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Episode 91. Reality Bites: Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

In our final episode of 2020, Andrea and Alex venture back in time to Franco’s Spain to face down nightmares, bravery and politics – both real and imagined – as they break down Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth.
 
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Pan’s Labyrinth. Dir. Guillermo del Toro, 2006.

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Stuff You Missed in History Class: A look at Franco’s rise to power and his destructive decades long grip on Spain.
 
Spain Tackles Franco’s Ghost (again): Politico’s analysis of how Spain continues to deal with Franco’s lasting impact.
 
Insights into Self-Deception: The New York Times piece invoking the “Vital Lie.”
 
Speaking the Truth with Folk and Fairy Tales: Jack Zipes’ essay about the ongoing power of the stories we tell.
 
“With a smile and a song …”: Walt Disney and the Birth of the American Fairy Tale. What Mickey Mouse, fairy tales and the American Dream have in common.
 

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Episode 90. Dream Within a Dream: Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

In this episode, Alex and Andrea we venture into the knowns and many unknowns of Peter Weir’s seminal Australian film. From missing white women to colonialism and purity and propriety, we tackle the many mysteries of Hanging Rock.
 
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Picnic at Hanging Rock. Dir. Peter Weir, 1975.

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Gaylords of Darkness’ Episode 71: Their fantastic episode on Picnic at Hanging Rock.
 
The Secret of Hanging Rock: A PDF of the excised final chapter and accompanying essays.
 
Miranda Must Go: A campaign to overhaul the tourism surrounding Hanging Rock.
 
The Uses of Fear: Spatial Politics in the Australian Whiter-vanishing Trope: Elspeth Tilley’s article examining Australian fascination with missing white women.
 
The Apology and the Battle over Australia’s Founding Myth – Lindy Edward’s piece on reparations in Australia.

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Fack Flash! The Craft: Legacy – PREVIEW

The much-anticipated (if less embraced) The Craft: Legacy is out and we had… feelings… accompanied by a strange and sudden desire for an adult beverage. Blessed be?

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Episode 89. Die Partisan: The Dead Zone (1983)

SURPRISE! We’re back with a bonus episode to help you get through Election Day and the ensuing aftermath by talking about David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone. In this episode, we delve into notions of fate, time travel paradoxes, cults of personality, the responsibility of the individual, and the importance of a good wool coat.
 
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The Dead Zone. Dir. David Cronenberg, 1983.

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The Witches Are Coming. Lindy West’s essay collection written in response to the rise of Trump.
 
David Cronenberg, Debra Hill and Martin Sheen interviews. Interviews from the release of the film complete with great fashion and chain smoking.
 
The Philosophical Problem of Killing Baby Hitler, Explained. Vox’s explanation of the grandfather/Hitler paradox.
 
A Cult of Personality Can Derail Democracy. Why it’s important to recognize the danger of the track we’re on.

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