Tuesday, May 30, 2017

100: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) - Blank as a Fart

SPOILERS FOR TWIN PEAKS SEASONS 1 & 2 and TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (1992), including THE MISSING PIECES (deleted/extended scenes from the film).

In this episode:
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: This episode was recorded BEFORE Twin Peaks: The Return began airing, so you won't hear us discussing anything from the new series (besides the casting news released a while ago)--for better or for worse.
  • We return to the world of Twin Peaks for our 100th episode! Listen as we discuss the 1992 prequel movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, and all the weirdness it has to offer.
  • The weirdness is pretty dense in Fire Walk With Me, giving you a much more concentrated dose of what you get throughout the series.
  • Ian gets a bit into the expanded content and additional material on the Blu-ray Entire Mystery box set.
  • We dance around a bit talking about the kind of ineffable, cosmic horror parts of Twin Peaks.
  • Twin Peaks is very likely a weirdness magnet in the same storied company as Derry, Maine and Gravity Falls, Oregon
  • The show/film is incredibly esoteric in the way in attempts to communicate meaning and does little to alleviate that.
  • Fire Walk With Me doesn’t quite function as a single unit, it needs to come after the series to stand on its own.
  • We don’t always understand where Lynch is going with things, but we trust him to do it well.
  • We talk a little bit about shades of interpretation and the how the number of people involved in a film production can change the reading of a character.
  • Ian wants it to be known that he’s not an expert in Zen Buddhism
  • Sheryl Lee and Ray Wise are amazing together.
  • Twin Peaks is effective because it’s so focused. We want to learn more but learning more about that world would dilute the focus.
  • Apologies for the lateness of this episode once again. I (Ian) just got a new job, so editing fell to the wayside for a bit.
  • I also have watched the first four episodes of the new series, and holy crap, is it David Lynch-y.
  • As we mentioned on the episode: THIS IS NOT THE END! We already have ideas for upcoming episodes. Keep an eye out for them!

Friday, March 31, 2017

099: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard - Eeeeethaaaann... ETHAN!


In this episode:
  • We're back this month to discuss Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Fio's a long-time RE fan, and Ian got to play both the demo and the game on PSVR, so there's quite some ground that gets covered.
  • It’s good having someone doing something in the style of P.T. since Konami has no interest in games anymore, apparently.
  • While there are definitely complaints to be made about some samey-ness in the monster design, the Baker villains were all very well crafted and they exude character in their appearances.
  • The setpieces in this game are really strong, especially the house. As mentioned the Bakers are also really strong/well-realized monsters and characters. The story, to be charitable, is not so much.
  • In the opening act of the game, uh, you get fucked up bad. You get fucked up real bad.
  • This game is just really well paced and plotted and all around a solid outing, which is definitely refreshing after the mess that was Resi 6.
  • We talk briefly about competing philosophies in terms of how developed your main characters should be in games.
  • Ian found a cool couple of Behind the Scenes featurettes on YouTube (SPOILERS):

Thursday, February 9, 2017

098: Adam Wingard Movies - Blair Witches & Blue Eyes



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!
  • 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.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

097: Stranger Things Season 1 - Coffee & Contemplation


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).
  • 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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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


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.
  • 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"
  • "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 |

Thursday, July 21, 2016

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


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?

  • 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?)


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.


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.

  • Ephemera from the notes and timestamps:
      • 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"

  • "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 |