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.
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.
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?
Aisha Harris (Slate, @craftingmystyle)
Cassie Wagler (Romantic Friendship)
Part 2 coming next month!
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.
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?
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.
Many female movie characters have jobs. But what makes a "working woman" movie? Along with our guest, writer/producer/dramaturge Meg Sweeney Lawless, we focus on two unforgettable, hard-nosed working ladies in two classic films: His Girl Friday (1940) and Network (1976). Both films are dark comedies that offer behind the scenes looks at the world of news media, but we leave feeling very differently about its female leads -- why? What makes Rosalind Russell's fast-talking dame so different from Faye Dunaway cool and calculating Diana? You'll be surprised to discover that they have more in common than a first glance would suggest.