The top men of Wrong With Authority (James, Kit, and Daniel) consider the classic Spielberg/Lucas/Ford Reagan-era pastiche/adventurefest which introduced the iconic, failure-prone, whip-wielding, treasure-hunting, snake-hating, Nazi-slaughtering, ambivalent-about-Arabs, and possibly-guilty-of-statutary-rape Dr Indiana Jones, rollicking around in a universe in which all myths seem to be simultaneously true. Close your eyes and let the wrath of Yahweh engulf your enemies as you enter the Podcast of Souls... And I'm bored now. But you won't be if you listen to this episode.
Daniel the barefoot American must battle a team of evil eurotrash inside a gigantic phallic symbol. Don'tcha just hate it when that happens?
Time to listen to us get medieval on Braveheart's ass.
CREAG AN TUIRE!!!!
Kit, Daniel, and Jack get fired from their cushy academic jobs and have to try to make it in the private sector with a bold new business concept, but end up having a spot of bother with the EPA.
Wrong With Authority returns, with a James-hosted episode about Scorsese's Gangs of New York (2002). This is a good one.
Daniel and Jack do a commentary on original Blade Runner (1982) and then chat a bit about the recent sequel.
Show notes: Main Topic: Blade Runner. With Jack Graham and Daniel Harper. Introductions and the obligatory Trump reference. Our histories with the film. Commentary begins at 10:23. Distinctive logo. Ridley Scott: complete bastard. Odd names. Daniel makes an Asimov reference. The plusses and minuses of opening crawls. Industrial sublime. Skipping the Voight-Kampf. Not the brightest Nexus-6, not the brightest Blade Runner. Dick joke. William Gibson. Japanification. 80s special effects. Racial slur. Noir voiceover. The Six Deadly Words. Tortured fan. Non-developed characters. Replicant personalities. Chemistry. A no-Deckard Blade Runner. Novel vs film and ethical philosophy vs cardboard characterization. Visually influential. Retro-futurism. Kipple. Freezing. Delicate Rutger. Frank Lloyd Wright? Impenetrable apartment. "These must be people!" Leaning into cliches. Daryl Hannah. Pris and JF. Deckard's photos. Huge in university. Tick-tick-tick-tick-tick. Ethnic stereotypes. Phone booths and phone calls. Implied sex show. Biblical metaphor. An actual detective. Diana Cassidy's performance. Streetwear. Outmatched in combat. Quiet. Used future in Our World. Jupiter orbit. Fashion choices. Gaff. Limp-wristed slap. Booze and relationships. Ford's star power turned on low. Assault. Reverse Mirror. Broken biology. Another more interesting story. Human images. Oversignified chess. Owls. Tyrell the CEO. Father fucker. Science is real. Gore. Bradbury. Pointless sequences. Ineffective police. Clever Pris. Shoe leather. Worse ways to die. Life force leaving the body. Twenty-three minutes of climax. Why is Deckard doing this? Psychopathic Roy. Human or boogeyman? Growth at the end. Leonine. Sky. Watch him die. Is Gaff a replicant? What are the stakes? Critical. Broken aesthetics. Happy endings. Wrapping Up, and moving on to 2049 at 2:07:50. Some ambition. Clever Force Awakens. Describing the plot. Evil Blind Genius Things. Relations between replicants and holograms. Interrupted by a dog. Narrative. Joi/K/Mariette love scene. Sexualized subservient images. Heuristic. Open relationship problems. Iron Man moment. Bond villain Jared Leto. Old Deckard. Lived history. Off-topic onto JJ Abrams. Underwhelming. A second Asimov reference. Wrapping Up.
The Wrong with Authority boys discuss Stanley Kramer's 1960 drama loosely based on the famous Scopes Monkey Trial.
Daniel and Jack get together for a chat about various right-wing shitbags, and the process of writing about them.
A year (or so) ago, the unthinkable happened. So, of course, we podcasted about it.
