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The Celluloid Mirror

The Celluloid Mirror

By 4MileCircus
Filmmakers Nicole Solomon and Sean Mannion of 4MileCircus use two disparate films as a jumping off point to discuss film, art, and the audience.
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Mini Speed and the Racer Cats (Season 2 Episode 4 Preview)
Nicole and Sean give you a little taste of what's to come next week on The Celluloid Mirror when we'll be talking about Speed Racer and Josie and the Pussycats, which was such a fun conversation, we had to split it in two! So, next week you'll just be getting part 1 ... but what a part 1! Che's episode from Season 1: And Then The Music Wilds Out (The Big Boss and Sorry to Bother You) See Fraud at the Tribeca Film Festival produced by our upcoming guest Alanah Rafferty. Girls, Guts and Giallo episode about “the male gaze” Get episodes of The Celluloid Mirror early PLUS bonus episodes, uncut video of our recording sessions featuring conversations that didn’t make it to the final show, games, invitations to events, Discord access and so, so much more Celluloid Mirror by subscribing to our Patreon We’re also on twitter, instagram and have a website Sean on twitter and IG Nicole on twitter and IG All music in the episode is by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4552-twisted License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
12:56
May 25, 2022
Not Like Other Girls (Variety and Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Teen horror-comedy meets avant garde neo-noir as we discuss Fran Kuzui’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Bette Gordon’s Variety, two very different, reputedly-feminist interventions into genre. Who is a better screenwriter -- Kathy Acker or Joss Whedon? We explore this important question and more. S2E3 Episode Transcript HERE Links and Further Reading Chicago review: David Kehr on how “Buffy is, like, so campy, you know?” New York Times: Janet Maslin hates Variety New York Times: Janet Maslin likes Buffy a little more Another Gaze: Rebecca Liu on Screening Female Desire: Bette Gordon’s Variety 35 Years On CUNY Queens: Kevin L. Ferguson on On Variety: The Avant-Garde Between Pornography and Narrative Gay Community News: Cindy Patton on A Question of Variety: New Forms for Women in Movies IndieWire: Liz Shannon Miller on how Luke Perry in Buffy the Vampire Slayer helped Redefine the Male Love Interest Going Rampant: Feminist Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Buffy the Vampire Slayer original film script by Joss Whedon Laura Mulvey on Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema Subscribe to our Patreon We’re also on twitter, instagram and have a website Sean on twitter and IG Nicole on twitter and IG All music in the episode is by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4552-twisted License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:55:40
May 18, 2022
Mini Variety the Genre Flip Slayer (Season 2 Episode 3 Preview)
Get ready for our conversation about Bette Gordon's Variety and Fran Kuzui's Buffy the Vampire Slayer (written by third generation TV sitcom writer Joss Whedon) with this minisode/teaser. You'll hear a couple of clips from next week's episode as well as a response to some of your comments. Including an explanation of why, as a storyteller, it's important to analyze the work of others and break down what's not as well done even in the things you really enjoy.  Get episodes early as well as bonus episodes, uncut video of our recording sessions featuring stuff that didn’t make it to the final show, games, invitations to events, Discord acess and so, so much more Celluloid Mirror by subscribing to our Patreon We’re also on twitter, instagram and have a website Sean on twitter and IG Nicole on twitter and IG All music in the episode is by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4552-twisted License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
17:50
May 11, 2022
Walking, Talking Candied Apples (Return to Oz & Hellbound: Hellraiser 2)
Girls Guts and Giallo host Annie Rose Malamet joins for a spirited discussion of Return to Oz, Walter Murch’s maligned sequel to acclaimed classic film The Wizard of Oz, and Tony Randel’s Hellbound: Hellraiser 2, a slightly-less controversial follow up to Clive Barker’s Hellraiser. “Kids are…terrified” - Siskel & Ebert Misogyny and mental health! Bad mommies! Magical creatures, both sexy and not-so-much! We are discussing all that and more in this deep dive into the connective tissue between these two fascinating sequels featuring young women institutionalized against their will, just for telling the truth. All hail Fairuza Balk and Clare Higgans! Episode Transcript Links and Further Reading Siskel and Ebert Hate Return to Oz New