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Ep. 382: Michael (1996)

August 27th, 2020

Every time a podcast plays, an angel gets its wings. We don't know if that's true or not, but by golly we're going to hope so. This week, things get heavenly as we explore the 1996 Nora Ephron hit, Michael starring John Travolta. When a tabloid journalist and his associates get wind of a living, breathing angel in Iowa, they set out to investigate. But what they discover is more surreal than they could have imagined. We're talking all about narrative constructs and tropes, the use of angels, secular theology, and much more as Michael arrives on the analysis table. So, join us as we discuss the 1996 holiday hit!

Time Stamps

00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

05:17 - Quick Michael Reviews

18:13 - Expanding the Syllabus

36:24 - Analysis

58:11 - Shelf or Trash

1:01:06 - Wrap Up & Next Week's Movie


Ep. 381: Splice (2010)

August 20th, 2020

We rebound from last week's debacle with a slow-brewing cult selection in the form of Vincenzo Natali's Splice. A movie much hotter and much weirder than Swimfan. When two geneticists push the bounds of science, a new human-animal hybrid is birthed. This week, we're talking about realism in science fiction, cycles of familial tragedy, Freud, and much more. Tune in now for our discussion of Splice!

Time Stamps

00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

03:25 - Quick Splice Reviews

14:40 - Expanding the Syllabus

28:25 - Analysis

54:00 - Shelf or Trash

56:00 - Wrap Up & Next Week's Movie


TwiLit Ep.5 - This is NOT New Moon… (It’s Eclipse)

August 14th, 2020

Your favorite grown ass women are back to talk your favorite teen tales as they dive into Twilight: Eclipse. On episode 5 of TwiLit, Erin and Kirsten are giddy to talk Eclipse — and hope to not offend any vampires. Following a slight diatribe about the titling of the books, Kirsten and Erin dissect the third entry in this franchise. Come along for a journey with this in-depth look at Twilight: Eclipse. And, you'll get to find out who Bryce Dallas Howard's Wario is!

Ep. 380: Swimfan (2002)

August 13th, 2020

So, it's come to this. A Swimfan episode. That's right, on Ep. 380, we're discussing the early aughts curiosity Swimfan. Jesse Bradford makes a second appearance this year as he leads this PG-13 attempt at an erotic thriller. Star swimmer Ben finds himself in a precarious position after a lust-filled swim. This week, we attempt to parse out what's going on in this movie, but it's mostly a lot of Dalton venting and talking through his anger at the film. We hit on misogyny, the film's lack of psychology, form, and more as we discuss Swimfan. 

Time Stamps

00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

03:32 - Quick Swimfan Reviews

16:43 - Expanding the Syllabus

34:28 - Analysis

1:03:05 - Shelf or Trash

1:04:12 - Wrap Up & Next Week's Movie

Ep. 379: The Prestige (2006)

August 6th, 2020

On Ep. 379, we deliver an epilogue to our How Have We Never Covered... marathon with a redemption pick as voted by you, dear listener. The Prestige beat out 3 other finalists to gain a seat at the analysis table. Christopher Nolan's The Prestige was his last work before skyrocketing to new heights with 2008's The Dark Knight. A tale of dueling magician's willing to destroy themselves to one up the other, The Prestige is an er example of Nolan's work. We discuss the meta nature of Edison's presence in the film, Nolan's fascination with fridging, the absence of God, and Dustin performs a magic trick on air! You'll have to hear it to believe it!


Time Stamps

00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

03:13 - Quick Reviews

15:50 - Expanding the Syllabus

31:48 - Analysis

50:50 - Shelf or Trash

51:52 - Wrap Up & Next Week's Movie


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