That was this. This is now.
Now, Daniel has called Kit and Jack back to the WWA recording bunker, joined by James too this time, to talk about what it's like to have lived a full year since Trump 'won' the 2016 US Presidential 'election'.
This is what happened...
Show notes: Main Topic: Trumpism At One Year. Introducing the band. Non-productive news obsession. Alabama and purity. James praises his co-hosts. Corbyn and the soft left.
#TheResistance. Misplaced catastrophism. The first few weeks. John McCain. The roles of the two parties. Kit's personal and political issues. Don't watch the news. Obligatory Batman reference. Bush and some weird shit. The Republicans and Obama. Activists. Discipline. Factionalism and the ACA. High floor in polls. "This is fine." Easy versus hard. New normal in global capitalism. The bumbling chessmaster. Scarmucci. Pizza-eating billionaire. Republican Dave. Mocking the empty suit. Form and content. Natural charisma. "No-drama Obama." The 2016 primary bullshit. Homeopathic socialism. "Gary Hart Would Have Won." Women's march. Drifting left on social issues. Obama was Republican enough. Back to Roy Moore. Hating pedophiles or women more. Mendacious media and epistemic closure. Elephant. C-span typography problems. Daniel's guess for 2020. Intermission: turd-miners. What has Donald Trump done well? American imperialism and nascent fascism. Trump and Charlottesville. Twitter as a direct connection to the base. Trump and the media. The spectacle of wealth. Impossible to ignore. A plurality, not a majority. Foreign policy and American politics. Never anti-war. Non-ideological. "Lot of killers." Trump as comedy. Adam Sandler billionaire. Steak and classism and tiny hands. Trump and mental illness. Trump versus previous presidents. Crisis? Sorkin. Bullet. Lucky. Conniving versus reckless. Empire. Russia. Predictions. Wrapping Up. "Old Man Trump."
Oh... Jack is sorry for his mic problems by the way. His generous patrons just paid for a Blue Yeti, so hopefully the situation will soon be resolved.
The first in a new strand of 'Wrong With Authority', in which the gang record commentaries on the movies that shaped and misshaped them, movies released between the first inaugurations of Ronald Reagan and George Bush the Elder.
This is 80s pop culture we're talking about pilgrim, so expect sickness.
This time, we mcfly backwards and forwards through time in a shitty car to discover that the deep psychological structure of America's understanding of its own history is best viewed through the prism of the oedipus complex.
Who'd have motherfucking thought it?
Welcome to Wrong With Authority Footnote 3: Watching Frankenstein with James Murphy and Kit Power! James and Kit were lucky enough to find themselves in the same room at the same time recently, and decided to just do what came naturally - i.e. break out the recording equipment and record a podcast (mind out of the gutter, you). So we sat and watched 1931’s Frankenstein, and recorded the resulting conversation, which we present here, warts and all, for your listening enjoyment. It’s probably best to treat this as auxiliary material to accompany WWA3, where we discussed Gods And Monsters, though this should stand alone as a fun discussion of the movie.
Another WWA 'Footnote' episode, this time featuring Daniel and Kit talking about George Romero, acclaimed horror director.
