Category Archives: Episodes

Episode 51. Mark of the Beast: American Werewolf in London (1981) and Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

Andrea and Alex deep dive into humanity’s literal fear of wolves, metaphorical fear of the beast within and the differences between British and French werewolves. Hint: it’s not just the accent.

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REQUIRED READING

An American Werewolf in London. Dir John Landis, 1981.

Brotherhood of the Wolf. Dir Christophe Gans, 2001.

EXTRA CREDIT

Legends of the Werewolves – A slightly cheesy History channel documentary with lots of great information about the history of lycanthropy.

Why I Love… An American Werewolf in London – Part of the BFI’s personal history essays, this one delves into the cross section of growing up in the Jewish faith and watching American Werewolf in London.

The Werewolf of Hull! One of the recent reports of wolf sightings in the Northern city.

Solving the Mystery of the 18th-Century Killer “Beast of Gévaudan” – A summary of the history that Brotherhood of the Wolf was based on.

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Episode 50. Man Seeking Woman: Audition (1999)

Takashi Miike created one of the most infamous, beloved and decisive films when he made Audition: a story of people looking for love in all the wrong places that has influenced a generation of filmmakers and terrified audiences all over the world. Andrea and Alex take a deep dive into the international and seemingly universal fears of love, intimacy and what it means to be a “good girl.”

REQUIRED READING

Audition. Dir. Takashi Miike, 1999.

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Holding Back Half the Nation – The Economist’s examination of Japanese women in the work place.

“Nice Girl”: Social Control of Women Through a Value Construct – Greer Litton Fox’s paper on the taming of women through perceived goodness.

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Episode 49. Achievement Unlocked: Resident Evil (2002) and Silent Hill (2006)

Andrea and Alex combine their powers and enter all the cheat codes to analyze two of the most iconic survival horror games that were re-imagined as movies. With a look at how narratives transition across mediums and the rise in popularity of video game and nerd culture, their two-player co-op campaign attempts to unlock the mysteries of both films.

REQUIRED READING

Resident Evil. Dir. Paul W.S. Anderson, 2002.
Silent Hill. Dir. Christophe Gans, 2006.

EXTRA CREDIT

 The Town That Was – A documentary on the history and lineage of the town of Centralia, Pennsylvania, upon which Silent Hill was based.

Tropes vs Women in Video Games. The first season of Anita Sarkeesian’s webseries.

Alice in Wonderland; The Psychoanalytic Approach – One of the many, many analyses of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland which identifies Alice’s search for identity.

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Episode 48. Crime and Punishment: Rape and Revenge in I Spit On Your Grave (1978) and Elle (2016)

rape revengeThe discussion of rape and sexual violence has never been in our cultural conversation as much as it is now. In this episode, Andrea and Alex look at an exploitation classic and a contemporary award-winner to parse out how rape is depicted and how revenge is achieved, if at all.

REQUIRED READING

I Spit On Your Grave. Dir. Meir Zarchi, 1978.
Elle. Dir. Paul Verhoeven, 2016.

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Episode 47. Caved In: The Descent (2005)

The Descent

Andrea and Alex take a deep dive into Neil Marshall’s 2005 contemporary horror classic, examining the intersections of intimacy, adventure, trust and truth. Who will survive, what will be left of them and which ending will they go with?

REQUIRED READING

The Descent. Dir. Neil Marshall, 2005.

EXTRA CREDIT

Cave Ecosystems: Bones and Baskets – A concise exploration of caves and humanities on going use of them.

Ruthless Reviews – The Descent. A oppositional spin on the film’s depiction of women.

Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema by Laura Mulvey – a seminal text for film analysis that introduced the concept of the male gaze.

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Episode 46. Don’t You Forget About Me: 2016 Year in Review

2016REVIEWWhat were our favourite movies of 2016? What are your FAQs? And most importantly – is Alex or Andrea the better friend??

EXTRA CREDIT

In Praise of Paul Feig’s Beautiful Male Idiot – Sam Adams article on Paul Feig’s cinematic trope.

Emily Shoichet, Tattoo Artist – Follow the amazing artist and friend of the Faculty through her social channels listed on her website.

Marxism and Literature by Raymond Williams. Andrea erroneously called it “Marxism and Culture” in the episode, but here’s a nice synopsis.

Reel to Real: Race, Sex and Class at the Movies –  bell hooks’ classic collection of essays on film and the importance of representation.

Danse Macabre – Stephen King’s treatise on classic and contemporary horror.

Fast Cars, Clean Bodies – Kristin Ross’ book on post-colonial France.

Generation Multiplex: The Image of Youth in Contemporary American Cinema – Timothy Shary’s analysis on the changing face of film consumption and its impact on the youth who consume it.

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