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Who Shot Ya? Episode 49: 'The Spy Who Dumped Me' and Top 5 Comedy Duos with Inkoo Kang

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Drea Clark
Guests: 
Inkoo Kang

The Spy Who Dumped Me

This is truly a clash of the titans. Drea Clark and Inkoo Kang are featured in the SAME EPISODE! That's right, it's an action packed show where the crew is discussing The Spy Who Dumped Me. Inkoo grills Ricky by asking him, "Why do you hate women?" (She's joking, fyi). Drea cements her status as the show's "wacky neighbor." April can't stop listening to The Tammy's Egyptian Shumba. And Ricky stans for his main man Eddie Murphy. Plus, the gang attempts to name their top 5 comic duos of all time. And as always, staff picks.

In news, Jean-Luc Picard is back, Crazy Rich Asians turns Netflix down, and Steven Seagal is appointed a "Special Reperesentative" of Russian Foreign Ministry.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Spy
April - Bunny Lake Is Missing
Drea - Skate Kitchen
Inkoo - 1). Crazy Rich Asians 2). McQueen

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing BlacKkKlansman

With Inkoo Kang, April Wolfe, Drea Clark, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 40: 'The Innkeepers' with 'Summer of 84' Co-Director Anouk Whissell

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Anouk Whissell

The Innkeepers

This week we've got one of the director's of the new film Summer of 84, Anouk Whissell. Anouk is a member of the Montreal film collective known as RKSS, along with François Simard and Yoann Whissell. You may know them best for their previous effort, 2015's uber-violent Turbo Kid. Anouk is on the program to discuss Ti West's The Innkeepers. April and her praise the beauty of the "slow horror" genre and how it puts the audience ill at ease. Anouk describes her love for practical effects and the realness of the image on screen. She details the breakdown of directing duties between her and her RKSS fellows. And she goes through the freedom and challenges of making an independent horror film. Plus, she elaborates on her love for American horror and how that has influenced all of her work.

You can see Summer of 84 in theaters now.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch The Innkeepers on Amazon.

With April Wolfe and Anouk Whissell.

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 48: 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' with Brandon Johnson

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Brandon Johnson

Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to listen to the newest episode of 'Who Shot Ya?', drink some Café Bustelo, and leave a five star review on Apple Podcasts. This week Ricky Carmona, April Wolfe, and Alonso Duralde are talking about Mission: Impossible - Fallout. They are joined by the hilarious Brandon Johnson, who you may know from voicing Mr. Goldenfold on 'Rick and Morty.' The crew covers every aspect of the movie - the fights, the stunts, the way Angela Bassett say "plutonium." Brandon does his best to hock his collection of bootleg DVDs. Alonso, again, makes the case for his potato salad. Ricky tears Alonso a new one for not inviting him to a Die Hard screening. And April tells us about getting drunk with her mother. Plus, the gang has an in depth discussion on the career of Tom Cruise. And as always, staff picks

In news, MoviePass is not doing so hot, Paul Schrader loves Taylor Swift, and two latino and hispanic watchdog groups call for a boycott of Paramount.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - The Equalizer 2
April - Like Father
Alonso - Space Station 76
Brandon - Fresh

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing The Spy Who Dumped Me

With Brandon Johnson, April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 39: 'The Big Lebowski' with 'Never Goin' Back' Director Augustine Frizzell

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Augustine Frizzell

The Big Lebowski

This week we're very lucky to have the director of A24's new film Never Goin' Back, Augustine Frizzell. She's on the show to talk with April Wolfe about the Coen Brothers' The Big Lebowski. April and her discuss the friendship on screen between Jeff Bridge's character 'The Dude' and John Goodman's 'Walter', and how that relationship is the emotional center of the film. Augustine relates this to the friendship she crafted in her film, and how writing for those characters was walking a fine line between pathetic and endearing. They also compare these two films in terms of capturing the essence of a city; Los Angeles for The Big Lebowski and Dallas for Never Goin' Back. Plus, Augustine has a pretty fascinating story of how she came to filmmaking after being a broke, single Mom at the age of eighteen. And she explains how those life experiences helped shape her debut film.

