Ep. 55: Nice Move, Tim Burton

Ep. 55: Nice Move, Tim Burton

Episode 55, ‘Nice move, Tim Burton’, on Christmas stories

In a move that will ensure that nobody can listen to this episode at an appropriate time, Dave and Steve release their Christmas-themed episode on Boxing Day, and they use it as an excuse to talk about the things that they love and hate about the holiday season. Surprise, surprise, for Dave it’s about his childhood and for Steve it’s some strange complaint about the state of… actually, it’s not entirely clear what he’s talking about.

  • Intro Clip: Frosty the Snowman.
  • Dave has the sniffles and Steve has the construction in his backyard.
  • Steve successfully changes up the intro. Barely.
  • Dave claims that Boxing Day is a statutory holiday. Given that there is no way to verify this, we will all just have to trust him.
  • Steve comes out hard against mothers.
  • The episode opens with a thrilling discussion of “X-Mas” versus “Christmas”. You won’t want to miss it.
  • Dave suggests that Charles Dickens was the real Father (of) Christmas.
  • Shoutout to friend of the show, Nicholas Cage.
  • Dave lies, but because it is so out of character, Steve believes him.
  • Does anyone actually track the box office returns for the nativity play?
  • As one would expect from a Christmas episode, Dave and Steve talk about Michael Caine.
  • Elf is so old that it can almost buy booze for Dave and Steve’s kids.
  • Other potential Christmas puns that one could make a film around: Deck the Halls, about a down on her luck card shark who finds herself playing a poker against Saint Nick and wins the keys to Santa’s sleigh, only to find out that she’s gotten a lot more than she bargained for; and Deck the Halls, about a down on his luck cough syrup executive who stumbles upon one of Santa’s elves and tricks it into using magic to create a brand new cough drop that will help save his career, only to find out that he’s gotten a lot more than he bargained for.
  • It sounds like Steve makes a habit of hate-watching Christmas films.
  • Dave says something bad about Love Actually, because he wants to alienate the shows base.
  • First rule of Christmas romantic comedy club: you don’t talk about Christmas romantic comedy club. The second rule is that The Family Man doesn’t count.
  • Apparently “going for coffee” doesn’t count as a date to Dave.
  • All of a sudden the podcast goes off the rails when Dave and Steve start talking about New Years holiday movies.
  • Is anyone else curious about what Dave’s mom thinks about the Planet of the Apes remakes?
  • Nothing gets Dave into the Christmas spirit like a Blue Cherry SlurpeeTM.
  • James Carrey Presents How the Grinch Stole X-Mas
  • Steve objects to the Marxist interpretation of Dr. Seuss when it is pretty clear that the man was much more of a Leninist.
  • Steve seems to be on a first two names basis with Billy Bob Thornton.
  • Steve has opinions about *Bad Santa.
  • Ghost bustin’, ground hoggin’, Jude Law.
  • Dave and Steve really should have talked about this Apple ad.
Ep. 54: Point Break Time

Ep. 54: Point Break Time

Episode 54, ‘Point Break Time’, on Keanu Reeves

This week, Dave and Steve take the time to celebrate the genius of Canadian superstar Keanu Reeves. That’s right, the actor that has been requested (by Steve) more times than any other is finally getting The Style Guide Treatment. See what our dynamic duo has to say about obscure films like The Matrix or John Wick and place your bets as to how long into the episode we get before they mention Jodie Foster or Anne Hathaway. Keep your hands and legs inside the phone booth at all times, folks, because strange things are afoot at the Circle-K.

