In this episode, Johnnymelodica takes a look at infamous portrayals of healthcare professionals in film: Alec Baldwin’s ‘I am God’ speech as Dr. Jed Hill from Malice (1993), and Laurence Olivier’s ‘Is it safe?’ speech as Nazi expatriate Dr. Christian Szell in Marathon Man (1976). Next, he combs the silky-smooth coat of 1950s sitcom Mister Ed, a show centered around the eponymous talking horse, for anthropomorphic tropes and tendencies in popular media. After a brief bout of ‘Name that Quote’s Author: Nietzsche or Oscar Wilde?’ and a detour through Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, he ends with a discussion of the anti-industrialism and aristocratic pastoral nostalgia of Tolkien’s Middle Earth.
Johnnymelodica explores the master-slave dialectic in the BBC series Jeeves and Wooster, Downton Abbey, and Joseph Losey’s The Servant (1963). Also featured is Tim Heidecker’s and Eric Wareheim’s The Comedy (2012).
John Ciecka talks with Professor Laurie Finke of the Women’s and Gender Studies department at Kenyon College. Professor Finke discusses medievalism, tourism studies and the role of the vacation in the popular psyche, women directors of the Silent Era, architecture, her favorite films, and her experiences living in Portland in the 90s.
This week, Johnnymelodica takes a look at twentysomething ennui and aimlessness in Whit Stillman’s indeed witty The Last Days of Disco (1998), stoicism and its buddhist parallels in the Enchiridion by Roman slave Epictetus, and, again, twentysomething ennui and aimlessness in Bruce Robinson’s Withnail and I (1987), a Quixotic tale of a British bohemian duo out for a weekend in the country.