Abroad in Japan
Abroad in Japan
Oct 18, 2020
Why Japan's biggest mascot contest is over forever!
31 min

Japan says goodbye to the financially expensive mascot contest - but *how* will we get cool new mascots now?

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Strong Songs
Strong Songs
Kirk Hamilton
One Year, Eighteen Songs
As Year Two of Strong Songs draws to a close, it's time to take a look back. SCHEDULING NOTE: Strong Songs will be off for the month of December, and will be back for Year Three at the start of January, 2021. But before that! Let's go back, back, back in time one hundred years, to the start of 2020. SONGS DISCUSSED: * "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin from Led Zeppelin IV, 1971 * "Lovefool" by The Cardigans from First Band on the Moon, 1996 * "Tom Sawyer" by Rush from Moving Pictures, 1981 * "Toss a Coin to Your Witcher" by Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli from The Witcher, 2019 * "Sinnerman" as performed by Nina Simone from Pastel Blues, 1965 * "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys from Pet Sounds, 1966 * "So What" by Miles Davis from Kind of Blue, 1959 * "Last Goodbye" by Jeff Buckley from Grace, 1994 * "Walking on Broken Glass" by Annie Lennox from Diva, 1992 * "Chicago" by Sufjan Stevens from Illinois, 2005 * "Kiss" by Prince from Parade, 1986 * "World 1-1" by Koji Kondo from Super Mario Bros., 1985 * "No One Knows" by Queens of the Stone Age from Songs for the Deaf, 2002 * "Wedding Song" by Anaïs Mitchell from Hadestown (Original Broadway Cast), 2019 * "The Chain" and "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac from Rumors, 1977 * "Hyperballad" by Björk from Post, 1995 * "A Day in the Life" by The Beatles from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967 OUTRO SOLOISTS: Kyle Molitor, Luke Price, & Kirk Hamilton Not as many new outro soloists this year as in year one, but hey, covid made it hard to record safely. Thanks to Kyle and Luke for joining the cast. STRONG MERCH! You've still got some gift-buying time before the holidays! Check it out the new Strong Songs Store cool t-shirts, mugs, totes, and more: store.strongsongspodcast.com KEEP IT SOCIAL You can follow Strong Songs on Twitter @StrongSongs: http://twitter.com/strongsongs And you can find Kirk on Twitter @Kirkhamilton and on Instagram at @Kirk_Hamilton: https://www.instagram.com/kirk_hamilton/ NEWSLETTER/MAILING LIST Sign up for Kirk's mailing list to start getting monthly-ish newsletters with music recommendations, links, news, and extra thoughts on new Strong Songs episodes: https://kirkhamilton.substack.com/subscribe STRONG PLAYLISTS Kirk has condensed his Strong Songs picks into a single new list, which you can find on Spotify, Apple Music, and thanks to listener L.B., it's now on YouTube Music. SUPPORT STRONG SONGS ON PATREON! Thank you, so much, to ALL of Strong Songs's patrons, and to everyone who has ever been a patron of the show. For more on how to help Kirk make more Strong Songs in 2021, go here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs NOVEMBER 2020 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS Jeffrey Jue Rick Klaras Niko Laurie Acreman Ken Hirsh Jez Jenness Gardner Simon Cammell Guinevere Boostrom Jill Smith-Moore Narelle Horn Mickey Clark Nathaniel Bauernfeind Bill Rosinger Anne Britt David Zahm Erin Aidan Coughlan Jeanneret Manning Family Four Matt Butler Doug Paton Robert Paul R Watson Viki Dun Christer Lindqvist Sami Samhuri Craig J Covell AccessViolation Ryan Torvik Merlin Mann Fraser Glenn CALEB ROTACH Andre Bremer Chad Barnard Mark Schechter Dave Florey Dan Apczynski NOVEMBER 2020 HALF-NOTE PATRONS Kevin Potter M Shane Borders Pete Simm Shawn McCarthy Dallas Hockley Jana J Terron Ishihara Jason Gerry Rich Roskopf Melissa Gallo Joel Stevenson Will Dwyer Alethea Lee Lauren Reay Eric Prestemon Erika L Austin Cookies250 Spencer Shirley Joshua Jarvis Damian Brady Angela Livingstone Jeffrey C. Yarnell David Friedman Phillip Dalton Christopher Cudnoski Mark Edwards Randall Browning Sarah Sulan Diane Hughes Kenneth Tiong Jo Sutherland David Catlett Joe Laska Michael Casner Michael York Barb Courtney Derek Bender Melanie Andrich Franco Famularo Don Hutchison Lowell Meyer Etele Illes Jeff Almond Stephen Tsoneff Lorenz Schwarz Becca Sample chamomiatea Wen Jack Sjogren Aparajit Raghavan Benedict Pennington Geoff Golden Robyn Fraser Alexander Geddes Pascal Rueger Randy Souza Joe C Clare Holberton Jake Tinsley Georgia Livesay David Zucker Diane Turner Tom Coleman SUELLEN MOORE Judy Chapple Stuart Terry Mark Perry Malory Dhu Wik Eric Helm Jake Roberts Briony Leo Bill Fuller Jonathan Daniels Sheilah Steven Maron Michael Flaherty Jarrod Schindler Zoe Little Albukitty Caro Field Judith Stansfield Jenifer Carr michael bochner Duncan Dave Sharpe brant brantphillip Markus Koester David Cushman Alexander Jeremy Dawson Robbie Ferrero Gavin Doig Sam Fenn Tanner Morton AJ Schuster Jennifer Bush David Stroud Amanda Furlotti Andrew Baker Brooke Wilford Cyrus N. White Chris Brown Mark Haberlen Juan Carlos Montemayor Elosua Kate Albury Matt Gaskell Jules Bailey Eero Wahlstedt Bill Thornton Brian Amoebas Brett Douville Jeffrey Olson Matt Betzel Mueller Nate from Kalamazoo Melanie Stivers Richard Toller Alexander Polson John and Sharon Stenglein Tom Lauer Forrest Chang Earl Lozada Jon O’Keefe Justin McElroy Arjun Sharma Shane DeLeon James Johnson Andrew Lee Kevin Morrell Tom Clewer Kevin Pennyfeather Nicholas Schechter Justin Liew Emily Williams
