Sunday, December 22, 2013

Edward T and Hilary Go to Hell | ETM-Hilary Kemp Show 86

ETM and Hilary give you their take on Christianity and the Bible, Edward T believes he is in hell, and they both agree the Earth's environment has gone to hell.
Hilary is back - but she's recuperating and she's in bed.  Trooper that she is, she records a show nevertheless.  Edward T is feeling ill too, so why not take on an easy subject: Christianity. Hey, why not?

Well, sort of.  They get a call from Super-Fan Hayden, who takes ETM to issue about his thoughts on fundamentalist Christians (from the previous show), saying that not all Christians are fundamentalists and closed-minded.

And this opens Pandora's box.  Hilary has some interesting thoughts on the matter, as does Edward T.  After all, they were both raised in conservative Christian homes.

Then a new feature debuts, "A Few Minutes with Mr. Mayor".  Yes, The Prophet himself, Tim Malloy, lays down a political groove for his first commentary, and Hilary & ETM respond accordingly.  Apparently, they are both pro-coal power and the end is near.  Well, maybe.

Finally, ETM has a Media Minute, featuring Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers".  ETM is proud of himself, as he actually recommends something from the 21st Century AND recommends a BOOK; totally unheard of on this show.  Hilary, as always, is unimpressed by him being unimpressed by himself.

They end the show by discussing why they are both ill'in, wishing good health for everyone who listens.


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©2013 Edward T Martin

Saturday, November 2, 2013

"Meh"? I Don't Think So.


"Gravity" Spoiler Alerts, or, 
A Few Thoughts About The Film "Gravity"



The film "Gravity" is produced, directed and co-written (with his son, Jonás) by Alfonso Cuarón, and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.  The other star is the amazingly realistic and sumptuously beautiful photography that Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki has brought to the screen.

When I saw the film "Gravity" on opening weekend, it blew my mind.  I found it to be one of the most visually stunning, brilliantly directed and best acted, original films I had seen in a long time.

But in the coming weeks, others have disagreed.  Indeed, some of my friends (much to my astonishment) have summarized the film as "Meh…", which almost made the top of my head explode - not with anger, but with true confusion.

Let's take a look at some of things I think people are missing here:

  • The Acting

Some people have said they simply didn't like the film all that much because of Sandra Bullock.  Frankly, I think she is brilliant.  She didn't win an Academy Award® for nothing.  And keep in mind that the other star of the film, in fact, the only other human being that makes an appearance on screen at all is George Clooney (another Oscar® winner), and his role literally disappears less than halfway through the film! 

A big name like him, taking a small role in a big film (a production budget of $100 million alone).  Would Bruce Willis do something so humble? Do I even need to ask this question?

The entire rest of the film is shouldered by Bullock, alone, by herself. Have any of the "Meh" people (as I will call them) even considered this Herculean task by Bullock? How many actresses, in such a physically and psychologically demanding role, would be willing to take on this kind of role - at 49 years old especially. 

Try to picture some of her contemporaries of the same-age range in this role: Cameron Diaz, Sharon Stone, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Aniston, Gweneth Paltrow, Jennifer Garner, Gina Gershon.  I love all of these actresses in the screen roles they have portrayed, but are they capable of the physicality and yet, the emotional sensitivity and intimacy displayed by Bullock? I doubt it. (Okay, maybe Gina Gershon, but I've always had a crush on her). 

  •  The Technical Aspects

Acting aside, there are technical aspects to consider about this film: Shots, sequences and themes in this film that have *never* been accomplished in film history.  

Specifically, think of the shot where Cuarón zooms in to her helmet, then *inside* her helmet, then does a 180° pan around, inside the helmet, to find the camera looking from *her* P.O.V., all in one shot. How did he do this?! I have never seen this before.

This is just one of at least a half a dozen techniques that were new and innovative and brilliant. I have not seen seamless green-screen before. Even "Avatar" looked fake to me. Not this film.

And consider the length of each shot in each scene.  When was the last time you saw a film with so few cuts?

"Gravity" has one of the longest, unbroken, continuous shots in film history - over 13 minutes long. The film's cinematographer has said it took TWO YEARS of planning to visualize and choreograph the opening shot.  

