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Switchblade Sisters Episode 43: 'The Night of the Hunter' with 'Night Comes On' Director Jordana Spiro

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Jordana Spiro

The Night of the Hunter

This week we're so lucky to have the director of the critically acclaimed new movie Night Comes On, Jordana Spiro. She is maybe best known for her acting roles in shows like 'My Boys,' 'The Mob Doctor,' and 'Ozark.' But after receiving her Masters degree in film from Columbia, she began directing shorts and her most recent debut feature. She's on the show to talk about another "Night" movie, Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter. She finds many parallels between this film and her own. And she even shares a similar career path to the director, actor Charles Laughton. April and her discuss the film's completely unique but assured visual style, along with the incredible performances of Robert Mitchum, Lillian Gish, and Shelley Winters. Plus, they cover the reason that this is the only film Charles Laughton ever directed.

Night Comes On is streaming now

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch The Night of the Hunter

With April Wolfe with Jordana Spiro

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 42: 'Unbreakable' with 'Like Father' Director Lauren Miller Rogen

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Lauren Miller Rogen

Unbreakable

This week, we could not be more excited to have the director of the new film Like Father, Lauren Miller Rogen! Like Father stars Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer as an estranged daughter/father who accidentally end up taking a honeymoon cruise together after Bell's character is left jilted at the altar. The movie that Lauren chose to talk about this week is M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable. Lauren discusses the effect this film had on her when she was in film school and how it recently resurfaced in her life with the release of the trailer for its sequel, Glass. She elaborates on the process of shooting a movie on a cruise ship - from clothing choices to working with the parrot donning captain. Plus she discusses what it was like directing Kelsey Grammer and allowing him the opportunity to play a character that he does not normally get to play.

You can see Like Father on Netflix now.

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

With April Wolfe with Lauren Miller Rogen

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 50: 'BlacKkKlansman' and The Filmography of Spike Lee with Brandon Johnson & Baron Vaughn

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Brandon Johnson
Guests: 
Baron Vaughn

BlacKkKlansman

This is one of our wildest episodes to date. And for our 50th episode, no less! We've got first time guest, comedian Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie, Mystery Science Theater 3000) and returning guest Brandon Johnson (Rick and Morty, Animals). They're on to discuss the brand new film, BlacKkKlansman. Brandon, once again, tries to hock bootleg merchandise. Baron earns his anointed title of "The Big Pun" by making puns with a machine gun pace. April holds it down by recommending some post WWII era German-Jewish poetry. And Ricky fixes his car stereo like the Fonz. Plus, the crew discusses the films, style, and career of BlacKkKlansman director Spike Lee. And as always, we have Staff Picks.

In news, the "Popular Movies Oscar" gets some support, Idris Elba tells everyone NOT to believe the James Bond hype, and screenwriter John August is compiling the list of popular films that can't be found online.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Kareem: Minority of One
April - Point Break
Brandon - Crazy Rich Asians
Baron - The Final Master

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 Crazy Rich Asians.

With Baron Vaughn, April Wolfe, Brandon Johnson, 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 41: 'Young Frankenstein' with 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post' Director Desiree Akhavan

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Desiree Akhavan

Young Frankenstein

This week we are elated to have the director of the new film The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Desiree Akhavan. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz as a young gay teenager in the early '90's forced to attend a conversion therapy camp. Desiree's choice of film to discuss this week is Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein. Desiree shares her special connection to the film and how it reminds her of her father. She is also critical of the movie, in particular the scene where Frankenstein's monster "ravages" Madeline Kahn. April and her explore how certain jokes have not aged well. Desiree discusses directing her current film; working with Chloë Grace Moretz, not making Christianity the butt of a joke, and trying to make her version of a "John Hughes film." She also bemoans the fact that American studios are totally unwilling to take any creative risks and how she had to move to London to get her TV show made.

You can see The Miseducation of Cameron Post in theaters now.

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

With April Wolfe with Desiree Akhavan

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 49: 'The Spy Who Dumped Me' and Top 5 Comedy Duos with Inkoo Kang

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Drea Clark
Guests: 
Inkoo Kang

The Spy Who Dumped Me

This is truly a clash of the titans. Drea Clark and Inkoo Kang are featured in the SAME EPISODE! That's right, it's an action packed show where the crew is discussing The Spy Who Dumped Me. Inkoo grills Ricky by asking him, "Why do you hate women?" (She's joking, fyi). Drea cements her status as the show's "wacky neighbor." April can't stop listening to The Tammy's Egyptian Shumba. And Ricky stans for his main man Eddie Murphy. Plus, the gang attempts to name their top 5 comic duos of all time. And as always, staff picks.

