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EP95: David Ma on GZA's "Liquid Swords" (1995)

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Heat Rocks
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David Ma

The Album: GZA Liquid Swords (1995)

Music journalist David Ma has been in the game for a long time, writing for The Guardian, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The Source, and many, many others. He's also the host of Dad Bod Rap Pod, a hip-hop roundtable discussion show from the Bay area. When he told us he wanted to talk about GZA's debut solo effort, Liquid Swords, we knew we were in for a good conversation.
We talk about GZA's new jack swing beginnings, his role within the Wu-Tang Clan, and his seemingly endless vocabulary. Even within the Wu's solo efforts, Liquid Swords stands out, with its gritty production, complex lyricism, and hard-hitting flow. It stood the test of time and still bounces, Shogun Assassin samples included.

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Show Tracklisting (all songs from Liquid Swords unless indicated otherwise):

  • I Gotcha Back
  • Liquid Swords
  • Wu-Tang Clan: 7th Chamber - Part II - Conclusion
  • GZA: Come Do Me
  • Swordsman
  • Gold
  • Raekwon: Ice Cream
  • Method Man: I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need
  • Notorious BIG: The What
  • Shadowboxin'
  • Dr. Dre: Stranded on Death Row
  • Liquid Swords
  • Willie Mitchell: Groovin'
  • Liquid Swords
  • Cannonball Adderly: Aries
  • Gold
  • Ann Peebles: Trouble, Heartaches, & Sadness
  • Shadowboxin'
  • Gold
  • 4th Chamber
  • Labels
  • B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
  • The Genius: Feel the Pain
  • Wu-Tang Clan: Clan In Da Front

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find there
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Switchblade Sisters Episode 89: 'Donnie Darko' with 'Braid' Director Mitzi Peirone

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Mitzi Peirone

Donnie Darko

Mitzi Peirone was born and raised in Turin, Italy. After high school Peirone left Italy to study theater in New York City at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She ended up writing and directing a short film called “Chaosmos,” and directing another short called “Versperlings” while she geared up for a feature. The screenplay for Braid rapidly became her main focus, and in 2016 Peirone partnered up with entrepreneur Joseph Lubin to create a new business model to finance her film, which became the first one ever to be fully financed through a cryptocurrency equity crowdsale. The sale raised 1.7 million dollars in two weeks. The film premiered at Tribeca in 2018 and won Best Picture at the Lausanne Underground Film Festival. Braid, which tells the story of two women who decide to rob their wealthy psychotic friend - but must participate in the friend’s perverse game of make believe, received worldwide distribution via Blue Fox Entertainment. Mitzi then signed with ICM, and her next directorial effort is a sci-fi thriller set in a tech-apocalypse, starring Bella Thorne.

The movie Mitzi chose to discuss this week is a real mind bender - 2001's cult classic, Donnie Darko. Part of the reason that Mitzi loves this film is that, much like her own movie Braid, it can be hard to tell what is real and what is imagined. She discusses her unusual fundraising technique for the movie which involved a cryptocurrency equity crowdsale. Mitzi also emphasizes the need for filmmakers not to concern themselves with whether the audience will completely understand their vision. Plus, she talks at length about her belief that there is no difference between reality and dreams - a conversation that makes April's brain explode.

You can see Braid streaming now.

And if you haven't seen Donnie Darko yet, go watch it!

With April Wolfe and Mitzi Peirone.

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

Who Shot Ya? Episode 97: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' with Steve Hernandez

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Who Shot Ya?
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Steve Hernandez

Spider-Man: Far From Home

It's your friendly neighborhood movie podcast! This week the crew is talking about Spider-Man: Far From Home. They are joined by 'Views From the Vista' podcast host and comedian, Steve Hernandez. The gang discusses the Academy Award winning directors who have gone down hill. They get a very important call from April Wolfe. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, The Big Lebowski spin-off, The Jesus Rolls, gets a distribution deal and Netflix cuts down its spending on risky ventures.

