The End : Watch - Labyrinth

Our final watch episode takes us deep into the labyrinth of Jareth the Goblin King, as we navigate our way through childhood's end. It's an episode we've wanted to do since the very beginning of the podcast. This is Jim Henson's 1986 cult classic, Labyrinth.

Topic: Labyrinth, directed by Jim Henson. Henson Associates, Inc. Lucasfilm Ltd. 1986.

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Meddling Kids : Watch - Stranger Things Season 2

Almost a year later, we return to Hawkins, IN for another season of Netflix’s Stranger Things. We discuss Eleven’s story arc, bad dads, and the show’s shift toward a more action-heavy tone in its second season.

Topic: Stranger Things Season 2, created by the Duffer brothers. Netflix. 2017.

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Fairy Tales 2.0 : Watch - Shrek & Shrek 2

We’ve mixed up our usual release schedule for this topic and are starting with a trip to Far Far Away by way of Duloc to check out Shrek and Shrek 2! We discuss the evolution of the series over time, what makes a Shrek, and class struggle.

Topic: Shrek, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson. PDI/DreamWorks. 2001. Shrek 2, directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Ashbury, and Conrad Vernon. PDI/DreamWorks. 2004.

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Witches : Watch - The Witch

The second witch of our series comes from the deep woods of New England. We dig deep into Robert Eggers’s 2015 film The Witch (or the VVitch, as we discover it’s stylized) and its symbolism and place in witchy history. Also, we take a quick dip into another New England witch story at the end with a brief discussion of the Blair Witch Project!

Topic: The Witch, directed by Robert Eggers. Parts and Labor. 2015.

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Women of the Apocalypse : Watch - Mad Max: Fury Road

Our second apocalypse takes us for a ride down the fury road. Join us as we follow Imperator Furiosa to the green place in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road.

Topic: Mad Max: Fury Road, directed by George Miller. Village Roadshow Pictures. 2015.

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Digital Romance : Watch - San Junipero

In our second digital romance episode, we watch San Junipero, an episode of Black Mirror about two women who meet at a bar and their growing relationship.

Topic: “San Junipero”, an episode of Black Mirror, directed by Owen Harris. House of Tomorrow. 2016.

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Syncopated Worlds: Watch - Elysium

Syncopated Worlds: Watch - Elysium

Our second Syncopated Worlds episode takes us to Los Angeles in the year 2154, where the Earth’s population lives constantly in the shadow of the space station Elysium. Topics of discussion include the movie’s themes and structure, computer programming, and the relative merits of installing an exoskeleton over a person’s tee shirt.

Topic: Elysium, directed by Neill Blomkamp. Media Rights Capital. 2013.

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Girls With Gifts : Watch - Stranger Things

The year is 1983. Autumn is coming to a close, and the weather is starting to turn cold. A young boy disappears, leaving his family devastated. A girl appears in the woods, head shaved and wearing a ragged hospital gown. Something seems amiss at the local Department of Energy labs. This episode’s topic is Stranger Things.

Topic: Stranger Things Season 1, created by the Duffer brothers. Netflix. 2016.

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Sci-Fi Noir : Watch - Blade Runner

Our second Sci-Fi Noire topic takes us from the back alleys of 2019 LA to the soaring, Egyptian-inspired offices of some of the most powerful corporations on Earth. That’s right, it’s the inevitable Blade Runner episode! We dig into questions of Replicant humanity, the classic “Tears in the Rain” speech, and robot owls.

Topic: Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott. The Ladd Company, Shaw Brothers. 1982.

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Psychological Horror : Watch - Jacob's Ladder

Our second Psychological Horror episode brings us to New York, as we take a fast trip down Adrian Lyne’s Jacob’s Ladder. We discuss some of the ways that the film influenced horror over the past 26 years, the extent to which the scares hold up, and dig into our interpretations of the ending.

Topic: Jacob’s Ladder, directed by Adrian Lyne. TriStar Pictures. 1990.

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Solitude : Watch - Lost in Translation

We continue our Solitude topic with Sofia Coppola’s 2003 film, Lost in Translation. We discuss everything from the opening shot to the closing whisper, plus travel, high school, and Tinder Tigers.

Topic: Lost in Translation, directed by Sofia Coppola. American Zoetrope, Tohokushinsha FIlm. 2003.

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Escape : Watch - The Prestige

Join us for our second Piper Perabo film in a row! Our second episode in the series brings us back to the late 19th century to look at escape and obsession in Christopher Nolan's The Prestige.

Topic: The Prestige, directed by Christopher Nolan. Touchstone Pictures. 2006.

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(Life)time Travel : Watch - Looper

For the second installment in our (Life)time Travel series, we jump forward to the year 2044, to a time when time travel hasn't been invented yet, but, 30 years from then, it will have been. Rian Johnson's 2012 neo-noire film, Looper, blows us away with its clever twist on time travel stories, beautiful cinematography, and uncanny ability to build a world while only ever providing exactly the amount of information the viewer needs.

Topic: Looper, directed by Rian Johnson. Endgame Entertainment. 2012.

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Episode 14 : Watch - Battle Royale

For our Watch episode, we take on one of the earliest entries in the recent wave of kids killing kids stories: Kinji Fukasaku's adaptation of Battle Royale.

Topic: Battle Royale, directed by Kinji Fukasaku. AM Associates. 2000.

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Episode 11 : Watch - It Follows

We continue our month of horrors with It Follows, David Robert Mitchell's film about a curse that is transmitted like an STD.

Topic: It Follows, directed by David Robert Mitchell. Animal Kingdom. 2015.

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Episode 8 : Watch - The End of the Tour

The line between our READ and WATCH episodes gets a bit hazy this month as we discuss the recent David Foster Wallace biopic The End of the Tour.

Topic: The End of the Tour, directed by James Ponsoldt. Kilburn Media. 2015.

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Episode 5 : Watch - Kingsman: The Secret Service

Join the Read / Watch / Play team for our second Watch episode. This month, we're discussing the stylish and clever spy film Kingsman, The Secret Service.

Topic : Kingsman: The Secret Service, directed by Matthew Vaughn. Marv Films. 2015.

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Episode 2 : Watch - Ex Machina

In our first Watch episode, we discuss Ex Machina, a tense and thoughtful sci-fi thriller that deals with artificial intelligence.

Topic: Ex Machina, directed by Alex Garland. DNA Films. 2015.

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