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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Antonio Banderas

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Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas. Need we say more? The man has been acting for nearly forty years, yet his role in Pain and Glory is one of his most challenging to date. But what could challenge a man that fought for his life, guitar in hand and learned how to wield a sword from a whip-cracking Anthony Hopkins?

The film is directed by Banderas' long-time friend, acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. The two started working together in Madrid. Banderas was a regular in Almodóvar's eccentric dramas throughout the 80s. But by the 90s Banderas had relocated to Los Angeles and was making his way into American films like The Mambo Kings. Over the years he became the Banderas we all know; the Banderas that is a household name.

But all his Hollywood know-how had to be set aside when preparing for his character in Pain and Glory. Banderas plays Salvador Mallo, a director crippled by his many maladies: headaches, back pain, asthma. As a result Mallo's career is at a standstill. He's stuck, yet he still has this yearning to create. All of which has been a very real struggle for Almodóvar, who has lived with chronic pain for much of his life.

The film debuted at Cannes Film Festival where Banderas won a much deserved award for Best Actor — his performance is beautiful. He doesn't try to channel Almodóvar, but rather personifies the director's pain. But don't take our word for it, go see it yourself.

On Bullseye, Banderas talks to us about about how his heart attack has informed his acting, reuniting with Almodóvar and coming-of-age in Spain.

Pain and Glory is in theaters now.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 104: 'Logan's Run' with 'Paradise Hills' Director Alice Waddington and Halloween Horror Recs with Jordan Crucchiola

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Alice Waddington
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Logan's Run

Just in time for Halloween, we have the amazingly talented Alice Waddington (director Paradise Hills) on the program to talk about Logan's Run. She discusses creating specific fantasy worlds, being inspired by Logan's Run, and the pleasures of working with Awkwafina. We also get Vulture associate editor, Jordan Crucchiola, on the line to talk about what horror films we should check out this Halloween.

Paradise Hills is in theaters and streaming on November 1st.

And if you haven't seen Logan's Run, you simply must!

With April Wolfe, Alice Waddington, and Jordan Crucchiola.

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.

Send In The Clowns (The Moors, LGBTQ Hate crimes, IT, Oklahoma!, 9/11, Nasty 90s)

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Minority Korner

It's halloween, which means something scurry that maybe used to bring joy to many is lurking around every corner: Clowns! Ah! And they even have a sequel to a very particular clown coming back to haunt us. The twins lament over their fears: IT! It's back! Is there a scientific reason as to why people don't like clowns? The Wonder Twins also piece together the real meaning behind a very popular 90s dance jam and surprise: it's nasty. It's the 90s! James is freshly back from seeing the new and exciting version of OKLAHOMA! This ain't yo mamma's Oklahoma, on this dark take on this usually up beat American musical. This transitions into a conversation of how to do a remount of a classic play.Nnekay has some suggestions for him to see next. The duo talk about the rise in violence against the LGBTQ community, and is the economy really booming in Trump's America? Also the shitty tactics employed by the North Carolina State Representative to get bills paid on 9/11. The main event is all about The Moors! James breaks down who they are and how they brought alllllll the magic to Europe, brining them out of the Dark Ages and into the Renaissance giving us advancements in education, hygiene, food, medicine, dining, sexuality, music, technology, agriculture, the modern city, and more! The Moore's are giving us more, and it's time we give them credit, as once again Black folks and their contributions have been washed out of history. Not today on Minority Korner! James will probably drag Europe for there sad dark living before the Moors came in and Fixed Their Lives! Get ready to have your mind blown about the Moor's! 

