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A podcast for cinephiles of all stripes. Join Rob & Sam, two life-long friends, one a veteran of the film industry, the other a Cambridge-educated writer on books, movies and graphic novels. Each week they talk about a film and some of the ideas it throws up.

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A podcast for cinephiles of all stripes. Join Rob & Sam, two life-long friends, one a veteran of the film industry, the other a Cambridge-educated writer on books, movies and graphic novels. Each week they talk about a film and some of the ideas it throws up.

    4.26 — MEAN GIRLS (2004) & Limits

    4.26 — MEAN GIRLS (2004) & Limits

    This week our high school season has reached the cultural zenith (no shade: it’s a culturally important film!) of MEAN GIRLS (2004). After some reviews, we talk about meta-commentaries on teenage slang, the refreshing absence of strong male characters, and why this might be a film about leaving the limitations of high school days behind.


    Next Time
    Our next film in the high school genre is the 2007 version of ST. TRINIAN’S.


    Recent Media
    ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (2019): Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt
    STAR TREK: DISCOVERY (2017–) Bryan Fuller, Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones


    Recommendations
    UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT (2015–19): Tristram Shapeero, Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski
    SHERLOCK HOLMES (2009): Guy Ritchie, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law
    MACHETE (2010): Ethan Maniquis, Robert Rodriguez, Danny Trejo
    500 DAYS OF SUMMER (2009): Mark Webb, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel


    Footnotes
    Rob mentions a test for female representation, which is described here: https://fanlore.org/wiki/SexyLampTest. But that then sent me down a rabbit-hole of online descriptions of other tests, like this: https://fanlore.org/wiki/BechdelTest and this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MakoMoritest. After that, it was a short step to reading other stories about gendered and racial representation on film, and scanning articles about the GamerGate and FakeFanGirls controversies, and then I realised that it was ten to 11 and I’ve got work tomorrow. Ho-hum. On the subject of teenage slang, any list like this https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/g4589/slang-word-meanings is automatically going to sound like Amy Poehler as a mum in about 6 months, which has what has happened with this one, so it would be really unfair to laugh at it…wouldn’t it…oh well: life’s not fair. Finally, for anyone with a passing interest in steampunk, or Sherlock Holmes, or graphic novels, or Alan Moore, Sam’s lecture on all of this is available here: https://prezi.com/n2nbdgzs1gof/?utmcampaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share.




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    4.25 — 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (1999) and Fun

    4.25 — 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (1999) and Fun

    Our focus this week is the now 21-year-old (gulp) film, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU. We follow some reviews with some discussion about the iconic status of this film, the multiple (and sometimes surprising!) similarities to Shakespeare, and the fact that it’s sometimes just good fun to put politics aside and — like Kat* — enjoy yourself.
    (* This is a great point, and I (Sam) am wishing I made it during the episode. Damn.)


    Next Time
    The next high school film we’re watching is the 2004 movie MEAN GIRLS.


    Recent Media
    STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (2019): J.J. Abrams,
    1917 (2019): Sam Mendes, George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman
    DAYBREAK (2019): Brad Peyton, Colin Ford, Alyvia Alyn Lind


    Recommendations
    JUNO (2007): Jason Reitman, Ellen Page, Michael Cera
    BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005): Ang Lee, Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal
    SERENITY (2005): Joss Whedon, Nahan Fillon, Gina Torres
    BAD BOYS II (2003): Michael Bay, Martin Lawrence, Will Smith


    Footnotes
    Firstly, here’s a plot summary of The Taming of the Shrew, the Shakespeare play on which this film is based. (On this note, this is a good article) [his has more on the process of editing a film to music (although, arguably, 10 THINGS… does what this article is trying not to do, and at times is almost deliberately like a music video). Here’s the plot of the play that inspired another classically influenced high school film, the ‘modern classic’ (R.Maythorne) SHE’S ALL THAT. Sam mentions the idea of ‘gaslighting' briefly, when talking about Kat’s conversation with Patrick; there’s more on that, here. Finally, here are a few of the promised links to Rob’s odes to the wonders of BAD BOYS II




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    • 34 min
    Top 5 Of The 2010s

    Top 5 Of The 2010s

    10 Years!

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    4.24 — THE CRAFT (1996) & Bullying

    4.24 — THE CRAFT (1996) & Bullying

    Our next film in the high school genre is the 1996 horror/comedy/supernatural drama THE CRAFT. After some largely positive reviews, we talk about how this is ultimately a film about knowing your place, while also being a feminist revenge fantasy, and also discuss the way in which this film exists at the confluence of supernatural battles and teenage toxicity.


    Next Time
    The next ‘high school’ film in our series is the 1999 movie 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU.


    Recent Media
    THE BOYS (2019–): Eric Kripke, Karl Urban, Jack Quaid
    HAPPY DEATH DAY (2017): Christopher Landon, Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard
    ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE (2017): John McPhail, Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming


    Recommendations
    ALMOST FAMOUS (2000): Cameron Crowe, Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit
    SCREAM (1996): Wes Craven, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox
    TREMORS (1990): Ron Underwood, Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward
    EMPIRE RECORDS (1995): Allan Moyle, Anthony LaPaglia, Maxwell Caulfield


    Footnotes
    Firstly, as we’re well into our season now, it would seem to be a good time to mention this list. At one point in the episode, we spend some time talking about the racial abuse suffered by Rochelle; this article is pertinent to this. Sam talks about the links between this week’s film and one about a similar experience — although admittedly a very masculine-centred one — from the previous decade; our episode about THE LOST BOYS is here. Finally, on the subject of the particularly toxic elements of ‘nerd fandom’ culture, see here.