58 min
Paper Team
Paper Team
Alex Freedman & Nick Watson
2020 Paper Team Mentorship III – “The Pirate King” Outline (PT198)
Alex and Nick continue the 2020 Paper Team Mentorship with mentee Ben Warner and the beat sheet of his drama pilot THE PIRATE KING. Step three of the process: a detailed outline of the pilot episode, with every act broken down scene-by-scene. We answer some feedback and discuss our thoughts on Ben's outline. Reminder We're having our 200th Paper Team episode event STREAMED LIVE! We'll be talking TV writing and celebrating this podcast with some incredible guests. So mark your calendars for Saturday, December 5 and follow TV Calling's brand-new Twitch channel. We also want to hear from you! Do you have a favorite moment or guest from the podcast you want us to highlight? Let us know at http://paperteam.co/200 Content Quick recap about the first two 2020 mentorship episodes (00:42) Discussion of "The Pirate King" outline (03:32) Links "The Pirate King" outline 2020 Paper Team Mentorship I - "The Pirate King" Overview (PT190) 2020 Paper Team Mentorship I - Ben's Update 2020 Paper Team Mentorship II - "The Pirate King" Beat Sheet (PT190) 2020 Paper Team Mentorship II - Ben's Update If you enjoy Paper Team, please consider supporting us on Patreon at paperteam.co/patreon! :) Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode. You can find Paper Team on Twitter: Alex - @TVCalling Nick - @_njwatson For any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: ask@paperteam.co
46 min
Episode 73: Sardonicast #73: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tokyo Story
Support the Show for $2 a month and receive all future episodes early at https://sardonicast.com and https://www.patreon.com/Sardonicast. Buy Sardonicast T-Shirts, and other merchandise at https://teespring.com/stores/sardonicast. Merch: https://teespring.com/stores/sardonicast Website: https://sardonicast.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Sardonicast Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/sardonicast Twitter: https://twitter.com/sardonicast Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sardonicast Ralph's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ralphthemoviemaker Alex's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/IHEOfficial Adam's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/YourMovieSucksDOTorg Alex's Twitter: https://twitter.com/IHE_OFFICIAL Ralph's Twitter: https://twitter.com/ralphsepe Adam's Twitter: https://twitter.com/2gay2lift Adam's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/YMS Intro music by: https://www.youtube.com/user/anUnkindnessvideo Timestamps: 0:00 - Intro 1:46 - Adam played Hunt Down the Freeman 15:20 - Nightmare on Elm Street 42:00 - Tokyo Story 1:07:48 - Q&A 1:08:00 - Do you think people being so focused on directors when discussing a film undermines other's work on the film, like set designers, concept artists, etc 1:10:50 - Are there any movies you think benefitted from a low budget (or perhaps the other way around, any high budget movies you think had too big a budget for their own good)? 1:15:54 - What are your thoughts on the people who don't like Charlie Kaufman's work because they think the characters are pathetic or privileged? 1:18:07 - Do you think there will ever be a point in time where VFX becomes indistinguishable to real life, or do you think the audience’s eyes will always adapt to and notice it? 1:24:40 - Do you gentlemen consider it viable for films to leave in footage of people, whether actors or stunt people, genuinely being injured? Is it exploitative or is it justified in that it provides the effect needed? 1:27:15 - What’s your opinion on television shows that try to tackle internet cultule? 1:32:09 - My girlfriend and I just watch Brazil. We both didn’t like the film. Alex, I follow you on Letterboxd and saw you gave it five stars. What did you like about the film? Adam and Ralph I would like to know you opinions too. 1:35:46 - What are your thoughts on YouTube Poop? 1:37:45 - What are your opinions on listening to album leaks? Is it morally wrong or disrespectful to the artist to listen to there music early? 1:44:30 - What makes reincorporation and callbacks work in a film? 1:46:03 - Is ther any good movies based off the lovecraftian mythos or on cosmic horror? If they aren't any do you think that there is a reason for that? 1:48:37 - Are there any banned/ unreleased films that you are most interested in watching? For example, Don’s Plum or The Day the Clown Cried. Alex's recommendation: Naked (1993) (Timestamps by christian larson)
1 hr 57 min
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