77 episodes

Join co-hosts T.J. West III and Mark Muster for a discussion of under-appreciated queer films of the past and the present. Every two weeks, they'll discuss a particular film with the humor, affection, and critical insight as only two queer recovering academics can.

Queens of the B's Thomas West and Mark Muster

    • TV & Film
    • 4.7 • 12 Ratings

Join co-hosts T.J. West III and Mark Muster for a discussion of under-appreciated queer films of the past and the present. Every two weeks, they'll discuss a particular film with the humor, affection, and critical insight as only two queer recovering academics can.

    "I Care a Lot"

    "I Care a Lot"

    In this week's episode, Aaron and T.J. talk about how much of a wicked pleasure I Care a Lot really is. We talk about Rosamund Pike's performance, the power of queer villainy, and the film's narrative absurdities. Plus, T.J. gives Aaron and a hard time for not knowing how Troye Sivan is (or that he's a top). Give it a listen!

    • 51 min
    "Rock Hudson: All That Heaven Allowed"

    "Rock Hudson: All That Heaven Allowed"

    In this week's episode, Aaron and T.J. talk about the new documentary Rock Hudson: All That Heaven Allows. They talk about how the documentary frames its subject, their own longstanding relationship with Hudson's star image, and so much more. Plus, they have even more viewing recs. What are you waiting for? Give it a listen!

    • 50 min
    "Heartstopper: Season 2"

    "Heartstopper: Season 2"

    In this week's episode, Aaron and T.J. discuss the second season of the Netflix series Heartstopper. They talk about the way the season explores the difficulty of young relationships, the issue of eating disorders, and so much more. You won't want to miss this one!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    "Rope"

    "Rope"

    Join Aaron and T.J. this week as they discuss Alfred Hitchcock's Rope, a tautly constructed drama about two men who murder their classmate, thinking that they've pulled off the perfect killing. They discuss the erotics of suffering and the star text of Farley Granger, the film's aesthetics and, of course, the most pressing question of all: just what makes these two characters gay, anyway? Plus, they talk about the ethics of staying on Twitter in the aftermath of Elon Musk's takeover. Give it a listen!

    • 51 min
    "Schmigadoon!" and "Schmicago"

    "Schmigadoon!" and "Schmicago"

    In this week's episode, Aaron and T.J. discuss Schimigadoon! and Schmicago, the hilarious musical series from Apple TV+. They discuss the queerness of the musical, the utopian pleasures the genre offers, and the simple joy of seeing the form brought to life on the small screen. They also talk about the importance of small town Pride festivals. Give it a listen!

    • 51 min
    "The Little Mermaid" (1989)

    "The Little Mermaid" (1989)

    In this week's episode, Aaron and T.J. explore just what it is that makes The Little Mermaid such a perennial favorite for queer audiences, from its expressions of utopian longing to Pat Carroll's exuberantly queer performance as Ursula. Plus, T.J. grills Aaron about what he doesn't know about gay culture.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

🧡✨💚 ,

Great podcast, but…

Great quality podcast. Very well-researched and presented. TJ is really intelligent and a pleasure to listen to. He, the co-host and guests clearly care about the content, and it shows. My one note is the theme music is mixed wayyyy too loud, and sometimes blasts my eardrums.

Librarinerd ,

Accessible to non-scholars

I was surprised by how accessible this podcast is for people like me who are not film scholars! Even if I haven’t seen the film they’re talking about, they talk about bigger issues and ideas so I still get a lot out of it.

J. in Maryland ,

Great episode

Enjoying the series so far. Can't wait to see what's next.

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