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VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 339
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In this Halloween spooktacular, Valkyrist ventures into the Darkling Plain in search of lost podcast recordings, and summons the ghosts of Kingsgrave’s past.

Clips have been selected from the following unpublished VOK podcasts:

02:10 – DragonCast S04E09 Review
24:20 – SoccerCast (Vol.2)
47:49 – CockneyMoot 2014 FCR Outtakes
50:41 – ASOIAF Future Predictions
1:13:44 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens Preview
1:38:23 – Mockingjay: Part 1 Review
1:44:50 – WolfCast S05E10 Review
2:02:09 – SeattleMoot 2015
2:22:32 – APOIAF April Fools’ Aftershow
2:39:49 – Kingsgrave Jukebox

Disclaimer: This podcast contains spoilers for A Song of Ice and Fire, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and The Hunger Games. Please consult the timestamps above to avoid being spoiled for any of these titles.

Credits:
Curated by Valkyrist
Songs by jed o’white hart, Aiwendil, Bina007, and Amberrocks

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VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 331
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Do you remember the Nightrider? The vassals set their tires to the blood-scorched roads of dystopian Australia. Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Greg (claudiusthefool), and Matt (Varley) as they discuss George Miller’s 1979 cult action film Mad Max.

Warning: Contains spoilers for the Mad Max film series

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist
Audio Clips owned by Roadshow Entertainment

This video essay looks at how the 1999 horror film The Blair Witch Project manages to frighten its audience; in particular, how its pseudo-documentary technique generates an unsettlingly familiar aesthetic and evokes themes of technological paranoia.


VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 327
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War… what is it good for? The Vassals take up arms in defense of their favorite war movies. Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Bina (Bina007), Zach (Alias), Thomas (FTWard), and Matt (Varley) as they grapple with the slippery definitions, prevailing themes, provocative images, and moral ambiguities of the war genre.

10:10 – Waterloo (Sergei Bondarchuk, 1970)
34:08 – The Bridge on the River Kwai (David Lean, 1957)
57:45 – Letters from Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood, 2007)
1:19:23 – First Blood (Ted Kotcheff, 1982)

Warning: Contains #SPOILERS# for all four films

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Edited by Valkyrist


VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 308
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The Vassals make you an offer you can’t refuse. Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Matt (Varley) and Nadia as they discuss Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 crime epic The Godfather.

And stick around after the 3-hour mark for a few salvaged highlights from our failed commentary of The Godfather: Part II.

Warning: Contains spoilers for The Godfather film trilogy

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist
Audio Clips owned by Paramount Pictures

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VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 248
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Kingsgrave – has there ever been a more wretched hive of scum and villainy?

Join rebel pilots Michal (inkasrain), Zach (Alias), Katie (Lady Griffin), Duncan (Valkyrist), Adam (drownedsnow), Amber (Amberrocks), and Scott (Shaggy Dog) for an explosive foray into Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. And stick around the hangar lounge for the Aftershow (at 2:06:05), which includes a brief dissection of the Prequel Trilogy.

Warning: Contains SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, along with all previous entries in the Star Wars saga.

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Edited by Valkyrist
Audio clips owned by Disney

This is a video essay looking at how Kevin Smith’s 1995 comedy Mallrats depicts the American shopping mall as a simulated world. In particular, it draws on Anne Friedberg’s theory of the mall as a distinctly cinematic and performative space.

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In Mallrats (1995), Kevin Smith interprets the American shopping mall as a distinctly cinematic and performative space. Like movies, malls are all about creating a fantasy, a simulacra of the real world, in which the shopper is privileged with the spectarial gaze, and feasts upon the visual and auditory pleasures laid out before them. The character Brodie signifies something of a postmodern (or anti-modern) flâneur, using consumerist and popular culture as way of mediating his place within society. Like the nineteenth-century “city stroller”, Brodie is compelled to capture the “convergence of new urban space[s], technologies and [the] symbolic functions of images and products”. He enjoys simply wandering that space without any particular destination in mind, enthralled by the “pleasures and potentialites of a world removed from the presence, stricture and restraint of tradition” (Clarke 5). The postmodern irony lies, of course, in the fact that the mall is not the cityscape, but a microcosm of the cityscape, complete with all of the consumerist luxuries the modern mind has become accustomed too, but with none of the complexities of life. (more…)

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BINA007 MOVIE REVIEWS: EPISODE 76
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Bina007 is  joined by Duncan and Matthieu for a DVD Commentary of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. This is the second in a two-part podcast, and will cover disc two of the Extended Edition. The podcast will contain spoilers for all of J. R. R. Tolkien’s oeuvre, as well occasional references to A Song of Ice and Fire.

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BINA007 MOVIE REVIEWS: EPISODE 73
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Bina007 is  joined by Duncan and Matthieu for a DVD Commentary of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. This is the first in a two-part podcast, and will cover disc one of the Extended Edition. The podcast will contain spoilers for all of Tolkien’s oeuvre, as well occasional references to A Song of Ice and Fire.

This is a video essay looking at how Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 thriller The Conversation explores the psychology of sound. In particular: Kaja Silverman’s theory of the “maternal voice”.

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The maternal voice is a fantasy of origins: a representation of an individual’s pre-lingual, pre-cultural form, and their inauguration into subjectivity. Kaja Silverman writes that it is “a moment prior to the creation of the world”, when the infant is wrapped in the “sonourous envelope” of the mother’s voice, and unaware of its own selfhood (72). However, this state of “uterine night” is soon severed once the child becomes aware that it is a separate entity from the mother, thus establishing the subject-and-object (73). This realisation creates in the individual a feeling of incompleteness, and a desire return to the “bath of sound” the mother has nourished them with, which now serves as the “prototype for all subsequent auditory pleasure” (84). The fantasy contrasts the maternal “voice” (which is identified with sound and sense) with the paternal “word” (which is identified with meaning). From a psychoanalytic viewpoint, the subject enters language and symbolic order, but yearns to return to the pre-lingual “wholeness” of the maternal voice (Zizek 47). (more…)