Ep. 46: It’s Good When It Works

Ep. 46: It’s Good When It Works

Episode 46, ‘It’s good when it works’, on Edgar Allan Poe

Once upon a Monday mellow, as I podcast, young and yellow
About an author and his life’s work fine and fair
While I Skyped, tamely talking, saying nothing that was shocking
I found myself gently rocking, rocking in my office chair
“Tis my way,” I tweeted, “talking in my office chair–
The Style Guide, with all its flair!”

  • Intro Clip: Vince Price reading The Tell-Tale Heart.
  • Steve doesn’t know what words mean.
  • What, precisely, is so funny about rabies, guys?
  • Dave reads some Poe in his dramatic Poe-voice.
  • Steve gets in a dig at academics. It’s about as hilarious as you’d expect.
  • Steve loves Republic of Doyle.
  • Steve says “Rue Morgue”. It goes better than you’d expect.
  • The Cask of Armadillo
  • Madman, Dave?
  • Steve suggests that a Poe story isn’t a Poe story.
  • Shoutout to Great Canadian Actor, Ryan Reynolds.
  • Poe was definitely known for writing “bad dudes”.
  • Steve doesn’t know anything about opium.
  • Dave misreads The Fall of the House of Usher and Steve spends five minutes trying to justify it.
  • Steve, with all his life experience, talks about what is common in marriage.
  • Dave is confused about the differences between 1847 and 1353.
  • “Poe’s poetry” sounds funny.
  • Steve plays armchair psychiatrist to Poe. You’re not a doctor yet, Steve.
  • Dave briefly commits the Sin of Lovecraft while criticizing Lovecraft.
  • “Pieces of Poe” also sounds funny.
  • This is not a Poe story.
  • Steve spoils a short story from 1902. He also says “dollars” instead of
    “pounds” like a rube.
  • Steve is one step away from calmly calling everyone who drinks “squares”.
  • Edgar Allan Poe: Live at The Improv
  • No, seriously. Why do you guys keep laughing about rabies?
  • Steve desperately attempts to shoehorn a potential episode title into the last 30 seconds. It does not work.
Ep. 45: There’s No Iron Man For Jodie Foster

Ep. 45: There’s No Iron Man For Jodie Foster

Episode 45, ‘There’s no Iron Man for Jodie Foster’, on Jodie Foster

This week, follow along with the hard to identify noises of construction happening as if it were just down the street from you. Wonder if you’re going crazy or if there is a rhythmic metal thumping (?) of some sort that is almost impossible to pinpoint, but is definitely in the background of Steve’s audio. Also: Dave and Steve talk about Jodie Foster.

  • Intro Clip: Elysium.
  • Steven talks about his struggles as a child actor.
  • Anna and the King of Siam > The King and I > Anna and the King
  • Dave fantasizes about being Jodie Foster, presumably in some sort of Being John Malkovich way.
  • Dave suggests they avoid talking about Elysium, because it’s a rabbit hole nobody wants to go down.
  • Dave talks about Elysium.
  • Is Steve ever going to stop complaining about child actors and the Oscars?
  • Dave’s tendency towards hyperbole puts the episode on a strange path.
  • Dave and Steve don’t talk about The Accused — which is odd, because Foster won an Academy Award for it.
  • Not once do Dave or Steve address Sir Anthony Hopkins by his title.
  • Jodie Foster isn’t Julia Roberts.
  • Steven would not be able to identify Jodie Foster solely based on smell.
  • Sorry Bruce Willis.
  • Hey Steven, go listen to the pronunciation of “ogle” and then come back to the podcast without that high horse of yours.
  • Dave suggests that “unquestionably the greatest actor of his generation” could be easily replaced.
  • Interstellar is the pinnacle of cinema. It’s all downhill from there, folks.
  • Dave claims that something will be in the shownotes. It is not.
  • Steve tries to make a Beastie Boys reference. It goes nowhere.
  • Dave does an impression of a Jodie Foster zealot.
  • Jodie Foster is the shining star that rises all boats.
  • Something Anthony Hopkins and Anne Hathaway have in common: they both have received Oscars for only 15 minutes of screentime.
  • Does anyone remember the role Foster played in District 9?
Ep. 44: Technically Canadian

Ep. 44: Technically Canadian

Episode 44, ‘Technically Canadian’, on The 90s

This week, Dave and Steve take a journey through their awkward pre-teen and teenage years which is known more widely as “the 1990s”. While they don’t cover everything that went on in the decade, they do cover some of its more important films. Like Biodome with Pauly Shore.

