The Feminist Critique

The Feminist Critique
A Comedy Podcast where film critics, Aislene and Gracie talk about a movie before putting it to the Test. ( 6 different Feminist and Inclusive tests). Using these tests, they judge the film’s feminism and if it’s inclusive. Then they ask the most important question, Is it good? Support this podcast:

#152: A League of Their Own
Sep 16 • 53 min
THERE’S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL! Aislene and Gracie discuss A League of Their Own. Twitch Twitter —- Support this podcast:
#151: Miss Congeniality
Sep 9 • 92 min
Aislene and Gracie discuss the movie, Miss Congeniality with Allison Dore. Twitch Twitter Howl and Roar Records Allison’s Twitter Allison’s Website —- Support this podcast:
#150: 9 to 5
Sep 1 • 74 min
WE MADE IT TO EPISODE 150! And this movie, we are doing ‘Chick Flicks’ or Female Led Comedies… to start we are doing this amazing movie that to this day is considered pretty radical. Is it Feminist? Is it Inclusive? Here’s the official song! Here’s our…
#149: Independence Day
Aug 27 • 63 min
We are finishing off Roland Emmerich month with his best one! But, is it feminist? Is the movie inclusive? Twitter Twitch —- Support this podcast:
#148: The Day After Tomorrow
Aug 18 • 45 min
It’s still Roland Emmerich month and we are looking at the climate change disaster movie with a Dick Cheney knock off. But is it feminist? Is it good? -shrug- Maybe? —- Support this podcast:
#147: White House Down
Aug 12 • 60 min
Aislene and Gracie take on this version of Die Hard but it’s the White House… and actual terrible person, James Woods is the bad guy… and Magic Mike is the good guy. But, is the movie feminist? Is it good? —- Support this podcast:…
#146: The Patriot
Aug 3 • 93 min
It’s the Beginning of Roland Emmerich month and Aislene and Gracie are starting with The Patriot starring the conversational Mel Gibson. (A Terrible Person.) Is the movie Feminist or Inclusive? Uh… no. —- Support this podcast:…
#145: Coyote Ugly
Jul 29 • 68 min
This week, Gracie and Aislene take a look at the “bad movie” Coyote Ugly. But is it really? —- Support this podcast:
#144: Twilight New Moon
Jul 21 • 72 min
Continuing on with the tradition, Aislene and Gracie review the second movie in the Twilight Saga for ‘Bad Movie Month.’ Our Twitter Our Twitch —- Support this podcast:
#143: Fifty Shades Freed
Jul 14 • 42 min
The second week of Bad movie month and we are saying ‘Laters Baby’ to this god awful franchise. (Which makes Gracie very happy.) Aislene and Gracie review Fifty Shades Freed. Our Twitter! Our Twitch! Our Nudes! —- Support this podcast:…
#142: She’s The Man (Guest: B Haney)
Jul 7 • 103 min
It’s Bad Movie Month and we are starting off right with She’s The Man! Also, joining us is B Haney! B’s YouTube B’s Twitter Our Twitter! Letterbox Review —- Support this podcast:
#141: The Skinny
Jun 30 • 62 min
This week we’re taking a look at Logo TV’s original movie The Skinny. It follows four black LGBT 20-somethings as they celebrate Harlem Pride weekend and the drama of relationships and the dangers that can happen. Check us out on Twitter! —- Support this…
#140: Circus of Books
Jun 24 • 41 min
This week, Aislene and Gracie take a look at the LGBTQ+ documentary about the Los Angeles based Bookstore that closed it’s doors in 2019 and it’s significance in gay history. We are on Twitter! —- Support this podcast:…
#139: 365 Days/DNI (Bonus Episode)
Jun 17 • 67 min
That’s right… here’s a bonus episode because Gracie and Aislene could not wait until Bad Movie Month (July) to talk about this god awful movie! Is it feminist? Is it inclusive? Hell no! But, this episode is great. Check us out on Twitter. —- Support this…
#138: The Birdcage
Jun 16 • 63 min
This week, we are discussing the film… The Birdcage starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. Is the movie, feminist… is it inclusive? Is it problematic? Is it good? Aislene and Gracie answer that. We are on Twitter. And email us at…
#137: The Half of It
Jun 8 • 58 min
This week we’re taking a look at Netflix’s The Half Of It, this is Alice Wu’s second movie. We did her first one, Saving Face two years ago on the podcast here. It was one of the few films to pass ALL of the tests. This is a story about Ellie Chu, who…
#136: But, I’m A Cheerleader
Jun 2 • 70 min
IT’S PRIDE MONTH! So, we are doing happy movies about LGBTQ+ But, I’m a Cheerleader is the story of Megan (Natasha Lyonne) who is a cheerful 17 year old who has it all… she’s dating a football player, has a loving family and loves cheerleading… but she’s…
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May 26 • 1 min
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#135: Spaceballs
May 26 • 83 min
This week we’re taking a look at the Mel Brooks sci-fi spoof Spaceballs. Whether you prefer Star Trek to Star Wars, or Planet of the Apes, every single one manages to get a good lampooning from the master of parody. But is this movie feminist? We also…
#134: The Producers (1967)
May 19 • 42 min
It wouldn’t be a Mel Brooks month without his first film about two men involved in an insurance scam by creating the worst Broadway production ever made… except that it doesn’t go as planned and they have a smash hit on their hands. Mel Brooks also won an…
#133: Blazing Saddles
May 12 • 68 min
This week, Aislene and Gracie are taking on the most famous (or infamous) of Mel Brooks movies… you know, the one that edge lords like to say that you couldn’t make today. Is the movie incredibly racist or is it about the ridiculousness of racism? Is it…
