#002 — Tales from the Margins | Paul J. Pastor & Kristin Olson

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Introduction to the show/hosts:

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Blake I. Collier — @blakeicollier 
Ian Olson — @iancessant
Andy Whitfield — @Hilibofas

Introduction of our guest, Kristin Olson:

Wife of our very own Ian Olson. She is the mother of their two small boys, ages 5 and 2. When she’s not potty training small humans or washing dishes by hand she enjoys singing, running, reading, and dyeing her hair various shades of purple. And, for our podcast’s purposes, she’s been watching horror movies since she was about 10 years old.

Tales From The Hood (1995):

Directed by:
Rusty Cundieff

Written by:
Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott

Cast:

Mr. Simms (“Welcome To My Mortuary”) — Clarence Williams III
Clarence Smith (“Rogue Cop Revelation”) — Anthony Griffith
Carl (“Boys Do Get Bruised”) — David Alan Grier
Duke Metger (“KKK Comeuppance”) — Corbin Bernsen
Jerome “Crazy K” Johns (“Hard-Core Convert”) — Lamont Bentley

Synopsis:

Tales From The Hood tells four stories that center around the black experience in America and their fears surrounding inner city drug culture, white supremacy, systemic racism and gang violence, all while being enveloped by the wraparound story of three gang members coming to retrieve some drugs from a mortuary run by an eccentric mortician.

Discussion:

General reception and experience viewing the film.

Technical Elements: Directing, Writing, Acting, Cinematography, Standout scenes/vignettes, etc.

Themes:

The black experience in America (especially thinking about the time period the film was made in)

Interview with Paul J. Pastor
Paul J. Pastor is an author currently living in Oregon with his wife, Emily, and three kids. His writing on Christian spirituality has won numerous awards and critical recognition for its beauty, insight, and biblical depth. Paul has received a M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary and is a frequent speaker at churches and universities. As well, he is respected as a creative and insightful book editor, with work ranging from major publishing houses to niche imprints. And, on top of all of this, Paul counts himself among of the fans of the creepy and the cosmic horror.

XX (2017):

Written & Directed by:
Jovanka Vuckovic (“The Box”)
Annie Clark [aka St. Vincent](“The Birthday Party”)
Roxanne Benjamin [Southbound] (“Don’t Fall”)
Karyn Kusama [Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body, The Invitation] (“Her Only Living Son”)

Cast:

Susan Jacobs (“The Box”) — Natalie Brown
Mary (“The Birthday Party”) — Melanie Lynskey
Gretchen (“Don’t Fall”) — Breeda Wool
Cora (“Her Only Living Son”) — Christina Kirk

Synopsis:

XX is an anthology of four short films centering around women that explores various female-oriented subjects and fears including domesticity, sexuality, parenting, among other things while being enveloped in a peculiar stop-motion animated wraparound story.

Discussion:

General reception and experience viewing the film.

Technical Elements: Directing, Writing, Acting, Cinematography, Standout scenes/vignettes, etc.

Themes:

Feminism

The vignettes address certain spheres of a woman’s life including domesticity, birth, parenting, sexuality, isolation, etc. How effectively do these themes get dissected and does the film provide a response to the plight of women today?

Intersections:

How are these films similar? (Voices from the fringes of society, made by oppressed/marginalized demographics, anthology format, etc.)

Where are there definite differences in approach, voice, tone, narratives, etc?

Which one is more effective in providing commentary?

Which one is more effective as an anthology horror film?

Finishing Touches:

Best Kills
Worst Kills
Twitter Review

The End.

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Our opening and closing themes were created by friend of the show, Jeff Hansen. You can find him @GwarfJansen on Twitter.

Our podcast artwork was created by friend of the show, Scott Kelly. You can find him @scoke15 on Twitter.

Further Reading:

Tales From The Hood

To Live And Die In LA: TALES FROM THE HOOD (1995) by Jacob Knight on Birth. Movies. Death.
You’ve Seen ‘Get Out’; Now Check Out ‘Tales from the Hood’ (1995), Which Is Finally Coming To Blu-Ray by Sergio Mims on Shadow and Act
Tales From the Hood by Owen Gleiberman on Entertainment Weekly
Spike Lee spiked horror with racial politics in the bold Tales From The Hood by Nathan Rabin on The A.V. Club
‘Tales from the Hood’ Welcomes You to Hell M*therf*ckers by Rob Hunter on Film School Rejects

XX

Review: Horror anthology ‘XX’ features feminist perspective on genre by Katie Walsh on L.A. Times
‘XX’ Review: A Creepy Quartet of Horror Films by Women, Might Rob You of Sleep by Stephanie Zacharek on Time
XX is a rambunctious horror anthology made by four promising female directors by Bryan Bishop on The Verge
Four female directors bring competing visions to the horror anthology XX by Katie Rife on The A.V. Club
‘XX’ review: Chilling horror anthology from 4 female directors by Michael Phillips on Chicago Tribune
Film Review: Horror collection ‘XX’ shakes up the whites-only, boys-only filmmaking club by Nick Johnston on Vanyaland
‘XX’ and the Rise of Women-only Horror Films by Taylor Antrim on Vogue
‘XX’: Review by Kim Newman on Screen Daily