In news, Jean-Luc Picard is back, Crazy Rich Asians turns Netflix down, and Steven Seagal is appointed a "Special Reperesentative" of Russian Foreign Ministry.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Spy
April - Bunny Lake Is Missing
Drea - Skate Kitchen
Inkoo - 1). Crazy Rich Asians 2). McQueen

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 BlacKkKlansman

With Inkoo Kang, 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 40: 'The Innkeepers' with 'Summer of 84' Co-Director Anouk Whissell

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Anouk Whissell

The Innkeepers

This week we've got one of the director's of the new film Summer of 84, Anouk Whissell. Anouk is a member of the Montreal film collective known as RKSS, along with François Simard and Yoann Whissell. You may know them best for their previous effort, 2015's uber-violent Turbo Kid. Anouk is on the program to discuss Ti West's The Innkeepers. April and her praise the beauty of the "slow horror" genre and how it puts the audience ill at ease. Anouk describes her love for practical effects and the realness of the image on screen. She details the breakdown of directing duties between her and her RKSS fellows. And she goes through the freedom and challenges of making an independent horror film. Plus, she elaborates on her love for American horror and how that has influenced all of her work.

You can see Summer of 84 in theaters now.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch The Innkeepers on Amazon.

With April Wolfe and Anouk Whissell.

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 48: 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' with Brandon Johnson

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

Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to listen to the newest episode of 'Who Shot Ya?', drink some Café Bustelo, and leave a five star review on Apple Podcasts. This week Ricky Carmona, April Wolfe, and Alonso Duralde are talking about Mission: Impossible - Fallout. They are joined by the hilarious Brandon Johnson, who you may know from voicing Mr. Goldenfold on 'Rick and Morty.' The crew covers every aspect of the movie - the fights, the stunts, the way Angela Bassett say "plutonium." Brandon does his best to hock his collection of bootleg DVDs. Alonso, again, makes the case for his potato salad. Ricky tears Alonso a new one for not inviting him to a Die Hard screening. And April tells us about getting drunk with her mother. Plus, the gang has an in depth discussion on the career of Tom Cruise. And as always, staff picks

In news, MoviePass is not doing so hot, Paul Schrader loves Taylor Swift, and two latino and hispanic watchdog groups call for a boycott of Paramount.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - The Equalizer 2
April - Like Father
Alonso - Space Station 76
Brandon - Fresh

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 Spy Who Dumped Me

With Brandon Johnson, 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 39: 'The Big Lebowski' with 'Never Goin' Back' Director Augustine Frizzell

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Augustine Frizzell

The Big Lebowski

This week we're very lucky to have the director of A24's new film Never Goin' Back, Augustine Frizzell. She's on the show to talk with April Wolfe about the Coen Brothers' The Big Lebowski. April and her discuss the friendship on screen between Jeff Bridge's character 'The Dude' and John Goodman's 'Walter', and how that relationship is the emotional center of the film. Augustine relates this to the friendship she crafted in her film, and how writing for those characters was walking a fine line between pathetic and endearing. They also compare these two films in terms of capturing the essence of a city; Los Angeles for The Big Lebowski and Dallas for Never Goin' Back. Plus, Augustine has a pretty fascinating story of how she came to filmmaking after being a broke, single Mom at the age of eighteen. And she explains how those life experiences helped shape her debut film.

You can see Never Goin' Back in theaters now.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch The Big Lebowski

With April Wolfe with Augustine Frizzell

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.

BONUS EPISODE! Who Shot Ya? 'Attack The Block' LIVE at the Dynasty Typewriter theater with Tre'vell Anderson of the LA Times

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Who Shot Ya?
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Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Tre'vell Anderson

Attack The Block

The Crew

It's our BONUS episode ya'll! This was a live show recorded on July 5th at the Dynasty Typewriter theater in Los Angeles. We present to you - Attack The Block. The film was screened for the audience followed by a discussion. Ricky, April, and Alonso are joined by LA Times film reporter Tre'vell Anderson. The crew goes through what they love about this film and why it's still so resonant today. Tre'vell compares the film to another classic, Leprechaun in the Hood. Plus the gang takes questions from the audience. A rousing good time for all!

With Tre'vell Anderson, 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.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 47: Whiteness in Cinema and 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' with Dave Holmes and Tavia Nyong'o

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Tavia Nyong'o
Guests: 
Dave Holmes

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

One of our most divisive episodes to date! The crew is joined by the wonderful Dave Holmes as they review Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. The line is quickly drawn in the sand between those who love this movie and those who hate. You'll have to listen to find out who is on which side! Plus, professor and critic Tavia Nyong'o calls in to discuss "whiteness" as it's presented in cinema. He also elaborates on the recent screening series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music called "BAMcinématek and The Racial Imaginary Institute: On Whiteness." Much to the joy of April, there is an in depth conversation on White Chicks. And as always, we have Staff Picks.

In news, James Gunn is fired, Marvel provided counseling centers for Infinity War, and the Cats movie announces its cast.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - The Lost Boys
April - Montenegro
Alonso - Buddies
Dave - Eighth Grade

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 Mission Impossible: Fallout

With Dave Holmes, Tavia Nyong'o, 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.

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