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Madness and Movies Podcast

Emily Cutler and Andrew Collings

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In case you were wondering: all your favorite characters are crazy.

Latest Episodes

#27 - The Golden Compass: A Lesson on Delinquency

What happens when we try to separate a person from their identity, from the very traits that make them unique? Golden Compass explores this question when it is revealed that the government, inspired by religious fundamentalism, is violently separating children from their daemons - i.e. animal companions that, in this universe, embody their souls. With our guest, Mad activist Kaz DeWolfe, we discuss the parallels between this procedure and therapies/treatments designed to make people more neurotypical and conforming.

64 MIN5 days ago
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#27 - The Golden Compass: A Lesson on Delinquency

#26 - Spiderman Into the Spiderverse

Are superhero movies dead? You know, the kind where a handsome white man saves the city and gets the girl? Ok, maybe those movies aren't dead, but not for lack of trying. Spiderverse makes a point of killing the handsome, perfect Peter Parker in the first five minutes of the movie. This universe - OUR universe - has to be saved by a mixed-race kid from the wrong side of town, a depressed Jewish Peter, and a jazz-drumming young woman. So we're talking with James Aponte, filmmaker and screenwriter, about the death of normality, fragmented identity, collectivism, diversity, and the value of representation. It's one hell of a discussion!

96 MINJUL 3
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#26 - Spiderman Into the Spiderverse

#25 - Game of Thrones Finale Primer

Start with a simple question: what would have happened if Robb Stark had dragons? Game of Thrones is finally coming to a close. We don't know what's coming next any more than you do, but we wanted to talk about how madness (and our perceptions of it) will play a role in the conclusions the show comes to. How Dany's turn to the dark side is foreshadowed not by the plot, but by sexism (see above question). How Tyrion's brand of disability pride has united a kingdom. And how Bronn is the hero we all need. You won't want to miss this one, unless you don't watch Game of Thrones for some reason, I guess Support our Patreon!

61 MINMAY 18
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#25 - Game of Thrones Finale Primer

#24 - Troll 2: A Mad Pride Fairy Tale

If you have ever wondered what it must be like to hear voices, to see things nobody else can see, then this is the movie for you. Because this time, the guy with the voices was right. Shownotes: Support our Patreon! Cracks in human perception (the drunk guy in the black box) So what is healthism, anyways?

50 MINMAY 8
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#24 - Troll 2: A Mad Pride Fairy Tale

#23 - Game of Thrones Season 8 Opener: We're All Just Trying to Survive Here, Man

What does Game of Thrones say about madness and disability? In the Game of Thrones universe, almost no one is fully bad or good, mad or sane - everyone is just trying to survive and navigate the circumstances they’ve been dealt. Join us as we explore the portrayal of madness in this season.

23 MINAPR 15
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#23 - Game of Thrones Season 8 Opener: We're All Just Trying to Survive Here, Man

#22 - The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy: Madness in Mundanity

Some say psychosis magnifies your worst fears. If you feel monitored and intruded upon, your brain might plant the idea that the FBI is around every corner. If you, like Arthur Dent, are lost in a maze of bureaucracy trying to save your doomed and demolished home, your brain might just generate a whole galaxy of red tape and hats that also juice lemons. Where the Star Wars universe is fueled by magic and Star Trek by curiosity, the Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy is fueled by nothing more than the mundane bureaucratic bullshit you can find in any DMV office. Welcome to the mad side of science fiction. Welcome home.

-1 sAPR 9
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#22 - The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy: Madness in Mundanity

#21 - Your Name: Is This Podcast a Dream, Too?

Have you ever woken up from a dream and not been able to figure out if you are still dreaming or not? That feeling of questioning whether you exist in the same reality as everyone else, or whether anything you do actually matters, is central to a lot of experiences of madness. And now there’s an entire movie dedicated to that exact feeling! Your Name was fucking huge in Japan, but you may not have heard about it in the states. That is, unless you have an Anime expert in your family. Will Collings is our guest for the week as we explore climate change, existential crises, peer support, and what life must be like in Japanese culture And keep your eyes out for JJ Abrams’ whitewashed remake in the near future! I wish I was joking

-1 sMAR 24
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#21 - Your Name: Is This Podcast a Dream, Too?

#20 - Virgin Suicides - Death by Male Gaze (Feat. Gabriella Garaffa)

If you can’t guess from the title, this is a sad movie where the protagonists die. But who do we blame when somebody dies by suicide? The parents? The community? The siblings? And what does the blame game reveal about the power dynamics of our society? And does writer/director Sofia Coppola really understand those dynamics any better than her characters do?

-1 sMAR 3
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#20 - Virgin Suicides - Death by Male Gaze (Feat. Gabriella Garaffa)

#19 - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Your Baggage, Your Self

Eternal Sunshine is a sci-fi that’s not really a sci-fi because it’s set in 2004 and it’s pointedly about you, me, and everyone that interacts with the medical world. No, it’s bigger than that. It’s a bold statement on the ways that we treat trauma like it’s something external, other, that we can discard through the help of science. But hey, at least science is better than exorcisms…………… Right?

-1 sFEB 14
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#19 - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Your Baggage, Your Self

#18 - Thor Ragnarok: Plurality and Smashing (feat. Criss Itterman)

In our previous episode about Venom, we had implied that Venom was the first plural/multiple/DID superhero to hit the big screen. Not true! We forgot about Bruce Banner and the Hulk! Plural activist Criss Itterman joins us to help break down and understand the relationship between these two complex characters. Forget “split-personality” movies like… well, SPLIT; this is a much more nuanced look at what it means to share a body with someone else.

