Ep. 27: What Movies Should We Show Our Kids? // GUEST: Manoush Zomorodi

October 3, 2014

Host of the WNYC program New Tech City, Manoush Zomorodi joins us to vent. In addition to being an all-around badass veteran broadcaster, she's a mother of two, and is on a perpetual quest for quality entertainment to enjoy with her family. In 2014, not only have kids' movies evolved in style and substance, but the method by which kids consume media has also radically changed. 

In this episode, two films are on the chopping block: The LEGO Movie vs. Despicable Me. See if you can predict which one won over Manoush's family and which one was a tremendous disappointment. The factors that make a movie "good" for a film enthusiast who is also a mother may surprise you.

Closing music: "Everything is Awesome" cover by PianoKeyz

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Ep. 26 - Sweetie // GUEST: Lara Gallagher

September 17, 2014
Jane Campion's first feature is odd, gorgeous, and bursting with ideas -- and foreshadows her future breathtaking work in The Piano and Top of the Lake. Kay and Sweetie, two sisters with starkly opposing personalities, give us the chance to talk about on-screen and real life siblings.

We also discuss Peel, Campion's first short film, as well as American Gladiators, our guest Lara Gallagher's latest short that recently screened at Palm Springs International ShortFest. The film will be screening this October at Mill Valley Film Festival (screening times), San Jose International Film Festival (Oct.9-12) and St. John's Women's Film Festival (Oct.14-18th).

Find more of Lara's work, including her music videos for Hospitality and Wild Flag, here

Additional reading: Order Muppets vs. Chaos Muppets, by Dahlia Lithwick in Slate.
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Ep. 25 - Kathryn Bigelow // GUEST: Aviv Rubinstien

August 14, 2014

Join us for a discussion of Kathryn Bigelow's most adrenaline-fueled features, Point Break (1991) and The Hurt Locker (2008). We'll draw a through-line from her cartoonish surfer action flick to the gritty war drama that earned her an Oscar. Along with director, writer, and musician Aviv Rubinstien, we trace the recurring themes of her films, her varied visual styles, and hone in on her aversion of being referred to as a Female Director. She is a Director, point break.

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Bonnie & Maude: 24-Hour Movie Marathon

August 5, 2014

Bonnie & Maude is taking part in Brooklyn Academy of Music's 24-Hour Movie Marathon on Sept. 5th. Twenty-four hours of movies! Will we lose our minds? Find out how you can contribute to kids' arts education and our slow descent into madness, from the comfort of your own couch.

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Ep. 24 - You Are Hair, Part 1

July 25, 2014

Listen to the first half of "You Are Hair," a live variety show we mounted earlier this year to root into the subject of female hair as seen in movies, television, and pop culture. Revel in the power of the pixie cut, as seen in Beyonce and Miley videos. Realize that you're not the only one who experienced Little Mermaid hair envy. And that side-shave haircut you see everywhere? It once stood for something...does it still?

The live audio used in this episode was originally recorded at Littlefield in Brooklyn, NY on March 11, 2014.


Tessa Brown (Hiphopocracy@tessalaprofessa)
Aisha Harris (Slate@craftingmystyle)
Cassie Wagler (Romantic Friendship

Part 2 coming next month!

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Ep. 23 - Maleficent // GUEST: Sophie Bushwick

June 26, 2014

We talk Disney's Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie's cheekbones and Long Lasting Lipstick. To give us the fairy tale perspective, our guest is Tabled Fables Podcast co-host Sophie Bushwick, who adds context on the varied history and mixed morals of Sleeping Beauty as told by Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault.

While we appreciate that Maleficent subverts some stale tropes like "true love's kiss" and actually puts its female characters in center of the action, we find some of the more adult themes of this PG film quite troubling. 
Plus: Why do we need villain origin stories in the first place? And why does it always gotta be about revenge?
Outro Music: "Once Upon A Dream" (theme from Sleeping Beauty) sung by Lana Del Rey
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BonBon - Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman

June 10, 2014

In this bonus mini episode, we talk about Anne Hathaway's latest incarnation of Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, and our guest David Archer tells a touching personal story about how Michelle Pfeiffer's deranged Catwoman scared him as a child. Plus: What's David's beef with a blonde Selina Kyle, anyway?

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Ep. 22 - Batman Returns // GUEST: David Archer (PODCRAWL)

June 5, 2014

We discuss Batman Returns as an introduction to a three-part '90s Batman Sequels Podcrawl with our podcast pals Read It And Weep and Proudly Resents

We've encountered two other cinematic takes on Catwoman since the 1992 Tim Burton-directed film. But Michelle Pfeiffer's hyper-sexual and winking performance is still as fresh as ever in this convoluted Christmas story, where its trio of villains outshine Michael Keaton's caped crusader.

Plus, meet the East Coast's utmost Catwoman expert David Archer. He walks us through the history of the character from her inception to her ever-evolving costumes and motives for vengeance.

Remember to listen in on June 12th to Read It And Weep's take on Batman Forever (1995) and on June 19th for Proudly Resents' discussion of Batman & Robin (1997).

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Ep. 21 - The Craft // GUEST: Lyra Hill

May 12, 2014
To those for whom the phrase "light as a feather, stiff as a board" sends shivers up the spine: our newest episode deconstructs The Craft -- a staple of '90s slumber parties and one of the most problematic portrayals of teen girl empowerment. 
We speak to Lyra Hill (previously a guest for our Cabaret discussion) about her thoughts on The Craft from the perspective of a Pagan, a feminist, and a filmmaker. Lyra is in the final stages of completing the short film Uzi's Party (teaser) and it was a thrill to get a first look at the project and dig into her theories on possession and its ties to performance and femininity. 
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BonBon - Dave Itzkoff on ‘Network’

April 21, 2014
In a further exploration of the 'working women' conversation started in Episode 20, Eleanor speaks with Dave Itzkoff, author of the revealing new book Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies. He shares some of on- and off-set anecdotes about screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky and star Faye Dunaway, and they ponder the lasting impact of Network, whose commentary on women in the workplace preceded concepts of "lean in" and "glass ceiling."
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