Ride the Omnibus

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Welcome to Horror Week! Ariel, Sean, and Alex discuss Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror and bring you an overview of the horror tropes, while discussing the power of representation, and the movies and roles that have mattered most to us.Please note: This conversation does contain spoilers for many horror films, but we feel these are essential to the conversation.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
Ariel is joined by disability activists Danielle and Irina to discuss the Netflix documentary Crip Camp, and the way it portrays the stories of people with disabilities, questions of disability rights, and disability activism. This episode is part of an ongoing series of critical conversations with disability advocates responding to themes presented in the film.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
Writer/Director Jai Jamison is currently one of the writers on the new CW series, Superman and Lois, but is also responsible for the profound and affecting short film Slave Cry, set in Richmond, VA against the backdrop of the Confederate Monuments. The conversation ranges from a deep love of Richmond, to Black representation in the arts, to the messaging of the monuments, and their place in our world now.This episode was edited by William Dass.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
Ariel, Alex, and Dan discuss the horror-action superhero flick Blade in all its glory, from Wesley Snipes' amazing stunts, some of the backstory behind production, to the movie's influence on vampire lore in TV and film.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
Ariel sits down with Zack Quaintance, the brains behind the popular comics review site, Comics Bookcase, as well as an up and coming writer in the comic book world. They discuss his upcoming original graphic novel Next Door, neighborly behavior in the midst of the pandemic, and plans for future projects as both a writer and contributor to comic book analysis and discussion on his website.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
Ariel, Alex, and Rashida sit down to talk about the book Kindred, a 20th century slave narrative about a woman who is transported back in time to the slave plantation of her ancestors. They discuss the book and the author, the MacArthur Fellow and science fiction legend, Octavia Butler, and the importance of the hard work of confronting history.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
Ariel talks with science nerds Ellen and Maria about Amazon's science fiction series, Tales from the Loop, a ten-episode series, set in a retrofuturistic landscape. Our trio talks about the unique design of the show, the perfection of the circle/sphere, conspiracy theories, and how it all really ties back to Minecraft. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
Ariel, Megan, and Dan break down their shared love for Sondheim's A Little Night Music (1973). They examine the classic show lyrically, musically, dramatically, and thematically, while comparing it to the source material, Ingmar Bergman's film, Smiles of a Summer Night (1955).Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
Ariel, Kim, and Dan dish about Tales from the Hood, discussing the relevance of the film to the current conversation about police brutality, issues with the ways Black people are portrayed in the media, and the use of coded racist language in politics. WARNING: Contains explicit language and spoilers for the film.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
Ariel, Ellen, and Sherry sit down to discuss Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro and the words and works of James Baldwin, and how they relate to this moment in American history. Through this documentary and essential quotes, three different generations of educators discuss the importance of Baldwin's work and the imperative to steep oneself in history. Our conversation takes many turns, from the invention of race to the bootstrap myth to the future of our nation, looking within and looking ahead.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
Ariel discusses Hypatia of Alexandria with our science nerds, Ellen and Maria, through the lens of Agora, a 2009 biopic starring Rachel Weisz as Hypatia. We talk perspective, scientific experimentation, ancient history, as well as conflicts between religion and science, and the importance of the simple act of questioning.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
Ariel, Dan, and Mike discuss Susanne Heinrich’s debut feature, Aren’t You Happy?, a film in 15 vignettes about a melancholy maiden moving from one space to the next, in search of a place to crash. Now available on Virtual Cinemas. Warning: Conversation includes spoilers.
Ariel, Dan, and Mike discuss Aren’t You Happy? - the debut film from Susanne Heinrich, a part of the Tales of Europe 2020 Collection, a new release streaming now on Virtual Cinemas through local independent theatres. Everything’s on the table: feminism, sexuality, art, capitalism, babies, and what’s making our wheels go round this week.. Come ride the Omnibus with us!