  • Intro Clip: The Replacements.
  • The editor is of the opinion that Steve wanted to bring up this episode of Movies with Mikey, but couldn’t find a way to smoothly jam it in.
  • Right off the top it feels like Dave isn’t going to take Keanu seriously and Steve is going to take him far too seriously. This, faithful listeners, is what we call foreshadowing. It’s goin’ down for real.
  • Dave and Steve appear to have a bias towards actors born in North America.
  • Is it accurate to refer to Ted “Theodore” Logan as “surfer dude”?
  • Steve calls himself an idiot. This, faithful listeners, is what we call the opposite of foreshadowing.
  • Steve seems to have a lot of unresolved anger towards great MTV VJ Pauly Shore despite the fact that Bio-Dome might be the single greatest movie of the 1990s.
  • Regarding John Leguizamo.
  • Much like The Pixar Theory, Dave has The Reeves Conjecture.
  • Steve offers up the best impression that he has in his repetoire: Liam Neeson.
  • Steve has a prejudice against nontraditional football quarterbackers.
  • Steve swears.
  • Steve has clearly forgotten Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
  • Dave believes Steve’s Hollywood dreams are without merit.
  • Dave sometimes confuses Steve for Keanu.
  • Dave is racist against surfers.
  • Dave says, “Um” for a full three seconds.
  • Steve’s trying to have a serious conversation about Keanu Reeves. Dave doesn’t take him seriously.
  • Steve doesn’t stick to his guns for no better reason than the simple fact that Dave has a better argument than him.
  • Steve says something that is going to get him in trouble later on down the line, but he doesn’t sound like he regrets it.
Ep. 53: About A Robot

Ep. 53: About A Robot

Episode 53, ‘About A Robot’, Part III of Robots, Cyborgs, and Artificial Intelligence

This week, Dave and Steve conclude their conversation about thinking machines by looking at robotic heroes, good guys, and protagonists. Was Her really a game-changer in in the robo-film movement? What was the cultural significance of 2005’s Robots and how has it influence human-cyborg relations? How does Robot Chicken fit into all this? These questions (and more) go unanswered in this episode.

  • Intro Clip: One of the Transformers movies, but the editor can’t be bothered to figure out which one.
  • Dave doesn’t care about Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Geordi La Forge.
  • Robots aren’t aliens, Steve. They’re robots.
  • How easily we forget the trials and tribulations of Spike Witwicky.
  • “P-tags”, guys? Really?
  • Having watched Short Circuit, the editor feels like the film is closer to a bad improv show than a blockbuster movie.
  • Steve appears to have no idea how to pronounce “Neill Blomkamp”.
  • Is it strange to anyone else that Dave insists on using Data’s rank of Lieutenant commander every time he talks about him?
  • Dave calls WALL-E an “it”.
  • Steve and Dave have an absolutely essential conversation about the naming scheme of the Terminator franchise.
  • Dave says he’ll take Steve’s word on something and then immediately looks it up.
  • Seriously guys, just start a podcast about taking care of babies.
  • Dave tricks Steve into being poetic.
  • Remember back in the day when Dave and Steve cared if they were spoiling movies for you? Pepperidge Farm Remembers.
  • One host goes to great lengths not to say “my dick phase”.
  • Oh the casual droid racism of Han Solo.
  • Star Trek’s Data is really an example of machina ex machina.
  • Really, Steven? It doesn’t matter that Luke has his hand cut off and it is replaced with a cybernetic component so that, as Vader further tempts Luke to embrace the Dark Side of the Force, Luke has already physically lost some of his humanity only to have to replaced in a way that mirrors and draws our attention to the more drastic artificial replacements that Vader received after he joined the Dark Side so many years ago, serving as a painful reminder to Luke (and, by extension, the audience) that he cannot escape being his father’s son and that the struggle to simultaneously resist our nature and remain committed to the Light Side of the Force comes at a cost to one’s very humanity even if your mentors who brought you to the Light Side in the first place failed altogether to warn you about those costs — and, in some interpretations, lied to you about them altogether — despite the fact that those mentors knew full well the consequences of resolve when faced with the seduction of the Dark Side and, rather than facing them, they secluded themselves from the galaxy that they had sworn, as members of the Jedi Order, to protect? That doesn’t matter, Steven?!
  • And, no, Steven. You are not redeemed by pointing out that a blaster, while it may operate under similar principles as laser weapons, is not itself a laser.
  • Dave is probably talking about the Ship of Theseus.
  • Dave appreciates robotic abs.
  • Inspector Gadget really forces us to grapple with the fundamental questions of our time.
  • Steven really wants to talk about Robocop more.
  • Dave’s suggestion that a lightsaber represents “control of lasers” is somewhat forgivable, given that Young Anakin calls it a “laser sword” in The Phantom Menace — although it should be stated that Anakin is absolutely incorrect in his description.
  • Because all the cool kids are talking about it, Steven brings up Westworld.
  • Dave and Steven continue their trend of talking about Doctor Who without having seen any of it.
  • Is Steven talking about sewing?
  • Maybe The Jetsons was a bit racist?
  • Domo arigato for checking out The Style Guide‘s first series.
Ep. 52: We’re People Too

