (2014), AND BLAIR WITCH (2016).

In this episode:
  • WE'RE ALIIIIIIIIIIVE! And back to discuss three movies from director Adam Wingard: You're Next (2011), The Guest (2014), and Blair Witch (2016).
  • You're Next (2011)
    • The home invasion genre and the ways it clashes with the usual American horror flick philosophy
    • We discuss the relative groundedness of You’re Next. It’s probably up to your own threshold of groundedness interpretation.
    • I (Fio) start off talking about Home Invasion flicks having a kinship with Japanese horror and then take for-goddamn-ever to get back around to what I mean.
    • Man, how good was 10 Cloverfield Lane, though?
  • The Guest (2014)
    • Thanks to podcast listener Kate for recommending this movie to us in the first place!
    • We start tackling The Guest and the Politics of Handsomeness.
    • Also, Ian desperately hopes this was a werewolf film.
    • Again, we get into a discussion of the relative groundedness of the film and how many steps we are away from our own universe in this film.
  • Blair Witch (2016)
    • Everyone in the Blair Witch movies is in film school. Just make peace with this from the get-go.
    • We compare the slow-burn, unscripted nature of the original Blair Witch to the slicker, more “hollywood” Blair Witch 3.
    • We get our Doug Jones jokes out, but rest assured they come from a place of love.
  • Ian talks about Resident Evil 7 for a few minutes while Fio desperately tries not to die.
  • Also: listen to the end of the podcast for "Trespasser," a song from Ian's recently released solo album, Stepping Stones!
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • Apologies for the long, unannounced hiatus. We plan on being back on a monthly basis for the foreseeable future.
  • We're approaching our 100th episode! Let us know if there's anything in particular you'd like to see us do for it.
  • From Fio:
    • My sneezing and sniffling is goddamn disgusting. Our hideous meat bodies are truly a blight on this planet.
    • Nothing to do with the podcast, but sniffling while I’m listening to myself sniffle on the recording and having them line up is a really bizarre experience.
Music:

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

097: Stranger Things Season 1 - Coffee & Contemplation


SPOILERS FOR STRANGER THINGS SEASON 1.

In this episode:
  • We discuss the first season of Netflix's Stranger Things, including the casting, the writing, the influences, and holy crap this show is so much fun to talk about.
  • We open with our first impressions of Stranger Things and overall thoughts on the series.
  • We spend a good bit talking about and speculating about Season 2 just in time for io9 to publish an article telling people to stop talking about Season 2 lest they ruin it, so that’s killer timing.
  • We start talking about DnD, which could have really dominated the podcast but thankfully we winged away from it really quick.
  • Another aside about Haven, but only to illustrate how well Stranger Things handles the characters’ handles on its various supernatural elements.
  • We talk about the different stories being told in Stranger Things and the successes and pitfalls of that particular approach.
  • The show never loses sight of its humanity, which is definitely one of its strengths.
  • Next month: WITCHES, including (finally) our thoughts on The Witch (2016).
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • From Fio: I misspoke when I said that the party in The Mummy is composed of a Ranger, Wizard, Paladin, and Bard, it’s clearly a Ranger, Wizard, Fighter, and Bard, Brendan Frasier doesn’t multiclass until the sequel.
Music:

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

096: Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) - Hey, Let's $%!# With These Normies: The Film


SPOILERS FOR ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.

In this episode:
  • At long last, our discussion of the 1975 cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show, including Tim Curry, the stellar soundtrack, the obtuse plot, and its place as a cultural phenomenon.
  • This is take two of this episode, so much like with our Sweeney episode, we try to hit on points we did the first time we recorded while keeping the conversation alive and organic. To...mixed results.
  • Seriously, though, the soundtrack kicks ass, even if Ian's a little perplexed at how all of these songs came together.
  • We talk about how we first saw Rocky Horror. Ian watched it with his Dad, which probably wasn’t weird at all, and then ended up seeing a shadowcast performance at college. Fio’s girlfriend made him go see it in high school.
  • The production values, sets, casting, etc. of this film are pretty great, but watching it on its own, you don’t really get the full experience.
  • We talk about other horror musicals we haven’t discussed during this series, putting the spotlight on The Devil’s Carnival and Jasper in Deadland.
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • Again, apologies for the lateness of the episode and a potentially less-than-comprehensive discussion, due to this being a re-record. Technology was working against us for this one.
  • From Fio: My bad, Superman doesn’t reprogram the population of Transilvane by playing westerns, he specifically does it by playing them Oklahoma! So this fits into our musical theme!
  • Here's a link to the Decemberists/Silent Hill song parody Ian wrote (MAJOR SPOILERS FOR SILENT HILL 2): "James Hymn"
Music:
  • "This is My Design" - Ian Doherty | SoundCloud | Bandcamp |
  • "Time Warp" - The Rocky Horror Picture Show | YouTube | Amazon |
  • "Science Fiction / Double Feature" -  The Rocky Horror Picture Show | YouTube | Amazon |
  • "Planet Schmanet Janet" - The Rocky Horror Picture Show | YouTube | Amazon |
  • "Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me" - The Rocky Horror Picture Show | YouTube | Amazon |
http://archive.org/download/AMOT096/AMOT096.mp3

