Sunday, September 30, 2012

Episode 35: Fighting Dance Moves

Intimate Nickel Portrait


This week, Rhea and Destiny welcome Becky from All Young Girls Are Machine Guns! Becky plays songs from the new album, Here's Hoping Tomorrow Never Comes, and talks to us about the things near and dear to her heart, including old Adult Swim shows, comics, and Otis Redding. Before that, we keep bringing up time travel and the fiction it inspires, including the new Rian Johnson film, Looper. Rhea gives us her final feelings on that dino-erotica novel, Destiny rambles about Fire Walk with Me, and we list the sweetest boys in the Badlands. We recorded the first part of the episode outdoors, so there are many Comedy Bang Bang-influenced "car breaks."

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Spoiler Alerts for the Following:
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Twin Peaks
Terminator 2

Corrections: Lily Tomlin's character in The West Wing was named Deborah Fiderer. Capt. Murphy was the Sealab 2021 character who was trapped under the Jazz Cola machine. The MST3k episode Rhea discusses is called The Deadly Mantis. Allen Heinberg wrote Young Avengers. The Breeder's song Destiny was talking about is called "Shaker in Gloomtown" (see video below).



Relevant Links:  
Becky on Twitter
All Young Girls Are Machine Guns Tumblr
All Young Girls Are Machine Guns (CD Baby)
Looper trailer
The Time Machine trailer (1960s)
Why Time Travel Stories Should Be Messy
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Deadly Mantis
Comedy Bang Bang: Takin' a plane break 
A Sound of Thunder trailer
Primer trailer
Field Club
The Mynabirds
Emmy the Great, "Dinosaur Sex"
Sneaky Sound System, "UFO"
The Breeders, "Invisble Man" 
The Breeders, "Shocker in Gloomtown"
The Straight Story (full movie)
Anatomy of a Fascinating Disaster: Fire Walk With Me
Prime Cut trailer
Ally Rhodes, "River Song"
1980star (youtube)

Fucking Books:
 After Sunset by Stephen King (featuring "N")
A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury (entire story)
Eternal Pleasure by Nina Bangs

Rhea's Comic Book Corner:
Fatale by Ed Brubaker
Avengers Prime by Brian Michael Bendis
Young Avengers by Allan Heinberg


Monday, September 24, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Episode 33: Your Friendly Neighborhood Internet


This week, we conclude the Ultimate Parker Project with Crank 2! Rhea talks comics, Destiny responds to an old AV Club article, and we have a lot of feelings about that Scarlett Johansson album full of Tom Waits covers. We also discuss the weird world of ASMR, goosebump music, and shitty media from our childhood.

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Spoiler Alerts for the Following: 
Crank 2

Corrections: Guided by Voices has released 18 albums. Destiny said Midnight Train to Terror when she meant Night Train to Terror. The Ride song in Doom Generation is called "Leave Them All Behind." Destiny got the name of the ASMR youtuber wrong, it's not Soundscapes; it's Sound Sculptures. The Boxcar Children were originally published in 1924, reissued in the '40s, and the first 19 were written by Gertrude Chandler Warner. We Googled around and found at least 1 ASMR-related podcast: ASMR Radio. The Baby's Day Out sequel never happened.

Relevant Links:
Crank 2 trailer
Citizen Radio
Neopets
Vertigo trailer
Pool Party Radio episode 75 featuring confessions!
Betty Davis, "They Say I'm Different" 
One Direction, "Tell Me a Lie"
"Summer Snow" from Silent Hill
Radiohead, "The Tourist" 
Guided by Voices, "Pretty Bombs"
Ani DiFranco, "Self Evident"
The AV Club: Terrible Childhood Favorites 
The AV Club: Gateways to Geekery on Shoegaze
Grantland piece on My Bloody Valentine's Loveless
Cocteau Twins, "Cherry-Coloured Funk"
Sock Bun tutorial
SoundSculptures Youtube Channel
A Stray in the Woods by Alison Wilgus (Tumblr)
Baby's Day Out trailer
ASMR thread on Reddit
 More ASMR videos, featuring Bob Ross, the IKEA fire guy, and the tea-making lady
How Was Your Week podcast hosted by Julie Klausner episode 78
Scarlett Johansson, "Summertime"
The Station Agent trailer
Cosmopolis trailer
Sleepwalk With Me trailer
Blood Simple trailer
Patricia Clarkson on Seven Minutes in Heaven w/ Mike O'Brien
Jane Fonda on Stephen Colbert
Crying Dawson

Fucking Books:
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Goosebumps by RL Stine
Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Episode 32: Silent H Cult


Rhea and Destiny continue the Ultimate Parker Project with the Jason Statham adrenaline-fest, Crank! Find out if Statham wins them over! There's also talk about tabletop gaming, a revisiting of some things about Invasion USA, and discuss minorities in action movies.

