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Switchblade Sisters Episode 101: 'Ravenous' with 'Bloodline' Writer Avra Fox-Lerner

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Avra Fox-Lerner

Ravenous

This week we initiate another woman into the Switchblade Sisterhood. Avra Fox-Lerner, writer of the new Seann William Scott led horror, Bloodline, is on the show to talk about 1999's Ravenous. She and April discuss this bizarre and twisty cannibalistic horror film, and how it's a miracle that it got made in the first place. Avra elaborates on discovering aspects of her film through the editing process. Plus she details how she finally broke into the film industry by pitching a screenplay to Blumhouse that they said they would never make.

Bloodline is streaming now.

And if you haven't seen Ravenous - you should!

With April Wolfe and Avra Fox-Lerner.

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 109: 'Judy' with The Incomparable Louis Virtel

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Louis Virtel

Judy

We're bringing in the big guns for this episode. We're talking Judy this week so it was vital that we get the one and only Louis Virtel on the program. We're also discussing the films we wish were on the Criterion Collection. And, as always, we've got staff picks.

In news, the Lucy in the Sky cast discusses "diapergate" and Beverly Hills Cop 4 is in the works.

Staff Picks:

Ify - Candyman
Drea - The Death of Dick Long
Alonso - Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice
Louis - Margin Call

With Ify Nwadiwe, Drea Clark, Alonso Duralde, and Louis Virtel.

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 100: 'Get Out' with 'A Black Lady Sketch Show' & 'Full Frontal with Samantha Bee' Writer and Actor Ashley Nicole Black

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Ashley Nicole Black

Get Out

This week we are joined by multi-talented writer, actor, and director Ashley Nicole Black. She can most recently be seen as a regular on A Black Lady Sketch Show. And prior to that she was a writer and correspondent on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. The movie she has chosen to discuss also has its origin in the comedy world - Jordan Peele's Get Out. Ashley discusses how efficiently this film works at getting information out quickly, and how those same lessons can be applied to writing sketches. She reveals the origin of her character "The Most Annoying Woman in the World" and how it is based on the worst aspects of her personality. And she elaborates on writing jokes for black and white audiences.

You can watch A Black Lady Sketch Show on HBO.

And if you haven't seen Get Out - what's wrong with you?

With April Wolfe and Ashley Nicole Black.

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 108: 'Rambo: Last Blood' and Our Favorite Autumn Films

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Who Shot Ya?

Rambo: Last Blood

Woooo boy! The crew may have just watched the worst movie of the year - and they have some thoughts! They are talking about the deeply controversial, Rambo: Last Blood. Plus, they chat about their favorite autumn movies. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, the old crew is back for Jurassic World 3, Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds may reboot Clue, and Sean Bean doesn't want to die anymore.

Staff Picks:

Ify - Wild Zero
Drea - Downton Abbey... err, wait, no - Gosford Park
Alonso - Where's My Roy Cohn?

With Ify Nwadiwe, Drea Clark, and Alonso Duralde.

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 99: 'The Witch' with 'The Long Walk' Director Mattie Do and 'Tigers Are Not Afraid' Director Issa López (LIVE AT FANTASTIC FEST)

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Mattie Do
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Issa López

The Witch

(L to R) April Wolfe, Issa López, Mattie Do

Recorded LIVE at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, this show has a little bit of everything - special guests, witchcraft, and a stuffed animal version of Black Phillip. Mattie Do, Laos's first, and only, female film director, is our special guest. And she's on the show to talk about 2015's The Witch. She details her own personal connection to magic and witchcraft, and how this film influenced the look and feel of her own horror-folk film, The Long Walk. She and April are also joined by Tigers Are Not Afraid director Issa López to help decide which member of the audience gets to sell their soul to the devil.

You can see Mattie's film The Long Walk on the film festival circuit.

You can see Issa's film Tigers Are Not Afraid on Shudder.