York Times Janet Maslin on Return to Oz RogerEbert.com Ebert “reviews” Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 New York Times Caren James on Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 PopLurker: Michael Casey on subtly sinister ways Return to Oz is really a horror movie Screen Crush: Britt Hayes on Revisiting Return to Oz Screen Rant:  Adrienne Tyler on Hellraiser 2’s original ending Los Angeles Times: Patrick Goldstein on Hellbounds Horror-Fiction Lion Our very own patreon! Sean on Hellraiser Mythology California Law Review: Robert T. Roth and Judith Lerner on Sex-Based Discrimination in the Mental Institutionalization of Women Get episodes early as well as bonus episodes, uncut video of our recording sessions featuring stuff that didn’t make it to the final show, games, invitations to events, Discord access and so, so much more Celluloid Mirror by subscribing to our Patreon We’re also on twitter, instagram and have a website Sean on twitter and IG Nicole on twitter and IG All music in the episode is by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4552-twisted License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:56:56
May 04, 2022
Mini Ozbound: Return 2 Ozraiser (Season 2 Episode 2 Preview)
What's coming next from the Celluloid Mirror? We're talking about Tony Randel's Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Walter Murch's Return to Oz with Girls, Guts, and Giallo's Annie Role Malamet! This mini-sode is a little preview of what's coming up next week!  You may want to prepare by listening to Annie's two part episode on the first Hellraiser movie! Part 1 and Part 2 Get episodes early as well as bonus episodes, uncut video of our recording sessions featuring stuff that didn’t make it to the final show, games, invitations to events, Discord acess and so, so much more Celluloid Mirror by subscribing to our Patreon We’re also on twitter, instagram and have a website Sean on twitter and IG Nicole on twitter and IG All music in the episode is by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4552-twisted License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
06:33
April 27, 2022
I'm Good Right? (Tammy and the T-Rex and Breaking the Waves)
An animatronic dinosaur with human consciousness meets a Calvinist true believer in our season 2 premiere!  Men have problems! They’re being mauled by lions, injured in oil rig accidents, flattened by steamrollers, and even separated from their very bodies, having their brains placed in a retired theme park attractions. How will the women in their lives fix them??? These are just some of the challenges that Denise Richards, Paul Walker, Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsgard face in Stewart Raffill’s Tammy and the T-Rex and Lars Von Trier’s Breaking the Waves.  Note: This episode contains a frank and at times graphic discussion of the films’ events and themes, including violence (both sexual and otherwise), suicide, disability and ableism, abuse, systemic misogyny and other heavy topics.  Links and Further Reading  Episode Transcript New York Times: Janet Maslin on Breaking the Waves  RogerEbert.com: Roger Ebert on Breaking the Waves  RogerEbert.com: Peter Sobczynski on Tammy and the T-Rex  Rhonda S. Black Victims and Victors: Representation of Physical Disability on the Silver Screen  Romel W. Mackelprang, Richard O. Salsgiver Disability: A Diversity Model Approach in Human Service Practice  Disability Studies Quarterly: Susanne Berg on Cultural Commentary: Pre-agreed Criteria for the Subject Matter  Vertigo Elzemieke de Tiege on Exploiting the Innocent Heroine  The Independent Adam White on Tammy and the T-Rex  How Did This Get Made episode on Tammy and the T-Rex  Get episodes early as well as bonus episodes, uncut video of our recording sessions featuring stuff that didn’t make it to the final show, games, invitations to events, Discord acess and so, so much more Celluloid Mirror by subscribing to our Patreon We’re also on twitter, instagram and have a website Sean on twitter and IG Nicole on twitter and IG All music in the episode is by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4552-twisted License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
02:14:21
April 20, 2022
The Celluloid Mirror Season 2 TRAILER!
The Celluloid Mirror is BACK for a second season, in which we continue to take two very different films and see what they reflect about one another, and the audience watching. Our season premiere is a wide-ranging discussion about Lars Von Trier's Breaking the Waves and Stuart Raffill's Tammy and the T-Rex! It drops Wednesday, March 20th 2022. New episodes every other Wednesday right here or wherever you get podcasts.  Subscribe so you never miss an episode, and if you like what you hear please leave us a review and tell a friend! 
