The Feminist Critique

The Feminist Critique

By Gracie and Aislene
A Comedy Podcast where film critics, Aislene and Gracie talk about a movie before putting it to the Test. ( 6 different Feminist and Inclusive tests).

Using these tests, they judge the film's feminism and if it's inclusive. Then they ask the most important question, Is it good?
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A Comedy Podcast where film critics, Aislene and Gracie talk about a movie before putting it to the Test. ( 6 different Feminist and Inclusive tests).

Using these tests, they judge the film's feminism and if it's inclusive. Then they ask the most important question, Is it good?

More places to listen

#110: Twister
Aislene and Gracie discuss the cult classic disaster movie about Tornadoes. But, is it feminist?  Enjoy! 
December 10, 2019
#109: Ever After
It's Gracie's Birthday Month and she picked her favourite 90's movies... so let's get back in the time machine and feel all those nostalgic feelings! Number 1 is EVER AFTER. (The best Cinderella story.) 
December 3, 2019
#108: Christmas Vacation
Aislene and Gracie talk about the classic movie, Christmas Vacation.
November 26, 2019
#107: Charlie's Angels (2019)
What? Aislene and Gracie did a movie that just came out? Usually they do the older movies... Yeah, we did a newer movie... Listen to us talk about Charlie's Angels! 
November 19, 2019
#106: Ocean's 8
Aislene and Gracie talk about the movie, Ocean's 8. 
November 12, 2019
#105: Ghostbusters (2016) w/ Emily Edwards
Four female ghostbusters? The FEMINISTS ARE TAKING OVER! That's right, we're talking about Ghostbusters 2016 with the amazing Emily Edwards from Fuckbois of Lit (FBOL) Podcast. Is this movie really worth all of the hate the fanboys gave it? 
November 5, 2019
#104: Practical Magic
Hang on to your husbands girls! This week, Aislene and Gracie take a look at the 90s cult classic Practical Magic. It's a story of witchcraft, love, and murdering your abusive ex. But is it feminist?
October 29, 2019
#103: Fireproof
This week, Gracie and Aislene watch Fireproof, starring former heartthrob and Prosperity Gospel villain Kirk Cameron with special guest, Donny.  If Christian Movies were nominated for Oscars, Fireproof might actually win Best Picture, but that's not saying much... -Gracie 
October 23, 2019
#102: God's Not Dead 2
In this episode, Aislene and Gracie watch God's Not Dead 2: Electric Boogaloo...  We learn that Aislene is a dirty catholic... that quoting the bible can get you fired? That Sabrina the Teenage Witch became a super christian... that the Newsboys got a direct line to Jesus... and that if you pray hard enough your Cancer (and Lupus) will disappear.  But is the movie good? 
October 15, 2019
#101: Loving The Bad Man
Trigger Warning: Discussions of Sexual Assault and Rape in this episode.  Gracie and Aislene explore this Christian movie about forgiveness starring Stephen Baldwin... Hailey Bieber's father.  And they ask the question, how close is too close for a camera to be zoomed in...? Why does that Nazi look like Brandon Fraser with no hair? Also, why is Stephen Baldwin in this movie?  But, is the movie feminist? Is it good?   Haha... no.  Join our Discord!  Check us out on our social media! Twitter Instagram Facebook Gracie's Youtube Channel!
October 8, 2019
#100: Christian Mingle
Gracie and Aislene get to their one hundredth episode with this truly garbage movie starring Gretchen Wieners.  Can Jesus and God find someone's true match? Will Aislene and Gracie survive this god awful movie? Is Jesus a feminist? (He was not a swerf, that's for fucking sure.)  Join our Discord!  Check us out on our social media! Twitter Instagram Facebook Gracie's Youtube Channel!
October 3, 2019
#99: Moana
One of the most recent and bad ass Disney Princesses, Gracie and Aislene discuss the movie, Moana! We discuss what makes this movie different from all the Disney movies before and also what issues there is with the movie... and you know, there's jokes and stuff.  Join our Discord!  Check us out on our social media! Twitter Instagram Facebook Gracie's Youtube Channel!
September 24, 2019
#98: Mulan
Will talking about Mulan bring dishonor to us all? Tim Gavin from the Be the Worst podcast joins us to discuss how Shang is a bi-con and some of the controversial things that Disney had originally planned on doing. Is this movie the feminist mantra it's made out to be?
September 17, 2019
#97: The Princess and the Frog
Disney Princess of Color Month continues with Disney's first black princess, Tiana. This Princess is hard working and tenacious and knows you have to work to get your dreams, so why does everyone keep calling her a workaholic and a kill joy? What's the message that Disney is trying to convey here? And why on earth did they give one of their best princesses and role models the worst prince? The answers to all of these questions, shall be known when you hit play.
