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Switchblade Sisters Episode 96: 'Dead & Buried' with 'Riot Girls' Director Jovanka Vuckovic

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Jovanka Vuckovic

Dead & Buried

Jovanka Vuckovic is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. In the past two decades, she has worked as a visual effects artist, earning a Gemini Award, and cemented a reputation as a genre film authority—she was twice named one of the most important women in the history of horror, serving for a time as editor-in-chief of famed Rue Morgue Magazine. In 2016, she spread her wings into the US film market, joining the DGA after directing a segment of XX, the first-ever all-female horror film anthology from Magnolia Pictures, which had its premiere at Sundance 2017. Her debut Riot Girls, written by Katherine Collins, will see its release this year. The film tells the story of two young women who must save a young man from the clutches of a little psychopath on the wrong side of Potter’s Bluff — a town divided after a mysterious disease wiped out all the adults.

The movie that Jovanka has chosen to discuss is a grossly underappreciated classic - 1981's Dead & Buried. Jovanka talks about how she named the small town of Potter's Bluff in Riot Girls after the Potter's Bluff of Dead & Buried. She even goes as far to say she envisions that both films exist in the exact same town. Jovanka also opens up about her intense fear of death and how that influences her films. And she and April discuss the struggles of getting a movie made as a female filmmaker.

You can see Riot Girls in theaters and on demand on September 13th.

And if you haven't seen Dead & Buried yet, you simply must!

With April Wolfe and Jovanka Vuckovic.

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Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 76: 'Alien' with 'Little Woods' Director Nia DaCosta

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Nia DaCosta

Alien

To quote the Tribeca Film Festival, director Nia DaCosta is “a name you’re gonna need to get familiar with.” Nia DaCosta was born and raised in New York City and attended NYU’s Tisch. She started her film career paying her dues in production, on the documentary series, Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life, while also writing and directing shorts. In 2015, she took an early draft of her script for a film called Little Woods to the Sundance Directors Lab. There, she hooked up with Tessa Thompson, who read the part of a woman named Ollie, who’s caught in a poverty trap in rural North Dakota and must decide whether she’ll re-enter a life of crime to help her pregnant sister. Tessa Thompson continued with the project, and Nia then cast Lily James to play her sister. The film premiered in 2018 at the Tribeca Film Festival. Shortly after that, it was announced that Nia would be directing the “spiritual sequel” to Candyman off a script penned by Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld, which will be released by MGM.

The movie Nia has chosen to discuss is 1979's Alien. To quote Nia, "it's a perfect film." She and April discuss the revolutionary character of Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, and how the world had never seen someone like her before. Nia talks about working and collaborating with Tessa Thompson on her character in Little Woods. She elaborates on directing the upcoming Candyman and what she learned from Jordan Peele. Plus, Nia tells April how Tessa Thompson is excellent at acting with her hands, or as Nia calls it - "hacting."

You should check out Little Woods in theaters on April 19.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch Alien.

With April Wolfe and Nia DaCosta.

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Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 82: I Got 4 on It! The Gang Discusses Jordan Peele's 'Us' and Their Favorite Big, Dumb Action Movies

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Us

It's a Max Fun Drive miracle! An episode released on a Thursday, Ricky's back at the helm, AND the gang's talking about one of the most hyped movies of the year - Us. There are gonna be SOME spoilers in this episode, but remember what April says "It's not what happens but how it happens that makes a movie worth watching." The crew also discusses their favorite big, dumb action films. And as always, staff picks.

In news, R.I.P. Larry Cohen, Disney gets rid of the Fox 2000 division, and a high school in New Jersey puts on a theatrical production of Alien.

Staff Picks:

April - The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Drea - The Invitation
Ricky - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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

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Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 61: 'Under the Skin' with 'Rust Creek' Director Jen McGowan

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Jen McGowan

Under the Skin

This week we've got director Jen McGowan (Rust Creek, Kelly & Cal) on the program to discuss Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin. Jen takes April deep into the world of filmmaking as she discusses the concept of "process dictating product." They examine the differences between making films in Europe and the US. They break down the genius of Jonathan Glazer and the exact steps he took to complete this film. Jen explains what it's like pitching as a director for hire. Plus, she and April dissect Scarlett Johansson's risky performance and how she's both sexy and scary at the same time.

You can see Rust Creek in limited theaters and VOD on January 4th.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch Under the Skin on Netflix.

With April Wolfe and Jen McGowan.

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 26: Female Protagonists in Sci-Fi, Rhea Butcher, Annihilation, and Oscar Winning Sound Editor Mark Mangini

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Rhea Butcher
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Mark Mangini

We've got an action packed episode this week. Ricky welcomes back his former Wham Bam Pow co-host Rhea Butcher to discuss female protagonists in sci-fi films, the overall theater going experience, and the new psychedelic Natalie Portman joint, Annihilation. The crew also welcomes Academy Award winning sound editor Mark Mangini to talk about the use of sound in film, his work on Blade Runner 2049, and how he got his start working on Hanna-Barbera cartoons. This one is not to be missed!

In news, Willem Dafoe lists a bunch of ways his characters have died, you can now stay overnight at Camp Crystal from Friday the 13th, and a Flamin' Hot Cheetos movie is in the works.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

April - Mohawk
Alonso - All Monsters Attack
Rhea - Battle of the Sexes and Only The Brave
Ricky - The Ritual

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 Game Night with Inkoo Kang.

With Rhea Butcher, Mark Mangini, 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.

Judge John Hodgman Episode 11: The Case of the Youthful Indiscretions

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Brothers Evan and Michael battle it out: as a toddler, Michael stole Evan's things, and gave them away at pre-school. Does Evan deserve an apology?

Also: evidence referred to by Judge Hodgman is viewable here.

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