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Switchblade Sisters Episode 76: 'Alien' with 'Little Woods' Director Nia DaCosta

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Nia DaCosta

Alien

To quote the Tribeca Film Festival, director Nia DaCosta is “a name you’re gonna need to get familiar with.” Nia DaCosta was born and raised in New York City and attended NYU’s Tisch. She started her film career paying her dues in production, on the documentary series, Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life, while also writing and directing shorts. In 2015, she took an early draft of her script for a film called Little Woods to the Sundance Directors Lab. There, she hooked up with Tessa Thompson, who read the part of a woman named Ollie, who’s caught in a poverty trap in rural North Dakota and must decide whether she’ll re-enter a life of crime to help her pregnant sister. Tessa Thompson continued with the project, and Nia then cast Lily James to play her sister. The film premiered in 2018 at the Tribeca Film Festival. Shortly after that, it was announced that Nia would be directing the “spiritual sequel” to Candyman off a script penned by Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld, which will be released by MGM.

The movie Nia has chosen to discuss is 1979's Alien. To quote Nia, "it's a perfect film." She and April discuss the revolutionary character of Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, and how the world had never seen someone like her before. Nia talks about working and collaborating with Tessa Thompson on her character in Little Woods. She elaborates on directing the upcoming Candyman and what she learned from Jordan Peele. Plus, Nia tells April how Tessa Thompson is excellent at acting with her hands, or as Nia calls it - "hacting."

You should check out Little Woods in theaters on April 19.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch Alien.

With April Wolfe and Nia DaCosta.

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 82: I Got 4 on It! The Gang Discusses Jordan Peele's 'Us' and Their Favorite Big, Dumb Action Movies

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Who Shot Ya?

Us

It's a Max Fun Drive miracle! An episode released on a Thursday, Ricky's back at the helm, AND the gang's talking about one of the most hyped movies of the year - Us. There are gonna be SOME spoilers in this episode, but remember what April says "It's not what happens but how it happens that makes a movie worth watching." The crew also discusses their favorite big, dumb action films. And as always, staff picks.

In news, R.I.P. Larry Cohen, Disney gets rid of the Fox 2000 division, and a high school in New Jersey puts on a theatrical production of Alien.

Staff Picks:

April - The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Drea - The Invitation
Ricky - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

With Alonso Duralde, April Wolfe, Drea Clark, and Ricky Carmona

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Pop Rocket Ep. 218 - Jordan Peele's Us

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Pop Rocket
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Alonso Duralde

Pop Rocket’s come early this week! Alonso Duralde guest hosts for this, our second week of the MaxFunDrive. The deadline for supporting this show is fast upon us, so if you haven’t yet become a new or upgrading member, do it now! Go to our donation page.

You can donate while listening to this special Thursday edition of the show. This episode has something for everyone--sapphic sisters, metal heads, Hallmark Channel enthusiasts and, of course, horror buffs.

One note of caution: There are spoilers, so if you haven’t yet seen Us, and you want to see it before learning about any of its twists and turns, you should skip the discussion. If you HAVE seen it, brace yourself for the in-depth discussion. Does this movie live up to its hype? Is the symbolism in the movie effective? Why does Wynter think she has to watch it again? These questions, and more, will be answered.

All Abouts

Margaret is all about Amanda Deibert's defense of Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, in response to a negative article in Jezebel

Karen is all about
Scary Spice Mel B's confession that she hooked up with Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell

Alonso is all about Hallmark hiring the hosts of the Hallmark podcast
The Bubbly Sesh

Wynter is all about the Netflix Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt

That's My Jam
Margaret: James Blake - Power On

Karen: Mel C. and Northern Star (feat. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes) - Never Be the Same Again

Alonso: XTC - The Wheel and the Maypole

Wynter: Lil Nas X - Old Town Road

With Alonso Duralde, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh

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Pop Rocket Ep. 213 - Horror Noire w/ Tananarive Due

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Pop Rocket
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Tananarive Due

We’ve got a SCREAMINGLY great episode this week as the wonderful Tananarive Due joins us in studio for a deep cinematic dive into the world of black horror. Tananarive Due is the UCLA lecturer whose class on Get Out--The Sunken Place--was crashed by non-student Jordan Peele . She is also the executive producer of Shudder’s very first original documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror.

