Cinematic Doctrine

Tickled - Grippingly Awkward, Absurdly Silly, Excellent

June 28, 2022 Melvin & Dan Season 1 Episode 112
Cinematic Doctrine
Tickled - Grippingly Awkward, Absurdly Silly, Excellent
Show Notes


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In this episode you'll hear us discuss one of the single-most bizarre stories to come from the documentary world. Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon the strange world of Competitive Endurance Tickling. What ensues is a long-stretching borderline "true-crime" drama of Jane O'brien Media.


  • (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 48-minutes talking about the latest Vince McMahon controversies, plus other oddities of his personality. (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 
  • This month's curated Patreon Poll was built around "shocking movies". The idea being movies that are contextually shocking, not necessarily filled with shocking material. 
  • Tickled, as an experience, triggers everything: disgust, surprise, laughter, mockery, heartbreak, excitement, intrigue. It's the full package. 
  • Detailing caveats to engaging this movie, because there's no getting around it; the tickling is fetishistic. 
  • Beginning the long, twisted adventure of explaining Tickled from start to finish. 
  • Competitive Endurance Tickling... except they never explain how to win? 
  • How much would they have to pay Melvin to do one of these videos? 
  • Detailing how Jane O'Brien Media manipulated and harassed talent that merely said 'no'.
  • Discussing the cultural strangeness of the West which dictates that men cannot be physical by any means without putting their sexuality in question, despite it being typical in other countries for comfortably heterosexual men to hold hands or be physically closer to one another.
  • Getting into the subsequent 20-minute short-doc The Tickle King which details continued interventions from Jane O'Brien Media during the events of Tickled's festival and limited theater run, including a damning final confrontation.
  • The final tragic nail in the coffin of the Tickled saga.
  • Discussing the potential availabilities of certain sexual fetishes, regarding they adhere appropriately to biblical sexuality (basking in one another's beauty, other-oriented satisfactory experiences, and honoring each other's image-bearing nature).


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