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Halloween is one of our favourite times of year here at A Frame Apart. As such, we've turned the month of October into a four-week-long celebration of all things halloween! In episode 11 we revisited our favourite halloween viewing as kids with Hocus Pocus and Ernest Scared Stupid. And for episode 12, we ate our darts as we watched the godfather of slashers, Mario Bava’s classic Twitch of the Death Nerve. This week, we're entering terrifying territory with an exploration of all things phobic. We offer ourselves up - well, Ariel does, anyway - at the altar of true fear with Arachnophobia, Anaconda, and Snakes on a Plane. Yes, folks, it's a threefer this week, as there just wasn't anything scary enough for Bob to live out his ophidiophobia (that's the phobia of snakes, guys!) So join us as we bare all. We talk about the origins of our phobias, the nature of fear, and the strange and unusual things people all over the world are afraid of.
This time on A Frame Apart we introduce a new format to the show: the First and Last episode. The concept is simple, really. Using the gist of our regular format, we will take the filmography of a given director and trace the trajectory of their career from their first feature film through to their last if they’re deceased, or their most recent if they’re still kicking. This week, we tackled Peter Jackson’s oeuvre of excess and travelled by map from Bad Taste (1987) through to The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (2014). We discuss his career in three eras: The Bad Taste era of splatter and viscera which ends with Braindead /Dead Alive (1992), the Miramax and Universal era with Heavenly Creatures (1994) through to The Frighteners (1996), and finally, Tolkein and beyond, the era of adaptations. Along the way we thank Alba Waterhouse (@AlbaWaterhouse on Twitter) for their constructive criticism, invent a new drinking game as companion piece to the show, and plead for clean socks. So tune in to see how a Kiwi living in rural New Zealand went from backyard splatter to creating two of the biggest film trilogies of all time.
The end is nigh as we wrap up Guillermo del Toro's filmography with films from his periods of growth: Mimic, Crimson Peak, and The Shape of Water. We discuss invaluable lessons Charles S Dutton taught del Toro on the set of Mimic, and how that film-making experience forever changed his work, how Crimson Peak served as the perfect companion bookend to The Devil's Backbone, and the profound emotional impact of The Shape of Water. All of this, and infinitely more, as we come to the end of our month-long First to Last look at Guillermo del Toro. As it begins, so it shall end. Next week we wrap up with the monsters that followed us home; for Bob, Hellraiser III and Return to Oz; for Ariel, Legend and The Neverending Story. Tune in next week to find out how these films impacted our relationship with horror, monsters, our sense of self, sexuality, and identity.
It's been swell, but Women in Horror Month is just about over. We're going out with a BANG! by looking at all three Slumber Party Massacre films. That's right, it's a First to Last! From the parody-laced origins of the first film written by feminist activist Rita Mae Brown to the less-than-stellar conclusion to the trilogy, we discuss everything these films have to offer - and trust us, there's plenty! So order a pizza, lock the garage door, and grab your favourite Playgirl ... just don't rip out the centerfold this time! It's time for a Slumber Party Massacre! During the month, be sure to take a look at Ariel's (Afis8) Letterboxd list of female-directed horror films. It's at 136 right now - let's make those numbers climb! Send us a message or email with any suggestions not already on the list! You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr at @AFrameApartCast, or shoot us an email at aframeapartcast@gmail.com. A Modern Superior Podcast
We're starting our Women in Horror Month off with a strange paring, considering one of the films isn't horror at all. We're looking at two films in major franchises helmed by women with Rachel Talalay's Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare versus Patty Jenkins's Wonder Woman. We discuss Wonder Woman's obvious and necessary impact, while looking at the first film in a major franchise to be directed by a woman - for her directorial debut, no less! Rachel Talalay made history. Patty Jenkins carried that torch into what is hopefully a time of real change and growth.  Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr, or shoot us an email at aframeapartcast@gmail.com. Rate, review, and subscribe to the show on iTunes. A Modern Superior Podcast
This week's all about teaming up as we look at Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice versus Captain America: Civil War. But we couldn't do it alone! So, in the spirit of teaming up, we welcomed one of our dearest friends, professional musician, podcaster behind the interview show 646, and longtime comic book fan Dawson McManus onto the show. Together, we dig into Frank Miller's "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" as well as Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's "Civil War" to look a little closer at what Anthony and Joe Russo, and Zack Snyder got right, and where they went (sometimes terribly) wrong.  Be sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.
