A Third of Your Monthly Penance

While searching for a blog entry that might reveal the name of the typeset that was used in The Apartment's main title sequence, I stumbled upon a lovely, stream-of-consciousness post by Janielle Kastner, a writer and podcaster out of Texas.  She, like me, drilled down into the finances of C.C. "Bud" Baxter, since he is so … Continue reading A Third of Your Monthly Penance

Episode W861: The Apartment Complex

Anna sits in with Ben to once again revisit anniversary cinema and discuss Billy Wilder's The Apartment on the event of its sixtieth anniversary. Does the romance hold up under contemporary power strictures, how has Mad Men influenced our opinions about office culture in the '60s, and who knows anything about that mishegas down at … Continue reading Episode W861: The Apartment Complex

Episode 1975: Rutland Weekend Television

Diverting somewhat from the mainstream of their remit, Nathan and Ben celebrate the 45th anniversary of the original broadcast of Eric Idle's Rutland Weekend Television by watching the first episode, "Gibberish", and weighing it against half a century of Python comparisons. Sources and References Eric Idle and Neil Innes interviewed by the NME about … Continue reading Episode 1975: Rutland Weekend Television

Episode 4077: The M*A*S*H Report

A one-off episode in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the theatrical release of Robert Altman's M*A*S*H and inspired by avoiding the stress and pressure of social distancing.  Join Ben and special co-host Anna as they discuss the sexism, criticism, and other isms embedded in the trauma and drama of this wartime comedy. Sources … Continue reading Episode 4077: The M*A*S*H Report

Verbal Typos and Other Word Salad

Nathan and Ben began their discussion of Episode 11 with a few choice confabulations in their vocabulary.  First, Ben was confused as to whether "interleavened" was a word.  It's not.  Had he let the dough of his brain rise somewhat, he would have realized the word is the syllabically simpler "interleaved", meaning "with alternating layers". … Continue reading Verbal Typos and Other Word Salad

Episode 11: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Goes to the Bathroom

Nathan and Ben offer context on celebrity boutiques and the internal lives of Python's characters, while speculating on editing and group dynamics. And a quiz on Gumbies is deadly enough to qualify for the Batley Townswomen's Guild historical re-enactments.