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Switchblade Sisters Episode 106: 'The Ring' with 'Pure' & 'Sickhouse' Director Hannah Macpherson

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Hannah Macpherson

The Ring

Katie Walsh returns to talk to the groundbreaking director Hannah Macpherson (Pure) about 2002's The Ring. Hannah discusses her fascination with the film and how it ties into her obsession with the effects of technology on the human experience. She also chronicles the making of her Snapchat film, Sickhouse, and how it really tricked the audience into thinking the events were real.

Pure is streaming on Hulu now.

And if you haven't seen The Ring...be careful, it's scary.

With Katie Walsh and Hannah Macpherson.

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

Switchblade Sisters Episode 105: 'Psycho' with 'Blue' Director Gabriela Ledesma

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Gabriela Ledesma

Psycho

Katie Walsh is back in the hosting chair this week to speak with the fascinating director of the new film Blue, Gabriela Ledesma. Gabby's on the show to talk about the iconic Alfred Hitchcock film, Psycho. She opens up about the dark subject matter of Blue and how her own suicide attempt inspired the film. She also discusses the lessons she learned during her naval career that she has applied to filmmaking. Plus, Katie and Gabby just generally obsess over the genius of Alfred Hitchcock.

Blue is streaming now.

And if you haven't seen Psycho...what are you doing with your life?

With Katie Walsh and Gabriela Ledesma.

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

Switchblade Sisters Episode 93: 'Rebecca' with 'The Wind' Director Emma Tammi

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Emma Tammi

Rebecca

This week, the wonderful Katie Walsh returns to chat with director Emma Tammi. Emma is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles, whose most recent documentary films include Election Day and Fair Chair. She made her narrative feature directorial debut with the Western horror movie The Wind, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018, and was released in April by IFC Midnight.

The movie that Emma has chosen to discuss shares a number of similarities to her own lonely-haunted-woman film - Alfred Hitchcock's sole Best Picture winner, Rebecca. She and Katie discuss all of the masterful aspects of the movie - the mood, the set, the acting, the lighting. Emma shares how many of these attributes inspired her decisions on The Wind. Plus, Katie reveals some hilariously volatile memos between producer David O. Selznick and Alfred Hitchcock. And Emma talks about her all-time favorite Hitchcock films, and what makes him such a genius.

You can stream The Wind now.

And if you haven't seen Rebecca yet, run - DON'T WALK! - to see it.

With Katie Walsh and Emma Tammi.

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

Switchblade Sisters Episode 85: 'Night Tide' with 'Gas Food Lodging' Director Allison Anders

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Allison Anders

Night Tide

Allison Anders is an award-winning screenwriter, film and television director who was born in Kentucky and raised in LA. She attended film school at UCLA, where she co-directed the 1987 feature film Border Radio. Her first solo feature film, starring Fairuza Balk and Ione Skye, Gas Food Lodging premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1992, and earned her Independent Spirit Award Nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay. She went on to write and direct the feature films Mi vida loca, Grace of My Heart, and Sugar Town, as well as Things Behind the Sun, for which she won a Peabody award. She’s directed episodes of Sex and the City, Orange Is the New Black, Southland, Riverdale, Murder in the First and recently Sorry for Your Loss.

The movie that Allison has chosen to discuss is a deep cut, but a good one. It's the moody, horror, thriller Night Tide. Allison discusses her early fascination with the film and how it keeps re-emerging in her life. She elaborates on the beginning of her career, and how it really spawned from deeply stalking Wim Wenders. Allison talks at length about the move from independent features to directing television. And she has an amazing story of helping Harry Dean Stanton cultivate his character on Paris, Texas with a poem she wrote after having a catatonic episode.

If you haven't seen any of Allison's films, Gas Food Lodging is a great place to start.

And go watch Night Tide too, while you're at it.

With Katie Walsh and Allison Anders.

