Category Archives: Episodes

Episode 94. Bad Romance: Twilight (2008)

Get out the glitter and baseball bats because we’re diving into the complex world of Twilight. From fandom to first love to coming of age and problematic depictions, we’re going deep with this one. Hold on tight, spider monkey!
 

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Twilight. Dir. Catherine Hardwicke, 2008.

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How Twilight Changed Fan Culture Forever. A look at Twilight‘s intersection of fandom and the rise of social media.
 
“I Can’t Believe We Read This Whole Book!” How Reading for Their Own Purposes Affected Struggling Teens. Examining the power of reading from a teaching perspective.
 
Mormon Vampires in the Garden of Eden. How Stephanie Meyer’s Mormonism presents in her text.
 
Reviving Ophelia. An iconic text that looks at the intersection of teenage girls and media.
 
The Twilight Saga’s Issue with Indigenous Culture. A breakdown of how the Twilight Saga‘s representation of Indigeneity is problematic.
 
Catherine Hardwicke Broke Records With ‘Twilight.’ Then Hollywood Labeled Her ‘Difficult.’ Hardwicke’s 2018 interview that details her struggles with getting the film made and her fight for a more diverse cast.
 
 
Teams, Tears, and Testimonials. A cultural analysis of the fan-populated Twilight Time Capsule.
 
Twilight: the franchise that ate feminism. An overview of the popular criticisms leveled at the series.
 
Twilight reviewed by Mark Kermode. The veteran film critic goes to bat for Twilight
 

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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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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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