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Who Shot Ya? Episode 106: Send In The Clowns! - The Gang Talks 'IT Chapter Two' and Remakes 'Face/Off' with Amber Benson

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Amber Benson

IT Chapter Two

You guys...clowns are scary. This week the gang talks about IT Chapter Two with esteemed guest, actor, writer, and director Amber Benson. They also try their hand at remaking Face/Off in our 'Movie Redux' segment. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, A Quiet Place writers "stand up" to Lucasfilm, Christian Bale has some advice for Robert Pattinson, and Linda Hamilton gets jacked.

Staff Picks:

Ify - Atomic Blonde
Drea - Rear Window
Alonso - Untouchable
Amber - The Big Easy

With Ify Nwadiwe, Drea Clark, Alonso Duralde, and Amber Benson.

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EP103: Lee Fields on Sam Cooke's "Portrait Of A Legend" (2003)

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Heat Rocks
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Lee Fields

The Album: Sam Cooke Portrait Of A Legend (2003)

Legendary soul singer Lee Fields (Daptone, Truth & Soul, Big Crown Records) stopped by Heat Rocks to discuss the 30 tracks compiled by ABKCO records on Sam Cooke, Portrait of A Legend, released in the summer of 2003. The album covers multi-genres including gospel, pop and soul - Sam's hits, during his storied 15 year career which ended tragically with his untimely death at 33. Referred to as, "the man who invented soul" Sam Cooke hummed and crooned his way into soul music's canon starting with three words: You Send Me .

Lee Fields' career began 50 years ago with the release of his first single on the Bedford label "Bewildered". Since then he's released dance tracks, recorded with The Expressions, had his music placed in shows like Atlanta and Dear White People, toured the country and has his songs remixed by some of the best.

He and Morgan discussed the gospel according to Sam Cooke, symbolism in A Change Is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke as a lyricist, Sam Cooke as a storyteller. A veteran soul singer in conversation about one of the architects of soul music It gets no better.

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Show Tracklisting (all songs from Portrait Of A Legend unless indicated otherwise):

  • Nothing Can Change This Love
  • Lee Fields & The Expressions: Honey Dove
  • Touch The Hem of His Garment
  • You Send Me
  • You Were Made For Me
  • Only Sixteen
  • Soul
  • Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers: The Last Mile of the Way
  • Little Red Rooster
  • Chain Gang
  • Cupid
  • Bring It On Home To Me
  • Nothing Can Change This Love
  • (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
  • Summertime
  • You Send Me
  • Sugar Dumpling
  • Muhammad Ali: The Gang's All Here
  • A Change Is Gonna Come
  • Aretha Franklin: A Change Is Gonna Come
  • Otis Redding: A Change Is Gonna Come
  • Touch The Hem Of His Garment
  • You Were Made For Me

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find there
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Switchblade Sisters Episode 97: 'Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer' with Producer Heather Buckley

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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Heather Buckley is a grand maester of film and horror. The first feature she produced, Jenn Wexler’s The Ranger, for Glass Eye Pix and Hood River Entertainment, premiered at SXSW and played numerous festivals on an international run before it was released in NYC and LA. Heather’s work as a film analyst and journalist spans over a decade, with bylines in Vulture, Dread Central, and Fangoria. Her background in SFX work includes: Circus of the Dead, Dead Still, and We Are Still Here. She is currently a Blu-Ray special features producer, creating documentaries for Kino Lorber, Lionsgate/Vestron, Arrow Films and Shout Factory releases, including John Carpenter's The Thing, Barton Fink, The Long Riders, Saw 10th Anniversary Reissue, and Army of Darkness.

The movie that Heather chose this week is a real doozy - Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Heather talks about how she believes it's one of the most important films ever made. She discusses how this film forces the audience to root for violence. She elaborates on the fact that this movie has no moral center, and how it's the audience's job to gauge morality. And she and April also discuss the controversy this film sparked upon release and why the movie was initially difficult to get a hold of.

You can see Heather's work all over the place. Plus, you can watch The Ranger on Shudder.

And if you haven't seen Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer yet, be careful.

With April Wolfe and Heather Buckley.

