The history of Puerto Rican migration to New York City, the tradition of the Hollywood musical, and how West Side Story broke the mold. We also discuss brownface, compulsory heterosexuality, and the role of discrimination in (white) cultural assimilation.
Enter the sensual, outrageous world of glam rock with Brian Slade and Curt Wild, as we examine Todd Haynes’ glittery musical Velvet Goldmine. We talk about the history of glam as a genre, the film’s role in queer cinematic history, and effects of David Bowie’s lack of endorsement.
A Universal horror classic embedded in global history, we examine writer Curt Siodmak’s flight from Nazi Germany, the ancient history of werewolf lore, and The Wolf Man’s inseparable ties from the post-war Jewish identity. Plus, bonus parallels with An American Werewolf in London!
A group of teenage girls go on a countryside vacation and end up fighting for their lives in this layered Japanese horror-comedy. We discuss pre- and post-war Japan and Japanese cinema, Hausu’s multi-step inception, bakeneko, and My Little Ponies. (Friendship is magic, everyone.)
Nicolas Cage? Check. Cocaine and LSD? Check. Chainsaw-wielding rampage? Check. This revenge-fantasy horror sci-fi delight breaks the boundaries of genre and takes the viewer on a two-act epic. We talk about the foils of masculine tenderness vs. violence, Mandy’s vital role in everyone’s life, power dynamics, and Nic Cage Rage.
In an episode straight out of Bonnie’s worst nightmares (literally), we watched this god awful shark movie (or is it?). Join us as we discuss the evolution of sharks and shark movies, thalassophobia, the USS Indianapolis, why we’re afraid of sharks in the first place, and why we need to conserve them.
Our first requested-by-listeners selection, Hedwig is our tour guide through the history of LGBT culture in Eastern Germany, jungian psychology, the many iterations of “Hedwig” as a production. Plus, Hedwig’s genderqueer legacy, the rich conversation around binary the film creates, and the concept of gender as a performance.