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58 - Why 2020 was a great year for TV soundtracks
Yeah, yeah 2020 is a living hellscape...but...is it though?
The prestige TV world is booming and this year we were able to enjoy some of the best shows around. Also, we could finally concentrate on listening to the music behind these big shows.
Music can be very subjective, as Contrarah found out, when a tweet called one of her favourite 2020 TV songs THE MOST ANNOYING! (she hasn't yet recovered) Judge for yourself whether you agree with our taste, as we take you on a musical journey through the TV themes of 2020.
Synchtank's piece on female composers
PRS for music stats
57 - David Fincher Part 2: Killers, Killjoys and Kissing
In Part 2 of this series, we're still to determine whether David Fincher is the greatest closet feminist of all time?
In this period Fincher starts to utilise a range of female characters, takes a view on disability and even hires some (read: a few) people of colour. But we cannot deny that the brilliantly dark auteur treats people as people, and that's to be commended.
Come listen to our amusing analysis, where Fincher's dark soul tries to reach for the light!
David Fincher - friend or foe of film feminism? The jury's still out...
56 - David Fincher
Is David Fincher the greatest hidden feminist of all time?
Unlikely, but his movies appeal to all of our darker desires.
Join us on a poorly lit but beautifully sounding journey through the director's back catalogue, and then decide for yourself:
Fincher - friend or foe of film feminism?
55 - Loathe, Like, Love: Cush Jumbo and The London Film Festival
This episode is devoted to the superhuman acting capabilities of Cush Jumbo.
It's also a teaser for our London Film Festival 2020 coverage - this year's festival is full of thought-provoking movies made by filmmakers with something to say. Clips in the episode are from:
Herself - Dir. Phyllida Lloyd
Undine - Starring Paula Beer
Reggae music doc (which inspired Lovers Rock - Dir. Steve McQueen)
Industry - Dir. Tinge Krishnan, Lena Dunham, Mary Nighy and Ed Lilly
Shirley - Dir. Josephine Decker
Nomadland - Dir. Chloe Zhou
What do you want to see? Email us firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet or contact us at beyondbechdel.com
54 - Loathe, Like, Love: I Am The Law!
We have a legal theme for this episode, asking: how is the law serving women on screen?
Contrarah analyses a new Netflix show that might be doing more harm than good, followed by a quick retrospective of a legal titan.
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"You can disagree without being disagreeable."
53 - Loathe, Like, Love: Cognitive Dissonance
You know when you feel all the feelings, including thinking two alternative beliefs at the same time? Like....
Me: I hate this show, it's so trashy/horrifying/boring!
Also me: I love this show it's the best ever, I can't look away!!
That's what this episode is about.
Send us your conflicting opinions:
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