Political and social commentary from a libertarian woman's perspective.
Canadian strategists who've been around the block giving an informed outsider's perspective of American elections, political discourse and approach to governing.
James Sabata and Don Guillory will be exploring social issues in horror. Each week we will down a different film or topic. Horror as Social Commentary is a topic we’ve covered at a few comic conventions in the past year. It’s become something that we each sincerely believe in academically as well as professionally. Social Commentary can take place in any genre, but horror has a way of planting seeds in our brains, allowing the ideas to be examined over time. While comedy has often been the g ...
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Director Natasha Kermani and author @HightowerLaurel join us to talk LUCKY. We're looking at the horrors women deal, toxic relationships, random threats, exhaustion, the will to fight back and how men can actually help. (Short story anthology featuring female authors. Proceeds go to help domestic violence victims).…
joins us to talk High Tension. We talk psychology, what makes a great twist, whether we view the film as homophobic/transphobic, and question just were the hell that truck came from.By James Sabata
Author Chris Vander Kaay joins us for a look at The Wolf of Snow Hollow. We're discussing masculinity, addiction, control, family relationships, taxidermy, and fighting the monsters within us all.By James Sabata
Anton Cancre joins the show to talk SILENT HILL. We're looking at video games, gender roles and expectations, cults, weird relationships, and a film focused on women but held captive in the male gaze.By James Sabata
We're talking THE SKELETON KEY - Voodoo, Hoodoo, Culture in the South, Plantations, Slavery, and more.By James Sabata
joins us to talk THE LIGHTHOUSE. We're discussing toxic masculinity, hubris, unions, philosophy, and... mermaid fantasies...By James Sabata
joins us to discuss FOUND. We look at familial relationships, bullying, friendships ending, finding one's own courage, and how this movie subverts expectations at almost every possible turn.By James Sabata
joins us for the 2 year anniversary episode of our show to look at the social commentary of CRIMSON PEAK. Survivalism, gender role expectations, perception, and subversion, metaphors, and some Tom Hiddleston guy.By James Sabata
joins us to talk THE FLY. We talk toxic masculinity, the male gaze, the abusive nature of humans, consent and entitlement, the cycle of abuse, and how to hit on people from their own showers!
joins us to talk ARMY OF DARKNESS. Concepts of masculinity, the lines between good and evil, humor in horror, punny titles, and Ash being Ash.By James Sabata
Thomas Brungardt returns to talk NOCTURNAL ANIMALS. We talk writing, reading, the meaning of revenge, the justice system, and James' brain melts trying to explain why he didn't like this film.By James Sabata
Filmmaker Josh Ickes joins us to talk about THE FOREVER PURGE. We're looking at immigration, obsession, emasculation, class warfare, racism, and more. (Currently in Theaters) Check out the trailer for Josh's film THE REENACTMENT (w/ Tony Todd) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4x-T-K9hoAMBy James Sabata
Josh Viola and Alavaro Zinos-Amaro join us to talk substance abuse, obsession, addiction to technology, Gnosticism, and the empty shell of a man looking for ANYTHING to crawl inside and give his life a purpose.By James Sabata
Writer/Director Daniel Emery Taylor and actor James Azrael join us to discuss their film IT’S JUST A GAME (2018). We’re talking cults, the need to fit in, the fragility of loyalty, and some fun behind the scenes stories.By James Sabata
joins us to discuss the social commentary in SPONTANEOUS a film that found a way to discuss school shootings without mentioning them and predicted COVID-19 precautions at the same time. We’re talking love, loss, the risk of taking chances and the risk of not, and the questionable need for a cemetery.…
Author joins us to talk about Tod Browning's 1932 film FREAKS. Looking at physical difference, exploitation vs. empowerment, how 1/3 of the film is lost to history, and more.
