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GTGC - #204 - The Shelvies 2016

December 19th, 2016

The red carpet is out and the GTGC crew is dressed to the nines. This week, we wrap up 2016 with a retrospective as we look back at the best and worst moments of the GoodTrash GenreCast. In our 4th annual Shelvies Award Ceremony, all five hosts get around the table. Arthur, Dalton, Alex, Caleb and Dustin sit down to speak about the best movies they watched for GTGC in 2016. They also talk about the movies they wish could be erased from their brain. 

Every year, the GoodTrash GenreCast gathers around to hand out a number of awards; Best Worst Movie, Favorite Discovery, Once More with Feeling, and more. They also determine the movie that deserves to sit on the platinum shelf. A movie that is worthy purchasing and must be seen and must be part of your personal conversations.

This year, there are several shocking awards. Dalton finally shows character growth as he does the unthinkable and shocks everyone with his Platinum Shelf winner. Caleb continues to try and defend Transformers in the face of adversity. Alex literaly partakes of candy on air. Arthur destroys a film that was a pop culture phenomenon. And Dustin tries to keep the whole thing on the rails. 

We thank all of our dear listeners for tuning in over the last 12 months. We hope you've had as much fun on this journey as we've had. Next year, we have some special things in mind to try and stretch ourselves even farther while trying to grow and increase the conversation about film and those who make it. We will return in January 2017 with our 5th annual Anti-Trash marathon. 

So, until then have a wonderful holiday season and a great New Year!

GTGC - #203 - The Muppet Christmas Carol

December 12th, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! This week, the GoodTrash GenreCast has been taken over by those wacky Muppets. Caleb Master's used his host pick power to make us break our "No Christmas Films" rule and forces us to bring film analysis to The Muppet Christmas Carol. Is it a trip down nostalgia lane? Or, does the adaptation have us saying, bah! Humbug!

The discussion gets underway as we highlight our desired Muppet Literary Adaptations. There are a lot of great suggestions, but we'd also love to hear your ideas on social media. Analysis gets underway as Caleb gives us a rundown of the Muppets and what they're about. Alex chimes in with the rules of portraying the Muppets in media. Dalton applauds the Muppets for their ability to introduce young children to classic art and literature. He claims that it is important to grow culturally and that having these art pieces as vocabulary is key to that. 

Alex presents her analysis and looks at the production of The Muppets Christmas Carol and the editing of the film. She expounds on the history of the productions and explores why certain songs were cut from the film. Dustin wraps up the analysis of The Muppets Christmas Carol by talking about Charles Dickens and charity. Dustin then brings up Bleak House and how people can make a proper change and truly help those in need. 

And there you have it! The 2016 GTGC Express is nearing the station. The Muppets Christmas Carol will be our last film of 2016, but we have one more episode in the works for you next week. So, until next time, remember to be nice, and put the Ghostbusters on speed dial, just in case. 

The Muppet Christmas Carol Timestamps

00:38 - Welcome and Introductions
04:16 - Synopsis and Reviews
16:05 - The Game - Muppet Literary Adaptations
28:36 - Analysis 
54:39 - Shelf or Trash/Else or Instead
1:00:33 - Wrap Up

GTGC - #202 - High Fidelity

December 5th, 2016

Drop the needle and spin the vinyl, we're back! The GoodTrash GenreCast returns to bring a healthy dose of film analysis to Stephen Frears' High Fidelity. This one is Dalton's host pick. It is one of his favorite movies, but does the rest of the gang agree? You'll have to tune in to find out.


On this week's episode, we kick off with our weekliy game. The game this week is our Top 5 Break Up Songs. We go through all the tunes that got us through those tough times and heartbreaks. We also admit a few guilty pleasures. Following our game, we take High Fidelity off the shelf and out of the sleeve to give it a spin on the analysis table. 


Dalton kicks things off with a character study of John Cusack's character, Rob. He explains that by casting ourselves as the wounded protagonist in our minds, we often become our own worst enemy. He argues that the film encourages reflection about how we should behave as humans. Caleb looks at Frears' use of music throughout the film. He looks closely at the connection between music and memory. He argues that Frears' is using the audience's relationship with these songs to trigger a nostalgia trip. Dustin takes the analysis home as he brings up two ideas. First, he mentions a bit of critical theory by talking Walter Benjamin. He then ties these ideas into Rob's search for love and the object of desire. 


Alright dear listener, there you have it. What are your Top 5 Break Up Songs? Let us know! So, until next time, go arrange your music chronilogicaly in the order that you met your friends. 

High Fidelity Timestamps

00:36 - Welcome and Introductions
05:24 - Synopsis and Reviews
14:00 - The Game - Top 5 Break Up Songs
27:00 - Social Media
29:04 - Analysis
47:16 - Shelf or Trash/Else or Instead
55:23 - Wrap Up


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