02:03
April 13, 2022
Our 2021 Top Tens
Hello Listeners! We have a bonus episode for you! In this special, between-seasons bonus episode of The Celluloid Mirror hosts Sean and Nicole compare their top ten films of 2021. Two will enter, one will fall. Who has the superior cinematic taste? Bonus: Hear Nicole mispronounce so many words! So many. Stay tuned for The Celluloid Mirror Season Two coming soon, in which Sean and Nicole will return to discussing a mere two films per episode. Links and Further Reading: Sean on Letterboxd Nicole on Letterboxd TCM Bonus episode about Judas and the Black Messiah More about Nella Larsen PDF of Passing, Quicksand, and stories by Nella Larsen Saint Maud trailer Masking Threshold on Rotten Tomatoes Excalibur The Sword and the Stone The Kid who Would Be King At World’s End Dorothy Arzner’s Dance, Girl, Dance All music in the episode is by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:25:01
January 26, 2022
How Do You Define a Cult Classic (Knives and Skin and Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead)
Technical Note: Unfortunately Nicole had some technical issues with her recording, so you may notice a change in the quality of her audio for the final 30 minutes of the episode. In the final episode of season one of The Celluloid Mirror we invited Ashlee Blackwell to join us to talk about two teen films: Jennifer Reeder's Knives and Skin from 2019 and Stephen Herek's Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead from 1991. Ashlee is the creator of the online scholarship Graveyard Shift Sisters, a resource highlighting the history of Black women in the horror genre and is one of the writers and producers of the Shudder Original documentary, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. She's currently an adjunct professor of film studies. Knives and Skin and Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead are both films about suburban) teenagers coming of age in the absence of parental guidance, catalyzed by an unexpected and obfuscated death. We talk about those similarities, our reactions, and how in some ways the teens in Knives and Skin are the children of the teens in Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead. This is our last episode for season one of the show. We're going to take a little break and be back soon with more episodes. Let us know what movies or pairing you'd be interested in us diving into. Links and Further Reading: Graveyard Shift Sisters Horror Noire; A History of Black Horror Knives And Skin (2019) Is An Amazing Pastel Noir Therapy Session - Ashlee Blackwell Knives and Skin on Rotten Tomatoes Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead on Rotten Tomatoes Roger Ebert on Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Ebert.com on Knives and Skin Vincent Canby on Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Ben Kenigsberg on Knives and Skin Hollywood Movies from the Nineties: Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead (1991) - Stones of Erasmus Blog Rural Magic Realism and Perpetual Adolescence in KNIVES AND SKIN - Father Son Holy Gore Blog Knives and Skin Explained - If Twin Peaks was a Panty-Sniffing Musical - Signal Horizon Magazine "Knives and Skin" - Berlin Review All music in the episode is by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:52:35
May 19, 2021
Chimps + A Pitbull = Grimdark (Mad Max: Fury Road and Babe: Pig in the City)
In our penultimate episode of our first season of The Celluloid Mirror Nicole and Sean invite their good friend cinematographer Yessica Curiel Montoya to discuss two George Miller classics: Mad Max: Fury Road and Babe: Pig in the City. Yessica is an experienced DP with an extensive background as a gaffer for independent features, documentaries, and commercials. Her work as cinematographer has screened in film festivals around the world, and received a Kodak Eastman Award in 2014. She’s a Mexican immigrant, and a proud Harlem resident in New York City. ​ What do Pig in the City and Fury Road have in common? They are both sequels to hit films that feature colons but no numbers in their official titles. They are also both directed by George Miller. We believe they share many thematic and stylistic elements and constitute Miller’s two finest films. We discuss how both approach anti-authoritarian themes and issues around being sequels to popular films. Links and Further Reading Yessica's Website Pig in the City on Rotten Tomatoes Fury Road on Rotten Tomatoes Ebert on Pig in the City Ebert.com on Fury Road Janet Maslin on Pig in the City AO Scott on Fury Road ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Isn’t George Miller’s Most Nutso Movie — ‘Babe: Pig In The City’ Is “Toys in the Attic” Christopher Kelly, Film Quarterly What George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road Has in Common With Lorenzo’s Oil and Babe: Pig in the City Babe: Pig in the City is a movie about hope with the right amount of regret Why ‘Babe’ Bombed "Who Killed the World? Religious Paradox in Mad Max: Fury Road" Bonnie McLean, Science Fiction film and Television "Recasting Nature as a Feminst Space" Michelle Yates, Science Fiction Film and Television All music in the episode is by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:41:30
April 21, 2021
Just Go Live with the Mermaids (The Lure and Splash)
