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Nick Ransbottom

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Episode 86: THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964) [feat. Nick Ransbottom]

Trylove

Featuring returning guest Nick Ransbottom (twitter.com/theeziokenway)!A bit of a riff on THE SEVENTH SEAL (1957)’s dour upholding of Christian values, THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH is more about seeing how camp can drive a point home in a completely different way. In this episode, we chat about what it borrows from serious gothic horror including the Poe story of the same name, what’s lost and gained in the transition from the page to the soundstage, if that even matters compared to how much fun Vincent Price is having, and how Vincent Price is actually Waluigi confirmed.Follow Nick on Twitter at twitter.com/theeziokenway and Letterboxd at letterboxd.com/eziokenway/!Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/trylovepodcast and email us at trylovepodcast@gmail.com to get in touch! Buy tickets and support the Trylon at www.trylon.org/.Theme: "Raindrops" by Huma-Huma/"No Smoking" PSA by John Waters. Outro music: “Witchcraft” from THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964) by David Lee.

1hr 20mins

28 Sep 2020

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Episode 85: FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980) [feat. Nick Ransbottom]

Trylove

Featuring returning guest Nick Ransbottom (https://twitter.com/theeziokenway)!The inherent conservatism of the horror genre isn’t spared in FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980), the seminal slasher film that, at least in retrospect, earns its keep as a bit of a commercial riff on the genre. It might not be the most high-concept use of horror’s toolkit (i.e., external violence addressing intergenerational anxieties), but our guest argues there’s something to truly value under its blood-soaked mysteries, simplified plot, and mommy issues.Follow Nick on Twitter at https://twitter.com/theeziokenway and Letterboxd at https://letterboxd.com/eziokenway/!Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/trylovepodcast and email us at trylovepodcast@gmail.com to get in touch! Buy tickets and support the Trylon at https://www.trylon.org/.Theme: "Raindrops" by Huma-Huma/"No Smoking" PSA by John Waters. Outro music: Main theme from FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980) by Harry Manfredini.

1hr 38mins

22 Sep 2020

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Episode 46: BRUTE FORCE (1947) [feat. Nick Ransbottom]

Trylove

Featuring special guest Nick Ransbottom!BRUTE FORCE is a leftist melodrama that is at its best when it leans into its pulpy sensibilities. It displays an unprecedented amount of sympathy for a group of prison inmates who use their strength and camaraderie as they search for a way out of a flawed yet impenetrable system.As our heroes spiral towards their fate, we all find ourselves asking the same question: why persist at all? Is it worth pushing onward, even when the system has all exits covered? BRUTE FORCE is a bleak and beautiful meditation on this dilemma.Find Nick at @TheEzioKenway on Twitter for updates about THE BOUNTY, a one-shot he's developing with artist Sara Alfageeh!Follow us at @trylovepodcast on Twitter and email us at trylovepodcast@gmail.com to get in touch!Theme: "Raindrops" by Huma-Huma/"No Smoking" PSA by John Waters.

1hr 8mins

26 Nov 2019

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Episode 38: CURE (1997) [feat. Nick Ransbottom]

Trylove

Everyone who runs into eccentric amnesiac Mamiya develops a murderous apathy, fully aware of their crimes but unable to explain their motives. Toxically repressed detective Takabe is put on the case, set on discovering a reason – for Mamiya’s madness, for his victims’ bloodlust, and for his own fragile sanity.Who do we become when faced with the platonic ideal? How do our perceptions – of ourselves, of others, of the lost and longing – change when we are ourselves aware of being perceived? By dancing with these questions while building tense scene after tense scene, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s unnerving 1997 thriller CURE puts less effort into being scary than showing us why we’re all scared of ourselves.Follow us at @trylovepodcast on Twitter and email us at trylovepodcast@gmail.com to get in touch!Excerpt of Heinrich Lichner’s “Gypsy Dance” performed by Gary Ashiya ゲイリー芦屋 from CURE.Theme: "Raindrops" by Huma-Huma/"No Smoking" PSA by John Waters.

1hr 13mins

15 Oct 2019

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Episode 34: THE THIN MAN (1934) [feat. Nick Ransbottom]

Trylove

Featuring special guest Nick Ransbottom! What other noirs didn't have, THE THIN MAN series did: levity, breathing room, characters who weren't written full of life just to have it snuffed out on the next page. Nick and Nora Charles's charmed life as bourgeois socialites and functioning alcoholics could be an uneasy basis for a hard-boiled plot but for William Powell and Myrna Loy's bedrock performances.Based on the 1934 Dashiell Hammett novel, THE THIN MAN made the leap from the page to the screen that same year, carrying a lot of literary baggage with it (including a somewhat overwritten script) but still weaving between noir and comedy like a boxer between punches.Follow us at @trylovepodcast on Twitter and email us at trylovepodcast@gmail.com to get in touch!Theme: "Raindrops" by Huma-Huma/"No Smoking" PSA by John Waters.

59mins

17 Sep 2019

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Episode 32: VIDEODROME (1983) [feat. Nick Ransbottom]

Trylove

Featuring special guest Nick Ransbottom!VIDEODROME repurposes our own understanding of our bodies to tell a different story about critical media viewing. But does its wide lens preclude it from making a more pointed statement?Fuck James Woods.Theme: "Raindrops" by Huma-Huma/"No Smoking" PSA by John Waters.

1hr 9mins

3 Sep 2019

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Episode 16: POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU (2019) [feat. Nick Ransbottom]

Trylove

In a special, spoilery, distinctly non-Trylony episode, we're proud to host Nick Ransbottom (@TheEzioKenway) to talk about Rob Letterman's loose adaptation of the 2016 video game of the same name. We – four video game-literate men in the same general demographic – all liked it a lot. Go figure! And then go see it!It probably would've been enough to make POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU a facsimile of the game from which it takes its title or any in its namesake series. Fan service would've gotten millions of butts in millions of seats. But the movie is far more than fan service. It's a heartfelt realization of the world of Pokémon, and just a really well-rounded film, that succeeds by finding natural ways to include the mega-popular creatures in the story rather than by relying on them as its focus.Theme: "Raindrops" by Huma-Huma/"No Smoking" PSA by John Waters.

1hr 26mins

13 May 2019

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#13 Nick Ransbottom - The angle isn't that life's unfair; it's just life.

Misspent Youth

Content Warning: This episode contains discussions on abuse and suicide.Freelance writer Nick Ransbottom joins us this week to speak about the role narrative games have played in his life, and the impact they made during hardships. We discuss his fraught relationship with his family following his coming out, and his viewpoint on What Remains of Edith Finch as an individual living with cystic fibrosis.Also, we about how Sonic the Hedgehog's water levels traumatized a generation, Ni no Kuni 2's blasé attitude toward genocide, fatshaming in The Caligula Effect, and the terrifying appeal of Kingdom Hearts 2's endless summer prologue.Follow Nick on Twitter @theeziokenway, and be sure to read his pieces I Love You, Man: Exploring Platonic Love in Final Fantasy XV and Trauma and Video Games: How Kingdom Hearts Helped Me Cope With Childhood Abuse.Intro Music "Summer Vacation in Scanline" by NurvussIntermission "URE-P" by Shigeru Tomita (from Rune Worth)Outro Music "トワイライトでHEART-BEAT" by パフェ♥カフェparfait♥cafe

2hr 3mins

14 Aug 2018