Kill Bill

Our third podcast revels in the stylized violence, use of color and music, and overall baddassness of Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2.

Podcast Episode Three: Uma Thurman takes on the role of Quentin Tarantino’s mostly-nameless anti-hero in Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2. The movies chronicle her quest for revenge against a group of her assassin colleagues who put her in a four-year coma. We chat about which member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad we’d want to be, which one we’d want to sleep with, and which one wears the best clothes (hint, it’s Kiddo, and if you’d like to buy Blythe a yellow bodysuit for her birthday, she wouldn’t mind). Join us as we consider what makes these films feminist, what doesn’t, and why we do or don’t care.

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Our second podcast ambivalently dissects Shonda Rhimes’s How to Get Away With Murder. Good on race, questionable on gender, sexy because Famke Janssen, not sexy because lack of chemistry. 

How to Get Away with Murder stands as one of the few primetime television shows featuring a woman of color in the lead role. Viola Davis gives a tour de force performance as Annalise Keating, a law professor and defense attorney. Along with five law students, Keating defends alleged murders, indifferent as to their guilt. It’s not quite clear if any of the characters in this highly compelling show are likeable, as those closest to Annalise are drawn into webs of deceit, violence, and murder. Joins us as we consider the show’s approach to feminist and race-positive politics.

 

Our first podcast lavished praise on the BBC’s The Fall, Gillian Anderson, and male police officers learning to be feminists. But mostly Gillian Anderson.

Gillian Anderson is sexy, strong, and clever in the BBC’s The Fall. While a serial killer hunts young professional women in Belfast, Anderson’s character Stella Gibson hunts him while she seduces colleagues, swims, and points out misogyny anywhere she finds it. She does all these thing while looking gorgeous and demanding that everyone appreciate her mind instead of (in addition to?) her body. She’s better at multitasking than we are. Wanna hear all about her awesomeness?

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