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Episode 97. No Future: Jack the Ripper in The Lodger (1927) and From Hell (2001)

The fog of Victorian London settles on Alex and Andrea as they dive into “Ripperology”: the facts, fiction and shadow cast by Jack the Ripper over our culture. By examining how the figure is depicted in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger and The Hughes Brothers’ From Hell, we can begin to untangle the history of more than one problematic man involved in creating their own mythology.

 

REQUIRED READING

The Lodger: A Story of London Fog. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1927.
From Hell. Dir. The Hughes Brothers, 2001.

EXTRA CREDIT

The Lodger. Marie Belloc Lowndes’ novella.
 
From Hell. Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s iconic graphic novel.
 
London: A Biography. Peter Ackroyd’s seminal book on a sprawling city with an even bigger history.
 
The “Lodger Evil” and the Transformation of Progressive Housing Reform, 1890–1930. An in-depth look at the lodging house boom of the turn of the century.
 
Rule, Britannia!: The Biopic and British National Identity. An examination of how popular British figures have shaped the country’s film output.
 
“Murder for a Penny: Jack the Ripper and the Structural Impact of Sensational Reporting” by A. Luxx Mishou – the history of sensational reporting and its role in Jack’s reign of terror.
 
“Jack the Ripper, the dialectic of enlightenment and the search for spiritual deliverance in White Chappell” by Alex Murray – how Jack contributed to Horkheimer and Adorno’s dialectic of enlightenment.

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Fack Flash! Mortal Kombat (2021) – PREVIEW

CHOOSE YOUR DESTINY! Andrea and Alex got unreasonably excited about the new Mortal Kombat movie, so we recorded our pre-and post-movie impressions in an all-new Fack Flash.

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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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