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Switchblade Sisters Episode 49: '12 Monkeys' with 'Sadie' Director Megan Griffiths

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Megan Griffiths

12 Monkeys

This week we have the director of the new drama Sadie, Seattle's own Megan Griffiths. The genre film that she has chosen to discuss is Terry Gilliam's weirdo time travel movie 12 Monkeys. Megan and April really get into the ins and outs of working in independent cinema; from the casting to achieving control on set. Megan discusses how she and Terry Gilliam have the similarity of not working within the Hollywood system; Gilliam living in London while Megan lives in Seattle. She elaborates on her new movie Sadie and shooting in a trailer park with Melanie Lynskey. April and she also cover shooting nudity and the need for the actors to be completely comfortable. This is a great conversation that proves you don't have to work within the confines of Hollywood in order to be a successful filmmaker.

Check out the trailer for Sadie which is in theaters now.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch 12 Monkeys

With April Wolfe with Megan Griffiths.

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 57: We Go to 'Night School' w/ Alison Becker and Chat with Horror & Comedy Legend Lin Shaye

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Alison Becker
Guests: 
Lin Shaye

Night School

There is TOO much going on in this episode. First off, our guest is the wonderful and hilarious Alison Becker. She's here to discuss the new Kevin Hart/ Tiffany Haddish vehicle, Night School. On this episode we learn very quickly that Alison has a deep sexual attraction to Eddie Redmayne. Ricky reveals the launch of his movie club. April talks about poetry, again. And Alonso is excited that he gets to use his oven. But that's not all because the crew also gets a call from film legend Lin Shaye. She is the ambassador for this year's Screamfest. She also discusses her career, work ethic, and newest projects. (And if you want hear more Lin you can listen to her on a past episode of Switchblade Sisters). She's a hoot. And last but not least, we have staff picks. Way too much for one episode.

In news, John Carpenter just wants to watch basketball and play video games, Alden Ehrenreich rides a rollercoaster, and Macaulay Culkin wants to be in Fantastic Beasts.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Mr. Soul!
Alonso - The Hate U Give
April - What Keeps You Alive
Alison - Eighth Grade

You can watch Alison's new show 'Are You Smarter Than A Drunk Person" now on The Brewdog Network.

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing A Star Is Born with Louis Virtel

With Alison Becker, April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, 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 48: 'Matilda' with Documentary Producer Erikka Yancy

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Erikka Yancy

Matilda

This week we are very lucky to have the prolific documentary producer Erikka Yancy on the program. The movie she chose to discuss is the beloved 1996 film Matilda. Erikka discusses her documentary career and what is like having to do research for films with such dark subject matter. She goes on to talk about having to go through footage from 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, and how it's still important to offer some hope in even the most depressing of films. She also elaborates on her love for the movie Matilda and how it is rooted in the fact that the parents are so mean to the main character. April and her cover the directing career of Danny Devito and the history behind his production company Jersey Films. Plus, Erikka talks about the character of Lavender, and how having the representation of a black character is so vital to her enjoyment of the film. If you love this movie, you will love this conversation.

You can watch Erikka's film Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma on HBO.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch Matilda

With April Wolfe with Erikka Yancy

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 56: 'The Sisters Brothers' and a Call From Fantastic Fest

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

The Sisters Brothers

Inkoo is back in the building! She joins Ricky and Alonso in an enthralling discussion of the new Joaquin Phoenix/ John C. Reilly western The Sisters Brothers. As could be expected there is some major disagreement on this movie. For 'What's Good?' Alonso is loving BoJack Horseman. Inkoo is looking forward to eating some LA Korean food. And Ricky is all set to attend his first film festival, the LA Film Festival. Plus, the crew gets a call from field reporter April Wolfe from Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. And always, staff picks.

In news, THR's Top 100 Most Powerful People in Entertainment are very white, Dan Fogelman is mad at white male critics, and Chloé Zhao gets hired for The Eternals.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Psychokinesis
Alonso - Tea With The Dames
Inkoo - A Simple Favor

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing Night School with Alison Becker

With April Wolfe, Inkoo Kang, Alonso Duralde, 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 47: LIVE FROM FANTASTIC FEST: 'The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant' with 'Ladyworld' Director Amanda Kramer

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Amanda Kramer

April Wolfe and Amanda Kramer at Fantastic Fest

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

You are looking LIVE on Switchblade Sisters at Fantastic Fest. Recorded at The Highball theater at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas. April welcomes one of the filmmakers from the festival, Amanda Kramer, to discuss the Rainer Werner Fassbinder masterpiece, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. Amanda's film Ladyworld screened right before the recording of this episode. The day also marks her birthday! April and Amanda note that both of the films in this discussion share a similar theme of hysterical women trapped in a confined space. Amanda talks about her love of melodramatic performances and pushing her actresses to reach beyond realism. She also coins a term for her type of filmmaking: "Tamponnui." Plus, she discusses the fact that she never uses a camera, rarely bathes, and would happily be crowned "The Female Fassbinder."

