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!

Bonus: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Catch a clip of our August bonus episode, a deep dive into the joy and wonder of the 1988 Oscar-winning movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Supplemental Reading: 15 Things You Might Not Know About Who Framed Roger Rabbit 

Episode 170: Animated Dames

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

This week the Dames talk about the wonderful world of animation for grown ups! 


  • The ongoing "theatrical experience" debate 
  • Jurnee Smollett and Misha Green are getting their Black Canary movie!
  • Brief reviews of The Green Knight and The Night House
  • And Listener Questions!

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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 166: Dame Street 2021

In this grab bag episode, the Dames discuss what we've been watching lately (Zola! Fear Street! Black Widow!), more Twitter kerfluffles, and some great listener questions about Guys and Dolls, Oscar nominations, and best comedies by decade.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @citizendamepod and Letterboxd @citizendame.

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.

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