Wednesday, March 18, 2015

068: Trumpets That Go Bump in the Night

In this episode:
  • Andy of Lag Time Podcast joins us to discuss horror music!
  • And what a discussion it that we meander a lot and don't really come to any particular revelations about horror music. But we do bring up a lot of cool scores! Here's a list of some of the movies, video games, TV shows, and specific composers and soundtracks we bring up:
    • Terminator
    • Pan’s Labyrinth
    • Hannibal
    • Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    • Friday the 13th
    • Shyamalan movies
    • Akira Yamaoka (naturally)
    • The Ring
    • Twin Peaks
    • The Crow
    • Throne of Blood
    • The X-Files
    • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • The Walking Dead
    • Invader Zim
    • Escape from Horrorland
    • Bioshock
    • Resident Evil
    • DayZ
    • Amnesia
    • Slender
    • Five Nights at Freddy’s
    • Vertigo
    • Psycho
  • Horror stories present unique opportunities and challenges compared to other genres, and as such also have their own suite of cliches to go along with it.
  • In case anyone was wondering, Fio is 0% composer.
  • Listen to the end of this episode for the full version of the podcast theme, "This is My Design."
  • Apologizes for the size of the episode file this time around. I wanted improve the audio quality a little bit, since we were discussing music.
  • For those who may have missed it, here is the episode Anglo-Filles where I joined them to discuss soundtracks. 
  • The terms for music/sound in movies: "Diegetic" aaaaand (drum roll)..."non-diegetic." Wow. You'd think it'd be easier for me to remember that.
  • Here's that YouTube video of username Diego_Reynoso playing around with some of the samples Akira Yamaoka used for the Silent Hill games.
  • From Fio: "Dead Souls" is the Joy Division NiN cover on the Crow soundtrack.
  • Also from Fio: The trailer with "Welcome to the Jungle" running over it is Run All Night.
  • Here are the "Real Games of Genius" parodies that Andy and I made:
  • Highlights from Fio's podcast notes:
    • Doesn’t Bobby’s World have an episode about Friday the 13th? On a similar note, remember fucking Bobby’s World?
    • Poll: Is me being really into Iron Maiden in high school predictable or suuuuuuuper predictable? (From Ian: Is it inversely proportional to how predictable it was that I was into Iron Maiden in high school?)
    • “Chorus of Kittens” is among my favorite of the Jhonen Vasquez requests for the composers in Zim.

  • Opening:
    • "Mercedes Lullaby (Nana de Mercedes)" - Javier Navarette (from Pan's Labyrinth) | YouTube | iTunes |
    • "First Crop Circles" - James Newton Howard (from Signs) | YouTube |
    • "The Walking Dead (Main Theme)" - Bear McCreary | YouTube |
    • "Promise (Reprise)" - Akira Yamaoka (from Silent Hill 2) | YouTube | iTunes |
  • Outro: "This is My Design" - written & performed by Ian | SoundCloud | Bandcamp (Coming Summer 2015) |

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

067: Fizzy Dagons & Undead Cameramen

Carmilla text edition:  6/?

MAJOR SPOILERS FOR WEB SERIES CARMILLA AND FRANKENSTEIN, M.D. Minor spoilers for Adult Wednesday Addams and The Joker Blogs.

