Unsupervised Children on an Adventure Far Too Mature for Them: Stand by Me vs. It


This week on Double Exposure: Unsupervised Children On an Adventure Far Too Mature For Them. It turns out, if you want to see kids in danger, there's really only one place to turn. Stephen King. 

Rob Reiner's 1986 classic Stand By Me squares off against the 2017 horror blockbuster It, directed by Andy Muschietti.

Joining Chris and Courtney in the studio is writer and podcast Josh Wodarz, from Pint Notes and the on-hiatus anti-drone podcast The Kingston Legacy, on the CSICON network. 

Where to find Josh:

So strap in for a KING-OFF. Horror vs. Drama. Corey Feldman vs. The Stranger Things Kid (Finn Wolfhard, you're great). Adolescent emotions vs. a scary (metaphorical?) clown. Menstrual blood vs. Dick Leeches. It's everything you could want in a discussion about of unsupervised kids in the movies.

Plus, an appreciation of king of the internet, Wil Wheaton.

S2E12 Unsupervised Children.png

Mythical Menagerie: Gremlins vs. Labyrinth


This week Courtney and Chris are joined by Mimi Nguyen, a software engineer and creative nonfiction writer from San Francisco. Mimi selected the genre Mythical Menagerie: More Creatures than Humans, in part because she loves Harry Potter. 

But Double Exposure let Mimi down and skipped Fantastic Beasts. On the show instead: 1984's Gremlins and 1986's Labyrinth. It's an '80s fantasy face-off.

Where to find Mimi:

Conversation on the show includes:
--How do you judge a menagerie of mythical creatures?
--When, exactly, does "after midnight" end for those Gremlins?
--Was your sexual maturation kicked-off by Labyrinth?
--And, most importantly, will we satisfy the bulge?

11_Mythical Menagerie.png

Mini Exposure: Is George Lucas a Good Director?

On the mini this week, Chris and Courtney are all over the map, covering:

1. The music of Lonely Planet
1a. R. Kelly and Weird Al
2. The Invention of the Laugh Track
2a. Why did TV ever use laugh track in the first place? (this is really interesting!)
3. George Lucas
Sub Questions:
3a. Is George Lucas a good director?
3b. What is George Lucas legacy?
3c. What really is the job of a director?
3d. Chris says "The genius of Lucas is indisputable..." Really?
3e. Merchandising?
4. Next week's Genre
4a. Next week's Picks (including Bowie!!). 

One Crazy Night: American Graffiti vs. Four Rooms


The genre: One Crazy Night.

The movies: American Graffiti and Four Rooms

It's boomer nostalgia vs. '90s indie-zaniness.

Our guest this week is Blake Iverson, an entertainment and business attorney, adjunct professor, artist manager and retired trivia host.  

Where to find Blake: 

George Lucas' American Graffiti was the director's second film, and immediate predecessor to Star Wars. 

Four Rooms, the 1995 four-film anthology comedy about a bellhop having a nightmare first day on the job, directed by Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell.

Topics on the pod this week: teenagers, nostalgia, and the commercialization of your youth; Quentin Tarantino's acting in the 1990s; George Lucas' ability to direct a movie; Quentin Tarantino's writing in the 1990s; and is Star Wars any good?

10_One Crazy Night.png

Mini Exposure: Down the Rotoscoping Wiki Hole

On this episode:

Follow Courtney down the wiki hole of rotoscoping in cinema history, as she enlightens us on the why and whofore of painting celluloid for the moving pictures. 

Chris praises the unsung and crucial art of location scouting, which elevates the look of Gattaca, exponentially, as well as other simple film techniques in the Andrew Niccol bag of tricks. 

Finally, Chris and Courtney reveal the next genre, and their picks. (Hint: there are many, many movies in this temporally diminutive genre).

The Not Too Distant Future: Gattaca vs. A Scanner Darkly

JoBlo columnist and movie review Brian Bitner joins Chris and Courtney to talk about two excellent if under-rated science-fiction pictures: Andrew Niccol's Gattaca and Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly. 

Brian is a movie columnist, correspondent, and reviewer at JoBlo.com, the host of Underneath It All: A Nine Inch Nails podcast, and a musician. He does many things, and well.

Where to Find Brian:
Underneath It All: A Nine Inch Nails Podcast

Conversation on the show includes discussion of the economic and ethical implications of gene editing and eugenics, the quantity of drugs Philip K. Dick was taking when he wrote A Scanner Darkly, and the amazing talent/lack-thereof of the genius/hack Keanu Reeves.