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

Switchblade Sisters Episode 83: ‘Shaun of the Dead’ with ‘Broad City’ writer and comedian Naomi Ekperigin

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Katie Walsh
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Naomi Ekperigin

Shaun of the Dead

Naomi Ekperigin is a stand-up comedian, writer, actress, and podcaster (gotta be a multi-hyphenate these days!). She was born and raised in Harlem, New York, and studied Film and English at Wesleyan University, where she and guest host Katie Walsh made student films together, and she also started her comedy career, doing improv. After college, she toured with the National Theater for the Deaf, and started stand-up in New York in 2007. She has a half-hour stand up special on Comedy Central, and she’s also appeared on HBO’s Two Dope Queens, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and she has written for Broad City, Difficult People, Great News, and Mrs. Fletcher. You can find Naomi doing stand up around town in LA and New York, and she co-hosts the monthly standup show Couples Therapy in LA at the Virgil, the first Saturday of every month, with her fiance Andy Beckerman, and Couples Therapy is also a podcast, where she and Andy talk about relationships and play sets from their live show.

Naomi chose the 2004 ZomCom Shaun of the Dead, written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, who also directed the film. She and Katie delve into what makes this “a perfect film”, analyzing the film’s use of visual jokes, pacing, and character development. Katie asks Naomi what the parallels are between the writing and humor on Shaun of the Dead and Broad City.

Plus, Ekperigin has given a lot of thought to how she would handle herself in a zombie apocalypse, and shares her thoughts on what weapons she’d carry, as well as the best clothing for survival.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch Shaun of the Dead

With Katie Walsh and Naomi Ekperigin.

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

Who Shot Ya? Episode 62: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and Alonso's Christmas Minute with Film Critic Katie Walsh

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Katie Walsh

Bohemian Rhapsody

Don't stop me now! We're talking about the new Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. We are so lucky this week to be joined by friend of the podcast, film critic Katie Walsh. This episode was recorded the night of the election, so you can certainly hear a level of optimistic anxiety in all the host's voices. The crew dissects all the important parts of the new movie: Rami Malek's fake teeth, the bad jokes, and how many times the band members say that they're a family. Plus, we chat about the phenomenon of straight actors playing gay characters. AND, most importantly, Alonso kicks of the Holiday season with a new weekly segment called The El Mero Mero de Navidad Christmas Minute. Each week Alonso will recap all the Christmas movies he's watched from the past week. The only caveat is that he must do it in under a minute. And as always, we have staff picks.

In news, the titles for the new Avatar sequels are in, the LA Film Festival is no more, and JJ Abrams seeks a "Megadeal."

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Hip-Hop Evolution
Alonso - Shirkers
April - Memories of Murder
Katie - El Ángel

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 Overlord.

With Katie Walsh, 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 28: Kids Movies, Ava DuVernay, and A Wrinkle in Time with Drea Clark, Katie Walsh, and Maggie Mackay

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Who Shot Ya?
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Alonso Duralde
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Drea Clark
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Katie Walsh
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Maggie Mackay
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April Wolfe

A Wrinkle in Time

We've got a very special episode this week as Alonso Duralde takes over hosting duties. He's joined by film critic for Tribune News Service and the LA Times, Katie Walsh, Vidiots Executive Director/Board Chair, Maggie Mackay, and our dear friend, producer and film festival programmer, Drea Clark. They break down the much discussed A Wrinkle in Time. They address the blowback the film has received, what they really liked about it, and the revolutionary nature of having a protagonist that is a woman of color. They also discuss kids movies in general and some of their favorites. In fact, a fight nearly breaks out over whether The NeverEnding Story is actually a good movie. PLUS, April Wolfe calls in from South by Southwest to give everyone an update.

In news, psychologist Jordan Peterson hates Frozen, Tommy Wiseau auditions for The Joker, production companies start adopting inclusion riders, and the man who stole Frances McDormand's Oscar pleads not guilty.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Alonso - Ramen Heads
Drea - No Light and No Land Anywhere
Katie - American Honey
Maggie - After Hours

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 Love, Simon.

With Maggie Mackay, Katie Walsh, Drea Clark, and Alonso Duralde.

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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