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Ep 28: Go Fact Yourself with Felicia Day and Elliott Kalan

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Alan Rachins, Felicia Day, J. Keith van Straaten, Elliott Kalan, Helen Hong, Veronica Cartwright
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Felicia Day & Elliott Kalan
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Veronica Cartwright & Alan Rachins
Guests: 
J. Keith van Straaten & Helen Hong

It’s a trivia mix of film, TV and the internet this week on Go Fact Yourself with two of the creative forces behind Netlfix's “Mystery Science Theater 3000!”

Elliot Kalan is a newly published children’s author of the book Horse Meets Dog. He’s also the host of fellow Maximum Fun podcast The Flop House. The show is all about discussing bad movies, but Elliott’s made sure that that never impacts his love of great films… even if he can only watch them on his iPad these days.

Facing off against Elliott is actress Felicia Day. She’s most known for creating and starring in the online series The Guild. She’ll tell us all about some of her favorite topics and explain some of things she’s learned as she navigates motherhood.

In this episode, about 90’s sitcoms, classic films and the everlasting star-power of dinosaurs.

What’s the difference: Intention and Prevention

What’s the difference between “purposely” and “purposefully”?

What’s the difference between “cease” and “desist”?

Areas of Expertise

Elliott Kalan: Dinosaurs, Alfred Hitchcock, and Abraham Lincoln.

Felicia Day: The TV show “Dharma and Greg”, the board game “Settlers of Catan,” and baking cookies.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Elliott Kalan
Felicia Day

With guest experts:

Veronica Cartwright, actress who has had roles in films like Alien and The Birds.

Alan Rachins, actor who’s had roles in series such as “L.A. Law” and “Dharma and Greg.”

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 72: Film Floppers and 'Destroyer' with Graham Elwood

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Graham Elwood

Destroyer

A brand spanking new 'Who Shot Ya?' right out of the package! This week the crew is discussing the new Karyn Kusama/ Nicole Kidman joint, Destroyer. They're joined by fellow film nerd, comedian Graham Elwood of the 'Comedy Film Nerds' podcast. The gang questions Nicole Kidman's hair choices in the film and compares her character to other great LA gumshoes of the cinematic past. Plus they discuss the movies they have flip-flopped on since originally viewing, either for good or bad, in a segment they're calling Film Floppers. And as always, they've got those tasty staff picks.

In news, Coming to America 2 is in the works, and Cardi B has some thoughts on Bird Box.

Staff Picks:

Ricky - 42 to 1
Alonso - Fyre Fraud
Graham - Hell or High Water
April - Out of the Past

With Graham Elwood, 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

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 63: 'The Lure' with 'Abducted in Plain Sight' Director Skye Borgman

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Skye Borgman

The Lure

We are so lucky to have on the program this week, cinematographer and director Skye Borgman. Her most recent documentary, Abducted in Plain Sight, follows the story of a young girl in a tight-knit LDS community, who is abducted twice by her neighbor and parent's best friend. It's an intense and serious film, which makes Skye's chosen genre movie all the more interesting. She has decided to discuss 2015's Polish, horror, mermaid musical, The Lure. She and April pinpoint how this film is able to deftly deliver harsh truths about female sexualization within the framework of a mythic fairytale. The two also marvel at the director Agnieszka Smoczynska, and what she was able to do in terms of pushing the limits of the mermaid's fin designs. Skye also touches upon working with the Broberg family on her doc, and how she was able to get them to discuss incredibly difficult subjects like pedophilia and child abuse.

You can see Abducted in Plain Sight on Netflix.

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

With April Wolfe and Skye Borgman.

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Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org.

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 71: We'd Like to Remind the Academy of a Few Things and 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

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Who Shot Ya?

If Beale Street Could Talk

Ahhhh. A fresh new 'Who Shot Ya?' off the vine! This week the crew is talking about Barry Jenkins' follow up to Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk. They dissect the film and discuss Jenkins' use of close ups, the portrayal of black love, and depicting black men in a different way. PLUS, the gang has some things to tell the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences about the Oscars in a segment called "I'd Like to Remind the Academy…" In this segment they will remind the Academy of things they may have carelessly overlooked when voting on Academy Award nominations. And since our podcast is the official podcast of Hollywood, we may just sway some votes. To finish off the episode, as always, we have staff picks.

In news, the panel's reaction to the Golden Globes, Brooklynn Prince from The Florida Project is directing a short film, and the number of female directors in the top 250 grossing films is down this year.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Girlfight
Alonso - Race, Sex & Cinema: The World of Marlon Riggs and Tongues Untied
Drea - The Guilty
April - Siesta

With April Wolfe, Drea Clark, 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

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 62: 'Defending Your Life' with 'Operator' Director Logan Kibens

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Logan Kibens

Defending Your Life

This week we slice and dice with writer/director Logan Kibens. She's on the program to discuss Albert Brooks' Defending Your Life. This is one of Logan's favorite films as well, and she explains the philosophical aspects of it that keep her coming back to watch over and over again. She and April point out how this film is a precursor to shows like 'The Good Place.' Logan elaborates on working with actors and getting past the intimidation phase. She discusses convincing people to invest in her first feature, even though she'd never directed one before. Logan also talks about working on that debut feature, Operator, starring Martin Starr and Mae Whitman. Plus, they examine how even though Defending Your Life flopped upon its release, it has endured due to its universal message of living without fear.

