Metamashina Episode 064 2001 A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick

Our planet is melting, so naturally it’s time to escape it. On today’s episode, we journey into space to stroke a monolith, and have an in-depth discussion on ‘2001: A Space Odyssey.’ Episode highlights include a conversation about god(s), dark futures, the merits of hard sci-fi, and passive-aggressive AI.

Metamashina Episode 063 Midsommar Ari Aster Movie

What do bad breakups and cult indoctrination have in common? Resident expert on ritual sacrifice Dr. Hazel Monforton and Swedish correspondent/podcast husband David join us for an in-depth discussion on Ari Aster’s 2019 folk horror film Midsommar.

CW: Extremely heavy subject matter as per usual for horror films, as well as rumination on scapegoating, bad societal expectations, and shitty boyfriends.

Metamashina Episode 062 Princess Bride Movie

On today’s episode friend of the show Katie (@PoeHotDameron) joins us to discuss ‘The Princess Bride.’ In true podcast form, we venture to Florin, where we talk about the similarities between Darth Maul and Inigo Montoya’s thirst for revenge, and is Humperdinck humpable, actually? Bonus points are made for Buttercup’s desire for a simple life, and work/life balance in the pursuit of art.

Metamashina Episode 061 Ophelia Movie

Religious panic, plagues, and fractured families are all the rage again, so Metamashina decided to get with the times and discuss the 2018 film ‘Ophelia,’ which ironically is not an adaptation of a Shakespearean play. In this episode we talk about nunneries, bad tropes, and complex character motivations.

(Un)happy pandemic anniversary, everyone.

Metamashina Episode 060 Ex Machina 2014

We’re back with another previously unreleased (archived) episode, this time from Spring 2020… since March never ended, apparently.

Join us for a continuation of our ‘Women as Robots’ series, as we discuss the hit indie film ‘Ex Machina’. Topics include killer sex toys, adaptations of the bluebeard myth, Silicon Valley bros, and our dissatisfaction over the gendering/exploitation of AI in media.

Metamashina Episode 059 Flowers in the Attic VC Andrews

Your early Valentine’s Day episode is a trip to Foxworth Hall as we explore VC Andrew’s 1979 FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC, along with the 1987 and 2014 movie adaptations. Covering risqué questions like “what do you think of bad mothers,” we also dive deep into the ethics of bold writing and heap high praise on the Lifetime sequel ‘Petals on the Wind,’ a movie so bad it’s good.

CW: Discussions of incest between siblings, SA/dubious consent, child abuse, and child death.

Metamashina Episode 058 Silvia Moreno-Garcia Mexican Gothic

Joined by first-time guest Daniela, we ring in the new year with a retrospective look on being stuck indoors, the family drama that comes with it, and insidious respiratory pathogens—and no, we’re not talking about COVID-19. Today’s episode will cover MEXICAN GOTHIC, AKA Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s new hit novel. Tune in for a discussion on colonialism, generational trauma, and femme fatales.

CW: Discussions of incest and sexual assault in relation to the book.

Metamashina Episode 057 Louisa May Alcott Little Women

Have a slice of an Americana “classic” this holiday season. Today, we explore Louisa May Alcott’s LITTLE WOMEN, along with the 2019 Greta Gerwig film adaptation. Episode Highlights: A discussion on liberal feminism as an extension of American Protestantism, Team Laurie VS Team Friedrich, and speculations on whether Alcott would be into spite-shipping.

Metamashina Episode 056 Bram Stoker's Dracula

Is Gary Oldman dressed as a vampire the aesthetic to end all aesthetics? Who is more seductive: Lucy in her red lingerie, or the Count with his luscious locks? In this rather silly discussion of Bram Stoker’s DRACULA, we examine the original 1897 novel and the 1992 film adaptation by Francis Ford Coppola, to get to the heart of these burning questions.

Metamashina Episode 055 The Fifth Element Movie 1997

Our first NEW recording of 2020 is all about stopping impending doom via the power of love. On today’s episode, we debut our revamped podcast with 1997’s ‘The Fifth Element.’ Discussion highlights include figuring out who is a Zorg fan (or really just a Gary Oldman fan), and a debate on modern sci-fi aesthetics depicting true evil in fiction.