213 episodes

Derek & Laurel dish on myths, history, pop culture and more as they explore universal themes in storytelling. From Game of Thrones and Harry Potter to the Marvel Universe and Star Wars, we've been making pop culture sound smart since 2017. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/midnightmyth/support

The Midnight Myth Podcast Derek Jones and Laurel Hostak

    • Film History
    • 4.9 • 54 Ratings

Derek & Laurel dish on myths, history, pop culture and more as they explore universal themes in storytelling. From Game of Thrones and Harry Potter to the Marvel Universe and Star Wars, we've been making pop culture sound smart since 2017. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/midnightmyth/support

    Episode 172: Expecto Patronum | Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban, Folklore & Roman History

    Episode 172: Expecto Patronum | Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban, Folklore & Roman History

    It’s Year Three at Hogwarts, and things are taking a dark turn. Alfonso Cuaron takes over the director’s chair for Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban, infusing the series with new life and cinematic splendor in what many consider the strongest installment of the film franchise. We’re treated to a deep exploration of animal magic, from the culturally ubiquitous werewolf to the British folklore-infused Black Dog and the more abstract Patronus charm. Our first Divination class introduces us to the ancient history of prophecy, and sees our Enlightenment-educated Hermione Granger take on centuries-old assumptions. Join us for a lively discussion of dogs, Dementors, Time Turners, and the Roman Empire. Lumos maxima!



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    Episode 171: The Heir of Slytherin | Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets, Epistemology & Legend

    Episode 171: The Heir of Slytherin | Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets, Epistemology & Legend

    We’ve survived Year One at Hogwarts, but Year Two brings bigger monsters, darker secrets, and lots more mystery. Join us as we continue our journey through the eight Harry Potter films and flush ourselves down to the Chamber of Secrets. It’s our first introduction to notions of blood purity within the Wizarding World, and it solidifies the eerie magical connection between our hero, Harry, and his nemesis Lord Voldemort. We’ll discuss the mythological foundations of the basilisk and ancestral weaponry, and we’ll meditate on epistemology in the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets is deeply concerned with how knowledge is imparted, who controls a narrative, and how those narratives can drive ideology, leading to the rise of oppressive regimes.



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    Episode 170: The Boy Who Lived | Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Alchemy & the Monomyth

    Episode 170: The Boy Who Lived | Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Alchemy & the Monomyth

    Take the first steps with us into a world of magic. Over the next eight weeks, we’ll be going one-by-one through all eight films in the Harry Potter series, following the Boy Who Lived through his years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry and his battle against the forces of evil. This week, we discuss Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001). Okay, maybe this isn’t the strongest movie in the series, but dang if it isn’t chock-full of history, mythology, and philosophy! We’ll learn a little bit about the legends surrounding the Philosopher’s Stone and alchemical tradition, the real Nicolas Flamel, and what those elements mean for the story at large. Plus, we’ll unpack one stop on Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey—the Crossing of the First Threshold—which manifests in myriad ways in Sorcerer’s Stone.

    Yer a wizard, Harry.



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    Episode 169: Sparkle Motion | Donnie Darko, Philosophy & Religion

    Episode 169: Sparkle Motion | Donnie Darko, Philosophy & Religion

    28 days. 6 hours. 42 minutes. 12 seconds. That is when the world will end… according to Frank, the giant bunny rabbit. Closing out a run of spooky Halloween-themed episodes is the 2001 indie classic Donnie Darko. Is this film a muddled mess or an of-the-moment masterpiece? What can we make of the three seemingly conflicting threads that run through the movie—the science fiction, the vaguely religious, and the meditation on upper middle class suburban alienation? Do these thematic strings clash horribly, or are they inextricably intertwined? How do we make sense of an increasingly mad world through the eyes of Donnie? We meditate on the film’s carefully selected symbols and philosophical underpinnings to answer these questions and more.



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    Episode 168: Absolute Pleasure | The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Theatre History & Hedonism

    Episode 168: Absolute Pleasure | The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Theatre History & Hedonism

    It’s astounding. Time is fleeting. MADNESS takes its toll… But listen closely to this week’s podcast—a bonkers analysis of the Queen of Midnight Movies, the ultimate cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show! We discuss the legacy of both the stage production and cinematic adaptation, how it spawned a true cult of devoted followers and a universal tradition of audience participation—going back through theatre history to understand why Rocky Horror provokes such an audience response. Plus, we’ll explore what it means to give yourself over to absolute pleasure, discussing the philosophy of Hedonism and the psychology of pleasure-seeking. Come with us to a different planet, and we’ll do the Time Warp again!



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    • 59 min
    Episode 167: Pandemonium | Hereditary (2018), Greek Tragedy & Religion

    Episode 167: Pandemonium | Hereditary (2018), Greek Tragedy & Religion

    Warning: Major spoilers for Hereditary (2018) in this podcast! Don’t let us ruin this movie for you!

    The second installment of our spooky Halloween episode series swerves into tragic horror with Ari Aster’s 2018 directorial debut, Hereditary. An exquisite genre piece that unfolds into unexpected and deeply unsettling revelations, Hereditary may share even more in common with Greek tragedy than with its modern horror cousins like The Exorcist, The Shining, Carrie, and Rosemary’s Baby. We’ll discuss the influence of plays by Sophocles and Aeschylus on the film’s form and structure, the significance of miniatures, and the correlation between blood ties and the supernatural. Plus, come with us through a historical overview of the transition between ancient pagan religions and monotheism—and how the long-lasting implications of that transition have laid the groundwork for much of modern horror cinema.



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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

aldesisto ,

A unique twist on the movie lover's podcast

The Midnight Myth is possibly the most unique movie podcast I've ever listened to...the deep, educated dive into the history and mythology of the focused film adds a new layer of appreciation and complexity that will now have me rethinking some of my favorite films!

MrPrudent ,

This Might Just Be My First Patreon Subcription!

Like Yoda being so old and ugly he turns out to be "CUTE". The Boomerangerang is so Ridiculous in its offering that it is absolutely...BRILLIANT!!! I absolutely loved it! I am not sure I will even want to try and attempt to spoil it by telling you anything other than check the gift that is a bonus Boomerangerang ( you usually need to be a Patreon suppoter to enjoy). The Hosts, so cleverly attempt to abide by the rules (some instances better than the others; that it becoms fascinating and utterly entertaining. BRAVO!

WI Appraiser ,

Wonderful Stories & Passionate Hosts!

Derek and Laurel have a passion for great storytelling. Their passion is present in each episode which makes for great listening! I particularly enjoy episodes relating to Tolkien and Lord of the Rings. Keep up the great work you guys!

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