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Who Shot Ya? Episode 85: The Gang Gets Buried in the 'Pet Sematary' and Discusses Why There Are So Many Horror Remakes

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Pet Sematary

Much like being buried behind the 'Pet Sematary,' this podcast will bring you back to life! April, Alonso, and Drea discuss the latest Stephen King movie adaptation. They also try to tackle why there are so many horror remakes recently, and when it actually makes sense to remake a film. Plus, they answer a question from the Who Shotline - "What's your favorite movie with a tragic, yet happy, ending?" And, of course, we've got staff picks.

In news, Keanu Reeves was sent to "movie jail," WGA members begin to fire their agents, and Werner Herzog wants to know all about Pokémon GO.

Staff Picks:

Alonso - Wild Nights with Emily
Drea - Hail Satan?
April - Smithereens

With Alonso Duralde, Drea Clark, and April Wolfe.

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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 84: Golly! The Gang Discusses 'Shazam!' and The Movies of 1999 with Author Brian Raftery

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Brian Raftery

Shazam!

Shaaazaaam! The gang discusses the brand new entry into the DCEU with special guest, author Brian Raftery. They dissect the portrayal of superheroes on screen, and discuss how there is little deviation from the stereotypical superhero body archetype. Plus, the crew talks about the movies of 1999 and Brian's new book, Best. Movie. Year. Ever.: How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen. And, as always, we've got staff picks.

In news, the producer for the Aretha Franklin documentary, Amazing Grace, did not get paid a dime for years of work, Sam Mendes is shooting his new WWI film all in one shot, and Francis Ford Coppola gets ready to make his new movie, Megalopolis.

Staff Picks:

Alonso - 3 Faces
Drea - Victoria
April - The Tin Drum
Brian - Diane

With Alonso Duralde, Drea Clark, April Wolfe, and Brian Raftery.

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 75: 'The Bad Seed' with 'Breakthrough' Director and 'Star Trek: Voyager' Actor Roxann Dawson

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Roxann Dawson

The Bad Seed

Roxann got her first job playing Diana Morales in the Broadway production of A Chorus Line. But fans probably know her best for her role as B'Elanna Torres in Star Trek: Voyager. Voyager offered her the first opportunity to direct and she proceeded to direct 10 episodes of the next Star Trek series, Enterprise. Since then, she’s directed The Deuce, House of Cards, The Americans, The Path, Bates Motel, Crossing Jordan, Lost and many others. She will also be directing the upcoming Morning Show, starring Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carrell, and Jennifer Aniston. She makes her feature film directing debut with Breakthrough, starring Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, and Topher Grace, an adaptation of Joyce Smith’s memoir, The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother’s Faith and Her Child’s Resurrection.

The movie that Roxann has chosen to discuss is, kind of, the exact inverse of her own upcoming film - 1956's The Bad Seed. Maintaining such a prolific acting and directing career, Roxann has so much insight into the craft of acting. She discusses how actors often think that by making "small" acting decisions they are being more authentic, when in reality these decisions are just "lazy" and "boring." She also expresses her belief that the characters in a film should not be discussing the philosophical ideas of the movie, but rather, the film should inspire discussion from the audience. And of course, she talks all about her role as the half-human, half-Klingon, B'Elanna Torres, and what that role has meant not just to fans, but to her personally.

You should check out Breakthrough in theaters on April 17.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch The Bad Seed.

With April Wolfe and Roxann Dawson.

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 83: Does 'Dumbo' Fly? The Gang Discusses the New Tim Burton Film and the Movies They Loved as Teenagers with Janet Varney

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Janet Varney

Dumbo

Elephants flying? Well this podcast flies...because it's so entertaining! Drea and Alonso are joined by The JV Club host, writer and actor, Janet Varney. They discuss the new Tim Burton remake, Dumbo. Plus, in celebration of Janet's appearance on the show, the gang talks about the movies they loved the most as teenagers. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, R.I.P. Agnes Varda, Joel Coen goes solo with his MacBeth adaptation, and the anti-abortion propaganda film Unplanned does well at the box office.

Staff Picks:

Alonso - Diane
Drea - District 9
Janet - Halt and Catch Fire

With Alonso Duralde, Drea Clark, and Janet Varney

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 74: 'One False Move' with 'Miss Stevens' and 'Fast Color' Director Julia Hart

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Julia Hart

One False Move

Julia Hart was a school teacher for eight years before she quit to make a go of screenwriting. Her debut screenplay, The Keeping Room, landed on the 2012 Black List and was made into a feature directed by Daniel Barber (Harry Brown) and starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Sam Worthington. Julia's directorial debut, Miss Stevens, is based on Julia’s experience as a teacher. It starred Lily Rabe, Timothee Chalamet, Lili Reinhart, and Rob Huebel.

In 2018, Julia’s second feature, Fast Color, debuted at SXSW. It tells the story of a family of women afflicted/blessed with a mysterious power and stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lorraine Toussaint, and David Straithairn. Most recently, Julia directed and co-wrote (with Jordan Horowitz) Star Girl for Disney, starring Grace Vanderwall and based on the best-selling book by Jerry Spinelli.

