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We talk Disney’s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie’s cheekbones and Long Lasting Lipstick. To give us the fairy tale perspective, our guest is Tabled Fables Podcast co-host Sophie Bushwick, who adds context on the varied history and mixed morals of Sleeping Beauty as told by Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault.

While we appreciate that Maleficent subverts some stale tropes like “true love’s kiss” and actually puts its female characters in center of the action, we find some of the more adult themes of this PG film quite troubling. 
Plus: Why do we need villain origin stories in the first place? And why does it always gotta be about revenge?
Outro Music: “Once Upon A Dream” (theme from Sleeping Beauty) sung by Lana Del Rey
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I Can’t Stop Watching ‘Casino’ and Thinking About Its Clothes
Sharon Stone slinks on screen with her athletic sensuousness. She’s greedy, insecure, and aware of the power behind her sexuality, which knocks men senseless. When Ace (Robert De Niro) makes her his wife, he offers her everything he can imagine will make her happy—dresses, jewels, gold, and furs.
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I Can’t Stop Watching ‘Casino’ and Thinking About Its Clothes

Sharon Stone slinks on screen with her athletic sensuousness. She’s greedy, insecure, and aware of the power behind her sexuality, which knocks men senseless. When Ace (Robert De Niro) makes her his wife, he offers her everything he can imagine will make her happy—dresses, jewels, gold, and furs.

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Mermaids

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Mermaids

8 min

In this bonus mini episode, we talk about Anne Hathaway's latest incarnation of Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, and our guest David Archer tells a touching personal story about how Michelle Pfeiffer’s deranged Catwoman scared him as a child. Plus: What’s David’s beef with a blonde Selina Kyle, anyway?

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We discuss Batman Returns as an introduction to a three-part ’90s Batman Sequels Podcrawl with our podcast pals Read It And Weep and Proudly Resents

We’ve encountered two other cinematic takes on Catwoman since the 1992 Tim Burton-directed film. But Michelle Pfeiffer’s hyper-sexual and winking performance is still as fresh as ever in this convoluted Christmas story, where its trio of villains outshines Michael Keaton’s caped crusader.

Plus, meet the East Coast’s utmost Catwoman expert David Archer. He walks us through the history of the character from her inception to her ever-evolving costumes and motives for vengeance.

Remember to listen in on June 12th to Read It And Weep's take on Batman Forever (1995) and on June 19th for Proudly Resents' discussion of Batman & Robin (1997).

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Okay guys, I spent my entire Friday night combing through Netflix and compiling this handy dandy list (with links!) to 100 films directed by women that you can watch RIGHT NOW. Quite a few of these I haven’t even seen myself! There’s comedies and dramas and romances and horror and action and documentary and foreign and Oscar winners and Razzie winners (maybe?) and pretty much anything you could want to watch. I’m sure there are more films by women on the service (100 out of thousands is a good way of hitting the 12% of films stat right on home though). Anyways, enjoy!
14 Women
2 Days in Paris
2 Days in New York
28 Days
A League of Their Own
Adore
Aeon Flux
After the Wedding
Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry
American Psycho
And While We Were Here
Bastards
Bedrooms and Hallways
Blackfish
Blindsight
Boys Don’t Cry
The Boys Next Door
The Brady Bunch Movie
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Camilla
Carolina
Cherry Blossoms
Children of a Lesser God
Clueless
Committed
Control Room
Countdown to Zero
The Countess
Der Wald Vor Lauter Baumen (Forest For the Trees)
Desert Hearts
Die Friseuse (The Hairdresser)
Dragstrip Girl
Elegy
Fish Tank
For Ellen
Friends With Kids
Goodbye First Love
The Guilt Trip
Holy Smoke
Home
The Hot Flashes
In Between Days
In the Land of Blood and Honey
The Iron Lady
The Kids Are All Right
La Teta Asustada (The Milk of Sorrow)
Last Call at the Oasis
Life Happens
A Little Bit of Heaven
Look Who’s Talking
Look Who’s Talking Too
Lore
Lost in Translation
Love Serenade
Madeinusa
The Man Who Cried
Me and You and Everyone You Know
Movern Callar
The Moth Diaries
My Brilliant Career
Nowhere Boy
Nuyorican Dream
Old Joy
The Peacemaker
Peeples
The Piano
Ping Pong Playa
Plush
Priest
The Prince of Tides
Protagonist
Puccini For Beginners
The Punk Singer
The Queen of Versailles
Ravenous
Riding in Cars with Boys
The Selfish Giant
Shades of Fear
SherryBaby
Sister
Sleeping Beauty
Something’s Gotta Give
Somewhere
The Square
Strange Days
The Taste of Others
Things Behind the Sun
Tiny Furniture
Tomboy
Touchy Feely
Trois Mondes (Three Worlds)
Una Noche
Union Square
Variety
Vinter’s Luck (A Heavenly Vintage)
The Virgin Suicides
Walking and Talking
Waste Land
Water Lilies
The Weight of Water

