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Who Shot Ya? Episode 81: A Monster Mash! The Gang Discusses 'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night' and Underappreciated Monster Movies with Mallory O'Meara

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Mallory O'Meara

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

They did the mash. They did the "Monster Mash." You all requested an all female episode of 'Who Shot Ya?' centered around a conversation on monsters, and we delivered! April Wolfe takes over hosting duties and chats it up with our friend, Drea Clark, and 'Reading Glasses' host, Mallory O'Meara. The crew discusses the 2014 vampire western, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Plus, they unearth all their favorite underappreciated monster movies. Mallory talks about her new book, The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick. And as always, we've got staff picks.

In news, CEO Kevin Tsujihara leaves Warner Bros, James Gunn returns as Guardians of the Galaxy director, and Penelope Spheeris tells Hollywood to "blow me."

Staff Picks:

April - I Walked with a Zombie
Drea - Pan's Labyrinth
Mallory - When Animals Dream

With April Wolfe, Drea Clark, and Mallory O'Meara

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 72: 'Pickup on South Street' with 'Leave No Trace' and 'Winter's Bone' Director Debra Granik

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Debra Granik

Pickup on South Street

Debra was a Boston independent filmmaker before she picked up and left for NYU’s graduate film program. Her first short film there, “Snake Feed,” was accepted into the Sundance Labs, where she developed the concept into her first narrative feature, Down to the Bone, starring Vera Fermiga. From there, Debra and her creative partner Anne Rossellini developed a film based on Daniel Woodrell’s 2006 novel, Winter's Bone. The film was released in 2010 and tells the story of a girl who’s the sole caretaker of her family who must hunt down her missing father to avoid being kicked out of her house and losing everything. The girl was played by Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence was nominated for an Academy Award, as was Debra’s film and screenplay. In 2018, she directed Leave No Trace, a story about a father with PTSD trying to raise his teen daughter off the grid when some well-meaning people intervene and change the course of their lives. Starring Ben Foster and newcomer Thomasin Mckenzie Harcourt, Leave No Trace has been on multiple Top Ten lists, and won Debra the Best Director award at the 2019 LAFCA awards ceremony.

The film that Debra has chosen to discuss is Samuel Fuller's classic noir, Pickup on South Street. This is a personal favorite of Debra's and it becomes clear with how much appreciation and thought she has for the film. Debra discusses how she is able to create realistic dialogue for people who aren't from her "bougie, liberal" world. She talks about working with actress Dale Dickey, and why people love watching her on screen. Debra also elaborates on the use of guns in cinema, how we rely on them to tell stories, and how she is trying to "restore meaning to the woundable body."

You can watch Leave No Trace on Amazon Prime.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch Pickup on South Street.

With April Wolfe and Debra Granik.

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 80: 'Captain Marvel' and the State of Marvel Movies

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Captain Marvel

Much like Nick Fury, the Who Shot Ya? crew is paging Captain Marvel. The gang discusses the newest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, they ponder the current state of Marvel, what the future holds, and the gang's top three Marvel movies. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, Felicity Huffman is caught in a huge college cheating scandal, Idris Elba is now Deadshot, and Julianne Moore gets fired.

Staff Picks:

Ricky - Studio 54
Alonso - Charade
April - Life After Beth

With Ricky Carmona, April Wolfe, and Alonso Duralde

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 71: 'What We Do in the Shadows' with 'At Home with Amy Sedaris' Producer Katie Tibaldi

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Katie Tibaldi

What We Do in the Shadows

Katie Tibaldi is a writer, director and producer born and raised in Michigan. She also has the distinction of being childhood best friends with the host, April Wolfe! Between working on shows such as Broad City, Nurse Jackie and Damages, Katie's already worked on over 300 episodes of television. She’s currently producing the documentary feature Street Fighting Men, which will be distributed by First Run Features later this year. Her work on that made her a 2016 Sundance Institute Doc Fellow. She’s also Co-Producer on truTV's Emmy-Nominated comedy series 'At Home With Amy Sedaris.' She recently directed the independent half-hour comedy pilot 'Ian Owes U' that had its world premiere at the New York Television Festival in July. She is also the writer, director and executive producer of 'Seeking Sublet,' a comedy series with 9 full episodes debuting later this year. The series has been showcased by MovieMaker Magazine, Script Magazine, Tumblr and Funny or Die.

The movie that Katie has chosen to discuss this week is the vampire mockumentary, What We Do in the Shadows. Katie and April discuss the improvisational style of the film and how it contrasts with that of Amy Sedaris on her show 'At Home With Amy Sedaris.' They also dissect the anatomy of comedy; how jokes can age badly, what makes a physical joke work, and grounding comedy in reality. Plus, they discuss vampire movies in general, and how even though something's been made a million time, it can be made unique by simply adding a personal touch

You can watch 'At Home with Amy Sedaris' on truTV in theaters now.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch What We Do in the Shadows.

With April Wolfe and Katie Tibaldi.

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 79: 'Greta' and Our Favorite Queer "Not Queer" Films with Kristen Lopez

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Greta

A new episode to get obsessed with. But not as obsessed as Isabelle Huppert is with Chloë Grace Moretz in the movie, Greta. Which just happens to be the film that's discussed this week! The gang is joined by freelance writer and Citizen Dame podcast host Kristen Lopez. They are Ricky-less this episode so Alonso takes the reigns in elegant fashion. The gang also discusses their favorite queer "not queer" films. And as always, staff picks.

In news, Steven Spielberg doesn't want Netflix films to be nominated for Oscars, Sophie Turner says she's landed roles because of her social media following, and Ryan Reynolds creates a John Candy tribute.