How do the 1984 US romantic comedy Splash and the 2015 Polish horror musical The Lure reinterpret the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale The Little Mermaid.? No guests this week, just hosts Sean and Nicole talking about some sea folk and what these tales tell us about how audiences and filmmakers see gender, sexuality, sacrifice, and more. Deep Cuts: The Lure on Syfy.com Film Comment on The Lure Roger Ebert on Splash Ebert.com on The Lure Janet Maslin on Splash AO Scott on The Lure The Little Mermaid was more Subversive than you Realized on Smithsonian.com All music in the episode is by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:42:40
March 17, 2021
Nature Slash Pleasure Seekers (Surviving the Game and Parasite)
What do an academy award winning South Korean drama and a 90s Ice-T action thriller have in common? That's the question we address this month with the hosts of the Brothers from Another Planet podcast Lemar McLean, Tarik Davis, and Don P. Hooper. You read that right. This month we have not one, not two, but three guests! This month we address how both Ernest Dickerson's Surviving the Game and Bong Joon Ho's Parasite are stories of how for those without money, capitalism may truly be The Most Dangerous Game, one rigged to be unwinnable. And we consider the question: "Are rich people the Most Dangerous Parasite?" Don P. Hooper is a writer and filmmaker of Jamaican heritage. He was a staff writer for the 2017-2020 Writers Guild of America East Awards and his directing work has been selected and featured in the NYC Horror Film Festival, The New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival (award winner), Martha's Vineyard AA Film Festival, and more. His poetry has been featured in Unión de Periodistas, the “Ransack” chapbook and the “Jerk Apricots and Chains” chapbook. He does voice-over in video games and documentaries. He proudly reps Brooklyn, all day, every day. Tarik Davis is an actor/writer/avid pop culture consumer based in Brooklyn, NY. Past experience includes performing for Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, Boom Chicago in Amsterdam and The Second City in Chicago. Tarik wrote and stars in Page One, a short horror film that was featured in the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival and the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival. Tarik is a regular performer at The Pit with Comedy People’s Time and The Baldwins and at UCB Hell’s Kitchen with Baby Wants Candy. Tarik joined Freestyle Love Supreme in July 2019 at the Kennedy Center in D.C. and made his Broadway debut with FLS at the Booth Theater in December 2019. You can also catch Tarik as a main cast member in the Netflix series The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show and as the on camera announcer for The Amber Ruffin Show on Peacock and on the weekly podcast, Brothers From Another Planet. LeMar McLean produces the podcasts Brothers From Another Planet and The Taped Off TV Podcast. Since producing the web series Breakfast in Bed and the short film Page One, he’s focused on screenwriting in the social justice horror/thriller space. Listen to Brothers from Another Planet! Learn more about Lemar! Learn more about Tarik! Learn more about Don! Parasite on Rotten Tomatoes Surviving the Game on Rotten Tomatoes Ebert.com on Parasite Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel on Surviving the Game Janet Maslin on Surviving the Game Vulture Interview with Bong Joon Ho Shawn Setaro Interview with Ernest Dickerson on The Cipher All music in the episode is by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:45:49
February 17, 2021
CageFest 2 (National Treasure and The Wicker Man (2006))
Happy New Year! We're ringing in the new year with a sequel! Not to one of our own episodes, but actually to an episode of Guilt Free Features, the podcast of this month's guests Janet Kim and Karen Wang. Back in August 2020 we chatted with Karen and Janet about Face/Off and Con Air and all the Cagey Cageness of the one and only Nicolas Cage and the "Summer of Cage." This month, we're talking about Neil LaBute's less than stellar remake of The Wicker Man and Jon Turtletaub's ode to the puzzling genius of the Founding Fathers, National Treasure. What connects these two movies beyond being Nicolas Cage mid 2000s paychecks? Cults and Secret Societies! (Is there a difference? You tell us!) One is about a cult of women on an island in the Pacific Northwest. The other centers on secret societies like the Free Masons and has a certain culty devotion to the legends of the Found Fathers of the United States. Karen Wang is an award-winning writer, director, and producer of films. She has served regularly on the juries and curation teams of a number of screenwriting competitions and film incubator programs over the past fifteen years, while her own narrative work has been featured at festivals throughout the United States and Europe. Janet S. Kim is a Brooklyn-based director / photographer, writer, and producer.  She has created and produced content for various clients such as NBC, HBO, Amazon, and Sesame Street.  Her narrative work has screened at festivals throughout the United States. Listen to CageFest 1 on Guilt Free Features. The Wicker Man on Rotten Tomatoes National Treasure on Rotten Tomatoes Not Screened For Critics: Remembering a Very Special Labor Day (review of The Wicker Man) Roger Ebert on National Treasure All music in the episode is by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:53:09