-1 sFEB 2
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#18 - Thor Ragnarok: Plurality and Smashing (feat. Criss Itterman)

Latest Episodes

#27 - The Golden Compass: A Lesson on Delinquency

What happens when we try to separate a person from their identity, from the very traits that make them unique? Golden Compass explores this question when it is revealed that the government, inspired by religious fundamentalism, is violently separating children from their daemons - i.e. animal companions that, in this universe, embody their souls. With our guest, Mad activist Kaz DeWolfe, we discuss the parallels between this procedure and therapies/treatments designed to make people more neurotypical and conforming.

64 MIN5 days ago
Comments
#27 - The Golden Compass: A Lesson on Delinquency

#26 - Spiderman Into the Spiderverse

Are superhero movies dead? You know, the kind where a handsome white man saves the city and gets the girl? Ok, maybe those movies aren't dead, but not for lack of trying. Spiderverse makes a point of killing the handsome, perfect Peter Parker in the first five minutes of the movie. This universe - OUR universe - has to be saved by a mixed-race kid from the wrong side of town, a depressed Jewish Peter, and a jazz-drumming young woman. So we're talking with James Aponte, filmmaker and screenwriter, about the death of normality, fragmented identity, collectivism, diversity, and the value of representation. It's one hell of a discussion!

96 MINJUL 3
Comments
#26 - Spiderman Into the Spiderverse

#25 - Game of Thrones Finale Primer

Start with a simple question: what would have happened if Robb Stark had dragons? Game of Thrones is finally coming to a close. We don't know what's coming next any more than you do, but we wanted to talk about how madness (and our perceptions of it) will play a role in the conclusions the show comes to. How Dany's turn to the dark side is foreshadowed not by the plot, but by sexism (see above question). How Tyrion's brand of disability pride has united a kingdom. And how Bronn is the hero we all need. You won't want to miss this one, unless you don't watch Game of Thrones for some reason, I guess Support our Patreon!

61 MINMAY 18
Comments
#25 - Game of Thrones Finale Primer

#24 - Troll 2: A Mad Pride Fairy Tale

If you have ever wondered what it must be like to hear voices, to see things nobody else can see, then this is the movie for you. Because this time, the guy with the voices was right. Shownotes: Support our Patreon! Cracks in human perception (the drunk guy in the black box) So what is healthism, anyways?

50 MINMAY 8
Comments
#24 - Troll 2: A Mad Pride Fairy Tale

#23 - Game of Thrones Season 8 Opener: We're All Just Trying to Survive Here, Man

What does Game of Thrones say about madness and disability? In the Game of Thrones universe, almost no one is fully bad or good, mad or sane - everyone is just trying to survive and navigate the circumstances they’ve been dealt. Join us as we explore the portrayal of madness in this season.

23 MINAPR 15
Comments
#23 - Game of Thrones Season 8 Opener: We're All Just Trying to Survive Here, Man

#22 - The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy: Madness in Mundanity

Some say psychosis magnifies your worst fears. If you feel monitored and intruded upon, your brain might plant the idea that the FBI is around every corner. If you, like Arthur Dent, are lost in a maze of bureaucracy trying to save your doomed and demolished home, your brain might just generate a whole galaxy of red tape and hats that also juice lemons. Where the Star Wars universe is fueled by magic and Star Trek by curiosity, the Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy is fueled by nothing more than the mundane bureaucratic bullshit you can find in any DMV office. Welcome to the mad side of science fiction. Welcome home.

-1 sAPR 9
Comments
#22 - The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy: Madness in Mundanity

#21 - Your Name: Is This Podcast a Dream, Too?

Have you ever woken up from a dream and not been able to figure out if you are still dreaming or not? That feeling of questioning whether you exist in the same reality as everyone else, or whether anything you do actually matters, is central to a lot of experiences of madness. And now there’s an entire movie dedicated to that exact feeling! Your Name was fucking huge in Japan, but you may not have heard about it in the states. That is, unless you have an Anime expert in your family. Will Collings is our guest for the week as we explore climate change, existential crises, peer support, and what life must be like in Japanese culture And keep your eyes out for JJ Abrams’ whitewashed remake in the near future! I wish I was joking

-1 sMAR 24
Comments
#21 - Your Name: Is This Podcast a Dream, Too?

#20 - Virgin Suicides - Death by Male Gaze (Feat. Gabriella Garaffa)

If you can’t guess from the title, this is a sad movie where the protagonists die. But who do we blame when somebody dies by suicide? The parents? The community? The siblings? And what does the blame game reveal about the power dynamics of our society? And does writer/director Sofia Coppola really understand those dynamics any better than her characters do?

-1 sMAR 3
Comments
#20 - Virgin Suicides - Death by Male Gaze (Feat. Gabriella Garaffa)

#19 - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Your Baggage, Your Self

Eternal Sunshine is a sci-fi that’s not really a sci-fi because it’s set in 2004 and it’s pointedly about you, me, and everyone that interacts with the medical world. No, it’s bigger than that. It’s a bold statement on the ways that we treat trauma like it’s something external, other, that we can discard through the help of science. But hey, at least science is better than exorcisms…………… Right?

-1 sFEB 14
Comments
#19 - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Your Baggage, Your Self

#18 - Thor Ragnarok: Plurality and Smashing (feat. Criss Itterman)

In our previous episode about Venom, we had implied that Venom was the first plural/multiple/DID superhero to hit the big screen. Not true! We forgot about Bruce Banner and the Hulk! Plural activist Criss Itterman joins us to help break down and understand the relationship between these two complex characters. Forget “split-personality” movies like… well, SPLIT; this is a much more nuanced look at what it means to share a body with someone else.

-1 sFEB 2
Comments
#18 - Thor Ragnarok: Plurality and Smashing (feat. Criss Itterman)