Welcome to Episode #182 of The Swampflix Podcast. For this episode, Brandon, James, Britnee, and Hanna discuss a grab bag of dark, horrific takes on classic fairy tales, starting with the 1995 creature feature Rumpelstiltskin.
02:14 Finde (2021) 05:30 The Little Mermaid (1968) 08:37 The Cremator (1969) 16:40 The Firemen’s Ball (1967) 21:51 Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
26:41 Rumpelstiltskin (1995) 48:41 Beauty and the Beast (1978) 1:02:50 Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997) 1:16:00 Freeway (1996)
Welcome to Episode #181 of The Swampflix Podcast. For this episode, Brandon, James, and Hanna discuss the earlier works of this year’s Best Director Oscar nominees, starting with the Daniels’ gallows-humor flatulence comedy Swiss Army Man (2016). Enjoy!
Welcome to Episode #180 of The Swampflix Podcast. For this episode, Brandon, James, Britnee, and Hanna discuss the classic films and lasting legacy of Marilyn Monroe, from her beloved comedies like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) to her post-modern post mortem Blonde (2022).
2:00 Krewe Divine 3:30 Divine Trash (1998) 4:36 Attachment (2023) 8:35 SexWorld (1978) 12:15 Bijou (1972) 15:58 The Red Shoes (1948) 18:10 A Matter of Life and Death (1946) 20:35 Chan is Missing (1982) 21:51 Caravaggio (1986)
26:04 Blonde (2022) 44:30 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) 58:56 Some Like It Hot (1959) 1:16:23 Niagara (1953) 12:25:25 Don’t Bother to Knock (1952)
Welcome to Episode #179 of The Swampflix Podcast. For this episode, Brandon, James, Britnee, and Hanna discuss a grab bag of 1940s noir classics, starting with Edgar G. Ulmer’s Poverty Row cheapie Detour(1945).
01:04 Infinity Pool (2023) 06:12 Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story (1995) 08:53 The Big Chill (1983) 13:51 Deep End (1970) 19:10 The 4th Man (1983)
26:23 Detour (1945) 46:44 The Letter (1940) 1:07:45 Laura (1944) 1:17:25 The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
Welcome to Episode #178 of The Swampflix Podcast. For this episode, Brandon, James, Britnee, and Hanna continue our discussion of the Top Films of 2022 with some honorable mentions, starting with the Jerrod Carmichael suicide comedy On the Count of Three.
1. Everything Everywhere All at Once — Maybe we’re living in the worst possible timeline, but maybe we’re just living in the one where Michel Gondry directed The Matrix. It’s nice here. The absurdism, creativity, and all-out maximalism of Everything Everywhere has made it the most talked-about movie of the year, and with good reason. Films about intergenerational trauma and poor parental relationships often come across as schmaltzy and reductive, but this one is complex in ways that you can’t predict or imagine. You’ll even find yourself empathizing with a googly-eyed rock.
2. Marcel the Shell With Shoes On — In the tradition of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, the Borrowers books, and the half-remembered TV show The Littles, Marcel the Shell shrinks itself down to the level of a tiny being to view the world from their perspective. Like the original stop-motion YouTube shorts, it’s a rapid-fire joke delivery system where every punchline is “So small!” It also has a big heart, though, acting as an emotional defibrillator to shock us back into the great wide world of familial & communal joy after a few years of intense isolation.
3. Mad God — Both a for-its-own sake immersion in scatological mayhem and an oddly touching reflection on the creative process, the indifference of time, and the cruelty of everything. Phil Tippet’s stop-motion descent into Hell is meticulously designed to either delight or irritate, so count us among the awed freaks who never wanted the nightmare to end.
4. RRR — An anti-colonialist epic about the power of friendship (and the power of bullets, and the power of wolves, and the power of grenades, and the power of dynamite, and the power of tigers, and the power of bears, oh my). A real skull-cracker of a good time.
5. Neptune Frost — A post-gender Afrofuturist musical that triangulates unlikely holy ground between Space is the Place, Black Orpheus, and Hackers. This movie is gorgeous, even if it takes more than one viewing to piece together a thorough understanding of its plot, since it phrases its protests against colonialism & strip-mining in the language of dreams & poetry.
6. Men — If it weren’t for the tabloidization of Don’t Worry Darling, this would easily be the most over-complained about movie of 2022. The Discourse was not kind to Alex Garland’s shift from chilly sci-fi to atmospheric folk horror, but the spectacular MPreg climax & Rory Kinnear’s terrifying face will haunt us forever anyway.
7. Triangle of Sadness— A delightfully cruel, unsettling comedy that invites you to laugh at the grotesquely rich as they slide around in their own piss, shit, and vomit on a swaying luxury cruise ship. It’s incredibly satisfying—and maybe even Östlund’s best—as long as you prefer catharsis & entertainment over subtlety & nuance.
8. Funny Pages — Proudly wears its 2000s indie nostalgia as a grimy badge of dishonor, questioning why Ghost World and The Safdies can’t share the same marquee. You might wonder where its alt-comics slackerdom fits in the modern world, but any dipshit suburbanite poser who’s ever romanticized suffering an “authentic” life as a starving artist in The City should be able to relate.
9. Nope— After examining the horror of suburbia and neoliberalism in Get Out (our #1 film of 2017) and the horror of self and manifest destiny in Us (our #7 film of 2019), Jordan Peele’s latest is an oddly laidback, immensely scaled sci-fi thriller about a brother & sister’s fight to understand, outsmart, document, and monetize an extraterrestrial being beyond our comprehension. Consider it a Signs of the times.
10. Hatching — A great entry in the Puberty as Monstrous Transformation canon, alongside titles like Ginger Snaps, Jennifer’s Body, Teeth, and Carrie. Hatching stands out in that crowd by adding an extra layer about mothers living through their daughters in unhealthy ways. In fact, we recommend all mothers and daughters watch this twisted Finnish fairy tale together; it’s gross-out fun for the whole family.
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Welcome to Episode #176 of The Swampflix Podcast. For this episode, Brandon, James, Britnee, and Hanna discuss four films that recently fell off the Sight & Sound Top 100 list, starting with Luis Buñuel & Salvador Dalí’s landmark surrealist short Un Chien Andalou (1929).
Welcome to Episode #171 of The Swampflix Podcast. For this episode, Brandon, James, Britnee, and Hanna discuss a grab bag of horror films banned by British censors on the infamous “Video Nasties” list, starting with the racial-tensions home invasion thriller Fight for Your Life (1977)
01:15 Twister (1996) 07:15 The Other Side of the Underneath (1972) 12:45 Sissy (2022) 14:45 Deadstream (2022) 17:00 Medusa (2022) 19:40 Evilspeak (1981)
23:21 Video nasties 34:45 Fight for Your Life (1977) 49:45 Don’t Look in the Basement (1973) 1:15:20 Flesh for Frankenstein (1974) 1:28:50 The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976)