Monster Madness: The Little Shop of Horrors

The final episode of Double Exposure's Monster Madness series is here, and we're talking about The Little Shop of Horrors. Frank Oz's 1986 horror-musical-comedy, about an alien plant named Audrey II that eats humans in a flower shop on skid row, is based on an off-Broadway show, which was based on the 1960 Roger Corman movie. The whole thing is hilarious and ridiculous and holds up amazingly well 30 years later.

In the episode we discuss the what separates this campy horror musical from Rocky Horror Picture show, CGI effects vs. practical effects, how Oz and his creature effects team were able to make Audrey II sing so convincingly, and sadistic dentists. 

Also, we remember Stephen Hawking, and ask a question as unanswerable as the origins of the universe: What's more difficult: Writing jokes or astrophysics? 


Monster Madness: The Host (2006)

IndieWire calls the Korean horror movie The Host "the most defining monster movie of the 21st century," and what kind of Monster Movie series would we have if we ignored the such a picture? 

A bad one, is what. So this week, Courtney and Chris are talking Bong Joon-ho's funny and scary and political monster movie, about a family searching for a young girl abducted by a mutated amphibious river monster. As Courtney says, if you haven't seen it, just watch it. Cuz it's so good.

Also: thoughts on Children of the Corn, Oldboy, Boondock Saints, Courtney's insatiable desire for squid legs, and a very important question: If you were a radio DJ, what song would you play next?


Monster Madness: Nightbreed

In 1990, Clive Barker made an auteur attempt at monster moviemaking. Barker planned to make the Star Wars of horror movies,  a fully-realized world with history and mythology and culture. And to realize that vision, Barker planned to make a trilogy of pictures. 

Instead of all that, the world got Nightbreed. 

Nightbreed is a mess of a movie--at times inspired, at times awful--but it is beloved by many (including Courtney), and for good reason. This week, Chris and Courtney cover all things Nightbreed, plus: thoughts on Cloverfield Paradox, empathizing with beautiful weirdos, and could this movie hate cops more?

*Note: We watched the Director's Cut, released by Shout! Factory in 2014.


Monster Madness: The Bride of Frankenstein

This year is the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Isn't that crazy? Not only is the book timeless, brilliant, and hyper-modern, but it's inspired one what some (Chris) consider to be among the best of the Universal Monster movies. That's not the reason that Chris and Courtney are talking about Bride of Frankenstein. But it's a nice coincidence.

Discussion of Bride covers such spooky horror topics like: How did James Whale make those homunculi? How gay is this movie, really? Are men angry that they can't have babies? And, most importantly, who did the Bride's hair?

You know, monster movie stuff. 


Monster Madness: Cloverfield

After bringing us Felicity, Alias, and one good season of Lost, J.J. Abrams attempted to give the U.S. its very own Godzilla in the form of a big, ugly monster (alien?) rampaging through Manhattan. While it didn't quite rise to the challenge, Cloverfield is still a king among movies when it comes to the impact of the viral marketing and world-building it was able to pull off via the nascent internet of 2008. 

In this episode, Courtney and Chris drop some dramamine and get swallowed whole by this classic quaky-cam monster flick.


Monster Madness: The Thing

John Carpenter's The Thing was disregarded upon release, a critical and box-office dud. But in time, it has become recognized for what it is: a terrific, scary, gross, weird, and wonderful piece of monster-movie making.  It's not perfect, but it's a perfect start for Double Exposure's Monster Madness series.

In the episode, Courtney and Chris discuss the gross-out nature of The Thing's creature effects, Carpenter's decision to make the film with an all-male cast, and whether The Thing has any relevance for today's moment in time

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Movies for the End of the World: Dr. Strangelove

The end of the End of the World is Nigh! The final film in this series is Dr. Strangelove, Stanley Kubrick's beloved political satire from 1964, starring Peter Sellers, Peter Sellers, Peter Sellers, and George C. Scott. 

Laugh with Chris and Courtney, as they explore a biting and humor portrait of maximum ineptitude of a room full of men who hold in their very hands the power to destroy the world. 

Then, cry with Chris and Courtney, as they reflect on just how relevant that room of inept men with the power to destroy the world feels to our present day.

It's the end of our series, why not end it with a bang?

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Movies for the End of the World: War of the Worlds

Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds is one of the darkest films the director has ever made. Aliens zapping people left and right. Humans rioting and mobbing each other for survival. Churches getting ripped in half.

On this penultimate edition of Movies for the End of the World, Courtney and Chris talk humanoid aliens, 9/11 movies, Tom Cruise's parenting, and What It All Means if/when aliens arrive.

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Movies for the End of the World: Into the Forest

Double Exposure returns to the inspirational well of Canadian cinema with Into the Forest, a quiet tale of apocalyptic nightmare's come true, starring Evan Rachel Wood and Ellen Page (playing a little too young, but they're amazing so really, don't sweat it).

Writer/Director Patricia Rozema explores the end of the world from the perspective of two sisters in a remote part of British Columbia. The result is emotionally affecting and undoubtedly striking and at times, perhaps, a bit too convenient in story. Regardless, Into the Forest gives new meaning to the refrain 'the future is female,' and it's worth a watch and conversation, no mistake. 


Movies for the End of the World: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

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Part 3 of Movies of the End of the World comes with a special guest, Maya Beck, who selected Hayao Miyazaki's post-apocalyptic Japanese classic of the push for peace in the midst of war, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. 

Maya was built in San Diego, CA and her creator-dad told her that she would become a real girl when she made 100 friends. She's stalled in the single digits, but takes comfort in the fact that she'll be on the stronger side of the imminent human-robot war.

