Citizen Dame

The podcast for feminists who love film, brought to you by two female critics who want to broaden the conversation.

Episode 182: The Velvet Dame

Posted by citizendame in podcast, feminist film critics, film noir

This week! The Dames finish up Noirvember with a look at gender tropes and traits in classic noir. From The Velvet Touch and Black Widow to The Blue Dahlia and The Dark Mirror, we take a particular look at the women of noir, the femme fatales and the virginal girls. 

We also spend a little bit of time talking about the talk around Licorice Pizza and revisit the disturbing way social media treats people with opposing views.

Episode 181: I Ain‘t Afraid of No Dames

The Dames take a break from a noir to discuss everything GHOSTBUSTERS, including:

  • Why we are fans of all the Ghostbusters films (that we've seen)
  • How Ghostbusters II has been unfairly treated
  • Why Ghostbusters: Answer the Call was the perfect sequel

Plus! Karen rounds up some AFI fest news and recommendations. 

Episode 180: His Kind of Dame

Posted by citizendame in podcast, feminist film critics, film noir

This week is all about Robert Mitchum! From The Night of the Hunter to His Kind of Woman and plenty of movies in between, the Dames talk about his career, his unexpected charisma, and how we still find him a little terrifying. Also, Lauren hypothesizes that he is, in fact, a vampire. We also talk a *little* bit about the hoopla over Eternals.

Episode 179: Scarlet Dame

The Dames ease from Spooky Season into Noirvember with a discussion of Expressionist director Fritz Lang. Including:

  • Is Metropolis Lang's most watched work?
  • What can M and The Testament of Dr. Mabuse say about contemporary America?
  • How Lang's interest in unlikable protagonists and likable villains contributed to the development of film noir

Plus: Karen justifies her Dune reaction. 

Episode 178: A Nightmare on Dame Street

Posted by citizendame in feminist film critics, horror films

This week! The Dames are talking all about the films of Wes Craven! From The Hills Have Eyes to Scream 4, the horror master has given us some of the genre's most iconic characters, with a few other gems thrown in.

Also, in memory of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, her husband and the American Film Institute have created a scholarship fund to help pave the way for future cinematographers. If you would like to donate, please click this link

Bonus: The Matrix (1999)

For this bonus episode, the Dames discuss Lana and Lilly Wachowski's Oscar-winning film, The Matrix. What still works? What definitely doesn't? And how is Keanu Reeves NOT the coolest part of this movie?

Bonus: The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

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For this bonus episode, the Dames discuss the perfection of James Whale's 1935 classic, The Bride of Frankenstein.

Episode 177: Dame Stoker‘s Dracula

As Spooky Season continues, the Dames discuss all things vampiric, including:

  • A brief history of sexy scary monsters
  • Transgressive sexuality, Freudian nightmares, and rapacious aristocrats
  • Why Bela Lugosi is the best Dracula
  • Twilight's de-fanging of the vampire
  • Why Coppola's Dracula is really problematic

Plus! The Last Duel kerfuffle and why a medieval epic about rape might not be such a big hit right now. 

For more sexy/scary vampires, check out our Letterboxd list:


Episode 176: There‘s Some Dame Inside Your House

This week! The Dames are kicking off Spooky Movie Season with a deep dive into the evolution of horror, especially in the later years. From the Satanic Panic of the 70s and 80s to the social justice films of today, we explore all the things we love about modern horror movies, with a little bit of classic appreciation thrown in for good measure.

We also spend a little bit of time discussing Neon's elitist release strategy of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Memoria:

Episode 175: Documenting Dames

The Dames take on documentary and film criticism this week, discussing how we talk about documentary filmmaking and why it's important for critics to divide their feelings about the subject from critique of the film itself. 

Plus! Are we intimidating? Why is Crisp Rat playing Mario? And other important questions of the day. 

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