Jul 31 2014

Episode 25: Friends, Romans, Countrymen… WHERE’S THE JOKER?

Xanadu Sq LogoThis week, we have DC Comics artist Christopher “Danger” Jones, Esq. back one more time, and we FINALLY ask him about the media thing he cares about most: the Batman. This bat-episode is filled with bat-ness!

If you need a bat-drink while you enjoy our bat-chat, we suggest an Angry Orchard Apple Ginger Hard Cider. We’re not sure if that’s something that Bruce Wayne would keep in his bat-fridge, but it does happen to be what we were bat-drinking back in May when we recorded this episode.

Full bat-notes behind the bat-cut!

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Jul 28 2014

This Week’s Underappreciated Movies

Every Monday, each of us will suggest a film that we feel too few people have seen.

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Melissa’s Pick of the Week: The Final Member

This film just hit streaming channels, so now I can share it with you.

So, there’s this museum in Iceland called the Icelandic Phallogical Museum, where curator Sigurður “Siggi” Hjartarson collects, well, penises. This documentary begins with him lamenting that he has examples of penises throughout the animal kingdom, but he still does not yet have what should be the jewel in the museum’s crown: a human penis. He then begins a search for a donor, and finds an American man who insists that he wants to donate his penis right now… and that’s when the communication starts to go awry.

This strange film is fascinating primarily for the interactions of its major players; the penises is simply the environment wherein this whole situation happens. Funny and bizarre. If you’re not squeamish about seeing penises in a documentary, check out this movie.

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Windy’s Pick of the Week: The Witches

Based on a Roald Dahl story, this adaptation comes off more true to the author’s original tone than the more well-known Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  The movie is alternately scary, bizarre, funny, and fantastical.  Angelica Huston has a diabolical good time, and you will too!

Jul 24 2014

Episode 24: Musical PTSD

Windy's Skeptical FaceThis week, we talk to Fes Works from the Webcast Beacon Network! Our topic du jour is musicals… or, rather, how Windy loves musicals and how Fes… has issues with musicals.

Our choice of alcohol this week was Ravenswood Wines Chardonnay Vinter’s Blend 2012. And Fox Barrel Pacific Pear Cider. And New Glarus Moon Man beer. And rum.

Really, we were all just plain sauced. Y’all are enablers.

Anyway, show notes behind the cut!

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Jul 21 2014

This Week’s Underappreciated Movies

Every Monday, each of us will suggest a film that we feel too few people have seen.

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Windy’s Pick of the Week: McLintock!

Pairing up John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara (of The Silent Man) but this time in a comedy western! John and Maureen are older now, but the chemistry is still there. It’s easy to believe that they just moved their squabbling love affair from Ireland to the American West somewhere. From the IMDB: “Cattle baron George Washington McLintock fights his wife, his daughter, and political land-grabbers, finally ‘taming’ them all in this Western comedy with Taming of the Shrew overtones.” This is another entry in the category of “movies Mom made me watch” and the selling point is definitely the Mud Slide sequence.

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Melissa’s Pick of the Week: Caged

I’ve name-dropped this film during a few episodes of Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome and I’ve written about it at length on my personal web site, but it’s great enough to suggest again. This 1950 film is a drama about life in a women’s prison. Not only does the film feature a nearly all-female cast, it was also written by a woman who spent time inside women’s prisons as a journalist. (She also wrote White Heat, one of the greatest gangster flicks ever.) The movie is very odd for its time, in that it does not shirk away from subjects that were often scrubbed from films by the Hays Code: out-of-wedlock pregnancies, prostitution, murder, and various critiques of the patriarchy. The characters spend their time behind bars smoking, fighting, plotting revenge, dreaming, and making deals, and you can tell the actresses are relishing every minute of it.

Jul 17 2014

Episode 23: Screaming Keeps the Face Supple

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Meghan Murphy is twisted and cute, just like her art. We like her.

This week, we talk to Meghan Murphy of Kawaii Not and Murphypop fame! She’s a big horror movie fan, so the three of us finally get down to professing our love of monsters, terror, and gore.

We unfortunately had some technical difficulties in recording this episode (translation: in a moment of desperation, we recorded it with a Rock Band microphone). We managed to clean up the audio pretty well, but you’ll hear some artifacts here and there. Sorry about that! We hope it’s not too bothersome.

Our unusual circumstances also meant that we did not have a formal booze pairing for this week. We did record during a party at a friend’s house, though, so please grab a random beer or cider — like we did — and enjoy!

Show notes behind the cut!

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