PODCAST: Her (2013)

PODCAST: Her (2013)

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After some delays, we’re back to talk about Spike Jonze’ film “Her” from 2013! Shadon enjoyed this film back when it was released, but he wanted to revisit it now, almost a decade later, to see how it held up. We discuss the film’s relevance in 2022, its core message about learning how to love others well, if anything about it would be made differently in 2022, its depiction of societal change in the wake of radical new technology, if the film sufficiently establishes Samantha’s humanity, which app we’d like to fall in love with, and much more!

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Music:
Foreigner “I Want To Know What Love Is”
Michael Kelly “Calicomp 1.1 Shutdown”

Sources I Wanted To Read But Didn’t:
Aleksić, Jana. “Defense of Humanity: Defense of Personality: Aesthetic Rethinking of the Concept of Body in the Film Her by Spike Jonze.” Kultura (Belgrade, Serbia), no. 167, 2020, pp. 266–87, https://doi.org/10.5937/kultura2067266A.

FLISFEDER, MATTHEW, and CLINT BURNHAM. “Love and Sex in the Age of Capitalist Realism: On Spike Jonze’s Her.” Cinema Journal, vol. 57, no. 1, Fall 2017, pp. 25–45. EBSCOhost, https://doi-org.bunchproxy.idm.oclc.org/10.1353/cj.2017.0054.

Jagoe, Eva-Lynn. “Depersonalized Intimacy: The Cases of Sherry Turkle and Spike Jonze.” English Studies in Canada, vol. 42, no. 1, Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, 2016, pp. 155–73, https://doi.org/10.1353/esc.2016.0004.

Jollimore, Troy. “‘This Endless Space between the Words’: The Limits of Love in Spike Jonze’s Her.” Midwest Studies In Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell), vol. 39, no. 1, Sept. 2015, pp. 120–43. EBSCOhost, https://doi-org.bunchproxy.idm.oclc.org/10.1111/misp.12039.

KIYCI, Hale. “Spike Jonze’s Her: How Transhumanism Turns into a Control Mechanism under the Name of Love.” Journal of the Faculty of Letters, vol. 12, no. 23, Jan. 2022, pp. 121–38. EBSCOhost, https://doi-org.bunchproxy.idm.oclc.org/10.33207/trkede.954659.

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PODCAST: Wolf Children

PODCAST: Wolf Children

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We discuss Mamoru Hosoda’s third original film and final Madhouse production, 2012’s “Wolf Children.” When Doc first watched it, it was one of his favorites. After watching/rewatching all of Hosoda’s work n the lead up to this podcast, does he still feel the same way? Shadon has never seen the film before. What does he think of it? Click play and find out!

Lot of ground covered in our discussion, including: production details, both the critical and also the academic/scholarly response to the film then and now, different cultural perspectives on single-motherhood, queer readings of wolfhood, “let’s get back to nature” and, of course, our emotional responses to the movie. And much more!

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Music:
Wolfmother “Woman”
Michael Kelly “Calicomp 1.1 Shutdown”

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PODCAST: Burning (2018)

PODCAST: Burning (2018)
Burning (2018) Podcast

We are discussing one of the best films, Korean or otherwise, made in recent years, Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning.” In fact, this is Doc’s favorite movie! “Burning” is an adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s short story, “Barn Burning” (itself an adaptation of sorts of William Faulkner’s short story of the same name) and features incredible performances from Yoo Ah-in, Jeon Jong-seo, and Stephen Yeun.

There is a lot of ground to try to cover in this discussion. We tackle the movie’s focus on class and wealth divides, what it says about creative individuals and the creative process, reality vs unreality of certain elements of the film and what those possible conclusions mean for the film as a whole as well as its individual elements, and so so much more. All of this discussion is near, very very near…all you have to do is press play!  

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Music:
Talking Heads “Burning Down The House”
Garoad/Michael Kelly “Calicomp 1.1 Shutdown”

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PODCAST: TRIGUN

PODCAST: TRIGUN
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Doc & Shadon saddle up to bring you all a mammoth sixty billion double-dollar-sized helping of podcast about one of our all-time favorite anime: Trigun! This show was an important one for both of us in the early, formative years of our anime fandom. Perhaps surprisingly, we both found that, not only does it hold up (in terms of what we come to anime for) but it has some depths we did not plumb when we were in our teens and twenties.

We cover a ton of topics in this show, including: a character analysis of Vash The Stampede, utilitarian/consequentialist morality vs deontic/non-consequentialist morality, how the show drops the ball with its female cast, the anime’s tonal shift, Christian symbolism, comparison of Trigun to other media, favorite gags, how many Gung-ho Guns can you name, and so much more!  