It’s December, folks, which means Christmas is just around the corner. Santa’s making his list, and checking it twice. He’s going to find out who’s naughty or nice. So you better be good … or he’ll gouge your eyes out with a tin soldier and hang you from a wall-mounted deer head. This week we’re looking at everything that makes Santa so truly terrifying. That’s right! We’re starting off this fine holiday season with a look at Silent Night Deadly Night and Christmas Evil. So trim that tree, hang those stockings, and make damn sure you leave out some cookies and milk … or else!
It's only two more sleeps 'till Christmas, and we're wrapping up our festive programming with two holiday classics: It's a Wonderful Life and The Muppets Christmas Carol. As a rule, we do our best to make these write-ups a little whimsical and wacky, or some combination of the two … whacksical? This week, however, we just want to wish all of our listeners a very merry Christmas, happy Chanukah, and a happy New Year. If you’re feeling generous, and want to show A Frame Apart a little love, head over to iTunes and give us the greatest gift of all – subscriptions, ratings, and reviews! You can also find us on SoundCloud, Google Play, Stitcher, and the Pocket Casts app. Share your holidays with us on Twitter (@AFrameApartCast), Instagram (@AFrameApartCast), or Facebook. Be excellent to each other, and happy holidays!
Be careful of your candy apples and Reese’s cups, kids! It’s another Eat Your Darts episode at A Frame Apart! This week we both ate our darts with Twitch of the Death Nerve! Mario Bava’s 1971 classic paved the way for the slasher genre, while imbuing it with elements of mystery and suspense. This is integral viewing for any horror connoisseur, so it’s a crying shame it took us this long to get to it. So join us as we dig into slashers past and present, dissect the DNA of the genre, and discuss some of the more problematic issues facing contemporary horror today.
This week on A Frame Apart we’re changing it up yet again! We do that, sometimes. This week we introduce a brand new format we literally just came up with called “Eat Your Darts”, wherein we take a classic/important film we’ve either never seen or haven’t seen in a very long time, re-watch it, and discuss. The catch? We record the beginning of the episode without having re-watched the film, and come back immediately after doing so to discuss it. The point of this is to dispel our personal misconceptions or misguided opinions about the film, and to educate ourselves – not unlike Ariel’s old tumblr project, Earning My Stripes as a Cinephile. It’s been about 12 years since Bob first (and last) watched The Godfather, a quintessential classic of indisputable clout and quality. The shocking part is, he hates it. Ariel, on the other hand, adores the film. So this week, we made some pasta, poured some wine, and sat down to revisit the Corleones in all their splendour. Did Bob change his mind? Did Ariel? Leave the gun, take the cannoli, and see for yourself.
This week we continue our Divergent Month with a look at a themed trilogy where the only thing that connects its parts is a tasty treat: Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy! We go through Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013) while discussing what makes these films unique, and what holds them all together as a series. Along the way we discuss which film suffered from the law of diminishing returns, the subtextual issues of masculinity and vulnerability that permeate and influence the entire trilogy, and how thrilled we were that Nick Frost finally got to flex his dramatic muscles. Listen to the show on SoundCloud and iTunes, and don't forget to subscribe. You can find us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr, and email us at aframeapartcast@gmail.com.
We're back! After a brief hiatus due to the dreaded Shingles, Bob's back in fighting form. So, naturally, we've got another great episode for you! This week we've got a couple of heavy hitters from the Sundance classes of '92 and '93. That's right folks, it's Robert Rodriguez's El Mariachi (1992) versus Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs (1992), and the different styles of independent filmmaking both films employ. We get into what makes Rodriguez's $7,000 movie so remarkable, while gawking at Tarantino's amazing luck. Sometimes it's what you know, while other's it's who. But, no matter what, you won't get far without gumption, piss, and a little vinegar.
