Category Archives: Episodes

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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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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Episode 88. Cult Classic: The Howling (1981)

We’re *virtually* live from Salem Horror Fest this year and we’re talking about sexy werewolves and not-so-sexy wellness with Joe Dante’s The Howling. From cultish retreats to women in media, Alex and Andrea go to the darkest reaches of the p0rn theatre… 
 
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The Howling. Dir. Joe Dante, 1981.

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Feminist Critique of Freud. A summary of how Freud is less than friendly to women. It the privilege we envy, not the penis!
 
The Human Potential Movement Gone Awry. A look at how one wellness movement became co-opted.
 
Self Help Inc. Micki McGee’s book about how self-help became a cultural movement.
 
Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers. Sady Doyle’s book on the construct of woman as monster.
 
Haunted. Leo Braudy’s book on supernatural elements in the natural world told from an accessibly academic standpoint.

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Episode 87. Mother Monster: Pyewacket (2017) and Hereditary (2018)

 
CW: Suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones: 1-800-273-8255. 
 
We’re kicking off a new semester by tackling two incredibly dark films that ask the question: have you checked on your mom lately? Alex and Andrea investigate the deepest depths of grief, despair and what we stand to lose (and gain) when we forsake our family for community.
 
 
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Pyewacket. Dir. Adam MacDonald, 2017.
Hereditary. Dir. Ari Aster, 2018.

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Fack exclusive: Pyewacket filmmaker audio Commentary! Adam MacDonald’s enlightening commentary for his film.
 
Canadians Talking Shit. Adam MacDonald’s podcast – we recommend!
 
“This be the verse.” Larkin’s poem from Alex’s inaugural poetry corner.
 
The Book of Spells by Nicole de Pulford. Alex’s foray into teen witchcraft. Disclaimer! We assume no responsibility for those sealed pages!
 
“Mass Media and Religious Identity: A Case Study of Young Witches.” For all us elder millennials who called the corners in the park.
 
Generation Multiplex: The Image of Youth in Contemporary American Cinema. Timothy Shary’s examination of teens on screen.
 
Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers. Maybe the most oft-quoted book of this podcast? Sady Doyle’s book on the construct of woman as monster.
 
“Silencing the Dead: The Decline of Spiritualism.” A piece from The Atlantic on the history of spiritualism and its fall from fashion.
 
“Trans Horror Stories and Society’s Fear of the Transmasculine Body.” A trans reading of Hereditary.
 
“The Truth About the Five Stages of Grief.” Everything we learned in psych 101 was BS! See why Kubler-Ross’ popular grief model should be put down in this great video from Sci Show.

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