#132: Young Frankenstein
May 5 • 54 min
In our first Mel Brooks movie we take a look at Young Frankenstein. (That’s Fronkensteen!) Equal parts satire and love letter to the classic monster movies of the 1950s, does this classic comedy hold up? —- Support this podcast:…
#131: Pearl Harbor
Apr 28 • 73 min
Our final epic movie of the month is Pearl Harbor, isn’t really an epic movie at all. It’s the try-hard movie. This Michael Bay/Jerry Bruckhemier number was desperate to be the new Titanic but did it work? —- Support this podcast:…
#130: Avatar
Apr 21 • 78 min
This week’s epic film is, until recently, the highest grossing film of all time. Surely that qualifies it as an epic movie right? The better question is, despite the box office success, does the film stand the test of time? Was it ever any good? —-…
#129: The Green Mile
Apr 14 • 83 min
This week, we’re taking a look at Green Mile. One of the greatest book to film adaptions, it tells the story of a guard on death row, befriending an inmate with supernatural powers. Full of heart, mystery and tragedy, we wonder if this film actually…
#128: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Apr 7 • 80 min
“This week in our Epic Movies Month, we take a look at the fantasy epic Lord of the Rings. One of the most celebrated crowning achievements of cinema, does it hold up twenty years later?” And, we are joined by returning guest, Will from Elwood City…
#127: 22 Jump Street
Mar 31 • 54 min
Yes, we’re doing a sequel again, without watching the original first. But who cares, it’s College month and this movie is about college. Kind of. Two undercover cops have to navigate their partnership while trying to bust a drug crime ring before it goes…
#126: Animal House
Mar 24 • 41 min
Considered one of the greatest comedies of all time, we have to wonder, is it really? Also, check out our new podcast! Disney Dives! Join our Discord! Check us out on social media! Twitter Instagram Facebook —- Support this podcast:…
#125: Mona Lisa Smile
Mar 17 • 82 min
Welcome to Wellsley. This movie takes place at the historic women’s college and revolves around the life of Catherine and her students as she tries to break the mold of the staunchly conservative school. Does she succeed? Is this movie really just Dead…
#124: Legally Blonde
Mar 10 • 71 min
This blonde got in to Harvard. What? Like it’s hard? This week we’re taking a look at the early 2000s smash hit, Legally Blonde! A movie that aims to prove that you can do anything if you set your mind to it (but it really really helps to be white and…
#123: Dear White People
Mar 3 • 70 min
It’s COLLEGE MONTH! And this week our first episode is Dear White People, a movie that’s tackles race in a satirical, but enlightening way. If the title offends you, then maybe you’re the one that needs to watch it most. Also, check out our new podcast!…
#122: The Photograph
Feb 25 • 60 min
This week, rounding out our Black Female Director’s month, we take a look at The Photograph. This movie is about mothers and daughters, about love, and about finding yourself and gives us old Hollywood romance vibes. Directed by Stella Meghie, we wonder…
#121: Belle
Feb 18 • 52 min
Belle is the story of a young woman, born the illegitimate daughter of a slave and a sea captain, she is sent to live with her Lord and Lady Uncle and Aunt, growing up as a lady’s companion. As she grows older, aware of the stark differences between…
The Color of Friendship (Disney Dives Preview)
Feb 18 • 36 min
This is preview episode from our podcast Disney Dives where we talk about Disney movies. We hope you enjoy the conversation and check us out. Disney Dives is available on Anchor, Spotify and on Apple Podcasts! —- Support this podcast:…
#120: Eve’s Bayou
Feb 12 • 66 min
Continuing Black Female Director’s month, we take a look at Kasi Lemmon’s Eve’s Bayou. Honestly one of the best films we have watched in a long time on the podcast and we’ll say it. KASI LEMMONS SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN AN OSCAR NOMINATION FOR THIS MOVIE! That…
#119: Daughters of the Dust
Feb 4 • 41 min
It’s Black History Month and this month we are highlighting the work of Black Female Directors. Our first film is the movie Daughters of the Dust. It’s the first movie directed by a black woman with a theatrical release. It’s an independent film focusing…
#118: The House Bunny
Jan 28 • 55 min
One of the few Happy Madison productions with a predominately female cast, we have to wonder if this movie about a Playboy Bunny is feminist, or just trash. Also, check out our new podcast! Disney Dives! Anyways, join our Discord! Check us out on social…
#117: The Waterboy
Jan 22 • 52 min
This week, we’re taking a look at one of Adam Sandler’s more popular films, The Waterboy. Momma says football is the devil, and we say, you should really give this episode a listen. Also, check out our new podcast! Disney Dives! Anyways, join our Discord!…
#116: 50 First Dates
Jan 14 • 55 min
Adam Sandler may not be winning an Oscar this award season, but he’s definitely winning our hearts. Considered one of Adam Sandler’s better movies, it is the story of a woman who’s brain resets every night, and of the man who gets her to fall in love with…
#115: Happy Gilmore
Jan 7 • 85 min
Welcome to 2020 and Season 3! Aislene and Gracie start Adam Sandler/Happy Madison month with the classic, Happy Gilmore. They are joined by William Young from Elwood City Limits Podcast! Also, check out our new podcast! Disney Dives! Anyways, join our…