Mini Exposure: The Brando of our Time?

Amidst the discussion of Unlikely Losers saving the day with Jill Braithwaite last week, Double Exposure found itself swimming in a discussion about, you know, what IS the deal with Marlon "the original method man" Brando?

That ground being covered, Courtney and Chris take the next logical step in talking about Marlon Brando: Who is the Brando of our time? Seriously, who is it? 

And, conversely, who will join the ranks of the millions of forgotten actors? Bummer for them of course. And find who which actor Courtney thinks is a god.

Of course, it closes with next week's genre and picks. 

Unlikely Loser Saves the Day: On The Waterfront vs. Attack The Block

Books and tennis and David Foster Wallace motive Jill Braithwaite, our guest this week on Double Exposure. Jill also loves, movies, of course, and she joins us to discuss the latest super-specific genre: Unlikely Loser Saves the Day. 

Where to find Jill: 

The movies:

1954's On The Waterfront, a classic Marlon Brando picture about union corruption and moral uprightitude and courage.

2011's Attack the Block, the beloved south London sci-fi comedy about an alien invasion and the kids who come to the planet's defense. 

The pair is perhaps our most unusual yet on Double Exposure, but they make for a delightful double-feature. 

Also on the episode: Brando, method and changing the way actor act, the joys of decoding London slang, and Jill and Chris bond over dumping on Forrest Gump. 

So bell us up, and we'll have bear fun, bruv.

Mini Exposure: Drugs

Last week's episode was about that celebrated genre known as Drugs are Fun... Until They're Not. lt was a close one, probably. But Chris won and closed the gap ever so slightly on Courtney's lead.

For the mini, then, we're talking about drug movies. Specifically, movies where drugs are not fun. Drugstore Cowboy. Requiem for a Dream. Basketball Diaries. 

These are the rough ones. 

We're also teeing off our next genre and movie picks, so be sure to listen, watch, and prepare your thoughts. 

Drugs Are Fun...Until They're Not: Blow vs. Pineapple Express

This is Double Exposure on drugs. 

The subject of drugs, that is.

Our topic for discussion is drugs; we're not taking drugs. I mean, our guest is teaches middle-school for god's sake. We're not on drugs.


Our genre for the episode is "Drugs are Fun...Until They're Not," and our guest for the conversation is Lee Pietruszewski,  a classroom teacher and youth worker currently living in a small town in Southern Oregon. 

Lee joins Courtney and Chris for a wide-ranging conversation about Ted Demme's Blow and David Gordon Green's Pineapple Express, altered states in general, and even a visit from an unexpected visitor. Lee's exposure to drugs is strictly cinematic, and Double Exposure this week walks a curvy line through drugs in the movies. 

Mini Exposure: Romance, Comedy, Romantic Comedy

Concluding Rom-Coms with a conversation about romance (Titanic!, Casablanca!), comedy (Juno! Knocked Up!), and romantic comedies (other movies!). 

Then Chris has a breakdown regarding what to pick, what audiences want to watch, and why he keeps losing. Thankfully, Courtney talks him down, but he changes his pick anyway.

Enjoy nerds, and you'll hear from us in a week. 

Woman Falls In Love In Spite of Herself: You've Got Mail vs. 10 Things I Hate About You

Rom-Coms and feminism rule the day on this week's Double Exposure.

The genre: Woman Falls in Love Despite Herself.
The movies: You've Got Mail vs. 10 Things I Hate About You.
The Guest: Becky Lang. Becky is a writer, illustrator and creative director at Superhuman.

She says that TV is her life, so naturally, she's here to talk about movies.

Where to find Becky:

Nora Ephron said that all rom-coms are, in one way or another, adaptations of Pride and Prejudice or Taming of the Shrew. So it's apt that our rom-com episode features an adaptation of each. 

10 Things I Hate About You is the high-school version of Shakespeare's play, and You've Got Mail is equal parts Shop Around the Corner and Pride and Prejudice

Nora Ephron would be pleased. 

Also on the episode: thoughts on The Bachelor, Nora Ephron, and the hunk stink of Heath Ledger.

Mini Exposure: Zombies

Chris and Courtney wrap up the conversation about Post-Apocalyptic Nightmares Come True with 20 minute talk on zombies. Brains! Fast Zombies! Nicholas Hoult!

Also: what apocalypse nightmare scenario frightens Courtney and Chris the most? 