The panel cover A LOT of ground. For horror buffs and cinephiles alike, this episode is a MUST-LISTEN.

All Abouts
Margaret Wappler - The Bodyguard on Netflix

Karen Tongson -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLkEpO3k514 on Hulu

Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh - Lorena on Amazon Prime

14:00 Tananarive Due - The Passage on Fox

Jams
Karen - Lion - You've Got a Woman

Tananarive - Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock - It Takes Two

Wynter - James Brown - Living In America

Margaret - Orion Sun - Stretch

With Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh
, Karen Tongson,Margaret Wappler,
Tananarive Due

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MK 164: Miss Mary Mack is Back! (State of the Que-union, Stacey Abrams, Celebrity Big Brother, Jussie Smollett, Tessa Thompson)

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Minority Korner

Did Miss Mary Mack die in that nursery rhyme? Or did James have a dark upbringing? Nnekay investigates! Before we get to the korners we''re talking Stacey Abram giving the response to the State of the Union representing the Democratic Party and what that means for the future of the party. Tessa Thompson is vowing to work for more female directors, and we dig in to a little Celebrity Big Brother and their complicated ass rules. James is leading this episode with a Korner called his State of the Que-Union... see what he did there? He's breaking down the state of affairs for the LGBTQ+ community, including the horrific racism and homophobia that Jussie Smollett endured in Chicago, plus Queer superheroes on the TV screen, will we have our first out gay Presidential contender? What is this new scientific finding, and California law around HIV that is potentially going to change the landscape for those living with the virus? 

LINKS:

Jussie Smollet
https://thegrapevine.theroot.com/jussie-smollett-reportedly-hospitalized...

Black Lightening
https://www.afterellen.com/general-news/568929-thunder-first-black-lesbi...

First Openly Gay President Pete Buttigieg?
https://www.queerty.com/fg-perv-president-homophobes-already-coming-open...

GAY BARS
https://www.queerty.com/no-gay-hook-apps-arent-killing-gay-bars-actually...

HIV LAWS CHANGING IN CA
https://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-...

US GOVERNMENT DECLARES HIV UNTRANSMITTABLE IN UNDETECTABLE FOLKS
https://www.queerty.com/niaid-joins-300-worldwide-health-agencies-say-hi...
https://www.queerty.com/5-reasons-hiv-undetectable-must-now-mean-uninfec...

Greta Garbo- Original Celesbian
https://www.afterellen.com/movies/469931-greta-garbo-original-celesbian
 
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Pop Rocket Ep 209 - SchadenFYRE - The Most Epic Fyre Fest Discussion Ever

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Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, Guy Branum, Karen Tongson
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Pop Rocket

This week's show is a double dose of schadenfreude!

The gang compares the dueling documentaries Hulu's "Fyre Fraud" and Netflix's "Fyre," which tell different versions of the tropical shit show that landed its mastermind Billy McFarland behind bars.

All Abouts

Wynter is all about Crashing and True Detective.

Margaret is all about the memoir Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning by Claire Dederer, who you may recognize from her article in the Paris Review What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men.

Karen is all about CATWALK: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit on Netflix, and the rivalry between a “well-muscled” Turkish Angora named Bobby, and a voluminous Red Persian named Oh La La.

Guy is all about Sex Education on Netflix.

