Monday, April 14, 2014

Episode 17 - Saturday Night's All Right For Fighting In A Dystopian Hellscape

It's fun and games this week as we explore dystopian game show/reality shows from before the year 2000!   We watched David Cronberg's 1983 classic Videodrome and we read Horace McCoy's They Shoot Horses Don't They from 1935.

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Show Notes:

The three essays from Criterion that we reference in this episode are:

Videodrome: Make Mine Cronenberg, by Carrie Rickey.  This one's especially interesting since it was originally written for the Village Voice around the time the movie came out.

Videodrome: The Slithery Sense of Unreality, by Gary Indiana.

The TVTropes page on Videodrome is also quite useful.

Next Time:

For our episode in two weeks, we'll be watching My Year Without Sex and reading Ian McEwan's Atonement.

Random Junk:

Amy makes reference to a Jerry Baker in remembering saxophone players in this episode.  She meant the late Gerry Rafferty (1947-2011), who had the wonderful song "Baker Street." [My brain ain't what it used to be. I blame having to memorize how to spell Chmerkovskiy. -- Amy]

The Toronto CityTV signoff, ca. 1979:

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