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Switchblade Sisters Episode 6: Body Double with Sophia Takal

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Sophia Takal

Things get steamy as April talks to actress and director Sophia Takal about the somewhat problematic Brian De Palma erotic thriller, Body Double. The two discuss how the film influenced Sophia's own work and her debut film, Always Shine. Sophia recalls her time as an actress, and the objectification that came with the audition process. They also analyze the violence against women's bodies in the film and the sexuality of Melanie Griffith's character, Holly Body. Despite its issues, April and Sophia also marvel at the craftsmanship of Brian De Palma, and how this film can be used as a template for how NOT to treat female characters.

Sophia Takal's Always Shine is available on Amazon now.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch Body Double.

With April Wolfe and Sophia Takal

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 14: Bad Movies and The Disaster Artist with Elliott Kalan

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Show: 
Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
Elliott Kalan

Oh hai, everyone! In light of the release of The Disaster Artist, this week the gang is talking about bad movies. You know, the movies that are so terrible, but so enjoyable to watch. And who better to have on the show than bad movie expert and host of , Elliott Kalan. The crew discusses their thoughts on The Disaster Artist AND the original masterpiece, The Room. Plus, Elliott opens up about the true beauty of horrible cinema. And, as always, the gang tries their best to Stump Alonso! This time Elliott provides the question, and it is a doozy.

In news, John Oliver goes after Dustin Hoffman, RedBox releases their list of top rentals, Hallmark has huge ratings, Disney removes Frozen short from theaters, and Bryan Singer is fired.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

April - Icarus
Alonso - The Lonely Lady
Elliott - Popatopolis
Ricky - Summer of Sam

With Alonso Duralde, April Wolfe, Elliott Kalan, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 5: The Others with Anne Hamilton

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Anne Hamilton

Things get spooky as April talks to director Anne Hamilton about the 2001 gothic horror film, The Others. They discuss Nicole Kidman's casting in the film, the director Alejandro Amenábar's rejection of Catholicism, and how films like these just don't exist anymore. Plus, Anne discusses what she would have done differently had she directed The Others, and what is was like working on her own gothic film, American Fable.

Anne Hamilton's American Fable is available on Netflix now.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch The Others.

With April Wolfe and Anne Hamilton

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 13: WWII Movies and Darkest Hour with John Roderick

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Show: 
Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
John Roderick

Hit the deck! Because the crew is talking about Darkest Hour. John Roderick joins the gang to discuss some of his favorite war movies and his upcoming MaxFun war movie podcast, Friendly Fire. Ricky accidentally creates an offshoot Maximum Fun network called Maximum Cuddle. April pours one out for the demise of LA Weekly. And Alonso is once again put to the test in Stump Alonso.

In news, Rashida Jones speaks out about Pixar, fans of Zack Snyder petition, Tiffany Haddish and Barbra Streisand are friends, and Armie Hammer gets digitally "retouched".

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

April - The Disaster Artist
Alonso - Miss Stevens
Ricky - Gimme Danger

With Alonso Duralde, April Wolfe, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 4: Pan's Labyrinth with Issa López

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Issa López

This week is a fantastical episode of Switchblade Sisters where April sits down with director Issa Lopez to discuss the influential Guillermo Del Toro film, Pan's Labyrinth. Issa opens up about her lonesome adolescence, the death of her mother, and how these events influenced her work. She tells April about the emotional process of working with children on her most recent film, the fantasy-horror Tigers Are Not Afraid. And she also discusses the culture of witchcraft and magic in Mexico and how that pervades many Mexican artist's work.

Keep an eye out for Issa López's most recent film Tigers Are Not Afraid.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch Pan's Labyrinth.

With April Wolfe and Issa Lopez

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 12: Thanksgiving!

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Show: 
Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
Drea Clark

It's turkey time, people. This week the gang is joined by film programmer and producer Drea Clark to talk about all things Thanksgiving. Ricky and the crew go over some of their favorite Thanksgiving moments in film, as well as what movies to see during the holiday weekend. Ricky calls out Thanksgiving movies for being way too white. Alonso delivers a passionate plea for cranberry sauce. April shares an embarrassing Thanksgiving memory featuring a crotchety aunt. And Drea gives us a peak into her "John Hughes" like adolescence. Plus, as always, everyone tries their best to Stump Alonso.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

April - Mudbound
Alonso - Call Me By Your Name
Ricky - The Breakfast Club
Drea - Fruitvale Station

With Alonso Duralde, April Wolfe, Drea Clark, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 3: The Invitation with Heather Matarazzo

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Heather Matarazzo

This week, April sits down with actress, producer, and director Heather Matarazzo (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Saved, The Princess Diaries). They talk about a movie directed by last week's guest Karyn Kusama, the 2015 film The Invitation. April and Heather discuss the effectiveness of the setting as well as the powerful performance of Tammy Blanchard. Heather also talks about what it's like navigating a corrupt Hollywood system as a woman, having her role recast two weeks before a production, and what interests her about violence committed by women in cinema.

If you haven't seen it yet, you must go watch The Invitation on Netflix now.

With April Wolfe and Heather Matarazzo

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 11: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri w/ Inkoo Kang

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Show: 
Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
Inkoo Kang

On this week's episode the gang is joined by friend-of-the-show, film critic Inkoo Kang, to discuss Martin McDonagh's new film Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. Heads up: This episode features a provocative and heated debate about the film that pits April and Inkoo against Alonso and Ricky. Inkoo fills everyone in on the new Stephen Soderbergh "Choose Your Own Adventure" film, Mosaic. April challenges the Directors Guild of America to advocate for its female members. And of course, the holiday tradition continues with another installment of Stump Alonso.

In news, Gal Gadot confirms that Brett Ratner is not involved with Wonder Woman 2, Stephen Soderberg has a new series for your phone, the DGA announces a spike in the number of women and ethnic minorities hired as first time directors, and people are watching Netflix in the bathroom.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

April - They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Alonso - I'll Be Seeing You
Inkoo - Happy Valley
Ricky - Darkman

With Alonso Duralde, April Wolfe, Inkoo Kang and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 2: Near Dark with Karyn Kusama

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Karyn Kusama

This week, April sits down with director Karyn Kusama (Girl Fight, Jennifer's Body, The Invitation) to discuss the Kathryn Bigelow vampire classic, Near Dark. The two marvel at Bigelow's mastery in crafting a vampire western, the amazing performance of Bill Paxton as the villainous Severen, and the elegant cinematography throughout the film. Plus, Karyn talks about her journey as a director from discovering Michelle Rodriguez for Girl Fight, to subverting genre expectations for Jennifer's Body.

You can watch Karyn's most recent film The Invitation on Netflix.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch Near Dark.

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode10: Thor-Ragnarok

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Show: 
Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde

For those about to Ragnarok, we salute you. This week the gang takes on the new Marvel film, Thor: Ragnarok. Ricky is joyous over the return of the McRib to the McDonalds menu. April introduces the world to Rosaura Revueltas in another installment of Forgotten Women of Hollywood. And once again, the gang attempts to overthrow King Christmas himself, Alonso Duralde, in another round of Stump Alonso.

In news, Kevin Spacey gets recast, Disney lifts the ban on the LA Times, Dustin Hoffman is accused of sexual assault, and Disney may purchase 20th Century Fox.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

April - The Divine Order
Alonso - Lady Bird
Ricky - I Am Thor

With Alonso Duralde, April Wolfe, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

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