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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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Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 26: Female Protagonists in Sci-Fi, Rhea Butcher, Annihilation, and Oscar Winning Sound Editor Mark Mangini

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
Rhea Butcher
Guests: 
Mark Mangini

We've got an action packed episode this week. Ricky welcomes back his former Wham Bam Pow co-host Rhea Butcher to discuss female protagonists in sci-fi films, the overall theater going experience, and the new psychedelic Natalie Portman joint, Annihilation. The crew also welcomes Academy Award winning sound editor Mark Mangini to talk about the use of sound in film, his work on Blade Runner 2049, and how he got his start working on Hanna-Barbera cartoons. This one is not to be missed!

In news, Willem Dafoe lists a bunch of ways his characters have died, you can now stay overnight at Camp Crystal from Friday the 13th, and a Flamin' Hot Cheetos movie is in the works.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

April - Mohawk
Alonso - All Monsters Attack
Rhea - Battle of the Sexes and Only The Brave
Ricky - The Ritual

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 Game Night with Inkoo Kang.

With Rhea Butcher, Mark Mangini, Alonso Duralde, April Wolfe, and Ricky Carmona.

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Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

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