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The Moors!

https://bit.ly/2kIIJzQ
https://bit.ly/2kxR3m4
 
Hate Crimes on Rise:
https://bit.ly/2lRYQeq

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:-/ (Mexico Repatriation, The Tainos, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Scarlet Witch, Kevin Hart)

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We got a frown town of an episode for you guys this week- but don't fret! We're still going to bring the entertainment! Both Korners this week are covering things you might not have learned in school- Nnekay is tackling when the US blamed the loss of jobs on Mexicans taking them and started to deport anyone who had Mexican heritage... including US Citizens... sounds familiar....welp this happened during the Great Depression. James is covering the Taino people, their culture, where they existed and thrived before Christopher Columbus and his destructive ass decided to come stopping into town. We also cover Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Sexual Misconduct, Kevin Hart and his racist dated birthday parties, Scarlet Witch getting the short stick, Barbara Lee being scammed against, and the Manhattan Young Democrats loosing it's POC leadership. Let's head into it!

Links!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_Repatriation

https://digitalcommons.pace.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://en.w...

https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/09/08/437579834/mass-deport...

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/americas-brutal-for...

https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/education/2006-04-04-history-books_...

https://www.dailynews.com/2012/02/21/la-county-board-of-supervisors-to-i...

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MK97: Cuantos Licks? W/ Janine Brito

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Hola! We are coming to you from around the globe, as James is in Espana and being unapologetically Black overseas, while spreading the gospel about racism in America like a Paul Revere. James is also working like a bastard, why do they work so hard, training for the Avengers 10K, accidentally joining separatist protests, and making a crazy film that may bring in the Spanish new wave of film making. Meanwhile back in the states, Nnekay has fallen in love with a new dog, and her bitch Zelda might not be having it. Also, maybe British Black actors leading American biopics might not be such a bad idea in terms of overseas appeal, aka John Boyega in Detroit, has found a home in Espana. Then we go to the main event: Writer/Comedian (not Comedienne) Janine Brito! We discuss the haunted Poconos Manner, getting lost in the forest, what to do when your family voted for Trump, why you should turn off Reality TV and do something, what's it like to be a lesbian comedian in LA, and create an idea for embroidered pillows on the go! Also someone please call James' mother, and tell her that he is safe in Europe. All this and more! 

Bullseye: Pedro Almodóvar and Alexis Krauss

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Pedro Almodóvar
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Pedro Almodóvar on his new film Julieta, Spain in the 1980’s, and why he never writes about himself

Pedro Almodóvar has been making art for almost 4 decades. Whether that be music, writing, or directing, he has a distinct, bold, and critically acclaimed vision to his art. Originally from a small rural town in Spain, Pedro moved to Madrid in his late teens to study film. His artistic endeavors flourished during the Spanish cultural revolution that followed Francos death in 1975. His first film of distinction was called Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, for which he was nominated for the 1988 Best Foreign Film Academy Award. Since then, he has won two Golden Globe and two Academy awards, among many others.

This week, Jesse sits down with Pedro to talk about his new dramatic endeavor Julieta, his new wave band, and his unseen ailment.

You can find more information about Julieta here.


Photo: Rob Kim/Getty Images

Alexis Krauss on the song that changed her life

Alexis Krauss, one half of the pop-metal band Sleigh Bells has been a musician her entire life. Both of her parents are musicians, and some of her earliest concerts were with her dad performing on the Jersey Shore.

This week, Alexis tells us what song changed her life in a way that only this mid-90’s female pop-rock recording artist could for a young budding musician. You probably oughta know.


Photo: A Prize Bull In A Barn by Richrd Whitford, 1875

The Outshot: 19th Century Paintings of Cows

Finally, Jesse tells it to you straight: he's fallen hard for 18th and 19th century paintings of cows, and you should too.

Judge John Hodgman Episode 119: Odor In The Court

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Judge Jesse Thorn fills in for Judge Hodgman this week. Jordan Morris steps in as bailiff.

This week's case is international! Christopher is English. His girlfriend, Andrea, is Spanish. And they live together in Holland.

Christopher brings the case against his girlfriend Andrea. Andrea says that Christopher re-wears his clothing too often and doesn't care for the clothes correctly. Christopher says he doesn't smell and he's happy with the way the clothes look -- so what's the problem? Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

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