Although Julia only recently saw One False Move, she was shocked at how thematically similar her film Fast Color compares to it. She and April discuss the use of violence in cinema, and how a filmmaker can make it have an emotional impact on the audience. Julia also reveals how she rewrites her scripts once the films have been cast in order to tailor the role to the actor. And she and April also adulate the performance and career of the late, great Bill Paxton.

You should check out Fast Color in theaters on April 19.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch One False Move.

With April Wolfe and Julia Hart.

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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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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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Switchblade Sisters Episode 73: 'Dead Ringers' with The Soska Sisters! PLUS an Interview with Michele Meek

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Jen and Sylvia Soska

Dead Ringers

Identical twins Sylvia and Jen Soska, known as The Soska Sisters, are an unstoppable force. You may know them best from their films Dead Hooker in a Trunk and American Mary. You may also know them as the hosts of the Blumhouse game show, 'Hellevator.' Or even as the writers for the most recent installment of the Black Widow comics. They are on the program this week for a very special Max Fun Drive episode talking about David Cronenberg's masterpiece, Dead Ringers. The sisters are avid Cronenberg devotees and, not to mention, this film centers around identical twins Beverly and Elliot Mantle. The pairing of guest and movie is truly a match made in heaven. The sisters also discuss what went into making their body modification horror, American Mary, and why agents and managers warn actors about working with them.

And in celebration of the Max Fun Drive, we have an additional segment this week. April talks to writer and filmmaker Michele Meek about her new book, Independent Female Filmmakers: A Chronicle Through Interviews, Profiles, and Manifestos. They discuss the travesty that not one film made by a woman is on the AFI Top 100 Films list. And how movies actually influence society's concept of consent.

This episode has a little bit of everything. And it's all in celebration of our annual Max Fun Drive. If you would like to support this show, please become a monthly member at:

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You should check out American Mary by The Soska Sisters.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch Dead Ringers.

ALSO, go and buy Michele's book - Independent Female Filmmakers: A Chronicle Through Interviews, Profiles, and Manifestos

With April Wolfe, The Soska Sisters, and Michele Meek.

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 81: A Monster Mash! The Gang Discusses 'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night' and Underappreciated Monster Movies with Mallory O'Meara

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

They did the mash. They did the "Monster Mash." You all requested an all female episode of 'Who Shot Ya?' centered around a conversation on monsters, and we delivered! April Wolfe takes over hosting duties and chats it up with our friend, Drea Clark, and 'Reading Glasses' host, Mallory O'Meara. The crew discusses the 2014 vampire western, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Plus, they unearth all their favorite underappreciated monster movies. Mallory talks about her new book, The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick. And as always, we've got staff picks.

In news, CEO Kevin Tsujihara leaves Warner Bros, James Gunn returns as Guardians of the Galaxy director, and Penelope Spheeris tells Hollywood to "blow me."

Staff Picks:

April - I Walked with a Zombie
Drea - Pan's Labyrinth
Mallory - When Animals Dream

With April Wolfe, Drea Clark, and Mallory O'Meara

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 72: 'Pickup on South Street' with 'Leave No Trace' and 'Winter's Bone' Director Debra Granik

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Debra Granik

Pickup on South Street

Debra was a Boston independent filmmaker before she picked up and left for NYU’s graduate film program. Her first short film there, “Snake Feed,” was accepted into the Sundance Labs, where she developed the concept into her first narrative feature, Down to the Bone, starring Vera Fermiga. From there, Debra and her creative partner Anne Rossellini developed a film based on Daniel Woodrell’s 2006 novel, Winter's Bone. The film was released in 2010 and tells the story of a girl who’s the sole caretaker of her family who must hunt down her missing father to avoid being kicked out of her house and losing everything. The girl was played by Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence was nominated for an Academy Award, as was Debra’s film and screenplay. In 2018, she directed Leave No Trace, a story about a father with PTSD trying to raise his teen daughter off the grid when some well-meaning people intervene and change the course of their lives. Starring Ben Foster and newcomer Thomasin Mckenzie Harcourt, Leave No Trace has been on multiple Top Ten lists, and won Debra the Best Director award at the 2019 LAFCA awards ceremony.

The film that Debra has chosen to discuss is Samuel Fuller's classic noir, Pickup on South Street. This is a personal favorite of Debra's and it becomes clear with how much appreciation and thought she has for the film. Debra discusses how she is able to create realistic dialogue for people who aren't from her "bougie, liberal" world. She talks about working with actress Dale Dickey, and why people love watching her on screen. Debra also elaborates on the use of guns in cinema, how we rely on them to tell stories, and how she is trying to "restore meaning to the woundable body."

You can watch Leave No Trace on Amazon Prime.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch Pickup on South Street.

With April Wolfe and Debra Granik.

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