Staff Picks:

Kristen - The Company of Wolves
Alonso - Gloria Bell
April - Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?
Drea - Frank

With Kristen Lopez, April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, and Drea Clark.

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MKEP169: What is Truth? W/Special Guest Samantha Nzessi (Hattie McDaniel, R. Kelly, Jussie Smullet, Finding Neverland, Masculinity, Green Book, Steve Harvey/Monique)

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Minority Korner
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Samantha Nzessi

It's about to get real emotional and philosophical up in here as these two water signs jump into it. In the guest cohost spot from the MASkulinity Podcast we have Samantha Nzessi. Remember that governor who you thought was racist well it turns out his wife just might have him beat with her own flavor of racism. We discuss what is truth these days, do we care about facts- which leads us into a conversation about Jussie Smulllet- what the fuck happened!? Finding Neverland documentary, yikes, is this the end to Michael Jackson? We canceled R. Kelly after the 'Surviving R. Kelly' doc, are we willing to do the same to the King of Pop? First Black Oscar winner Hattie McDonald was a controversial figure in her time and still to this day. James dives into the history of this controversial figure, her history, and who she really was. You think you know... but you don't know! Is Steve Harvey yucking Monique's yum. Samantha takes us on a tour in a conversation around her podcasts main premise of masculinity. What is masculinity in our culture? What does it mean to be a man? How did we get to Trump? Where do we go with dealing with the culture of masculinity? Plus James saw Green Book- and he has notes- Samantha did not see it- and still has notes... just who was this fantasy reconstructing of racism for? 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPhyaisW7CE

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 70: 'Ex Machina' with 'Mapplethorpe' and 'Dig!' Director Ondi Timoner

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Ondi Timoner

Ex Machina

Ondi is a Floridian, born in Miami, but she studied film, literature, and theater at Yale University. Her 2004 documentary Dig! made waves on the indie circuit, winning her the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Dig! followed two indie bands — The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols — on a journey that would bring art and commerce to collision points. She then directed Join Us before returning to Sundance with 2009’s documentary We Live in Public, about the work of Josh Harris, an “internet visionary” and dot-com entrepreneur who was one of the most prominent people to sacrifice his privacy and peace for a very public internet life. We Live in Public also took home the Grand Jury Prize, making her the sole director to do it twice. This year, though, she’s releasing her first narrative feature, Mapplethorpe, a look at the life of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe from his rise to fame in the 1970s to his untimely death in 1989.

The movie that Ondi chose to discuss this week is Alex Garland's Ex Machina. Based on her work with Josh Harris, Ondi has some fascinating things to say about the terrifying rise of A.I. and how we will inevitably be overtaken by machines. She elaborates on shooting her latest feature, Mapplethorpe, in just 19 days and how that frenetic energy seeped into the film - which is a good thing. Ondi reveals that for her, behind every creation there must be love. And lastly, she discusses the role of the director, as conductor, and the necessity of collaboration with the many departments on a film.

You can watch Mapplethorpe in theaters now.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch Ex Machina on Netflix.

With April Wolfe and Ondi Timoner.

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 78: 'High Flying Bird', Steven Soderbergh, and Our Favorite Movie Worlds with Emily Fleming

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High Flying Bird

This week the gang is joined by comedian Emily Fleming (Good Mythical Morning, @Midnight) to talk about Steven Soderbergh's latest movie, High Flying Bird. The crew breaks down last week's Academy Awards. Plus, they discuss the "movie world" in which they would most want to live. And to finish things off, as always, staff picks.

Staff Picks:

Ricky - Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much
Alonso - To Dust
April - Slumber Party Massacre
Emily - Abducted In Plain Sight

With Emily Fleming, April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, and Ricky Carmona.

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 69: 'Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me' with 'Shirkers' Director Sandi Tan

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Sandi Tan

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Born in Singapore, Sandi began her career as a film critic at The Straits Times, Singapore’s largest newspaper. She then threw that all away to run off to film school at Columbia University. Sandi most recently wrote, directed, produced, and co-edited Shirkers (2018) which won the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award after its Sundance 2018 premiere. It was picked up as a Netflix Original Documentary and was on the shortlist for the 2019 Best Documentary Academy award. Shirkers reconstructs the story of an unfinished feature film Sandi made as a teenager using actual footage from the film combined with personal interrogations exploring how exactly the film came to be before it went missing.

The movie that Sandi chose to discuss this week is David Lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. Although this film may not seem to have much to do with her own film, Shirkers, throughout the conversation she and April discover a great deal of overlap. Both movies are steeped in murder, reconciling the past, and mysterious disappearing male figures. Sandi details the incredible story of how she came to make the documentary. And she and April explore the intuitive filmmaking of David Lynch, and why he wanted to tell Laura Palmer's side of the story.

You can watch Shirkers on Netflix.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch Twin Peaks: Fire Walks with Me.

With April Wolfe and Sandi Tan.

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 77: Battling Over 'Alita: Battle Angel' and the First Annual 'Whoshie Awards'

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Alita: Battle Angel

Wear some oven mitts when handling this episode - because it gets heated! We've got Inkoo Kang back on the program to discuss Alita: Battle Angel. If you can believe it, there are some real disagreements about this movie! Plus the gang hands out the official movie awards of the Who Shot Ya? Podcast - The Whoshies. And as always, staff picks.

In news, Emma Thompson quits the movie Luck over the hiring of John Lasseter, cinematographer Robert Elswit says he probably won't work with Paul Thomas Anderson again, and the Oscars will not have regular citizens on stage this year.

Staff Picks:

Ricky - Our Latin Thing
Alonso - Happy Death Day 2U
April - The Breaker Upperers
Inkoo - Spa Night

With Inkoo Kang, April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, and Ricky Carmona.

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