The actors had to go continuously for almost a quarter of an hour, making their dialogue seem natural and non-rigid, without blowing a single word or line.

Alfonso Cuarón has said that one of the reasons he did such long takes is that they are much more like the experience of human beings; that with each cut in the film, we are removed a little bit more from the reality of our own experience.

Speaking of reality: Several people have brought it upon themselves (most notably Neil deGrasse Tyson) to criticize the lack of 'reality' in the film.  Others have said that the International Space Station is on the other side of the earth from the Hubble Telescope, that no two devices would be in such close proximity to each other in space, that the Chinese have not even developed their own space station yet.

These people miss the damn point of the film! It's not a documentary, it is fiction. It is a scientifically-based film, a film that displays the reality of physics; it is not reality.

It is meant to tell a story about us, about humanity, through lens of our currently technology and our current situation in outer space.

Orson Welles once said that he was told that his film "Touch of Evil" was very unreal, yet real.  Welles responded by saying "What I was trying to do, was to make something that was unreal but TRUE. And I think that's the definition of the highest kind of theatricality, the best kind.  That's the kind of theatricality that can exist in films, too."

This is *exactly* Cuarón is shooting for, and succeeds beyond all expectations.  

His film is not meant to be completely, 100% scientifically accurate, it is meant to be *true* - true to the human experience, true to honest storytelling and film making, true to the human heart.  Outer space is simply the background, the art decoration, that the story takes place in.

When Neil de Grasse Tyson can write and direct a film so brilliantly executed, he can start criticizing the scientific inaccuracies.  Until then, he needs to stick to non-fiction and let the artists do their job.

  • A Personal and Spiritual Journey

The main theme of this film is not about the action/adventure, (which by the way, is superb), but about a spiritual and personal journey - the space stuff is background scenery to set up the journey. 

I won't say 'see it again', but there's a lot subtlety and detail that can be EASILY overlooked in this film.

For instance, think about when she washes up on shore. She has been in space; but then, right where the land meets the sea, right when she stands on terra firma for the first time since the movie started, you hear her say "Thank You". 

She wasn't exactly real grateful at the beginning of the film, and especially not when describing what happened to her daughter. There's no one there to save her. So, who was she thanking? She has been completely lifeless and spiritless until this very moment. What's to be gained from this?

A spiritual experience? Hell yes; but more than that, it makes a statement about how, once man (or woman) removes himself from the earth, from the sea, from the things that give us life, and goes into space, using technology, he (or she) removes himself (herself) from life itself.

Think about the opening credits: "In space, life cannot exist". Are they talking about life *forms* or more than that? I think Cuarón and Bullock are saying much more than what seems to be on the surface, that which is on the screen, and instead of making it an art film where they talk you to death, they put it in the form of a space adventure - it's like putting vitamins in your chocolate shake. 

Other things to consider:

  • Belief vs. Non-Belief, and Human Connectivity

 When Bullock is in the other countries' ships, each one has a symbol of a religion.  Think about this: Here is someone that is obviously an atheist, a scientist, who cares not for anything in life now that her daughter has been taken away from her.

By her own admission, since the passing of her child, she does nothing but drive around in her car - always moving, always in the vacuum of her own personal space, and has now moved into being in the actual physical vacuum of space - a physical metaphor for her own emotional nightmare.

(Bullock has said in interviews that the character is "robotic" at the beginning of the film.  Pay close attention to her speech patterns at the beginning - her tone, the lifelessness and the despair.  Think about how long it is into the film before she finally lets her emotions out - when, in desperation, she discovers there is no fuel in the escape pod. She yells flat-out "You've gotta be kidding me!!!" (I keep wondering if people think "Sandy" is not a good actress because she was in "'That Bus Movie' with Keanu Reeves or because she's been in such shlock as "Miss Congeniality".  Who among us has not worked a job with less than stellar credits for the sake of paying the bills?).

So the question that arises is, does technology that is so advanced enough as to allow us to go to space also allow us to live in a vacuum of our own isolation, easily and without question?  To the point that not only is isolation from other human beings not just acceptable, but the norm?