#114: The Mummy (1999)
Jan 7 • 76 min
A remake, but not the Tom Cruise one, this week we’re taking a look at this action adventure classic The Mummy. Starring Brendon Fraser and Rachel Weisz, is this movie as fun as we remember? Also, check out our new podcast! Disney Dives! Join our Discord!…
#113: A Little Princess (1995)
Dec 25, 2019 • 91 min
One of Gracie’s favorite films, this masterpiece from Alfonso Cuaron, brings a children’s book to life, following the adventures of young Sarah as she navigates life as a servant after the death of her father. It’s a movie full of heart, but is it…
#112: A Christmas Prince 3 (BONUS)
Dec 24, 2019 • 41 min
It’s a tradition around here to discuss the latest Hallmark movie rip-off from Netflix, so here we are again, talking about A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby. Is Ben Lamb still looking as though these movies are sucking the soul out of them? Are these…
#111: Pretty Woman
Dec 17, 2019 • 79 min
Aislene And Gracie discuss the movie, Pretty Woman! —- Support this podcast:
#110: Twister
Dec 10, 2019 • 77 min
Aislene and Gracie discuss the cult classic disaster movie about Tornadoes. But, is it feminist? Enjoy! —- Support this podcast:
#109: Ever After
Dec 3, 2019 • 89 min
It’s Gracie’s Birthday Month and she picked her favourite 90’s movies… so let’s get back in the time machine and feel all those nostalgic feelings! Number 1 is EVER AFTER. (The best Cinderella story.) —- Support this podcast:…
#108: Christmas Vacation
Nov 26, 2019 • 53 min
Aislene and Gracie talk about the classic movie, Christmas Vacation. —- Support this podcast:
#107: Charlie’s Angels (2019)
Nov 19, 2019 • 69 min
What? Aislene and Gracie did a movie that just came out? Usually they do the older movies… Yeah, we did a newer movie… Listen to us talk about Charlie’s Angels! —- Support this podcast:
#106: Ocean’s 8
Nov 12, 2019 • 75 min
Aislene and Gracie talk about the movie, Ocean’s 8. —- Support this podcast:
#105: Ghostbusters (2016) w/ Emily Edwards
Nov 5, 2019 • 74 min
Four female ghostbusters? The FEMINISTS ARE TAKING OVER! That’s right, we’re talking about Ghostbusters 2016 with the amazing Emily Edwards from Fuckbois of Lit (FBOL) Podcast. Is this movie really worth all of the hate the fanboys gave it? —- Support…
#104: Practical Magic
Oct 29, 2019 • 66 min
Hang on to your husbands girls! This week, Aislene and Gracie take a look at the 90s cult classic Practical Magic. It’s a story of witchcraft, love, and murdering your abusive ex. But is it feminist? —- Support this podcast:…
#103: Fireproof
Oct 22, 2019 • 82 min
This week, Gracie and Aislene watch Fireproof, starring former heartthrob and Prosperity Gospel villain Kirk Cameron with special guest, Donny. If Christian Movies were nominated for Oscars, Fireproof might actually win Best Picture, but that’s not saying…
#102: God’s Not Dead 2
Oct 15, 2019 • 57 min
In this episode, Aislene and Gracie watch God’s Not Dead 2: Electric Boogaloo… We learn that Aislene is a dirty catholic… that quoting the bible can get you fired? That Sabrina the Teenage Witch became a super christian… that the Newsboys got a direct…
#101: Loving The Bad Man
Oct 8, 2019 • 65 min
Trigger Warning: Discussions of Sexual Assault and Rape in this episode. Gracie and Aislene explore this Christian movie about forgiveness starring Stephen Baldwin… Hailey Bieber’s father. And they ask the question, how close is too close for a camera to…
#100: Christian Mingle
Oct 2, 2019 • 57 min
Gracie and Aislene get to their one hundredth episode with this truly garbage movie starring Gretchen Wieners. Can Jesus and God find someone’s true match? Will Aislene and Gracie survive this god awful movie? Is Jesus a feminist? (He was not a swerf,…
#99: Moana
Sep 24, 2019 • 75 min
One of the most recent and bad ass Disney Princesses, Gracie and Aislene discuss the movie, Moana! We discuss what makes this movie different from all the Disney movies before and also what issues there is with the movie… and you know, there’s jokes and…
#98: Mulan
Sep 17, 2019 • 78 min
Will talking about Mulan bring dishonor to us all? Tim Gavin from the Be the Worst podcast joins us to discuss how Shang is a bi-con and some of the controversial things that Disney had originally planned on doing. Is this movie the feminist mantra it’s…
#97: The Princess and the Frog
Sep 10, 2019 • 71 min
Disney Princess of Color Month continues with Disney’s first black princess, Tiana. This Princess is hard working and tenacious and knows you have to work to get your dreams, so why does everyone keep calling her a workaholic and a kill joy? What’s the…
#96: Pocahontas
Sep 3, 2019 • 73 min
It’s Disney Princesses of Color Month and this week we’re taking a look at the first Disney Princess of Color on screen. Pocahontas. Based (very loosely) on the real life figure, we discuss the inclusivity of the film as well as it’s representation of…
#95: Pacific Rim
Aug 27, 2019 • 65 min
It’s a movie about robots and aliens, and also the origin story for the Mako Mori test. So is this movie a fantastic sci-fi classic? We think you’ll like our take. —- Support this podcast:
#94: The Stepford Wives
Aug 20, 2019 • 65 min
Welcome to Stepford! It’s the perfect town. No crime, no homeless, no pushing. It’s the perfect place to start over but there’s something weird going on and Joanna needs to figure it out, before it’s too late. —- Support this podcast:…