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Music:
“The Man Comes Around” by Johnny Cash
“CALICOMP 1.1 Shutdown” by Michael Kelly

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PODCAST: STREET FIGHTER THE MOVIE

PODCAST: STREET FIGHTER THE MOVIE

For you, it was the most important podcast of your life, for us…it was Tuesday.

Welcome back, friends, to Warui Deshou, where this time we discuss the notorious 1994 fighting game film adaptation, Street Fighter: The Movie! While it can occasionally be charmingly camp, and Raul Julia’s performance is beyond reproach, much of the time the movie’s poor casting and writing leave us cringing and groaning. But, how would we adapt a fighting game story to the silver screen? What lessons can be learned from this one? From its troubled production? In addition to pondering these serious topics, Doc & Shadon have a good laugh at SF’s expense.  

Production details and stories mentioned by Shadon are from this Guardian Piece

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Music:
“Guile’s Theme” from Super Street Fighter II by Isao Abe
“CALICOMP 1.1 Shutdown” by Michael Kelly

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PODCAST: Howl’s Moving Castle

PODCAST: Howl’s Moving Castle

Join Doc & Shadon for a discussion on Studio Ghibli’s 2004 film adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’ 1986 fantasy novel, Howl’s Moving Castle. After talking a bit about some creatives behind the film as well as its production, the hosts analyze the movie’s aesthetics, anti-war themes, metaphorical interpretations of the castle, differences from the novel, and, of course, its very abrupt ending. 

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Music:
“The Wizard of Oz Main Theme” by Herbert Stothart & The MGM Studio Orchestra
“CALICOMP 1.1 Shutdown” by Michael Kelly

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PODCAST: John Woo’s “The Killer”

PODCAST: John Woo’s “The Killer”
We discuss Doc’s favorite John Woo film, 1989’s “The Killer”! Doc and Shadon talk favorite scenes, religious symbolism, heroic bloodshed as a genre, what to make of the Jenny character, and so much more!

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Music:
“Tequila’s Theme” from John Woo’s Stranglehold by Jamie Christopherson
“Calicomp 1.1 Shutdown” by Garoad/Michael Kelly



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PODCAST: Princess Tutu

PODCAST: Princess Tutu
Once upon a time, there was a man who died…then that man befriended another man, and they went on to do a Bad Anime Podcast which would one day cover…Princess Tutu! That’s right, Doc and Shadon are here to talk about ballet, meta-text, and weird animal-people. After lauding the folks who created this little gem, we answer a boatload of Discord & Twitter questions, discuss characters, themes and story structure, and do our best ‘If you like _____, you’ll like Princess Tutu.”  

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Music:
Felix Mendelssohn – Wedding March (from “A Midsumer Night’s Dream”)
Garoad – Calicomp 1.1 Shutdown



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PODCAST: Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse & Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm

PODCAST: Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse & Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm
Superhero Double Shot!

WHAT’S UP DANGER? Hey gang, it’s our maiden voyage into the great big ocean of Non-Anime Podcast Episodes! ICYMI, we are going to be doing two pods a month, one anime and one non. For this month’s non, Shadon has chosen a pair of exemplary superhero animated films. We know these movies have a ton of big fans, so we hope we’ve done them justice in our (lengthy) discussion!

First, we detail our histories with these characters across various forms of media. Then, we talk about each film separately, why we like each so much and we we think each does really well. Next, we compare the two in terms of their tone, goals, accessibility, stand-alone-ness, core themes, and how well each film presents the essence of its protagonist. Finally, we answer some very good questions put to us by our Discord group. Please enjoy!

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Music:
Kakero! Spider-man – Yuki Hide
Batman: The Animated Series End Credit – Danny Elfman
CALICOMP 1.1 Shutdown – Garoad

Join us next time for Princess Tutu, same pod time, same pod channel!

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PODCAST: Drifters

PODCAST: Drifters

Welcome back, friends, to Warui Deshou! This episode, Shadon & The Subtle Doctor review and discuss the rather bonkers 2016 anime Drifters. 

As usual, opinions are divided on the show. Doc is full of praise for its interesting concept, generally fun tone, and its humor. Shadon found it a boring exercise in propaganda. Despite their differing takes, the boys have a lot of fun discussing all of the above and so much more on Drifters. We hope you enjoy! Hearts to Yoichi!

There are a number of content warning for Drifters. We’d advise those inclined to listen to our discussion of those before jumping into the series. 

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Music:
Queen – Princes of the Universe
Michael Kelly/Garoad – CALICOMP 1.1 Shutdown

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