Citizen Dame

Citizen Dame

The podcast for feminists who love film, brought to you by two female critics who want to broaden the conversation.


December 2, 2022 60 min

For this special minisode, the Dames discuss Todd Field's new film, TÁR, starring Cate Blanchett. We do talk about this film in detail, including spoilers. 

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This week, the Dames close out Noirvember with Gene Tierney and her iconic film noir roles, including deep dives on the nature of perception and the femme fatale in Laura and Leave Her To Heaven. 

Plus, Karen talks Disney's Strange World and Lauren has feelings about Cate Blanchett in Tar. 

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November 24, 2022 79 min

This week we're talking about noir star Richard Widmark, from his Academy Award-nominated debut, Kiss Of Death to his intense work in Night and the City, Panic in the Streets, and Pickup on South Street. Plus, his work in one of Sidney Poitier's earliest films, No Way Out.

We're also talking a bit about the (not?) death of Twitter and whether maybe it's in the best interest of everyone for it to go quickly - though ...

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November 16, 2022 68 min

The Dames plunge into Noirvember with discussions of Detour, The Blue Dahlia, and Sweet Smell of Success. Plus, what the hell is happening on Twitter?

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November 7, 2022 41 min

For this special mini-episode, the Dames discuss Zach Cregger's horror flick, Barbarian, which is now streaming on HBO Max.

Clip from BARBARIAN courtesy of 20th Century Studios

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November 2, 2022 86 min

This week we are so excited to dive into the filmography of Guillermo del Toro! From Cronos to the Cabinet of Curiosities, we take a look at del Toro's work both as director and producer. Plus we dive into all eight episodes of his new Netflix anthology series.

*Clip from a Conversation with Guillermo del Toro and Mike Flanagan. Check out the full video here: 

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October 28, 2022 20 min

For this month's Bonus Episode, we are talking all about Barry Sonnenfeld's 1993 Halloween classic, Addams Family Values!

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October 26, 2022 64 min

The Dames discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly, from Karen's amazing Middleburg experience, to Bill Murray being trash, to our favorite Halloween movies. 

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    October 12, 2022 89 min

    This episode is all about horror master James Whale. Even though he only directed four horror films, his influence is still felt in the genre today.

    We're also talking a bit about the Brad Pitt drama and whatever was happening with the Great British Bake-Off and their "Mexican Week."

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    October 6, 2022 20 min

    For this bonus episode, we dive into the 1998 cult favorite high school alien invasion meta horror movie, The Faculty.

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    October 5, 2022 97 min

    The Dames kick off Spooky Season with The Conjuring Universe films, discussing everything from why The Nun is more fun than it should be, how women and mothers fare across the franchise, and which films are just mean. 

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    September 28, 2022 70 min

    Welcome back! This week, the Dames are talking all about S-E-X. From pre-code depictions to post-code innuendo, how porn influenced aesthetic, and the positive and negative representation of both hetero and same-sex relationships on screen. 

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    September 21, 2022 65 min

    The Dames discuss issues of race, gender, and historical representation in The Little Mermaid and Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power. Plus! Karen reviews Pearl and Lauren talks Official Competition. 

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    September 14, 2022 77 min

    One of the Dames has been struck by The Plague, so this week we are talking about our favorite comfort movies and TV shows. Plus we dive into chats about Thor: Love and Thunder (now on Disney+) and Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. (now on Peacock).

    Check out our ongoing Letterboxd list to see what movies we're talking about each week.

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    September 7, 2022 81 min

    On this episode of Citizen Dame, Karen takes a moment to discuss her experience of what went down with the Hollywood Critics Association. Plus:

  • Shia LaBeouf is an abusive liar
  • Tiffany Haddish has been accused of child abuse
  • Criticism cannot be whitt...
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    August 31, 2022 70 min

    This week we're diving into the fantastic new Prime Video series A League of Their Own, plus a few other new releases including Glorious and Watcher. We also discuss the he said/she said story that is Wilde v. LaBeouf, and why "having the receipts" doesn't always tell the whole (or accurate) story.

    *Clip from Watcher courtesy of IFC Films

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    August 24, 2022 76 min

    The Dames discuss the latest in the Ezra Miller saga, critics dismissing films that aren't "for them," why "problematic art" is still important art, and Scott Derrickson's latest horror film The Black Phone.

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    August 17, 2022 69 min

    This week the Dames are celebrating Alfred Hitchcock's birthday with some favorite films and recommendations. Plus a few added topics, including:

  • The tragic passing of Anne Heche and the need for compassion
  • Warner Bros just keeps doubling down on the Flash movie
  • The new Armie Hammer + family doc and just why?
  • And to keep up with the movies we're talking about each week, check out our ongoing Letterboxd list.

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    August 10, 2022 64 min

    We're back! The Dames return to discuss all the important film news of the day, including

    Johnny Depp is a POS and his fans gave us proof: 

  • Just what is going on with HBOMax?

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    It's the episode we've ALL been waiting for! This week, in honor of his 60th birthday, we dive into the filmography of Tom Cruise. He ran onto the screen in 1981 with Endless Love and hasn't stopped running since. From his star-making work in Risky Business and Top Gun to his Oscar movies, the Mission: Impossible franchise, and his unforgettable role in Tropic Thunder, we're talking six decades of filmmaking excelle...

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