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    4.23 — DAZED AND CONFUSED (1993) & Coming of Age

    4.23 — DAZED AND CONFUSED (1993) & Coming of Age

    The next film in our ‘high school’ season is Richard Linklater’s DAZED AND CONFUSED, from 1993. After perhaps contrasting reviews, we go on to talk about fragmented teenaged memories, gender, and why rites of passage are important on screen.


    Next Time
    Our next ‘high school’ film is the 1996 film THE CRAFT.


    Recent Media
    THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO (2019): Joe Talbot, Jimmy Fails, Jonathan Majors
    HANNIBAL (2013–15): Bryan Fuller, Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen


    Recommendations
    ARGO (2012): Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin
    A BEAUTIFUL MIND (2001): Ron Howard, Russell Crowe, Ed Harris
    EMPIRE RECORDS (1995): Allan Moyle, Anthony LaPaglia, Maxwell Caulfield
    THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER (2010): David Robert Mitchell, Claire Sloma, Marlon Morton
    A SCANNER DARKLY (2006): Richard Linklater, Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr.
    STAR TREK: DISCOVERY (): Bryan Fuller, Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones


    Footnotes
    Firstly, here’s a reminder of a genre Rob talks about at the opening of the episode: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slowcinema. This is quite a serious explanation of ‘hazing’ (though, as we discussed, it’s something that the film in fact does take seriously, and does look negatively on): www.deanofstudents.umich.edu/article/what-hazing. When talking about gender stereotypes on film, this list is a nice antidote: www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/movies-that-defy-gender-stereotypes. For more reading matter on ritual, see www.books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=nUxRDAAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PP1&dq=ritual&ots=kZvQU0ZuZI&sig=6VLoDnNQDqm25cg6cBwYEhO2hjM&rediresc=y#v=onepage&q=ritual&f=false, www.books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=Y0h0OEe19pcC&oi=fnd&pg=PA3&dq=rites+of+passage&ots=FpiGMVUAd&sig=8shoPc1HprTBABOtJuTFdOBGm88&rediresc=y#v=onepage&q=rites%20of%20passage&f=false, www.books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=EMkx0wbyTecC&oi=fnd&pg=PR9&dq=rites+of+passage&ots=qjrTkmWTb7&sig=OYWtIIj52pjIPlgFgsv941m9wms&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=rites%20of%20passage&f=false]. Finally, here’s our episode on MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER, one of Rob’s recommendations this week: www.kaiju.fm/prestige/the-myth-of-the-american-sleepover-and-adolescence.

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    4.22 — DEAD POETS SOCIETY (1989) and Poetry

    4.22 — DEAD POETS SOCIETY (1989) and Poetry

    Our film this week is the 1989 Peter Weir film (and Robin Williams vehicle) DEAD POETS SOCIETY. After our usual reviews, we talk about the aesthetics of this film and its evocative nature, how this film is not like either LOVE ACTUALLY or AVENGERS, and why high school films are often like dreams.


    Next Time
    Next time, our high school season continues with the 1993 Richard Linklater film DAZED AND CONFUSED.


    Recent Media
    MASTERCHEF: THE PROFESSIONALS (2008–): Franc Roddam, Gregg Wallace, Monica Galetti
    JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 — PARABELLUM (2019): Chad Stahelski, Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry


    Recommendations
    HOUSE (2004–12): Greg Yaitanes, Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps
    INSOMNIA (2002): Christopher Nolan, Al Pacino, Robin Williams
    THE HISTORY BOYS (2006): Alan Bennett, Nicholas Hytner, Richard Griffiths
    THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS (1974): Peter Weir, John Meillon, Terry Camilleri
    DON’T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER’S DEAD (1991): Stephen Herek, Christina Applegate, Joanna Cassidy
    THE SECRET HISTORY (1992): Donna Tartt


    Footnotes
    Firstly, here’s Roger Ebert’s rather caustic review of the film: www.rogerebert.com/reviews/dead-poets-society-1989. Then, somewhat in support of this — though not entirely, as we discuss — here are some clips of Robin Williams in full ‘stage comedian’ performance mode (including some full-length shows): www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcnFbCCgTo4, www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewtfs-T4aNM, www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0ran3tHy6Q. This is a little more on the subject of Shakespearean tragedy: www.owlcation.com/humanities/Shakespearean-Tragedy-Definition-and-Characteristics-of-Shakespearean-Tragedy. And on the theme of transformation as explored in Midsummer Night’s Dream (for an English teacher, Shmoop is a godsend!): www.shmoop.com/midsummer-nights-dream/transformation-theme.html. Finally, here’s a little something on sequels in high school film; the fact that there are fewer than 10 successful franchises on this list (some of them really don’t count! especially those which are really straightforward re-boots) is telling: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Listofteen_films.

    • 33 min

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