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Bonnie & Maude
31 minutes | 5 years ago
Ep. 38 - Finale, Pt. 2: Interview with Gillian Robespierre
These are our last two episodes! Bonnie & Maude is ceasing as a podcast for now, but keep up with our future endeavors at bonnieandmaude.com.In Part 2, we interview Gillian Robespierre, director of 2014's Obvious Child, about how the film is so much more than an "abortion rom-com." This interview was recorded at the Bell House on June 3, 2015 as part of Pregnant Pause, a variety show co-produced with The Doula Project that explored representations of pregnancy, choice, and abortion in pop culture.
46 minutes | 5 years ago
Ep. 37 - Finale, Pt. 1: Interview with Signe Baumane
These are our last two episodes! Bonnie & Maude is ceasing as a podcast for now, but keep up with our future endeavors at bonnieandmaude.com.In Part 1, we interview the Latvian-born animator and filmmaker Signe Baumane. Her feature film Rocks In My Pockets chronicles three generations of her family's experience with mental illness, and Signe talks about how dedicating herself to her art has helped her live with depression. Find the trailer, rent, or buy the film at rocksinmypocketsmovie.com, and watch her hilarious and provocative short film collection Teat Beat of Sex at teatbeat.com.This episode includes frank discussion of mental illness, depression and suicide. If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
50 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep. 36 - Hook // GUEST: Lisa Hanawalt
Our guest Lisa Hanawalt has her fingers in many pies. She is a published artist/author, hilarious film critic for The Hairpin, co-host of the Baby Geniuses podcast, and co-producer & production designer of the Netflix show BoJack Horseman. Her sneakily feminist views have been been available in a variety of mediums but we were especially excited to speak with her about Hook, the 1991 Peter Pan reimagining starring Robin Williams. Is it a kids movie or an erotic masterpiece filled with genderfluid characters that inspire the imagination? You may be surprised.The episode also includes Lisa's theories on gender bias in animation, why she loves working on BoJack, and a quick overview of Great Horses of Cinema.--Additional viewing:BuzzFeed's list of 136 Hidden Jokes You Probably Missed On "Bojack Horseman"Season 2 of BoJack Horseman premieres July 17!A still from Julie Doucet comic "Heavy Flow" (originally published in Weirdo #26), referenced by Kseniya.
43 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep. 35 - Aliens // GUESTS: Amy & Anne of Mother: A Podcast
In celebration of Mother's Day, Amy Gastelum and Anne Noyes Saini, hosts of Mother: A Podcast, stop by the studio apartment to discuss one of the most empowering (but occasionally manipulative) motherhood-themed sci-fi classics, Aliens.Having covered films from a mother's perspective on previous episodes (Rosemary's Baby, Despicable Me, Guy Maddin), we delve deeper into the meaning of the mother bear instinct, mom-on-mom violence, and what it's like to view a chest-burster scene when you're pregnant.Please enjoy this Power Loader Baby Halloween costume.
56 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep. 34 - Pause The Tape, Live (Crushes, Flings, & Sex Scenes)
Gilmore Girls! Weezer! Cruel Intentions! Vanilla Ice! Can't Hardly Wait! We look at the movies and music that get our hearts racing in a special episode, dispatched from our live storytelling show, Pause The Tape, co-hosted with The Soundtrack Series' Dana Rossi.Storytellers, and links to scenes/songs referenced in stories:Kseniya Yarosh on Cool as IceDana Rossi on Gilmore Girls, Season 3, Ep: 8 "Let The Games Begin"C.D. Hermelin on WeezerEleanor Kagan on Can't Hardly WaitDana Rossi on Gilmore Girls, Season 3, Ep: 9 "A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving"Isaac Oliver on Cruel IntentionsOur next live edition of Pause the Tape is on April 30th, 2015 at Videology in Brooklyn. More info at bonnieandmaude.com
49 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep. 33 - Titanic // GUEST: Claudia Bitran
To commemorate the sinking of Titanic on the morning of April 15th, 1912, we revisit a movie that stayed afloat long past anyone's expectations.Joining us for this episode is filmmaker and artist Claudia Bitran, currently working on a shot-for-shot remake of the record-breaking 1997 James Cameron film. All of us watched Titanic as early teens, so the time seems ripe to reassess it now that we're grown-ass women. We also take a closer look at what has buoyed the film while simultaneously making it a target of mockery: teen female fandom.Plus: Hear about some of our listeners' tender memories of watching the film, and tell us yours by leaving a message at 530-628-3379.--Additional reading and viewing:See more of Claudia Bitran's work HERETitanic's alternate ending [video]Titanic survival results on MythBusters [video]A Reevaluation of Titanic by Dana Stevens Why Don’t Studios Rerelease Movies More Often? by Jim PagelsVulture’s Comprehensive Timeline of Titanic’s Cultural Dominance in 1998 by Gwynne WatkinsTitanic Force of a Young Woman in Love by Lorrie MooreAnd of course: http://fuckyeahdicaprio.tumblr.com
49 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep. 32 - Guy Maddin // GUEST: Tatiana Watson
Guy Maddin ("National treasure of Canadian cinema") may be less familiar to casual cinema lovers in the States, but once you see his work, you won't be able to forget his bizarre characters or dreamy imagery. In our second mom-cast, we invite Kseniya's mother, Tatiana Watson, to discuss portrayal of parenthood in Maddin's Careful (1992) and Brand upon the Brain! (2006) and how film has bonded the mother and daughter over the years.Outro Music: "The Nightingale and the Rose" by Rosa Ponselle, as featured in Guy Maddin's short film, A Trip To The Orphanage (2004)Previously released episode with Eleanor's mom, Dr. Paula Kagan, discussing Rosemary’s BabyReferenced in the episode: Slums of Beverly Hills 15-Year Reunion
71 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep. 31 - Movie Marathon DAY 2
In the second part of our Bonnie & Maude Roving Movie Marathon, we traveled around Brooklyn for a day to sit on our friends' couches and let them pick a surprise movie for us to see. You can surprise yourself by listening through, or watch the films along with us:Part two includes:2:55 Pillow Talk (1959)25:00 The Conversation (1974)40:00 The Heartbreak Kid (1972)58:15 Set It Off (1996)Listen to part one herePause the Tape, an evening of stories about music and film, takes place on February 14th at 7pm at Videology in Brooklyn.The Iron Mule, an evening of short comedy film screenings, takes place on March 1st at 7:30pm at Symphony Space in New York.
