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Episode 85: Summer of Plague Pt 2. Shut In: 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Time to hunker in your bunker! In this episode, Andrea and Alex tackle the issues surrounding Nice Guys, privilege, and the conservative ideology around preservation during times of upheaval.

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10 Cloverfield Lane. Dir Dan Trachtenberg, 2016. 

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r/niceguys. These “nice guys” aren’t nice.
 
Awards for Good Boys. Add some “nice guy” satire to your Instagram feed with art by Mia Mingus.
 
The BATCAVE. Andrea’s YouTube episode on 10 Cloverfield Lane.
 
Cloverfield Clues: A whole YouTube channel devoted to Cloverfield marketing easter eggs online.
 
J.J. Abrams – The Mystery Box. Abrams’ Ted Talk on the central conceit to his creations. 
 
Theatre and the Plague. Antonin Artaud’s treaty The Theatre and Its Double, which contain his plague theory.
 
Hollywood 9/11. Tom Pollard’s book on 9/11’s impact on the film industry.
 
Gaylords of Darkness, Episode 82. An amazing interview with Luca Guadagnino and David Kajganich the director and writer of Suspiria (2018).

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BONUS CONTENT! Commentary: I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

Join Alex for a commentary on the teen slasher classic, I Know What You Did Last Summer. Featuring a discussion of wigs, classism, star power and how an urban legend threatened to bring down a cynical generation, this commentary makes the case for July 4 becoming the Fisherman’s Holiday.

Cue up the film, get some popcorn and settle in for 100 minutes of teens making terrible choices.

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Fack Flash: Quarantine Viewing, part 1

We’ve had a lot of people asking what we’ve been watching lately so here’s a run of the new releases that have been on our radar.

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Movies discussed: 

  • The Hunt
  • Vivarium
  • The Invisible Man
  • Sea Fever
  • Sputnik
  • Underwater
  • I See You
  • Antlers
  • Blood Quantum
  • Relic
  • Dreamland
  • The Rental
  • Swallow

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Episode 84. Summer of Plague pt 1 – Contamination: [•REC] (2007) and [•REC]²(2009)

What starts as a routine stop for a firefighters and a puff piece for some TV journalists descends into one of the most chilling and prescient film franchises in contemporary horror. To kick off the Summer of Plague series, Andrea and Alex delve into the nooks and crannies of Spanish history and a Barcelona apartment complex to read between the frames.

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Rec. Dir Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, 2007.
Rec 2. Dir Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, 2009.

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The Power of Art, Picasso. Simon Schama’s episode about Picasso and the events that led to the painting of Guernica.
 
Timeout. Interview with Jaume Balagueró.
 
European Nightmares: Horror Cinema in Europe Since 1945. A look at the collective and individual European horror cinemas.
 
What is a Parergon? A look at the framing concept.
 
The 22 Key Turning Points In The History Of YouTube – a history of the megasite and its impact on popular culture.

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Episode 83. Follow the Bouncing Ball: The Changeling (1980)

By reminding us of the past, ghosts can shape our future, revealing hidden truths, histories and uncertainties that we’re often too scared to acknowledge. Grief and terror become inextricably intertwined in Peter Medak’s The Changeling, and Andrea and Alex untangle the metaphors, traumas and unspoken realities that have made this film a Canadian horror classic.
 
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The Changeling. Dir Peter Medak, 1980.

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The Uncanny Child in Transnational Cinema: Ghosts of Futurity at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century. An exploration of the children in ’80s cinema and how they speak to the dead.
 
The Social Shaping of Emotion: The Case of Grief by Lyn H. Lofland. Is grief a social emotion?
 
Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space. Amanda Leduc’s analysis of narrative and disability.

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