And if you haven't seen The Witch, you simply must!

With April Wolfe, Mattie Do, and Issa López .

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Shake Dat 4 Me! (Call Out Culture, Shane Gillis, SNL, Chelsea Hendler, Ancient Queer History Facts, Knives Out Trailer, Shadow Force)

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James is coming in singing, once again, to another... nasty song! Before the Wonder Twins could even jump into this story, it had already been processed, we're talking about SNL's latest hired (now fired) cast member: Shane Gillis. Can racist jokes be funny? Did SNL make the right move? Why did they hire him? Chelsea Handler's new documentary "Hello, It's Me Privilege," is out on Netflix, and according to James it is mandatory viewing for white folks. Nnekay is still on the fence about Hendler, but is she showing how we can people can evolve, and how we must give space for that? Did the new 'Knives Out Trailer' give out too much of it's plot? Who creates these trailers anyways? James has the scoop on old Hollywood. Hold onto your butts because Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown are joining forces in a Mr. & Mrs. Smith esque movie: SHADOW FORCE, and the Wonder Twins can't wait! In the main event Nnekay has found a new website that is singing to her heart and walks us through an article by Maisha Z. Johnson, about call out culture: 6 Signs that Your Callout is About Ego and not Accountability- a great check for all of us navigating our activism spaces, and trying our best to make the world a better place. James is still riding high off his last weeks corner about the Moor's and is keeping his Quizlet Korner in the past with some Queer History facts! Did archeologist find a pair of gay lovers buried next to each other from the 6th century? Did Shakespeare coin the term 'Drag'? When was the first porn created? Is Batman older than you think? All this and more on this week's Minority Korner! 

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6 Signs that Your Callout Is About Ego not Accountability

https://bit.ly/2m0iN33

Quizlet: 

Lovers of Modona- https://bit.ly/2m0HnRd, https://bit.ly/2lMUUMg

Ancient Batman- https://bit.ly/2lX4I6u

Oldest Porn, DRAG - https://bit.ly/2m4TH2I 

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 107: 'Hustlers' and Our Favorite Wedding Movies with Writer Joelle Monique

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Who Shot Ya?
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Joelle Monique

Hustlers

This week the crew is joined by freelance writer and complete delight, Joelle Monique, to discuss Hustlers. Ify tries to convince everyone that he and Jennifer Lopez could and should be dating. Plus, the gang answers the question from the Who Shotline - "What are your favorite wedding movies?" And, as always, staff picks.

In news, Andy Serkis has some concerns with motion capture, The Goldfinch bombs, and Adam Sandler gets revitalized.

Staff Picks:

Ify - Funny People
Drea - Cargo
Alonso - Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore
Joelle - Radioactive

With Ify Nwadiwe, Drea Clark, Alonso Duralde, and Joelle Monique.

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EP104: Jeff Chang on the "Wild Style" soundtrack (1983)

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Heat Rocks
Guests: 
Jeff Chang

The Album: Wild Style soundtrack(1983)

Wild Style began as a low budget but ambitious film project, centered around Zoro, a young graffiti writer swashbuckling his way through the style wars of early ‘80s New York. Directed by Charlie Ahearn and starring Lee Quinones as Zoro, Wild Style would become more of a quasi-documentary of hip-hop’s on its cusp from South Bronx street culture into the global phenomenon we know today. Filled with MC, graffiti, DJ and b-boy performances from a host of now legends, Wild Style would inadvertently spread the hip-hop gospel to a generation of youth around the world, enraptured with how it depictions of an explosive, impossibly colorful subculture that few had laid eyes on outside of the five boroughs. Its soundtrack, overseen by Fab Five Freddy and Blondie guitarist Chris Stein, was largely built off an exclusive disc of original breakbeats that became the sound bed for various live performance scenes throughout the movie. Electric, dynamic and fly as hell, the Wild Style soundtrack helped capture the sound of early hip-hop’s energy and flair from A to motherf—-ng Z.

