[Rhimes] said, for instance, that she hates it when people say she writes “smart, strong women.” The alternative, she said, would be writing what? “Dumb, weak women”? Nobody, she pointed out, praises people who write smart, strong men. When you make smart, strong women in and of themselves noteworthy, you reinforce that they are exceptions to something, and it almost doesn’t matter what.

The Only One: A Talk with Shonda Rhimes - Linda Holmes, NPR

Witches have so many great accessories, but they must get tired of constantly wearing black.
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Witches have so many great accessories, but they must get tired of constantly wearing black.

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A funny and insightful overview of “Recsposition” - the scene of exposition in a romantic comedy in which the male lead discusses the status of his relationship, while playing sports.

Co-written by Bonnie & Maude co-host Eleanor!

All of this is typical girl-fear. Once you realize that The Exorcist is, essentially, the story of a 12-year-old who starts cussing, masturbating, and disobeying her mother—in other words, going through puberty—it becomes apparent to the feminist-minded viewer why two adult men are called in to slap her around for much of the third act. People are convinced that something spooky is going on with girls; that, once they reach a certain age, they lose their adorable innocence and start tapping into something powerful and forbidden. Little girls are sugar and spice, but women are just plain scary. And the moment a girl becomes a woman is the moment you fear her most. Which explains why the culture keeps telling this story.

Rookie, The Season of the Witch

For readings on the correlation in horror between puberty and the monstrous, see:

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ALL OF THEM WITCHES is coming!
"All Of Them Witches" is the third in a series of live variety shows by Kseniya Yarosh & Eleanor Kagan, the hosts of the Brooklyn-based film podcast, Bonnie & Maude. 
Sure to boil the blood and alight the brain, join us for an exploration of witches as seen in movies, television, and pop culture. From green-skinned, be-broomstick’d villains to benevolent sources of high female power, from goddesses of nature to Satan-worshippers, to actual practitioners of Wicca…celluloid representations of witches are contradictory, to say the least. Scholars, artists, and film enthusiasts from all walks of life will toil up some trouble, and revisit favorite on-screen moments of witchcraft in Bewitched, Buffy, The Craft, Hocus Pocus, Black Sunday, Suspiria, Rosemary’s Baby, and more.
Tickets here.

Facebook event here.

ALL OF THEM WITCHES is coming!

"All Of Them Witches" is the third in a series of live variety shows by Kseniya Yarosh & Eleanor Kagan, the hosts of the Brooklyn-based film podcast, Bonnie & Maude. 

Sure to boil the blood and alight the brain, join us for an exploration of witches as seen in movies, television, and pop culture. From green-skinned, be-broomstick’d villains to benevolent sources of high female power, from goddesses of nature to Satan-worshippers, to actual practitioners of Wicca…celluloid representations of witches are contradictory, to say the least. Scholars, artists, and film enthusiasts from all walks of life will toil up some trouble, and revisit favorite on-screen moments of witchcraft in Bewitched, Buffy, The Craft, Hocus Pocus, Black Sunday, Suspiria, Rosemary’s Baby, and more.

Tickets here.

Facebook event here.

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49 min

Jane Campion’s first feature is odd, gorgeous, and bursting with ideas — and foreshadows her future breathtaking work in The Piano and Top of the Lake. Kay and Sweetie, two sisters with starkly opposing personalities, give us the chance to talk about on-screen and real life siblings.

We also discuss Peel, Campion’s first short film, as well as American Gladiators, our guest Lara Gallagher’s latest short that recently screened at Palm Springs International ShortFest. The film will be screening this October at Mill Valley Film Festival (screening times), San Jose International Film Festival (Oct.9-12) and St. John’s Women’s Film Festival (Oct.14-18th).

Find more of Lara’s work, including her music videos for Hospitality and Wild Flag, here

Additional reading: Order Muppets vs. Chaos Muppets, by Dahlia Lithwick in Slate.

In light of our recent guest stint on earhammer, to gab about our favorite soundtrack moments, we want to share with you the questionnaire that host Rommel sent us to fill out. 