oldfilmsflicker:

Okay guys, I spent my entire Friday night combing through Netflix and compiling this handy dandy list (with links!) to 100 films directed by women that you can watch RIGHT NOW. Quite a few of these I haven’t even seen myself! There’s comedies and dramas and romances and horror and action and documentary and foreign and Oscar winners and Razzie winners (maybe?) and pretty much anything you could want to watch. I’m sure there are more films by women on the service (100 out of thousands is a good way of hitting the 12% of films stat right on home though). Anyways, enjoy!

  1. 14 Women
  2. 2 Days in Paris
  3. 2 Days in New York
  4. 28 Days
  5. A League of Their Own
  6. Adore
  7. Aeon Flux
  8. After the Wedding
  9. Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry
  10. American Psycho
  11. And While We Were Here
  12. Bastards
  13. Bedrooms and Hallways
  14. Blackfish
  15. Blindsight
  16. Boys Don’t Cry
  17. The Boys Next Door
  18. The Brady Bunch Movie
  19. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
  20. Camilla
  21. Carolina
  22. Cherry Blossoms
  23. Children of a Lesser God
  24. Clueless
  25. Committed
  26. Control Room
  27. Countdown to Zero
  28. The Countess
  29. Der Wald Vor Lauter Baumen (Forest For the Trees)
  30. Desert Hearts
  31. Die Friseuse (The Hairdresser)
  32. Dragstrip Girl
  33. Elegy
  34. Fish Tank
  35. For Ellen
  36. Friends With Kids
  37. Goodbye First Love
  38. The Guilt Trip
  39. Holy Smoke
  40. Home
  41. The Hot Flashes
  42. In Between Days
  43. In the Land of Blood and Honey
  44. The Iron Lady
  45. The Kids Are All Right
  46. La Teta Asustada (The Milk of Sorrow)
  47. Last Call at the Oasis
  48. Life Happens
  49. A Little Bit of Heaven
  50. Look Who’s Talking
  51. Look Who’s Talking Too
  52. Lore
  53. Lost in Translation
  54. Love Serenade
  55. Madeinusa
  56. The Man Who Cried
  57. Me and You and Everyone You Know
  58. Movern Callar
  59. The Moth Diaries
  60. My Brilliant Career
  61. Nowhere Boy
  62. Nuyorican Dream
  63. Old Joy
  64. The Peacemaker
  65. Peeples
  66. The Piano
  67. Ping Pong Playa
  68. Plush
  69. Priest
  70. The Prince of Tides
  71. Protagonist
  72. Puccini For Beginners
  73. The Punk Singer
  74. The Queen of Versailles
  75. Ravenous
  76. Riding in Cars with Boys
  77. The Selfish Giant
  78. Shades of Fear
  79. SherryBaby
  80. Sister
  81. Sleeping Beauty
  82. Something’s Gotta Give
  83. Somewhere
  84. The Square
  85. Strange Days
  86. The Taste of Others
  87. Things Behind the Sun
  88. Tiny Furniture
  89. Tomboy
  90. Touchy Feely
  91. Trois Mondes (Three Worlds)
  92. Una Noche
  93. Union Square
  94. Variety
  95. Vinter’s Luck (A Heavenly Vintage)
  96. The Virgin Suicides
  97. Walking and Talking
  98. Waste Land
  99. Water Lilies
  100. The Weight of Water