Sister Cinema is a podcast hosted by two sisters hoping to share their affinity for over analyzing movies with anyone who will listen. Recreational movie nerds Mollie and Lindsay take your favorite film genres, tropes, actors and story lines and dig way too deep into them. Each episode we'll pick apart three movies that fit the episode's theme and talk about why we love or hate them. Laughing or arguing will likely ensue.
Broadway Musicals: Hairspray, Chicago
If Cats taught us anything, it's that it's not easy to take a Broadway superstar play and bring it to the big screen. But lucky for us it can be done, and be done well. First in this episode we cover 2007s Hairspray, starring too many big names to list. This movie-turned-Broadway-musical-turned-movie again takes advantage of all the special tricks the movie screen offers that the stage doesn't. Then we have Chicago, a personal favorite for both of us. This Oscar-winning powerhouse brought us the unstoppable duo of Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones and we are forever grateful. Enjoy!
Sibling Actors: Donnie Darko, High Fidelity
Sibling collaborations are a beautiful thing in cinema. There are many famed brother and sister actors, and in this episode we focus on a few of our favorite. First we have the indie cult classic Donnie Darko featuring Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal as siblings. Then we have the witty satire High Fidelity starring John and Joan Cusack. 5-star stars. Would recommend! Enjoy.
Coming Home For Christmas: Just Friends, Four Christmases
For our final episode of the year and of the holiday season, we're covering the classic story of coming home for Christmas. Nothing sets off a Christmas story, especially a romantic comedy, better than a forced return to ones childhood home. First up we have Just Friends, one of Ryan Reynolds' early romantic comedies and a big hit of the early 2000s. Then we have the rambunctious Four Christmases, starring the very unlikely yet likeable couple Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn. We also feature an extra surprise movie in this episode. Happy 2020. Thanks for listening and sticking with us through all of the craziness of this year. We're stoked to bring you more awesome movies in 2021!
Deep Dive: How The Grinch Stole Christmas
We're trying something new this episode and focusing on a single movie, one of our favorite modern holiday classics: Ron Howard's How The Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey. Sometimes there's so much to a movie, we need a whole episode to break it down and marvel at it's genius. In our opinion, this is one such movie. We hope you enjoy!
Christmas Horror: Black Christmas, Krampus
We'd got another less traditional category of holiday movies for ya this week with Christmas Horror. Holiday comedy-horror is a growing genre and we're excited to talk about it for our second episode of the holiday season. First we have Black Christmas, a wonderfully balanced and rather original comedic slasher film. Next is the "twisted fairytale" Krampus, starring a terrifying German folklore storyline and some impeccably placed comedic dialogue. Enjoy!
R-Rated Christmas: Bad Santa, The Night Before
Put the kids to bed for this holiday episode because we're going R-Rated. Traditional holiday movies are notoriously "feel-good", but sometimes you need a break from all that sweetness. Enter R-Rated holiday movies. This genre is a newer one, with things really taking off thanks to our first film of the episode, Bad Santa starring a great cast and one really horrible Santa (aka Billy Bob Thornton). Our second film, The Night Before, is a cross between the naughty Christmas film and the one-last-crazy-night-with-your-friends story. Starring the trio we never knew we needed - Seth Rogan, Anthony Mackie, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt - this movie brought all the laughs and some surprising feels. Enjoy and happy holidays!