Femme-centric film podcast hosted by Eleanor Kagan and Kseniya Yarosh
Ep. 38 - Finale, Pt. 2: Interview with Gillian Robespierre
These are our last two episodes! Bonnie & Maude is ceasing as a podcast for now, but keep up with our future endeavors at bonnieandmaude.com.In Part 2, we interview Gillian Robespierre, director of 2014's Obvious Child, about how the film is so much more than an "abortion rom-com." This interview was recorded at the Bell House on June 3, 2015 as part of Pregnant Pause, a variety show co-produced with The Doula Project that explored representations of pregnancy, choice, and abortion in pop culture.
Ep. 37 - Finale, Pt. 1: Interview with Signe Baumane
These are our last two episodes! Bonnie & Maude is ceasing as a podcast for now, but keep up with our future endeavors at bonnieandmaude.com.In Part 1, we interview the Latvian-born animator and filmmaker Signe Baumane. Her feature film Rocks In My Pockets chronicles three generations of her family's experience with mental illness, and Signe talks about how dedicating herself to her art has helped her live with depression. Find the trailer, rent, or buy the film at rocksinmypocketsmovie.com, and watch her hilarious and provocative short film collection Teat Beat of Sex at teatbeat.com.This episode includes frank discussion of mental illness, depression and suicide. If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Ep. 36 - Hook // GUEST: Lisa Hanawalt
Our guest Lisa Hanawalt has her fingers in many pies. She is a published artist/author, hilarious film critic for The Hairpin, co-host of the Baby Geniuses podcast, and co-producer & production designer of the Netflix show BoJack Horseman. Her sneakily feminist views have been been available in a variety of mediums but we were especially excited to speak with her about Hook, the 1991 Peter Pan reimagining starring Robin Williams.
Is it a kids movie or an erotic masterpiece filled with genderfluid characters that inspire the imagination? You may be surprised.
The episode also includes Lisa's theories on gender bias in animation, why she loves working on BoJack, and a quick overview of Great Horses of Cinema.
BuzzFeed's list of 136 Hidden Jokes You Probably Missed On "Bojack Horseman"Season 2 of BoJack Horseman premieres July 17!
A still from Julie Doucet comic "Heavy Flow" (originally published in Weirdo #26), referenced by Kseniya.
Ep. 35 - Aliens // GUESTS: Amy & Anne of Mother: A Podcast
In celebration of Mother's Day, Amy Gastelum and Anne Noyes Saini, hosts of Mother: A Podcast, stop by the studio apartment to discuss one of the most empowering (but occasionally manipulative) motherhood-themed sci-fi classics, Aliens.
Having covered films from a mother's perspective on previous episodes (Rosemary's Baby, Despicable Me, Guy Maddin), we delve deeper into the meaning of the mother bear instinct, mom-on-mom violence, and what it's like to view a chest-burster scene when you're pregnant.
Please enjoy this Power Loader Baby Halloween costume.
Ep. 34 - Pause The Tape, Live (Crushes, Flings, & Sex Scenes)
Gilmore Girls! Weezer! Cruel Intentions! Vanilla Ice! Can't Hardly Wait! We look at the movies and music that get our hearts racing in a special episode, dispatched from our live storytelling show, Pause The Tape, co-hosted with The Soundtrack Series' Dana Rossi.Storytellers, and links to scenes/songs referenced in stories:Kseniya Yarosh on Cool as IceDana Rossi on Gilmore Girls, Season 3, Ep: 8 "Let The Games Begin"C.D. Hermelin on WeezerEleanor Kagan on Can't Hardly WaitDana Rossi on Gilmore Girls, Season 3, Ep: 9 "A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving"Isaac Oliver on Cruel IntentionsOur next live edition of Pause the Tape is on April 30th, 2015 at Videology in Brooklyn. More info at bonnieandmaude.com
Ep. 33 - Titanic // GUEST: Claudia Bitran
To commemorate the sinking of Titanic on the morning of April 15th, 1912, we revisit a movie that stayed afloat long past anyone's expectations.Joining us for this episode is filmmaker and artist Claudia Bitran, currently working on a shot-for-shot remake of the record-breaking 1997 James Cameron film. All of us watched Titanic as early teens, so the time seems ripe to reassess it now that we're grown-ass women. We also take a closer look at what has buoyed the film while simultaneously making it a target of mockery: teen female fandom.Plus: Hear about some of our listeners' tender memories of watching the film, and tell us yours by leaving a message at 530-628-3379.
--Additional reading and viewing:See more of Claudia Bitran's work HERE
Titanic's alternate ending [video]
Titanic survival results on MythBusters [video]
A Reevaluation of Titanic by Dana Stevens
Why Don’t Studios Rerelease Movies More Often? by Jim Pagels
Vulture’s Comprehensive Timeline of Titanic’s Cultural Dominance in 1998 by Gwynne Watkins
Titanic Force of a Young Woman in Love by Lorrie Moore
And of course: http://fuckyeahdicaprio.tumblr.com
Films both famous and obscure...
…through a feminist lens. They’re not afraid to be critical of a film or to adore it—or even to criticize films they themselves adore. They dig deep, even (perhaps especially) when it’s a film others might easily dismiss (like Carrie or the Craft). Highly recommend!
As far as I can tell, this appears to be the ONLY female-led movie discussion podcast in the whole of iTunes. It’s crazy! Why aren’t more women discussing films? iTunes is a democratic medium, women like movies, what’s the deal? Thank you Kseniya and Eleanor for creating this podcast, and I hope it inspires more women to follow suit. Because women’s perspectives are important.
Like listening in on a conversation between two (very articulate) friends
Bonnie and Maude strikes a great balance between solid content and funny observations. In each episode, the conversation is smart and moves forward, but the two hosts stay casual and relatable (jokes, giggles and the occasional mispronunciation aren't edited out, for example). I like how the episodes don't follow a consistent structure (some are about one single actress or film, others cover two or three movies on the same theme) and how topics are often introduced as questions, so that, as a listener, you're encouraged to form your own opinions. You definitely need to have seen the movie(s) being discussed to really enjoy the conversation, but if you have, Bonnie and Maude will bring up points that you probably hadn't thought about.