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FFR 167: Robocop
On this episode of the Feminist Frequency Radio podcast, we’re watching RoboCop, one of the first American films by Paul Verhoeven, who would go on to direct Total Recall, Basic Instinct, and notably, Starship Troopers. After discovering Anita had never seen the 80s classic, Carolyn and Ebony are revisiting the film and bringing her along for the ride. What kind of movie is RoboCop? Mid-tier 80s action flick or brilliant work of Reagan-era satire? And how does it hold up both for Caro and Ebony who are coming back to it, as well as for a first time viewer in 2021 like Anita? Listen in to hear our discussion.
FFR 166: Entertainment News
On this episode of FFR, Entertainment News returns with a crop of pop culture updates and events that are designed to make you bury your head in the nearest pillow and scream. From un-cancelable sexual offenders to the latest string of reboots, remakes, and retreads, we’re here to talk about the things that are keeping our group chats popping and our Twitter feeds unbearable.
FFR 165: Carrie
Today on the podcast we’re discussing the 1976 horror classic Carrie, directed by Brian de Palma and based on Stephen King’s first published novel. We asked our patrons to select from several films with Bad Mothers, and this is what they chose— a film with enduring cultural significance full of fascinating contradictions between de Palma’s characteristically problematic lens and other narrative aspects that seem to naturally invite a feminist reading. Listen in as we unpack the many layers of Carrie and how the film presents the feminine and femininity, including gender performance, internalized misogyny, and of course, motherhood.
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FFR 164: Fame and Fandom
On this topical episode of the podcast we’re tackling fame, celebrity culture, and fandom. While celebrity is nothing new, the modern landscape of social media creates both new avenues to fame, as well as new opportunities for fans to access their favorite stars and content creators. Today we’re talking: toxic celebrity, access and entitlement, and the false “democratization” of fame that offers a little bit of notoriety to anyone.
FFR 163: Made for Love
Arrogant tech bros cruelly disregarding privacy and the boundaries of decency in worship of their own genius (and as the world cheers on) has become a modern horror staple (e.g. the film Ex Machina or the series Devs), but today on the podcast we’re discussing the HBO series MADE FOR LOVE, where the tone for this premise takes a darkly comedic turn as we follow Hazel Green-Gogol (played by Cristin Milioti) and her bid for freedom from her controlling, narcissistic husband (played by Billy Magnussen) who has literally put a chip in her head without her consent. What did we think? Listen in to find out.
FFR 162: The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
Following the success of WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is the MCU’s latest attempt to handle tough topics in a weekly action series, but does it manage to be more than propaganda? Listen in as Anita, Ebony, and Carolyn dive into a heated discussion of how a show framed as opening a new era for Captain America mostly reinforces the status quo.
Awesome podcast it makes me feel better about my self. If you guys are looking for someone to put on you show as a guest I would recommend contacting Colleen Ballinger😁
Great analysis well-stated
Thanks for a valuable—and entertaining—show. Your thoughtful analysis never disappoints. You discuss incredibly important things, and I’d love to say I’ve already thought about all of them on my own… but I haven’t. Such is my privilege as a middle-aged white dude. As for all the fragile, whiny white dudes throwing out one star reviews? Hopefully it’s an honor to be hated by those ignoramuses!
Depends on your opinions of what they review
Let me say up front: I love their personalities, and it’s clear these are 3 smart ladies with a lot of smarts and good chemistry.
So why only 3 stars?
Tl;dr- it’s fun when you want them to rip apart a problematic movie or show; but, much like CinemaSins, don’t expect them to warmly lift up media you like.
Longer explanation: the hosts have a tendency to review media for what they wish it was, rather than what it is.
For example: as soon as they started reviewing the FX/Hulu series Mrs America, they started by saying they would’ve preferred a show on the Combahee River Collective, or other movements that weren’t predominantly upper class white women.
And while I get that criticism, they used it as the main criteria for the show, rather than evaluating its stated goals and how well it executed them, which is what most reviewers tend to do.
In closing: I know Anita Sarkeesian has gotten a LOT of harassment and bad faith criticism. This is intended to be good faith criticism and not harassment, because as the hosts continually remind us: we should criticize stuff we love.