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. 

Episode 18: Human/Robot Wars -- The Terminator vs. The Matrix Reloaded

The often contentions and violent relationship between humans and machines has been a part of the movies since the movies began. As long as humans have been able to conceive of artificial intelligence, we have been unable to stop making movies about getting our asses whooped by robots. 

At least, that's what episode two is about. This week's super-specific genre on Double Exposure is Human/Robot Wars. Courtney and Chris have selected their favorite films from this genre and up for the fight are The Terminator and Matrix Reloaded.

The selector of this genre is the author Andrew DeYoung. Last month, Andrew's science-fiction novel The Exo Project was released by Boyd's Mill Press, and he was gracious enough to spend an evening in the studio talking about science-fiction franchises about artificially intelligent human-killing robots.

Find Andrew DeYoung and his Book:

Also on the episode: lots of talk about artificial intelligence, tech-billionaires, the frailty of the human ego, and kung fu.

Remember, this is not a competition based on who thinks what film is better. Chris wants you to remember this, as he has the task of trying to defend Matrix Reloaded from the easy pot-shots it has taken over the past 14 years. 

Mini Exposure: 80s Weird Adventure

Chris and Courtney close the book on Season 2, Episode 1: 80s Weird Adventure and Reverend Matt's tremendousness. Then, a discussion of Steven Spielberg and the Millennial Generation and what E.T. and Jurassic Park mean to kids of the past 35 years.

Also, what the frack is the Millennial Generation?

Episode 2 genre and movies are also announced, so, stay tuned for that. 

Episode 17: 80s Weird Adventure

Our first double feature of season two is here! Chris and Courtney have selected their favorite 80s Weird Adventure movies, and asked Matthew Kessen to act as judge. 

For the super-specific and not entirely real genre 80s Weird Adventure, Chris and Courtney have selected Steven Spielberg's ET and the live-action Disney smash Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. 

The man who is judge--or perhaps even God-- of this genre is Matthew Kessen, aka: The Reverend Matt. Reverent Matt is a minister of the Church of the Subgenius, which is...complicated, but he's also the man behind the hilarious show/podcast Reverend Matt's Monster Science, on which he tells jokes and talks about monsters. 

Where to Find Reverend Matt: 
Reverend Matt's Monster Science

Also in the episode, a lot of talk about nostalgia, a little discussion of Stranger Things, a strange reference to a very obscure Japanese video game that Courtney and Matt are apparently both quite familiar with.

Introducing Season 2

Courtney and Chris introduce season 2, My Favorite of That Type of Movie, as Double Exposure returns to our regularly scheduled program. 

Find out what changes are in store for season 2, what movies we're watching for next week, and what you have to look forward to for the next 16 episodes of Double Exposure. 

Follow Double Exposure on Twitter @twomoviesmn, and subscribe on iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts

Catherine Eaton, director of The Sounding

In The Sounding, Olivia stops talking altogether, and when she starts again, she only speaks Shakespeare. The movie is a massive undertaking for the woman who made it, Catherine Eaton, who acts in, directs, and co-wrote the film.

The Sounding explores otherness, individuality, mental health, love, care-taking and language, and it does so through the creation of a character that is fully realized expression of individuality, artistry and humanity.

Chris was lucky enough to sit down with Catherine Eaton to discuss her debut feature film, the Sounding. Eaton has a long history as an actor, including spending several years at The Guthrie. This morning, we discussed the origins of this deeply fascinating character, and what it was like to play that intense role and simultaneously direct the film.

The Sounding is playing at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival this Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 15. Eaton will be in attendance for that both of those showings. 

The film will play again on April 22nd. 

Interview: John Jencks, Director of The Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus is a very British affair. An adaptation of Stephen Fry's novel, The Hippopotamus is about a once famous poet named Ted Wallace, who is now a drunk and a journalist. After being fired from his job, he's hired to investigate the miraculous goings-on at Swafford Hall, his ex-girlfriend's brother's wealthy estate, where sick people, according to some, are being healed. 

Director John Jencks joins Double Exposure to discuss his film. We talked about everything from how to direct bad theater in a good movie, to the deliciousness of hearing the Sarah and Duck narrator use such inventive vulgarity. Jencks also shares the film industry insight he's gathered working both on the creative side as a director, and on the financial side as an executive producer.

The Hippopotamus is playing at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival this Friday, at 7PM, and Jencks will be in attendance for that event. 

The film will play again on April 22nd. 

MSP International Film Festival Interview: Jesse Bishop, MSPIFF Program Director

The 36th Annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival is here. From April 13 - 29, 350 films from dozens of countries will be playing at five theaters across the Twin Cities. It's a massive undertaking, and one of the best film events in the Midwest. 

As an MSP-based film podcast, Double Exposure can't pass up this festival. Up first is Jesse Bishop, Programming Director for the MSP Film Society. I asked Jesse what it takes to put on a film festival of this size, what MSPIFF has to offer compared to the thousands of festivals in the world, and what films he's particularly excited about. 

Enjoy the interview, and if you're in MSP, go see a few movies this month. We'll have some recommendations later in the festival run.

Browse the MSPIFF Film and Event Calendar

Movies Steve Bannon Would Hate: A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

The final episode of Movies Steve Bannon Would Hate is here: A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night: Ana Lily Amirpour's punk vampire movie about a young Iranian woman in Bad City who calls down vampire justice on the bad men

In the episode, Chris and Courtney explore all the epic glory of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, including the simple, stunning images of the Girl that mark the unique familiarity of Amirpour's movie. There's just something about the visual power of Amirpour's film and hero that make it a magical experience.  

This week, we're asking listeners to consider donating to the Council on American-Islamic Relations. CAIR is doing some of the most important work in the US to protect and promote Muslim Americans, and promote mutual understanding around issues of Islam and civil liberties, and religious freedom.

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night brings together many of the themes that have surfaced in the Steve Bannon episodes--women's relationship to men, religious difference, vampirism-- and makes a fine finale to this film-watching experiment. We hope you've enjoyed listening to the Bannon Series as much as we have had making it. And we'll see you on season 2.

Movies Steve Bannon Would Hate: Spotlight

Two consecutive Best Picture winners are now two consecutive entries in the Movies Steve Bannon Would Hate, as Tom McCarthy's Spotlight makes its Double Exposure debut.

Spotlight tells the story of the investigative journalists who broke the story of the Catholic Church's Rape and Sex Abuse scandal and the cover-up underway to protect the priests responsible.

Steve Bannon despises journalists and the media, which he has called "the opposition party." Donald Trump, for his part, has called journalists "the most dishonest people on earth."

Which means that Tom McCarthy's portrayal of journalists doing the hard work of telling the truth, exposing wrongs, and bringing the sins of the Catholic Church to light is the very kind of movie that Steve Bannon would hate. 

Movies Steve Bannon Would Hate: Moonlight

This year's Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Moonlight, is the latest installment in the Movies Steve Bannon Would Hate miniseries. 

Courtney and Chris gush over the cinematic achievement of Barry Jenkins, in all its glorious execution. A story-driven indie film, beautifully photographed and powerfully acted, that avoids becoming a polemic or a Race Movie.

Instead, Moonlight moves audiences by telling a moving story. One that is too rare in American cinema, featuring characters often avoided in mainstream art and conversation.

Which is one of many reasons why Steve Bannon would hate Moonlight so much. 

What else would Bannon hate? As Courtney says: "He would hate two well-meaning white liberals sitting around and talking about this movie more than anything." 

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