A discussion of the acclaimed Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma  with its creators, director Jeff Orlowski and producer Larissa Rhodes. Their documentary addresses the toxicity of social media platforms, and how they are changing information ecosystems around the world. They stop by to discuss how they were able to refine their ideas and address the many effects of social media platforms in such a clear, concise, and compelling way. This episode was edited by William Dass.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
Ariel sits down with Dr. Ceres Artico to discuss mental health concerns in the pandemic, and how through self-care and careful consumption of media, people can improve upon their individual quality of life.This episode was edited by William Dass.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
For this episode, Ariel joins forces with Mick Manhattan of theSceneSnobs.com to host a panel on the problematic, with Allyson Holland, Shannon Hollander, Katy Watson, and Kris PHZ-SICKS Williams. These six voices in podcasting and the film industry come together to talk about the representation of women, BIPOC individuals, people with disabilities, members of queer and trans communities, and other groups within horror. What is it about the film industry that marginalizes these large groups of people both in front of and behind the camera? Why do we still love the films we love, and how do we justify these favorites to ourselves? This episode was edited by William Dass.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
A conversation with Myriam and Michael, a pair of educators and writers, who share their passion for Drácula (1931) with us. Not the one starring Bela Lugosi, but the one that shot on the same sets at night. Myriam's work as a researcher into Latin American literature and history, and her identity as a puertorriqueña (she is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico) give her special insight into other layers at work within the film, from choices of symbolic imagery, to language and pronunciation, to the nationalities of the actors cast in roles.This episode was edited by William Dass.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
Ariel sits down with Bahraini filmmaker Amna al Hawaj, a woman on a mission to create change through popular cinema. She has worked on productions as varied as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen to the Cannes Grand Prix-nominated Dègradé. She shares her industry insights as well as the view from her window on the world. She clearly articulates the best argument we've ever heard for the arts and the power of stories, and their importance now, more than ever. This episode was edited by William Dass.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
Ariel and Zoya discuss two legendary women who died a week apart - Dame Diana Rigg and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, both of whom could be called feminist icons, but neither of whom fully embraced the title when advocating for pay equity or gender equality. Dame Diana tackled gender stereotypes in her roles from Emma Peel in The Avengers to Lady Olenna on Game of Thrones, while the Notorious RBG tackled those same stereotypes in court. Ariel and Zoya discuss these great women and how they have shaped understanding of gender equality in Western culture.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
Ariel sits down with Australian film scholar Alison Taylor, author of Troubled Everyday: Aesthetics and the Everyday in European Art Cinema, to discuss the abstract and immersive experience that is Zulawski's Possession (1981). The discussion ranges from Communist ideology to feminist reflections on the film and Isabelle Adjani's powerhouse of a performance.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
For the 25th episode, a tribute to the BBC's enduring radio show, Just a Minute, and its host, Nicholas Parsons. Ariel is joined by Kieran Cowan to discuss the enduring appeal of the show, and guests Dan, Megan, and Miriam stop by to play a tribute round of the game with Kieran as host. It's an episode of silliness and froth about a game that means so much to so many around the world.This episode was edited by William Dass.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
Ariel and Monica talk all things AnteBellum, the film dubbed by many critics to be "the worst film of 2020." They discuss what the critics got wrong, what the film has to say about the status quo, and why people should be watching this film, and engaging with it. Warning: Spoilers aplenty are ahead!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
Ariel, Kim, Maggie, and Amy gather to discuss the various adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, faithful, fanciful, and modernized. They discuss why the work is so enduring and so endlessly translatable to different contexts, and go in depth into favorite characters and what each adaptation reveals about their psychology.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
Danielle, Irina and Ariel share their origin stories for the final part in our CRIP CAMP series. This series would be incomplete without a sense of the deeply personal experiences that have informed the perspectives shared on disability rights and activism. Warning: Explicit language throughout, references to medical trauma and assault, and frank discussion of sexuality.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
Ariel is joined by Kern Wheeling, of Cinema Etc., to discuss Antonio Campos' adaptation of Donald Ray Pollock's The Devil All the Time, a film now available on Netflix, starring Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson. Additionally, they discuss favorite films of 2020 so far, the landscape of moviegoing, and all the feelings.WARNING: The discussion includes heavy spoilers for both the book and the film.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/omnibusride)
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Created by
Ariel Baska
Podcast Status
May 24th, 2020
Latest Episode
Oct 28th, 2020
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour

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