Her Head in Films

Her Head in Films

My head isn't in the clouds. My head is in films. I'm Caitlin. On this podcast, I share my personal thoughts and feelings about the films I watch, mainly art house and world cinema. This podcast celebrates the personal, the subjective, and the emotional. I weave together my life experiences with an in-depth discussion of the movies that haunt and astound me. Instagram: @herheadinfilms, Twitter: @herheadinfilms, Email: herheadinfilms@gmail.com, Tumblr: herheadinfilmspodcast.tumblr.com

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April 27, 2022 28 min

These mini episodes are unfiltered, raw, and less in-depth than my regular episodes. They're a space for me to talk casually about a film and also about my life. There is minimal research done, and I mainly share my immediate thoughts and feelings about a film.

In this mini episode about David Lynch's 1997 film, "Lost Highway," I talk about how what we bury always surfaces and all the different parts of ourselves tha...

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These mini episodes are unfiltered, raw, and less in-depth than my regular episodes. They're a space for me to talk casually about a film and also about my life. There is minimal research done, and I mainly share my immediate thoughts and feelings about cinema.

In this episode, I talk about how cinema was one of the things that saved me in the years after I lost my dad when I was a teenager.

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These mini episodes are unfiltered, raw, and less in-depth than my regular episodes. They're a space for me to talk casually about a film and also about my life. There is minimal research done, and I mainly share my immediate thoughts and feelings about a film.

In this episode, I talk about surrealist cinema and the way that film allows us to enter a fascinating dream world. When we live in dreams, we live in possibility. I ment...

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These mini episodes are unfiltered, raw, and less in-depth than my regular episodes. They're a space for me to talk casually about a film and also about my life. There is minimal research done, and I mainly share my immediate thoughts and feelings about a film.

In this mini episode about David Lynch's 2001 film, "Mulholland Drive," I talk about living inside the mystery of a work of art and what it means to be a brok...

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These mini episodes are unfiltered, raw, and less in-depth than my regular episodes. They're a space for me to talk casually about a film and also about my life. There is minimal research done, and I mainly share my immediate thoughts and feelings about a film.

In this mini episode about Ridley Scott's 1979 film, "Alien," I talk about changes I've been going through and how this film made me think about the thing...

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December 11, 2021 25 min

In this short episode, I talk about why I'm taking a break from the podcast. I thank everyone who has listened over the years. I'm deeply appreciative.

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October 12, 2021 102 min

In this episode, I talk about Robert Eggers's 2015 film, "The Witch." It looks at a New England Puritan family in the 1600s that is exiled from their community. They go to live in a remote area, and terrifying things begin to happen. The eldest daughter is blamed for these events and accused of being a witch. I talk about witch hunts, the feminist aspects of the film, my very personal reaction to the ending, and much mo...

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September 29, 2021 105 min

In this episode, I talk about the 1945 film "Humoresque." Joan Crawford plays a socialite tormented by her love for a younger man--played by John Garfield--who is a passionate violinist trying to break into the music world. Her money and connections help him find success, but her hard-drinking and intense desire lead to her own self-destruction. I adore this film. I talk about the music in it, how it looks at desire, and mu...

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September 14, 2021 103 min

In this episode, I talk about Michael Curtiz's 1945 film "Mildred Pierce." Joan Crawford won an Oscar for her performance as the title character, a mother who, in the wake of the end of her marriage, starts her own restaurant business and tries to give a better life to her two daughters--Veda and Kay. But her eldest daughter Veda has an insatiable and destructive desire for material possessions and Mildred will stop at ...

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August 31, 2021 66 min

In this episode, I talk about Mike Newell's 1991 film, "Enchanted April." It's about four women in 1920s Britain who rent a castle in the Italian countryside. Their vacation in Italy will forever transform their lives. The much-needed break from ordinary life leads to spiritual rejuvenation, a deep connection to nature, and a powerful bond with each other. There are spoilers in this episode. 

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In this episode, I talk about Audrey Wells's 2003 film, "Under the Tuscan Sun." I've loved this film since I was a teenager. It stars Diane Lane as a woman who goes through a devastating divorce and goes to Italy and renovates a house. In the process of this home renovation, she reconnects with life and experiences emotional renewal. For me, this film is really about a woman who survives heartbreak and creates a new...

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In this episode, I talk about Michael Haneke's controversial and thought-provoking 1997 film, "Funny Games." It's a thriller that breaks all the rules and raises questions about the representation of violence in mass media. A family is terrorized in their vacation home by two young men who take enjoyment in brutality and degradation. Haneke uses surprising and unexpected techniques to confront the audience of his fi...

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July 13, 2021 87 min

In this episode, I talk about Michael Haneke's 2012 film, "Amour." It's about Georges and Anne, an elderly Parisian couple who have their lives turned upside down after Anne suffers a stroke. This is a deeply devastating film that resonated with me. For over a year now, my mom has been struggling with her health and I've become a caregiver for her. I talk about the difficult experience of caring for someone and ...

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June 29, 2021 72 min

In this episode, I'm talking about Jane Campion's 2009 film, "Bright Star." It's about the brief but beautiful love story between the poet John Keats and a young woman named Fanny Brawne. John Keats is considered one of the greatest poets who ever lived but he died young, before he and Fanny could create a life together. Their romance was marked by distance and the ever-present shadow of death but his passionate...

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June 15, 2021 89 min

In this episode, I talk about Jane Campion's 2003 film, "In the Cut." Meg Ryan plays, Frannie, an English teacher who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation after parts of a woman's body are found in her garden. She may have even seen the murder victim shortly before the crime. After the lead detective on the case interviews her, the two of them become involved in a dark, torturous relationship. "In the Cut...

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In this episode, I talk about Wim Wenders's 1988 film, "Wings of Desire." It's about an angel who falls in love with a trapeze artist and is willing to give up eternity and become human in order to be with her. I think this is such a powerful and poetic film about love, connection, and what it means to be human. It's a life-affirming film that always reminds me of the beauty of being alive. There are spoilers in...

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In this episode, I talk about Joachim Trier's 2011 film "Oslo August 31st." It follows Anders, a young man just out of rehab for heroin addiction, as he walks around the city of Oslo, meeting old friends and trying to decide if life is worth living. I think this is a powerful and unforgettable film that reminds us of the beauty of being alive. It's one of my favorite films from the 2010s, and I urge you to watch it ...

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November 17, 2020 122 min

In this episode, I'm talking about Julie Dash's 1991 film Daughters of the Dust. This is a dreamlike film that focuses on the Peazant family who live on the sea islands off the coast of the Carolinas. They gather together for one last time on the eve of their departure from the island. It's a stunning cinematic achievement that looks at the bonds of family, the ghosts of history, and the rich lives of African American w...

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In this episode, I talk about George Sluizer's 1988 film "The Vanishing." It's about Rex and Saskia, a Dutch couple who go on vacation in France and have their lives turned upside down when Saskia is abducted. To give away more would be to spoil this masterpiece of suspense. There are spoilers in this episode. 

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October 13, 2020 136 min

In this episode, I talk about Lynne Littman's 1983 film, "Testament." It's about how a mother and her children in a California town survive the aftermath of a nuclear bombing. We don't know who dropped the bombs, what has happened in the rest of the country, and we're not provided any political details. The film is solely about this family and how they confront the gradual and horrifying deterioration of the...

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