Joel Bocko joins us to discuss Lost Highway. We talk about how the film uses its two protagonists to explore themes of exploitation by the hands of abusive men. We also discuss David Lynch’s use of VHS horror, as well as question his depictions of absurd house parties. Finally, we examine the film in the context of Lynch’s entire filmography.Read More
In this recently recovered episode of Fireside Friends, Shannon Strucci joins Ryan, Allen, and Jen to talk about the 2007 film [REC]. We discuss the film’s use of its small budget, well-considered characters, and the found footage format. We mention the film’s Hollywood remake, Quarantine, as well as [REC]: Boat Edition; we end the cast with a discussion of some of our favorite (but mostly our least favorite) horror movies and franchises.Read More
Ryan, Allen, and Jen discuss Bound! We talk about the film’s portrayal of its queer relationship, the ways in which the film succeeds at building tension, and where it stands among the rest of the Wachowski films. We also address the heated Car/Truck debate. Are trucks considered to be a type of car? (No.) Is language needlessly complicated? (Maybe.)Read More
Join Allen and Ryan as they commit crimes* and discuss the 1984 film, Repo Man! We talk about the film’s outrageous antics, and its themes surrounding white suburban punks and radiation research. We also reflect on Harry Dean Stanton’s vast career and discuss some of his most memorable roles.
*No actual crimes were committed in the making of this podcastRead More
John Stull joins us to read and interpret lyrics from Father John Misty’s latest album, “Pure Comedy.” Is this a good album? Does it have a solid political message? Are the lyrics evocative? The answer to all of these questions, of course, is no. However, we hope you enjoy listening to us highlight the album’s most embarrassing material, as well as the in-depth analysis from Genius.com’s users. Hang on to that centrist feeling, dear listeners, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.Read More
Persona Non Grata is a mini-podcast series that follows Allen and Ryan as they make their way through Persona 5. This episode, Jennifer Unkle frees us from having to play any more of this game by guiding us through the remaining plot points. Hear us react to the game’s most ridiculous plot developments and find out which ones we accurately predicted!Read More
M joins us to discuss Twin Peaks: The Return! We talk about our favorite moments of the season, how much the new show fits in with the original series and Fire Walk With Me, and ruminate on how Twin Peaks will always be a show filled with mystery. Who is the dreamer?Read More
Jennifer Unkle joins us to discuss Don’t Take It Personally, Babe, It Just Ain’t Your Story by Christine Love! We talk about the issue of privacy in the digital age, the guilt of voyeurism in the context of visual novels, and the validation that comes with positive depictions of queer relationships in games.Read More
Fireside Friends has found a new home at Abnormal Mapping!
What does this mean for the podcast going forward? Ryan and Allen walks you through the details.
Thanks much to all of the people who have supported us up to this point. Your support and generosity means the world to us, and we wouldn’t have made it this far without your help.Read More
We discuss Paper Girls Vol. 1 & 2, the reductive taxonomy of media, and the problems with male writers being upheld as feminists in the comics industry.
Volumes 1 & 2 of Paper Girls includes issues 1-10.Read More