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Episode 9: A Devouring Organism Aptly Named for the Goddess of Love

Joseph L. Mankiewicz Tribute



Hey Listeners!  Do you ever find yourselves with a pesky bit of life drama, like say you think a family member might be gay but you can’t deal with it because you live in 1937?  GET A LOBOTOMY!

Or how about your mom and brother are poor and your rich aunt offers to pay them 100,000 dollars if they commit you to a mental institution against your will?  GET A LOBOTOMY!

Are you tired of living on nothing but pills and salads?  GET A LOBOTOMY!

Or maybe you’ve heard that a sharp knife in the mind kills the devil in the soul, and you’d like to test that theory out on yourself?  You know the solution, folks!

We discuss all these scenarios and so many more on Episode 9, in which the 1959 film “Suddenly, Last Summer”  leads us down a twisted path festooned with primordial vines and the debris of broken Southern families.


Episode 8: Prime Numbers! OMG!

ice cube


Hey hey we’re back! Again! We know that it’s been awhile and you’ve been frothing at the mouth for some new material – so we thought we’d oblige with yet another lost cult classic from the ’90s. That’s right kids, we’re talking about…CUBE.* Think you know about Cartesian coordinates?? You might! But enough to survive a crazy mathematical death puzzle with six strangers? (Where people stop being polite and start getting CUBED.) Listen and remember your grandmom’s killer fruitcake recipe, and that time you ate pierogies and wound up in another dimension. Prepare thyself for some truly audacious lapses in math knowledge and some fine Canadian acting!

*Ice Cube does not appear in this film. Unfortunately.

Episode 6: I <3 U, Boo.

But what about love?!?!?

And we’re back!  We’ve been away for a while, enjoying various summer activities, but now we’re entering the bleak, dark, drippy days of fall and winter… known to the enlightened as MOVIE WATCHING SEASON!!!   But did you guys know, if you worked on an underwater oil rig in the 1980s, you didn’t have the technology to watch movies?  No ma’am, all you had were your two thumbs, your pet rat, and a whole lotta deep ocean between you and blessed land.   It almost seemed exciting to go on a rescue mission to a wrecked submarine; too bad everyone on it is DEAD and you gotta take a big ole WARHEAD back to your rig, which up until this point was full of ex-hippie pacifists who just wanna make an honest wage!  Oh, and just when you thought things couldn’t get any crazier, some super-intelligent alien non-aliens show up that look like what your box fan would turn into if you were tripping REAL HARD.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to…THE ABYSS!

Episode 5: Unions and the Role of Ethics in the Industrial Revolution

Please enjoy our 5th episode!  The subject: a film that I’ve seen between 50 and 70 times, and that Natalie has seen only once: NEWSIES.  Featuring special call-in guest Sarah Carter and special musical guest Donnie B.

“How ’bout a crooked politician?”
“Hey stupid, that ain’t news no more!!”

Episode 4: Desert Braids

We’re back!  On this episode of Emerson vs. Cook, we take you on a mystical pilgrimage to the heart of Egypt with our discussion of the film “Passion in the Desert.”  What unites man and beast, and what will tear them apart?  Colonialism?  Patriarchy?  Infidelity?  ALL THREE!?!?!?


Episode 3: Why We Hate Nachos*

For our third podcast, we thought it would be a good idea to strap on our headlights and go spelunking… deep into the caves of our collectively forgotten dreams.  So we made up some questions that mostly have to do with movies and asked them to each other.  Our cleverest listeners may have already sussed out some facts about us, such as my abiding love of horror films and Natalie’s uncanny ability to impersonate Nic Cage vomiting.  But do you know what movies we would take with us to a deserted island?  Or how about what movies we don’t think we could watch a second time?  We’ll regale you with stories of sitting through sex scenes with our parents, and I’ll give my one-word review of the movie Fish Tank.  If all that doesn’t whet your appetite, we also manage to drop more F-bombs than ever before in response to several thousand fan letters we received demanding a more “gritty” feel.  As always, thanks for listening!

*We actually love nachos.

Episode 2: Nicolas Cage

Our second podcast wherein we discuss the many peculiar and perplexing roles (and accents and hairstyles) of film star, Nicolas Cage.

With special guest: Donnie B


Episode 1: Bad Seeds

Our first podcast wherein we discuss horrible, awful, hilariously evil children from cinema (and our own lives) through the lens of  “The Bad Seed.”