IPhones, ipads, internet, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Vine.  How many popular instruments of technology are there keeping us completely isolated from our fellow human beings? (I have listed only a drop in the bucket) - in much the same way that Bullock and Clooney are eventually separated, and their last connection to each other is finally severed.

I see this film more as allusion and an analysis of the current state of the human condition, and our relationship with technology, than that of a simple space adventure.

As far as the allegory part:  So Bullock sees a figure of Christ in the Soviet spaceship, which winds up not working for her (the Soyuz spaceship is literally "out of gas").

To me, the message here is that these things that people have firm, firm beliefs in, have let her down and the do not work, and the only thing keeping her alive is her own knowledge, training and intelligence. 

The religion aboard this ship, much like the ship itself, has taken her on a journey, but has failed her, much as religion has failed many people in the world.

She finally loses her will to live; all this time it has been survival mode that has kept her going.  She turns off the oxygen so that she can drift into unconsciousness and die, rather than the painful death of suffocating. 

Nothing from the outside world of technology (which got her into this predicament in the first place) can help her now.

It is at this moment that Clooney arrives, not as savior, but as human being, and tells her in a dream how to fix her problem - a gentle suggestion, based on his own experience.  It is a human connection, that comes only when the intellectual brain is finally shut off, that arrives via the sub consciousness, that allows her to find an answer and solve her dilemma. 

A human connection - the connection that makes you want to go on, to continue when there is no hope, when you don't want to live any more.  That simple yet unexplainable connection that keeps you going just one more day, when you feel you can't go another hour.

When she boards the Chinese ship, there is a figurine of the Buddha.  The idea here is that no matter what culture you're in, there will always be something that people believe in, no matter if it's Christ, Buddha, Muhammad, Yahweh or something else - but the one thing that connects the believers in religion and non-believers of religion both - that is, all of us, is the inter-connectivity of human beings that these religions can bring about.

With that being said, she returns to Earth, where technology again fails, as the spaceship begins to burn into pieces.  The landing module survives, only to start sinking as soon as she hits the water. 

Her spacesuit begins to (literally) weigh her down, creating the severe possibility that after all this, technology (the space suit) will still bring her down and kill her.

But she does not give up, she busts out of that, too.  It is no coincidence in the film that she arrives without a whole group of people and things awaiting her arrival, like the Army, the Navy or the Coast Guard for example. 

Instead, she swims up to the shore by herself, completely naked and shed of any technology (except her under clothes). 

(Indeed, had this not been a Hollywood movie, I think the character would have washed up completely naked,  but I think some critics would call it exploitative (much in the way the Carol Marcus character (Alice Eve) in the latest Star Trek movie strips to her underwear for absolutely NO good reason, other than to simply see her body.  Indeed, Sandra Bullock seems open-minded enough to perform such an ending). 

  •  In Conclusion

This is a brilliant film with deep, deep layers and intricate texture.  I think most people who saw didn't realize there was much more to be taken from the movie than what you see on the screen. 

There are many, many more thoughts I had on this film, but there's only so much time in a day.  One eventually has to clean the kitchen and take out the garbage and quit talking about films all the time.

Finally, I'll say this: Anyone willing to take a second look at the film through the filter of personal journey will receive a much deeper, richer experience than the first go-around.


At least, that's what I thought.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Put Me In Coach | ETM-Laurie Hardie Show 85

On the menu today: Life not turning out the way you planned it.  Edward T talks with Laurie Hardie - good friend, former co-worker and Coach Laurie herself.

Hilary is on assignment, so Edward T calls in friend and former co-worker, Laurie Hardie.  Laurie is a radio broadcaster, a life coach (Coach Laurie), and author of the book "Did Not See That Coming".

Laurie shares her very personal and painful story of her book, which was her then-husband's coming out of the closet, and her journey afterward.

Laurie then starts turning the tables around on Edward T and gets him to open up about his feelings of leaving Chicago and living in Colorado, and then very smartly gets him to see that he can be furiously angry and grateful at the same time, something previously believed to be inconceivable.

Will Edward T be able to get a new perspective from this furious gratitude? Or just keep thinking the same way and doing the same old thing? Find out!

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Time: 63:33

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The First Video Podcast!

