Do you ever find yourself watching a movie, reading a book, or playing a game and thinking to yourself, “This has happened before”? Of course, we all have? But, this form of entertainment deja vu isn’t because you’ve decided to re-watch, re-read, or re-play. Join us this week as we discuss the phenomenon of entertainment influencing itself, for better or for worse. From classic literature to classless television, it seems there are no bounds. Dust off that tome of Shakespeare, spike up that blow-out, and whatever you, don’t feed the Honey Boo Boo as you settle in for a certified original episode of Monkey in the Cage!
(36:00) – It’s topic time! Matt kicks off the discussion focusing on the evilness of Disney and the Twilight/Emo-Vampire craze and Robert LOVES lens flare (or does he?).
(40:30) – Ramses talks about the transcendent cultural influence of Jersey Shore and Guidos, Honey Boo-Boo = The Holocaust, and the retelling of the Classics. – Hamlet and Sons of Anarchy, The Dark Knight Rises and A Tale of Two Cities, and The Lord of the Rings / The Ring of the Nibelung connection.
(45:52) – Movies to Board Games = Good; Board Games to Movies = Why do you hate us? – Battleship, The Candy Land Movie, The Lord of the Rings Board Game, Game of Thrones, Monopoly, Risk, Clue, and Ouija by the greatest director of all time! Plus, Jumanji, Zathura and Worst Case Scenario.
(49:11) – Star Wars: One Franchise to Influence Them All – The Hero’s Journey, Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth, and we begrudgingly admit George Lucas’ marketing genius. Also, music, duh! – Rocky III, Mr. T trumps Nostradamus, and Survivor
(53:01) – The movie/video game synergy has been hit or miss, but we tangent about E.T. and deaf robots instead.
(54:51) – We discuss literature and gaming as being the perfect storm of creative influence. – Dungeons and Dragons, World of Warcraft, H.P. Lovecraft, and Call of Cthulhu. Also, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden: The Video Game
Closing Song – Eye of the Tiger - performed by Survivor