RomCom Killjoys

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Happy National Coming Out Day! Jonelle is joined by special guest host Melissa Englander for a discussion of queer cinema classic But I'm A Cheerleader (1999), including the tension between bleak reality and camp satire; femme representation an
We burn, we pine, we perish. Jonelle and Eliza throw it all the way back to the last millennium with 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), including 90s feminism and intersectionality; smart adaptations of problematic Shakespeare plays; and why yo
Jonelle and Eliza close out Brendan Fraser month by discussing both the original and remake of Bedazzled (1967/2000), including the rise of self-objectification at the turn of the Millennium; uncomfy indentity-based humor; and why actors so oft
The Mummy (1999) is a romcom. We will be taking no more questions at this time. Eliza and Jonelle are joined by Jodi McIntyre to discuss this film's undeniable orientalist lens; its chaotic bisexual energy; and jawlines so sharp you could light
This month we celebrate the one and only Himbo King of Hollywood -- Brendan Fraser. Eliza and Jonelle kick it off with personal favorite George of the Jungle (1997), including why the himbo and Brendan Fraser are both making a comeback; the imp
Jonelle and Eliza discuss Netflix's borefest Love, Guaranteed (2020). Topics include sad spinster tropes, better courtroom dramas, and the existential anxiety spiral of online dating. Support the show (
Jonelle and Eliza discuss Gen Z confection The Perfect Date (2019), including finding an identity online; giving up your dreams; and why Michael Jordan has no place in this movie, Support the show (
Jonelle and Eliza discuss Must Love Dogs (2005) -- this month's Patreon pick. The conversation covers the Game of love; our changing attitudes about online dating and divorce; and why you have to get Dermot Mulroney out of your backyard. Suppor
*insert vintage dial-up noises here* This month Eliza and Jonelle dive in to the world of online dating, starting with the original -- You've Got Mail (1998). Discussion includes expectations versus reality; New York in Fall; and Tom Hanks maki
Pour yourself a large glass of Chardonnay -- you've earned this. Eliza and Jonelle treat themselves to a discussion of The Holiday (2006) including embracing and undermining RomCom stock characters; relationships that end happy for now; and ont
By God, it might be finally over. Jonelle and Eliza discuss the final (?) installment of the Christmas Prince series -- The Royal Baby (2019) -- including alternate histories; the representational politics of Penglia; and why this baby movie is
A Very Pandemic Christmas! Jonelle and Eliza are joined by Mary Ann Aabye to discuss One Royal Holiday (2020) -- filmed during the COVID-19 lockdown -- including unflattering costume design; wasting legendary Broadway talent; and if they are in
Christmas in July keeps going ... and going ... Jonelle and Eliza discuss A Princess for Christmas (2011), including Sam Heughan looking good and being nice to children; why there is usually a pesky girlfriend in the way; and the shocking reaso
Jonelle and Eliza stare into the void and the void stares back. And by the void, we mean the Netflix Christmas Cinematic Universe's own Princess Switch series. Merry Christmas in July.Support the show (
A VERY SPECIAL EPISODE! We break our hiatus to discuss In The Heights (2021) with friend of the show Ian, including representing Latinidad; whether musicals can be adapted for film successfully; and the immortal question: is Anthony Ramos too h
Fellas, is it gay to go Bunburying? Jonelle and Eliza engage Jeff Gan in some witty repartee on The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) including Victorian gay jokes; reasons to get married; and designated f**king areas. Support the show (https:
Jonelle and Eliza have the misfortune of discussing Bachelorette (2012) with guest Chelsea Lynn, including how to write woman anti-heroes; wild tone problems (tw: suicide, eating disorders, sexual assault); and why playwrights have to make nuan
Jonelle and Eliza discuss Real Women Have Curves (2002), including  falling in love outside the beauty standard; racism in the theatre industry; and non-descript white boys named ... Zack? ... Tyler? ... Brad?Support the show (https://www.patre
If it works on stage, will it work on screen? This month we're discussing plays adapted into romcom films. To kick it off, Jonelle and Eliza sit down with noted theatre person and mom Esther Cohen to discuss Steel Magnolias (1989) for Mother's
Jonelle and Eliza close out travel month with an honest-to-god road show. This week they discuss Road to Morocco (1942), including 19th century Orientalism in the World War II era; physical comedy bits that work; and the history of passing and
As William Shakespeare once said, we were both young when I first saw you ... Jonelle and Eliza begrudgingly discuss Patreon-pick Letters to Juliet (2010), including painfully forced exposition in beautiful Italian settings; Romeo and Juliet in
It's our date with the President's daughter. Our date with the President's daughter, oh yeah. Jonelle and Eliza sit down with romance novelist Kate Kerns to discuss Chasing Liberty (2004), including the underdiscussed Presidential daughter subg
When the movie is so offensive, you need a mega episode ... Medha joins Jonelle and Eliza for an unholy smackdown of Eat Pray Love (2010), including the history of Hinduism and Western counterculture; (un)ethical tourism; and why the specificit
Do you hear that? It's Jamaica calling. Eliza and Jonelle kick-off our vacation month with iconic How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998), including fantasies of a younger man; how Hollywood limits the success of Black-led romantic comedies; and
Medha joins Jonelle and Eliza to discuss Always Be My Maybe (2019), including the importance of Asian-American representation from Asian-American creators; the right way to write successful career women; and why that Keanu Reeves sequence works
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