#93: Alien
Aug 13, 2019 • 49 min
This week we’re taking a look at the sci-fi horror classic Alien. This atmospheric thriller, directed by Ridley Scott is a real chest buster and also happens to create one of the most well known sci-fi heroines of all time, Ellen Ripley. So does this…
#92: Mad Max Fury Road
Aug 6, 2019 • 60 min
To start off Female Lead Sci-fi month, Aislene and Gracie have a very special guest, Meranda from All Things Dreams! We discuss how awesome this movie is and how you can reboot a franchise after 30 years and it’s also first time that we use the Furiosa…
#91: Obsessed
Jul 30, 2019 • 61 min
What happens when you take Idris Elba, Beyonce and Ali Larter and put them into a movie? Well, you get a bad movie with a great fight scene… Listen to Aislene and Gracie discuss this Fatal Attraction/Swimfan knock off… Join our Discord! (I like new…
#90: Beastly
Jul 23, 2019 • 72 min
A tale as old as time… hot guy is an asshole and gets turned into a… punk/goth/car accident victim by a witch and a nerd girl with a drug addict dad has to save him with true love? This movie is a mess… but is it feminist or inclusive? Is the movie good?…
#89: Twilight
Jul 16, 2019 • 74 min
Was Twilight as bad as we all made it out to be? Is it Feminist? Is it Inclusive? Aislene and Gracie find out on this episode of THE FEMINIST CRITIQUE!!!! Anyways, join our Discord! Check us out on social media! Twitter Instagram Facebook Gracie’s Youtube…
#88: Fifty Shades Darker
Jul 10, 2019 • 49 min
Sorry about the late episode… Aislene has been busy getting ready for a pageant! (Mz Gay Edmonton!) In this episode, Aislene and Gracie return to this awful franchise to see if the second movie is as brilliant as the first one. Is it feminist or…
#87: The Ugly Truth
Jul 2, 2019 • 80 min
It’s finally here! July’s Annual Bad Movie Month! (Guilty Pleasures?) And first up is 2009’s The Ugly Truth starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler! It’s a tale as old as time… A Battle of the Sexes with unexpected results. An uptight and unlucky in…
#86: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (w/ Unsung Sluts Podcast)
Jun 25, 2019 • 73 min
It’s a punk-rock musical that doesn’t shy away from the hard stuff. After a bad divorce and botched sex reassignment surgery, Hedwig embraces her new identity, and becomes a woman, sharing the story of her life through songs and narratives as she chases…
#85: Chasing Amy
Jun 18, 2019 • 67 min
This week for Pride Month, we are doing this 1997 comedy about a man turning a lesbian straight? Except that… maybe, being bisexual is a thing? A surprisingly progressive movie about a love story and shows that sexuality is fluid… Although, the two guy…
#84: Paris Is Burning
Jun 11, 2019 • 83 min
For this week of The Feminist Critique, we are discussing the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning. Aislene and Gracie discuss the legacy that this film, which was selected by the US National Film Registry in 2016 to be preserved by the National Library of…
#83: Egg (featuring Interview with Alysia Reiner!)
Jun 7, 2019 • 80 min
Bonus episode of The Feminist Critique takes a look at the movie, Egg. An unflinching comedy about why women choose motherhood, why they revere it, fear it, and why some women choose to forgo it. Over the course of one explosive evening, two couples and a…
#82: Mambo Italiano
Jun 4, 2019 • 61 min
A cross over of Canadian film month bleeding into Pride Month! This movie is about a young man in Montreal learning to live his most authentic life and dealing with his very Italian family. We ask the questions if this movie is feminist or inclusive… And…
#81: One Week
May 28, 2019 • 61 min
It’s our final film of Canadian Film Month and we are doing Aislene’s favourite movie… ever! It’s the story of a man who is diagnosed with cancer and goes on a road trip across Canada… it also has arguably the best film soundtrack and cameos by a few…
#80: Aladdin (1992)
May 24, 2019 • 85 min
Bonus Episode! Aislene and Gracie discuss Disney’s Original 1992 Aladdin just in time for the release of the live action version! Is the movie feminist or inclusive? Well, hop on a carpet and fly… to another Arabian Night! —- Support this podcast:…
#79: Where The Spirit Lives
May 21, 2019 • 84 min
(There was some technical issues at the end of the podcast and Gracie’s microphone cut out. I tried to do my best with editing the podcast so there isn’t a issues with the delay.) As part of Canadian Movie Month, we watched a television movie about…
#78: Sabah: A Love Story
May 14, 2019 • 57 min
For this week in Canadian film month, we are looking at the 2005 film, Sabah. One day, when Sabah least expects it, she falls in love with the wrong man. She’s Muslim, he’s not. Unbeknownst to her family, she goes on a whirlwind affair before both culture…
#77: Scott Pilgrim vs The World
May 7, 2019 • 70 min
It’s the first of Canadian film month and we are talking about the cult classic, Scott Pilgrim vs The World. Set in the distant land of Toronto, Canada. Scott starts dating the mysterious American, Ramona… then he has to fight her 7 evil exs… But, is the…
#76: How To Train Your Dragon
Apr 30, 2019 • 73 min
To finish off Animation Month, Aislene and Gracie are joined by special guest, Donny to talk about How to Train Your Dragon. Is Dragon Training Feminist? Did Gerald Butler visit Gracie’s hometown? Is Donny Aislene’s friend? All these answered on this…
#75: Ballerina/Leap!