Thursday, July 21, 2016

095: Sweeney Todd (2007) - A Fairly Expected Number of Cannibal Puns


SPOILERS FOR SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET.

In this episode:
  • Apologies to Mr. Sondheim for the opening. :P
  • We discuss Sondheim's masterpiece horror musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, including the 2007 movie adaptation, the original Broadway production, and the 2005 Broadway revival.
  • How does the 2007 movie fare as an adaptation?
  • The genre discussion comes up again.
  • Craft & theory talk! Overtures, the Ballad, and the opening “number(s)” of a musical, and how they introduce the audience to world, language, form, etc. of the musical
  • Sondheim teaches "My Friends"
  • Ian loves the 2005 Broadway revival. Let him show you his thoughts on it.
    • The narrative layers in the revival
  • Denouements: where have they gone?
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:

  • Apologies for the lateness. Life happens.
  • Also apologies for all the weird car noises in the background; that’s probably on me. – Ian
  • I think what I was trying to say when talking about Anthony is that even with all the circumstances surrounding his and Johanna’s romance, you’re still rooting for them, and it’s partially because of the circumstances. Them running off together isn’t the perfect solution, but it’s certainly better than her staying with the Judge.
  • I also think that a lot of the stuff I say is in the liner notes of the 2005 revival may have actually been in articles I read at the time the show was on Broadway.
  • “Singing that violin line”? Playing. That’s what I meant.
  • UPDATE 7/25: Linked the "Sondheim teaches..." video above. Forgive me for forgetting. (...Sweeney pun?)

Music:
http://archive.org/download/AMOT095/AMOT095.mp3

Thursday, July 7, 2016

094: Evil Dead: The Musical (2006) - Candarian Demons (Ah Ooo)



Not pictured: 15 entire Black Knight's worth of fake blood.

SPOILERS FOR EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL.

In this episode:
  • Early on we talk about the particular energy and the unique complications of live shows. This is not the last time this will come up.
  • Evil Dead is the only example of a musical we'll be discussing this summer where it’s just part of a media phenomenon instead of being the primary text.
  • This is the conversation that Fio was referencing on the podcast regarding Del Toro as a new showrunner for a theoretical Twilight Zone reboot.
  • How it’s impossible for this musical to exist in a vacuum.
    • Minor point about how Ash is Bruce Campbell, he hasn’t really had a chance (nor has anyone really made the attempt) to divorce him from that.
  • Why "Do the Necronomicon" doesn’t really work.
  • We get into a brief discussion about weird things that are integral to characters that show up late in their narratives.
  • The difficulty in suspending disbelief in horror and how it contrasts with the difficulty in suspending disbelief in musicals.
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:

  • Ephemera from the notes and timestamps:
    • BLOOD WEDDING ASIDE
      • From Ian: I know you just mean “we have a long aside about Blood Wedding,” but I kind of want to read this as “BLOOD WEDDING ASIDE, THERE IS SOME CONTENT ABOUT THE EVIL DEAD MUSICAL ON THIS EPISODE, REALLY.”
    • I spent like 20 minutes last episode talking about how much I love that REPO! is “for nobody” but when talking about extreme haunted houses, I’m ranting “WHO IS THIS FOR?”
    • Fio makes an aside to NiN, drink.
    • 100% taking credit for "Ole Billy Shats"

Music:
  • "This is My Design" - Ian Doherty | SoundCloud | Bandcamp |
  • “What the Fuck Was That?” - Evil Dead: Original Broadway Cast Album | YouTube | Amazon |
  • “All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons” - Evil Dead: Original Broadway Cast Album | YouTube | Amazon |
  • “We Will Never Die” - Evil Dead: Original Broadway Cast Album | YouTube | Amazon |

http://archive.org/download/AMOT094/AMOT094.mp3

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

093: Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) - TESTIFY!