41 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep. 30 - Wild / 2014 in review
Eleanor & Kseniya discuss Wild, Reese Witherspoon's latest leading role. Based on the 2012 memoir by Cheryl Strayed the story is about one woman's self-discover/recovery by way of an 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. Relegated to the semi-disparaging category of chick-lit, we review the rarity of the 'lone woman' characters and the the insight Wild brings to the female experience. We close out the episode by reviewing some of our favorite woman-centric films from the past year of viewing. Several highlights include Ida and Babadook, two international films that we loved, as well as a number of picks from BAM's outstanding Punk Rock Girls program last Spring. Some articles featured in this episode:The Walking Cure: Talking to Cheryl Strayed About What Made Wild Work by Kathryn Schulz The best new Strong Female Characters are the weak ones by Tasha RobinsonHow Getting Wild Saved a ‘Lost’ Reese Witherspoon by Kyle Buchanan
67 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep. 29 - Movie Marathon DAY 1
In early November, we pushed ourselves (and our butts) to the limits of our movie watching abilities and watched EIGHT movies over the course of one weekend. This was a roving marathon, so we asked our friends in different locations around Brooklyn to pick a movie for us to watch, and host us on their couch.Part one (of two) includes:3:50 The Loves of a Blonde (1965)19:10 Drinking Buddies (2013)34:30 Tampopo (1985)43:20 Empire Records (1995)We sincerely thank our marathon hosts for their generosity in participating in this project and appreciate all the listeners who encouraged us when we originally came up with the idea.
46 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep. 28 - In Defense of Reality TV
Guests Rachel Michelle Fernandes, filmmaker and associate producer for the television show Four Weddings, and Allegra Oxborough, a Bachelor devotee, join us to figure out why we love (and hate on) reality television. Can we learn lessons about ourselves from watching the highly stylized, heavily edited lives of others?Select audio clips from various shows are included as examples throughout, but if you're interested in seeing the visuals take a look here:RuPaul's Drag RaceSurvivorBurning LoveAmerican Ninja WarriorAmerica's Next Top Model
27 minutes | 6 years ago
All of Them Witches #7: Uzi’s Party
"I'm a 16mm filmmaker, and because film is hard to make, people insist you must defend the fact you're shooting on film. And my defense is that... it's magic."Lyra Hill, a Chicago-based filmmaker, previews clips from, and discusses her short film Uzi's Party, an ominous and funny collage of teenage girls, makeovers, Ouija boards and possession.It's enough to put a spell on you--so Femme Rhythm, the 8-piece all-female a cappella group, does.Follow Lyra, including updates about the release of Uzi's Party, at lyrahill.comFollow Femme Rhythm at femmerhythm.com, and see a video of their performance on our YouTube channel.--"All of Them Witches," recorded on 10/13/2014 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, was a one-night-only variety show hosted by Bonnie & Maude's Kseniya Yarosh and Eleanor Kagan, that explored portrayals of witches and witchcraft in pop culture, film and television.
12 minutes | 6 years ago
All of Them Witches #6: Witch Tourism and The Lords of Salem
Would you say that you're really into witchcraft, or are you a witch tourist? Meet the Lady's creator and host Tom Blunt takes us into the dizzying world of Salem, both that of our dimension, and that of Rob Zombie's film The Lords of Salem. Follow Tom at at tomblunt.com, and @tomblunt.--"All of Them Witches," recorded on 10/13/2014 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, was a one-night-only variety show hosted by Bonnie & Maude's Kseniya Yarosh and Eleanor Kagan, that explored portrayals of witches and witchcraft in pop culture, film and television.
