Ep. 33 - Titanic // GUEST: Claudia Bitran

April 15, 2015

To commemorate the sinking of Titanic on the morning of April 15th, 1912, we revisit a movie that stayed afloat long past anyone's expectations.

Joining us for this episode is filmmaker and artist Claudia Bitran, currently working on a shot-for-shot remake of the record-breaking 1997 James Cameron film. 
 
All of us watched Titanic as early teens, so the time seems ripe to reassess it now that we're grown-ass women. We also take a closer look at what has buoyed the film while simultaneously making it a target of mockery: teen female fandom.


Plus: Hear about some of our listeners' tender memories of watching the film, and tell us yours by leaving a message at 530-628-3379.

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Ep. 32 - Guy Maddin // GUEST: Tatiana Watson

February 24, 2015

Guy Maddin ("National treasure of Canadian cinema") may be less familiar to casual cinema lovers in the States, but once you see his work, you won't be able to forget his bizarre characters or dreamy imagery. 

In our second mom-cast, we invite Kseniya's mother, Tatiana Watson, to discuss portrayal of parenthood in Maddin's Careful (1992) and Brand upon the Brain! (2006) and how film has bonded the mother and daughter over the years.

Outro Music: "The Nightingale and the Rose" by Rosa Ponselle, as featured in Guy Maddin's short film, A Trip To The Orphanage (2004)

Previously released episode with Eleanor's mom, Dr. Paula Kagan, discussing Rosemary’s Baby


Referenced in the episode: Slums of Beverly Hills 15-Year Reunion
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Ep. 31 - Movie Marathon DAY 2

February 3, 2015

In the second part of our Bonnie & Maude Roving Movie Marathon, we traveled around Brooklyn for a day to sit on our friends' couches and let them pick a surprise movie for us to see. You can surprise yourself by listening through, or watch the films along with us:

Part two includes:
2:55 Pillow Talk (1959)
25:00 The Conversation (1974)
40:00 The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
58:15 Set It Off (1996)

Listen to part one here

Pause the Tape, an evening of stories about music and film, takes place on February 14th at 7pm at Videology in Brooklyn.

The Iron Mule, an evening of short comedy film screenings, takes place on March 1st at 7:30pm at Symphony Space in New York.
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Ep. 30 - Wild / 2014 in review

December 30, 2014

Eleanor & Kseniya discuss Wild, Reese Witherspoon's latest leading role. Based on the 2012 memoir by Cheryl Strayed the story is about one woman's self-discover/recovery by way of an 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. Relegated to the semi-disparaging category of chick-lit, we review the rarity of the 'lone woman' characters and the the insight Wild brings to the female experience. 

We close out the episode by reviewing some of our favorite woman-centric films from the past year of viewing. Several highlights include Ida and Babadook, two international films that we loved, as well as a number of picks from BAM's outstanding Punk Rock Girls program last Spring. 


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Ep. 29 - Movie Marathon DAY 1

December 12, 2014

In early November, we pushed ourselves (and our butts) to the limits of our movie watching abilities and watched EIGHT movies over the course of one weekend. This was a roving marathon, so we asked our friends in different locations around Brooklyn to pick a movie for us to watch, and host us on their couch.

Part one (of two) includes:
3:50 The Loves of a Blonde (1965)
19:10 Drinking Buddies (2013)
34:30 Tampopo (1985)
43:20 Empire Records (1995)

We sincerely thank our marathon hosts for their generosity in participating in this project and appreciate all the listeners who encouraged us when we originally came up with the idea.
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Ep. 28 - In Defense of Reality TV

November 25, 2014

Guests Rachel Michelle Fernandes, filmmaker and associate producer for the television show Four Weddings, and Allegra Oxborough, a Bachelor devotee, join us to figure out why we love (and hate on) reality television. Can we learn lessons about ourselves from watching the highly stylized, heavily edited lives of others?


Select audio clips from various shows are included as examples throughout, but if you're interested in seeing the visuals take a look here:

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All of Them Witches #7: Uzi’s Party

October 31, 2014

"I'm a 16mm filmmaker, and because film is hard to make, people insist you must defend the fact you're shooting on film. And my defense is that... it's magic."

Lyra Hill, a Chicago-based filmmaker, previews clips from, and discusses her short film Uzi's Party, an ominous and funny collage of teenage girls, makeovers, Ouija boards and possession.

It's enough to put a spell on you--so Femme Rhythm, the 8-piece all-female a cappella group, does.

Follow Lyra, including updates about the release of Uzi's Party, at lyrahill.com

Follow Femme Rhythm at femmerhythm.com, and see a video of their performance on our YouTube channel.

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"All of Them Witches," recorded on 10/13/2014 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, was a one-night-only variety show hosted by Bonnie & Maude's Kseniya Yarosh and Eleanor Kagan, that explored portrayals of witches and witchcraft in pop culture, film and television.

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All of Them Witches #6: Witch Tourism and The Lords of Salem

October 31, 2014

Would you say that you're really into witchcraft, or are you a witch tourist? Meet the Lady's creator and host Tom Blunt takes us into the dizzying world of Salem, both that of our dimension, and that of Rob Zombie's film The Lords of Salem

Follow Tom at at tomblunt.com, and @tomblunt.

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"All of Them Witches," recorded on 10/13/2014 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, was a one-night-only variety show hosted by Bonnie & Maude's Kseniya Yarosh and Eleanor Kagan, that explored portrayals of witches and witchcraft in pop culture, film and television.

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All of Them Witches #5: ‘The Craft’ Has Issues

October 31, 2014

We all loved The Craft when we were teenagers, right? But do you remember what happens in the second half of the movie? Cassie Wagler does, and will delve deep into the film's huge problems in its portrayal of race, class, "light" and "dark" magic, and power. Don't be too sad about the reality check though, because she will leave you with a way you can still enjoy the film.

Follow Cassie at about.me/cassiewagler and @cassiewagler.

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"All of Them Witches," recorded on 10/13/2014 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, was a one-night-only variety show hosted by Bonnie & Maude's Kseniya Yarosh and Eleanor Kagan, that explored portrayals of witches and witchcraft in pop culture, film and television.

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All of Them Witches #4: Morticia, Morgana, Willow: Which Witch Are You?

October 30, 2014

Are you a "good" witch, or a "bad" witch? Such is the unanswerable question when it comes to deciding what type of magical person you want to be. Rosie Schaap recounts her own journey of identifying with witchy women, from Excalibur's Morgana (Helen Mirren), to Buffy's Willow (Alyson Hannigan), to The Addams Family's Morticia (Anjelica Huston).

Follow Rosie Schaap at rosieschaap.com, and @rosieschaap.

Bonus: chamber pop singer AK performs a jazzy rendition of “Love Potion #9.” Follow AK at ak-ak-ak.com, and @thebandak.

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"All of Them Witches," recorded on 10/13/2014 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, was a one-night-only variety show hosted by Bonnie & Maude's Kseniya Yarosh and Eleanor Kagan, that explored portrayals of witches and witchcraft in pop culture, film and television.
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