Ep. XL - Where the Magic Comes From: Klaus & Mythology

7Dec

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! In our 40th episode, we will be going through the new Christmas classic, Netflix's Klaus (2019). The story goes through a new origin of Santa Claus and how he came to be  in the dangerous town of Smeerensburg, all because of the town's new Postman Jesper, the spoiled son of the Postmaster-General. Through revolutionary animation, Klaus adds on to the Santa story in new ways while keeping to older traditions and myths. Enjoy our final episode of the 2020 year! See you in 2021!

 

Our topics are: 1) The Santa Story: Is it Moral for Children? 2) 2D Animation & Nostalgia, and 3) How mythology shapes history.

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Ep. XXXIX - A Political Cautionary Tale: V for Vendetta & Demagogue Leaders

23Nov

In our 39th episode, we are revisiting the political drama/action film, V for Vendetta (2005)! Due to the events of 2020 - the pandemic, the election, and civil unrest - we chose to take a second look at the graphic novel adaptation and connect the deep political ties to historical and current events. 

Our topics include: 1) Political Media Biases, 2) Politicizing a Pandemic, and 3) The Dangers of Demagogue Leaders. 

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Episode XXXVIII - The Journey Home: The Return of the King & Courage

9Nov

In our 38th episode, we will be ending our Middle-Earth journey as we focus on Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). Nearly 20 years later, The Return of the King is highly regarded as a cinematic masterpiece, having earned 11 Academy Awards, including best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture. It is currently tied for the most awarded Oscars with Titanic (1997) and Ben-Hur (1959).

Our topics of focus are 1) The Significance of Courage, 2) The Analyzation of Evil, and 3) Frodo's Mission: Did He Fail?

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Ep. XXXVII - There is Still Hope: The Two Towers & Courage

5Oct

Continuing our coverage of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, our 37th episode is on The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), the Academy Award-winning adaptation of Tolkien's second book of the trilogy. Our topics of coverage include: 1) Storytelling through the Battle of Helm's Deep 2) Gollum, Smeagol, & Dualism, and 3) Hope & Courage according to Samwise Gamgee. 

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Ep. XXXVI - A Ring Bearer’s Burden: The Fellowship of the Ring and the Will to Power

8Sep

In our 36th episode, we'll be starting our 3-part series on Director Peter Jackson’s Award winning adaptation of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy! To kick things off, we will be starting with The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), the origin of the trilogy that earned 4 Oscar Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Cinematography.

Our topics for include: 1) Sauron and Nihilism, 2) Film Score Storytelling, 3) The Ring and Temptation

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Ep. XXXV - A Forced Finale: The Rise of Skywalker & Rehashing

3Aug

In our 35th episode, we are covering the conclusion of the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode XI - The Rise of Skywalker (2019). Despite its box office earnings of over $1 billion, The Rise of Skywalker came under heavy criticism from both fans and critics, causing its final chapter to be more controversial than memorable. Our topics include 1) Story vs. Plot, 2) Rehashing, and 3) Avengers: Endgame vs. Star Wars: TROS. 

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Ep. XXXIV - A Host to Latch Onto - Parasite & Class Struggle

20Jul

After 4 months in quarantine, we are back at the podcast studio! In our 34th episode, we will be covering the Academy-Award winning film Parasite (2019), written and directed by Bong Joon-ho. Being the first foreign film to win Best Picture, Parasite earned 3 more Oscars in 2020; Best Foreign Film, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Director. Our topics include: 1) Class Divide and Behavior, 2) American Imperialism, and 3) Symbolism and Imagery.

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Ep. XXXIII - Power to the People: V for Vendetta & Government

13Jan

In our 33rd episode and our first episode of the 2020 new year, we will be diving head first into the politics and philosophy of V for Vendetta (2005), the graphic novel adaptation on the vigilante known as "V" and his attempt to overthrow the Neo-Fascist Government of England known as Norsefire.

From the tensions between the U.S. and Iran to the Hong Kong protests, we saw it best to cover this film in order for listeners to remain informed about the dangers of totalitarianism and the balance between security and freedom. Our topics include: 1) When is a revolution justified? 2) Lies to tell the truth, and 3) What is freedom according to Evey Hammond? 

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Ep. XXXII - A Divide in the Force: The Last Jedi & Subverting Expectations

16Dec

With Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker around the corner, our 32nd episode will be covering Star Wars Episode VII: The Last Jedi, the controversial film that divided critics, moviegoers, and long-time fans and continues to today. Our topics include: 1) Subverting Expectations, 2) Luke Skywalker's Character Development, and 3) the handling/mishandling of new characters. 

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Ep. XXXI - If You Just Believe: The Polar Express & Faith

10Dec

For our 31st episode, we are covering our first Christmas film, The Polar Express (2004), the adaptation of the same-titled book by Chris Van Allsburg! From the bold animation risks to the heart-felt story, we go through the deep thinking parts of this film that make it the wonderful, timeless Christmas film that it is. Our topics include: 1) Facing the Unknown, 2) Overcoming Doubt, and 3) The Significance of Faith.

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