September 10, 2019
#96: Pocahontas
It's Disney Princesses of Color Month and this week we're taking a look at the first Disney Princess of Color on screen. Pocahontas. Based (very loosely) on the real life figure, we discuss the inclusivity of the film as well as it's representation of Indigenous American culture. Does it stand up to the test?
September 3, 2019
#95: Pacific Rim
It's a movie about robots and aliens, and also the origin story for the Mako Mori test. So is this movie a fantastic sci-fi classic? We think you'll like our take.
August 27, 2019
#94: The Stepford Wives
Welcome to Stepford! It's the perfect town. No crime, no homeless, no pushing. It's the perfect place to start over but there's something weird going on and Joanna needs to figure it out, before it's too late.
August 20, 2019
#93: Alien
This week we're taking a look at the sci-fi horror classic Alien. This atmospheric thriller, directed by Ridley Scott is a real chest buster and also happens to create one of the most well known sci-fi heroines of all time, Ellen Ripley. So does this movie stand the test of time? Is it feminist? Is it really any good? We hope you'll take our word for it.
August 13, 2019
#92: Mad Max Fury Road
To start off Female Lead Sci-fi month, Aislene and Gracie have a very special guest, Meranda from All Things Dreams!  We discuss how awesome this movie is and how you can reboot a franchise after 30 years and it's also first time that we use the Furiosa Test on the Podcast!  Join our Discord! (We need to use it more... you can help by joining! -Aislene)   Check us out on our social media! Twitter Instagram Facebook Gracie's Youtube Channel!
August 6, 2019
#91: Obsessed
What happens when you take Idris Elba, Beyonce and Ali Larter and put them into a movie? Well, you get a bad movie with a great fight scene...  Listen to Aislene and Gracie discuss this Fatal Attraction/Swimfan knock off...  Join our Discord! (I like new friends! -Aislene)   Check us out on our social media! Twitter Instagram Facebook Gracie's Youtube Channel!
July 30, 2019
#90: Beastly
A tale as old as time... hot guy is an asshole and gets turned into a... punk/goth/car accident victim by a witch and a nerd girl with a drug addict dad has to save him with true love? This movie is a mess... but is it feminist or inclusive? Is the movie good? (Not really but this episode is good!)  Let's find out! Join our Discord! (I'm so lonely... talk to me. -Aislene)   Check us out on our social media! Twitter Instagram Facebook Gracie's Youtube Channel!
July 23, 2019
#89: Twilight
Was Twilight as bad as we all made it out to be? Is it Feminist? Is it Inclusive? Aislene and Gracie find out on this episode of THE FEMINIST CRITIQUE!!!!   Anyways, join our Discord!  Check us out on social media! Twitter Instagram Facebook Gracie's Youtube Channel!
July 16, 2019
#88: Fifty Shades Darker
Sorry about the late episode... Aislene has been busy getting ready for a pageant! (Mz Gay Edmonton!) In this episode, Aislene and Gracie return to this awful franchise to see if the second movie is as brilliant as the first one. Is it feminist or inclusive?  Hell nah... Anyways, join our Discord!  Check us out on social media! Twitter Instagram Facebook Gracie's Youtube Channel!
July 10, 2019
#87: The Ugly Truth
It's finally here! July's Annual Bad Movie Month! (Guilty Pleasures?) And first up is 2009's The Ugly Truth starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler!  It's a tale as old as time... A Battle of the Sexes with unexpected results. An uptight and unlucky in love television producer takes control of a morning show segment on modern relationships hosted by a misogynistic man. He uses his sexist romance tactics to help her land the perfect man. Basically, hot garbage. Aislene and Gracie look over this movie to find out if it's feminist, inclusive or good... (Spoiler: It's not.)  Check us out on social media! Twitter Instagram Discord Facebook Gracie's Youtube Channel! Thanks for Listening! Hugs and Kisses!
July 2, 2019
#86: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (w/ Unsung Sluts Podcast)
It's a punk-rock musical that doesn't shy away from the hard stuff. After a bad divorce and botched sex reassignment surgery, Hedwig embraces her new identity, and becomes a woman, sharing the story of her life through songs and narratives as she chases down the lover who stole her songs. Stacie and Tabitha from the Unsung Sluts Podcast join us for a deep dive into gender fluidity and what makes this film feminist!