You can see Never Goin' Back in theaters now.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch The Big Lebowski

With April Wolfe with Augustine Frizzell

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

BONUS EPISODE! Who Shot Ya? 'Attack The Block' LIVE at the Dynasty Typewriter theater with Tre'vell Anderson of the LA Times

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Tre'vell Anderson

Attack The Block

The Crew

It's our BONUS episode ya'll! This was a live show recorded on July 5th at the Dynasty Typewriter theater in Los Angeles. We present to you - Attack The Block. The film was screened for the audience followed by a discussion. Ricky, April, and Alonso are joined by LA Times film reporter Tre'vell Anderson. The crew goes through what they love about this film and why it's still so resonant today. Tre'vell compares the film to another classic, Leprechaun in the Hood. Plus the gang takes questions from the audience. A rousing good time for all!

With Tre'vell Anderson, April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 47: Whiteness in Cinema and 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' with Dave Holmes and Tavia Nyong'o

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Tavia Nyong'o
Guests: 
Dave Holmes

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

One of our most divisive episodes to date! The crew is joined by the wonderful Dave Holmes as they review Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. The line is quickly drawn in the sand between those who love this movie and those who hate. You'll have to listen to find out who is on which side! Plus, professor and critic Tavia Nyong'o calls in to discuss "whiteness" as it's presented in cinema. He also elaborates on the recent screening series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music called "BAMcinématek and The Racial Imaginary Institute: On Whiteness." Much to the joy of April, there is an in depth conversation on White Chicks. And as always, we have Staff Picks.

In news, James Gunn is fired, Marvel provided counseling centers for Infinity War, and the Cats movie announces its cast.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - The Lost Boys
April - Montenegro
Alonso - Buddies
Dave - Eighth Grade

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing Mission Impossible: Fallout

With Dave Holmes, Tavia Nyong'o, April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 38: 'Wild Tales' with 'Buster's Mal Heart' director Sarah Adina Smith

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April Wolfe
Guests: 
Sarah Adina Smith

Wild Tales

This week we're joined by friend of the podcast, writer and director Sarah Adina Smith. You may know her from her feature film Buster's Mal Heart starring Rami Malek. But she's also directed episodes of 'Wrecked', 'Room 104', and 'Legion'. Sarah was actually the very first guest on our pilot episode of the podcast, so it's so good to have her back to discuss Damián Szifron's Wild Tales. The film is made up of six short films of comical revenge. Sarah and April dive in to what makes this movie "clean" and "perfect" - as they call it. Sarah reveals that she shares some similar obsessive qualities with director Szifron. She also talks about how a location is just another form of casting. This episode is a really fun discussion about following your instincts when creating art.

You can watch Buster's Mal Heart on Netflix now.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch Wild Tales

With April Wolfe with Sarah Adina Smith,

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 46: Skyscraper, The Rock, and a Commemoration of Poetic Justice with Morgan Rhodes

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Drea Clark
Guests: 
Morgan Rhodes

Skyscraper

We are Alonso-less this week! But no fear, we more than make up for it with our stellar array of guests. We've got the return of Drea "The Dope Rhyme Slaya" Clark. Plus, a first time guest, music supervisor and Heat Rocks host, Morgan Rhodes. The crew is discussing the new Rock film Skyscraper. Several parallels are made between this new "building related action film" and Die Hard. They evaluate the career and acting capabilities of The Rock himself. Plus, Morgan commemorates Poetic Justice on the 25th anniversary of its release. And as always, staff picks. Make sure to listen closely, because the "El Mero-Mero de Navidad" may make a cameo in this episode.

In news, a lost Stanley Kubrick script is found, Jude Law addresses Dumbledore's sexuality, and Bruce Willis says Die Hard is NOT a Christmas movie.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Die Hard with a Vengeance
April - Innocence
Morgan - 1). Paris Blues 2). Love Jones
Drea - 1). Blindspotting 2). Pain and Gain

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again with Dave Holmes

With April Wolfe, Drea Clark, Morgan Rhodes, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 37: The Matrix with Vera Miao

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April Wolfe
Guests: 
Vera Miao

The Matrix

This week we're joined by writer and director Vera Miao. You may know her best from her acting roles on 'Eastsiders', 'NCIS', and 'State of Affairs'. But since then she's switched her focus to writing and directing. Her most recent work was as creator and showrunner of the 'Two Sentence Horror Stories' horror anthology series, of which she wrote every episode and directed the two installments 'Ma' and 'Singularity.' She's on Switchblade Sisters this week to talk about the Wachowskis' classic, The Matrix. Vera reveals what she finds most inspiring about the film; from the non-linear story to the diverse casting. She discusses why she loves genre films and how they are the perfect vehicle for promoting a message in a film. Plus, she talks about the things she would never say to an actor when directing. This is a truly fascinating conversation that goes in depth on philosophy, art, and the process of putting together a visual story.

