April 21st, 2014
April 13th, 2014
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.
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.
Bonnie & Maude Presents: You Are Hair -- an evening of edutainment on the subject of women's hair in television, film, and pop culture. 8PM / March 11, 2014 / Littlefield in Brooklyn, NY
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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.
January 9th, 2014
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.
Dr. 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.
Music: "Nasty Gal" by Betty Davis
- Anna Gunn's Op-Ed in the New York Times, I Have a Character Issue - August 23, 2013
- That Mind-Bending Phone Call on Last Night’s “Breaking Bad” by Emily Nussbaum - September 16, 2013
- Anna Gunn And 'Breaking Bad's' Skyler White: Just The Tip Of A Very Big Iceberg by Maureen Ryan - August 25, 2013
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.