In this episode:
  • Tonight's topic: Horror web series! We cover some recent popular horror web series, including:
  • Most of our discussion revolves around Carmilla and Frankenstein, M.D., since they have the most material to draw from (and Fio didn't get around to watching The Joker Blogs--shame on you, Fio).
  • Adapting Victorian novels into modern web series--who knew it would catch on?
  • Carmilla's and Frankenstein, M.D.'s different implementations of the weblog format
  • Watching characters/actors develop over the course of the series, and comparing how each series end their first "seasons"
  • Adult Wednesday Addams, and the age-old question: How does one best adapt the Addams Family? (Apparently there's a musical. Go figure.)
  • The Joker Blogs, and what it takes from both The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan film and the Batman animated series
  • Apparently there IS a Frankenstein TV series being developed by Fox. Knew I heard about it somewhere. Although clearly not this article, since it just came out.
  • Highlights from Fio's timestamps:
    • 39:30 - Okay, so you say “there’s a lot of blue” but I was doing some writing while listening and totally thought you said “there’s a lot of lube” and I was sitting here like “waaaaaaaaaaaaat”
    • "I don’t think it came out of nowhere" what I should have said was that the rehearsals for a downer ending were definitely there.
    • Victoria: Less of a dick than Victor
    • I realized that the anti-smoking commercial that pissed me off was the one from truth featuring that swipe-left tindr parody song. I mean, the song is obnoxious, but the fact that they close the commercial and that fucking guy jumps up and fucking yells “HASHTAG” is the part that makes me want to go out buy a whole goddamn pack of cigarettes and smoke them at once. (Note from Ian: I have not had the misfortune of seeing this commercial. Yet. *looks over shoulder nervously*)
    • Realtalk, I just like saying Fizzy Dagon
    • When talking about the Addams Family I mention “There are some values they have that we also cherish” but don’t really expand upon it. In case anyone’s confused, I’m talking mainly about the love between Gomez and Morticia here, but that extends to the whole family. The morality of the Addams Family is more of a step to the side of our own rather than the complete opposite.
  • Intro: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro: "Is Your Love Strong Enough?" - How to Destroy Angels | YouTube | iTunes |
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

066: Constantine 1x13 "Waiting for the Man" - Angels. What're You Gonna Do?

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"Midnite. I've come to invite you to join my boy band. Like my personal backlight?"

SPOILERS UP TO (and including) CONSTANTINE 1x13

In this episode:
  • Alina of the Anglo-Filles podcast joins us!
  • Discussion of Constantine 1x13 "Waiting for the Man," including the adaptation (or lack thereof) of the comic issue of the same name, the price on Constantine's head, the foggy motivations throughout the episode, and the lack of a season finale climax.
  • Clearly there was more sexual tension going on between Constantine and Corrigan than either of them with Zed.
  • The Manny reveal: ...the fuck?
  • How did the switch from Liv to Zed end up suiting the series?
  • Constantine season 2: Yay or Nay?
  • Our next episode will be in two weeks (March 5). Trust us, we'll have a topic by then. For reelz.
  • Thanks again to Alina for joining us!
  • Ok, so I went back and re-read the "Waiting for the Man" issue of Hellblazer a bit more, and here's the deal: First of all, the girls don't show their "wedding rings" right off the bat. All they tell "Vesta" is that there's a Man who has a house and he lets them do whatever they want. So of course that's going to be attractive to a young kid whose home life sucks. Second, it's INCREDIBLY clear by the climax of the story that her mind is clouded by some sort of hypnotism/spell/trance, which is why she doesn't just bolt once she finds out about the "wedding rings." So seriously, TV show writers, what was the deal?
  • Again: Let us know if there's anything in particular you want to hear us talk about on the podcast! You can contact us through the various options in the sidebar.
  • Intro: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro: "Mice and Gods" - Clutch | YouTube | iTunes |
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

065: Constantine 1x12 "Angels and Ministers of Grace" - Yay, Harold Perrineau!

SPOILERS UP TO (and including) CONSTANTINE 1x12 and THE WALKING DEAD 5x09.

In this episode:
  • Discussion of Constantine 1x12 "Angels and Ministers of Grace," including Manny's double-speak, the logistics of the plot, and the awesome dialogue this episode.
  • Various rumors swirl over the fate of Constantine as a TV series. We share our thoughts on the matter.
  • We have a core-four main cast--why doesn't it feel like it?
  • What we hope to see in the finale. Share your own wild mass guessing in the comments!
  • Since our discussion on Constantine ends a bit prematurely, we talk a little bit about this week's episode of The Walking Dead and the *MAJOR SPOILER* that occurs.
  • We also have several divergences within our Constantine discussion into Helix, Haven, Being Human, Fringe, Hannibal, Agent Carter, Arrow, and Battlestar Galactica. But not Divergent.
  • Guys, there's so much stuff we missed in our discussion of this episode: Chas stabbing himself to get them into the ICU, the Heart-of-Darkness monster's kills, Constantine's arc this episode, and various other minutiae that are meant to be nitpicked in podcast form. If there's anything in particular you were hoping we'd talk about and we didn't, let us know in the comments.
  • Intro: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro: "Superman" - Lazlo Bane | YouTube | iTunes |
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

064: Constantine 1x11 "A Whole World Out There" - Rutabaga Dashboard

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"You've forgotten about your English lit midterm."