June 25, 2019
#85: Chasing Amy
This week for Pride Month, we are doing this 1997 comedy about a man turning a lesbian straight? Except that... maybe, being bisexual is a thing?  A surprisingly progressive movie about a love story and shows that sexuality is fluid... Although, the two guy characters in this movie are hot garbage but Joey Lauren Adams is fantastic as Alyssa.  Written and Directed by Kevin Smith... but is the movie Feminist? Is it Inclusive... Is it good? Well, listen to find out! 
June 18, 2019
#84: Paris Is Burning
For this week of The Feminist Critique, we are discussing the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning. Aislene and Gracie discuss the legacy that this film, which was selected by the US National Film Registry in 2016 to be preserved by the National Library of Congress because of it's "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" Directed by Jennie Livingstone, Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in it. Both Aislene and Gracie are cis white women discussing this movie about Gay, Transgender People of Colour and thus can not give the justice of knowing the experience. We can empathize but they are not our experiences.  Please enjoy this episode of The Feminist Critique.  Also, Fuck Terfs and Swerfs. 
June 11, 2019
#83: Egg (featuring Interview with Alysia Reiner!)
Bonus episode of The Feminist Critique takes a look at the movie, Egg.  An unflinching comedy about why women choose motherhood, why they revere it, fear it, and why some women choose to forgo it. Over the course of one explosive evening, two couples and a surrogate must face their own ridiculous and sometimes heartbreaking shortcomings. With sharp cutting dialogue and complicated characters, EGG is about the personal, social, professional, and ideological implications of bringing new life into the world. -Rotten Tomatoes This movie stars Alysia Reiner, Christina Hendricks, Anna Camp, Gbenga Akinnagbe and David Alan Basche.  Also, Gracie and Aislene got a chance to talk to Star and producer of the film, Alysia Reiner!   
June 7, 2019
#82: Mambo Italiano
A cross over of Canadian film month bleeding into Pride Month! This movie is about a young man in Montreal learning to live his most authentic life and dealing with his very Italian family.  We ask the questions if this movie is feminist or inclusive... And above all... is it good? Also, Aislene puts on the worst Italian accent in the world.  Join our Discord! We are so lonely... Aislene cries herself to sleep at night because no one is on Discord.  You can also connect to us on Twitter. Or check out our Patreon!
June 4, 2019
#81: One Week
It's our final film of Canadian Film Month and we are doing Aislene's favourite movie... ever! It's the story of a man who is diagnosed with cancer and goes on a road trip across Canada... it also has arguably the best film soundtrack and cameos by a few Canadian musicians... (Including the late Gord Downie.) But is the film feminist or inclusive? Is the movie good? Well, gotta listen to find out.  Here's a link to a playlist of the songs on Spotify.  Check out our Discord
May 28, 2019
#80: Aladdin (1992)
Bonus Episode!  Aislene and Gracie discuss Disney's Original 1992 Aladdin just in time for the release of the live action version! Is the movie feminist or inclusive? Well, hop on a carpet and fly... to another Arabian Night!
May 25, 2019
#79: Where The Spirit Lives
(There was some technical issues at the end of the podcast and Gracie's microphone cut out. I tried to do my best with editing the podcast so there isn't a issues with the delay.)  As part of Canadian Movie Month, we watched a television movie about residential schools in Canada.  The film stars Michelle St. John as Ashtoh-Komi, a young Kainai girl captured and confined to the residential school system of the 1930s. The system was an attempt to have aboriginal youth to assimilate into the majority European-Canadian culture. Ashtoh-Komi resists assimilation and plans her escape. Aislene and Gracie discuss the lasting impact of residential schools on the First Nations people of Canada as well as if the film is considered feminist and inclusive.  Resources: Where Are The Children Stolen Children - CBC Canada's Dark Secret - Vice We didn't talk about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls but I wanted to include it into our show notes. 
May 21, 2019
#78: Sabah: A Love Story
For this week in Canadian film month, we are looking at the 2005 film, Sabah. One day, when Sabah least expects it, she falls in love with the wrong man. She's Muslim, he's not. Unbeknownst to her family, she goes on a whirlwind affair before both culture and love collide. But, is the movie feminist?   
May 15, 2019
#77: Scott Pilgrim vs The World
It's the first of Canadian film month and we are talking about the cult classic, Scott Pilgrim vs The World. Set in the distant land of Toronto, Canada. Scott starts dating the mysterious American, Ramona... then he has to fight her 7 evil exs...  But, is the film Feminist? Is it Inclusive? Who is G man? Does bread make you fat? Is chicken vegan? Is Scott the actual worst? Well, we answer these in this episode of THE FEMINIST CRITIQUE! 
May 7, 2019
#76: How To Train Your Dragon
To finish off Animation Month, Aislene and Gracie are joined by special guest, Donny to talk about How to Train Your Dragon. Is Dragon Training Feminist? Did Gerald Butler visit Gracie's hometown? Is Donny Aislene's friend? All these answered on this week's episode! 
