Episode 44: If You Can’t Feel Your Nose, Is It Still There?

, with special guest:

044 PhilosophyOh wow, listeners. This week, we bring you the drunkest drunk we’ve ever drunked. Author and storyteller Rob Callahan returns to join us for an episode about philosophy movies, which is absolutely the sort of brainy episode you want to embark upon after killing three bottles of wine before even starting to record.

Seriously. We recorded for three hours. We edited out two hours of unintelligible mumblings and completely random rhapsodies about Jennifer Connelly in The Rocketeer. After the podcast, Rob fell asleep on the couch and woke up in the morning to find Windy’s daughter staring at him. Melissa mostly doesn’t remember recording the episode (yet apparently still had the faculties to describe Synecdoche, New York, no matter how many extra syllables she used).

It was after this episode that we decided that the SI Base Unit for inebriation is The Callahan.

It’s possible you will actually get contact drunk from this episode, but if you feel you need to enhance the experience, we suggest either Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Dortmunder Gold beer or Block Red Wine Shiraz. Because that’s what we drank after the three bottles of wine we started with.

Show notes behind the cut!

Movies mentioned:
Atlas Shrugged
Just Imagine
Revenge of the Nerds
Being John Malkovich
Star Trek (TV)
The Prestige
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Groundhog Day
Hudson Hawk
The Truman Show
Synecdoche, New York
Iron Man 3
The Avengers

Books mentioned:
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

People mentioned:
Ayn Rand
Robert Heinlein
Rene Descartes
David Hume
Soren Kierkegaard
Corey Doctorow
Christian Bale
Alex Winter
Keanu Reeves
Andie MacDowell
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Melinda Snodgrass

A Wish Upon a Fallen Sky, by Rob Callahan

1 comment

  1. The Truman Show is the film that basically justifies Jim Carrey’s entire existence. It’s a bit pop-psych but that’s okay, because it manages to give you a bit of something to think about along with giving you interesting and creative visuals and presentation.

    Also, I love that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has given us such fertile ground for discussion and dissection. I couldn’t count the number of Tumblr posts I’ve seen which boil down to, “I mean, the movie’s great and all, BUT YOU DON’T FULLY UNDERSTAND THIS COOL PART LET ME EXTRAPOLATE UPON IT AND TELL YOU ALL ABOUT IT.” (Sometimes entirely in hashtags, mind you, which… sigh.) Things like Tony’s interactions with Bruce, or Steve and Natasha’s found-siblings kind of relationship in Winter Soldier. So many great angles that people can get excitedly positive (or positively excited) about. So good.

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