EDWARD T AND HILARY'S FIRST VIDEO PODCAST!

Edward T and HIlary visit the Seattle Motorcycle Show and give you their thoughts and opinions on motorcycles and everything else under the moon, stars and the sun. What else would you expect?
 

Or you can go straight to YouTube and watch it there:

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Season's Greetings!

EDWARD T AND HILARY'S 2012 HOLIDAY MESSAGE

Edward T and HIlary offer up some quick Season's Greetings. Enjoy!


Thursday, November 22, 2012

All Over the Map | ETM-Hilary Kemp 84


Hilary and Edward T have not recorded in almost 6 months - WTH, man?  So they decide it's catch-up time, and they wind up all over the map.


Edward T and Hilary want to talk about guilty pleasures, but then realize that they haven't even recorded for six months - what the hell, man?!  So they decide to catch you, the listener, up to date on what's been going on, and they wind up all over the map.  They start with their adventures with work and staying employed, and ETM goes off on a culture rant about moving back to his 'beloved' Denver, Colorado.  

Hilary tells ETM about a song called "Welcome to Earth, Third Rock from the Sun".  ETM's head just about explodes when he finds out that Hilary is recommending a country song, which causes Edward T to go on a rant about Lady Gaga.  Say what?

But then ETM spins on a dime, details his anti-sexual conquests and announces he has had it with his own viewpoints of the world, and has decided to give himself to being what he thinks is bad, rather than what he thought was good. What does he mean by that?

ETM then gives you a Media Minute, recommending the streaming-media service, Spotify.  He recommends it for one reason: Comedy.  He then gives you some choice comedy clips from such great comedians as Greg GiraldoPatton OswaltThe Sklar BrothersLouis C.K. and Bill Burr.

Finally, just before signing off, Edward T informs Hilary that he will kill himself during the next recording.  He says he's kidding, but kind of not.  He then details one of his favorite films, Sidney Lumet's "Network", in which Academy Award winner Peter Finch gives a speech in which he will commit suicide live on the air, because being a broadcaster was his life, and he has been retired by the network.

Edward T is obviously not serious (after all, how is he writing this in third person right now?), but he details his desperation and discouragement through the art form of film. Hilary is just flat-out freaked-out. 

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Greg Giraldo Documentary, "Give It Up For Greg Giraldo", Part II:



Greg Giraldo Documentary, "Give It Up For Greg Giraldo", Part III:





Sidney Lumet's "Network" - Howard Beale (Peter Finch) is mad as hell and he is not going to take it anymore!:



Sidney Lumet's "Network" - Howard Beale (Peter Finch) decides to commit suicide on live television:




Time: 76:49

Sunday, September 9, 2012

It Was The Best of Times, But Mostly The Worst of Times | ETM-Hilary Kemp 83

Hilary takes over as host for the first time and asks Edward T about his childhood.  ETM talks about what he calls "The Incident", the thing he feels ruined both his childhood and in his view, the rest of his adult life.


*PLEASE NOTE*: This show contains some of the most disturbing information the two have discussed on this program. Please be sure you are aware of your surroundings.  This episode is not safe for work (NSFW) nor is safe for children to hear.

Hilary takes over as host for the first time, because she wants to ask some question of Edward T.  Specifically, she wants to know where this guy came from.  We already know he's from Detroit, but what about his childhood? What was it like?

ETM and Hilary then discuss childhood in general, and it turns out they can agree on one thing: the both think childhood sucks.  Hilary for reasons you will find out, and Edward T for what he calls "The Incident", something that ruined his childhood, and from his point of view, destroyed any chance of a normal adulthood as well.

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Time: 69:09

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Shift Happens | ETM-Paula Robbins 82

Edward T ventures into new territory as his mind gets some new doors opened, courtesy of Paula Robbins, hypnotherapist.


The long hot summer is almost over, and Edward T & Hilary are closer to doing a new show.  But first, ETM has some serious questions he wants answered about why he wound up in Colorado.  So he ventures south of Denver to Centennial, CO, and visits the office of Paula Robbins, CCHt - she is a professional transpersonal hypnotherapist, career counselor and small business growth advisor.

