24 December 1970: The Aristocats

Anna and Ben divert somewhat from the traditional format of the podcast and after comparing The Aristocats to its canine antecedents and pondering feline genetic— and financial! — inheritance, they get lost in the weeds of discussing Disney's influence on and responsibility to popular culture. So much so that after the quiz on "catnappings", there … Continue reading 24 December 1970: The Aristocats

5 December 1970: Brewster McCloud

Anna and Ben convene in a fallout shelter under the Houston Astrodome to discuss the fiftieth anniversary of Robert Altman's dark fable. They discuss whether commercial art can be "High Art", whether fairy tales need to make sense, and the great Marshmallow Test of all our lives. https://audioboom.com/posts/7744854 Sources and References: Pauline Kael's New Yorker … Continue reading 5 December 1970: Brewster McCloud

7 November 1970: The Phantom Tollbooth

Anna and Ben receive a mysterious package that sends them on a journey of critical analysis regarding Chuck Jones' animated adaptation of The Phantom Tollbooth. They confer about educational theory, converse about mindless tasks, and chat about wordplay before being subjected to the demon that is the terrible Trivium, um, trivia contest. https://audioboom.com/posts/7730310 Sources and … Continue reading 7 November 1970: The Phantom Tollbooth

Episode 14: Face the Press

Nathan and Ben return with a scheme called "The Other Podcast" where we threaten to analyse episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus if you don't listen.  The next podcast scheme might be the turning point. Until then, enjoy their musings on Graham Chapman's depictions of camp and a quiz on Cartesian Dualism. https://audioboom.com/posts/7701543-episode-14-face-the-press Sources and … Continue reading Episode 14: Face the Press

12 September 1970: Five Easy Pieces

Anna and Ben sit down to investigate the rebellious origins of BBS Productions' film Five Easy Pieces. While not actually a comedy, they examine it as a forerunner of Nicholson's manic performances and an extension of Rafelson's work with The Monkees, and then delve into trivia surrounding the classical music featured in the soundtrack. Sources … Continue reading 12 September 1970: Five Easy Pieces

Episode 1975: Rutland Weekend Television

Diverting somewhat from the mainstream of their remit, Nathan and Ben celebrate the 45th anniversary of the original broadcast of Eric Idle's Rutland Weekend Television by watching the first episode, "Gibberish", and weighing it against half a century of Python comparisons. https://audioboom.com/posts/7579644-episode-1975-rutland-weekend-television Sources and References Eric Idle and Neil Innes interviewed by the NME about … Continue reading Episode 1975: Rutland Weekend Television

Episode 4077: The M*A*S*H Report

A one-off episode in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the theatrical release of Robert Altman's M*A*S*H and inspired by avoiding the stress and pressure of social distancing.  Join Ben and special co-host Anna as they discuss the sexism, criticism, and other isms embedded in the trauma and drama of this wartime comedy. https://audioboom.com/posts/7534753-episode-4077-the-m-a-s-h-report Sources … Continue reading Episode 4077: The M*A*S*H Report