Main Topic: George Romero, specifically The Crazies (1973) and Martin (1977). Imposter syndrome. Critical distance. Ground Zero artist. Chutzpah. Often great without being good. Actors. Casting. Race in Night of the Living Dead. The Shield. Changing dialogue. Moving on to The Crazies. First the 2010 version. Justified. Crazies as a thematic sequel. Gun control. Vietnam in Pennsylvania. Survivalist Armageddon. Representations of the military. Hero entrance. Spark of genius. Ableist title. Oversignification. Adaptation of an art film. Irrationalism as overarching theme. Immune survivor. The love triange. Father/daughter rape scene. Cozy horror iconography. Incestuous. Parallel narratives. Gas masks. Back to the Future. Trapped in a gym. Bleak George. Nuclear cynicism. Personal malice. The poison isn't the bacterium. Subversive art. Romero the hippie. Romero and the moneychangers. Moving on to Martin. One long rape scene. Censorship. Kit's history with Martin. Toxic masculinity. Sympathetic murderer/rapist. "Involuntary celibates." Amplas and vulnerability. Ducking syndrome. Romantic vampire myth. "The Moffat Effect." Unreliable. Are the murders real? Dreamlike. Fantasy seduction. Misogynist men. Dehumanization. Butchery. Adult material on developing brains. Porn and existentialism. "How bad can human nature get?" Intimate. Black and white sequences. Innocent versus good. Coming to adulthood. Understanding the ending. The one he didn't do. Sleeping teenagers. Virtuoso middle. Stumbling Daniel. Walkie-talkie. Guillotine. "Fuck the New Atheists." Ambiguity. The priest portrayed by George Romero. Impurity and the mark of the outsider. Reinforcing stereotypes and The Bad Seed. Monsters as postmodern construct. Wrapping Up.
Wrong With Authority, the podcast where four white guys talk about movies based on real historical events, returns... and this time we're talking about Mississippi Burning (1988), a travesty of the story of three civil rights workers - Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman - who were murdered in Mississippi in 1964 by the Klan/cops/state government (all essentially the same thing at that point).
Beware triggers. We're talking about vicious racism, hate-motivated violence and murder. At one point in the episode, one of us reads out part of a historical document which contains the n-word. We believe the context justifies its inclusion, but please be aware that it's there. Jack made the decision to not bleep it out, and takes responsibility. Also, we mention rape a couple of times - because it was an integral part of both Jim Crow and slavery.
The Shabcast comes to you from Chez WWA this time, because... well, because socialism can rationally allocate resources.
This month I'm joined by Kit and James, to talk about the election we had last week (surprise surprise) in which Jeremy Corbyn defied his critics to resurrect the fortunes of Labour and pummel the Tories into a very uncomfortable corner. We also talk about the horrific Grenfell Tower fire, just had just happened when we sat down to record.
Credit where its due: this episode very much came about because Kit and James organised it, and James both edited the main body of the episode and supplied the wonderful title. I'm not even in the episode for half an hour or so!
In the first of an irregular series of bonus 'mini' episodes which will henceforth be known as 'footnotes', Daniel and Jack discuss David Fincher's Zodiac, 2007.
Episode Notes: Main Topic: Zodiac (2007). But first, a thirteen minute riff on superhero movies. Token. Is Jack the Zodiac? Aren't we all the Zodiac? Unsolved mysteries. "Curtain rods everybody." Not to interrupt. Jack projects. General thoughts of the film. Fincher as director. Quality pastiche. Empty. JFK versus Zodiac. "The look." The radian theory. Pattern-seeking behavior. Marrying Chloe Sevigny. No social turmoil. Daniel pours a beer. Misogynist Zodiac Killer. Daniel projects. DNA. The guilt of Arthur Leigh Allen. Lingering fascination with history. Ferrin and the painting party. Two previous victims. Avery's discovery of a possible Zodiac victim. Missing evidence. Evidence presented by the film. 1978 letter not real. ALA lived near the IHOP? Ferrin trying to get weed. Ferrin's humanity. Inaccuracies in the opening sequence. Verisimilitude. Fake docudrama. "Graysmithed." A Current Affair. Toschi the camera hog. Searching the trailer. Not a good guy. The Dick Cheney joke doesn't land. Graysmith is always wrong. An aside about Steven Knight. Paranoid Graysmith. Fleischer as Vaughn. Papering over mistakes. Gay porn. Alt-right and the serial killer. The trailer search. Why the fascination? Displaced interest in history. Prickle and salaciousness. Puzzles and connections. Storytelling as justice. The ciphers. Serious droopy. Escalation. Earlier victims? Paul Avery. Handwriting. Ambidextrous. Seven versus Zodiac. Figures of intense anxiety. Looking for a black guy. Johnnie Cochran reference. Daniel pours another beer. In the past. Pitiful. Pepe the Zodiac. Infodump education. Murderous retail. Police files. Siding with Graysmith. Wallace Penny/Penny Wallace. Reading Graysmith? Faces in the dark. Gay Ellroy. The ending. Graysmith the hero. The poster. Wrapping Up.
