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Episode 93 - ‘Dark Phoenix’ with Kimberly Clark and Rachel Wenitsky

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Rachel Wenitsky
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Kimberly Clark

Dark Phoenix

This week, Alonso is asked to give the briefest synopsis of a movie yet. Can he sum up the plot of DARK PHOENIX in just one sentence? Listen to find out. In the host’s seat we’ve got comedian Kimberly Clark, and Rachel Wenitsky, head writer of the Story Pirates podcast, flew in from New York on the Maximum Fun private jet just to record this week’s show.

Rachel Wenitsky, Drea Clark, Alonso Duralde and Kimberly Clark

There’s a heated discussion over which fizzy water beverages are best, and the panelists are granted the power to kill their most-detested movie franchises. For one panelist, the force is not with her.

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In news, Michael Douglas believes Steven Spielberg cost him a best actor award at Cannes.

A new USC Annenberg study reveals women directed just 3% of animated movies.

Canadian chanteuse Justin Bieber challenged Tom Cruise to a fight in the octagon, and then took it back.

Staff Picks
Drea - Deep Murder
Alonso - Stop the Church
Kimberly - I Called Him Morgan
Rachel - Annihilation

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 81: 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' with 'The Devil Wears Prada' writer and 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Co-Creator/ Showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna

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Aline Brosh McKenna

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Aline began her screenwriting career in 1999 with her first produced feature, the romantic comedy Three to Tango, starring Neve Campbell. That film established Aline as a go-to writer of realistic drama and romance. She followed that film up with 2004’s Laws of Attraction, starring Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan. But her best known work came with the film adaptation of the popular novel, The Devil Wears Prada, a modern classic, and features one of Meryl Streep’s signature roles as the imperious magazine editor, Miranda Priestly. In 2014, Aline added television to her resume when she co-created the critically acclaimed, Emmy award-winning comedy series, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, on which she served as head writer, showrunner, and executive producer. The series just finished airing its fourth and final season on the CW.

The movie that Aline has chosen to discuss is the wonderful Steven Spielberg film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. She discusses how the film has become one of her favorites over the years, and one that she admires as a feat of technical storytelling. She dives into the process of working with actors to help change movie scripts on set, like working with Emily Blunt on The Devil Wears Prada to fully develop her character. She elaborates on showrunning Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the insane schedule of producing a musical one hour sitcom. Aline also bemoans the lack of character-driven films that were so prevalent in the '70's, and how she frequently falls asleep during the final fights of Marvel films.

You can check out Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix now.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

With April Wolfe and Aline Brosh McKenna.

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 79: 'Greta' and Our Favorite Queer "Not Queer" Films with Kristen Lopez

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Greta

A new episode to get obsessed with. But not as obsessed as Isabelle Huppert is with Chloë Grace Moretz in the movie, Greta. Which just happens to be the film that's discussed this week! The gang is joined by freelance writer and Citizen Dame podcast host Kristen Lopez. They are Ricky-less this episode so Alonso takes the reigns in elegant fashion. The gang also discusses their favorite queer "not queer" films. And as always, staff picks.

In news, Steven Spielberg doesn't want Netflix films to be nominated for Oscars, Sophie Turner says she's landed roles because of her social media following, and Ryan Reynolds creates a John Candy tribute.

Staff Picks:

Kristen - The Company of Wolves
Alonso - Gloria Bell
April - Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?
Drea - Frank

With Kristen Lopez, April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, and Drea Clark.

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 53: 'The Host' with 'Unlovable' Director Suzi Yoonessi

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April Wolfe
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Suzi Yoonessi

The Host

This week we are so lucky to have the director of the new film Unlovable, Suzi Yoonessi. Her movie follows Joy, played by Charlene deGuzman, a recovering sex and love addict who finds solace in making music with the gruff brother (John Hawkes) of her sponsor (Melissa Leo). The movie that Suzi has decided to discuss is 2006's Korean monster masterpiece, The Host. While maybe not immediately recognizable as an influence, Suzi explains that director Bong Joon-ho's focus on character and relationships has had a great effect on her work. She and April go over the process of pitching a movie that's never been made before, and the kind of work that goes into those types of meetings. Suzi also elaborates on working with John Hawkes and Melissa Leo. She even explains how it was difficult to cast John Hawkes because he doesn't have an email address. And lastly, Suzi and April compare how both The Host and Unloveable take real elements from the lives of the filmmakers in order to create a truly believable and engrossing story.

Check out the trailer for Unlovable which is streaming and in select theaters now.

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

With April Wolfe with Suzi Yoonessi.

