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

    Looking back at 99 shows

    Looking back at 99 shows

    Chris and Randall discuss the last 99 episodes before taking a little hiatus of perhaps a couple of months. 
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    Our most popular episodes

    Total downloads:
    ep6: Modernism vs. Post-Modernism
    ep7: PUNK ROCK
    ep15: 1980s comedies - part 3 of 3 - John Hughes and late 80s
    ep2: Hipster Hollywood in the 60s
    ep3: Science fiction TV shows we're watching
    ep20: Chris' latest obsession or Youtube music in the time of COVID-19
    ep4: Randall introduces a new genre: Bonkers Sci-Fi
    ep24: Generation X growing old with radio
    ep11: Stand up favorites new and old
    ep19: Randall hates on J.J. Abrams

    First 7 days:
    ep94: What is Generation X humor?
    ep96: 21st century music bio-pic with guest Bill Gucwa
    ep95: How to sell NFT art
    ep99: The Vietnam War movie as apologia for empire
    ep82: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
    ep91: The abstract moment
    ep97: Q & A with Jerry Leibowitz — Professional Animator, Underground Comic Creator, and Graphic Designer
    ep90: The road to modernism
    ep62: The arts & entertainment of the Fourth of July
    ep80: Turkeys that are so bad they're good
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    Topics discussed include: 
    How to be a guest
    advertising on Facebook
    Generation X
    Randall's love of Marcel Duchamp
    Herbert Marcuse
    ep30: Does art influence the public mind?
    Harry Potter
    A Christmas Carol
    Star Wars
    Science Fiction
    Comedy
    stand-ups
    ep8: PRESIDENT TRUMP IS A STAND UP, or the aesthetics of President Trump
    Taika Waititi
    Thorstein Veblen
    ep41: Candy as entertainment
    live performance

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    recorded June 15, 2022
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    The Vietnam War movie as apologia for empire

    The Vietnam War movie as apologia for empire

    Randall asserts that (US-made) Vietnam War movies nearly universally serve to exonerate US conduct in the war — a war whose purpose is only to oppress indigenous people, further colonialism, and expand empire. 
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    Vietnam movies discussed include: 
    The Green Berets (1968)
    Coming Home (1978)
    The Deer Hunter (1978)
    Go Tell the Spartans (1978)
    Apocalypse Now (1979)
    First Blood (1982)
    Platoon (1986)
    Good Morning; Vietnam (1987)
    Hamburger Hill (1987)
    Gardens of Stone (1987)
    Full Metal Jacket (1987)
    Hanoi Hilton (1987)
    Born on the Fourth of july (1989)
    Casualties of War (1989)
    We Were Soldiers (2002)
    Rescue Dawn (2006)
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    Topics discussed include:
    US empire building
    The Phoenix Program
    What would a good Vietnam movie be like? 
    The CIA as an outgrowth of Nazi intelligence
    Reinhard Gehlen
    Operation Paperclip
    Mỹ Lai massacre
    Wannsee Conference
    Côn Đảo Prison
    Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
    American Sniper (2014)
    The Card Counter (2021)
    Top Gun: Maverick (2022)
    Bertolt Brecht's distancing effect
    wars run by the CIA
    Missing (1982)
    Paths of Glory (1957)
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    https://www.militarytimes.com/off-duty/movies-video-games/2018/03/29/military-times-10-best-vietnam-war-movies/
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    Quotes from this show:
    I would call it a moral get out of jail free card because if every soldier in every war is really just an innocent chap who accidentally signed up for the wrong thing and now got stuck with a bunch of bullies who don't know any better, it really reduces the entire nation's moral culpability in a war because now it's just a bunch of good guys and bullies. —Chris
    These movies are trying to excuse the US' behavior in Vietnam. —Randall
    We gotta do bad things because the people we're fighting do bad things. You can literally justify anything with that moral equivalency. There's no point in having law, order, civility, or even a Geneva Convention if you're just going to tell hero stories. —Chris
    Our hero has the right to morally transgress because the villain is always so bad that the rules of civility exempts our hero from having any rules of civility. —Chris
    The CIA is the missing character in a lot of these movies. —Chris
    Every other kind of genre there's a moment of catharsis and realization that you can be a better person, but you can't do that with a country. You can't tell a story about a nation becoming a better person. Every time you make a war movie you're always going to end up with this false pat on the back. —Chris
    Is there anything the US could do that the US people would be ashamed of? —Randall
    Almost every one of our war movies are in some sense a perverse rationalization for violence. —Chris
    Why are they made at all? They're glorifications of going to war. —Randall
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    Background reading:
    How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr
    The Phoenix Program: America's Use of Terror in Vietnam by Douglas Valentine
    The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World by Douglas Valentine 
    Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic by Chalmers Johnson
    A True History of the United States: Indigenous Genocide, Racialized Slavery, Hyper-Capitalism, Militarist Imperialism and Other Overlooked Aspects of American Exceptionalism by Daniel Sjursen
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    recorded June 12, 2022
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    What is Psychedelic Music? — with guest Robert Ciccone

