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I'm the Host is a podcast where we take a deeper look at the media we all consume. Allayne, Kurt and Blake take turns hosting and looking at the deeper themes and meanings in popular culture.

I'm the Host is a podcast where we take a deeper look at the media we all consume. Allayne, Kurt and Blake take turns hosting and looking at the deeper themes and meanings in popular culture.
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I'm the Host is a podcast where we take a deeper look at the media we all consume. Allayne, Kurt and Blake take turns hosting and looking at the deeper themes and meanings in popular culture.






True Lies

Blake has us looking at truth and lies. With the movies Rashomon and Life of Pi. Were discussing absolutes in truth and whether lies are necessary and can in fact be helpful in certain situations. We also discuss Satre’s concepts of “bad faith” and “the look” (na na na na). Also somehow Dallas, Roxette, andgetting called poindexter at a comedy show get used as examples in this episode. Links for this episode: The Atlantic


No Assimilation Without Representation

There are strange things afoot at the Kwik-E-Mart as we look into the documentary the Problem With Apu and three classic Simpsons episode to see if these charges are warrented and if the writers had ever gotten better at writing an Indian character or for the Hindu culture. We also take time to talk about James Woods career (or lack thereof), Indian Covers, and Airlines treating people like cattle. Links for this episode: Tumblr - Hari Kondabolu - My career goal is to make people say my...


Men Are Mars, Women Are Darling

It’s rare an artist remakes a work from their earlier career. With Spike Lee’s remake of She’s Gotta Have it, we’re looking at the changes between the film (1986) and the TV Show (2017). With a big helping hand from our Guest Samantha from Rocket Punch Radio. We discuss art, music, sexuality, and civil unrest. But we also find 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...


Return of the King

We interupt this podcast to bring you a quick episode about Black Panther. But there was so much to say it turned in an almost full episode. And despite all three hosts enjoying the movie that doesn’t keep us from picking all manner of nits on this excellent movie. We also talk about racial politics, familial conections, and the entomology of a certain type of footwear. Editor’s Note: Ally wasn’t feeling the best while recording this an was misspeaking a few times. She makes a comment on...


Grievous Counselor

It’s time to sharpen your teeth on the bones of your “father”! We’re looking at Good Will Hunting and Whiplash and talking about surpasing your father(s), the genesis of genius and how to steal your fathers prized possesions (be it an orchestra or a line). We also look at Saints Row, Super Saiyans, and Nietzsche’s Dog. Links for this episode: Cecil B. Demented (trailer) Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season [...]


Mini Episode: Labo

A short episode dealing with nostalgia, nintendo and Links for this episode: Nintendo Labo debut - youtube.com Movie Bob’s Alternative Nintendo Labo debut - youtube.com How to pronounce Nintendo Labo - nintendosoup.com


Italian Dressing

Kurt has us delve into the world of the mafia, and the FBI and look at the 1990 movie “My Blue Heaven”. This not at all accurate look at this world is all in service of the question “Is this movie good or am I just nostalgic?” All three host come to agreement pretty quickly, so the hosts spend sometime talking about caricature versus character, why the U.S. Marshals felt they needed to chime in on this movie so much, and the difficulties of treading between two genres. This episode also...


Need for Speed (Racer)

In this episode Ally has us look at 2008’s Speed Racer - a movie that in her opinion didn’t get the recognition it deserved. We have a discussion on the movie’s merits and detraments and Blake and Kurt follow up with other works they feel fall into the same category of underappreciated. We also talk about movies we’d love to see made, why it’s important to label cities the right name, and what movies fall into the genre of Guillermo del Toro. Links for this episode: 50 Movies that...


Slay Bells Ring

Blake puts the final stab on our holiday episodes, with the holiday movie about another character who sees you when your sleeping, he knows when your awake, he may make presumptions about your guilt or innocence. We’re watching the 1974 movie “Black Christmas” in which we talk about societial changes, horror tropes (and how they’ve changed), and just how conservative does the horror genre have to be? We also talk about the missing link, the connection between “Black Christmas” and “It’s...