April 30, 2019
#75: Ballerina/Leap!
This week we take a look at the French film 'Ballerina', or as America calls it 'Leap!' It's the story of a poor redheaded orphan who dreams of being a dancer. I promise you, this isn't Annie, but does this French/Canadian film stand up to our tests and most importantly, is it good?
April 23, 2019
#74: Spirited Away
Sorry about the late episode everyone!    This episode goes out to listener, Thomas.  This week we look at one of the most successful anime films of all time. It’s a coming of age story of a girl named Chihiro, she goes to the spirit realm with her parents and they are turned into pigs and only she can save them.  But, is the film Feminist, is it Inclusive... and above all, is it good?     
April 17, 2019
#73: FernGully: The Last Rainforest
This week we take a look at FernGully: The Last Rainforest. A film about an Australian rain forest where no one has an Aussie accent and conservation comes about by magical fairies. Needless to say, we're almost as confused as this movie's message.
April 9, 2019
#72: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney)
It's Animation Month! Our first film is Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame. It's a movie about the Catholic Church, sexual predators, and genocide but only gets a G rating. So does this dark Disney tale pass any tests or is it just a dark parable about Frollo getting a boner and not knowing how to handle it?  Who knows?! 
April 2, 2019
#71: Working Girl
It’s the end of our 80s Month, and this week we’re recapping Working Girl with special guest Toasty! It’s the story of a secretary with a desire to move up the corporate ladder and become as successful as the woman she works for. Starring Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver and Harrison Ford, does this 80s Oscar Nominated Rom-Com have a feminist message? Is it good? Well, listen to find out! 
March 26, 2019
#70: The Breakfast Club
The one where Aislene has Mono?  We talk about this Classic 80s Teen Comedy and if it holds up to today. Is it Feminism and Inclusive? That's what we answer because... it's the point of the podcast.  Seriously tho, Aislene was really sick during the recording... so her voice is off. Sorry about it. 
March 19, 2019
#69: The Princess Bride
One of the most quotable films of all time, this week we're taking a look at The Princess Bride. It's got everything! True love! Sword fights! Revenge! But does it have feminism? Does it stand the test of time? Is it good? Tune in and find out!
March 12, 2019
#68: Labyrinth
It's all about the 80s baby! This week we're taking a look at the cult classic Labyrinth. Starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, this Jim Henson film has some of the best visual effects and puppet work of it's time. Does this film stand the test of time? Is it feminist? Tune in and find out!
March 5, 2019
#67: The 13th (w/ special guest Rocky)
This week we're discussing the documentary The 13th, a documentary by Ava DuVernay on mass incarceration, and the criminality of black bodies. Special guest Rocky, gives her own experiences as we discuss how far we've come in Civil Rights and how much further we have to go.
February 26, 2019
#66: The Hate U Give
This week we're taking a look at The Hate U Give. It's the story of a young teenager named Starr who becomes witness to her best friend's murder by cop. Touching on subjects of police brutality, gang violence, and the hard choices we have to make, it's a film about raising your voice, and shouting to be heard.
February 20, 2019
#65: Diary of a Mad, Black Woman
It's the first Madea movie on screen. Based on the play of the same name, this movie stars Kimberly Elise, Tyler Perry and Shemar Moore. It's the story of a woman who is living through a nasty divorce, finding new love, and dealing with the hurt and pain of an abusive marriage at it's end. So is this movie about her journey feminist? Is it good? Listen in to find out!
February 13, 2019
#64: Carmen Jones
It's Black History Month and we're starting off with an all star musical with a completely black cast from 1954! Carmen Jones is the story of a fiery, passionate woman and her ill fated love affair with Army man Joe. Progressive for it's time, does this movie pass any tests? Tune in and find out!
February 7, 2019
#63: Chicago
We're talking about Chicago. A high energy musical brought to screen. It tells the story of femme fatales Roxie and Velma, both women who created their fame by being murderers. With high octane performances and songs like "All That Jazz" and "Cell Block Tango" this movie delivers in on all of the fun that a true musical should. But is this film feminist?
January 30, 2019
#62: Cabaret
Willkomenn! This week we take at the legendary Liza Minnelli film, Cabaret. It's a movie that focuses on 1931 Germany, just before the rise of Nazism. Covering topics like abortion, polyamory, and homosexuality, this 1972 film was ground breaking. With memorable songs like Money Makes The World Go Round and Two Ladies, it really is a film you should see at least once.
January 22, 2019
#61: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
One of the most successful musicals of all time, it's the story of Milly, a young woman who marries a man named Adam, who has six brothers. Funny, charming, and even problematic, is this romp about courting and backwoodsmen any good? Tune in to find out!