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 105: Dances with Avatars - The Gang Talks 'Avatar' and Their Favorite Sexy Movies

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Avatar

The year...2154. The planet...Pandora. The podcast...Who Shot Ya? Alonso is back from the Venice Film Festival to talk about the forgotten 2009 film, Avatar. The crew answers a call from the Who Shotline about their favorite sexy movies. And, as always, we've got staff picks.

In news, Joker causes chaos and the Crazy Rich Asians co-writer exits the sequels.

Staff Picks:

Ify - Speed Racer
Drea - Ms. Purple
Alonso - Raise Hell: The Life & Times Of Molly Ivins

With Ify Nwadiwe, Drea Clark, and Alonso Duralde.

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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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EP102: Lorraine Ali on M.I.A.'s "Kala" (2007)

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Lorraine Ali

The Album: M.I.A. Kala (2007)

In 2005, when M.I.A. dropped onto the pop scene with her debut, Arular, heads weren’t quite ready. It was like she brought the full force of Global South dance culture in with her — gloriously bombastic — and the Sri Lankan/British singer/rapper simply didn’t sound like anyone else on the charts. For her follow-up, the idea on paper seemed smart: why not pair M.I.A. with one of the most innovative American producers of that era: Timbaland. Alas, in a post-9/11 world, Homeland Security deemed M.I.A. a threat to national security and refused to give her the necessary visa to come work in the U.S. Undaunted, M.I.A. and producer Switch jumped around the world, recording parts of what would eventually become Kala in cities across South America, Africa and Asia. The resulting masterpiece, propelled on the strength of the eventual mega-smash “Paper Planes,” all but established M.I.A. as a key voice in a different kind of new world order, one in which the borders of nationalism and colonialism were imploding and emergent movements and calls to action were part of that destabilization. As it turned out, M.I.A. didn’t need to come to the U.S. to help invade it with her sound.

Kala was the album pick of this week’s guest, Lorraine Ali who currently writes about television for the Los Angeles Times but also got her start as a music critic. As one of the few Muslim American culture critics out there, Lorraine connected heavily with who and what M.I.A. represented and during the course of our conversation, we got into what it was like to listen to Kala in the wake of the second Gulf War, burgeoning refugee crises and the shifting geo-political map in which the music of the Global South could be heard as a subversive force, bamboo bangas and all.

More on Lorraine Ali

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Show Tracklisting (all songs from Kala unless indicated otherwise):

  • Paper Planes
  • M.I.A.: Galang
  • XR2
  • Come Around
  • Bird Flu
  • 20 Dollar
  • The Turn
  • Mango Pickle Down River
  • M.I.A.: Bad Girls
  • Boyz
  • World Town
  • Jimmy
  • Paper Planes
  • The Clash: Straight To Hell
  • Hussel
  • Bamboo Banga
  • Paper Planes
  • Diga Rhythm Band: Razooli
  • Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar: Humko Tumse Ho Gaya Hai Pyar

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

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 104: 'They Live' with Danielle Radford

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They Live

You must OBEY and listen to this podcast episode about They Live. DO NOT QUESTION OUR AUTHORITY. The gang is joined by Danielle Radford of Max Fun's 'Tights and Fights' as they discuss the "Rowdy" Roddy Piper classic. Plus, they examine other great wrestlers-turned-actors movies. They also pitch their own remake of They Live in a new segment called 'Movie Redux.' And, as always, staff picks.

In news, Eva Longoria is going to direct Flamin' Hot and Miley Cyrus reveals she was booted from Hotel Transylvania for "licking a penis cake."

Staff Picks:

Ify - The Man with the Iron Fists
Drea - Tigers Are Not Afraid
Danielle - Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

With Ify Nwadiwe, Drea Clark, and Danielle Radford.

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 95: 'Heathers' with 'Jawline' Director Liza Mandelup

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Liza Mandelup

Heathers

Liza Mandelup is an award winning film director from New York residing in Los Angeles. Starting her career in photography, she graduated from New York’s School of Visual Arts and embedded herself in fascinating communities for photo series that culminated in two photo books. In 2018, Liza received the prestigious Sundance Documentary Fund grant for her film Jawline, following a handful of online teen heartthrob boys to chronicle the curious rise of a burgeoning yet fleeting economy. Jawline premiered at Sundance Film Festival and went on to win the Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker. She was also named by Filmmaker magazine as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema in 2018 and one of 10 Documentary Filmmakers to Watch by Variety.