ETM lets his brain venture in all directions as Paula introduces some new concepts that he has never heard of - like healing at a cellular level, and thus making major shifts happen in life.  Say what?  It's a fact.  

Paula and ETM also discuss his favorite subject - doing what you love for a living.  Paula is a stellar example of this, as she shares her story and then lays down some intense grooves for ETM - but is he willing to pick them up? Find out.


Paula's website, Sunrise Hypnotherapy of Denver (where "Shift Happens"):
http://www.sunrisehypnotherapy.com/

Sunrise Hypnotherapy's Facebook Page (Go ahead and 'Like' it, you'll be glad you did!):
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunrise-Hypnotherapy/104030414878


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Time: 61:40

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sleepless in Seattle | ETM-Hilary Kemp 81

Edward T has an idea - that the less you have to sleep, the more successful you will be, simply because you can get more done. Hilary, of course, does not quite agree. 

Hilary refutes Edward T's latest idea: that people who have to sleep less are more successful, because they can get more done. Also, ETM finally gives in and not only listens to "This American Life", he even recommends it in the latest Media Minute.  How does Hilary react to this news?


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Time: 56:29

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Separation of Church and Sex | ETM-Hilary Kemp 80 - Part II

Part II of Hilary and Edward T's argument about sexual behavior. Who wins? Find out!
The argument continues as an iTunes ONLY exclusive!


Hilary and Edward T's argument about sexual behavior continues! Hilary says monogamy and sex do not have to mix, in fact it's better they don't. ETM calls B.S.!!


It's a rollicking donnybrook in the old-school manner. Ironically, after all the bickering about sex, they get back to love. Can you believe it? How does this happen? Find out!


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Time: 28:15

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Separation of Church and Sex | ETM-Hilary Kemp 80

Hilary asks Edward T what his definition of love is.  Quickly, the show goes from a talk about love to an argument about sexual behavior. What else would you expect from these two?

Hilary wants to know Edward T's definition of love. After a painful recounting of a recent bid for love, ETM gives his definition. Hilary doesn't give hers, but instead points out that not only are sex and love not the same thing, but that the twain rarely ever cross, nor should they. And that's when the argument begins.

In the middle of all that, ETM goes on another "this city sucks' rant. But unbelievably, this time it's not about Seattle! Edward T rips into none other than Denver this time, pointing out how he feels his former hometown has been over-run by fundamentalist Christians attempting to convert anyone in their sight-line, and he's fed up with it.

Also: an awesome deconstruction of a song by Philadelphia band War on Drugs, "Brothers".  Edward T hears a combination of several disparate elements, from Roxy Music, Gin Blossoms, Phil Spector's 'Wall of Sound' and even Bob Dylan, all rolled into one.  His mind is blown, and he hopes yours will be too, on this show's edition of the ever-comprehensive Media Minute. 


Philadelphia band War On Drugs new song "Brothers":




Aaaahhhhhhh!!!! Lazarus falls off a cliff!! 
From the Star Trek episode "The Alternative Factor":


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Time: 53:00

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Spirits in the Material World | ETM-Hilary Kemp 79

ETM and Hilary discuss the current shape of their lives, do some catching up, and talk about religion and spirituality.

ETM and Hilary discuss the current shape of their lives, do some catching up, and talk about religion and spirituality, which leads ETM to wonder if he is as spiritual as he thinks he is, or if he's just as shallow and materialistic as he never thought he was.


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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Yap, Yap, YAPS | ETM-Anne Ingalls Gillespie Show 78

ETM welcomes dear friend, creator and president of YAPS© (Youth and Pet Survivors), Anne Ingalls Gillespie, to the show. YAPS© is a pen pal program that matches pediatric cancer patients with dogs and cats who have survived cancer or other serious medical conditions. 


ETM welcomes dear friend, creator and president of YAPS© (Youth and Pet Survivors), Anne Ingalls Gillespie, to the show. YAPS© is a pen pal program that matches pediatric cancer patients with dogs and cats who have survived cancer or other serious medical conditions. 

After finding out a little about Anne and having fun talking about Star Trek, Edward T wants to know: does a program like this really help with the health of human (as well as a pet) or is this just some new-agey, namby-pamby way of avoiding the issue of cancer?  You may be surprised with the answer.