  • Intro Clip: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II.
  • Desperately trying to avoid being called a Millenial, Steve casually tries to pass himself off as a member of Generation X.
  • Steve impresses Dave with his vast knowledge of the release dates of romantic comedies.
  • If John Hughes was all about fantasy teenagers, the 90’s teenagers were the gritty reboot version.
  • Steve insults The Style Guide‘s wide demographic of teenagers by suggesting that they’re not people.
  • The term “blockbuster” is a World War II invention to describe bombs, but Spielberg’s Jaws in 1975 was where the term entered the film lexicon.
  • Dave and Steve probably forgot to talk about your favorite 90’s actor.
  • Steve mistakes Eddie Murphy for Chris Farley.
  • Dave and Steve should be ashamed when they label the Disney Renaissance as the Disney Golden Age.
  • Uh… Welcome back, Macaulay Culkin?
  • Steve says, “do it up”.
  • A brief discussion about the Nightmare Machine that was 90’s Video Game movies.
  • Steve tries (and fails) to say “John Leguizamo”. Fortunately for the spelling of the shownotes, Google understands what “John Luigieziamio” means.
  • Dave and Steve almost come to blows regarding Space Jam.
  • Steve defends the integrity of Spice World as the part of a long, honorable tradition.
  • Dave is devastated by Batman Forever and Batman and Robin.
  • Dave and Steve almost forget about Jim Carrey.
  • Steven is really bothered.
  • The podcast briefly sounds like it is hosted by two stoners.
  • As we’ve all come to expect, Steve talks about globalization.
  • Steve and Dave confidently declare that Steven Spielberg got his start in the 80’s which is, of course, off by an entire decade.
  • Contrary to smarter people’s opinions, Steve didn’t think highly of The Blair Witch Project.
  • Steve forgot Y2K was a thing.
  • Dave has a friend with a crazy theory.
  • Steve makes fun of that douchebag, younger Steve.
  • Well over a decade into their relationship, Dave finally gets Steve.
Ep. 43: It’s Dumb To Say, But The Magic Isn’t Here

Ep. 43: It’s Dumb To Say, But The Magic Isn’t Here

Episode 43, ‘It’s Dumb to Say, But The Magic Isn’t Here’, on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

In this episode, Dave and Steve hate-read the latest offering in the Harry Potter universe.

  • Intro Clip: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
  • Steve has a terrible confession that is going to shock everyone.
  • Dave and Steve like ideas.
  • Back to the Future: Part II > Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Steve uses the play’s own words against it.
  • It’s hard to tell whether Scorpius or Albus is a worse name.
  • Dave tests Steve’s knowledge of the titles of Harry Potter novels. Steve gets one wrong.
  • Hey Dave? This sure looks a lot like this.
  • Steve talks a lot about the concept of a “Harry Potter and the…” story. It’s just as confusing when he says it out loud.
  • Harry Potter and Another Cursed Child: Electric Boogaloo: Fury Road
  • Sounds a lot like Dave and Steve think this would have been better off taking the Scream 3 route — or even Scream 4.
  • Dave and Steve sound sad a lot.
  • Uh, Steve, people constantly compare Harry to his parents. Like, multiple times in every book.
  • Harry Potter and the Midlife Crisis
  • Dave and Steve try to be positive. Guess how well that goes.
  • Dave explains the harsh realities of pregnancy.
  • Just a reminder everyone, Harry Potter was born of the force. That’s canon.
  • Steven doesn’t like plays that he can’t put on at his local community theatre.
  • Dave lets Steve ramble like an idiot about Aristotle for a while.
  • Dave has a crush on Ginny.
  • Harry Potter and the Play that Jack Thorne Really Wanted To Put On, Even Though Nobody Wanted Him To
  • Steve experiences the passage of time, but Dave doesn’t think that’s a problem.
  • Instead of reading Cursed Child, Dave recommends you go watch Back to the Future.
  • Instead of reading Cursed Child, Steve recommends you go to Norway.
Ep. 42: Tatooine Doesn’t Have Any Beaches