For a young Jeff Chang, growing up far away from the Bronx in Honolulu, Wild Style was like a secret cypher that he and his friends could pass around and decrypt. Long before the days of streaming video, if you didn’t catch a theatrical screening of this tiny, indie flick, you had to rely on nth generation bootleg dubs on VHS but as crappy as the images might have been, the inspiration was no less dimmed. This put Chang on the path to eventually become one of the most accomplished hip-hop critics in the formative ‘90s era, eventually culminating in his award winning Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation (2005), which, among other things, digs deep into hip-hop’s earliest days preceding even the Wild Style era. He’s since followed that up with Who We Be: The Colorization of America (2014) and most recently, We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation (2016) which became the inspiration behind the digital video series of the same name which just debuted this year.

More on Jeff Chang

More on The Wild Style soundtrack

Show Tracklisting (all songs from The Wild Style soundtrack unless indicated otherwise):

  • Stoop Rap
  • Stoop Rap - Film Version
  • Cuckoo Clocking
  • Military Cut
  • Nas: The Genesis
  • Stoop Rap
  • Gang Star: DJ Premier In Deep Concentration
  • Gangbusters
  • Common: Gettin' Down At The Amphitheater
  • MC Battle at the Dixie
  • A Tribe Called Quest: Sucka N****
  • Fantastic Freaks at the Dixie
  • Public Enemy: Raise the Roof
  • Wild Style Lesson
  • MC Battle at the Dixie
  • Down By Law
  • Grandmaster Flash: Flash it to the Beat (Live)
  • Lisa Lee Wild Style deleted scene
  • T's Limo Ride
  • Double Trouble at the Amphitheater
  • Basketball Throwdown
  • Gangbusters
  • South Bronx Subway Rap
  • Subway Theme

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find there
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Switchblade Sisters Episode 98: 'Picnic at Hanging Rock' with 'The Office' and 'Maniac' Writer Caroline Williams

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Caroline Williams

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Caroline Williams is a screenwriter originally from Atlanta, Georgia. In 2008 she created the ABC series Miss Guided starring Judy Greer and Chris Parnell, about a high school guidance counselor who must relive her unpopular high school days when another old classmate joins the faculty and staff. From there, Caroline went on to write for The Office, Modern Family, Up All Night, BoJack Horseman and others including, most recently, Arrested Development and Maniac for Netflix. In addition to television, Ms. Williams has written on studio features and directed short films, and she’s currently setting up her feature directorial debut. She is also married to fellow filmmaker Drew Goddard, Oscar nominated writer of The Martian and director of Cabin in the Woods and Bad Times at the El Royale.

The movie that Caroline chose to discuss can be found in the video store under "dreamy" - that would be Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock. She and April explore the makings of a good mystery and how sometimes things are better left unexplained. Caroline elaborates on the importance of writing structure - by both knowing when to follow it and when to stray. And she also talks about the joy of being able to direct something she has written.

You can see Caroline's work all over the place.

And if you haven't seen Picnic at Hanging Rock, you simply must!

With April Wolfe and Caroline Williams.

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 106: Send In The Clowns! - The Gang Talks 'IT Chapter Two' and Remakes 'Face/Off' with Amber Benson

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Who Shot Ya?
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Amber Benson

IT Chapter Two

You guys...clowns are scary. This week the gang talks about IT Chapter Two with esteemed guest, actor, writer, and director Amber Benson. They also try their hand at remaking Face/Off in our 'Movie Redux' segment. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, A Quiet Place writers "stand up" to Lucasfilm, Christian Bale has some advice for Robert Pattinson, and Linda Hamilton gets jacked.

Staff Picks:

Ify - Atomic Blonde
Drea - Rear Window
Alonso - Untouchable
Amber - The Big Easy

With Ify Nwadiwe, Drea Clark, Alonso Duralde, and Amber Benson.

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