Wait...wasn't there a scene like this in Little Shop?

SPOILERS FOR REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA.

In this episode:
  • The second installment of our Summer Musical Series!
  • We discuss the 2008 adaptation of Repo! The Genetic Opera, including the cast, the plot, the music, and how it all churns into something that's both a mess and yet undeniably something we enjoy the hell out of.
  • This is a flawed film, but there’s a lot to love in here.
  • Comparing the needs of musical theater to the needs of film in terms of pacing and shit.
  • The third act is really where the seams begin to show in this flick.
  • This film is unabashedly for itself, which is definitely something to be respected.
  • Next time: Evil Dead: The Musical!
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • The Devil’s Carnival is unfortunately not on Netflix.
  • From Fio: Referring to something like Linkin Park imbuing in you a “deep vein of metal” might get some people calling us out on our metal credentials, haha. ...That's fair. Direct any complaints directly to me. - Ian
  • Luigi's line is actually "I will shoot you in the FACE!" My mistake.
  • More from Fio:
    • Would you say that they needed to explain the use of Zydrate in a way that’s quick, and clean, and pure? Booooo. - Ian
    • Going back to talking about Infected, some of the lines in that are pretty awesome. Especially “Do you hear me, mother? Thanks for the disease.” I just really fucking love that line, hahaha.
    • “Daddy’s girl’s a fucking monster” is also an amazing line, by the by.
Music:
  • "This is My Design" - Ian Doherty | SoundCloud | Bandcamp |
  • "Zydrate Anatomy" - Repo! The Genetic Opera Soundtrack | YouTube | Amazon |
  • "Legal Assassin" - Repo! The Genetic Opera Soundtrack | YouTube | Amazon |
  • "Infected" - Repo! The Genetic Opera Soundtrack | YouTube | Amazon |
  • "At the Opera Tonight" - Repo! The Genetic Opera Soundtrack | YouTube | Amazon
http://archive.org/download/AMOT093/AMOT093.mp3

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016

    092: Little Shop of Horrors (1986) - A Surprisingly Low Frequency of Plant Puns


    Sometimes, when people set out to make nightmare fuel...they absolutely succeed.

    SPOILERS FOR LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS & THE HUNGER GAMES.

    In this episode:
    • The first episode in our Summer Musical Series!
    • We discuss the classic Alan Menken/Howard Ashman musical Little Shop of Horrors and its movie adaptation, including the original black-and-white movie, the stage musical, and the many strong points and flaws of the 1986 Frank Oz movie.
    • We get a bit into the broad tonal inconsistency that shows up in the film.
    • We talk a bit about the prevalence of improvisation, specifically in the comedy genre, and the sort of slapdash energy that the movie has.
    • Little Shop of Horrors as an oddly indelible part of the cultural landscape
    • The dutch angles and other interesting film choices in the case of Little Shop
      • Also the unique monster design of Audrey II, something you don’t see a lot of in horror films, though that could just be due to a lack of really cool plant monsters.
    • The danger of breaking the dream is much greater in the world of musicals than it is in other narratives.
    • The interesting stylistic choice of putting the general tone of the lyrics at odds with more traditional 50s musical styles.
    • Our actually interesting and worthwhile discussion of story vs presentation
      • That wasn’t sarcasm, by the way, I actually really dig this conversation. - Fio
    • Here's our official schedule for the Summer Musical Series:
      • Little Shop of Horrors: June 9th
      • Repo! The Genetic Opera: June 23rd
      • Evil Dead: The Musical: July 7th
      • Sweeney Todd: July 21st
      • Rocky Horror Picture Show: August 4th
    THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
    • We initially had some issues getting the episode uploaded, so keep an eye on our social media (Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook) for podcast updates in case there's a delay or rescheduling.
    • Also, Ian's going to try to livetweet his rewatches of each musical movie, so keep an eye on those same places and his personal twitter (@idoherty451) to find out when that will be!
    • I'm just realizing that maybe the reason I (Ian) like "Suppertime" so much is because it sounds particularly Pink Floyd-y.
    • Notes from Fio:
      • The use of the doo-wop singers as a greek chorus is an interesting choice
      • Man, weird last-minute Hunger Games aside out of nowhere
     Music:
    • "This is My Design" - Ian Doherty | SoundCloud | Bandcamp |
    • "Prologue (Little Shop of Horrors)" - Little Shop Of Horrors (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) | YouTube | Amazon
    • "Suppertime" - Little Shop Of Horrors (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) | YouTube | Amazon |
     http://archive.org/download/AMOT092/AMOT092.mp3