Ep. 52: We’re People Too

Episode 52, ‘We’re people too’, Part II of Robots, Cyborgs, and Artificial Intelligence

This week, Dave and Steve continue their exploration of machines in fiction by delving into their use as villains and antagonists. Listen in as the duo comes down pretty hard on the human race in a futile attempt to be spared when the singularity occurs. At least Skynet will feel guilty when they find out that Dave and Steve tried to argue their case. You know, if Skynet felt guilt.

  • Intro Clip: Virtuosity.
  • If you came for an in depth discussion of 1995’s Virtuosity, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, you will be disappointed.
  • Steve and Dave’s next project will be The Child Guide where they talk exclusively about parenting styles.
  • Dave brings up that ol’ robot classic Jurassic Park.
  • Dave drops some Sam Harris.
  • Dave thinks governments are the real villains.
  • Hey Dave, isn’t Steve already your best friend who lives in the Internet?
  • “Unsentient”.
  • Dave sided with the replicants in Blade Runner.
  • For two guys who spent an hour defining their terms, Dave and Steve are awfully carefree about the term “robot”.
  • Dave forces the editor to go down a rabbit hole to fact check something. Turns out, Dave was right.
  • Steve sided with the Matrix in The Matrix.
  • Turns out Steve wasn’t paying attention to any of the boring plots bits of The Terminator and Terminator 2
  • Hey Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer! Please don’t sue us!
  • “Don’t you remember Voyager, man?” versus “Don’t you remember Voyager Man?”.
  • Steve was right.
  • As usual, Dave feels compelled to drop some 19th century philosophy into the podcast.
  • A.B.T. – Always Be Terminating.
  • Steve comes up with an idea for a movie. Dave misunderstands it and comes up with two better ideas. Possibly three.
  • For an extended and thoughtful perspective on Ex Machina by someone whose name is neither Dave nor Steve, check out Mike’s take.
  • No, Dave. “Roy Batty” does not “start with an ‘A'”. Neither does “Rutger Hauer” for that matter”.
  • Steve tells a joke so hilarious that it stuns Dave into continuing his sentence uninterrupted.
  • Michael Bay doesn’t make Steve question his humanity.
  • The last 1:30 of the podcast is a present from the editor to all of you.
Ep. 51: What’s Wrong With A Robotic Nose?

Ep. 51: What’s Wrong With A Robotic Nose?

Episode 51, ‘What’s wrong with a robotic nose?’, Part I of Robots, Cyborgs, and Artificial Intelligence

This week, Dave and Steve shake things up with their first multi-part episode. For the next three weeks they’ll be talking about the rise of machines in fiction. This week is all about how to tell you’re dealing with a robot — and then the more important questions: What’s the difference between the Terminator and (the?) Robocop?; What are the barriers to sentience and artificial life?; and Why does a Roobma cost $300? Note: at no point do your intrepid hosts talk about the 1983 hit WarGames, the 1986 flop Maximum Overdrive, and 2014’s entirely forgettable Transcendence. If that’s a problem for you, they sincerely apologize.