January 15, 2019
#60: Hairspray
Welcome to the sixties with Hairspray! It's the story of big hair, big girls and big doses of racism set to a funky, doo wap sound. Based on the original film by John Waters and the Broadway play, it focuses on the world around Tracy Turnblad, a plus size girl who wants to be a dancer on an afternoon TV show. Is this movie feminist and inclusive? Is it good? Let's dive in and find out.
January 8, 2019
#59: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
There's nothing dirty going on with this Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds film. It's the story of the Chicken Ranch, a hundred year old brothel in the middle of Texas and how sexual morality led to it closing it's doors. There's great music, there's fantastic musical numbers and plenty of funny moments. So is this film about a little bitty pissant country place feminist? Tune in to find out!
January 1, 2019
#58: Die Hard
Yippey kai yay podcast listeners! This week we're taking a look at one of the best Christmas movies ever made. You heard that right. Die Hard IS a Christmas movie and we're going to prove it. So sit back, relax, listen to your bickering family and be glad you're not having as bad a Christmas as John McClane. Enjoy!
December 25, 2018
#57: A Christmas Prince: Royal Wedding (Bonus)
Surprise! It's our BONUS episode and we are going to be taking a look at the Netflix Original Movie, A Christmas Prince: Royal Wedding. It's a story that tries to be a cookie cutter Christmas movie, except it tries to be ALL of the Christmas movies. So pour the eggnog, put us on and give it a listen as we discuss this Christmas sequel.
December 24, 2018
#56: Gone With the Wind Pt. 2
It's the second half of Gone With the Wind, as Scarlet and the others recoup from the war in the era of reconstruction. This half focuses mostly on the development and eventual decline of Scarlet and Rhett's romance and we finally get to ask, is this epic film feminist or not?
December 18, 2018
#55: Gone With the Wind Pt. 1
You can't do a movie podcast without reviewing one of the greatest films of all time. It's a story of a southern belle who is faced with the realities of war. It's a story of survival, of war, of hell, but also a story that while epic is problematic as hell too. So let's dive in!
December 11, 2018
#54: Titanic
Our first romantic epic of the month, Aislene and Gracie take a look at Titanic. James Cameron's masterpiece about two star-crossed lovers on a ship that's final destination is the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Does this movie stand the test of time? Is there anything about it that's feminist? Above all, is it good? Listen and find out!
December 4, 2018
#53: Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas
Did you know that Jesus was born in a cave and placed on a rock? That St. Nicholas was actually a guy who murdered someone? That presents under the tree represent the New Jerusalem? Oh you didn't know that? Don't worry, neither did we. This week we're going to take a look at the critically panned movie Saving Christmas; a Liberty University funded film that's message is that materialism is everything. Enjoy our take!
November 27, 2018
#52: God's Not Dead
This week Hercules gives up the Greek Pantheon and all of the world's religions to say that God's Not Dead. It was the movie that launched a million weird text messages, and a franchise for Christians. So of course we had to talk about this Evangelical Christianity blockbuster!
November 21, 2018
#51: Jesus Camp
Harry Potter is the devil, and dead churches exist. This week we dive into our first documentary. We take a look at this documentary and Gracie tells us about that one time she lived in a cult. Enjoy!
November 12, 2018
#50: Old Fashioned w/ special guest Donny!
It's our 50th episode! We are starting off our month of Evangelical movies by talking about the movie Old Fashioned, a movie that was the Christian response to 50 Shades of Grey and yet somehow has managed to be more toxic than 50 Shades. So what about this movie is so problematic? We can give you a long list. Enjoy our discussion, but seriously, don't watch this movie.
November 6, 2018
#49: Hocus Pocus
This week we're taking a look at the Halloween staple, Hocus Pocus. It's a story of three witches who want to suck the lives out of children. We take a look at this classic film and decide if this film is feminist, and above all is it good?
October 29, 2018
#48: Rocky Horror Picture Show
This week we dive into the midnight movie to end all midnight movies. Rocky Horror Picture Show! One of the originals as far as LGBTQA+ representation, and brimming with iconic moments and songs, So what makes this movie such a cult classic?
October 23, 2018
#47: Jennifer's Body
This week we're taking a look at Jennifer's Body. Another cult classic horror film about a teenage girl who gets sacrificed to the devil in order for musicians to garner all the fame they want, never realizing the unintentional consequences. Being written by women, directed by women and starring women, we have to ask is this horror cult classic feminist? Is it good? Tune in to find out!
