Check Your Threading

Check Your Threading
Every two weeks, your hosts, Sam and Lauren, watch a movie, do some homework, and create Check Your Threading, a podcast that serves up history, psychology, and perspective on that film. Our goal is to talk about movies in a way that’s easily accessibl?

26: Moonlight (2016)
Apr 15 • 40 min
Explore the origins of Liberty City, the history of racism in the lighting and color correction of film, how to achieve intimacy through cinematography, and the devastating vulnerability of hope.
25: Funny Games (1997)
Apr 1 • 37 min
This week we talk about the movie that redefined “home invasion”! Plus, social contract theory, the importance (and cruelty) of breaking the fourth wall, and Michael Haneke’s message to U.S. audiences.
24: Straw Dogs (1971)
Mar 18 • 38 min
In this smorgasbord of toxic masculinity, we explore the pattern of violence in rural towns, the history of Vietnam campus protests, Sam Peckinpah’s reputation for brutality on and off camera, and the controversy surrounding the film.
23: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Mar 4 • 46 min
The retro flavor of nuclear apocalypse films, the history of the OPEC oil crisis, how George Miller builds his own mythology - and borrows from the mythos of other cultures - and the role of music on the battlefield.
22: All the President’s Men (1976)
Feb 19 • 52 min
Let’s talk about the importance of investigative journalism, the edge-of-your-seat anxiety that this film creates, Woodward and Bernstein as heroes, and why the pen is truly mightier than the sword.
21: Vice (2018)
Feb 5 • 37 min
We review the history of two of our most outlandish Vice Presidents (other than Dick, obviously), the tonal ambiguity of Vice as a film, the value of a good montage sequence, and our inherent discomfort with Cheney’s legacy.
20: Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Jan 22 • 40 min
We lay out the best real-life Las Vegas heists, debate whether or not heist movies are their own genre, and explore why Ocean’s Eleven still works almost 20 years later.
19: Jurassic Park (1993)
Jan 8 • 39 min
Learn about the “Jurassic Park generation” of paleontologists, how the film affected the scientific community, some amazing fan theories and, the, uh, lasting impact of Dr. Ian Malcolm as the film’s moral center. Hold onto your butts!
18: The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Dec 25, 2019 • 35 min
What makes an epic truly EPIC? Why were the 80s so intense for evangelical Christians? What’s up with Jungian psychology? Why was The Last Temptation of Christ so controversial when other bible movies are so formulaic? All these questions AND MORE…
17: Maleficent (2014)
Dec 11, 2019 • 61 min
In a stunning rape-revenge twist on a Disney classic, we look at Maleficent’s origins in the Sleeping Beauty myth, breaking the cycle of abuse, the importance of found family, and the symbolism of the film’s rich costuming.
16: West Side Story (1961)
Nov 27, 2019 • 39 min
The history of Puerto Rican migration to New York City, the tradition of the Hollywood musical, and how West Side Story broke the mold. We also discuss brownface, compulsory heterosexuality, and the role of discrimination in (white) cultural assimilation.
15: Velvet Goldmine (1998)
Nov 13, 2019 • 42 min
We talk about the history of glam as a genre, the film’s role in queer cinematic history, and affects of David Bowie’s lack of endorsement.
14: The Wolf Man (1941)
Oct 30, 2019 • 36 min
A Universal horror classic embedded in global history, we examine writer Curt Siodmak’s flight from Nazi Germany, the ancient history of werewolf lore, and The Wolf Man’s inseparable ties from the post-war Jewish identity.
13: Hausu (1977)
Oct 16, 2019 • 35 min
A group of teenage girls go on a countryside vacation and end up fighting for their lives in this layered Japanese horror-comedy. We discuss pre- and post-war Japan and Japanese cinema, Hausu’s multi-step inception, bakeneko, and My Little Ponies.…
12: Mandy (2018)
Oct 2, 2019 • 34 min
Nicolas Cage? Check. Cocaine and LSD? Check. Chainsaw-wielding rampage? Check. This revenge-fantasy horror sci-fi delight breaks the boundaries of genre and takes the viewer on a two-act epic. We talk about the foils of masculine tenderness vs. violence,…
11: Deep Blue Sea (1999)
Sep 18, 2019 • 37 min
Join us as we discuss the evolution of sharks and shark movies, thalassophobia, the USS Indianapolis—and just why we’re afraid of sharks in the first place.
10: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Sep 4, 2019 • 33 min
Hedwig is our tour guide through the history of LGBT culture in Eastern Germany, jungian psychology, the many iterations of “Hedwig” as a production. Plus, Hedwig’s genderqueer legacy, the rich conversation around binary the film creates, and the concept…
9: Short Term 12 (2013)
Aug 21, 2019 • 29 min
Short Term 12 gives us a look at the troubling state of Group Homes, how we deal with trauma, when to break rules and push boundaries, and the value of found family.
8: Spring Breakers (2012)
Aug 8, 2019 • 31 min
We’ve got the history of spring break. We’ve got race and privilege dynamics. We’ve got the American dream and the twistiness of metafictional storytelling. We’ve got shorts, of every color. We’ve got Scarface on repeat. Scarface, on repeat. LOOK AT ALL…
7: The Purge (2013)
Jul 24, 2019 • 25 min
The Purge, directed by James DeMonaco, gives us the framework to talk about wealth inequality in the US, gun control analogies, the emptiness of “supporting the troops,” flower symbolism, the distressing nature of the Emergency Broadcast System, and our…
6: George Washington (2000)
Jul 10, 2019 • 25 min
George Washington (2000) by David Gordon Green, a Malick-ian inspired poetic drama, gives us dynamics of race, economics, and youth of rural South Carolina at the turn of the millennia. Plus: the symbolism of superheroes, growing up, and gross public…
5: Nowhere (1997)
Jun 26, 2019 • 32 min
Gregg Araki’s Nowhere provides the perfect framework for a conversation about the rise of teen media in the 90s, valley girl linguistics, Baudrillard’s simulacra and hyperreality, and the rich vitality of queer coming-of-age cinema.
4: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
Jun 12, 2019 • 25 min
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert broke vital ground for the LGBT community in 1994 - but how does it hold up 25 years later?
3: Attack the Block (2011)
May 29, 2019 • 28 min
Attack the Block broke genre conventions in 2011, and becomes the basis for our discussion of public housing in Britain (what it means, and why it matters), the tradition of alien invasion in film, the value of genre, and the importance of choosing your…
2: Armageddon (1998)
May 15, 2019 • 21 min
Join us as we talk about Armageddon, and discuss the mass appeal of disaster movies, the history of NASA, toxic masculinity, and how this mess got into the coveted Criterion Collection.
1: Gattaca (1997)
May 1, 2019 • 21 min
Gattaca: An analysis of genetics, neo-noir film, and what makes humans “valid” or “in-valid.”