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Episode 187: Honest and Dishonest Graft

April 22nd, 2016 | Robin

The Gaming Hut gets organized as we answer Patreon backer Samwise Crider’s question about tracking clues in GUMSHOE and other investigative games.

Backer Adam McDonald enters the Politics Hut for the 101 on machine politics—particularly that of Ken’s beloved Chicago.

Backer and colleague Hal Mangold grabs his popcorn in the Cinema Hut with his request for a getting started in Asian action movies segment.

Hey, it turns out to be another all-backer request episode, as Tennant Reed lurks in the Conspiracy Corner with his question about Italy’s P2 “Black Lodge” and its many associated tentacular crimes and mysteries.

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5 Responses to “Episode 187: Honest and Dishonest Graft”

  1. Sheila Ralston says:

    It might be fairer to say that Bollywood audiences value realism about as much in action sequences as they do in item songs, so that directors tend to focus on scale, originality, and panache to the detriment of making sure, for example, that it really looks like the hero’s thousand punches are actually landing on anything. A nebbishy Shah Rukh Khan learns to appreciate Bollywood action sequences by observing his new (arranged marriage) bride in one of my favorite movies songs, at about 1:30-2:00, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgdY_s1LsZc, a sequence that I think is worth a thousand words in understanding the over-the-top and seemingly amateurish nature of most Bollywood action films.

  2. Aaron says:

    Oriental Cinema magazine was the guide to how to find those HK movies.

    • Aaron says:

      Just found out the zine Asian Eye was from Toronto. Did you have anything to do with that zine RDL? I flipped through an old issue and didn’t see your name. Editor was listed as Colin Geddes.

      • Robin says:

        Only as a reader! Colin went on to become programmer of the Midnight Madness and Vanguard programs at the Toronto International Film Festival.

  3. Matt says:

    Thanks for the bump on Merantau. I’ve had that sitting in my Netflix queue for a while. Watched it last night. Ambushed my feels, right at the end there.

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