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Episode 209: There is Mooching To Be Done

September 23rd, 2016 | Robin

Take a reality check before you dare to enter the Gaming Hut, as we answer Patreon backer Bryan’s request to devise a campaign based on flawed perceptions.

Time for another intro course in the Cinema Hut as Ken and Robin give your their film noir 101.

Coriander meets pate as the Food Hut investigates the banh mi, a sandwich whose flavors are as complex as its history.

Finally Ken’s Time Machine revs up at the behest of backer Rick Neal, who wants to know just what was up when Jack Parsons met L. Ron Hubbard to attempt the Babylon Working.

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11 Responses to “Episode 209: There is Mooching To Be Done”

  1. Cambias says:

    If you’re in New Orleans and don’t mind driving half an hour for lunch, the best banh mi in town (and in my opinion the best banh mi anywhere) is way out in the eastern end of the city near the Michoud Space Center, at Dong Phuong on Chef Menteur Highway. How good are they? Other sandwich shops in the city make a point of advertising that they use Dong Phuong bread.

  2. FMguru says:

    I can’t believe neither of you guys put THE THIRD MAN on your Noir 101 curricula! Excellent lists otherwise, I would have thrown THE BIG HEAT, THIS GUN FOR HIRE, NIGHT AND THE CITY, and Kubrick’s THE KILLING into the Classic Noir mix, BLADE RUNNER into the 1970s-1980s Transitional Noir category, and BOUND, LA CONFIDENTIAL, and THE GRIFTERS into the Neo Noir bin. Out of left field suggestion: WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT.

  3. Bryan Lovely says:

    I would put Jacques Tourneur’s “Out of the Past” in my top 10 list — Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, and an absolutely terrifying young Kirk Douglas as the villain. Also, I think you referred to but forgot to actually mention “D.O.A.”

    A documentary on the noir genre I saw some years ago whose title escapes me asserted that the noir “look” — at least for the B-movie examples — was because they had such a limited budget they could only afford one camera, simple sets, and a few lights.

    This meant there tended to be more than one face in the frame at once because they didn’t have the setups to do reaction shots, and deep focus so that action in the background didn’t also need a new setup. Few lights meant they were forced to highlight faces, and I imagine that limitation plus the influence of Expressionism led to unusual lighting angles, venetian blind shadows, etc.

  4. Niclas Matikainen says:

    This the sixth or seventh week in a row where I’ve thought “wow, this is the best episode in a long while” 🙂

  5. John Rauchert says:

    Definitely do a Noir 201.

    I have been recently binging on the so called Nordic Noir of the likes of “The Bridge” and would be interested in a K & R take on Noir influenced media in which I would put LA Confindential and The Usual Suspects.

  6. Tim says:

    Here in Portland (and I assume many other places) we are starting to see the gentrification of Bahn Mi. Still plenty of hole in the wall places that are great and cheap but now a few chains and also hipster run bahn mi places that charge 9-12 dollars per sandwich and some grocery stores are selling a versions that is only sort of connected to the concept.

    I always get extra pate. It is worth it.

  7. Scott Haring says:

    Culture Pedant says: “Cops got better things to do than get killed” was not a Jack Burton line. Wang said it.

  8. Steve Dempsey says:

    There’s a play about the Babalon working by Paul Green. We saw it’s one performance seven years ago:

    You can hear Paul talk about it here:

    And you can hear part of it here:

    I think I still have, somewhere, a magical glyph that was given to me at the time.

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