RomCom Killjoys

RomCom Killjoys

You love them. You hate them. We are here to eviscerate them. This is the RomCom Killjoys podcast: a social distancing project about films, feminism, and friends.... Show More

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August 27, 2020 38 min

In our first season finale, Jonelle and Eliza discuss Not Another Teen Movie (2001) including the difference between parody and satire, Massachusetts' favorite son Chris Evans, and why this movie deserves Not Another Rewatch.  

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August 20, 2020 47 min

Jonelle and guest Alice Lee discuss Sixteen Candles (1984) and all the classic (?) humor (?) you remember, including date rape, racism, and other nightmares from the male Id. 

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August 13, 2020 40 min

We're totally bugging! Jonelle and Eliza unpack Clueless (1995), discussing tokenism, the cultural politics of step-siblings, and optimistic 90s capitalism. 

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To all the high school movies we've loved before .... Jonelle and guest Medha Marsten discuss To All The Boys ... (2018), including why they always kill the mom, racism in teen rom coms, and the radical softness of Gen Z.

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July 30, 2020 40 min

Jonelle and Eliza discuss Netflix "classic" A Christmas Prince (2017) including filling the void with more void, why we fantasize about meeting a prince, and existential horrors of the divine right to rule. 

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July 23, 2020 40 min

Jonelle and guest Chelsea Lynn discuss White Christmas (1954), including the Spirit of American Militarism, blackface minstrelsy, and newfound admiration for a certain chorus girl.

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July 16, 2020 39 min

Jonelle and guest Sarah Ryan discuss The Spirit of Christmas (2015), including sloppy period costumes, French-Canadian accents, and mythologies of the Ghost Boyfriend. 

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July 9, 2020 39 min

Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus! Jonelle and Eliza discuss Christmas in the Smokies (2015), including the Prosperity Doctrine, the fantasy of a Christmas town, and excellent Southern romance novel names. 

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July 2, 2020 41 min

It's Christmas in July! Jonelle and guests Lindsey Barr & Jared Strange discuss Love Actually (2003), including the Spirit of Christmas (and Terrorism), charming British-ness, and the immortal question: is Love Actually *actually* garbage? 

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June 25, 2020 38 min

Jonelle and guest Jennifer Haining discuss My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), including the symmetry of Julia Roberts' face; what 28 means (and doesn't mean); and why there is so much music by black artists in this extremely white movie. 

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June 18, 2020 45 min

Jonelle and guest Jeff Gan discuss Longhorns (2011), including what's precious and problematic about low-rent gay romcoms; the surprising importance of college corkboards; and the great state of Texas.

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June 4, 2020 40 min

Jonelle and guest Yaryna Onufrey discuss Imagine Me and You (2005), including closet keys, coming into your queerness, and whether the UK has better lesbian porn access than the US.

In recognition of ongoing uprisings and the uprising that brought us Pride Month, RCKJ is donating all Patreon proceeds above cost this month to the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (https://borislhensonfoundation.org/).

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May 28, 2020 37 min

Eliza and guest Emily Martínez discuss Mamma Mia! (2008) and talk about movie musical casting, friendship goals, Colin Firth's fun dad energy, and confusing stag party masks.

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May 21, 2020 34 min

Jonelle and guest Rachel discuss Amy Schumer vehicle I Feel Pretty (2018), contemplating the hierarchy of beauty; snagging Mr. Greek God and Mr. Dad Bod; and why "chubby chicks can get ass, too" is not a moral they want from a story. 

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May 14, 2020 36 min

Jonelle and guest Ramya Anbalagan discuss She's All That (1999) including misplaced rap battles, weird performance art, and the immortal question: what is she that she is all that? All what? All what!?

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May 7, 2020 31 min

On a very special Mother's Day episode, Jonelle sits down with her mom Denise Walker to discuss Because I Said So (2007) including horrifying fedoras; spying on your children; and whether mother *really* knows best. 

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April 29, 2020 39 min

In our 10th episode, a panel of "experts" discuss the classic When Harry Met Sally (1989) and tackle the big questions including can men and women ever be just friends? do romcoms need to be realistic? and does Billy Crystal have sex appeal? 

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April 23, 2020 40 min

Jonelle and guest Dr. Les Gray discuss Silver Linings Playbook (2012), including disability studies, postmodern dance, and the enduring legacy of Shakespearean comedy tropes. They conclude that everyone in this movie is an asshole. 

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April 16, 2020 31 min

Jonelle and guest Becky Mezzanotte-Blizard discuss P.S. I Love You (2007), including talk of Ireland; how to mend a fight with shoe art; and Harry Connick Jr. (??).

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April 9, 2020 36 min

Jonelle and producer Eliza discuss the deconstructed (?) rom-com (500) Days of Summer, including a soundtrack that slaps, inexplicable architects, and manic pixie dream bots.

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