Category Archives: Episodes

Episode 93. Candid Camera: Perfect Blue (1997) and Cam (2018)

From pop idols to cam girls, the line between reality and perception is dangerously blurred. In this episode, Andrea and Alex delve into the world of personas, obsession and perfection with two films, released decades apart, that grapple with modern anxieties.
 

REQUIRED READING

Perfect Blue. Dir. Satoshi Kon, 1997.
Cam. Dir. Daniel Goldhaber, 2018.

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Ways of Seeing. John Berger’s BBC series on gaze and perception.
 
Why We’re Obsessed with Celebrities. Psychology Today‘s take our desire for fame equating goodness.
 
Camgirl. Isa Mazzei’s memoir of camming.
 
Algorithms have already taken over human decision making. The impact of algorithms on our day-to-day lives.
 
#Horror – Is It Worth the Fight? A discussion of censorship and the hashtag #horror. 
 

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Episode 92. 2020 Year In Review: Dawn of the Fack

A year in review of a year like no other. The world may have been disrupted in a myriad of ways but we still watched a lot of great content so enjoy our favourite films of last year, a Q&A with questions from you, a very special crossover with Gaylords of Darkness and bloopers. Always bloopers. 
 

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Alex’s picks:
 
Movies
9. The Invisible Man
8. Vivarium 
7. Possessor 
6. Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist
5. Host
4. Swallow
3. She Dies Tomorrow
2. La Llorona 
1. His House
 
Books
Ghostland by Colin Dickey
Art of the Occult by S. Elizabeth
The Witches are Coming by Lindy West
Shit, Actually by Lindy West
The Home by Mats Strandberg
 
Andrea’s picks:
 
5. The Invisible Man 
4. The Hunt
3. His House
2. Possessor
1. La Llorona
 
Books
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
Circe by Madeline Miller
Devolution by Max Brooks
The Witches are Coming by Lindy West

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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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REQUIRED READING

Pan’s Labyrinth. Dir. Guillermo del Toro, 2006.

EXTRA CREDIT

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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REQUIRED READING

Picnic at Hanging Rock. Dir. Peter Weir, 1975.

EXTRA CREDIT

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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