Ep. 42: Tatooine Doesn’t Have Any Beaches

Episode 42, ‘Tatooine doesn’t have any beaches’, on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

In this episode, which was recorded and released in late June and anyone who says otherwise a liar, Dave and Steve go pretty far down the rabbit hole of nerdy analyses. Abandon all hope ye who enter here, because Dave and Steve chat about Rogue One and the teaser trailer.

Just be clear, this episode is about the Rogue One Teaser Trailer released in April and not the Rogue One Trailer Trailer released in August. Dave and Steve have no idea what happens in the latter. Because this episode came out on June 27th and not September 26th.

  • Intro Clip: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
  • Dave tries to prevent Steven from being a weirdo.
  • “Force Badassery”.
  • Sometimes a title is just a title, guys.
  • Organa’s Eleven
  • Many Bothans died to fact check this podcast.
  • Are they going to de-age Carrie Fischer for this film? If so, which of the Michaels will be: Caine, Douglas, or Downey Jr.?
  • Steven proves, yet again, that he is racist towards English people with his Downton Abbey assumptions.
  • Yeah, sure guys. As if anyone believes that you know Primetime Emmy Award winning actor, Tatiana Maslany.
  • Caroline Blakiston portrayed Mon Mothma in Return of the Jedi; Genevieve O’Reilly portrayed the same character in both Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One; and Kath Soucie voiced that character in Clone Wars.
  • Dave says “less” when he means “fewer”.
  • Dave describes an axe fight as intimate.
  • Steve, normally a “can do” person, doesn’t really believe himself able to make a Death Star.
  • Dave does the accents for everyone from the trailer.
  • Darth Vader is the Kylo Ren of the Star Wars universe.
  • Why do Dave and Steve refer to Forest Whitaker as “our man”? Is this another Tatiana Maslany thing?
  • Steve does the accent thing too. Then Dave and Steve talk over each other, doing the accent thing.
  • Steve puts his single semester of Engineering to good use and explains the nature of fluid dynamics to Dave.
  • It’s Kathleen Kennedy whose job it is to Make Star Wars Great Again.
  • Dave and Steve promise to give this treatment to the trailer trailer, whenever it eventually comes out. They are lying liars though, so that probably won’t happen.
  • This will be the last episode of The Style Guide for the summer, but worry not faithful listener, Dave and Steve will be back soon enough. See you in a few months!
Ep. 41: Everyone In France Seems Pretty Terrible

Ep. 41: Everyone In France Seems Pretty Terrible

Episode 41, ‘Everyone in France seems pretty terrible’, on Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

This week, Dave and Steve take on the rough and tumble world of fragrant essential oils, aroma compounds, fixatives, and solvents. That’s right, they watched and read Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind. You’ll pay for the whole seat, but you’ll only need the edge. While ths episode never goes into territory that would require an “explicit” tag, if there was the option of adding “mildly uncomfortable”, that would certainly be on here.

  • Intro Clip: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.
  • Dave and Steve agree not to change something that’s working.
  • Dave and Steve change something that’s working.
  • Steve doesn’t like anyone.
  • Dave doesn’t approve of Steve as a sexual creature.
  • Dave rubs his knowledge of French in Steve’s ignorant face.
  • Steve is grossed out by concept of birth.
  • “Pitiable” means deserving or arousing pity. “Pitbull” is a type (not breed) of dog. “Pit Bull” a rapper best known for his role in the hit videogame Scarface: The World Is Yours. But “pitable” doesn’t mean anything Steve.
  • Steve spends a lot of time talking about how attractive Ben Whishaw is. Dave seems to agree just to get Steve to stop talking about it.
  • Standing offer: $20 to anyone who guesses Dave’s favorite smell before he says it.
  • Maybe “pitable” is commonly used in the fruit world to describe drupes?
  • “How did you like the murder?” is a sentence that will come back to haunt both Dave and Steve at some point in their lives.
  • Especially when Dave starts describing it as “beautiful”.
  • Steve’s key insight this week is that scent is different than sight.
  • The editor had the ability to remove the noise of Dave stretching, but deliberately chose not to. For those that want to skip right to it, check out the 32 minute 26 second mark. You’re welcome.
  • Shoutout to friend of the show, Scott Thompson.
  • Or perhaps “pitable” is used by hunters to describe terrain which can easily be transformed into a rudimentary animal trap?
  • Dave and Steve would never be aroused by nudity. Nope. They’re upstanding citizens.
  • Religion, love, and eating your neighbour: The importance of setting goals.
  • Neither Dave nor Steve end the episode by saying, “Smell ya later!”. Missed opportunity.
Ep. 40: I Will Never Speak To You Again. I Hate You.