As we move into 2018, we're making some changes to our format. As such, we'll be easing into slightly different programming for the month of January. To start, this week we're doing not one, but two darts! Two films Ariel's never seen, and one that Bob desperately needed to revisit. It's a Patrick Swayze double bill with Point Break (1991) and Road House (1989)! So grab your surf board and your Reagan mask, do some fake Tai Chi, and head on down to the Double Deuce! Head on over to iTunes to rate, review, and, most importantly, subscribe to the show. You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr. Drop us a line! Let us know what you think of the show! A Modern Superior Podcast
As has become our tradition here at A Frame Apart, we're ending the year with a Spielbergian First to Last. Where last year we went through the entire Jurassic Park franchise, this year we're aiming a little lower. We're going First to Last on the entire JAWS franchise! Just in case you missed it, we went through the first JAWS very thoroughly alongside Gone with the Wind as we took a look at the dawn and rebirth of the Blockbuster back in July. As such, we go a little lighter on the first JAWS, paying particularly special attention to JAWS 2 through 4: The Revenge, in which one of Bruce's descendants follows the Brody family to Barbados in an attempt to exact its revenge for the events of the first film. Yes, you read that correctly. So hop aboard the Orca, grab your harpoon gun with those city hands of yours, and join us as we hunt down that Great White beast with an affinity for Brody flesh! You can find us on all major podcasting networks, but please rate, review, and subscribe to the show on iTunes! Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr, or shoot us an email at aframeapartcast@gmail.com. A Modern Superior Podcast
This week, we're getting a little left of centre as we take a look at some classic and contemporary Christmas specials! From the iconic 1966 How The Grinch Stole Christmas to Family Guy's "Road to the North Pole", with a slew of other holiday cheer in between, we gush over some of our favourites. Why is The Boondocks's "A Huey Freeman Christmas" so unique? Does A Muppet Family Christmas communicate the true meaning of the season, or does Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too get a little closer? We talk about these and more, so grab your holiday onesie, a mug of hot coco, and tune in!  Rate, review, and subscribe to the show on iTunes, and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr. Or you can shoot us an email at aframeapartcast@gmail.com A Modern Superior Podcast
When we first started dating, I (Ariel) wrote a piece about the Coen Brothers' A Serious Man for a retrospective on their work at TIFF Bell Lightbox. As these were the early days of our relationship, Bob wanted to spend time with me while I worked, and decided to watch the movie while I took notes. He was not prepared, and spent the majority of the time doing double-takes between me and the TV, as if searching for hints as to why I was laughing so hard. He just didn't get it. Now, almost five years later, he sat down and watched it again, now with a bit more experience with Jewish culture. And by Job, I think he's got it.  Tune in as we discuss faith, religion, "terrible" people, serious people, and whether or not Rabbis are kind of like therapists. All of this and so much more! Rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes - it helps! - and you can find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. A Modern Superior Podcast
Summer is in full swing, which can only mean one thing! Well, ok, it can mean many things. But in the movie world it means it's that time of year for the onslaught of bombastic blockbusters! To start the summer off right we thought we'd look at the two big bad granddaddies of the blockbuster phenomenon, Gone with the Wind and Jaws! That's right, it's the Confederates versus Bruce almighty on this week's episode, in which we discuss the history of the blockbuster, the legend of Gone with the Wind's legacy, and the indelible impact of Jaws on the way we consume film today. And, you know, never ever ever wanting to go in the water again. That old chestnut. So grab your beach towel, hop on a bigger boat, and meet us at Tara as we break down what makes the blockbuster block-tastic!
Where were you in '62? Or '76? Continuing our summer programming, we decided to take a look at two pseudo-coming-of-age films about a night in the life of some teenagers on the precipice of the rest of their lives. We're looking at the two seminal One Night films American Graffiti versus Dazed and Confused. As we dig into these classics, we discuss our formative years as semi-disruptive teenagers, car culture then and now, and those nights where nothing meant absolutely everything. So fire up your Hot Rod, tap the keg, and meet us at the Moon Tower! Check us out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr, and be sure to subscribe on iTunes!