Staff Picks:

Alonso - Moonrise
Drea - Sword of Trust
Steve - Faces Places
Ify - It's A Party

With Ify Nwadiwe, Alonso Duralde, Drea Clark, and Steve Hernandez.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? on Twitter or Facebook. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 88: 'Drop Dead Gorgeous' with 'Grown-ish' Writers Melanie Kirschbaum & Alexandra Decas

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Melanie Kirschbaum
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Alexandra Decas

Drop Dead Gorgeous

Melanie Kirschbaum started her LA career working for Jeff and Jackie Filgo, and then Vali Chandrasekaran on Modern Family, while Alexandra Decas was with Jonathan Groff on Black-ish. The two met when their bosses were working on a pilot together, and they decided to join forces when they found themselves standing outside of their offices at Disney, bemoaning their crappy Tinder matches. They wondered, presumably aloud, "If Elizabeth Smart has it all figured out — a husband, a career, great hair — what’s our excuse?" So they wrote a one-act play entitled "Smart" to get to the bottom of it, as well as a comedic one-act about 9/11 called "Center of the Universe." After that, they joined the Netflix/Dreamworks show The Boss Baby: Back in Business as staff writers, but then hit some network gold when they were staffed on the critically acclaimed hit show Grown-ish, a spinoff of Black-ish that follows Zoey Johnson as she navigates college life. Grown-ish was just renewed for season 3 and can be seen on Freeform.

The movie that Alex and Mel have chosen to discuss is an important film for Minnesotans everywhere - 1999's Drop Dead Gorgeous. The two of them and April marvel at the fact that this movie is so inappropriate by today's standards - but still so funny! The two writers open up about how their writing process used to be incredibly unorthodox. One of them is outed as a frequent "office cryer." And, of course, the conversation covers something April is very passionate about - the eyebrow styles of the 1990s.

You can see Grown-ish on Freeform.

And if you haven't seen Drop Dead Gorgeous yet, go watch it!

With April Wolfe, Melanie Kirschbaum and Alexandra Decas.

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Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org.

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

Who Shot Ya? Episode 96: 'Yesterday', Ify Gets Grilled, and Tween-Friendly Queer Cinema with Laura Sirikul

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Who Shot Ya?
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Laura Sirikul

Yesterday

This week marks Ify's first official episode as our host, and as an initiation to the show, Drea and Alonso GRILL him on his movie preferences. The gang is also joined by freelance writer and managing editor of Nerds of Color, Laura Sirikul, to discuss the new Beatles-amnesia-rom-com, Yesterday. They answer a question from the 'Who Shotline' about tween friendly queer films. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid gets an Ariel, Marianne Williamson loves Avatar, and Paul Schrader calls Brian De Palma "trite" and "artistically weak."

Tween Friendly Queer Films:
Geography Club
Breakfast with Scot
Saved!
Show Me Love
Beautiful Thing
The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love
Blackbird
Ma Vie en Rose
Alex Strangelove
The Wise Kids
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Edge of Seventeen (1998)
Get Real
Hearts Beat Loud
Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List
D.E.B.S.
Pride

Staff Picks:
Alonso - Synecdoche, New York
Drea - Maiden
Laura - The Farewell
Ify - Harlem Nights

With Ify Nwadiwe, Alonso Duralde, Drea Clark, and Laura Sirikul.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? on Twitter or Facebook. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org

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

Switchblade Sisters Episode 87: 'Blacula' with 'Jezebel' Director Numa Perrier

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Numa Perrier

Blacula

Born in Haiti and raised in small town USA, Numa Perrier is a Los Angeles-based actor, filmmaker, and artist. Early in her acting career, she landed a recurring role on General Hospital, but now you can see her on SMILF and films including Florida Water, Jerico, In The Morning, and Beautiful Destroyer. An early creator in the digital space, she starred in and was co-writer of the web series 'The Couple' which landed an HBO deal. She later started writing a script for her first feature, which would become Jezebel. That project was accepted into the Tribeca Film Institute "Through Her Lens" incubation program. Now Jezebel is premiering at SXSW 2019. The film follows 19-year-old Tiffany as she deals with her dying mother and tries to make ends meet when her older phone sex operator sister grooms her to become one of the first black webcam girls in the 1990s.