"I'm going to fucking murder your hobbit."

Which do YOU find more threatening?

SPOILERS UP TO (and including) CONSTANTINE 1x11. Minor spoilers for Coraline (2009) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010).

In this episode:
  • Discussion of Constantine 1x11 "A Whole World Out There," including the return of Ritchie Simpson, the slasher-movie style of this episode, Jacob Shaw, and the cinematography.
  • Mini Lost reunion! Kinda.
  • We discuss the similarities between this episode and A Nightmare on Elm Street.
  • Ian invokes Are You Afraid of the Dark? and brings up the episode "The Tale of Oblivion."
  • No Chas or Zed this episode. Woe.
  • Jeremy Davies makes things more awesome. In general.
  • Seriously, I don't know what sort of connection between voodoo and jars my brain was trying to make.
  • I wanted to get a particular sound clip for the end of this episode, but I couldn't find it. Btw, anyone else remember this guy?
  • Intro music: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro music: "Main Title" - Charles Bernstein, A Nightmare on Elm Street (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) | YouTube | iTunes |

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

063: Constantine 1x10 "Quid Pro Quo" - No Faustian Bargain Jokes? Huh.

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In this episode:
  • You WON'T find any Faustian bargain jokes, or any references to Dr. Faustus. I know. Color me surprised, as well.
  • You WILL, however, find our discussion of Constantine 1x10 "Quid Pro Quo," including our love for all things Chas, recycled stories (and the subversion thereof), the TV portrayal of Felix Faust, and many, many tangents.
  • All in all, though, we really liked this episode. W00T.
  • Everything is Chas and nothing hurts. Well, actually, if you're Chas, everything FREQUENTLY hurts, but--you get what I mean.
  • We have a few digressions, including one on the use of various names for zombies on The Walking Dead.
  • Zed did things, too! Now if only they were character-developing things.
  • We appreciate the writers taking time away from the ~*Rising Darkness*~ myth-arc to spend some time on one of our favorite characters.
  • Somehow I misheard the medium Fennel's name as "Fennelly," so I misname him throughout the episode until Fio finally corrects me. Mea culpa.
  • Thanks to everyone who has been sending in suggestions for what we should discuss in the interim between Constantine and Hannibal! Keep 'em coming; we've got plenty of time to fill.
  • Alina: I completely forgot about your question about Constantine in the hanged man's pose until after we recorded. However, looking back at a screencap, I think the argument can definitely be made.
  • Intro music: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro music: "Cat's in the Cradle" - Harry Chapin | YouTube | iTunes |

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

062: Constantine 1x09 "The Saint of Last Resorts: Part 2" - We're Back! A Constantine Story

SPOILERS UP TO (and including) CONSTANTINE 1x09. 

In this episode:
  • Welcome baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!
  • Constantine picks up from the hiatus by immediately resolving the cliffhanger it left us in.
    • Seriously, it takes less than three minutes. I don't feel like this counts as a spoiler, it takes up none of the show's runtime.
  • They still haven't come up with a better name than Rising Darkness™, by the by, so if you're looking for that... this doesn't have it.
  • Zed, though! And Chas! They actually have things to do! Guys, things really happened for real in this episode!
  • There's also momentum and themes, this is uncharted territory for Constantine. Ian and Fio talk about this for a little and come to a resolution of cautious optimism when it comes to the show moving forward.
  • There's a bit of meta-commentary about the actions the characters take and how they're driven less by the character themselves and more from the needs of the writers' room.
    • On the exact opposite end of the spectrum, we discuss the growth of Anne Marie's character in this episode and how she should probably hang around for the immediate future.
  • If any of our listeners are nearing college age, you're welcome. Do your best to find a library that has an account, because it's an amazing resource. If any of our listeners are of college/grad school age, we're assuming you're already super familiar with the OED and will stop patronizing you.
    • Or maybe we won't? Is it part of our charm?
  • Also there are some wacky tangents about Gotham and the Librarians and a whole mess of other stuff, so you'll find "...but Constantine, though" becoming a pretty common refrain over the course of the episode.
  • Intro music: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro music: "Welcome Back" - John Sebastian | YouTube | iTunes |

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