Citizen Dame

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

Episode 174: Genre Theory

This week we're talking genres! What are the genres, how do they work, or why do they matter? Plus listener questions and deep dives into Nia DaCosta's Candyman and the 1947 film, Nightmare Alley.

Episode 173: Film Criticism 201

The Dames teach a master class in film criticism, including:

  • How to read a film beyond the plot and dialogue
  • When critics should take a step back
  • Historical and cultural context and subtext
  • Subjectivity and objectivity

Plus! The Matrix Resurrections trailer and our reactions to James Wan's Malignant

Episode 172: Theater of Dames

This week!

  • How are people getting things so wrong?
  • Why do we love movies?
  • Is Taxi Driver more of a Paul Schrader film than a Martin Scorsese film?
  • Stuff we've been watching like Theater of Blood, Sunset Boulevard, and What We Do in the Shadows - Season 3 is finally here!

Episode 171: Candydame, Candydame…

The Dames provide their most whiplashy of whiplash episodes, discussing:

  • Disney films and cultural context
  • Why you're all wrong about the current season of Ted Lasso
  • Horror films based on urban legends
  • Nia DaCosta's Candyman

Episode 169: Hitchcockian Dames

The Dames discuss the term "Hitchcockian" in celebration of Alfred Hitchcock's upcoming birthday! What does "Hitchcockian" mean? Why is it so overused? And why does Brian De Palma suck so hard? Plus:

  • Why are superhero directors so obsessed with Martin Scorsese?
  • James Gunn is a dingbat, and
  • Our feelings about The Suicide Squad

Episode 167: Blockbusting Dames

The Dames discuss:

Fear Street 1666 discussion starts at 58:00 and ends at 1:08:30, so skip if you don't want spoilers!

Episode 165: Dame on the Fourth of July

The Dames have a lot to unpack in this episode, including:

Episode 164: Serial Dame

We are closing out Pride Month by talking about the films of JOHN WATERS!

Bonus: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

In honor of Pride Month, our listeners have selected Céline Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire for our June bonus episode. Check out this excerpt, and then go to to subscribe and hear the rest.

Episode 163: Tribeca Dames

The Dames discuss the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. Plus:

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