That's My Jam

Wynter: Phil Collins - I'm Not Moving (Idjut Boys remix)

Karen: Queen - Play the Game

Margaret: ROSALÍA - MALAMENTE

Guy: Mark Ronson (feat. Miley Cyrus - Nothing Breaks Like a Heart

With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh

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Get Your Tambourine! (Black People and Horror Movies, Election Cycle Tips 2020, Kamala Harris, and Women's March)

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Minority Korner

Nnekay and James are a splashing around in the giggle pool reminiscing about Nnekay's wild weekend- first a guest spot on the live taping of Judge John Hodgeman at the legendary Castro Theater! Then a baby shower for what James' dubs The Bay Area's Baby! James managed to help plan the shower from across the country because that's what friends are for (Thanks Dionne). Next Up- We got a little incident of trolling going on James' facebook page, mostly surrounding Kamala Harris and her Presidential Bid... by you guessed it- Nnekay. The wonder twins break down what happened and how we got to that point. In the Korners- Nnekay talks about Black People in horror movies. Some good, some bad, some are Candyman. James then helps us all with some tips on how to survive and THRIVE this next Election Cycle of 2020. We also talk Martin Luther King Jr. and Spike Lee.

Links!

https://www.vulture.com/article/horror-films-starring-people-of-color.html

Going Out With A Biz-ANG and Laying Down the Ground Work! (2018 Round Up, Van Jones, Black Maternal Mortality, Black Queens)

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Minority Korner

We start this episode off with a round up of all things 2018. Can you even believe it?!?!? Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians came out, the Olympics happened- this year has been a whirlwind! We got the wind knocked out of in 2017 and we persevered in 2018. We kicked our asses into gear and plan to continued to so in 2019. Nnekay and James share their hopes and dreams for the next year. With a little detour into why mud baths are annoying and James' trip to the Van Jones' Show. In the Korners- we have our two favorite from the past year: Nnekay's korner is from Episode 140 and is all about the epidemic plaguing our country: Black Maternal Mortality. James' Korner is from Episode 124 and is about Black Queens (four specifically)... remember Queen Candice!? Also a lot of questionable pronunciations.

Diversifying Your Life! (Indigenous Authors, Black Queer Films, The Oscars, Book Of Mormon, How To Get Away with Murder, Scandal)

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Minority Korner

Let's jump right in and get to it! First- we start with a little recap break down of The Oscars. Who won, who presented, who should have won, and what confused us. Nnekay actually was busy taking in a little theater while the Oscars was airing, Book of Mormon and both Nnekay and James share their thoughts (and some side eyes) on the 2012 musical. In the Korners, Nnekay covers 8 Indigenous Authors and their text that you should check out! James' breaks down 10 Black LGBTQ movies to help you with the Moonlight withdrawals. Rounding out the episode we GUSH over he greatness of the How to Get Away with Murder/ Scandal. Kerry Washington and Viola Davis were powerhouses, the newly shared universe, and who might be crossing from show to the other. Happy Friday!

Watch the Black Panther Red Carpet Coverage with co-host James:

http://marvel.com/blackpantherlive

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Links!

https://www.colorlines.com/articles/10-works-indigenous-authors-read-now

10 LGBT BLACK FILMS: Before Moonlight
https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/02/moonlight-ten-films-celebrate-africa...

https://www.pride.com/lgbt/2016/2/11/10-films-featuring-black-lgbt-chara...

Pop Rocket Ep 165: A Nonagenarian Named Oscar w/ Chris Schleicher

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Pop Rocket
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Guy Branum
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Karen Tongson
Guests: 
Chris Schleicher

It’s another fun-filled Pop Rocket. This week, special guest Chris Schleicher is all about the Best Documentary Short Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405; Margaret Wappler is all up in season three of Unreal; Karen Tongson wanted to be about Unreal, but Wappler stole her thunder so Karen tells us about the new show Good Girls, and Guy Branum is all about the Great White Way, fresh off his trip to New York with his niece.

Then the gang delve into Oscar talk, sharing tips on how to guess the most wins on the ballot, how they each watched the awards show and all the hot takes they have. There’s just the right balance of reverence and cattiness.

With Karen Tongson, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Chris Schleicher.

That’s My Jam:

Margaret Wappler - Sufjan Stevens - Visions of Gideon
Karen Tongson - Jackson Brown - Somebody’s Baby
Guy Branum - from Don’t Even Know It - Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Chris Schleicher - BeBe Zahara Benet - Drag Up Your Life

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists.

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