She is story editor at Paper Darts and her work can be found at Lit Hub, Revolver, Mizna, PANK, Pollen, the Twin Cities Daily Planet, and more.

Where to Find Maya:

Notes for the episode: 
1. The Warriors on the Wind Poster:
Glorious insanity, no?

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2. The quote Maya references, about Bjork, from the New York Times, to rebuff Courtney: 

"In an interview at her apartment in Brooklyn, she said “Utopia” had long been her working title for the album. While making it, she read extensively about utopias: in academic studies and in stories and novels through the centuries, from ancient fables to the science fiction of Octavia E. Butler. “Utopia has gone from everything being monasteries, to feminist islands, to socialism, to ‘Peach Blossom Spring,” she said, referring to a tale of an isolated, idyllic community that was written in the fifth century in China.

The 2016 election of Donald J. Trump only strengthened her determination to envision hope. “If optimism ever was like an emergency, it’s now,” she said. “Instead of moaning and becoming really angry, we need to actually come up with suggestions of what the world we want to live in, in the future, could be. This album is supposed to be like an idea, a suggestion, a proposal of the world we could live in.”

Movies for the End of the World: Melancholia

It’s the end of the world...again! On this episode of Double Exposure’s mini season, we get caught up in the gravity of Melancholia, Lars Von Trier’s depressive vision of the apocalypse. 

Things get kind of dark as we wade through the guilt of humanity, the Nibiru cataclysm, and what makes Kiefer Sutherland charming. Come for the terror of the sublime, stay for the nihilism. 


Movies for the End of the World: This is the End

Welcome to the end of the world (movies version)! Double Exposure's first installment in The Movies for the End of the World is Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's biblical apocalyptic comedy This is the End.

On this episode, Courtney and Chris dissect the ridiculous, funny, and often stupid horror satire that asks some serious questions. Like:

-Do you care if famous people live or die?
-Is this the serious version of the biblical apocalypse that Evangelical Christians talk about?
-Are jokes about raping Emma Watson funny?
-Are Chris and Courtney living up to their potential when it comes to making this country better? 

This, and more, as we turn our focus to the end of all things.

Nic Cage Is Crazy: Vampire's Kiss vs. Face Off

The last episode of Double Exposure Season 2 is here, and we're going out with a little crazy Nic Cage. 

Vampire's Kiss versus Face Off. But this episode is not just the last, it's also a little different. Due to a minor twist of fate, it's just Chris and Courtney, talking out their movies choices and wrapping up the season. 

Then, we introduce Mini Season 2, coming soon.

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21st Century Horror: Slither and Train to Busan

This week, Chris and Courtney are dropping a special, non-competition, non-mini episode to celebrate horror movies and Halloween. They've each selected one of their favorite movies of the 21st century--Slither and Train to Busan, respectively--and eventually, they talk about each of them a little bit. 

But on the way there's a whole lot of divergence on the way. Subjects include: Halloween lawn ornaments, Darren Aronofksy, the combination of beauty and comedy embodied by Elizabeth Banks, Chris' inability to improvise, Courtney's friends Zach and Mary, and what the correct pronunciation of Bruegers is.

Plus lots of great horror stuff. So, listen. And if you enjoy it, give us a  rating and review in iTunes.

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Those Kids are F**king Scary: Village of the Damned vs. The Good Son


Creepy kids take over Double Exposure this week, as Chris and Courtney talk horror movies with the most terrifying creatures of all: kids.

The pictures this week: 1960's The Village of the Damned vs. the 1993 horror drama The Good Son

So it's one terrifying Macaulay Culkin vs. a whole troupe of pre-teen british blondies with mind powers.

Horror author Ryan Bradford joins. Ryan is a writer living in San Diego. He is the author of Horror Business and editor of the literary horror journal Black Candies. He also writes and edits for San Diego CityBeat, the city's largest progressive weekly. 

Where to Find Ryan:
@TheRyanBradford (Black Candies)

Can Macaulay Culkin ever be scary? Is a hive-mind of virgin birthed creepy kids something to welcome or fear? How do you store spaghetti and meatballs in the fridge? This and more, this week.

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Mini Exposure: Biopics (sports and non-)

Chris and Courtney converse on that ever-popular movie genre: biopics. Why are they so popular? What our favorites? And of course, all the digressions you've come to expect from Double Exposure (do you remember that rumor about how the kid from Wonder Years grew to be Marilyn Manson?)

This, plus creepy-kid based picks for the next episode are revealed. 

Listen! Rate! Review!

Heartfelt Obscure Sports Biopics: Ip Man vs. Foxcatcher

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Improviser and writer Mike Fotis joins Courtney and Chris to discuss Heartfelt Obscure Sports Biopics. Mike is a founder of the brand new Strike Theater, dedicated to comedy, improv and spoken word. Mike also wrote and performed for Wits, is an alum of Brave New Workshop, and has performed pretty much all over town.

Where to Find Mike: 

Mike picked Heartfelt Obscure Sports Biopics because he loves Hoosiers, so naturally Courtney picked a dark and strange wrestling drama, Foxcatcher, and Chris picked a Kung Fu/war movie set in 1930s China, Ip Man.

Because that's how Double Exposure does sports. But Mike was a good sport.

Conversation this week includes a discussion on the definition of biopic (Chris doesn't think Foxcatcher is a biopic, Courtney doesn't think Ip Man is), American responses to Chinese nationalist cinema, the movies of Bennet Miller (specifically, Moneyball), and the everpresent use of national flags in sports movies (sports = patriotism?).

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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.

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