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Switchblade Sisters is a new podcast providing deep cuts on genre flicks from a female perspective. Every week, film critic April Wolfe sits down with a phenomenal female film-maker to slice-and-dice a classic genre movie - horror, exploitation, sci-fi and many others! Along the way, they cover craft, the state of the industry, how films get made, and more. Mothers, lock up your sons, the Switchblade Sisters are coming!

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Switchblade Sisters is a new podcast providing deep cuts on genre flicks from a female perspective. Every week, film critic April Wolfe sits down with a phenomenal female film-maker to slice-and-dice a classic genre movie - horror, exploitation, sci-fi and many others! Along the way, they cover craft, the state of the industry, how films get made, and more. Mothers, lock up your sons, the Switchblade Sisters are coming!

    ‘Bunny Lake Is Missing’ with ‘She’s Missing’ Director Alexandra McGuinness

    ‘Bunny Lake Is Missing’ with ‘She’s Missing’ Director Alexandra McGuinness

    We are so lucky to be joined by the phenomenal director of the new film She’s Missing, Alexandra McGuinness. She’s on the program to talk about the aptly chosen movie, Otto Preminger’s Bunny Lake Is Missing. Alexandra discusses the significance of making films in foreign places. She elaborates on unintentionally making her work personal. And she chats about her love of collaborating with inexperienced actors – especially child actors who correct Josh Hartnett when he doesn’t remember a line.
    You can watch She’s Missing on streaming now.
    And if you haven’t seen Bunny Lake Is Missing…do it now!
    With April Wolfe and Alexandra McGuinness.

    • 42 min
    ‘Addams Family Values’ with Julia Prescott

    ‘Addams Family Values’ with Julia Prescott

    This week we have one of our very own Max Fun pals on the program, writer and Round Springfield co-host Julia Prescott! She’s on the show to talk about the delectable Addams Family Values. Julia discusses her love of 90’s comedies and the genius of Joan Cusack. Plus she elaborates on her own writing mindset and the joy of taking silliness very seriously.
    You can listen to Round Springfield now.
    And if you haven’t seen Addams Family Values…what are you doing?!
    With April Wolfe and Julia Prescott.

    • 45 min
    ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ with Writer Megan Amram

    ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ with Writer Megan Amram

    What a great way to start off the New Year. Writer Megan Amram (The Good Place, Parks and Rec) joins April to discuss the monumental classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Megan and April explore the idea of objectifying the human body in an interesting and meaningful way. Plus Megan talks about the moral approach in her scripts for the way character’s make decisions. And it should be noted that this entire interview was conducted with Megan shrouded in her own The Texas Chainsaw Massacre blanket.
    You can watch NBC’s The Good Place on Thursday nights.
    And if you haven’t seen The Texas Chainsaw Massacre…what are you doing?!
    With April Wolfe and Megan Amram.
    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.

    • 44 min
    ‘Ladyhawke’ with Janet Varney

    ‘Ladyhawke’ with Janet Varney

    A Maximum Fun crossover extravaganza! ‘The JV Club’ host Janet Varney joins host Katie Walsh to discuss the forgotten 1985 fantasy epic, Ladyhawke. Janet and Katie obsess over the score and insane romanticism of the film. Plus, Janet talks about the use of sincerity in her own work and navigating social media interactions.
    If you haven’t seen Ladyhawke…good luck!
    With Katie Walsh and Janet Varney.
    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.

    • 41 min
    ‘Scream’ with Clarke Wolfe

    ‘Scream’ with Clarke Wolfe

    Ladies and gentlemen, Katie Walsh is back in the booth. She’s joined by the wonderful writer, actor, and host Clarke Wolfe to talk about Scream. This is a truly in depth analysis of the film by two bonafide “Scream heads.” Plus, Katie and Clarke examine how prescient this film was with its criticism of incels, the feminization of young men, and the prediction of Columbine. Scream has layers!
    If you haven’t seen Scream…run don’t walk to see it.
    With Katie Walsh and Clarke Wolfe.
    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.

    • 44 min
    'Brazil' with 'Watchmen' and 'The OA' Writer Claire Kiechel

    'Brazil' with 'Watchmen' and 'The OA' Writer Claire Kiechel

    We are so lucky because – A). We have Claire Kiechel, writer for Watchmen and The OA, on the show this week. And B). She’s discussing Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, which is technically a Christmas movie! She and April elaborate on all the things that make this film magical – the production design, the world building, the performances. Plus, we get a peek inside the writer’s room of Watchmen and hear Claire dissect the motivations of characters like Dr. Manhattan and Angela Abar.
    The entire first season of Watchmen is available on HBO now.
    And if you haven’t seen Brazil…why?
    With April Wolfe and Claire Kiechel.
    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.

    • 44 min

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