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Spoiler Alerts for the Following:
Crank
El Topo
The 300

Corrections:The correct title is Celeste & Jesse Forever, not the other way around. The actress we were referring to when talking about Total Recall was Rachel Ticotin.

Relevant Links:
Crank trailer
Scene from The Neverending Story featuring "Bastian's Happy Flight" theme
Celeste & Jesse Forever trailer
"Big Spender" scene from Sweet Charity movie
"Fantasia/Atreyu's Quest"
1989 performance of Lea Solonga and Simon Bowman singing "Sun and Moon" from Miss Saigon
Tabletop (Geek and Sundry)
Elder Sign info (Board Game Geek)
Neopets!
Achievement Unlocked!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Episode 31: Bruce Jenner Realness


This week, Rhea and Destiny kick off the Ultimate Parker Project (see episode 28) and watch the 1985 Chuck Norris explosion-fest, Invasion USA! The film tells the story of Matt Hunter, a one-man army who takes on a motley crew of Communists led by the evil Rostov after they invade our beloved Florida. The Badland ladies also read a fan email, talk about LGBTQ romance in films, plea for the retirement of a certain joke, and feel incredulous.


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Spoiler Alert for the following:
Invasion USA

Corrections: Talk Talk never had an album titled Talk Talk. Jason Statham has done a couple of Guy Ritchie films.

Relevant Links:
Invasion USA (the whole movie!)
Crackle
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (Crackle link)
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry trailer
NPR First Listen: Cat Power's Sun
Review of Dan Deacon's America album (Pitchfork)
Geek and Sundry
Fallen London

Fucking Books:
Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad
Avengers Vol. 2 by Brian Michael Bendis
Codename: Sailor V by Naoko Takeuchi (vol. 1)
Vol. 2 (same author)

Fan email from past guest, Matt Marko:

Hey Badland Girls,

I'm sending you this email because while I often listen, normally I just complain to you both on twitter about your shows and this time my problem is a little more complicated and formal. Also, a certain someone suggested that I write in about it instead of just talking her ear off, because it'd give you all something to cover. So here I am, and here's my disclaimer: this isn't meant to be critical or accusatory, since it was just stuff I was thinking about while I was listening to the episode from Aug 26. 

In that episode, Rhea was talking about "The Little Mermaid" and about how it was originally about HCA's would-be gay lover and Rhea said "I wish it had been about that, because that'd be much more interesting" or words to that effect. And this after the question was asked about a gay couple in Teen Wolf just minutes before. It got me wondering: at what point does the inclusion of gay characters automatically make something a curiosity, and is that a good thing? 

I think it's great to have LGBTQ people and relationships represented in the media, don't get me wrong. It's not done enough, and it's often done so poorly, that when it is done well it deserves mention and championing. But I also see a lot of fandom feelings and general opinion among my peer group that turns the mere fact of homosexuality into a sort of interest point, the reason to visit something all on its own. It's rare, yes, but that behavior turns it into something exotic, a thing to stand around and rubberneck about because of its scarcity in a heteronormative entertainment culture. And while that's very human, I feel like that rush creates a sort of fascination, sometimes bordering on fetishization, that's very othering to these LGBTQ relationships. I don't see how two people of the same gender being in a relationship is inherently more interesting than people of different genders, outside of the fact that culturally we see them less often. While that's a problem, I feel like assigning an interest imperative beyond that helps contribute to this sense of distance that perpetuates the cycle that banishes those relationships to 'special interest'. People being human and having human emotions should never be a special interest.

I'm not alone in this. British director Andrew Haigh, whose 2011 gay romance Weekend was one of the better movies about relationships to come out in recent memory, has been outspoken about these things. He likens gay cinema, and gay media, to a sort of perpetuating creative dead end, where people make entertainment on the cheap and often poorly to make a buck off of audiences starved to see themselves on screen. It perpetuates this idea that LGBTQ stories aren't for 'normal' people, because they're not given the same sort of consideration and budget as straight movies, or they're treated with this fascination by people who are into them that puts people who might be looking in from the outside off about their seeming exclusionary exotic-ness, dimly understood by people who aren't confronted with it regularly. He implied, though perhaps didn't explicitly state, that he wanted to make a movie that would be about people first and about gayness second, that it should be interesting divested of the gender identities involved, and that the gay 'issue' was just a part of the background. Not the fulcrum, not a point of fascination to stand around and revel in, but just a fact of normal life. I can link a critique that covers these ideas here, written far better than I could: http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/2426-weekend-the-space-between-two-people

Anyway, that's about all I have to say. It's lengthy and less an opinion as it is something I was thinking about, but I figure that maybe you both have thoughts, and it'd be worth talking about as part of your 'here's some internet/culture things worth considering' piece. Keep kicking ass.