18 minutes | 6 years ago
All of Them Witches #5: 'The Craft' Has Issues
We all loved The Craft when we were teenagers, right? But do you remember what happens in the second half of the movie? Cassie Wagler does, and will delve deep into the film's huge problems in its portrayal of race, class, "light" and "dark" magic, and power. Don't be too sad about the reality check though, because she will leave you with a way you can still enjoy the film.Follow Cassie at about.me/cassiewagler and @cassiewagler.--"All of Them Witches," recorded on 10/13/2014 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, was a one-night-only variety show hosted by Bonnie & Maude's Kseniya Yarosh and Eleanor Kagan, that explored portrayals of witches and witchcraft in pop culture, film and television.
18 minutes | 6 years ago
All of Them Witches #4: Morticia, Morgana, Willow: Which Witch Are You?
Are you a "good" witch, or a "bad" witch? Such is the unanswerable question when it comes to deciding what type of magical person you want to be. Rosie Schaap recounts her own journey of identifying with witchy women, from Excalibur's Morgana (Helen Mirren), to Buffy's Willow (Alyson Hannigan), to The Addams Family's Morticia (Anjelica Huston).Follow Rosie Schaap at rosieschaap.com, and @rosieschaap.Bonus: chamber pop singer AK performs a jazzy rendition of “Love Potion #9.” Follow AK at ak-ak-ak.com, and @thebandak.--"All of Them Witches," recorded on 10/13/2014 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, was a one-night-only variety show hosted by Bonnie & Maude's Kseniya Yarosh and Eleanor Kagan, that explored portrayals of witches and witchcraft in pop culture, film and television.
8 minutes | 6 years ago
All of Them Witches #3: The Brides of Satan
In the '60s and '70s, the golden age of exploitation cinema, witches in film were branded as one thing only: Satanic. Um, but their Satanic witch parties sound totally awesome?! Tenebrous Kate invites you to spend a little time with such women, and traces their reputation to, of all places, the birthplace of ABBA: Sweden.Follow Tenebrous Kate at lovetrain.super-coven.com, and @tenebrouskate.--"All of Them Witches," recorded on 10/13/2014 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, was a one-night-only variety show hosted by Bonnie & Maude's Kseniya Yarosh and Eleanor Kagan, that explored portrayals of witches and witchcraft in pop culture, film and television.
14 minutes | 6 years ago
All of Them Witches #2: American Horror Story: Coven
If a witch is a woman who is notorious for her power, then she has a lot in common with celebrities, right? Writer Racheline Maltese peers into the world of American Horror Story: Coven to find the connections between fame, creepy dolls, and Stevie Nicks.Follow Racheline Maltese at lettersfromtitan.com, and @racheline_m.--"All of Them Witches," recorded on 10/13/2014 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, was a one-night-only variety show hosted by Bonnie & Maude's Kseniya Yarosh and Eleanor Kagan, that explored portrayals of witches and witchcraft in pop culture, film and television.
23 minutes | 6 years ago
All of Them Witches #1: Bewitched
Eleanor and Kseniya chat about what inspired them to put together a witches-focused variety show and which (ha) aspects of the theme they find most intriguing.Kseniya opens the evening by taking a second look at her favorite witch from childhood reruns, Samantha from Bewitched, and considers how Elizabeth Montgomery's portrayal might have been more progressive than the sitcom setting would suggest.Plus, chamber pop singer AK performs a gorgeous cover of "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered." Follow AK at ak-ak-ak.com, and @thebandak. --"All of Them Witches," recorded on 10/13/2014 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, was a one-night-only variety show hosted by Bonnie & Maude's Kseniya Yarosh and Eleanor Kagan, that explored portrayals of witches and witchcraft in pop culture, film and television.
52 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep. 27: What Movies Should We Show Our Kids? // GUEST: Manoush Zomorodi
Host of the WNYC program New Tech City, Manoush Zomorodi joins us to vent. In addition to being an all-around badass veteran broadcaster, she's a mother of two, and is on a perpetual quest for quality entertainment to enjoy with her family. In 2014, not only have kids' movies evolved in style and substance, but the method by which kids consume media has also radically changed. In this episode, two films are on the chopping block: The LEGO Movie vs. Despicable Me. See if you can predict which one won over Manoush's family and which one was a tremendous disappointment. The factors that make a movie "good" for a film enthusiast who is also a mother may surprise you.Closing music: "Everything is Awesome" cover by PianoKeyz
49 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep. 26 - Sweetie // GUEST: Lara Gallagher
Jane Campion's first feature is odd, gorgeous, and bursting with ideas -- and foreshadows her future breathtaking work in The Piano and Top of the Lake. Kay and Sweetie, two sisters with starkly opposing personalities, give us the chance to talk about on-screen and real life siblings.We also discuss Peel, Campion's first short film, as well as American Gladiators, our guest Lara Gallagher's latest short that recently screened at Palm Springs International ShortFest. The film will be screening this October at Mill Valley Film Festival (screening times), San Jose International Film Festival (Oct.9-12) and St. John's Women's Film Festival (Oct.14-18th).Find more of Lara's work, including her music videos for Hospitality and Wild Flag, here. Additional reading: Order Muppets vs. Chaos Muppets, by Dahlia Lithwick in Slate.--More information about next live event "All of Them Witches" is available here
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