Fri, 30 November 2012
This week Tony and Al drink from the suspiciously hydrodynamic goat skull that is Ti West's House of the Devil. Tony tells the story of the demonic bird-deity that lives in his chimney and is likely to kill any day now, just you wait and see. And later the guys discuss old-school gaming, authorial wagon ruts, Christmas music and the bitter-sweet tug of nostalgia.
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House of the Devil (on Netflix)
Anchorhead (that interactive fiction game Albert mentioned he was really getting into.)
The Raw Shark Texts by Stephen Hall
Next week we're kicking off December with a feel-good Christmas flick about how Santa Claus used to be some kind of demon-monster thing. Check out Rare Exports on Netflix.
Thu, 22 November 2012
Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles Review - HEP - 11 - Arnold Toynbee is Alive and Well on Jupiter
This week, Tony and Al philosophize about the fountain of youth as they unpack the documentary Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles; then Al talks about why it wasn't worth it to go and see Skyfall while beleaguered by mononucleosis. Also, the guys reveal that the thing they're really thankful for is not having to experience the Russian front of World War II.
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Blindsight by Peter Watts (a free download!)
Next week, we'll be discussing House of the Devil.
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Fri, 16 November 2012
This week Al and Tony munch on the sweet sweet eye candy that is The Fall with a completely unnecessary side course of post-presidential election commentary. Then the guys delve into the mysteries of nostalgia, and wonder which of the movies of our era will endure, and which will have our children scratching their heads asking themselves, "They thought this was good?" All this, PLUS, musings on the conceptual nature of reality and how stories are the fundamental building blocks that make up our world.
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Fri, 9 November 2012
Self sacrifice may be noble, but so is knowing what you are getting out of the deal. This week, we review the horror flick Absentia, which is available on Netflix. It's a pretty damn grim movie, so the weak of heart should beware.
After that, Al and Tony drop into the distant past and talk about historical arson. We learn why you never kill one of Ghengis Khan's messengers, and what Julius Ceasar used to conquer the known world and finish off the waning republic.
Fri, 2 November 2012
This week, Tony and Al dig into The Innkeepers, a character-driven scare-filled horror film with deep echoes of missed connections and unrequited love. Then, the guys geek out about some of their favourite books, from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to the oeuvre of Chuck Wendig with a minor detour through the world of Harry Potter. Finally Al tries to explain why he enjoyed The Lair of White Worm more than Dracula, and wonders which of the books of our day will be best remembered by history.
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Fri, 26 October 2012
This week Tony and Al tackle David Wong's most recent venture into hilarious horror, This Book is Full of Spiders. How well does it stand up to its predecessor John Dies at the End? Whatever happened to Monster Dave? Is giving this book two thumbs up too chairitable? Is a chair really the secret weapon?
Then, in the second half of the podcast, Albert gripes about missed opportunities in John Hornor Jacob's debut novel Southern Gods, and the guys discuss the finer points of the C'thulhu mythos.
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Fri, 19 October 2012
In this week's episode we analyze the intellectual insanity that is Pontypool and dig into the deep questions raised by the film. Does language infect the way we perceive reality? Was the Ludovician born in Canada? Are musicals really all that bad?
Then, we expound the wonders of the outdoors, and Tony reveals how he escaped a life of being a rocket-wielding, fire-starting, almost-got-charged-with-a-felony supervillain and joined sacred and ancient order of the Cyber Monks. (Or maybe he did some community service IT work for some churches. Eh, close enough.)
Finally we slam a magazine into our verbal machine guns and mow down Hollywood's misrepresentation of firearms.
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Pontypool on Netflix (in the US). Watch it.
The Sapir-Worf Hypothesis. (No not that Whorf.)
Stephen Hall's Raw Shark Texts. It is a book. With pages and also ideas.
Thu, 11 October 2012
This week in the Human Echoes Podcast, Al and Tony dive into the eviscerated entrails of indie horror flick Yellowbrickroad. Is it a metafictional examination of the medium of film? Is it a horrifying interpretation of The Wizard of Oz? Is it an anti-feminist manifesto? Listen in wonder and amazement as these questions and many more go completely unanswered.
In the second half of the podcast we share our (largely spoiler free) love for time travel flick Looper, and Albert explains why Ready Player One may be the best bad book you'll ever read. Then we discuss the basic protips everyone should know to make it through life, and attempt to court the favor of internet liberals by hating on Atlas Shrugged.
Also, in this week's episode: Tony turns an offhand remark into the first Human Echoes microfiction competition. Write a hundred word story about the Men in Black witness protection program and win the chance to be featured on the podcast that's been taking the internet by a storm. (And when we say, "storm" we mean, "some guy thought he got hit by a raindrop, but it turned out to be someone spitting out of a helicopter.")
Fri, 5 October 2012
It is a little known fact that most serial killers can be found at community colleges taking courses in Photoshop. This week Al Berg and Tony Southcotte breakdown Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.
In keeping with our strict policy of tangents, we also find ourselves fixated on the creations of Joss Whedon, with both The Avengers and Cabin in the Woods.
We also talk about what might be the best pure zombie book out there: World War Z by Max Brooks.
Next week we will be reviewing YellowBrickRoad, which is available on netflix and on a VHS tapes in your creepy neighbor's outhouse. It really might be easier to stream it.
Fri, 28 September 2012
In the third episode of the Human Echoes Podcast, you will find our heads scraped to the scalp, and ready to talk about the South Korean thriller I Saw the Devil. Listen in as we detail the struggle between Secret Agent Man and Serial Killer Man.
Hear us well, as we wander between the vagaries of Facebook stalking by employers and bumper sticker philosophy.
Also, check out The Booth at The End on Hulu.com. Mostly because it kicks ass, and a little bit because everything you read on this site is perceived to be true by the hosts.
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Next week's movie will be: Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.