Ep. 40: I Will Never Speak To You Again. I Hate You.

Episode 40, ‘I will never speak to you again. I hate you.’, on Canons

In this week’s episode, Dave and Steve get into what it means for a work to be ‘canonical’ and why it even matters.

  • Intro Clip: Canon in D – Johann Pachelbel.
  • Spelling is hard.
  • Dave and Steve bring their C-Game to this episode.
  • This episode brought to you in part by the Wikipedia page on “canons”.
  • For a helpful primer on the Bible, see the work by renowned scholar Dan Brown.
  • Is Moby Dick technically in pop culture yet or do we have to wait for Zach Snyder’s take on it?
  • Steve’s education is 8 inches long. And it’s thick too.
  • Hey Steve, line is “I am a leaf on the wind” not “I am a mote on the wind”.
  • Dune reference!
  • Nesting a list orally is not for the faint of heart — or Steven, apparently.
  • If ever there was a story just waiting for a summer blockbuster to be made about it, the Metre Convention of 1875 is it.
  • As is to be expected, Dave throws himself headfirst into long-standing literary theory debates.
  • Dave shows off his knowledge of political philosophers.
  • From Plato’s Republic to Star Wars in two simple steps.
  • Is “canon” the new “literally“?
  • The voice Steve puts on when he’s making fun of himself has a strange quality to it, no?
  • Dave is still angry about the blatant racism that the American publishers of Harry Potter have shown towards philosophers.
  • Steve says “so what?” a lot.
  • “Fandom is Broken” by Devin Faraci (and his thoughtful follow-up piece, “Yes, Disney Should Have a Queer Princess”).
  • Dave refuses to mention Anglicans or the Eastern Orthodoxy.
  • Fandom, religion, and the pursuit of truth.
  • Steve stretches the limits of the word “interesting”.
  • Dave hurts Steve’s feelings.
Ep. 39: They’re Not Hecklers Out of Any Greater Good

Ep. 39: They’re Not Hecklers Out of Any Greater Good

Episode 39, ‘They’re not hecklers out of any greater good’, on Comedy Specials

In this week’s episode, Dave and Steve approach whether there is a particular style to be found in comedy specials — mostly as an excuse to watch a bunch of comedians all week.

  • Intro Clip: Jim Gaffigan – Mr. Universe
  • Steve is amazed by this newfangled VHS technology.
  • “Nubile” is one of those words that probably shouldn’t get used to describe an art form.
  • Dave suggests that you can tell what kind of comedy you’re going based on the hairstyle of the comedian.
  • Dave and Steve wonder whether Bill Burr is a nice guy on the inside.
  • Steven briefly refers to Seinfeld as real life.
  • Ricky Gervais started from the bottom.
  • Dave invokes the sacred art of slam poetry and chapbooks.
  • Things Dave and Steve forget the name of: American Ham; John Hodgman; Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill; the word “delineate”.
  • Rarer or more rare?
  • Dave finishes off a boxing metaphor by almost using a sexual metaphor.
  • Dave regals us with his Social Studies curriculum.
  • Steve kind of goes off topic to chat about Ryan McMahon and Howie Miller for a bit.
  • Steve is sure about something that never happened.
  • Dave issues a disclaimer about Bill Cosby.
  • Dave remembers an unfortunately large amount of Adam Sandler’s comedy routines.
  • Dave drops his “having a kid” privilege.
  • Dave compares Eddie Murphy to Huckleberry Finn. Is that in poor taste?
  • George Carlin: The Last of the Beat Generation.
  • Steve confession time.
  • In response to Steve’s confession, Dave talks about how great he is.
  • Brief thoughts regarding the nobility of hecklers.
  • Dave talks at length about looking at his bit.
  • Steve and Dave didn’t talk at all about music-primary comedians such as Bo Burnham, Tim Minchin, or Tenacious D. This could either be an oversight or a deliberate choice. Who knows!
Ep. 38: Peak Star Trek

