Episode 39: Chips Are Free. Dinner Extra.

The overthinkers tackle guilty pop cultural pleasures, Dante’s Inferno (the movie based on the video game), the Jack Bauer cowboy/superhero myth, sexting, the Home Alone Syndrome, improbable sequels, and movie songs that tell you the plot of the movie.

Matthew Wrather hosts as Matthew Belinkie, Peter Fenzel, and Ryan Sheely overthink guilty pop cultural pleasures, Dante’s Inferno (the movie based on the video game), the Jack Bauer cowboy/superhero myth, sexting, the Home Alone Syndrome, improbable sequels, and movie songs that tell you the plot of the movie.

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12 Comments on “Episode 39: Chips Are Free. Dinner Extra.”

  1. sarielthrawn #

    What does it say about Jill Sobule’s “I kissed a girl” when she has superhunk Fabio playing her husband in the filmclip?

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  2. Pianodan #

    A few comments

    On “Who watches the watcher”

    Another good example would be the “Foundation” series by Isaac Asimov, which starts out as “Let’s have the society set up so it is governed by inevitable forces of sociology.” It is later revealed that a second society is actually secretly controlling the first one. Later, there turns out to be yet a third layer.

    On “The Inferno”

    If you haven’t, read the Larry Niven version of “The Inferno” from the 1970s. It’s a quick read, basically envisioning a modern trip through the same hell, and envisioning how it would have changed since Dante’s time.

    On heros who are apart from their society

    I’m surprised no one mentioned “The Seven Samurai” which to me is the archetypal film of this type. You could also bring up “Shane” if you really wanted.

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  3. Matthew Belinkie OTI Staff #

    @Pianodan –
    Seven Samurai is a great example. The society actually goes out to find heroes, brings them back, and then kicks them out when the job is done. Real heroes (of this type) don’t get a parade down main street. Real heroes die alone and unmourned. It’s the fact that they know and accept this that makes them heroic.

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  4. sheely OTI Staff #

    april fooooooooooooolz.

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  5. Gab #

    Crapus maximus, I totally forgot it was April Fool’s Day. Fell for it. Fell for it like a ::insert witty simile here::.

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  6. perich OTI Staff #

    So, inspired by Belinkie, I went Googling for “Everything Louder than Everything Else.” He’s right – it’s not terribly popular. The only format I could find it in online was an anime fan video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx-ZDyQzgaQ

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  7. Matthew Belinkie OTI Staff #

    Have you guys been watching that Unaccompanied Minors commercial? I love it. It may be my favorite commercial ever. It’s just wonderful.

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  8. lee OTI Staff #

    @Perich: that video made my day.

    Also, thoroughly entertaining episode. It was one of those, “try not to laugh out loud and look like an idiot while riding the subway” kinds of episodes.

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