January 20, 2021
Edgelords for Jesus (It's A Wonderful Life and The Exorcist)
Happy Holiday Season! On this episode we welcome Liam Billingham to the program! Liam Billingham is a podcast producer by day, and podcast host by night. He also sometimes makes movies, and really owes Sean Mannion an edit of a thing. He’s [a] dad and a recent transplant to LA from his adopted home of Brooklyn, New York. You can check out his podcast Oeuvre Busters at oeuvrebusters.com and see his other work at LiamBillingham.com. Liam played a fucking creep in Nicole Solomon’s film Small Talk. He’s psyched to join his pal Nicole and his greatest foe Sean Mannion for their podcast. On this very special Christmas episode, we discuss It's A Wonderful Life and The Exorcist! Thank you for watching and listening! If you enjoy the show, we'd love it if you could rate, review, and subscribe on your platform of choice (even though you're obviously getting the show here already...) It really, really helps people find the show. Share your thoughts with us on the show! Tell us your answers to the questions at the end of each episode, share film pairings you'd like  us to discuss, or just generally let us know what's on you reach out here, on social media (@4milecircus everywhere) or info@4milecircus.com  All music in the episode is by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ References & Research: Why I watch It's A Wonderful Life every Christmas - The Guardian When ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Was Accused of Being Communist Propaganda - In These Times "It's a Wonderful Life as Faerian Drama" - Mythlore "The Exorcist: CIA Script?" - Counterspy "History Has Not Been Kind To “The Exorcist” - Rewire 'Exorcist' Director: It Worked Because 'I Made That Film as a Believer" - The Hollywood Reporter "The right-wing agenda of the exorcism movie" - Salon "Why Are So Many Horror Films Christian Propaganda?" - Vice "My Coming Out Story, Starring a Priest, an Animal Sacrifice and Ricky Martin" - Narratively Wikipedia on Cult of Domesticity/Cult of True Womanhood The Devil Finds Work, Baldwin, James. (Dial Press, 1976.)
02:16:31
December 23, 2020
The Echo Chamber (Mini Episode 1)
We got together and recorded a mini episode for The Celluloid Mirror so we could address some of the feedback and responses we've gotten on the first couple of episodes.  Want to be included next time we do a mini? Email us, leave a voice message, or message us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We would really love to hear what you think about our conversations on film and share it with everyone else. We also discussed the documentaries of Marlon Riggs on The Criterion Channel, the Nxivm documentary series on HBO and Starz, and Class Action Park on HBO Max. Later this month (just in time for Christmas) is our conversation with OeuvreBusters' Liam G. Billingham about It's A Wonderful Life and The Exorcist! And a couple of other podcasts we mentioned you should check out: Girl Presses Play Brothers From Another Planet Taped Off TV All music in the episode is by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
38:15
December 09, 2020
And Then The Music Wilds Out (The Big Boss and Sorry to Bother You)
The Celluloid Mirror is a film discussion podcast in which we look at two very different films to see what they reflect about one another, and the audience. On this month's episode, we discuss the Bruce Lee classic The Big Boss (1971) and Boots Riley's Sorry to Bother You (2018) and how envision workers fighting back against capitalist exploitation. Also in this episode we welcome special guest Che Broadnax to the program! Che Broadnax is a Brooklyn-based filmmaking multi-tool. He has been found behind the lens of indie features, in the edit suite for major networks, and hunched over the drafting table creating sequential art.Recently he photographed IFP Films’ sci-fi/horror/comedy WELCOME TO WILLITS, singer/songwriter Aria Jay’s GROWTH, and MTV’s CLIMATE CHANGE CHRISTMAS. His directorial debut, CIVIL WARRIORS won Best Narrative Feature at the 2016 Long Beach Indie International Film Festival. In another life, Che was known as Rev1: Last Revolutionary Emcee and released two politically charged hip hop albums. (imdb) (portfolio) Thanks for listening. If you enjoy the show we'd love it if you could rate, review, and subscribe on your platform of choice as it really helps with the discoverability of the show. As before if you would like to share your thoughts with us on the show, on the questions at the end of either episode, or on pairings you'd like to see reach out here, on social media (@4milecircus everywhere) or info@4milecircus.com  All music in the episode is by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ References & Research: In Boots Riley’s Dark Comedy Sorry to Bother You, The Villain Is Capitalism Itself (The New Statesman) Boots Riley: ‘Capitalism must have poverty in order to exist’ (Dazed) Sorry to Bother You: is this the most shocking anti-capitalist film ever? (The Guardian) The Dragon Enters: The Big Boss DVD Review (CineOutsider) From Kung Fu to Hip Hop: Globalization, Revolution, and Popular Culture, Kato, M. T. ( SUNY Series, Explorations in Postcolonial Studies, 2007.) Beyond Bruce Lee: Chasing The Dragon Through film, Philosophy, and Pop Culture, Bowman, Paul.(Wallflower Press, 2013.)