  • Intro Clip: I, Robot.
  • In a rare move, the editor has included a brief clip of outtakes. While the editor recognizes the absurdity of linking you to an audio clip when you’re listening to a podcast, he thinks the opportunity to make fun of Steve and Dave is worth it. So, enjoy.
  • Steve talks about parenting skills a lot for someone who sometimes forgets to wear pants.
  • Dave confesses to taking zumba lessons.
  • This episode probably owes a lot to the absolutely fantastic (bite-sized) podcast Robot or Not? — and the occasional side-episodes Sandwich or Not, such as episode 78 “Hot Dogs”.
  • Bite-sized wasn’t a pun, but maybe Dave and Steve should start an offshoot podcast about food.
  • Dave suggests that this dude looks human.
  • Steve prefers the term “fembot”.
  • Steve quotes from a term paper he wrote back in 2010.
  • Dave decides to cut off his hand and sews a camera in its place.
  • Steve makes a ridiculous mistake: he says “adamantine”, which is indestructible metal of the Gods with magic and psychic properties that was bonded with Earth-12025 James Howlett’s bones prior to his adventures with Hercules. He clearly meant “adamantium”, which is a mostly indestructible metal alloy with no magic or psychic properties that was bonded with Earth-616 James Howlett’s bones prior to his adventures with the X-Men. Two completely different things.
  • Dave and Steve are not racist against Steampunk Robots.
  • Dave defines a term by using the term.
  • Turns out Steve has this whole “I’m quoting from the dictionary” voice.
  • Regarding dogs and AI.
  • It should be noted that the entire discussion about animal intelligence is coloured by the fact that Dave is a vegan and Steve hangs out with vegans sometimes.
  • There is a brief discussion in which Dave uses the word “breeding” and we all feel just a little bit uncomfortable.
  • For whatever record there is, Steve is right: there is a working Cylon detector.
  • Dave humours Steve’s question about Toy Story.
  • Because they apparently didn’t settle the topic the first time they brought it up, Dave and Steve again talk about the differences between Toy Story, Toy Soldiers, and Small Soldiers.
Ep. 50: This Meta Episode

Ep. 50: This Meta Episode

Episode 50, ‘This Meta Episode’, on The Style Guide

This week, Dave and Steve decide that they need to go deeper and do an entire episode on themselves. That’s right folks, episode 50 is dedicated to exploring the prior 49 episodes of The Style Guide. Follow along as they tell you all about how the (tofu) sausage is made. Listen to just how Dave and Steve prepare. Find out well kept secrets like “who edits the podcast?” and “what genius writes the shownotes?”.

We promise, it isn’t as boring as it sounds. Or your money back.

  • Intro Clip: The Style Guide, Episode 13: They Create The Art That They Want To Hear.
  • Dave refers to this as the “50th Anniversary Podcast” which is, obviously, a complete and total lie. It’s just the 50th episode.
  • Thus far, Dave and Steve have 2.2 recorded days of them style guiding.
  • Dave claims that he isn’t the one who makes ridiculous statements.
  • Dave suggests that they do an episode by episode breakdown of The Style Guide, because he’s a madman.
  • Steve libels Dave’s good name.
  • Steve references a super secret, unreleased episode.
  • Dave one-ups him and references a private roadtrip conversation. I guess what happens in Calgary doesn’t stay in Calgary…
  • Did you know that even though Dave and Steve are different people they have similar influences?
  • For Dave, knowledge is both love and power.
  • Dave spoils the mystical numerology behind The Style Guide.
  • Julia Roberts is a metre stick. From the way Dave says it, that sounds like a good thing.
  • Regarding Frasier, Dave complisults Steve.
  • Dave really doesn’t want to do a Star Wars episode.
  • Shoutout to the folks at Trello who don’t pay Dave and Steve anything, but without which this show probably couldn’t be done.
  • Steve and Dave admit that they don’t do this for you. Yes, you.
  • Missie isn’t allowed to talk to Dave.
  • Steve and Dave missed a lot in their board game episode. That might be their biggest regret.
  • While Steve actually hates, Dave is only pretending to love.
  • Dave made this.
  • Steve doesn’t ask Dave whether he’s more proud of The Style Guide or of his son.
  • Disney was just like Disney to Dave.
  • Steve begins an airing of grievances in the last two minutes. Then Dave says something nice about Steve just to make him feel bad.
Ep. 49: RoboCop is a Great Film