    What is Psychedelic Music? — with guest Robert Ciccone

    Chris and Randall talk psychedelic music with musician Robert Ciccone.
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    Topics discussed include: 
    origins and influences
    LSD
    The Grateful Dead
    Jefferson Airplane
    The Beatles
    Pink Floyd
    Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Tomorrow Never Knows
    Brian Wilson
    Pet Sounds
    Rubber Soul
    Smile
    Good Vibrations
    Monterey Pop
    What is the connection between LSD and Psychedelic Music?
    White Rabbit
    stereo technology
    Led Zeppelin
    The Who
    fashion
    Grace Slick
    Altamont Free Concert
    The Doors
    Vanilla Fudge
    The 13th Floor Elevators
    Love
    The Left Banke
    Walk Away Renée
    Light My Fire
    Cream
    Santana
    The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
    Buffalo Springfield
    Miles Davis
    Break On Through (To the Other Side)
    The Rolling Stones
    Tony Bennett
    Hair
    Jesus Christ Superstar
    Godspell
    the end of the era
    Woodstock
    Whole Lotta Love
    King Crimson
    Velvet Underground
    MC5
    The Standells
    Embryonic Journey
    Frank Zappa
    I am the Walrus
    Astronomy Domine
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    Rob's 5 indispensable Psychedelic albums:
    Are You Experienced
    The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
    Magical Mystery Tour
    After Bathing at Baxter's
    Live/Dead
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    recorded June 6, 2022
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Q & A with Jerry Leibowitz — Professional Animator, Underground Comic Creator, and Graphic Designer

    Q & A with Jerry Leibowitz — Professional Animator, Underground Comic Creator, and Graphic Designer

    Chris and Randall talk to Jerry about his wide-ranging career in the arts. 
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    Jerry Leibowitz is known for:
    The Mouse and the Monster (TV series 1996-1997)
    Atomic Puppet (TV series 2016-2017)
    graphic design
    logo design
    experimental music (which we don't discuss)
    comics/comic strips
    comedy writing
    https://www.dotandcom.com/
    And many other things we don't have time to discuss.

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    recorded June 8, 2022
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    • 58 min
    21st century music bio-pic with guest Bill Gucwa

    21st century music bio-pic with guest Bill Gucwa

    Chris and Randall welcome guest Bill Gucwa to discuss the genre of music bio-pics. 
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    We each pick three favorites:
    Bill
    1. Ray (2004)  Ray Charles
    2. La Vie En Rose (2007) Édith Piaf
    3. Get On Up (2014) James Broawn
    Randall 
    1. The Runaways (2010) The Runaways
    2. Behind The Candelabra (2013) Liberace
    3. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Freddie Mercury and Queen
     
    Chris
    1. I’m Not There (2007) Bob Dylan
    2. Love & Mercy  (2014) Brian Wilson and Beach Boys
    3. Straight Out of Compton (2015) NWA
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    recorded June 1, 2022
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    How to sell NFT art

    How to sell NFT art

    Chris & Randall interview Randall's brother, Nick Juntilla, who has recently participated in a successful NFT collection sale, J. Pierce & Friends. ***
    Slides: https://mega.nz/file/UltSQKYC#27Py1gpo9sIbeRJHHnALEuw63TQjpEx3s7A6PML_0Xk
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    Visit Nick's website: https://ownerfy.com/
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    Topics discussed include: 
    https://chrisandrandall.com/ep49-beeples-nft-art-auctions-for-69-million-dollars
    Beeple
    NFT technology
    Skycoin
    Polygon
    Avalanche
    NFT art
    Bored Ape Yacht Club
    Crypto Punks
    J. Pierce & Friends https://opensea.io/collection/jpierceandfriendsnft?search[sortAscending]=false&search[sortBy]=LAST_SALE_PRICE
    Twitter profile pictures
    Discord
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    recorded May 17, 2022
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    Visit us at https://chrisandrandall.com/

    • 1 hr 25 min

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Modernism vs Post Modernism

I was so excited to find this episode to help me better understand the differences between modernism and post modernism for my upcoming Art History exam. I am now more confused after listening to these two obnoxious, rude dudes interrupt each other and argue for an hour. So disappointing.

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