Hell is Other People

Just in time for the holidays we’re looking at Frank Capre’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”. But why was this the movie that became one of the perennial holiday classics? And why is so little of this movie set at Christmas time? And does this movie have anything to do with holiday depression? In face you may ask is it a wonderful life? We also talk about sci-fi vs fantasy, inflation, pixelation, and goats. All this and constant Jimmy Stewart impersanations from Kurt and Blake. Links for this...


Holidays of Future Past

Ally kicks off our Christmas season with Miracle on 34th St. (1947) and Elf (2003) with these movies in hand she’s asking questions about the true meaning of Christmas, why there are so few memorable resent Christmas movies, and how well the classics really hold up. We also talk about consumerism, capitialism, cardiomegaly, diabities, and how Kris is a communist. Links for this episode: Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt


The Pervert’s Guide to the Pervert’s Guide to Cinema

It’s the Wrath of Lacan, as Blake has us watch Slavoj Zizek’s The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema in an attempt to explain Lacanian psychology. This episode is full of phallic symbols, and the fatherly figure you must overcome. Come see which characters represent the id, ego, and superego. We also discuss musicals in the key of authoritarian, the Boy Scouts of the USSR, and which celebrity Slavoj Zizek resembles. Harvey Danger - Carlotta Valdez Huey Lewis - I Want a New Drug Death Wish...


Na, na, na, na, na, na Batman

Kurt brings Lego Batman to the show, and we’re looking at what life after grimdark looks like. We also take some time to talk about Batman as myth rather then comics media. We also talk about Nietsche, Billy D Williams, and Bojack Horseman (who coincidently are three people who have never been in my kitchen.) Links for this episode: Death of the Family - Wiki The Real Marvel Agenda - Movie Bob


Killer Clown from Space

Its…Pennywise the Dancing Clown here to take us to Killer Clown College. We’re looking at both the 1990 and the 2017 versions of It, because Ally loves clowns so much she subjected us all to 5 hours of clowns. While comparing these two films we also give advice on how to fight children, how a physical bad guy can ruin a chance at supernatural scares, and we discuss how professional clowns need to clean house rather then protest movies. Thats right, we’re coming for you, Big Top. Links...


Could You Love a Monster, Man?

Blake is excited for Guillerrmo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water”, but its not out yet so instead we look at Let Me In. And look at the problems that plauge monster-human relationships. Also discussed What makes a monster? Do Beauty and the Beast need a good counceler? Can a monster ever be a part of society? And most importantly, Could you love a monsterman? Links for this episode: Pool Scene - Let The Right One In Pool Scene - Let Me In Beauty and the Beast [...]


Heroism: Some Assembly Required

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...


Your Destination is Out of Left Field

This week we looked at David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive and try to piece together what is going on and what some of the things in this movie mean. We also tell you which is the worst Budweiser product and give name to a new sex act. Links: Silencio! No Hay Conectar! There are no links.


Welcome to the Jungle

It’s Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman, as Kurt has us watch the Rumble in the Jungle and look at what was going on societly versus how this fight was presented to the general public. We also get into major events of the 60s and 70s. Why this match was held at 4am, and how George Foreman’s dog was a bad ambassador. Come watch as 3 people who know very little about boxing try unravel the story around the Rumble in the Jungle. Links for this episode: Rumble in the Jungle - Youtube.com


Good Grief

Ally has us look at the book A Monster Calls, and we talk about grief and mourning not just for kids but also for adults. We also talk about some of the differences between the book and it’s movie adaptation like Jason Isaacs vs Liam Neeson Links for this episode Ally’s notes for this episode Grieving in the Classroom - NPR.org


Best Worst Episode

Blake has us watch Troll 2 and the companion documentary Best Worst Movie so that we can talk about enjoyable bad movies what characteristics do they have? Can you make one on purpose? Why are they enjoyable. Be warned there are no trolls our discussion or either movies. But we do get to the bottom of why that is. Movie mentioned in this episode Good-Bad movies YouTube: trailer - Plan 9 From Outer Space


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