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Arts & Entertainment with Chris & Randall Chris & Randall

    • Arts

Join us as we give arts & entertainment the discussion they deserve.

    Does art influence the public mind? (part 1 of 3, Introduction)

    Does art influence the public mind? (part 1 of 3, Introduction)

    In an epic 3 part discussion, Chris and Randall tackle what proves to be a complicated philosophical puzzle.


    Topics discussed include:

    Nazis
    USSR
    Catholic Church
    authoritarianism and art
    punching up
    What is comedy?
    court jester
    Mort Sahl
    Lenny Bruce
    Richard Pryor
    Jay Leno
    Chris Rock
    theater
    Hair
    Hamilton
    Orson Wells
    Clifford Odets
    Arthur Miller
    Death of a Salesman
    The Jungle
    Animal Farm
    1984
    Romeo and Juliet
    Allen Ginsgurg
    Walt Whitman
    Bertolt Brecht

    • 33 min
    Improv on television

    Improv on television

    Chris & Randall discuss Improv on famous television shows The Office, Reno 911, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

    Topics discussed include:
    Improv
    Viola Spolin
    Compass Players
    Nichols and May
    Second City
    Del Close
    Long Form Improv
    Theater in Chicago
    Truth in Comedy (book)
    Impro (book)
    Spolin's Theater Games (book)
    Dramatic Improv
    writing for actors
    Cynthia Seghetti
    The Office (US TV series)
    Reno 911 (TV series)
    The Harold
    Cinéma vérité
    Brandon Burkhart
    Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV series)

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Are video games art?

    Are video games art?

    This is the second part of our video games discussion from ep25.


    Discussion includes:

    What is art?
    What is entertainment?
    Commercial art vs. fine art
    Artisan vs. artist
    Duchamp
    Duchamp's "Étant donnés"
    Waldorf dolls
    Star Wars
    THX 1138
    Ambiguity in art
    Infamous Roger Ebert essay (https://www.rogerebert.com/roger-ebert/video-games-can-never-be-art)
    Art vs. craft
    The test of time
    Video game publisher Rare
    Goldeneye
    Games vs. art
    Metal Gear Solid
    Hideo Kojima

    • 44 min
    Liberal Hollywood movies election special

    Liberal Hollywood movies election special

    In this episode, we discuss movies about US politics.

    Titles discussed:

    The Candidate (1972) PG
    Bob Roberts (1992) R
    Bulworth (1998) R
    All The Presidents Men (1976) PG
    Nixon (1995) R
    Frost/Nixon (2008) R
    The American President (1995) PG-13
    The West Wing (1999 -2006) NBC
    Game Change (2012) NR
    Vice (2018) R

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Halloween misadventures of our youth and adulthood

    Halloween misadventures of our youth and adulthood

    Besides tales of Halloween past, Chris and Randall each present a curated list of Halloween movie classics.

    Topics discussed include:
    Trick-or-treating memories
    Monster Mash
    Chris' Halloween school dance
    Halloween party memories
    Making costumes
    Costume memories
    West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
    Knott's Scary Farm
    Six Flags Fright Fest
    Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights
    Bob's Big Boy Burbank
    Why is Halloween so popular with adults?
    The Halloween industry

    • 1 hr 12 min
    ep25: Why video games?

    ep25: Why video games?

    Randall suggests that the main reason video game aesthetics are so compelling is because of the close coupling of cause and effect which hardly exists in real life. Chris and Randall go on to discuss many other aspects of video games that overlap with culture and society.

    • 29 min

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