And, what's up for next week's episode? Hint: no one will be killed in either one of these films. That's gotta be a first? 

All this and more (a little more), on this week's mini.

Post-Apocalyptic Nightmares Come True: Escape from New York and 12 Monkeys

Musician and writer Jerome Rankine joins Courtney and Chris to break down what exactly is a post-apocalyptic movie, and how one differs from an apocalypse movie and a dystopian future movie. 

The reason for this differentiation is that this week's genre--Post-Apocalyptic Nightmares Come True--leaves a lot of room for interpretation.

Where to find Jerome

Our Post-Apocalyptic movies are John Carpenter's Escape from New York and Terry Gilliam's 12 monkeys, which are also coincidentally both films about prisoners offered pardon for achieving the aims of Big Brother.

Which is fun. 

So, what's the best Post-Apocalyptic Nightmare Come True movie? What exactly are the limits of time-travel? And why does Bruce Willis have to wear a condom suit in order to be shot through an even bigger time-travel condom?

These questions and more answered on this week's show.

Mini Exposure: The Serial Killer is Your Friend

This week Chris and Courtney go in-depth for a short amount of time to wrap up the Serial Killer is Actually Your Friend. 

On the episode: Chris gloats a little over his first win, Courtney wonders if a supernatural killer can actually be a serial killer, and both discuss a little more about Angels and Demons. 

After which, the new genre is revealed, as well as the film picks for episode 20. One of which, it just so happens, was changed by a host (it was Courtney). So even though we're not saying the genre here, just know that she changed her pick to 12 Monkeys. 

The Serial Killer is Your Friend!: Frailty and I am not a Serial Killer

The odds that you know a serial killer are not that great. Unless you're in the movies, where, honestly, not only do you know the killer, but you straight up LOVE the killer. 

Such is the case in this week's Double Exposure, anyway, which dives into the sub-sub-genre The Serial Killer is Your Friend.

This dark and twisty episode selection is brought you by Paul McGuire Grimes.

Paul is a Twin Cities film critic who can be heard every Friday on "The Colleen & Bradley Show" on My Talk 107.1 and can be seen every Friday on "Twin Cities Live" on KSTP. He is also the host of "All Things Streaming" on the Podcast One network.

Where to Find Paul
All Things Streaming

For this week's show, Courtney, Chris have selected the 2002 axe-murder-is-a-family-affair film, Frailty, starring and directed by Bill Paxton, and the 2016 Minnesota-made teenage-sociopath coming-of-age feature I am Not a Serial Killer.


Also on the episode: Favorite episodes of television, how much media per week does a working critic watch, and lots of religious debate.

Mini Exposure: Nerd Comedies

Courtney and Chris wrap up Nerd Comedies with a conversation about the dominant cultural force that Nerd-dom has become. Somehow nerd things went from Real Genius and Monty Python to The Big Bang Theory and all those massive comic book action movie franchises. Maybe Kevin Smith is to blame? Maybe Seth Rogen and his pals? Or maybe no one is to blame because the ascendence of Nerdery is actually a positive?

Then, C&C reveal the next genre, movies, and guest. Season 2's first horror episode on the way.

Episode 19: Nerd Comedies--Monty Python and the Holy Grail vs. Real Genius

Why nerd comedies? "Because I'm a nerd, and I like comedies. 

So says this week's guest on Double Exposure, Lupi McGyinty. Lupi is a cartoonist and writer and awesome all-around nerd. 

The Nib
Cartozia Tales

The title of this week's genre is actually Where Bros Fear to Tread: Nerd Comedies, which is too long for our downloadable title, but just know, this is a podcast made by nerds, for nerds, and this week, it's all about movies made by nerds for nerds. 

So it's a nerd ^4 situation that pits the historical farcical satirical potty-humor of Monty Python and the Holy Grail against the ultimate 80s Nerd campus comedy, Real Genius

Who will win? Do you think its getting weird around here? And what is the average airspeed of an unladen swallow?

Mini Exposure: Human / Robot War

By way of a wrap-up of Human / Robot war--Terminator vs. Matrix Reloaded--Courtney and Chris query each other about various and sundry robot matters. Questions include: What robot would you like to live with, what's your least favorite robot movie, and what would you do if you found a calfskin wallet.

Other topics for the mini-ep include Battelstar Galactica, Itch and Scratchy Land, and what is the IT that Keanu Reeves has?

Finally, a reveal of the next episode's genre and movie selections.