Apr 23, 2019 • 67 min
This week we take a look at the French film ‘Ballerina’, or as America calls it ‘Leap!’ It’s the story of a poor redheaded orphan who dreams of being a dancer. I promise you, this isn’t Annie, but does this French/Canadian film stand up to our tests and…
#74: Spirited Away
Apr 17, 2019 • 71 min
Sorry about the late episode everyone! This episode goes out to listener, Thomas. This week we look at one of the most successful anime films of all time. It’s a coming of age story of a girl named Chihiro, she goes to the spirit realm with her parents…
#73: FernGully: The Last Rainforest
Apr 9, 2019 • 69 min
This week we take a look at FernGully: The Last Rainforest. A film about an Australian rain forest where no one has an Aussie accent and conservation comes about by magical fairies. Needless to say, we’re almost as confused as this movie’s message. —-…
#72: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney)
Apr 2, 2019 • 99 min
It’s Animation Month! Our first film is Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame. It’s a movie about the Catholic Church, sexual predators, and genocide but only gets a G rating. So does this dark Disney tale pass any tests or is it just a dark parable about…
#71: Working Girl
Mar 26, 2019 • 110 min
It’s the end of our 80s Month, and this week we’re recapping Working Girl with special guest Toasty! It’s the story of a secretary with a desire to move up the corporate ladder and become as successful as the woman she works for. Starring Melanie…
#70: The Breakfast Club
Mar 19, 2019 • 101 min
The one where Aislene has Mono? We talk about this Classic 80s Teen Comedy and if it holds up to today. Is it Feminism and Inclusive? That’s what we answer because… it’s the point of the podcast. Seriously tho, Aislene was really sick during the…
#69: The Princess Bride
Mar 12, 2019 • 83 min
One of the most quotable films of all time, this week we’re taking a look at The Princess Bride. It’s got everything! True love! Sword fights! Revenge! But does it have feminism? Does it stand the test of time? Is it good? Tune in and find out! —- Support…
#68: Labyrinth
Mar 5, 2019 • 70 min
It’s all about the 80s baby! This week we’re taking a look at the cult classic Labyrinth. Starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, this Jim Henson film has some of the best visual effects and puppet work of it’s time. Does this film stand the test of…
#67: The 13th (w/ special guest Rocky)
Feb 26, 2019 • 64 min
This week we’re discussing the documentary The 13th, a documentary by Ava DuVernay on mass incarceration, and the criminality of black bodies. Special guest Rocky, gives her own experiences as we discuss how far we’ve come in Civil Rights and how much…
#66: The Hate U Give
Feb 20, 2019 • 85 min
This week we’re taking a look at The Hate U Give. It’s the story of a young teenager named Starr who becomes witness to her best friend’s murder by cop. Touching on subjects of police brutality, gang violence, and the hard choices we have to make, it’s a…
#65: Diary of a Mad, Black Woman
Feb 13, 2019 • 72 min
It’s the first Madea movie on screen. Based on the play of the same name, this movie stars Kimberly Elise, Tyler Perry and Shemar Moore. It’s the story of a woman who is living through a nasty divorce, finding new love, and dealing with the hurt and pain…
#64: Carmen Jones
Feb 6, 2019 • 71 min
It’s Black History Month and we’re starting off with an all star musical with a completely black cast from 1954! Carmen Jones is the story of a fiery, passionate woman and her ill fated love affair with Army man Joe. Progressive for it’s time, does this…
#63: Chicago
Jan 29, 2019 • 72 min
We’re talking about Chicago. A high energy musical brought to screen. It tells the story of femme fatales Roxie and Velma, both women who created their fame by being murderers. With high octane performances and songs like “All That Jazz” and “Cell Block…
#62: Cabaret
Jan 22, 2019 • 69 min
Willkomenn! This week we take at the legendary Liza Minnelli film, Cabaret. It’s a movie that focuses on 1931 Germany, just before the rise of Nazism. Covering topics like abortion, polyamory, and homosexuality, this 1972 film was ground breaking. With…
#61: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Jan 15, 2019 • 93 min
One of the most successful musicals of all time, it’s the story of Milly, a young woman who marries a man named Adam, who has six brothers. Funny, charming, and even problematic, is this romp about courting and backwoodsmen any good? Tune in to find out!…
#60: Hairspray
Jan 8, 2019 • 89 min
Welcome to the sixties with Hairspray! It’s the story of big hair, big girls and big doses of racism set to a funky, doo wap sound. Based on the original film by John Waters and the Broadway play, it focuses on the world around Tracy Turnblad, a plus size…
#59: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Jan 1, 2019 • 86 min
There’s nothing dirty going on with this Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds film. It’s the story of the Chicken Ranch, a hundred year old brothel in the middle of Texas and how sexual morality led to it closing it’s doors. There’s great music, there’s…
#58: Die Hard
Dec 25, 2018 • 74 min
