Seasons: A Year OF Movies
Seasons: A Year Of Movies is a (mostly) weekly podcast where Emma Ramirez and Grace Benfell talk about a series of films for each season of the year. The movies can be directly connected (a franchise, a director/writer/whatever’s filmography) or loosely connected (a thematic through-line.) We alternate picking the season’s theme, so the movies will be as varied as our thoughts are. We’ll explore why we watch the movies we do when we do, how context changes our understanding of art, geek out, and occasionally get into fights. Accompany us through the changing times of the year.
In this extra-long and rowdy episode, Grace and Emma talk over the politics of labor and creativity, their relationship to both the themes and production of this movie, and the anxieties of growing up. Grace is anxious about a missing lunch. Emma is agape over the animation’s small details. It all builds to a final conversation about… what else? Crushes!
The next movie is Princess Mononoke
In this episode, Emma and Grace discuss whether Porco Rosso complicates the idealized Europe often found in Ghibli films, the strong ladies who are definitely not moms, and the film’s interest in an inevitable turn of history that will consume all the characters. Come for our disdain for libertarianism, stay for the seaplane full of schoolgirls and pirates.
Side note: The theorist that Grace talks about is Theodor Adorno, of the Frankfurt school. Max Weber is an earlier sociologist, who the Frankfort school studied and analyzed.
The next movie is Whisper of the Heart.
In this episode, we talk about girlhood, queerness, and critiquing media as queer people. Grace has a truly cursed realization about Tombo. Emma gushes about an incredible dog. We also talk about the movie’s depiction of an idealized, almost utopian, Europe and its portrayal of magic as both wondrous and mundane.
The next movie is Porco Rosso.
This episode gets very personal as Grace and Emma talk over the innumerable childhood feelings this movie gave us. We talk about taking the emotions of children seriously, have our shortest summary yet, and get on a surprising number of tangents, including the unforgivably bad Totoro death God theory.
The next movie is Kiki’s Delivery Service