Then, Edward T presents a Media Minute, featuring the "Up Series" and "49 Up" a series of films that Edward T feels shows the best of humanity, just as the YAPS program does.  And it also backs up ETM's belief that many of us, if not most of us, know exactly what we want to do by the time a child is seven years old.


Youth and Pet Surviors (YAPS©) website: 
YAPS splash page


"49 Up" and the "Up Series" from the Media Minute:



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Time: 54:23

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

High on Stress! | ETM-Hilary Kemp 77

Getting rid of all stress is just a myth, and some of it may be good for you, according to Hilary. Say what? Isn't stress, all stress supposed to be bad for you? Find out!


Getting rid of all stress is just a myth, and some of it may be good for you, according to Hilary. Say what?

First, Edward T kicks it off by playing a message from their phone line (660-386-0077), a call from a less than enthused listener who has less than stellar things to say about guest Annie Savoy from show #74.  

ETM then tells Hilary about the passing of .Dr. Robert Adler, a pioneer in field of stress research.  Edward T relates that he is stressed out over his current situation, but Hilary says that the myth that all stress must go away, and that stress is not all bad. Say what?

Hilary presents a Science Minute, telling Edward T about suicide at a micro level. Huh? True story.  And then Edward T lays on Hilary the show "Portlandia" on the Media Minute, as well as the intro them to the show, a song by Washed Out called "Feel It All Around"..

Dr. Robert Adler's Obituary

Book referenced by Hilary:
Joyful Wisdom by Mingyur Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist master

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Time: 55:24

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Mama Take My Microbes Away | ETM-Hilary Kemp 76

Hilary and Edward T are reunited, and it feels so good. ETM tells Hilary about his latest adventures with his health and Hilary tells ETM about her specialty - Microbiology - in a way even HE can understand.
Hilary is back - reunited, and it feels so good!

Edward T kicks it off by playing a message from their phone line (660-386-0077), a call from super-fan Hayden.  They then address some emails that came in to edwardtmartin@gmail.com (where you can let them know what you think of the show).

ETM then tells Hilary about his health, including the failure on his part to become Orson Welles, and another big surprise as well.  They also continue their love affair for the old Star Trek television show, and Edward reveals his inner nerd.

They finally get to the meat of the show, where Hilary presents an extended Science Minute, telling Edward T about her specialty, microbiology, telling him there's good bacteria and bad bacteria - most of it good! Say what? Check it out and see what she has to say.

Picture from the driveway of Edward T's 
Dad's house in Fort Collins

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Partly Cloudy with a Chance of The Terminator | ETM-J.P. Giuliotti Show 75

The Dynamic Duo is back. Hilary's on assignment, and J.P. Giuliotti steps in to talk about film (specifically, The Terminator being an intelligent "Tech Noir") and fear in broadcasting.

Hilary is on assignment and J.P. Giuliotti steps in to man the helm.

Edward T and J.P. start the show by discussing the merits of The Terminator vs Terminator 2: Judgement Day.  Edward T thinks that "T2" is a better film, but J.P. says no way, and gives a highly intelligent dissertation as to why he believes this.

The guys then discuss fear and broadcasting, dissecting the myth that broadcasting exists solely for the purpose of delivering news and entertainment.  Both guys think it goes further than this, and that the broadcast and cable networks use fear to drive viewers to their networks.  And they give solid examples to back up their theories.


Arnold Schwarzenegger as "The Terminator"

DVD cover from "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" (aka T2)


Barry Glassner's Book "The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things",
cited by Edward T: 


Telecommunications Act of 1996, cited by Edward T as a large part of the problem in broadcasting today:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommunications_Act_of_1996

Neil Postman's Book 
"Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business", cited by J.P.:


Peter Finch in Sidney Lumet's classic film "Network", 
in which Finch won a posthumous Academy Award:

Right Click and select "SAVE LINK AS..." or "SAVE AS..." to download to your computer.
(Be patient, may take a few minutes to download).
(Be sure your Pop-Up Blocker is off).
(Must have iTunes installed)
Time: 57:40

Enjoy!