October 16, 2018
#46: Scream
This week we take a look at the iconic horror comedy Scream. When a town is disrupted by the gruesome murders of teenagers, a few seek to uncover the truth, but in order to survive this hollywood horror, they have to follow the rules. It's a scream baby!
October 9, 2018
#45: The Craft
It's Halloween! Well it's October anyway, and we're kicking off this spooky season with the cult classic The Craft. A story of four teenage witches who maybe bite off more than they can chew with the spells they cast. So is this film about witchcraft actually feminist? Tune in and find out!
October 2, 2018
#44: Pitch Perfect
This week we take a look at Pitch Perfect. It's a sleeper hit that ended up producing two of the highest grossing sequels for female led comedy of all time. What about this movie makes it such a big hit? Does it pass any of the tests? Listen to find out!
September 25, 2018
#43: Girl's Trip
This week's episode we dive into Girl's Trip. It's a movie about black sisterhood, starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish and Regina Hall. With special guest Rocky, we discuss this hilarious film about sisters, love, and the friendship that only a flossy posse can create!
September 17, 2018
#42: How To Marry a Millionaire
This week we take a look at the classic film How to Marry a Millionaire, a story of three single women on a quest to find rich husbands. Starring film legends Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, this film is one of the most iconic film to come out of the fifties. We hope you enjoy our take!
September 11, 2018
#41: Bring it On
It's Female Led Comedy Month! Our first movie of the month is Bring it On! This movie actually tackles some interesting points of view on cultural appropriation, white savior-hood, and even shows a progressive stance toward being gay at a time when being gay was still not normalized. So enjoy our take as we talk about one of our favorite movies!
September 4, 2018
#40: Selena
For our final installment of Female Led Drama, we take a look at the biopic Selena. It's the amazing story of trailblazer Selena Quintanilla, the first woman to ever top the male dominated Tejano music charts. Heartbreaking, and vibrant, Aislene and Gracie discuss the cultural impact of Selena and her tragic story.
August 28, 2018
#39: The Joy Luck Club
This week, we take a look at Joy Club Club. It's a story of mothers and daughters, of immigration and sacrifice, of love and loss and the difficult decisions we have to make. We discuss the cultural impact of this film, as one of the few films with Asian representation not based in martial arts, but rather on the beauty of love and family. Listen in for our take!
August 21, 2018
#38: Waiting to Exhale
This week we take a look at the movie Waiting to Exhale. This film is about four successful black women as they navigate their love lives and the men within them. They deal with heartbreak, anger, betrayal and even love.
August 14, 2018
#37: Fried Green Tomatoes
This week we start Female Led Drama with the 1991 classic Fried Green Tomatoes. We also have a special guest named Rocky who has her own take on this film and on the current politics that are reflected from it in today's society. Please enjoy this special edition of The Feminist Critique!
August 6, 2018
#36: The Room
IT'S TEARING US APART! We take a look at the cult phenomenon The Room. It's a movie about a man, in love with a woman who is tearing him to pieces. Considered one of the worst films every made, it is the epitome of bad movies and Aislene and Gracie took a look at this certainly strange film.
July 30, 2018
#35: Mommie Dearest
Loosely based on what is considered the first Hollywood Tell-All Book, Mommie Dearest is a cult classic that focuses on the life of Joan Crawford and her adopted daughter Christina. Aislene and Gracie take a look at the film, and try to differentiate fact from fiction, and wonder if that famous scene is really as funny as people make it.
July 23, 2018
#34: Crossroads
It's Guilty Pleasure Movie Month and we take a look at this road trip film from 2001. Starring Britney Spears, Zoe Saldana and Anson Mount, it's a trip about love, live and friendship. Is it really as bad as the critics pan it out to be, or is it just easy to dismiss Britney Spears as an actress? We think you'll be surprised!
July 17, 2018
#33: Fifty Shades of Grey
It's our second Guilty Pleasure move and this time we're looking at the blockbuster BDSM film Fifty Shades of Grey. This blockbuster film is one of the most successful R Rated movies of all time, but the themes that are used make us both cringe. Enjoy our take!
July 9, 2018
#32: St. Trinians
It's Guilt Pleasures Movie Month. Our first film is St. Trinians. This movie is a heist movie, and a movie about a girl's school in England, and stars icons like Colin Firth and Rupert Everett. It's also one of Aislene's favorite films. Enjoy our breakdown of this cult classic.
July 3, 2018
#31: Love, Simon
In our last Pride Month movie, we discuss the recent film LOVE, SIMON. It's a coming of age, or rather coming to terms love story about a young man in high school who relates to another closeted gay student. Funny, heartwarming and charming, we can honestly say this movie is worth the watch!
June 27, 2018
#30: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
This week, we take a look at the Australian film and GLAAD Award Winner for Best Film, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. It's a road trip comedy, involving three drag queens, one of whom is transgender, on their quest from Sydney to Alice Springs to do a cabaret act. Heart warming, hilarious, and sometimes melodramatic, it's a great film worth watching!
June 20, 2018
#29: Saving Face
This week we discuss the lesbian romcom Saving Face. It's the story of two Chinese-American women, one of whom is grappling with her sexuality and her overbearing mother, who's moved in thanks to a surprise pregnancy. Heart warming, sweet, and adorable, definitely a movie to watch! Enjoy!
June 12, 2018
#28: Brokeback Mountain
It's Pride Month! This month our focus will be on LGBTQA+ Representation in film and our first film, is Brokeback Mountain. The film that lost  Best Picture Oscar to Crash, it tells the story of two men who over the course of decades struggle with their sexuality and the deep rooted homophobia surrounding them as they battle each other and their own demons. Even though it's a film that has been mocked, it truly is a beautiful story. Enjoy!
June 5, 2018
#27: Ghost in the Shell (Bonus Episode)
To round out our anime movie month, Aislene and Gracie discuss the classic anime film from 1995, Ghost in the Shell. Known for it's influence in sci-fi films, like The Matrix and even James Cameron's Avatar, we take a look at if this movie passes the test but most of all, is it good? If you love this film, you might not want to tune in.
May 31, 2018
#26: Your Name
This week we take a look at the highest grossing Anime film of all time, Your Name. Released in 2016, it's the story of two people, Taki and Mitsuha, who's lives are connected by fate and a comet. So please enjoy our review of Your Name, and definitely go watch this one if you haven't already!
May 29, 2018
#25: In This Corner of the World
This week we take a look at 2016's In This Corner of the World. It's the story of a young woman coming of age in the midst of World War II, just on the outskirts of Hiroshima. Telling a story that the west doesn't often get to see, we see the life of Japanese citizens as the war crumbles around them, and how even in darkness there is light.
May 22, 2018
#24: Howl's Moving Castle
This week, continuing Anime Film month, we take a look at Hayao Miyazaki's classic Howl's Moving Castle. It's the story of a shy, introverted young woman named Sophie, who is cursed to be old. On her journey to try and break the spell against her, she meets the wizard Howl, and his band of misfits, many of whom have their own spells to break. It's a beautiful film, with action sequences, magic and romance and we really think you'll like our take.
May 15, 2018
#23: Akira
It's the first of our Anime Month, and we start it off with the 1988 classic Akira. This movie created international buzz around Anime styled film and led to the western fascination surrounding Anime television and movies. Despite it's overwhelming popularity, does it past the test? Is it good? Listen in to find out!
May 7, 2018
#22: Shrek
Wrapping up our Non-Disney Animation month, we take a look at the film that serves as the very antithesis of the Disney framework. A Beauty and the Beast story with a twist ending, that doesn't hold back from destroying typical fairy tales tropes, while also engaging in others. Winner of the first Animated Film Oscar, this movie definitely established Dreamworks as a very competitive rival to Disney. So of course, we're going to talk about it. Enjoy!
April 30, 2018
#21: The Road to El Dorado
This week, Aislene and Gracie discuss The Road to El Dorado. It's a story about two Spaniard con artists who get mistaken for gods in the fabled city of gold, El Dorado. With aspects of Mayan and Aztec culture, we talk about what implications and stereotypes were used for the first nations shown, and also discuss the allusions made about the fate of some of the other characters. Also, why doesn't this movie have a sequel? Enjoy!
April 24, 2018
#20: The Swan Princess
This week, in continuation of Non-Disney Animation, we take a look at the Richard Rich classic animated film, The Swan Princess. It's the story of a Princess, and a Prince, a magic spell, and a terrible villain. We poke fun at some of the common fairy tale tropes, at Prince Derek himself, and some rather cringe-worthy moments, as well as a few of those Swan Princess sequels. Enjoy!
April 16, 2018
#19: The Prince of Egypt
Aislene and Gracie talk about one of the most successful religious films of all time, The Prince of Egypt. The movie, taken straight from the book of Exodus, tells the story of Moses, as he goes from Prince of Egypt, to shepherd, to savior of the Hebrew people, alongside his brother Aaron, and sister Miriam. This film is breathtaking, dark, and wonderful. Truly a great film, that pays homage to all three Abrahamic religions.
April 11, 2018
#18: Anastasia
Aislene and Gracie open Non-Disney Animation month with Anastasia. A film from Fox Animation, from the year 1997, it tells the (historically inaccurate) tale of the lost Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia. Directed by Don Bluth, and considered one of the best non-Disney Animation films, we can't help but dive into the history, and maybe even rant about a few things. Enjoy!
April 2, 2018
#17: Casablanca
This week, we're finishing out our Oscar Winners month with Casablanca. This 1944 Best Picture winner, is about the love affair between cafe owner Rick, and Ilsa, a woman married to a revolutionary in Nazi Occupied Europe. Considered one of the greatest films of all time, and untouchable, Aislene and Gracie discuss this war film, and the social impact it had during it's time.
March 28, 2018
#16 - Slumdog Millionaire
We take a look at Slumdog Millionaire. This Best Picture winner tells a story of love across lifetime, and the extraordinary life of 18 year old Jamal Malik as he competes on the show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and miraculously knows all of the answers to the questions asked. It's a moving, gut wrenching, fantastic film and we can't wait to put it to the test.
March 21, 2018
#15 - Crash
Aislene and Gracie take a look at the 2006 Best Picture Winner, Crash. If anything, this is a movie that definitely proves why sometimes the Academy just gets it completely and utterly wrong. Dive in as we discuss the beautiful, horrible mess that is Crash as it takes on a narrative of racism in it's many forms, and the impact of that racism on others.
March 15, 2018
#14 - All About Eve
In our first episode of Oscar winners, we take a look at the 1950 Best Picture Winner, All About Eve. It's a movie that in some ways, is ahead of it's time, and is tied for most nominations with Titanic and La La Land. So what about Eve is so special?
March 7, 2018
#13 - Get Out (Bonus Episode)
In our special bonus episode, Gracie and Aislene discuss the film Get Out, celebrating the achievements of a thriller written and directed by Jordan Peele. It was a perfect way to start off our Oscar month and end our Black History Month theme. Hope you enjoy!
March 4, 2018
#12 - In The Heat of the Night
This week Aislene and Gracie discuss In the Heat of the Night (1967), a groundbreaking film that focuses on a murder mystery but the ongoing tensions of the Civil Rights Movement. Hope you enjoy!
February 28, 2018
#11 - Selma
Aislene and Gracie discuss the film Selma, based on the actual Civil Rights March that took place in the 1960s. We discuss the history of the march, how it differs from the film and how this film is such a parallel to today's society.
February 19, 2018
#10 - The Wiz
Aislene and Gracie discuss the 1978 cult classic The Wiz, and African-Americanized version of the L. Frank Baum story The Wizard of Oz. The film caters to the African American experience and Aislene and Gracie discuss the cultural influences and impact of the film.
February 13, 2018
#9: Hidden Figures
It's the first episode of our Black History Month celebration and we're start off with the amazing Hidden Figures. We dive into the microaggresive racism presented, the sexism, and the amazing women who inspired the film.
February 6, 2018
#8 - He's Just Not That Into You
Ending RomCom month, Aislene and Gracie talk about the film He's Just Not That Into You, based on the non-fiction advice book of the same name. It's certainly an interesting movie, and we dive in to the different relationships and scenarios presented. Hope you enjoy!
January 29, 2018
#7 - Think Like a Man
Aislene and Gracie discuss the romantic comedy hit Think Like a Man, based on the book (Act Like a Lady) Think Like a Man, by Steve Harvey. We discuss inclusivity within film, and ask if this film is feminist, but overall, is it good?
January 22, 2018
#6 - How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
On this week's episode of The Feminist Critique, and our continuance of RomCom Month, we take a look at the romantic comedy How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Does it pass the test?
January 16, 2018
#5: What Women Want
Aislene and Gracie are back at it again, discussing the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time. What Women Want. Ironically, this movie, doesn't do a very good job of showing us what that is.
January 9, 2018
#4 - Bridget Jones's Diary
It's officially 2018 and to ring in the new year, Aislene and Gracie talk about Bridget Jones's Diary, a movie that at it's core, is all about New Year Resolutions and how to break them.
January 2, 2018
#3-A Christmas Prince
This week, in celebration of the Christmas holiday, Aislene and Gracie take a look at the Netflix original film, A Christmas Prince. Surprisingly it's not that bad.
December 25, 2017
#2 : Home Alone 2: Lost In New York
This week, Aislene and Gracie take a swing at Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, and what you might have missed if you haven't watched anything but the edited TV version in the past few years. Hope you enjoy!
December 18, 2017
#1: Love, Actually
On the first episode of The Feminist Critique, Aislene and Gracie put the romantic comedy Love, Actually, to the (feminist test). Applying several different tests used to judge a film’s feminism and intersectionality, Gracie and Aislene have to decide, is this movie a feminist film? Above all else, is it good? Those two are not always mutually exclusive.
December 7, 2017
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