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Who Shot Ya? Episode 70: 'Roma' and Casting Your Own Biopics with Cristela Alonzo

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Who Shot Ya?
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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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Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

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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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.

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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.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 68: Christmas Extravaganza! 'Love Actually', White Elephant, and Dan Thompson from the 'Deck The Hallmark' Podcast

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Who Shot Ya?
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Dan Thompson

Love Actually

HO HO HO! It's that time of year again to celebrate the day that Alonso loves. It's the 'Who Shot Ya?' Christmas Extravaganza! And this episode is packed to the gills. It starts off with a white elephant gift exchange. It then moves right into an in depth conversation about the somewhat controversial Christmas classic Love Actually. The crew then chats with Dan Thompson of the 'Deck The Hallmark' podcast about all those wonderful Hallmark Christmas movies. They have their final El Mero Mero De Navidad Christmas Minute. And as always, they've got Staff Picks. If this episode doesn't put you in the Christmas spirit, nothing will!

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Black Christmas
Alonso - The Annotated Christmas Carol: A Christmas Carol in Prose
April - A Diva's Christmas Carol

And here it is, the 'Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas' Video Montage.

PLUS, we have Alonso's Christmas Mix on Spotify.

With 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 59: 'Black Panther' with Director, Actor, and Dancer Delila Vallot

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Delila Vallot

Black Panther

This week we are so lucky to have on director, actress, and dancer, Delila Vallot. Delila is a prolific worker and has too many credits to list. But some of her films as director include the thriller Tunnel Vision and the documentary Can You Dig This? which won a Jury Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival. On this episode she is here to discuss Black Panther. She and April talk about Michael B. Jordan's acting techniques and the effects of going method for a role. They touch upon how director Ryan Coogler was able to take a huge property like Black Panther and still make it personal. And they cover the intentional use of the actor's natural hair in the film and the importance of representing it in media.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch Black Panther.

With April Wolfe with Delila Vallot.

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.

EP65: Holiday Music Special with Alonso Duralde

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Heat Rocks
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Alonso Duralde

The Albums:
Vince Guraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Andy Williams' The Andy Williams Christmas Album (1963)
Stax Records' Christmas in Soulsville (2007)

Heat Rocks was hyped to have film critic Alonso Duralde (The Wrap), one of the hosts of Maximum Fun's movie podcast Who Shot Ya? guest with us to talk about our favorite Christmas songs, holiday fare, songs that should play when it's cold outside, baby.

We visit the canon of Christmas music over the years (Andy Williams 1963 The Christmas Album, Vince Guaraldi Trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas and Stax Record's 2007 compilation Christmas In Soulsville and across genres and styles - crooners, sweeping orchestral cinematic pieces, summer songs vs. winter songs, modern Christmas traditions, etc.

Alonso broke down the power of nostalgia as it relates to Christmas music and how our tastes in music are informed by tradition.

Don't be a grinch. Listen to this wintery wonderland of an episode about favorite Christmas tracks.

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Show Tracklisting

  • Booker T and the MG's: Winter Wonderland (Take 2)
  • The Waitresses: Wrapping Paper
  • Ella Fitzgerald: The Christmas Song
  • The Shins: Wonderful Christmastime
  • Michael Jackson: Little Christmas Tree
  • Wild Man Fischer: I'm A Christmas Tree
  • Brian McKnight: Let It Snow
  • Frank Sinatra: White
  • Andy Williams: Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells
  • Andy Williams: Happy Holiday/ The Holiday Season
  • Andy Williams: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  • Andy Williams: Sweet Little Jesus Boy
  • Mariah Carey: All I Want for Christmas is You
  • Vince Guraldi: Christmas Time is Here (Vocal)
  • Vince Guraldi: Christmas Time is Here (Instrumental)
  • Vince Guraldi: Skating
  • Vince Guraldi: O Tannenbaum
  • Vince Guraldi: The Christmas Song
  • Otis Redding: Merry Christmas, Baby
  • The Staple Singers: Who Took the Merry out of Christmas
  • Albert King: Santa Claus Wants Some Loving
  • The Emotions: Black Christmas
  • Isaac Hayes: The Mistletoe and Me
  • Booker T and the MG's: Winter Wonderland (Take 2)
  • Nate Dogg: Be Thankful
  • Little Johnny Taylor: Please Come Home for Christmas
  • Juice Crew: Cold Chillin' Christmas
  • The Free Design: Close Your Mouth It's Christmas
  • Kenny Bobien: Let Us Adore Him (Come O Ye Faithful)

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

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 67: 'Vox Lux' and a Panel Divided with TV Writer Jenny Jaffe

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Who Shot Ya?
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Jenny Jaffe

Vox Lux

This is a spicy episode! To say that there was a difference of opinion about this week's film would be an understatement. We're talking about the new Natalie Portman, popstar in crisis movie Vox Lux. The crew is joined by TV writer Jenny Jaffe ('Big Hero 6: The Series'). They answer a question from the mailbag: "What director - whose first high profile pictures were stellar - were you most surprised/disappointed to see flame out?" The Christmas season wouldn't be complete without another edition of the El Mero Mero De Navidad Christmas Minute with Alonso Duralde. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host, and Sister Act 3 moves on with no Whoopi Goldberg.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Living on Soul
Alonso - Josie and the Pussycats
April - Cold War
Jenny - Frank

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 Actually

With Jenny Jaffe, 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 58: 'Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte' with 'Clara's Ghost' Director Bridey Elliott

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Bridey Elliott

Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte

This episode specializes in creepy haunted houses with potentially crazy women living inside them. And who better to have on the show than director and actor, Bridey Elliott. She's on to discuss her new film Clara's Ghost. Her film features Bridey's own mother, Paula Niedert Elliott, playing Clara, an isolated woman who begins seeing a ghost around the house. And appropriately, the film Bridey chose to discuss today is Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte starring Bette Davis. Davis' character Charlotte also believes she's seeing ghosts in her family's plantation home. These movies work well together thematically as they both touch upon paranoia, disbelief of women, and a real confusion on who is actually going crazy. Bridey talks about making her new film with her entire family, including her mother who had never acted before. She even shares a story about how she was able to shoot a scene with a naked woman walking around her childhood neighborhood. April and she also discuss the history of Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte, all the behind the scenes drama, and how this is a feminist film.

Check out Clara's Ghost in theaters and streaming.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte.

With April Wolfe with Bridey Elliott.

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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