March 3rd, 2014
Hated by most critics upon its 1999 release, The Woman Chaser is a lost gem, available only on VHS or bootleg. Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld, The Tick) is a car salesman craving artistic release as an independent filmmaker in this neo-noir that walks the line between comedy and tragedy. The film hits every mark on the misogynist checklist in its path to illustrate masculine discontent.
Despite its many wrong turns, Kseniya and Eleanor were mostly charmed by the unusual tale of a cinema-loving lug and were intrigued by our guest Caroline Golum's surprising personal connection to the film. Viewing it as a child on late night television, free of feminist judgment, this tale of a man chasing a cinematic dream provided an erotic charge for young Caroline and artistic inspiration for her future filmmaking and film programming.
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Closing music: "Bacoa" by Les Baxter
February 3rd, 2014
We begin another snowy month in Brooklyn with a discussion of Frozen, the latest Disney animated film to take the box office by storm. As expected, Frozen has many familiar elements -- songs, orphans, princesses, endless mention of "true love," and an adorably goofy sidekick -- but the story (the first Disney animated feature to be directed by a woman!) also plays on what we know about fairy tale tropes and twists them in a direction that is focused more on sisterly love rather than romance.
Kseniya & Eleanor discuss their childhood impressions of Disney films, their surprised enjoyment of Frozen, and what they hope to see in future productions from the studio.
Bonus: we read some letters from our mailbag and play a voicemail message we received via 530-628-3379
Closing music: "Let It Go" by Idina Menzel
January 9th, 2014
We discuss Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), a darkly hilarious mockumentary about a small town beauty pageant that turns violent. Kirsten Dunst once again flexes her comedic muscles, alongside Ellen Barkin and Allison Janney as "the white trash Laverne and Shirley." Amy Adams tries out the sexpot character long before the success of American Hustle or the awkwardness of Cruel Intentions 2. A terrific female cast all around and an unusual script by Lona Williams, who we hope to see more from in the future.
Joined by guest Rommel Wood, potentially the movie's #1 fan (she has pretty much the entire film memorized!), Eleanor and Kseniya explore the upsides of black humor, the downsides of pageant and small town life, and the rare instances of when violence against women is actually funny...to women.
Closing music: "Drop Dead Gorgeous" by New Mystery Girl
December 16th, 2013
The final frontier: women surviving space by way of fearlessness, wit, sex, and a prominent stripping scene. In one of our laugh-iest episodes ever, Eleanor and Kseniya discuss Gravity (2013), Alien (1979), and Barbarella
(1968) with I Love Bad Movies co-editor Matt Carman. We debate whether Ripley is a cat lady, the concept of the "final girl," and Sandra Bullock's frequent vehicle troubles.
End credits music: Leonard Nimoy, "Music To Watch Space Girls By"
November 12th, 2013
An epic tale of the horrors of motherhood. And who better to discuss this with if not one of our very own mothers? Eleanor, Kseniya, and Eleanor's mom, Dr.
Paula Kagan, delve into the surprisingly funny and spooky aspects of Polanski's classic film and our own early scares.
Paula Kagan is an author, radical nurse, Associate Professor
of nursing, as well as an affiliated faculty member of Women & Gender Studies at DePaul University in Chicago.
September 23rd, 2013
Spoiler Alert. Recorded
the morning of the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad, Kseniya and
Eleanor take a look at television's most riveting anti-heros--Breaking
Bad's Walter White, Mad Men's Don Draper, and Sopranos' Tony
Soprano--through the wives who must deal with them. Skyler White, Betty
Draper, and Carmela Soprano, often the recipients of Internet ire, are
in need of exploration and your hosts, with the help of Pop Culture
Happy Hour's Mike Katzif, are here to do so.
(For spoilage purposes, Orange Is The New Black, Orphan Black, Nurse Jackie and Enlightened are also briefly discussed.)
Music: "Nasty Gal" by Betty Davis
September 11th, 2013
Kseniya and Eleanor return after a long summer of either getting married or avoiding a sunburn, respectively, so it's high time to catch up on the movies and TV, new and old, that were consumed. In addition to a chat about Orange Is The New Black, Kseniya brings A League of Their Own, Marie Antoinette, Magic Mike and Dogfight to the table, while Eleanor talks In A World, Bringing Up Baby, and All That Jazz.
July 24th, 2013
This is a live Q&A session that followed our screening of Slums of Beverly Hills on April 24, 2013 (part of our 2 Good 2B 4Gotten series).
Star Natasha Lyonne, director/writer Tamara Jenkins, co-star Kevin Corrigan and cinematographer Tom Richmond joined us to reminisce about the highs and lows of making a picture that was, and still feels, very personal to them all. Hearing this conversation is like eavesdropping on a family reunion.
Tamara talks about some of the struggles of being a female filmmaker (and why "women in film" panels aren't all they're cracked up to be), while Natasha, expresses how being Tamara's stand-in for Slums made her feel about her future.
Plus: Auditioning breast doubles, filming the vibrator dance scene, and learning how to fake an orgasm on camera.
Whether you've never seen the movie or sleep with a VHS of it under your pillow, this is a conversation all indie film lovers will enjoy.
June 28th, 2013
We discuss Frances Ha, the new film directed by Noah Baumbach, and written by Baumbach and the film's star, Greta Gerwig.
This is a film about the rocky terrain of female friendship as well as what it means to be alone. We talk about why we love Frances so much, despite her flaws and poor decisions. (It might have something to do with her death-defying ability to pee on Subway tracks.) And we take a look at whether Frances Ha bears any of the cynicism found in Baumbach's past works, and suggest other great films that explore female friendship.
Cristina Cacciopo (the former film programmer for the dearly departed 92YTribeca, but newly instated at the Alamo Draft House) joins the conversation as the resident Baumbach "nerd." (Her words.)
May 24th, 2013
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This week we're joined by Chicago artist, performer, projectionist, film archivist and movie lover, Lyra Hill.
From her earliest memories of watching a broken Costco DVD of Cabaret, Lyra has been fascinated with the Bob Fosse--directed and choreographed musical. Eleanor and Kseniya had never seen it until now, but through a discussion of the grungy aesthetic, the love triangles and the sinister historical context that hangs over this twisted romance, they come to appreciate it as well.
Outro Music: "Cabaret" as sung by Liza Minnelli on Cabaret & All That Jazz: the Liza Minnelli Anthology