RomCom Killjoys

RomCom Killjoys

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February 25, 2021 46 min

Jonelle and Eliza take on a Netflix battle of the Cyrano wits ... Sierra Burgess (2018) versus The Half of It (2020). Conversation topics include the importance of specificity; mean-spirited depiction of Gen Z; and why Sierra Burgess is, indeed, a loser. 

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February 11, 2021 45 min

This month's Patron-selected episode! Eliza and Jonelle discuss The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996), including arbitrary beauty standards; making the screenplay 50% gayer; and why we should just let women woo. 

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February 4, 2021 36 min

Eliza and Jonelle go back to their roots in theatre for Cyrano de Bergerac month! First adaptation under observation is Steve Martin's Roxanne (1987), including cartoon sound effects; romance done right; and ... an intellectual screenplay!?

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January 28, 2021 43 min

In the final installment of Manic Pixie Dream Month, Jonelle and Eliza unfortunately discuss Along Came Polly (2004), including unnecessary MPDGs; the racism of "ethnic stuff;" and a compelling example of the rare Manic Pixie Dream Boy.

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January 21, 2021 46 min

And now one for the nerdbois. Jonelle, Eliza, and guest Trey Chambers discuss cult classic Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010) including the trials and triumphs of adapting comics for the screen; distinct nerdboi fantasies; and why better is not necessarily good. 

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January 14, 2021 49 min

When we feel unoriginal, we ask our Patrons what to do .... Jonelle, Eliza, and guest Henry Pines discuss hipster classic Garden State (2004) including French New Wave fails; the sadboi melancholia of suburban New Jersey; and the many films Natalie Portman carries on her back. 

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January 7, 2021 46 min

This month isn't like the other months ... kicking off our discussion of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl (MPDG) is the trope-namer Elizabethtown (2005). Jonelle and Eliza discuss implausible suicide attempts (tw); the Great Millennial Crisis of Masculinity; and Claire's nuclear likeability. 

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Merry something to all and goodnight or whatever... It's our final show of the year and we're wrapping up with a holiday trash fire. Jonelle and Eliza are joined once again by Alice Lee to discuss A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018), including the tax haven shell corp that is Aldovia; the politics and metaphysics of a country run by Christmas; and of course, Amber's blog.

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December 17, 2020 46 min

Huzzah! Thanks to our patrons, Jonelle and Eliza discuss the truly terrible Knight Before Christmas (2019) including medieval history; the problem(s) with chivalry; and exactly how many Vanessa Hudgens clones exist in the Netflix Christmas Cinematic Universe (NCCU). 

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December 10, 2020 42 min

All aboard the Hot Mess Express! In this disastrous episode, Jonelle and Eliza talk with Air Force Magazine senior editor Rachel S. Cohen about Operation Christmas Drop (2020) while battling the Grinchiest wifi of all time. There is a terrible CGI gecko, a studly Midwestern Airmen, and a lot of swearing. 

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December 3, 2020 48 min

Merry Netflix Christmas! Eliza and Jonelle kick off the rom-com-iest time of the year with Christmas on the Square (2020), including heartfelt tributes to community theatre, pleas for significantly less plot, and the singular politics of Dolly Parton. 

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November 26, 2020 46 min

Our first Patron-selected episode! Jonelle and Eliza discuss both film versions of Sabrina (1954 & 1995) with local expert, Chelsea Lynn. The gang covers May-December romance; Capitalist class fantasies; and Harrison Ford's long history of emotional kidnapping. 

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November 19, 2020 40 min

Jonelle and Eliza dive right into Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), including Marilyn Monroe's star text; thinly veiled references to queer culture; and the frustrating neuroses of postmodern romcoms. 

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November 12, 2020 45 min

Jonelle & Eliza are joined by Eric & Lauren of The Speakeasy podcast! The gang discusses His Girl Friday (1940), including the Hawksian Woman; the slapstick comedy of Victorian mothers; and whether communism actually was a red herring after all. 

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November 5, 2020 40 min

Jonelle and Eliza take you back to Hollywood's Golden Age and (arguably) its very first RomCom! They discuss It Happened One Night (1934), including the Hays Code; origins of leading lady clumsiness; and the first (and only) time a RomCom swept the Oscars.  

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October 29, 2020 44 min

Happy Halloween! Jonelle, Eliza, and guest Medha Marsten conjure some bubbling takes on Practical Magic (1998), including its many, many genres; the power of domesticity and female friendships; and how all of us know exactly how we would kill our best friend's worst ex-boyfriend. 

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October 22, 2020 47 min

Jonelle and Eliza discuss mermaid fantasies in Splash (1984), including being Born Sexy Yesterday; weird pro-America immigrant narratives; and the good ol' days when mermaids dragged sailors into the sea. 

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October 15, 2020 49 min

Eliza, Jonelle, and returning guest Alice Lee discuss Beastly (2011) including incel fantasies; toothless beast tales; and eyebrow tattoos that are just too on the nose. 

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October 8, 2020 38 min

As Fairy Tale month continues, Jonelle and Eliza discuss Penelope (2007) including trilby-tipping sad boys; beauty standards for the normative body; and oh-so-aughts consumerism.

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October 1, 2020 43 min

We're back! The Killjoys are kicking off season 2 with a month of modern fairy tales, beginning with the Hillary Duff classic, A Cinderella Story (2004). Joined by Kate Kerns from Sonder and Spark Publishing, we discuss American mythology, the politics of likability, and Chad Michael Murray's stupid hair.

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