It’s been a while since Maddy and Mary Ellen got to watch a movie they actually enjoyed, huh? This week, our co-hosts compare The VVitch with Ex Machina, Alex Garland’s thriller about robots, consciousness, and gender roles. Plus there’s that great scene where Oscar Isaac and Sonoya Mizuno dance around. During the episode, Maddy shouts out this essay by J.A. Micheline about the movie’s themes, which contains a lot of spoilers (much like this episode):
Episode 13 seems like an appropriate time to watch something spooooookyyyy. How about The Witch (usually styled as The VVitch), a horror movie often hailed as a feminist masterpiece? Unfortunately, Mary Ellen and Maddy aren’t sure that interpretation of the movie holds up on scrutiny, but this movie still has some great performances. Especially from Black Phillip. Oh, also, this was our first long-distance recording, so it’s not as high-quality as it could be, but next week it’ll sound a lot better because we figured out a better way to do it. Next week: EX MACHINA!
The Dark Knight is all about the police. Maddy and Mary Ellen have some thoughts about what could be going through the Gotham PD’s minds as they watch Harvey Dent turn himself in. If you want to hear more, check out their podcast Let’s Watch 2 Movies – specifically, their episode about The Dark Knight.
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After last week’s three-hour episode about The Dark Knight, this week’s two-hour episode of analysis of The Prestige seems downright reasonable in length, doesn’t it? Thank goodness for that, since Mary Ellen and Maddy had to watch both of these movies and record both episodes in one week, due to the way scheduling worked out. This was TOO MUCH NOLAN, folks. Don’t try this at home. Anyway, now’s a good time to subscribe if you haven’t yet; our hosts aren’t entirely sure when their next episode will be out, but once it is, you know you won’t want to miss it!
WE’RE BACK. After spending several weeks in Marvel jail, Mary Ellen and Maddy return to podcasting to address the blood feud that has haunted the entire run of this show: NOLANNN. Our hosts have chosen to analyze The Dark Knight and The Prestige, in that order. Anyway, did you all know that The Dark Knight is a really long movie? This podcast episode is even longer! We’re not sorry. (Okay, we’re a little sorry. Listen to it in chunks, or something.) Your reward for making it to the end of the episode will be getting to hear Mary Ellen and Maddy lose their minds over the difference (or lack thereof) between the hero Gotham deserves and the hero Gotham needs. Lastly, we refer to this Clickhole parody video analysis of The Dark Knight roughly 600 times in this episode, so you should probably watch it.
This episode starts out innocently enough, with Mary Ellen and Maddy comparing Eric Bana’s 2003 turn at the Hulk to Edward Norton’s later attempt in 2008, in The Incredible Hulk. However, about halfway in, the episode goes completely off the rails as Maddy and Mary Ellen debate why this movie won’t let the Hulk have sex. This episode is an abomination, loaded with two different Hulk serums. That’s actually a reference to the 2008 Hulk movie, and it’s just as gross as it sounds.
Happy Hulkidays and a Hulky New Year! The 2000s brought us not one, but two Hulk movies–and both of them were deemed unsatisfactory. But why? We must use scientific research to find out. And also magic, and our feelings. Mary Ellen and Maddy kick this pairing off with a very giggly analysis of Eric Bana’s attempt at the character in the 2003 film Hulk, directed by Ang Lee. This movie……. is funny. And it’s not supposed to be. Whoops.
After last week’s divisive episode about Birdman, you’ll be relieved to hear that Maddy and Mary Ellen both actually enjoyed the movie this week. Been a while since that happened, huh? Our two co-hosts opine about social media, fame, mental illness, art, and Michael Fassbender’s biceps in their lengthy analysis of Frank. At the top of the show, they also read some listener mail about The Big Lebowski. As always, you can share your thoughts and fan-art with us at firstname.lastname@example.org — and let us know if you want us to, like, get a Twitter or a Tumblr or something.