Yippey kai yay podcast listeners! This week we’re taking a look at one of the best Christmas movies ever made. You heard that right. Die Hard IS a Christmas movie and we’re going to prove it. So sit back, relax, listen to your bickering family and be glad…
#57: A Christmas Prince: Royal Wedding (Bonus)
Dec 24, 2018 • 77 min
Surprise! It’s our BONUS episode and we are going to be taking a look at the Netflix Original Movie, A Christmas Prince: Royal Wedding. It’s a story that tries to be a cookie cutter Christmas movie, except it tries to be ALL of the Christmas movies. So…
#56: Gone With the Wind Pt. 2
Dec 18, 2018 • 100 min
It’s the second half of Gone With the Wind, as Scarlet and the others recoup from the war in the era of reconstruction. This half focuses mostly on the development and eventual decline of Scarlet and Rhett’s romance and we finally get to ask, is this epic…
#55: Gone With the Wind Pt. 1
Dec 11, 2018 • 102 min
You can’t do a movie podcast without reviewing one of the greatest films of all time. It’s a story of a southern belle who is faced with the realities of war. It’s a story of survival, of war, of hell, but also a story that while epic is problematic as…
#54: Titanic
Dec 4, 2018 • 89 min
Our first romantic epic of the month, Aislene and Gracie take a look at Titanic. James Cameron’s masterpiece about two star-crossed lovers on a ship that’s final destination is the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Does this movie stand the test of time? Is…
#53: Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Nov 27, 2018 • 64 min
Did you know that Jesus was born in a cave and placed on a rock? That St. Nicholas was actually a guy who murdered someone? That presents under the tree represent the New Jerusalem? Oh you didn’t know that? Don’t worry, neither did we. This week we’re…
#52: God’s Not Dead
Nov 20, 2018 • 93 min
This week Hercules gives up the Greek Pantheon and all of the world’s religions to say that God’s Not Dead. It was the movie that launched a million weird text messages, and a franchise for Christians. So of course we had to talk about this Evangelical…
#51: Jesus Camp
Nov 12, 2018 • 103 min
Harry Potter is the devil, and dead churches exist. This week we dive into our first documentary. We take a look at this documentary and Gracie tells us about that one time she lived in a cult. Enjoy! —- Support this podcast:…
#50: Old Fashioned w/ special guest Donny!
Nov 6, 2018 • 131 min
It’s our 50th episode! We are starting off our month of Evangelical movies by talking about the movie Old Fashioned, a movie that was the Christian response to 50 Shades of Grey and yet somehow has managed to be more toxic than 50 Shades. So what about…
#49: Hocus Pocus
Oct 29, 2018 • 99 min
This week we’re taking a look at the Halloween staple, Hocus Pocus. It’s a story of three witches who want to suck the lives out of children. We take a look at this classic film and decide if this film is feminist, and above all is it good? —- Support…
#48: Rocky Horror Picture Show
Oct 23, 2018 • 65 min
This week we dive into the midnight movie to end all midnight movies. Rocky Horror Picture Show! One of the originals as far as LGBTQA+ representation, and brimming with iconic moments and songs, So what makes this movie such a cult classic? —- Support…
#47: Jennifer’s Body
Oct 16, 2018 • 99 min
This week we’re taking a look at Jennifer’s Body. Another cult classic horror film about a teenage girl who gets sacrificed to the devil in order for musicians to garner all the fame they want, never realizing the unintentional consequences. Being written…
#46: Scream
Oct 9, 2018 • 76 min
This week we take a look at the iconic horror comedy Scream. When a town is disrupted by the gruesome murders of teenagers, a few seek to uncover the truth, but in order to survive this hollywood horror, they have to follow the rules. It’s a scream baby!…
#45: The Craft
Oct 2, 2018 • 72 min
It’s Halloween! Well it’s October anyway, and we’re kicking off this spooky season with the cult classic The Craft. A story of four teenage witches who maybe bite off more than they can chew with the spells they cast. So is this film about witchcraft…
#44: Pitch Perfect
Sep 25, 2018 • 66 min
This week we take a look at Pitch Perfect. It’s a sleeper hit that ended up producing two of the highest grossing sequels for female led comedy of all time. What about this movie makes it such a big hit? Does it pass any of the tests? Listen to find out!…
#43: Girl’s Trip
Sep 17, 2018 • 72 min
This week’s episode we dive into Girl’s Trip. It’s a movie about black sisterhood, starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish and Regina Hall. With special guest Rocky, we discuss this hilarious film about sisters, love, and the…
#42: How To Marry a Millionaire
Sep 11, 2018 • 77 min
This week we take a look at the classic film How to Marry a Millionaire, a story of three single women on a quest to find rich husbands. Starring film legends Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, this film is one of the most iconic film to come…
#41: Bring it On
Sep 4, 2018 • 92 min
It’s Female Led Comedy Month! Our first movie of the month is Bring it On! This movie actually tackles some interesting points of view on cultural appropriation, white savior-hood, and even shows a progressive stance toward being gay at a time when being…
