January 9, 2017
Think of every RomCom trope and the one thing that separates it from being in a horror movie instead: the music. It’s all the same mad libs game, and the outcome is always the same.
Colin Firth/Hugh Grant/Matthew McConaughey runs to the airport/apartment building/twee bakery to declare his undying love for the maid/undercover journalist/baker he just met last week. The music swells, they kiss, the girl’s less attractive best friend sighs, “oh I wish architect/surgeon/astronaut Chet Wellington could fall in love with me,” and the credits roll. But what if, instead of the swelling music, it was a single piano note being played backwards, or an old-timey phonograph blowing out a single child singing, “Ring Around the Rosie?” ‘Love Actually’ would turn into an actual horror movie. The little boy chasing the little girl through the airport would take on a new interpretation. ‘Shining 2: This Time It’s British Christmas.”
RomComs are weird like that. They take a thing most people experience (falling in love) and turn it into a warped version of reality that only abides by backwards rules: where chasing someone down is considered romantic and getting the person to like you is the hardest part, not that whole spending the next 5 decades together thing. No, that part is easy (cries self to sleep).
So this week on the podcast, Jack O’Brien is joined by Cracked editor Soren Bowie and comedian and writer Jamie Loftus from ‘The Bechdel Cast’ to talk about how RomComs get almost everything wrong and when you change just one detail, they become creepy stalker thrillers.
Our next live podcast is on Saturday, January 14th at 7pm at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles. Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark from ‘My Favorite Murder’ are back for another hour of creepy unsolved murders and even creepier solved ones. Tickets are currently SOLD OUT but more will be released throughout the week here: https://goo.gl/5eew6F . If the show remains sold out, we will have a standby list at the door, so make sure to come early!
Jamie Loftus on Twitter: https://goo.gl/5Jqr9m
The Bechdel Cast on iTunes: https://goo.gl/9FkEzU
Video: Cracked: The Only Film Genre That Gets You To Root For The Bad Guy: https://goo.gl/M3N8aW
Video: Cracked: The 9 Creepiest Things Movies Portray As Romantic: https://goo.gl/Vwt9hy
Video: Cracked: Why Romantic Comedies Are Secretly Bad For You: https://goo.gl/CeXsli
Video: ‘Love Actually’ Cue Card Scene: https://goo.gl/WVkGGy
Video: ‘Trainwreck’ Dance Scene: https://goo.gl/UtKVtQ
Article: The Oxford Philosopher: The Birth of Tragedy: https://goo.gl/wZbVmF
January 26, 2020
Freedom sucks…and that is why we have to defend it. Because our democracy involves doing a lot of stuff that takes energy, takes time, and lacks that Michael Bay Quality that only a surprise missile launch can provide. So on this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt and special guest Jason Pargin (who writes for Cracked as David Wong) are exploring the ways being afraid of everything (an easy action) can stop us from being free. Discover the decades-long tradition of some Americans wanting to give up everything in exchange for not needing to think, the centuries-long tradition of people inciting fake panics, and the reasonable ways you can help change things for the better.
January 19, 2020
How’s your local shopping mall doing? Have you checked on it lately? Swing by sometime, because its department store might’ve turned into a call center or a hospital or a go-kart track. On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by the one and only Kai Ryssdal (Marketplace, Make Me Smart) for a look at surprising, strange, and shocking stories from all over the U.S. economy. Discover an international pig flu, a 26-word statement that built the modern Internet, and more amazing ways cash is ruling everything around you. By the way, if you’re an American listener, you spent the past few years funding an astonishingly huge bailout. Surprise! Listen for details!
January 12, 2020
Movies, TV, gaming: three things that are theoretically a waste of time. Oh sure, they deliver value in the art sense, and comfort in the goofing-off sense. But what if they’re more valuable than that? What if consuming shows and playing video games (accidentally) turns people into real-life heroes? On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians/writers Caitlin Gill and Alex Watt for a look at the surprising number of times that exact thing happened. They’ll explore stories of regular people who saved a life thanks to skills gained randomly from cartoons, sitcoms, ‘World Of Warcraft’, and more silly entertainment.