We want to know your answers! Email us!

1. The MGM Lion has roared, the statuesque Columbia lady has been encircled by stars… The movie is beginning! Cue music! What is the best opening credit song?

2. The characters have been introduced… You are invested. But the filmmaker needs to move this alongggg. What is your favorite time lapse or montage song from a film?

3. The characters are expressing everything they need to say and more with their eyes. You need something poetic, moving, instrumental… What is your favorite score from a film?

4. Sports! It’s the big game… What is your favorite song or score from a sports film?

5. You’ve bagged your love interest so you take them home and BLOW THEIR MINDS WITH YOUR PASSIONATE LOVEMAKING. What is your favorite song featured in a love scene?

6. Now pull your partner close and LET’S DANCE! What is your favorite song featured in a dance scene. It can be a competition, it can even be a straight up slow jam.

7. You laughed, you cried… Roll credits! What is the best end credit song? 

In light of our recent guest stint on earhammer, to gab about our favorite soundtrack moments, we want to share with you the questionnaire that host Rommel sent us to fill out. 

We want to know your answers! Email us!

1. The MGM Lion has roared, the statuesque Columbia lady has been encircled by stars… The movie is beginning! Cue music! What is the best opening credit song?

2. The characters have been introduced… You are invested. But the filmmaker needs to move this alongggg. What is your favorite time lapse or montage song from a film?

3. The characters are expressing everything they need to say and more with their eyes. You need something poetic, moving, instrumental… What is your favorite score from a film?

4. Sports! It’s the big game… What is your favorite song or score from a sports film?

5. You’ve bagged your love interest so you take them home and BLOW THEIR MINDS WITH YOUR PASSIONATE LOVEMAKING. What is your favorite song featured in a love scene?

6. Now pull your partner close and LET’S DANCE! What is your favorite song featured in a dance scene. It can be a competition, it can even be a straight up slow jam.

7. You laughed, you cried… Roll credits! What is the best end credit song? 

Episode 7: Soundtracks w/ Special Guests Bonnie & Maude

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PAUSE THE TAPE with The Soundtrack Series is a FREE event happening this Saturday, August 23rd at 7:30 PM at Videology. My friends Bonnie & Maude will be co-hosting the event and I am very excited to be one of the presenters in the lineup. I will be telling a story about how film soundtracks…

Listen to Bonnie & Maude hosts Eleanor & Kseniya talk about films AND music.

Then, come to our live show this Saturday, 8/23!

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54 min

Join us for a discussion of Kathryn Bigelow’s most adrenaline-fueled features, Point Break (1991) and The Hurt Locker (2008). We’ll draw a through-line from her cartoonish surfer action flick to the gritty war drama that earned her an Oscar. Along with director, writer, and musician Aviv Rubinstien, we trace the recurring themes of her films, her varied visual styles, and hone in on her aversion of being referred to as a Female Director. She is a Director, point break.

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Photography by Armando Rafael

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Live Event Announcement!

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PAUSE THE TAPE: Saturday, August 23rd at 7:30pm at Videology in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Six women in broadcasting tell stories of where cinema and music intersect for them. Film podcast Bonnie & Maude teams up with music podcast The Soundtrack Series for a joint live taping of personal narratives that will touch on everything from what song one should play when losing her virginity, to the disillusionment of Sixteen Candles, and why we should be skeptical that so many rom coms feature the same damn Van Morrison song.

Join us for an evening of storytelling, clips, and feels.

Bonnie & Maude is a monthly film podcast in which hosts Eleanor Kagan and Kseniya Yarosh take on films and television shows from a femme-centric perspective.

The Soundtrack Series is a live show and podcast created and hosted by Dana Rossi, where people tell stories about the music that matters and the songs that make up the soundtrack to our lives.

Line up:
Dana Rossi (Soundtrack Series)
Eleanor Kagan (Bonnie & Maude)
Maggie Serota (Low Times)
Molly Knefel (Radio Dispatch)
Rommel Wood (Ear Hammer)
Saidah Blount (NPR Music)