#40: Selena
Aug 28, 2018 • 69 min
For our final installment of Female Led Drama, we take a look at the biopic Selena. It’s the amazing story of trailblazer Selena Quintanilla, the first woman to ever top the male dominated Tejano music charts. Heartbreaking, and vibrant, Aislene and…
#39: The Joy Luck Club
Aug 21, 2018 • 79 min
This week, we take a look at Joy Club Club. It’s a story of mothers and daughters, of immigration and sacrifice, of love and loss and the difficult decisions we have to make. We discuss the cultural impact of this film, as one of the few films with Asian…
#38: Waiting to Exhale
Aug 14, 2018 • 86 min
This week we take a look at the movie Waiting to Exhale. This film is about four successful black women as they navigate their love lives and the men within them. They deal with heartbreak, anger, betrayal and even love. —- Support this podcast:…
#37: Fried Green Tomatoes
Aug 6, 2018 • 82 min
This week we start Female Led Drama with the 1991 classic Fried Green Tomatoes. We also have a special guest named Rocky who has her own take on this film and on the current politics that are reflected from it in today’s society. Please enjoy this special…
#36: The Room
Jul 30, 2018 • 59 min
IT’S TEARING US APART! We take a look at the cult phenomenon The Room. It’s a movie about a man, in love with a woman who is tearing him to pieces. Considered one of the worst films every made, it is the epitome of bad movies and Aislene and Gracie took a…
#35: Mommie Dearest
Jul 23, 2018 • 81 min
Loosely based on what is considered the first Hollywood Tell-All Book, Mommie Dearest is a cult classic that focuses on the life of Joan Crawford and her adopted daughter Christina. Aislene and Gracie take a look at the film, and try to differentiate fact…
#34: Crossroads
Jul 17, 2018 • 72 min
It’s Guilty Pleasure Movie Month and we take a look at this road trip film from 2001. Starring Britney Spears, Zoe Saldana and Anson Mount, it’s a trip about love, live and friendship. Is it really as bad as the critics pan it out to be, or is it just…
#33: Fifty Shades of Grey
Jul 9, 2018 • 104 min
It’s our second Guilty Pleasure move and this time we’re looking at the blockbuster BDSM film Fifty Shades of Grey. This blockbuster film is one of the most successful R Rated movies of all time, but the themes that are used make us both cringe. Enjoy our…
#32: St. Trinians
Jul 3, 2018 • 80 min
It’s Guilt Pleasures Movie Month. Our first film is St. Trinians. This movie is a heist movie, and a movie about a girl’s school in England, and stars icons like Colin Firth and Rupert Everett. It’s also one of Aislene’s favorite films. Enjoy our…
#31: Love, Simon
Jun 27, 2018 • 108 min
In our last Pride Month movie, we discuss the recent film LOVE, SIMON. It’s a coming of age, or rather coming to terms love story about a young man in high school who relates to another closeted gay student. Funny, heartwarming and charming, we can…
#30: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Jun 19, 2018 • 80 min
This week, we take a look at the Australian film and GLAAD Award Winner for Best Film, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. It’s a road trip comedy, involving three drag queens, one of whom is transgender, on their quest from Sydney to Alice…
#29: Saving Face
Jun 11, 2018 • 67 min
This week we discuss the lesbian romcom Saving Face. It’s the story of two Chinese-American women, one of whom is grappling with her sexuality and her overbearing mother, who’s moved in thanks to a surprise pregnancy. Heart warming, sweet, and adorable,…
#28: Brokeback Mountain
Jun 5, 2018 • 104 min
It’s Pride Month! This month our focus will be on LGBTQA+ Representation in film and our first film, is Brokeback Mountain. The film that lost Best Picture Oscar to Crash, it tells the story of two men who over the course of decades struggle with their…
#27: Ghost in the Shell (Bonus Episode)
May 31, 2018 • 51 min
To round out our anime movie month, Aislene and Gracie discuss the classic anime film from 1995, Ghost in the Shell. Known for it’s influence in sci-fi films, like The Matrix and even James Cameron’s Avatar, we take a look at if this movie passes the test…
#26: Your Name
May 29, 2018 • 99 min
This week we take a look at the highest grossing Anime film of all time, Your Name. Released in 2016, it’s the story of two people, Taki and Mitsuha, who’s lives are connected by fate and a comet. So please enjoy our review of Your Name, and definitely go…
#25: In This Corner of the World
May 22, 2018 • 104 min
This week we take a look at 2016’s In This Corner of the World. It’s the story of a young woman coming of age in the midst of World War II, just on the outskirts of Hiroshima. Telling a story that the west doesn’t often get to see, we see the life of…
#24: Howl’s Moving Castle
May 15, 2018 • 96 min
This week, continuing Anime Film month, we take a look at Hayao Miyazaki’s classic Howl’s Moving Castle. It’s the story of a shy, introverted young woman named Sophie, who is cursed to be old. On her journey to try and break the spell against her, she…
#23: Akira
May 7, 2018 • 88 min
