The Untenable Podcast, Episode 135: The City at the Edge of F***s

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The one with speculations about speculations.

In this week’s new episode, Mike and Jay talk iterations of Star Trek: Mike’s reactions to CBS Prime’s new show, Star Trek Discovery and his shared reactions to news of Quentin Tarantino’s involvement in another Trek movie; and of course, speculations about their own reactions to Star Wars The Last Jedi.

 

Intro song: “The God That Failed” Metallica   Outro song: “God Given” Nine Inch Nails

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The Untenable Podcast, Episode 134: The CGI Between Us

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The one with the regrets of a universe misspent.

In this week’s episode, Mike and Jay share their joint reactions to Pixar’s Coco, as well as their continued frustrations with the DCEU and Justice League’s shortcomings, and Mike also wanders into some gaming territory while Jay rambles on his own gaming journeys lately.

 

Intro song: “Golden Slumbers” Elbow

Outro song: “Remember Me”  Gael García Bernal, Gabriella Flores, Libertad García Fonzi

The Untenable Podcast, Solo Cast: Talkin’ About Coco

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The one with the offerings.

In this week’s solo cast, Jay reflects on his experience with Pixar’s Coco, and remembers the dearly departed and lessons learned about Day of the Dead offerings.

Link to New York Times article about Danny Lozano’s store and his role in the community

The Untenable Podcast, Episode 133: Ragnarok’n in the USA

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The one with the unnecessary pacing.

In this week’s episode, Mike and Jay share their reactions to Thor Ragnarok, Stranger Things, Season 2, and share some insights about gaming and the need to apply overly contextual readings about the games’ contents.

 

Intro song: “Planet Sakaar” Mark Mothersbaugh
Outro song: “Eulogy” Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein

The Untenable Podcast, SoloCast: 31 Days of Horror Review

The one with the horrific rambling.

In this week’s solocast, Jay talks about some of his favorites from his list of 31 horror movies posted to the blog during October.

 

Intro song: “Heathens” twenty one pilots

Outro song: “The Sky is a Neighborhood” Foo Fighters

 

31 Days of Horror: A Dark Song

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Dir. Liam Gavin  (2016)

I had recently heard so many good things about this movie that I was very hesitant to watch A Dark Song. But I will say that I was initially gripped by the idea of a woman hiring an occultist to help her summon an angel, her guardian angel, to help her right a wrong in her life. Compelling performances and what seems to be a thorough presentation of occult rituals and the importance of intent and purity when pursuing such endeavors.

The strongest elements of this movie are the atmosphere and believability to the occult practices. The discussions of sleep deprivation, dehydration, and other naturally occurring bodily functions playing such a role in the occult is something not often seen in such narratives. The occult is a science when practiced. There is mathematics, scientific applications, and observation, and experimentation involved in the practices. This movie shows the moving parts of an occultic working, something along the lines of what Aleister Crowley probably would have done. And the depictions of the mental breakdown that can occur during a summoning seems relatively realistic, considering what is happening. Overall, I was very impressed and unnerved during most of the movie, enjoying every moment.

31 Days of Horror: Split

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Dir. M. Night Shamalayan  (2017)

I was pleasantly surprisd by what seems to be a return to form for M. Night, as he seems to understand the importance of story above the aesthetics of storytelling. The performances by all were top notch, often elevating the minor contrivances of the plot. The story worked well not only as a standalone narrative, but also as a platform for continuing, or rather, creating a franchise from a cult classic among early fans of his work. Where M. Night succeeds in this movie is that there is a complexity to the characters not really seen since Unbreakable, the movie that this acts as a sequel for.

Where Unbreakable was a DC comic in tone, showing the origins of a villainous mastermind, this movie shows the evolution of a man who was tormented to such a degree in life that he has evolved into the ultimate defender of himself and only those he deems righteous or “clean” enough. Which is ironic because of his intention to wreak havoc through his multiple personalities. This is the tone of the older pre-code comics of EC, whose lurid and often supernatural tales seem to be an inspiration for this movie. This is not strictly a horror movie, while it does have many elements of captivity and survival horror, but it is more of a psychological thriller, showing the slow breakdown of a tortured soul who at his core does not want to hurt anyone. However, the fractured personalities that sprang up in defense of itself as a result of the trauma inflicted have other ideas and plans to punish the world at larg. So many interesting ideas at play in the story, and M. Night handles them with surprising depth and a sure hand.