The movie that Liza chose to discuss ties in effortlessly with her own film Jawline - that would be 1988's dark comedy Heathers. April and Liza discuss the nature of being a teenager and just how serious everything feels. Liza talks about interviewing all the wannabe influencers for her film Jawline and how, no matter the place, everyone dressed the exact same. She also discusses the effects of "follow culture" and how that is demonstrated in both Heathers and Jawline.

You can stream Jawline on Hulu now.

And if you haven't seen Heathers yet, watch it now!

With April Wolfe and Liza Mandelup.

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EP101: Allen Thayer on João Gilberto's "João Gilberto" (1973)

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Allen Thayer

The Album: João Gilberto João Gilberto (1973)

Before the summer got away from us, we wanted to record one more episode for the season and we invited a guest to pick the perfect LP for the end of the summer. We were not disappointed...

João Gilberto was as integral to Brazil’s bossa nova movement as Ray Charles was to soul or Run DMC was to hip-hop; it’s impossible to imagine its sound and style without his touch. By 1973, Gilberto was largely living outside of Brazil and on a stint in the U.S, he rolled through New Jersey with just a single accompanying musician, percussionist Sonny Carr. Together, they crafted what’s considered a minimalist masterpiece of the genre, Gilberto’s equivalent to the Beatles’ White Album. Parts of it sound like a dream, others like a lullaby, but at the heart, it’s the soothing voice of Gilberto and his nimble guitar playing that anchors all of it.

Our guest Allen Thayer, aka The Ambassador, is no stranger to Brazilian music. Though he hails from the Pacific Northwest, he’s long been fascinated with south Atlantic sounds. Author of last year’s 33.3 book on Tim Maia's Racional Vol. 1 & 2, Thayer also hosts the weekly “Brazilian Beat” radio show on KMHD and you can find him spinning Brazilian grooves (amongst other tasty treats) in and around Portland on the regular when he’s not penning articles for Wax Poetics.

More on Allen Thayer

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Show Tracklisting (all songs from João Gilberto unless indicated otherwise):

  • É Preciso Perdoar
  • Eu Quero Um Samba
  • João Gilberto: Chega Se Saudade
  • Chet Baker: My Funny Valentine
  • Izaura
  • Elis Regina and Tom Jobim: Águas De Março
  • Águas De Março
  • Undiú
  • Gilberto Gil: Esotérico (Acustico) - Ao Vivo
  • Glucklich: To Be
  • Earth, Wind & Fire: Brazillian Rhyme
  • The Rolling Stones: Dance (pt 1)
  • Undiú
  • Valsa (Como São Lindos Os Youguis) (Bebel))
  • Na Baixa Do Sapateiro
  • É Preciso Perdoar
  • Águas De Março
  • Eu Vim Da Bahia
  • Falsa Baiana
  • Valsa (Como São Lindos Os Youguis) (Bebel)
  • Eu Quero Um Samba
  • Águas De Março
  • The Third Wave: Waves Lament
  • Caetano Veloso & Gal Costa: Avarandado
  • Sessa: Dez Total (Filhos de Gandhy)

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 103: The Boys Are Alright - 'Good Boys' with Ryan Stanger

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Good Boys

Guys, this is a fun one. This week the gang is joined by actor and host of The Dumbbells and Action Boyz podcasts, Ryan Stanger, to talk about the new R-rated comedy, Good Boys. Ify tells a graphic story about losing his virginity. Plus, the crew talks about the movies they can't critically judge because of how much they loved them as children. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, Spider-Man web slings away from Disney, Lana Wachowski is making The Matrix 4, and Robert De Niro's company files a $6 million lawsuit against a former employee for binging Netflix on the job.

Staff Picks:

Ify - The Angry Birds Movie 2
Alonso - Smile
Drea - Brittany Runs a Marathon
Ryan - Manhunter

With Ify Nwadiwe, Alonso Duralde, Drea Clark, and Ryan Stanger.

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