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 35: Jurassic Park with The Writers of 'Lost in Space' - Vivian Lee, Kari Drake and Katherine Collins

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April Wolfe
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Vivian Lee
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Kari Drake
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Katherine Collins

Jurassic Park

We've got a full house this week as the writers for Netflix's 'Lost In Space' are in the studio. We've got Vivian Lee, Kari Drake and Katherine Collins on to discuss Steven Spielberg's classic, Jurassic Park. The three of them touch upon what it's like having to write a sci-fi/action show for the whole family, and how they use Jurassic Park as inspiration. They elaborate on what it's like writing for a big budget action-adventure with a ton of special effects. They give us an inside look into the writers room for 'Lost in Space' and how the group comes up with solutions and ideas. Plus, they discuss what makes Jurassic Park a more intimate film than people realize. And don't worry - the sexy Robot is thoroughly discussed.

You can watch Season 1 of Lost in Space on Netflix now.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch Jurassic Park

With April Wolfe with Vivian Lee, Kari Drake, and Katherine Collins

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 43: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom with Jordan Morris

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Alonso Duralde
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April Wolfe
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Jordan Morris

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

This week we are graced by podcast royalty - Maximum Fun's own Jordan Morris. He's on the program to talk about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The gang reviews the film and in the process discusses what makes the original Jurassic Park work so well. You may be surprised to find that one of our beloved hosts is not a big fan of the original! Jordan gets the opportunity to discuss his new scripted podcast project Bubble. Plus, they discuss the future as presented in movies. The gang decides which movie future they would like to live in, which one scares them, and which one is a little too close to reality for their comfort.

In news, Netflix releases 'A Great Day In Hollywood', Elizabeth Olsen found out about the end of Infinity War on the way to set, and some fans want to remake Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - The Thing
Jordan - L7: Pretend We're Dead
April - Leave No Trace
Alonso - Three Identical Strangers

Come to our LIVE SHOW on July 5th at the Dynasty Typewriter. We'll be discussing Attack The Block with special guest star Tre'vell Anderson. Buy tickets here!

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 1776 with Matt Piwowarczyk

With Alonso Duralde, April Wolfe, Jordan Morris and Ricky Carmona.

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 31: 80s Nostalgia, Steven Spielberg, and Ready Player One with Dave Schilling

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Ricky Carmona
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April Wolfe
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Alonso Duralde
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Dave Schilling

We got a great episode this week as Ricky, Alonso, and April welcome Birth.Movies.Death and Bleacher Report writer Dave Schilling to the program to discuss Ready Player One. The gang bemoans the overwhelming amount of 80s nostalgia that has taken over pop culture, and how this could be potentially dangerous. Dave stans for the underappreciated Karl Urban film Dredd. They also explore what pop culture world would populate their own personal Oasis. Hint: 'Murder, She Wrote' is a large part of April's virtual reality. Plus, Ricky, Alonso, and April take some time to discuss the MaxFunDrive, which is happening right now! If you'd like to donate to the network and support this show, please contribute at maximumfun.org/donate.

In news, Daniel Day Lewis and Lesley Manville have a food fight, Helen Mirren campaigns for a stunt performer Oscar, Bill & Ted 3 is probably happening, and Jared Leto is hitchhiking across America.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Coming to America
Alonso - My Life as a Zucchini
April - The Howling
Dave - Dredd and Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom.

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 A Quiet Place with Inkoo Kang.

With Dave Schilling, Alonso Duralde, April Wolfe, and Ricky Carmona.

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Pop Rocket: Episode 134 We're Podcasting for Two!

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Guy Branum
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Margaret Wappler
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Karen Tongson
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Wynter Mitchell

It’s a very special episode of Pop Rocket. We throw Margaret Wappler a baby shower before she takes an extended leave of absence to become a mother. There were games, tears, laughter, joy and even a guest appearance by One Bad Mother’s Biz Ellis.

The gang talk about their favorite lullabies, share what tv shows affected them the most as a child, and Margaret reveals how she would stage her pregnant photo shoot. Plus, Karen brings in an old school Summer Jam, Guy and Margaret are still gaga for Game of Thrones (no spoilers), and Wynter is in love with Ready Player One.

We all love you and wish you the best, Margaret!

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Margaret Wappler - REM - Untitled (Track 11)
Karen Tongson - Flo Rida - My House
Wynter Mitchell - Brandy - Baby
Guy Branum - Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hartfor MaximumFun.org.

Other Links:
Charlotte: no no no
Ready Player One trailer
Cindy Crawford on W Magazine

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