It’s the first of our Anime Month, and we start it off with the 1988 classic Akira. This movie created international buzz around Anime styled film and led to the western fascination surrounding Anime television and movies. Despite it’s overwhelming…
#22: Shrek
Apr 29, 2018 • 107 min
Wrapping up our Non-Disney Animation month, we take a look at the film that serves as the very antithesis of the Disney framework. A Beauty and the Beast story with a twist ending, that doesn’t hold back from destroying typical fairy tales tropes, while…
#21: The Road to El Dorado
Apr 24, 2018 • 81 min
This week, Aislene and Gracie discuss The Road to El Dorado. It’s a story about two Spaniard con artists who get mistaken for gods in the fabled city of gold, El Dorado. With aspects of Mayan and Aztec culture, we talk about what implications and…
#20: The Swan Princess
Apr 16, 2018 • 76 min
This week, in continuation of Non-Disney Animation, we take a look at the Richard Rich classic animated film, The Swan Princess. It’s the story of a Princess, and a Prince, a magic spell, and a terrible villain. We poke fun at some of the common fairy…
#19: The Prince of Egypt
Apr 10, 2018 • 83 min
Aislene and Gracie talk about one of the most successful religious films of all time, The Prince of Egypt. The movie, taken straight from the book of Exodus, tells the story of Moses, as he goes from Prince of Egypt, to shepherd, to savior of the Hebrew…
#18: Anastasia
Apr 2, 2018 • 93 min
Aislene and Gracie open Non-Disney Animation month with Anastasia. A film from Fox Animation, from the year 1997, it tells the (historically inaccurate) tale of the lost Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia. Directed by Don Bluth, and considered one of the…
#17: Casablanca
Mar 28, 2018 • 78 min
This week, we’re finishing out our Oscar Winners month with Casablanca. This 1944 Best Picture winner, is about the love affair between cafe owner Rick, and Ilsa, a woman married to a revolutionary in Nazi Occupied Europe. Considered one of the greatest…
#16 - Slumdog Millionaire
Mar 20, 2018 • 65 min
We take a look at Slumdog Millionaire. This Best Picture winner tells a story of love across lifetime, and the extraordinary life of 18 year old Jamal Malik as he competes on the show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and miraculously knows all of the…
#15 - Crash
Mar 14, 2018 • 72 min
Aislene and Gracie take a look at the 2006 Best Picture Winner, Crash. If anything, this is a movie that definitely proves why sometimes the Academy just gets it completely and utterly wrong. Dive in as we discuss the beautiful, horrible mess that is…
#14 - All About Eve
Mar 7, 2018 • 80 min
In our first episode of Oscar winners, we take a look at the 1950 Best Picture Winner, All About Eve. It’s a movie that in some ways, is ahead of it’s time, and is tied for most nominations with Titanic and La La Land. So what about Eve is so special? —-…
#13 - Get Out (Bonus Episode)
Mar 4, 2018 • 74 min
In our special bonus episode, Gracie and Aislene discuss the film Get Out, celebrating the achievements of a thriller written and directed by Jordan Peele. It was a perfect way to start off our Oscar month and end our Black History Month theme. Hope you…
#12 - In The Heat of the Night
Feb 28, 2018 • 78 min
This week Aislene and Gracie discuss In the Heat of the Night (1967), a groundbreaking film that focuses on a murder mystery but the ongoing tensions of the Civil Rights Movement. Hope you enjoy! —- Support this podcast:…
#11 - Selma
Feb 19, 2018 • 89 min
Aislene and Gracie discuss the film Selma, based on the actual Civil Rights March that took place in the 1960s. We discuss the history of the march, how it differs from the film and how this film is such a parallel to today’s society. —- Support this…
#10 - The Wiz
Feb 13, 2018 • 79 min
Aislene and Gracie discuss the 1978 cult classic The Wiz, and African-Americanized version of the L. Frank Baum story The Wizard of Oz. The film caters to the African American experience and Aislene and Gracie discuss the cultural influences and impact of…
#9: Hidden Figures
Feb 6, 2018 • 83 min
It’s the first episode of our Black History Month celebration and we’re start off with the amazing Hidden Figures. We dive into the microaggresive racism presented, the sexism, and the amazing women who inspired the film. —- Support this podcast:…
#8 - He’s Just Not That Into You
Jan 29, 2018 • 66 min
Ending RomCom month, Aislene and Gracie talk about the film He’s Just Not That Into You, based on the non-fiction advice book of the same name. It’s certainly an interesting movie, and we dive in to the different relationships and scenarios presented.…
#7 - Think Like a Man
Jan 22, 2018 • 62 min
Aislene and Gracie discuss the romantic comedy hit Think Like a Man, based on the book (Act Like a Lady) Think Like a Man, by Steve Harvey. We discuss inclusivity within film, and ask if this film is feminist, but overall, is it good? —- Support this…
#6 - How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Jan 16, 2018 • 59 min
On this week’s episode of The Feminist Critique, and our continuance of RomCom Month, we take a look at the romantic comedy How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Does it pass the test? —- Support this podcast: