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The Sundae Presents

The Sundae Presents

By The Sundae
Two friends make each other watch films the other hasn't seen. Hosted by Ciara Moloney and Dean Buckley, co-creators of The Sundae.
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Interview with the Vampire

The Sundae Presents

Interview with the Vampire
Dean shows Ciara his favourite film from 1994, Neil Jordan’s gay vampire fantasia Interview with the Vampire. They talk about how gay it is, the complexities of vampires as metaphors and Tom Cruise’s electric performance as Lestat. Visit The Sundae: Follow us on Twitter: Gender Troubles in The Crying Game: Michael Collins Remains an Irish Cornerstone 25 Years Later: My First Vulnerability is the Last Thing You’ll See: Our previous gay romantic horror episode:
August 29, 2022
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Ciara shows Dean the polarising first Star Trek film, Star Trek: The Motion Picture. They talk about why it's nicknamed The Slow-Motion Picture, whether Kirk and Spock are boyfriends, and the beauty of its abstract special effects. Visit The Sundae: Follow us on Twitter: Star Trek: The Motion Picture – re:View by RedLetterMedia: Gutless, Spineless, Gormless, Directionless, Neurotic, Underachieving, Cowardly Pile of Smeg: The Arnold J. Rimmer Story: 
July 24, 2022
Dean shows Ciara his actual favourite film of all time, Terry Gilliam's 1985 dystopian sci-fi comedy Brazil. They talk about its infamously tumultuous production, its nonideological dictatorship and its retrofuturist aesthetic. Visit The Sundae: Follow us on Twitter: The Battle of Brazil – A Video History: Pauline Kael’s review of Brazil: Episode 4, Speed Racer: Episode 10, Ikiru:
June 27, 2022
Singin' in the Rain
Ciara finally shows Dean one of the most absurd films he's never seen: Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen's musical classic Singin' in the Rain. They talk about the history of the movie musical, how funny Donald O'Connor is and whether or not the main characters are in a throuple. Visit The Sundae: Follow us on Twitter: The Mere Possibility of the Movie Musical: Roger Ebert on Singin' in the Rain: All We're Looking for Is Love from Someone Else:
June 01, 2022
Bourne Again
In their first ever bonus episode, Ciara and Dean continue discussing the Bourne Trilogy because, frankly, there's a lot to say about the Bourne Trilogy. Whenever the Bourne Trilogy isn't on screen, people should be asking: where's the Bourne Trilogy? They talk about mass surveillance, MKUltra and how much Paul Greengrass loves handheld cameras. Visit The Sundae: Follow us on Twitter: Ciara on how films portray the Bush administration in Current Affairs: Episode 15, The Bourne Identity: Ciara and Dean talking about another conspiracy thriller on another podcast:
May 17, 2022
The Bourne Identity
In a rare role-reversal, Dean shows Ciara a popular mainstream film she has bizarrely never seen: The Bourne Identity, starring Matt Damon. They talk about its difficult production, how evil the CIA is, and The Long Kiss Goodnight. Visit The Sundae: Follow us on Twitter: 24 Reasons The Bourne Identity & The Long Kiss Goodnight Are The Same Movie by Couch T: Episode 5, Good Will Hunting: Ciara and Dean talking about another conspiracy thriller on another podcast:
May 01, 2022
Frankenstein / Bride of Frankenstein
Ciara hits Dean with another classic horror double bill as he watches James Whale's Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. They talk about the censorship of the first film, the queer themes of the second and ask: who's the real monster anyway? (It's Dr. Frankenstein.) Visit The Sundae: Follow us on Twitter: Ciara on Happy Death Day in Fangoria:  My First Vulnerability is the Last Thing You'll See: You Kill That Man, You Die Next:
April 03, 2022
Fists in the Pocket
It's a return to normalcy as Dean once again makes Ciara watch some film you've never heard of that he watched on a whim: Marco Bellocchio's 1965 film debut Fists in the Pocket. They talk about its complex portrayal of disability, ambiguously amoral characters and mad incest vibes. Visit The Sundae: Follow us on Twitter: Notes on Hamlet (2000): God Sent Me To Piss The World Off, Part 1: I Was Cured, All Right: Do I Look Like the Kind of Clown Who Could Start a Movement?:
February 20, 2022
Whedon v Snyder: The Justice League Special
Ciara and Dean each brought a film this episode, but also... the same film? For our first (proper) double episode, Ciara made Dean watch the Whedon Cut of Justice League, and Dean made Ciara watch the Snyder Cut. They talk about corporate heartlessness, the inherent silliness of superheroes and Batman getting old. They also laugh at the bad guy a lot. Visit The Sundae: Follow us on Twitter: Five Years in Hell: a Reflection on the Superhero TV Boom: Crisis on Infinite Shows: Ghostbusters (2016): a Hillary Clinton Story: Martin Scorsese on Marvel movies:
January 25, 2022
It's a Wonderful Life
For our first Christmas Spectacular, Ciara helps Dean rid himself of one of his most grievous shames: never having seen It's a Wonderful Life. They talk about its view of capitalism, the brilliance of its final act and whether there's even such a thing as corny. Visit The Sundae: Follow us on Twitter: Bosley Crowther's review of It's a Wonderful Life: Too Pop for the Punk Kids: The last time we did a film where someone pretends to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge into a river to trick Jimmy Stewart into jumping in after them:
December 23, 2021
In a shocking twist, Dean shows Ciara a film widely acknowledged as one of the greatest of all time: Akira Kurosawa's Ikiru. They talk about its humour and humanism, Kurosawa's influences and how the main character's son is a complete piece of shit. Visit The Sundae: Follow us on Twitter: “Akira Kurosawa - Composing Movement” by Every Frame a Painting: Bosley Crowther’s review of Ikiru: Ciara’s article on Michael Collins in Paste: The Rashomon Effect Effect:
December 19, 2021
Welcome to Me
Dean shows Ciara a film released after they met instead of before they were born: the 2014 Kristen Wiig vehicle Welcome to Me. They talk about the positive thinking movement, Wiig’s career arc and why Oprah sucks. Visit The Sundae: Follow us on Twitter: Barbara Ehrenreich on positive thinking: Oprah’s long history with junk science: Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar speech: Ben Affleck’s The Town:
November 21, 2021
The Evil Dead / Evil Dead II
For our first Halloween Spooktacular, Ciara shows Dean a Sam Raimi double bill: The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II. They talk about the genius of Bruce Campbell, innovation born from ignorance, and all the different kinds of goo. Visit The Sundae: Follow us on Twitter: "Why Would You Need To Guard A Dead Man Stuck In A Two-Foot Refrigerator?" by Ciara in Bright Wall/Dark Room: You Should Watch Vic Reeves Big Night Out:
October 24, 2021
Dog Day Afternoon
Ciara makes Dean watch one of her actual favourite films, Dog Day Afternoon. They talk about sexuality and gender, optimism and the Attica prison massacre. Visit The Sundae: Follow us on Twitter: "The Boys in the Bank" by P. F. Kluge and Thomas Moore: Radical Empathy and the Prison-Industrial Complex:
September 26, 2021
Way Down East
Dean shows Ciara D.W. Griffith’s 1920 silent melodrama Way Down East. They talk about its weird Christian feminism, silent film acting and sleepy kitties. Visit The Sundae: Follow us on Twitter: “The Grace of Keanu Reeves” by Angelica Jade Bastién: You Should Watch Charlie Chaplin: Way Down East on YouTube:
August 29, 2021
Good Will Hunting
Ciara makes Dean watch Good Will Hunting for the first time. They talk about class, toilet humour, and whether Ben Affleck is a good actor.  Visit The Sundae: Follow us on Twitter: Cancelled Too Soon: Mindhunter: My First Vulnerability is the Last Thing You’ll See: Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Win Original Screenplay (feat. Jack Lemmon wildin' out): Ben Affleck getting unmatched on a dating app:
August 01, 2021
Speed Racer
Dean shows Ciara his favourite film released in his lifetime: the Wachowski Sisters’ 2008 children’s action blockbuster Speed Racer. They talk about digital effects, sensory overload and whether blockbusters can be anti-capitalist. Visit The Sundae: Follow us on Twitter: “In Defense of Disco” by Richard Dyer: In Speed Racer’s fossil-fuel-free future, speed is freedom: An entire episode of Lazy Town: Chapo Trap House's Avatar episode: Speed Racer Is Not an Art Film:
July 04, 2021
Ciara makes Dean watch only his third Alfred Hitchcock film, the 1958 classic Vertigo. They talk about cops, pretty colours, and Dean's aversion to films made between 1934 and 1967.  Visit The Sundae: Follow us on Twitter: The Hays Code: A bunch of dolly zooms, including Vertigo and Jaws: Socially Awkward Penguin: James F. Maxfield and Vertigo as An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge:
May 30, 2021
Wings of Desire
Dean makes Ciara watch the Wim Wenders movie Wings of Desire for the first time. They talk about war, peace, and Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls. Visit The Sundae: Follow us on Twitter: Wim Wenders interview: Sundae Film Awards 2021:
May 02, 2021
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
In the inaugural episode of The Sundae Presents, Ciara makes Dean watch the Steven Spielberg classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for the first time. They talk about drunken empathy, Jesus parallels, and penis breath.  Visit The Sundae: Follow us on Twitter: Spielberg talking about the special edition: Is Stranger Things a personal tribute to Hitler?
April 04, 2021