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Every lazy trope started as an innovation. This is that story.
Will Sattelberg brings you the journey behind the cliches we know by heart in this series from Dog and Pony Show Audio.

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Don't Explain Dog and Pony Show Audio

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 9 Ratings

Every lazy trope started as an innovation. This is that story.
Will Sattelberg brings you the journey behind the cliches we know by heart in this series from Dog and Pony Show Audio.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Lady Sings The Blues, The Buddy Holly Story, 8 Mile (Rockstar Biopics Part 1)

    Lady Sings The Blues, The Buddy Holly Story, 8 Mile (Rockstar Biopics Part 1)

    This is Don't Explain. 
    Every time you go to the theater, you're experience an onslaught of movie tropes. Every romantic comedy has the down-on-her-luck best friend. Every action movie has the badass one-liners. Every Oscar-bait drama has that tear-jerker ending.
    But where do those tropes come from? How do audiences become so aware of Hollywood's bag of tricks, parody movies can become a massive genre on their own?
    This season explores the birth, death, and rebirth of one of the most successful cinematic genres ever: the rockstar biopic. In this episode, we start from the beginning, focusing on the earliest established tropes of the genre.
    Lady Sings the Blues, The Buddy Holly Story, and 8 Mile.

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    • 48 min
    Ray, Walk The Line, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Rockstar Biopics Part 2)

    Ray, Walk The Line, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Rockstar Biopics Part 2)

    What happens when two films stuck in development hell for more than a decade finally make their way to the silver screen? Money, critical acclaim, and ultimately, the complete destruction of the rockstar biopic as we know it.
    On this episode of Don't Explain, we watch as Hollywood strikes gold by telling the stories of some of the best musicians of mid-20th century America, only for a single film to tear it all to the ground.
    Ray, Walk the Line, and Walk Hard.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Get On Up, Straight Outta Compton, Bohemian Rhapsody (Rockstar Biopics Part 3)

    Get On Up, Straight Outta Compton, Bohemian Rhapsody (Rockstar Biopics Part 3)

    In the years following Walk Hard's release, Hollywood struggles to produce rockstar biopics that can attract critics or audiences. It's not until three films, each buoyed by up-and-coming actors trying to cement their place in cinema history, can the genre finally make it's comeback.
    On the season finale of Don't Explain, the rockstar biopic is reborn, with flashier filmmaking, bigger performances, and centered around some of the most famous performances of all time. From box office bombs all the way to earning nearly a billion dollars at the box office.
    Get on Up, Straight Outta Compton, Bohemian Rhapsody.

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    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

katertot_DV ,

Interesting concept, well executed!

Really enjoyed this—production is excellent, incredibly compelling and interesting narrative. Loved it and can’t wait for more.

Okie1094 ,

Interesting topic, sloppy editing

I try not to be overly critical of new podcasts. Like any media creation, nothing new is perfect to start with. The podcaster is clearly a film enthusiast knowledgeable about the subject, and the topic was interesting enough to listen to 2 episodes. I look forward to hearing about other genres in future episodes.

That being said, the editing is sloppy. Please, if you’re going to say “genre” repeatedly, look up the correct pronunciation of the word. Also, there is a curious lack of attention to detail to names. I grew up in Colorado where the Anschutz name is a familiar one with its philanthropic reach. There is no L in it - it’s pronounced An-shoots. In the same episode, the podcaster refers to the legendary T Bone Burnett as T Bone Bennett. If this kind of easily verified stuff is wrong, it makes me wonder what else in the research is wrong too.

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