Ep. 38: Peak Star Trek

Episode 38, ‘Peak Star Trek’, on Star Trek

In our nerdiest episode yet (which is surprising, considering how often they talk about nerdy subjects), Dave and Steve invite special guest Theodore Sherman to talk about the entire Star Trek film and television universe. They do. For a long time.

  • Intro Clip: Star Trek: TOS Opening Theme.
  • Due to the nature of our recording set-up, Dave sounds echo-y. Blame Theo who we will also hold responsible for making the episode run long. Very, very long. Like the Ender’s Game episode long.
  • “Star Trekxpert”, Steven. What a missed opportunity.
  • Steve and Theo confuse some of the details about the existence of God.
  • Dave approves of Star Trek in the universal, but hates it in the particular.
  • Theo avoids saying a bad word, by saying a slightly less bad word.
  • Does anyone else think that Theo has a calming, soft-spoken voice that is kind of like a really nerdy lullaby?
  • Theo says a bad word.
  • Theo, Dave, and Steve argue about Star Trek: Voyager, because Theo has absurd guidelines for “best Starfleet captain”.
  • Theo says another bad word. To save space, let’s just assume that every second bullet point from here on out restates that.
  • Star Parenting.
  • Theo is Steven’s Raymond Babbitt.
  • Star Trek is the original The Legend of Zelda.
  • Theo calls the new Star Trek movies an “alternative universe”, clearly ignoring The Style Guide‘s style guide take on the matter.
  • Trekkie vs Trekker.
  • Dave half-sarcastically apologizes for not doing his homework. Theo forgives him.
  • For some reason Steven starts talking about the Berlin Wall.
  • Dave and Theo talk about pyjamas for a while.
  • Steve has a special message for fourteen-year-olds.
  • Theo didn’t know that Steve loves Frasier.
  • “It was a station. It was stationary.”
  • Steve owes Deanna Troi an apology.
  • To directly contradict Dave’s claim regarding the greatness of prequels, go rewatch Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
  • Theo has problems with Benedict Cumberbatch.
  • Dave thinks Battlestar Galactica needed an episode where the cast played Cranium and Scattergories.
  • Dave asks two quick questions. They take half an hour to answer.
  • Steven thinks poorly of studio executives.
Ep. 37: Chess is Where I Learned to Trash talk

Ep. 37: Chess is Where I Learned to Trash talk

Episode 38, ‘Chess is where I learned to trash talk’, on board games

In this week’s episode, Dave and Steve meander around the topic of board games.

  • Intro Clip: Louis CK – Live at the Beacon Theater
  • Board game cafes improve on all the traditions of dog fighting.
  • Dave compares Settlers of Catan to the reefer.
  • Steven besmirches Monopoly‘s good name.
  • Steve starts an ordered list, then embeds a sublist in the first item, and forgets about the original list.
  • Dave drops a subtle hint about his forthcoming child.
  • Hey Steven, maybe you should read the Illinois Chess Association etiquette guidelines.
  • Apparently Sorry: The Angry Birds Edition doesn’t exist… yet.
  • Dave and Steve share their top secret Game of Thrones: The Board Game strategy. Listen and weep, Geoff.
  • Steve likes setting up the game board.
  • Scrabble ends up being the keystone for this episode.
  • Dave pronounces Agricola like a hipster does.
  • Steven uses visual metaphors.
  • Dave and Steve are Terra Mystica Grandmasters.
  • Presumably triggering the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon for someone, Steve references Rube Goldberg machines.
  • Steve likes playing board games by himself.
  • Steve throws himself under the bus and attempts to drag Dave along for the ride. Dave does not approve.