Ep. 49: RoboCop is a Great Film

Episode 49, ‘RoboCop is a great film’, on Starship Troopers

This week, following both the American election and Remembrance Day, Dave and Steve stumble into a topic that is oddly fitting: the novel and film Starship Troopers. Come for the discussion of a classic sci-fi book, stay for Steve’s attempt to defend a bad movie.

  • Intro Clip: Starship Troopers.
  • Assuming that their audience is illiterate, Dave and Steve continue to treat the topic of the episode as a spoiler.
  • Just when you thought you were safe from hearing about Ender’s Game
  • Steve successfully avoids defining “fascism” for the entirety of the episode.
  • Dave asks if Steve wants to talk about the politics and philosophy of the book. Steve begrudgingly accepts.
  • Did Steve write part of his MA thesis on violence? Who knows?
  • Steve pronounces “Verhoeven” in a very strange way. Dave conspicuously avoids saying his name at all.
  • Is Heinlein sexist?
  • Dave and Steve show their ignorance on American military policy.
  • The 19th Amendment ot the US Constitution was ratified on August 18th, 1920.
  • Steve slips in a subtle reference to Mulan.
  • Roger Ebert’s glowing review of the film.
  • Which is the better adaptation of Starship Troopers: Ridley Scott’s Aliens or Hasbro’s Power Rangers?
  • Steve thinks Starship Troopers comes from a long line of satirical films with an important message; Dave thinks Starship Troopers comes from a long line of bad movies.
  • Steve is not the only person to think this. See: Scott Tobias for A.V. Club; or John Perich for Overthinking It. Just because he’s cribbing from smart people doesn’t mean he’s right though.
  • Dave and Steve really dig into Denise Richards and Casper Van Dien. Guess we won’t be seeing an actor profile about either of them.
  • Dave describes the premise of RoboCop and it sounds ridiculous.
  • Dave and Steve think nudity is unnecessary.
  • Sorry Scott.
Ep. 48: Look At Me. I Exist.

Ep. 48: Look At Me. I Exist.

Episode 48, ‘Look at me. I exist.’, on Political Advertising

This week, Dave and Steve say farewell — and good riddance — to the American presidential election by talking about the last couple years of political advertising. Spoiler alert: there are no spoilers in this episode. Expect maybe existential spoilers.

