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