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Supercontext: Nameless

This horror comic by Grant Morrison, Chris Burnham and Nathan Fairbairn purports to act symbolically like our archetypes of myth. We ask whether it’s successful in getting into our subconscious and if cosmic horror and lack of meaning even scare us anymore.

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Supercontext: Taboo, Season One

We discuss Tom Hardy’s television passion project and how he produced it with his father and a string of well-known storytellers. We also examine the show’s symbolic demonization of corporations and what that says about historical accuracy and our present understanding of modern economics.

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Supercontext: Shadowland by Peter Straub

This fantasy/horror novel about prep school boys and magical authority came in the middle of the genre paperback boom. We talk about Straub’s concerns when writing it and how he walked the line between horror and “literature,” while responding to the market pressures on his publisher.

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Supercontext: Altered States

This movie had a tumultuous production, with constant fighting between writer Paddy Chayefsky and director Ken Russell. We discuss how their conflict influenced the end product… and the studios paying their bills. We also wonder if this movie unintentionally captures what we now refer to as toxic masculinity.

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Supercontext: Astronauts in Trouble: Live From the Moon

This comic book about a private moon mission gone wrong is now lauded for launching the career of Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard. But, it was also responsible for Larry Young and Mimi Rosenheim’s publishing house AiT/PlanetLar. So we discuss their approach to balancing commerce with art, and medium with story.

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Supercontext: The Handmaid’s Tale, Season 1

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This dystopian television series presents a horrifying, totalitarian society that forces women to bear children as slaves. We discuss its streaming based production and reception, and then turn to multiple articles on representation, politics, religion and intersectionality to try to provide a perspective the two of us might not normally find.

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Supercontext: The Killing Floor by Lee Child (Jack Reacher Book 1)

This crime novel follows a wandering problem-solver who always wins. We discuss why these books are so immensely popular and the vicarious consolation we get out of the hero, his nobility and his alienation.

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Supercontext: Touch of Evil

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This 1958 Orson Welles’ picture has been called the last of the classic film noir era. We discuss Welles’ approach to filmmaking, his conflicts with the movie studio and the thematic tensions displayed by the genre at the time. Oh, and Charlton Heston’s makeup. That gets a good 10 minutes.

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Supercontext: Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Series 3

This British comedy series is a deconstruction of humor in a jazz-like improvisation. We discuss Lee’s persona, the BBC’s decision-making process and the fine lines between self-absorption, art and masturbation. In fact, we take a masturbation metaphor way too far. So brace yourselves.

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