It's April, which can only mean one thing: Easter! And Passover. And the first full month of Spring ... okay, it means more than just one thing, but for us at A Frame Apart we're taking advantage of the chocolate bunnies and coloured eggs to help curtail this month's programming. So what better way to begin our celebration of Easter than with a look at immortality and rebirth? It's Death Becomes Her versus Re-Animator to start off our Easter celebrations! We dig into the conundrums of both flicks to discover just what it means to live forever, and what is the ultimate price for immortality? What is immortality to Ariel? Would Bob live forever if he could bestow the gift of eternal life on three other people? Is immortality really more of a punishment than an ultimate reward? Tune in to find out!
Wrapping up this year’s venture into Black History Month, we decided to tackle the complex issues of masculinity, femininity, and sexuality. We’re taking a look at Barry Jenkins’ Oscar front-runner Moonlight, and Dee Rees’ powerful Pariah. We discuss the vastly different ways Jenkins and Rees articulate similar issues of identity and sexuality, while Bob looses his mind of Moonlight’s brilliance, and Ariel sings Pariah’s praises.
It's February, which means it's Black History Month and Women in Horror Month! For our first February we decided to alternate, celebrating some of horror's female filmmakers, as well as representing female filmmakers of colour. To start the month off we're talking about paedophobia and parenting through Mary Lambert's adaptation of Stephen King's Pet Sematary and Jennifer Kent's nightmarish The Babadook. Through both films we discuss the difficult nature of parenting, the fear of harming your child, and the fear of turning your child into a monster, both literal and metaphorical! So grab your shovel and come on a hike into the dark places where the ground is sour.
We're getting deep this week, as we take a look at two films we've been dying to include ... pretty much since the beginning. This week we're discussing science, faith, and first contact through James Cameron's The Abyss versus Robert Zemeckis' Contact. Two films about making first contact from completely different perspectives, these films gave us the foundation to discuss the toxicity of organized religion, the importance of faith, and the complexities of scientific discovery. Oh, and Ariel talks about what makes The Abyss so cripplingly terrifying.  Next week we will be discussing Westerns for the very first time on A Frame Apart. Yes, we will be following the Man with No Name in a little mini-First-To-Last episode on A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @AFrameApartCast, or shoot us an email at aframeapartcast@gmail.com. We love to hear from you, so don't be a stranger! A Modern Superior Podcast
This week, Bob and Ariel dare to explore their first Westerns on the show! And what better way to start than with the Dollars Trilogy? In this very manageable First-To-Last episode, they make their way from Joe to Blondie, all while discussing Leone's impact on the Western, Morricone's incredible score, and much, much more. Don't forget to rate and review the show, and subscribe so you never miss an episode! You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, or email us at aframeapartcast@gmail.com. A Modern Superior Podcast
This week, we truly start our sojourn through the work of Guillermo del Toro by looking at his Spanish-language films; Cronos, The Devil's Backbone, and Pan's Labyrinth. We're discussing del Toro's infatuation with Gothic Romance, his passion for fairy tales, ghost stories, Alchemical vampirism, , symbolism, and let's not forget his disdain for cows. Join us as we take a deep look at what makes these three early films in his filmography so important, and how they formed the foundation for the filmmaker who would come to win Best Picture and Best Director at the 2018 Oscars.  Thank you again for your patience this week! 11th hour technical failures are the utter worst, but getting 80 episodes into a podcast with nary an issue is a blessing, so we count our lucky stars this is the first time we've lost any material.  Tune in next week as we look at del Toro's superhero films; Blade II, Hellboy, Hellboy II, and Pacific Rim! Reach out on social media - @AFrameApartCast - or email us at aframeapartcast@gmail.com. And don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe to the show on iTunes. A Modern Superior Podcast
The 8th annual Noirvember is upon us! So, naturally, we're pulling out all the stops. To begin our second foray into the festivities, we're looking at some of Noir's earliest beginnings through German Expressionism. We discuss Robert Wiene's iconic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) and Fritz Lang's stunning (in every sense of the word) M (1931). From the origins of German Expressionism in film, through the impending impact of the National Socialist Party pre-WWII, all the way to The Babadook, we discuss how the political climate in early 20th century Germany would go on to create a cinematic legacy that would leave an indelible mark on the horror genre, and give birth to that dangerous dame we call Film Noir. Rate, review, and subscribe to the show on iTunes, and follow our #Noirvember coverage on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr.
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Jul 20th, 2016
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Sep 14th, 2018
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