02:00:44
November 18, 2020
Christmas Means Carnage (Babe and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre)
The Celluloid Mirror is a film discussion podcast in which we look at two very different films to see what they reflect about one another, and the audience. On this episode of The Celluloid Mirror we welcome our first guest! Frequent guest of our 4MileCircus Podcast, Christina Raia. Christina Raia is a New York City based Writer/Director and the Founder of CongestedCat Productions. She focuses on socially conscious narrative projects, primarily in the horror and comedy genres. Her work, consisting of over a dozen short films, a web series, and two feature films, has screened at film festivals around the world with coverage on press outlets such as Indiewire and BuzzFeed. Through a desire to support other filmmakers, she teaches workshops on crowdfunding and creative distribution methods, empowering creators to build their audience and get their work made and seen. Find out more about Christina and her work at christinaraia.com and congestedcat.com. On today's episode we discuss Babe ('96) and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre ('74) and how they expose us to the horrors of animal agriculture and meat production. Thanks for listening. If you enjoy the show we'd love it if you could rate, review, and subscribe on your platform of choice (even though you're getting the show here already) as it really helps with the discoverability of the show. As before if you would like to share your thoughts with us on the show, on the questions at the end of either episode, or on pairings you'd like to see reach out here, on social media (@4milecircus everywhere) or info@4milecircus.com  All music in the episode is by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ References & Research: People Magazine review of Babe Roger Ebert review of Babe Roger Ebert review of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Cincinnati Inquirer review of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre The Ultimate Pro-Vegetarian Film is the Last Movie You'd Expect on Slate Human and Nonhuman Horror Cinema on Luddite Robot The Texas Chainsaw Massacre a Vegan Allegory by Introverted Activist Seeing and Slaughtering in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) by Dawn Keetley "The "Babe" Vegetarians: Bioethics, Animal Minds, and Moral Methodology" by Nathan Nobis The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J. Adams "Learning Spirits: Spectral Pedagogy and Vegan Horror" by Rick Kelley
01:45:33
October 21, 2020
The Audience Must Suffer (Funny Games and Transformers: The Movie)
Introducing The Celluloid Mirror The Celluloid Mirror is a film discussion podcast in which we look at two very different films to see what they reflect about one another, and the audience. For our first film pairing we discuss Transformers: The Movie (1986) and Funny Games (2007). We discuss how these two films confront the audience and subvert their expectations for genre films. We have subtitled this pilot episode "The Audience Must Suffer." We've got some more fun pairings planned for future episodes and some great guests. You can subscribe to the show at anchor.fm/thecelluloidmirror where you can also leave us a voice message giving us your thoughts on one or all of the questions at the end of this episode, or message us via social media (@4MileCircus) or email us at info@4milecircus.com.  Would you like to get future episodes early and see the uncut video of our recording of this episode (and likely future ones)? Well, for that and so much more join our Patreon! Patreon.com/4milecircus All music in the episode is by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/ License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ References & Research: David Edelstein on Funny Games https://nymag.com/movies/reviews/45099/ A.O. Scott on Funny Games https://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/14/movies/14funn.html Slate Review of Funny Games https://slate.com/culture/2008/03/michael-haneke-s-funny-games-reviewed.html Caryn James on Transformers https://www.nytimes.com/1986/08/09/movies/screen-transformers-animation-for-children.html How Less Alienation Creates More Exploitation? Audience Labour on Social Network Sites https://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/392 Game over? The (re)play of horror in Michael Haneke's Funny Games U.S. https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/nc/2014/00000012/F0020001/art00004# Art, Entertainment, Entropy - Gene Youngblood The Myth of Superman - Umberto Eco The Spectator - Siegfried Kracauer
01:17:34
September 23, 2020
The Celluloid Mirror - Coming Soon from 4MileCircus
The Celluloid Mirror is a new podcast from 4MileCircus (4milecircus.com). Join Nicole Solomon and Sean Mannion as each episode they delve into two very different films to see what they reveal about each other and their audiences. Upcoming episodes include pairings of Funny Games (2007) and Transformers: The Movie (1986); Babe (1995) and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974); and The Big Boss (1971) and Sorry to Bother You (2018). 
01:20
September 07, 2020