Jason McCord joins us to talk GOTHIKA. We're talking the terror of showers, We're talking ghosts, murder, mental health, loss of self, the symbolism of fire and water, and just how scary a group shower can be.By James Sabata
The Terrofic Lady joins us to talk MANDY. The male gaze, the fragility of the male ego, the lasting effects of trauma, crazy demon cults coming to get you and chainsaw fights!By James Sabata
"If you lost hope, then bad things happen." Thomas Brungardt talks THE MIST with us. We're looking at shitty neighbors, religious zealots, alien bugs, and how a great ending can make you think the rest of the film was awesome.By James Sabata
joins us to discuss VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN. From Murphy trying to gaslight a woman into him being her only option, to the Julius got the come up of the century, how things look different on the outside than the inside, and we explore why no one thought it was weird their preacher took them down a dark path.…
talks HELLRAISER with us. We discuss pleasure/pain, Barker's influence on LGBTQ writers, Kirsty's strong character arc, Jesus imagery, and why the Cenobites aren't demons.By James Sabata
from the joins us to talk about nice guys, the dangers women face daily, the lasting affects of trauma, and why this film isn't the rape-revenge tale people expected it to be. Available for Rent or StreamingBy James Sabata
Author and composer join Don Guillory to discuss SUSPIRIA (2018). We're looking at motherhood, female sexuality, isolation, the power of Tilda Swinton, exactly why some of the dance scenes feel "off", and how Thom Yorke's score came to be.By James Sabata
Author Red Lagoe stops by to discuss 28 DAYS LATER. We're exploring isolation, human trafficking, slavery, hope, fear, and how this film re-animated the zombie film genre. Check outBy James Sabata
Allison Lovecraft joins us to talk about the social commentary in The Craft. We're talking about the reality of witchcraft, peer pressure, sex, acceptance, self-esteem, responsibility, and so much more. Trailer: Available for Rent or Streaming:By James Sabata
Dr. Andrew Scahill joins us to talk about the social commentary in Bacurau; a subverted Western dripping with Brazilian politics, racism, imperialism, community, acceptance of the individual and a history of war. Trailer: Available for Rent or Streaming:By James Sabata
SciFi author Edward Savio helps us celebrate with a deep dive into The Shape of Water. We're talking loneliness, toxic masculinity, the subjugation of minorities, the importance of a reliable narrator, and much more. Trailer: Available for Rent or Streaming:By James Sabata
William Johnson joins us to talk about artificial intelligence, what makes us human, the possibility of a soul, and whether Nathan REALLY created Ava in Ex Machina. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYGzRB4Pnq8 Available for Rent or Streaming: https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/ex-machinaBy James Sabata
Musician Jeff Whitmire joins us to talk social commentary in the 1986 classic HOUSE. We're looking at reality v delusion, PTSD and current threats, terrible parents, why Vietnam haunts so many, and the need for SOLITUDE! Trailer: Available for Streaming/Rent:By James Sabata
Comedian Brent Terhune stops by to talk social commentary in CREEP - Craigslist ads, belief in the good in others, vulnerability and gaslighting, how humans are scarier than any monster, and why minimalist #horror works so well.By James Sabata
Patrick McDonough joins us to talk about the social commentary in THE MATRIX. We're talking Trans Issues, self-efficacy, body vs mind, fate vs decision, reality, trust, terrible science and even worse plans to mine energy.By James Sabata
joins us to talk his new book and to deep dive into IT Chapters 1 and 2. We're talking friendships, the reciprocal nature of our relationship with society, problematic representation in King novels and adaptations. Don't worry. We actually deliver a good ending.By James Sabata
I talk about Biden's sadly DOA immigration bill and some of the really good stuff in it, the Facebook - Australia story, Ted Cruz's ill fated Cabo trip, Cuomo lying about the number of grandmas and grandpas that dies of COVID in NY nursing homes, my bewilderment at political parties hitching themselves to jackasses, and few other bits…
Author joins us to talk about IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS. We explore the themes of insanity, isolation, destiny vs free will, religion, and more.By James Sabata
joins us to talk about the social commentary in SAW, from the claims Kramer makes to the characterization of Lawrence and Adam, views of torture porn and a better pitch for Saw VII.By James Sabata
joins us to talk social commentary in FREAKY. We're talking high school, identity, gender fluidity, a search for self, the meaning of family, and more.By James Sabata
TL;DL - everything is kinda horrible and broken but hey we might be getting some sweet at home COVID tests and another vaccine on the US market.By Jen Monroe
Horror author Mike Thorn joins us to talk social commentary in COLOR OUT OF SPACE. We talk isolation, environmentalism, family, tomatoes, alpaca milk, and Lovecraft's undying racism. Check out and look for his new novel SHELTER FOR THE DAMNED.By James Sabata
Well January sure turned out to be a weird month no? This past week capped it off with the rise of meme investing, preparing for impeachment 2.0, and a Texas court blocking Biden's 100 day deportation moratorium. A heads up - I'll be announcing in the next week changes to my Patreon and Substack accounts going forward, keep an eye out…
Tim Meyer and Chad Lutzke join us to talk social commentary in RIVER'S EDGE. We're talking peer pressure, loyalty, authority figures, and finding your own way in the world. And we discuss the greatness of Crispin Glover.By James Sabata
The Trump administration is officially over and the Biden administration is gearing up; from the executive orders Biden issued on Day One we get a glimpse into his policy priorities. Plus, we have an impending impeachment trial and the possible formation of a Trump based political party.By Jen Monroe
Gracie from SciFiandScary.com joins us to talk about the social commentary in THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. We discuss viral marketing, reality vs. rumor, what we like and dislike about found footage films, and the age old battle of man vs. nature.By James Sabata
Zain Velji, Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about how Biden's first 100 days are taking off, the Republicans cruising to disaster and how the Inauguration landed. Meanwhile, the story of a plucky podcast that saved us all gets told by the three people who know it best. But first, the headlines...…
The 1915 propaganda piece THE BIRTH OF A NATION a film so seeped in fear and racism that it led to the revival of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s. We explore blatant lies, imaginary history, and how it reflects events today.By James Sabata
The past week brought us Trump's second impeachment, details on the upcoming inauguration, and details on just how stupid (or overly confident) the Capitol rioters were. I also discuss the upcoming battle over the next stimulus bill and how jamming a $15 minimum wage requirement in it might have poison pilled it. Don't forget to subscribe to my Sub…