In two parts. Because it's soooo long. You bastards had better download this and enjoy it because we sweated blood over this one.
Wrong With Authority is back from the dead, hosted by James this time, with an episode looking at two movies about the creators of classic horror cinema.
As ever, beware spoilers, and also one or two possible triggers.
This time, Wrong With Authority covers two movies about mathematicians! 'A Beautiful Mind' (Russell Crowe as John Nash) and 'The Imitation Game' (Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing). High-octane excitement! Sex! War! Espionage! Madness! Equations! Inexplicable impromptu pen-giving ceremonies!
This being Daniel's episode, effort has been put in, which means there are show notes:
Main Topic: A Beautiful Mind and The Imitation Game. Mathematics, male homosexuality, and mental illness. Three. Four Oscars. A Woody Allen digression. Synopsis. Content Warning. Spy movie. Boringly. Serious Oscar Bait. Drained of challenge. Not about John Nash. The Sixth Sense Thing. Twenty. Positive. "Shit's about to get real." A Dick recommendation. Cure with love. Fucks it up both ways. Not about math. Willpower and medication. A personal failing. A proper ubermensch. Medication and mathematics. Unaging little girl. Amorous. Visceral. Bird in a cage. Low tactics. Nicer. Transformed details. Illegitimate. Studio interference? Sincerity. Exactly two black people. Crowe's performance. Trousers and briefcases. Crowe versus Bale. Save the cat. Lesser mortals and charm. Mainstream audiences. Hogwarts. Attempting to explain the Nash equilibrium. Adam Smith was wrong. "Well, actually..." Nash's reaction to the film. Alicia Larde. The Phantom. If John Nash were black.... Anti-semitic? Preordained. An extended riff about pens. A Philip Glass Interlude. Moving on to The Imitation Game. Alright. Biopics kinda suck. The "Fuck Your Machine" bullshit. Epic fail. Ideologically opposed to fun. Writing ourselves into history. Midwesteners feel icky. Progressive and tolerant. Tumblr fodder. The inverse Nash equilibrium. Cumberbatch skeptic. Sheldon. Moments. Not neurodivergent. Gas masks and tissues. Barely closeted. 20% effort. Factual errors. William Goldman. Sidetracking onto Boogie Nights. Foundational WWII. A Ghost in the Machine. Secrecy. Not a traditional marriage. Implication of treachery. William Tutte. Swords into plowshares. "The lovely girls." Glorification. Burning of books. Cryptonomicon. German infallibility. Believing the hype. Jack has no thoughts. Big picture Cold War. Reaganesque machismo. "Nothing to eat but guns." Keystone Kops and intelligence operations. "It is now." Mornington Crescent. Double consciousness. Autism as alibi. Different people. Non-dualist, non-vitalist. Christopher. Capturing human intelligence in a machine. Indictment. Next week on the Alan Turing show. Nice but then. Commodities. Clever. Fake tits. Different people. Joan Clarke, physicist. Always more interesting. Forever World War II. Platonic and nontraditional friendships. The Easy Rider ending. Suicide? A damp squib. Reaching for a reference. As crazy as Stone. Snowglobes and superbrains. Why sanitized? Keeping Calm and Carrying On. Finally, Trump. Also, the USSR doesn't exist anymore. Old intelligence. The cold shoulder. Manpain. Churchill and moral ambiguity. Because fuck Isaac Newton. Wrapping Up