  • Intro Clip: I Like Ike.
  • Dave isn’t nervous about today’s episode, he’s synonyms for nervous about today’s episode.
  • Depending on when you start counting — and including today — the American election campaign has been going for 614 days. That is when the first candidate formally announced his candidacy to run for the presidential nomination. No, nobody knows who Mark Everson is. Not even Steve, even if he pretends that he does.
  • Dave isn’t being racist when he talks about “coloured posters”.
  • Dave and Steve insist that they’re going to focus on the form and style of campaign ads — and not about politics. Guess how well that goes?
  • Steve struggles to name a brand of truck.
  • Steve says “watch the game” as if he understands anything at all about sports.
  • This entire episode should probably be understood in relation to the fact that Dave and Steve have clearly never seen Mad Men. That being said, Dave is such a Miranda.
  • As we’ve all come to expect, Dave goes on an extended rant about the death of truth.
  • Steve makes up an ad where Barack Obama plays basketball. It’s unclear why.
  • Shoutout to Patrick Baynham, best known for his roles in Elf and White Chicks.
  • Steve struggles to name a brand of alcohol.
  • Much to the chagrin of third-party candidates, Dave and Steve talk about American elections as being a two-sided debate.
  • Steve feels bad for Kentucky celebrity physician, Rand Paul.
  • Dave spoils who he’s going to vote for in the American election.
  • Dave lays a trap, but Steve spent too many years playing Pitfall! to fall for it.
  • Bill Burr is not “just a comedian”, Dave. He’s a national treasure.
  • Dave’s favorite political ad of the season is a joke; and Steve’s favorite ad involves football.
  • Steve mistakenly suggests that Marco Rubio is a human being when he is, in fact, a robot.
  • Dave wants to Make Advertising Fun Again. #MAFA
  • Here is a series of ads that Dave and Steve talk about: “The Trudeau hair ad”; “Trudeau’s ready”; the one that Steve remembered as Scarlett Johansson endorsing Clinton, but was really more of a generic “everyone should vote. PS: Trump is scary” endorsement; “This is our tour bus”; “a five minute Bernie ad”; “Rand Paul, whoever the heck that guy is”; “Mae Wiggins attack on Trump”; Donald Trump, “a leader”; “Hillary Clinton’s a wizard”; “Trudeau’s escalator”; “The Interview”.
Ep. 47: I Watch Saw for the Articles

Ep. 47: I Watch Saw for the Articles

Episode 47, ‘I watch Saw for the articles’, on the Halloween series

Naturally following upon their pre-Halloween Spooktacular, this week Dave and Steve do an on-Halloween Spooktacular. This time they explore John Carpenter’s Halloween franchise and the twists the series takes before finally arriving at the two recent Rob Zombie remakes. Keep in mind that Dave feels the need to vividly describe some of the scenes, in case you wanted to be horrified without ever seeing the films. It’s fun for the whole family absolutely no families whatsoever.

  • Intro Clip: Halloween.
  • There are times when Steve is good at thinking on the spot and coming up with creative and clever things to say. The start of this episode is not one of those times.
  • Mike Myers was 15 years old when Halloween came out.
  • You ever think this podcast is just Dave and Steve angling for membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences?
  • At one point, Dave whispers “have sex” — and Steve suggests that nobody was having sex in 1978. It is about as weird as it sounds.
  • John Carpenter’s original inspiration for Halloween was Keanu Reeves’ character in John Wick.
  • Steve suggests that Donald Pleasence, who was nominated for four Tony Awards, was a failed actor. Four Tonys, Steve. FOUR.
  • Steve unfairly questions the parenting decisions of the Doyles.
  • For more on the mastery of Carpenter’s use of music, check out Mark’s thoughts on the matter. Unlike Dave and Steve, who are terrified neophytes to the genre, Mark has been at this for quite a few years and it shows.
  • Dave pants heavily.
  • Dean Cundey was the director of photography for Halloween II and the cinematographer for Back to the Future Part II.
  • Dave misremembers something and Steve feels superior.
  • Then, as it turns out, Steven immediately misremembers the significance of Michael Myers’ mask in the later films.
  • The editor would like to take a moment to sincerely thank Steve for including a quote that has three swears in three seconds. Nothing like trying to edit that out to keep the podcast family friendly.
  • Then Dave and Steve go on to make that comment necessary for understanding the next ten minutes of discussion, making it impossible to outright cut. Thanks team.
  • Roger Ebert’s review of Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III. He would not go on to review the rest of the franchise.
  • Does Dave say “brokeded”?
  • Halloween III is the Cabin in the Woods of its time.
  • Dave and Steve disagree about the number of times Michael Hunsaker and Stacey Nelkin of YouTube relationship advice “fame” have sex before he asks how old she is.
  • Rather than letting the podcast end, Steve gives us the first draft of a paper.
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.