Category Archives: Supercontext

Supercontext is a podcast autopsy of media.

Supercontext: Grimes, Art Angels

How do we respond to a pop music auteur who’s been described as the “patron saint” of her generation? We look at her DIY production work ethic to find out. Additionally, we get very upset about how some try to sexualize, infantilize or demean her with criticism and even death threats.

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Supercontext: Mindhunter, Season 1

This Netflix program is about the early days of studying serial killers at the FBI. We look at David Fincher’s meticulous storytelling here, as well as the show’s attempts to disrupt the glorification of murder and the methodological portrayal of criminal profiling.

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Supercontext: Ray Bradbury, “How To Keep and Feed a Muse”

In this essay, one of America’s most beloved storytellers provides advice on consuming media, thinking critically about it and applying it to your own work. We get real personal while trying to figure out who our respective “muses” are. 

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Supercontext: Mr. Brooks

This 2007 thriller divides a lot of people over whether it’s good or bad. We try to take a high road and instead explore what the film says about us. Is it about ordinary monsters? Addiction? Or America’s guilt about its own dark side?

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David Byrne, David Byrne

David Byrne’s self-titled album is a personal moment in his creative history, but do his lyrics have meaning? Or do they simply dredge up emotions for the listener? Also, how does an album that’s this diverse have such a white, middle class identity associated with it? 

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Supercontext: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s novel about the comedy of Armageddon seems to be the very definition of “twee.” We try to unpack what that concept means and how it contributes to the authors’ humanist message.

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Supercontext: Legion, Season One

This television show may be an adaptation of a superhero property, but it’s unlike anything we’ve seen before. It takes the collage aesthetics from unusual comic books and turns them into Noah Hawley’s kaleidoscope of mental illness, 60s futurism and a good old fashioned love story. 

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Supecontext: The Filth

Grant Morrison says this 2002 comic book with Christ Weston, Gary Erskine and Matt Hollingsworth is an inoculation against the nasty horror of the world through depravity, pornography and depression. We interrogate whether that theme works in the end product and if the sexual violence within is problematic.

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Supercontext: Generation Kill

David Simon and Ed Burns produced what is heralded as one of the most authentic depictions of the Iraq War, based on Evan Wright’s embedded reporting. We look at how it navigates between journalism and drama to keep us from forgetting the story of soldiers on the ground.

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Supercontext: The Wicker Tree

Writer/director Robin Hardy describes The Wicker Tree as a companion piece to 1973’s The Wicker Man. We dig into just how this film got made. Was it a spiteful response to the American remake? Or a continuation for a deeper purpose?

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