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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.

Metamashina Episode 054 Secretary 2002 Movie

With our last unreleased episode from the 2019 archives, we’re exploring an essential work in the kink and BDSM oeuvre: 2002’s ‘Secretary,’ featuring the only Mr. Gray we would like to see dom. Our focus? The psychosexual nature of Lee’s emotional acceptance, Edward’s control issues, and harassment in the workplace—with a diversion into the quirky, fantastical nature of early 2000s films.

CW: Sexual content, questionable consent, BDSM, self-harm.

Metamashina Episode 053 Fried Green Tomatoes 1991 Movie

It’s Southern-Fried Sapphics hour as we take a waltz back to a late 80’s/early 90’s classic of “just gals being pals.” In 1991’s ‘Fried Green Tomatoes,’ our exploration of the slow decline of American rural communities—and our critique of white liberal feminism—is balanced by our appreciation for food fights as stand-in sex scenes. Bonus highlights include a discussion on fried okra, chicken-fried chicken, and Shi, our resident Canadian, calling LA “the south.”

Metamashina Episode 052 Holly Black Folk of the Air Series

We’re BACK after a very long hiatus, with a massive discussion on Holly Black’s ‘The Folk of the Air’ series, recorded in late 2019. Local YA experts/return guests Shannon (@McCarterShanon) and Chel (@destiniesfic) help us determine the best use for a snake husband, AKA a “snusband,” plus how many brain cells are shared between Jude and Cardan (the answer is one). Bonus discussion: Pearls are clutched over Taryn.

Metamashina Episode 051 Suspiria 1977 and Suspiria 2018

The Season of the Witch returns, as does our special guest Dr. Hazel Monforton. This week, we talk about the cult horror classic ‘Suspiria’ and its 2018 remake. We also take a blood-soaked dive into its feminine aesthetic and the interpersonal relationships at play in both films.

Bonus Content: Long discussions on ancient witch goddesses, along with a deep, abiding love for Tilda Swinton. 

Metamashina Episode 050 The Company of Wolves and Red Riding Hood

For our 2-year anniversary (and 50th episode) we journey off the well-worn path to cover the much-requested ‘The Company of Wolves’ by Angela Carter—both in short story and film format.

This week, our thirst for unibrowed werewolves knows no bounds. We also dig deep into a discussion on the deeply feminine mythos, modernization, and aesthetic of Red Riding Hood.

Metamashina Episode 049 Bollywood

Sarah Sahim (@SarahSahim) joins us for our debut Bollywood episode with our coverage of 2004’s ‘Bride & Prejudice’ and 2014’s ‘Khoobsurat.’ Tune in for a celebration of Indian filmmaking, an explanation on how to make a kiss work without showing it, kitchen party lyrics, and how to dance the Garba.

Metamashina Episode 048 Meteor Garden

This week we’re joined by Marie-Claire (@MarieCGould) for our explorational into the pivotal shoujo manga HANA YORI DANGO (BOYS OVER FLOWERS), along with the 2018 Chinese TV adaptation ‘Meteor Garden.’ We talk shop about questionable hairstyles, roast the “Flower 4” on Shan Cai’s behalf, and discuss all the tropes in this definitive enemies-to-lovers coming-of-age tale.

Metamashina Episode 047 Babadook

Hide under the covers when you hear the knock—the Babadook has arrived. Continuing our love of women-centered horror, we sat down to watch Jennifer Kent’s 2014 ‘The Babadook,’ and discuss themes of motherhood, grief, and the existential dread of winter in Australia. Bonus content: a frank discussion on childhood fears and the utterly bizarre film ‘Mars Attacks.’