Check out the trailer here for Ladyworld.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch on The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

With April Wolfe with Amanda Kramer

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 55: The Predator and Other Problematic Films with Oliver Wang

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

We've got Ricky, April and Alonso in the studio this week, along with special guest Oliver Wang. Like Ricky, Oliver is a fellow DJ, and he also hosts the brilliant music podcast Heat Rocks on Maximum Fun, alongside friend of the show Morgan Rhodes.

April tells us about her feminist ghost hunting pilot; Alonso's excited about the BBQ chicken tenders at McDonald's; Oliver is stoked to be a guest for the first time on WSY and Ricky's reminded of his childhood after watching the Canelo fight and going to a party where Los Angeles Plays Itself played in the background.

Plus, music scholar Oliver Wang outs himself as an unabashed Predator fan, who's seen every single Predator movie. Will he be one of the few (only?!) fans of this franchise that doesn't pan the film? Find out.

In the news, Gael Garcia Bernal wants to know why there aren't more US-born LatinX directors, Yacht Captain Dennis Davers breaks his silence about what he thinks happened the night Natalie Woods drowned, and Christopher Nolan and Paul Thomas Anderson have teamed up to demand TV manufacturers up their TV-settings game for better movie watching experiences at home.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - The Thing
April - Life Itself (Note: this is April's joke pick), and her real pick is Mandy
Alonso - Lizzie
Oliver - Chan Is Missing

Next week we're discussing The Sisters Brothers with Inkoo Kang

With April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, and Ricky Carmona
Oliver Wang

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 46: 'Freaks' with Jess Weixler

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Jess Weixler

Freaks

This week we are so lucky to have actor, writer, and director Jess Weixler on the program. Most people know her from her breakout role in the 2007 film, Teeth. But she has a new movie out called Chained for Life. In it she stars opposite Adam Pearson, who some may remember from Under The Skin. And the movie she chose to discuss is Tod Browning's infamous 1932 film, Freaks. Jess reflects on her own experiences working and living with people with disabilities. She touches upon the experience of acting with Adam and other actors with facial differences. April and she also crack open whether or not Freaks is an offensives film. And they try to tackle the fine line between exploitation and celebration. This is a truly enthralling conversation that is entertaining, funny, and very heartfelt.

If you are attending Fantastic Fest this year in Austin, go check out Jess' movie Chained For Life.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch on Freaks

With April Wolfe with Jess Weixler

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 54: Jennifer Garner's 'Peppermint' and Getting the Band Back Together

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

Peppermint

You heard right, the band is back together! This episode marks the return of our Switchblade Sister April Wolfe. And this week the crew is talking about the divisive (and pretty racist) new Jennifer Garner film Peppermint. Ricky discusses his feelings on Twin Peaks: The Return. April celebrates the the life of her beloved cat. And Alonso questions whether fall is arriving or not. Plus, the gang listens to messages from the "Who Shot-Line." This week's questions was, "Which actress, who has never fronted an action film, deserves to be an action hero?" And as always, 'Staff Picks.'

In news, Candyman is coming, Olivia Munn is chastised, and Facebook apologoizes for taking down those nude Burt Reynolds photos.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Old Boy
Alonso - Starting Over
April - Let the Corpses Tan

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing The Predator.

With April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, 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 45: 'Let the Right One In' with 'Nancy' Director Christina Choe

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Christina Choe

Let the Right One In

This week we've got the fantastic director of the new film Nancy, Christina Choe. She's on the program to talk about the vampire classic, Let the Right One In. This episode is really gripping because throughout the show Christina slowly realizes the similarities between her film and Tomas Alfredson's: the snowy backdrop, the vampiric characters, the bleak eeriness. Christina elaborates on the the amount of flexibility required to direct a feature. She discusses the importance of casting great actors and how she got Steve Buscemi and Andrea Riseborough to be in her film. Plus, she talks about the difficulties of shooting in the snow.

Nancy is streaming now.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch on Let the Right One In.

With April Wolfe with Christina Choe.

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.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 44: 'Basket Case' with Brea Grant

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Brea Grant

Basket Case

This week we've got fellow Maximum Funster, podcast host of Reading Glasses, actor, writer, and director, Brea Grant. She has chosen, maybe, one of the most fun and fascinating movies we've discussed on the show, 1982's cult classic, Basket Case. The story follows a young man named Duayne, who keeps his formerly conjoined, mutant brother Belial in a picnic basket. Duayne and Belial move to New York in order to seek out and murder the doctors who surgically separated them. A truly lovely tale that April and Brea fully dissect. They go in depth on what makes this gritty, New York classic just so memorable; the commitment of the actors, the gore, and the execution of the ridiculous concept. Brea also details the life of a working actress. She explains the struggle of acting in a movie that never gets released, returning clothes for an audition to the store, and always carrying around a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This is a truly fun episode that touches upon the honorable practice of making art for the sake of making it.

Dead Night stars Brea Grant and former Switchblade Sisters guest Barbara Crampton. It is streaming now.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch on Basket Case

With April Wolfe with Brea Grant

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.

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