You can watch Vera's episodes of 'Two Sentence Horror Stories' on go90 now.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch The Matrix

With April Wolfe with Vera Miao,

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Bo Burnham and Won't You Be My Neighbor's Morgan Neville

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Bullseye
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Bo Burnham
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Morgan Neville

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Bo Burnham: From Youtube Celebrity to Writing and Directing His First Movie

Guest host April Wolfe sits in for Jesse this week. April's a film critic and panelist on the Maximum Fun podcast "Who Shot Ya." She also hosts her own show here at MaxFun - it's called "Switchblade Sisters" where she talks with female filmmakers about movies.

First up: April sits down with Bo Burnham.

You may have come to know Bo Burnham through his latest standup act "Make Happy," which debuted on Netflix in 2016. Maybe you've seen even him act in "The Big Sick," "Parks and Recreation" or "Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous"- his show on MTV. Or maybe you knew Bo way back when, over ten years ago as one of the original YouTube hitmakers. Before Justin Bieber, before Rebecca Black, before Leave Britney Alone, Bo became internet famous back in 2006, when he set up a camera in his bedroom and started belting out songs like "My Whole Family Thinks I'm Gay" and "Welcome to YouTube."

Today, the comedian and musician can now add filmmaker to his credit. He wrote and directed the new film "Eighth Grade." It's a movie that, in a lot of ways, rejects the medium that got him famous.

The movie follows Kayla, a thirteen-year-old wrapping up her last week of middle school. She's quiet, like a lot of 13-year-olds. She's a little awkward, like a lot of 13-year-olds, too. And like pretty much every 13-year-old today, she's extremely online. She snaps, she texts, she runs a Youtube channel nobody watches.

And through Kayla, "Eighth Grade" tells us a story that's both uniquely 2018 but also totally universal - a movie about identity, school, and the human condition.

Bo talks with April about the message he hopes the movie will carry and why he thinks "Eighth Grade" is the only project he's worked on that he can enjoy watching.

Click here to listen to Bo Burnham's interview on YouTube.


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Director Morgan Neville on the Timeless Lessons of the Late Fred Rogers of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood"

Morgan Neville is a documentary filmmaker. His latest is "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" - a documentary about the late Fred Rogers - Mister Rogers.

Maybe you already heard about it - it's the documentary out now that made your mom cry. And if you go see it, you'll probably cry, too. "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" is an honest portrait of one of the kindest, most sincere people to have ever lived.

For the first decade in his career, almost all of the movies Morgan made focused on musicians - people like Iggy Pop, Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash. His breakthrough came in 2013 - with "20 Feet from Stardom." It's a touching, really human portrait of the lives of backup singers.

Since then, he's branched out. He covered William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal's televised debates in 2015's "Best of Enemies." He worked on the Netflix food series "Ugly Delicious," too.

Morgan tells Jesse about how Fred Rogers' lessons can make us better people today and also, you'll hear how Mr. Rogers made even Jesse cry!

Click here to listen to Morgan Neville's interview on YouTube.


Photo: Courtesy of Foundation for Filmmakers

The Outshot: "Wanda" by Barbara Loden

In this week's Outshot, April talks about how frustrating it is to see a movie so good, so fully realized and to find that the director only made one in their lifetime. "Wanda," written and directed by the late Barbara Loden and released in 1971, is such a film.

"Wanda" tells the story of a simple Pennsylvania woman who drifts through life, not good at much, so she's just stopped trying. We meet her when she bums some bus fare from a friend to get to court. Her husband asked for a divorce, and Wanda... well, she can't really argue with his assessment that she's a bad wife and mother.

Click here to listen to The Outshot on YouTube.

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