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Your Favorite Movie is Racist
51 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
GREMLINS | A Racist Little Christmas!
Happy Holidays! For our 2020 Holiday Special we're talking about Gremlins, Joe Dante's 1984 classic starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, and Gizmo! We LOVE this movie. We also notice some mystical-Asian-xenophobia-black-guy-dies-first action going on. Let's talk!
46 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
STAR WARS SEQUELS | About a Boyega
In the season finale of our show, we dive into the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy. These films had all the makings of something inclusive and special: a diverse cast, intriguing new characters and incredibly talented directors and writers. What we got was a mixed bag, with most of the best story stuff going to the white characters and muddled mix of story directions given to the PoCs. Oh, Disney... Oh, Lucasfilm... Oh, whoever...
43 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
STAR WARS PREQUELS | It ain't just Jar Jar, y'all
War! The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy tells the story of Anakin Skywalker's growth into a Jedi Knight and subsequent turn to the Dark Side of the Force. Also... more than 20 years later Jar Jar Binks still feels hella racist, as do those Trade Federation Viceroy guys. Watto too. Don't forget Watto. But yeah Darth Vader! WOOO!
47 minutes | Oct 15, 2020
STAR WARS | Is Chewbacca Mexican?
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . . STAR WARS Episode X: The Racism DiscussedSorry. I'm not clever. But yeah we talked about the original Star Wars Trilogy. It's one of the biggest franchises of all time and it all started with these movies. We love them. We love them a lot. There's also some racism up in here, and we're talking about it. I've got a bad feeling about this.
42 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
16 CANDLES | The Donger and the Gong
In 1984, the world was introduced to John Hughes as a director in his first feature film, 16 Candles. This film featured Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall and kicked off an entire era of '80s teen romantic comedies, the stuff Hughes is known for to this day. It also plays a loud gong sound every time its only Asian character shows up. Yikes.
48 minutes | Sep 23, 2020
INDIANA JONES | "Here... take this spear."
Who doesn't love Indiana Jones? These adventure movies kicked off in 1981 with Raiders of the Lost Ark and the entire series was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Harrison Ford in one of his most iconic roles. Indiana Jones is a lot of fun. It's also a lot of colonization propaganda. Yikes! We had some things to say about this one.
51 minutes | Sep 13, 2020
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY | The Thing About Tuco
Sergio Leone's 1966 film The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is considered by many to be the definitive spaghetti western, featuring an incredible cast, an iconic score and groundbreaking cinematography. It also has brown-face.
65 minutes | Sep 5, 2020
Special Episode: Reflecting on Black Panther
We're sad that the world lost Chadwick Boseman. We wanted to talk about a movie of his that means a lot to us, Black Panther. We'll miss him.
45 minutes | Aug 28, 2020
THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG | Tiana's Burden
The Princess and the Frog brought us to the first black Disney princess in Tiana. It marked the end of an era as the studio had already made the leap to computer-generated animation and it was powerful moment in mainstream representation. So how could it be racist? Let's dig into it.
57 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
THE KARATE KID | Miyagi Poppins!
After a two-week break, we're giving y'all a double-sized episode! We're discussing The Karate Kid (1984) and The Karate Kid Part 2 (1986), both directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Ralph Macchio and Noriyuki "Pat" Morita as Daniel LaRusso and Mr. Miyagi. WE LOVE THESE MOVIES, and we're having a layered conversation about the greatness and the racist of the series.
34 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
PULP FICTION | Quentin's Favorite Word
Pulp Fiction came out in 1994 and shook up the movie world with groundbreaking style, brilliant dialogue and dope storytelling choices. It helped launch director Quentin Tarantino to the top of the indie filmmaking world. It also contains some choice words and scenes worth discussing on a show about racism in movies. LET'S GO!!!
39 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
THE SHINING | Who will cry for Dick Hallorann?
Elevated horror. Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film, The Shining, helps define that term. It's a masterwork in directing, acting, and the art of building an unsettling atmosphere full of tension and dread. It also has one of the most tragic examples of the magical negro trope. Where does this masterpiece in film sit with us, knowing it also perpetuates one of the storytelling world's most complicated forms of racism?
30 minutes | Jul 21, 2020
ALIENS | Let's talk about Vasquez
So... we LOVE this movie... but they also painted a person brown. So conflicted. In their debut episode, Chris, Tawny and Miles dive into James Cameron's classic film Aliens, and explore one racially problematic element of the film. They then discuss whether the movie holds up in spite of that one notable problem.
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