Citizen Dame

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

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 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

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 patreon.com/citizendame to subscribe and hear the rest.

Episode 163: Tribeca Dames

The Dames discuss the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. Plus:

Episode 161: The Dames Made Me Do It

The Dames celebrate the start of Pride month with a discussion of favorite LGBTQ+-themed films! Plus:

  • Cannes found FOUR WHOLE FEMALE DIRECTORS!
  • Favorite Palme d'Or winners across the ages!
  • Apparently Shrek 2 premiered at Cannes?
  • The Conjuring 3 has Catholic imagery! And other shocking revelations.

Bonus: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Our May bonus episode is here! Listen along as we discuss Pedro Almodóvar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

 

To subscribe and hear the complete episode, visit patreon.com/citizendame.

Episode 159: The Dame in the Window

The Dames dig deep into literature and film to discuss book to film adaptations, from The Woman in the Window to The Da Vinci Code and Psycho. Plus, why adaptation theory is probably not the best measure of a successful film. 

Episode 157: Wild Mountain Dames

The Dames return for a grab-bag episode of stupid men, awesome women, and Jamie Dornan thinking he's a bee. 

Episode 150: Imitation of Life

The Dames discuss the representation of Black women in Classical Hollywood, from the "race films" of the 1920s–1940s, issues of stereotyping, white people controlling Black images, the relationships between Black women and white women on screen, and why we all should try to be more like Eartha Kitt. 

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