The movie that Numa has chosen to discuss is a classic - 1972's Blacula. She and April go deep on their discussion of William Marshall's intense, Shakespearean portrayal of the eponymous vampire. Plus, they dissect how radical this film was in terms of its portrayal of black men on screen. Numa opens up about the making of her own movie, Jezebel. She gives some great advice on filming and completing a micro-budget film. Plus, she discusses the double standard that low budget black filmmakers face versus their white counterparts.

You can see Jezebel out this fall.

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

With April Wolfe and Numa Perrier.

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Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org.

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

Who Shot Ya? Episode 95: 'Toy Story 4' and The Making of a Great Summer Movie with Yolanda Machado

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Who Shot Ya?
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Yolanda Machado

Toy Story 4

This week we are joined by film and TV critic Yolanda Machado to discuss the newest Pixar movie, Toy Story 4. The gang argues over the position of the film in their overall Pixar rankings. Plus, they deliberate on what makes a really good summer film. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, Jill Soloway replaces Bryan Singer on the Red Sonja remake, Lena Waithe calls out black movie financiers, and Danny Boyle is concerned about feeling like an imposter for directing a movie with a female lead.

Staff Picks:

Alonso - Yellow Submarine
Drea - Plus One
Yolanda - Annabelle Comes Home and Kissing Jessica Stein

With Alonso Duralde, Drea Clark, and Yolanda Machado.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? on Twitter or Facebook. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org

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

Switchblade Sisters Episode 86: 'Black Christmas' with 'Night of the Comet' & 'Chopping Mall' Star Kelli Maroney

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Kelli Maroney

Black Christmas

Kelli first got her big break in daytime TV, both as the evil adolescent Kimberly in Ryan's Hope and then as vengeful Tina in One Life to Live. Her film debut as the ‘Spirit Bunny’ Cindy Carr in Fast Times at Ridgemont High caught a lot of attention, but Kelli achieved her greatest enduring cult popularity with her delightful turn as the endearingly spunky Samantha in the science-fiction end-of-the-world Night of the Comet. She’s especially memorable as the sweet, killer-robot slayer Alison Parks in the entertaining romp, cult classic Chopping Mall, and as Jamie, a strong female survivor in The Zero Boys, as well as many other films.

The movie that Kelli has chosen to discuss is especially prescient because our host April Wolfe just happens to be writing the remake of the film. That's right, Kelli has chosen to discuss the 1974 classic, Black Christmas. She and April discuss Kelli's career in horror, and how Kelli takes great joy from the fact that horror has recently received the respect it has always deserved. She also talks about "embracing her crap" and coming to terms with the fact that she is most remembered for her cult and horror films. But she also elaborates on how honored she is by the support she receives from the fans of her work, and how meaningful that relationship is to her. Plus, she has a great story about how an off-the-cuff line she said while shooting a machine gun became one of Night of the Comet's most famous lines.

If you haven't seen any of Kelli's films, Night of the Comet is a great place to start.

And go watch Black Christmas too, while you're at it.

With April Wolfe and Kelli Maroney.

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters on Twitter or Facebook.

Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org.

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

Who Shot Ya? Episode 94: 'Men in Black: International', Troubled Productions, and Our Favorite Movie Posters with Julia Prescott

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Who Shot Ya?
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Julia Prescott

Men in Black: International

You know what? We make this look good. Podcasting that is. Alonso and Drea are joined by the wonderful co-host of 'Everything's Coming Up Simpsons' - writer and comedian Julia Prescott. The three of them dissect the brand new film, Men In Black: International. They chat about the movies that received the "troubled production" reputation. Plus, they discuss their favorite/least favorite movie posters. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, April Wolfe is writing the Black Christmas remake, an animated Spice Girls musical is on its way, and Dee Rees is working on a fantasy musical of her own.

Staff Picks:

Alonso - Between the Lines
Drea - Wild Rose
Julia - At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal

With Alonso Duralde, Drea Clark, and Julia Prescott.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? on Twitter or Facebook. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org

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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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Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org.

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

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