Ep. 38 - Finale, Pt. 2: Interview with Gillian Robespierre

November 3, 2015

These are our last two episodes! Bonnie & Maude is ceasing as a podcast for now, but keep up with our future endeavors at bonnieandmaude.com.

In Part 2, we interview Gillian Robespierre, director of 2014's Obvious Child, about how the film is so much more than an "abortion rom-com." This interview was recorded at the Bell House on June 3, 2015 as part of Pregnant Pause, a variety show co-produced with The Doula Project that explored representations of pregnancy, choice, and abortion in pop culture. 

<3 Thank you so much for watching movies with us these past 3+ years. <3


Ep. 37 - Finale, Pt. 1: Interview with Signe Baumane

November 3, 2015

These are our last two episodes! Bonnie & Maude is ceasing as a podcast for now, but keep up with our future endeavors at bonnieandmaude.com.

In Part 1, we interview the Latvian-born animator and filmmaker Signe Baumane. Her feature film Rocks In My Pockets chronicles three generations of her family's experience with mental illness, and Signe talks about how dedicating herself to her art has helped her live with depression. Find the trailer, rent, or buy the film at rocksinmypocketsmovie.com, and watch her hilarious and provocative short film collection Teat Beat of Sex at teatbeat.com.

This episode includes frank discussion of mental illness, depression and suicide. If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


Ep. 36 - Hook // GUEST: Lisa Hanawalt

July 15, 2015

Our guest Lisa Hanawalt has her fingers in many pies. She is a published artist/author, hilarious film critic for The Hairpin, co-host of the Baby Geniuses podcast, and co-producer & production designer of the Netflix show BoJack Horseman. Her sneakily feminist views have been been available in a variety of mediums but we were especially excited to speak with her about Hook, the 1991 Peter Pan reimagining starring Robin Williams. 

Is it a kids movie or an erotic masterpiece filled with genderfluid characters that inspire the imagination? You may be surprised.

The episode also includes Lisa's theories on gender bias in animation, why she loves working on BoJack, and a quick overview of Great Horses of Cinema.

Additional viewing:

Season 2 of BoJack Horseman premieres July 17!

still from Julie Doucet comic "Heavy Flow" (originally published in Weirdo #26), referenced by Kseniya.

Ep. 35 - Aliens // GUESTS: Amy & Anne of Mother: A Podcast

May 9, 2015
In celebration of Mother's Day, Amy Gastelum and Anne Noyes Saini, hosts of Mother: A Podcast, stop by the studio apartment to discuss one of the most empowering (but occasionally manipulative) motherhood-themed sci-fi classics, Aliens.

Having covered films from a mother's perspective on previous episodes (Rosemary's Baby, Despicable MeGuy Maddin), we delve deeper into the meaning of the mother bear instinct, mom-on-mom violence, and what it's like to view a chest-burster scene when you're pregnant.


Ep. 34 - Pause The Tape, Live (Crushes, Flings, & Sex Scenes)

April 29, 2015

Gilmore Girls! Weezer! Cruel Intentions! Vanilla Ice! Can't Hardly Wait

We look at the movies and music that get our hearts racing in a special episode, dispatched from our live storytelling show, Pause The Tape, co-hosted with The Soundtrack Series' Dana Rossi.

Storytellers, and links to scenes/songs referenced in stories:

Kseniya Yarosh on Cool as Ice
Dana Rossi on Gilmore Girls, Season 3, Ep: 8 "Let The Games Begin"
C.D. Hermelin on Weezer
Eleanor Kagan on Can't Hardly Wait
Dana Rossi on Gilmore Girls, Season 3, Ep: 9 "A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving"
Isaac Oliver on Cruel Intentions

Our next live edition of Pause the Tape is on April 30th, 2015 at Videology in Brooklyn. More info at bonnieandmaude.com


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.


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

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.

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. 

Some articles featured in this episode:


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.