Episode 1: Gattaca (1997)

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  • Episode 19: Jurassic Park (1993)
    Learn about the “Jurassic Park generation” of paleontologists, how the film affected the scientific community, some amazing fan theories and, the, uh, lasting impact of Dr. Ian Malcolm as the film’s moral center. Hold onto your butts!Support the show
  • Episode 18: The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
    What makes an epic truly EPIC? Why were the 80s so intense for evangelical Christians? What’s up with Jungian psychology? Why was The Last Temptation of Christ so controversial when other bible movies are so formulaic? All these questions AND MORE answered in our very special holiday episode. Merry Chrysler! It’s Chrismin. Support the show
  • Episode 17: Maleficent (2014)
    In a stunning rape-revenge twist on a Disney classic, we look at Maleficent’s origins in the Sleeping Beauty myth, breaking the cycle of abuse, the importance of found family, and the symbolism of the film’s rich costuming. Featuring our very first special guest, costume designer Chad Edward Evett.Support the show
  • Episode 16: West Side Story (1961)
    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.Support the show
  • Episode 15: Velvet Goldmine (1998)
    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. Support the show
  • Episode 14: The Wolf Man (1941)
    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!Support the show
  • Episode 13: Hausu (1977)
    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.) Support the show
  • Episode 12: Mandy (2018)
    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. Support the show
  • Episode 11: Deep Blue Sea (1999)
    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—and just why we’re afraid of sharks in the first place.Support the show
  • Episode 10: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
    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. Support the show
  • Episode 9: Short Term 12 (2013)
    Short Term 12 gives us a look at the troubling state of Group Homes, how we deal with and heal from trauma, when to break rules and push boundaries, and the crucial value of found family. Featuring a cast of not-yet-famous stars, this story about stories is one you can’t miss. CW: non-graphic discussion around suicide, child abuse, sexual assault.Support the show
  • Episode 8: Spring Breakers (2012)
    We’ve got the history of spring break. We’ve got race and privilege dynamics. We’ve got the American dream and the twistiness of metafictional storytelling. We’ve got shorts, of every color. We’ve got Scarface on repeat. Scarface, on repeat. LOOK AT ALL OUR SHIT, in this very special episode that discusses the psychedelic fever dream that is Spring Breakers. Support the show
  • Episode 7: The Purge (2013)
    The Purge is the second film in our America-themed movies for July! Directed by James DeMonaco, this 2013 movie gives us the framework to talk about wealth inequality in the US, gun control analogies, the emptiness of “supporting the troops,” flower symbolism, the distressing nature of the Emergency Broadcast System, and our personal obsession with dystopian/philosophical storytelling.Support the show
  • Episode 6: George Washington (2000)
    In July, our movies are centered around AMERICA! What better way to start than George Washington (2000) by David Gordon Green, a Malick-ian inspired poetic drama, which is part of the Criterion Collection. We talk about the dynamics of race, economics, and youth of rural South Carolina at the turn of the millennia. Plus: the symbolism of superheroes, growing up, and gross public bathrooms. Support the show
  • Episode 5: Nowhere (1997)
    Nowhere, the final installment in Gregg Araki's Teenage Apocalypse trilogy, provides the perfect framework for a conversation about the rise of teen media in the 90s, valley girl linguistics, Baudrillard's simulacra and hyperreality, and the rich vitality of queer coming-of-age cinema. Plus, Bonnie divulges some personal inspirations from Araki's filmmaking philosophy. P.S. while we don't endorse piracy, and Nowhere isn't currently available for rent in the US, you can do a search for it and the edited version we reference might pop up somewhere.Support the show
  • Episode 4: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
    With the first of this month's Pride-themed films, we discuss The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, including Australia's LGBT history, queer cinema, and the importance of camp (hello MET Gala theme!), toxic masculinity, and the queering of the road movie genre.Support the show
  • Episode 3: Attack the Block (2011)
    Attack the Block broke genre conventions in 2011, and becomes the basis for our discussion of public housing in Britain (what it means, and why it matters), the tradition of alien invasion in film, the value of genre, and the importance of choosing your weapon. Support the show
  • Episode 2: Armageddon (1998)
    Whether you love it or hate it, Armageddon evokes strong opinions. Join us as we talk about this Michael Bay classic, and discuss the mass appeal of disaster movies, the history of NASA, toxic masculinity, and how this mess got into the coveted Criterion Collection.Support the show
  • Episode 1: Gattaca (1997)
    In the premiere episode of Check Your Threading, your hosts, Bonnie and Lauren, discuss the 1997 classic sci-fi, neo-noir thriller Gattaca. An exploration of the themes of human "validity," genetics, architecture, and the futility of reaching for the stars. Every two weeks, your hosts watch a movie, do some homework, and create Check Your Threading, a podcast that serves up history, psychology, and perspective on that film.Support the show

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