Dominick Nero Interview: Super Deluxe, Editing and The Internet

Editing is a true passion for Dominick Nero. As a contributor to such powerhouses as Super Deluxe and A.V. Club, it’s only natural that he understands its power. Because of that very fact, his work has seen enormous success and respect. While many artists approach the internet with intense cynicism, Nero embraces its stage wholeheartedly. His editing has become just another way for him to express his drives. He’s someone who sees the potential in social media, using it every step of the way as a tool for development. A master of comic timing and editing techniques, Nero has his finger resoundingly on the pulse.…  

Secret Cave Podcast S02E01: Gay

As the first official episode of the new season, Lee thought it best that we open with something ridiculously divisive and offensive. He’s still not sure why.

Anyway, we have a protracted discussion about the use of the word “Gay” and terminology in general. We also spiral off and talk about drugs, and have an argument about numbers. Lee introduces our new segment, “Show and Tell”, where we each bring in one talking point and have an argument.

Topics:

  • On the new format for season two
  • A discussion on using the word “gay”
  • The schoolyard origins of “gay”, and its implications
  • What it means as slang in Northern England
  • The history and different connotations of “gay”
  • On the reappropriation of negative terms
  • Arguments about terminology in To Pimp a Butterfly
  • When slurs are and aren’t shocking
  • Does “gay” have an actual homophobic connotation in America vs.
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Andrew DeYoung Interview: 555, Improvised Films, and ’90s VHS Tapes

Director Andrew DeYoung doesn’t get excited by scripts, beautiful lighting, or painstakingly manufacturing a perfectly orchestrated film. Andrew’s obsession is with the unintentional comedy of everyday interactions and tense situations. He often explores what happens when you mix actors with people who don’t know they’re on camera, and collates the best shots into a narrative.

After stumbling upon his first major release (555, which I reviewed here), I had to find out about him, his other films, his process and his inspirations. Partly because there’s very little information about it online, and partly because I needed to satisfy my curiosity after watching 555 and the rest of his work in one neurotic, coffee-fueled sprint at 5am.…  

Secret Cave Podcast #8: Movie Lucky Dip, AAA Games

‘Tis the season (finale) at Secret Cave. This is the last episode of the year before we take a break from arguing, posturing and bullshitting for a couple of months. We went into this episode with no agenda, and, for once, it shows.

Enjoy over an hour of disconnected chat on classic and obscure movies, indie games, and the biggest releases of the past decade.

As always, we’ll be announcing episodes on Twitter, and streaming them on Twitch.

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…But for now, listen to this week’s episode:

📻 in this episode, we discuss:

  • Thoughts on All The President’s Men
  • How All The President’s Men creates paranoia
  • Parallels between All The President’s Men and Dr.
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Secret Cave Podcast #7: Death Stranding, Physicality, One-Handed Gameplay

In this extended special episode, we have Andy Tyrrell — Lee’s dad — as a guest on the podcast.

I’d heard murmurings from Lee that Andy thinks the podcast is a weekly meeting of the pretentious mutual admiration society, so here I’m preparing to defend myself.

Tensions aside, in episode 7 we talk about emotion in games, generational perspective, and sex censorship. We also explain why we never talk about anything physical.

As always, we’ll be announcing episodes on Twitter, and streaming them on Twitch.

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…But for now, listen to this week’s episode:

📻 in this episode, we discuss:

  • Criticism from Lee’s dad on the podcast so far
  • Thoughts on the trailer for Death Stranding
  • Are teaser trailers misrepresenting games?
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Secret Cave Podcast #6: Kids Films, Modern Sci-fi, British Comedy

The full cast of Secret Cave is here for episode 6, where we talk about the decline of kids films, that terrible trailer for Passengers, and what makes British comedy so unique.

As always, we’ll be announcing episodes on Twitter, and streaming them on Twitch.

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…But for now, listen to this week’s episode:

📻 in this episode, we discuss:

  • Have kids movies stopped trying to be challenging?
  • The age rating system for movies
  • Cheap cash-ins as a replacement for the next Toy Story
  • Christian references in Inside Out
  • Which recent children/family films have challenging undertones?
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Secret Cave Podcast #5: Radiohead, Final Fantasy, Filter Bubble

It’s all kicking off in the fifth episode of the Secret Cave podcast. Lee and I have arguments about turn-based combat, the best Radiohead album, Final Fantasy’s finest era, and Rasta samples in the Predator movies.

In this episode, we mainly cover Radiohead, Final Fantasy and the hidden algorithms behind how we’re shown the world. As always, we’ll be announcing episodes on Twitter, and streaming them on Twitch.

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…But for now, listen to this week’s episode:

📻 in this episode, we discuss:

  • Thoughts on Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool
  • How your listening environment affects music
  • On True Love Waits
  • Does a high production value affect emotional reaction?
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Secret Cave Podcast #3: Rick & Morty, Jackass, and the Best Skeleton Movies

Moving away from the idea of structured topics, this week we’re improvising with whatever comes to mind in episode 3 of the Secret Cave podcast.

In this off-the-cuff conversation, we debate everything from Rick & Morty’s philosophy to the reason skeletons aren’t as widely represented as zombies.

In the future, we’ll be announcing episodes on Twitter, and streaming them on Twitch.

For now, listen to this week’s episode:

? in this episode, we discuss:

  • Is Rick & Morty just a shoddy rip off of Futurama?
  • Cliched characterization in Rick & Morty
  • Rick & Morty’s portrayal of family
  • Infidelity as a tired plot line
  • Laughing out loud when watching something alone
  • Is Rick & Morty philosophical fiction?
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Secret Cave Podcast #2: Video Game Difficulty, The Undertaker, Mario’s Death, Movie Trailers

In last week’s episode, only two of Secret Cave’s writers could make it on air. This week, we’re firing on all cylinders and have an active, roundtable discussion about adaptive difficulty in video games, why The Undertaker became so popular, the death of Mario (and side-scrolling platforms), and how movie trailers are bullshit.

We’ll be announcing episodes on Twitter, and streaming them on Twitch.

? in this episode, we discuss:

  • Adaptive vs. set difficulty in video games
  • What’s the most difficult game you’ve ever played?
  • The unique difficulty of multiplayer games
  • Matchmaking algorithms in multiplayer games
  • Losing gaming tournaments
  • How to access ‘hard mode’ in Super Mario
  • The difference in difficulty in racing games
  • Is Mario Kart secretly a platformer?
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Secret Cave Podcast #1: Star Trek, Donnie Darko & Stories in Video Games

The debut episode of the Secret Cave podcast marks the first of many discussions between our writers that will be edited into neat little audio files for your enjoyment.

We give you an introduction to the kinds of content you can expect to find on Secret Cave, then dive into discussion about Star Trek, Donnie Darko, and stories in video games.

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We’ll also be announcing episodes on Twitter, and streaming them on Twitch.

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