You can see Operator on Netflix.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch Defending Your Life.

With April Wolfe and Logan Kibens.

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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 70: 'Roma' and Casting Your Own Biopics with Cristela Alonzo

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Cristela Alonzo

Roma

It's the first 'Who Shot Ya?' of the year! And even though this episode was recorded in 2018, it's still fresh as can be. The gang is graced by the presence of the wonderful Cristela Alonzo to talk about Alfonso Cuarón's Roma. So we have an Alonzo, with Alonso, talking about Alfonso. Cristela discusses her childhood and how she deeply related to the film. Drea may or may not have found a giant bag of money in the new year. The crew casts their own biopics. And as always, staff picks.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Batman Returns
Alonso - Touch of Evil
Drea - All About Nina
Cristela - The Muppets Take Manhattan

With Cristela Alonzo, Drea Clark, 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

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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 69: Year-End Bonanza! Top Ten Movie Lists and 2018 in Retrospect

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Who Shot Ya?

Paddington 2, First Reformed, Roma

It's that "Top Ten" time of the year. And 'Who Shot Ya?' is no different. It's the year end episode! In studio we've got Drea Clark, Alonso Duralde, and Ricky Carmona, who all provide their top ten movie lists of 2018. We also get to hear from April, who is still stanning for Coralie Fargeat's Revenge. The crew gets a call from the incomparable Inkoo Kang, who discusses her top movies of the year. Plus, she goes deep on First Reformed, and provides Ricky with an unconventional musical recommendation. The in studio crew also discusses the trends in news from 2018. And as always, staff picks.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
Alonso - Minding the Gap
Drea - De Palma

TOP TEN LISTS:

APRIL - 10. The Rider / Let The Corpses Tan / Zama / Mandy, 9. If Beale Street Could Talk, 8. You Were Never Really Here, 7. Revenge, 6. Hereditary, 5. Eighth Grade, 4. Burning, 3. Blindspotting, 2. Leave No Trace, 1. First Reformed

DREA - Annihilation, Leave No Trace, Eighth Grade, Roma, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, If Beale Street Could Talk, Border, The Favourite, The Guilty, Night Comes On

INKOO - 10. Shoplifters, 9. Burning, 8. Eighth Grade, 7. The Rider, 6. The Sisters Brothers, 5. The Favourite, 4. If Beale Street Could Talk, 3. Leave No Trace, 2. First Reformed, 1. Roma

RICKY - 10. Sorry to Bother You, Black Panther, A Star Is Born, Mandy, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Incredibles 2, Widows, Hereditary, 1A. Roma, 1B. BlacKkKlansman

ALONSO - 10. Eighth Grade, 9. Support the Girls, 8. Happy as Lazzaro, 7. The Hate You Give / If Beale Street Could Talk, 6. The Other Side of the Wind, 5. The Sisters Brothers, 4. Lean On Pete, 3. Leave No Trace, 2. Roma, 1. Paddington 2

With April Wolfe, Inkoo Kang, Drea Clark, 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

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EP66: Lynell George on David Bowie's "Young Americans" (1975)

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Heat Rocks
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Lynell George

The Album: David Bowie Young Americans (1975)

Super cool Grammy winning writer and archivist Lynell George came to know David Bowie's music through celebrated Los Angeles radio station KGFJ. KGFJ blasted the sounds and she received them courtesy of a wrap around Panasonic radio. (Salute!)

She was attracted to the Philly soul sound ever present on David Bowie's Young Americans because Philly soul was in her DNA as she is the daughter of a Philadelphia Native. David Bowie's desire to pay homage to both the black soul music he was fond of and Aretha Franklin, was a shift that most critics weren't prepared for.

We talked about the title track as an ahead-of-its-time commentary on gentrification, UK artists and their love affair with R&B music and the thin line between festishization and fascination.

Sax solos, guitar solos, soulful arrangement galore, Young Americans was the sound of Philadelphia and the sounds of blackness.

Best quote EVER, "you feel like you're walking through humidity" (Lynell George)

She wooed us and schooled us. We'd expect nothing less from a historian and an OG member of David Bowie's fan club.

More on Lynell George

More on Young Americans

Show Tracklisting (all songs from Young Americans unless indicated otherwise):

  • Young Americans
  • Fame
  • David Bowie: Let's Dance
  • David Bowie: TVC15
  • Young Americans
  • Right
  • Across the Universe
  • Young Americans
  • Can You Hear Me
  • Somebody Up There Likes Me
  • The Flares: Foot Stomping (Part 1)
  • David Bowie: Footstompin'
  • Fascination
  • Somebody Up There Likes Me
  • Fascination
  • Fame

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find on there.

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 60: 'Point Break' with 'Alaska Is a Drag' Director Shaz Bennett

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Shaz Bennett

Point Break

This week we've got writer and director Shaz Bennett on the program to talk about Kathryn Bigelow's classic, Point Break. As Shaz says on the show, this is the movie she most wishes she had directed. She and April also discuss Shaz's newest film, Alaska Is a Drag, which follows an aspiring drag queen turned boxer stuck working at a cannery in Alaska. The two of them dissect the masterful directing of Bigelow during the visceral chase scenes. They look at the unconventional casting of Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. They praise the performance and genius of Lori Petty. And Shaz elaborates on being yourself while directing, and being close to your actors on set. April has a special connection with this film as well, having written a retrospective for Rolling Stone last year.

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

With April Wolfe with Shaz Bennett.

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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