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Ep. 485: Crimes of the Future (2022)

December 1st, 2022

Friends and familiars! We have made it to December, and everything's going to be alright we know. This week, as we put a cap on the year, we thought we'd do a same with the movies. So, we're looking back at 2022 to talk about the movies we missed, and we're starting with Dustin's pick Crimes of the Future. That's right, the old man went Cronenberg. We tackle Cronenberg, auteurism, body modification, Trans readings, and much, much more as we cut into this week's body horror tale. Tune in now!

TIMESTAMPS

00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

05:55 - Quick Crimes of the Future Reviews

22:38 - Expanding the Syllabus

34:25 - Analysis

57:16 - Shelf or Trash

59:39 - Wrap Up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 484: Interstellar (2014)

November 26th, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving weekend family! We're back to wrap up November with a story about being grateful for family—that's right, it's Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Does his space epic hold up or keep us at arm's length? Our ghosts are knocking as we get this into the lab for greater analysis. We're talking climate stuff, Nolan, Michael Bay, science fiction, and much, much more as we launch into Interstellar. Join us now!

TIMESTAMPS

00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

03:18 - Quick Interstellar Reviews

22:26 - Expanding the Syllabus

34:58 - Analysis

51:25 - Shelf or Trash

58:13 - Wrap Up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 483: 9 to 5 (1980)

November 17th, 2022

Howdy y'all! 

This week, on the GenreCast, we're punching that clock on the wall to talk about the Dolly Parton comedy classic 9 to 5. That's right, it's Dolly, Lily, and Jane, and they're not going to take it anymore. We look back on the film's political and feminist messages, talk about the film's structure and narrative ideas, and get in the weeds about what works and doesn't work in this one. 

TIMESTAMPS

00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

04:56 - Quick 9 to 5 Reviews

13:28 - Expanding the Syllabus

21:46 - Analysis

35:13 - Shelf or Trash

36:18 - Wrap Up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 482: The Rundown (2003)

November 10th, 2022

Hello fiends and familiars, we return this week with an action extravaganza as we take a look back at the early days of Dwayne Johnson's film career to talk about The Rundown. This star vehicle teamed Rocky up with Sean William Scott, Rosario Dawson, and Christopher Walken to great effect. But does it hold up? We break it apart to talk style, archetypes, actor brands, action heroes, and much, much more. 

TIMESTAMPS

00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

05:34 - Quick Rundown Reviews

16:44 - Expanding the Syllabus

29:17 - Analysis

51:14 - Shelf or Trash

52:57 - Wrap Up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 481: The Iron Giant (1999)

November 3rd, 2022

Friends and Family, we're out of the Book of Shocks, but we've got another tale of a lonely young boy and a bizarre being who enters his home (at least the backyard area). That's right, we're going back to 1999 with Brad Bird's cult classic The Iron Giant. This release from WB at the end of the last century flopped, but gained a cult following on home video and cable. We take a look at Brad Bird's career, effective animation, anti-gun and anti-violence ideas, and much, much more as we take on The Iron Giant.

Timestamps

00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

03:38 - Quick Iron Giant Reviews

16:59 - Expanding the Syllabus

31:00 - Analysis

50:20 - Shelf or Trash

51:40 - Wrap Up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 480: The Babadook (2014)

October 31st, 2022

Hello and Happy Halloween! We're bringing Shocktober to a close with LGBTQ icon, The Babadook. This top-hatted specter and his pop up book became all the rage in the years following the film's release, but memes aside, how does Jennifer Kent's tale of grief and parenting hold up? We discuss that, parenting, abuse, grief, and much, much more as we dive into this ghostly tale. As we wrap Shocktober, stay through to the end to hear next week's title! Tune in now!

TIMESTAMPS

00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

07:45 - Quick Babadook Reviews

21:14 - Expanding the Syllabus

38:32 - Analysis

1:00:02 - Shelf or Trash

1:01:14 - Wrap Up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 479: 28 Days Laters (2002)

October 29th, 2022

Hello friends! Sorry for the delay, but things have been a bit hectic over here. However, we did not wake up in post-apocalyptic London like this week's protagonist. That's right, Shocktober 11 continues with Danny Boyle's influential 28 Days Later. One of the two zombie movies that reinvigorated the genre at the turn of the century, 28 Days Later brought us the fast zombie debate. As well as the debate as to whether they're even zombies! We're talking immediacy, zombies, multiple endings, formalism, and much, much more this week.

TIMESTAMPS

00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

06:12 - Quick 28 Days Later Reviews

22:08 - Expanding the Syllabus

35:16 - Analysis

1:02:57 - Shelf or Trash

1:04:42 - Wrap Up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 478: Candyman (2021)

October 13th, 2022

Shocktober 11: Shock from the Book of Shocks continues this week fiends and familiars as we move into another classic horror franchise. This week we say his name and talk about Nia DaCosta's 2021 take on Candyman. This legacy-sequel picks up in a renovated Cabrini-Green giving us ample material to parse through. We're talking gentrification, art and messages, on the nose criticism, and much, much more as we sink our hooks into this one. Let's just hope we don't get stung. 

TIMESTAMPS

00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

05:18 - Quick Candyman Reviews

23:50 - Expanding the Syllabus

38:35 - Analysis

1:05:57 - Shelf or Trash

1:08:46 - Wrap Up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 477: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

October 9th, 2022

Happy Shocktober FIENDS! We're kickstarting Shocktober 11: Shock from the Book of Shocks with one of the biggest horror movies we've yet to discuss, A Nightmare on Elm Street. That's right, we're placing the Wes Craven classic on the analysis table to talk about suburbs, missing parents, high school horror, evil janitors and much, much more. 

TIMESTAMPS

00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

08:04 - Quick Nightmare on Elm Street Reviews

20:58 - Expanding the Syllabus

29:48 - Analysis

55:46 - Shelf or Trash

57:17 - Wrap Up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 476: But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)

September 30th, 2022

Welcome back friends! This week, we're wrapping our ten year anniversary run with the cult comedy that might have come up most often over the years, But I'm a Cheerleader. This classic of queer cinema is a blast of color and comedy. But, does it hold up after all this time? We discuss camp, queer comedy, issues movies, and much, much more. But, the fun doesn't stop here as next week, we kick off Shocktober 11: Shock—from the Book of Shocks. So, tune in to hear our thoughts and find out what we're starting off October with!

TIMESTAMPS

00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

05:33 - Quick But I'm a Cheerleader Reviews

15:50 - Expanding the Syllabus

29:36 - Analysis

53:11 - Shelf or Trash

55:53 - Wrap Up and Next Week's Film

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