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Broad Appeal
The podcast that looks back at female-driven films from the not-so-distant past.
Category: TV & Film
Location: London, UK
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February 15, 2017 04:08 PM PST

Drowned wives, stately homes, and a skull-faced lesbian housekeeper: REBECCA has it all! Daphne DuMaurier's gothic romance became an Oscar-winning Alfred Hitchcock film. And at the center is.... a heroine so lacking in gumption or personality that she doesn't even have a name!!

Joan Fontaine (one of the most forgettable actress from Hollywood's Golden Age) was probably the perfect choice to play the drippy, dithering second Mrs. DeWinter. Thank goodness Judith Anderson and George Sanders are there to slather on some delicious villainy.

Seán read the book as an impressionable fourteen year-old, prompted by a BBC readers' poll; Brian's encountering this spectral romance for the first time. When they return to Manderley, will they be thrilled or chilled by the cut-glass accents and unrelenting noblesse oblige? Come with us into the West Wing to revisit the scene of the crime......

Clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks).

February 01, 2017 04:05 PM PST

"Is there really such a thing as the greatest living actress???" Mais oui! And if anyone currently holds the strongest claim to that title it must be Isabelle Huppert. Before her knockout performance in this year's ELLE and her long-overdue Oscar nomination, she was equally transcendent in Michael's Haneke's equally scandalous THE PIANO TEACHER.

Seán and Brian dived deep into the original Viennese novel by Nobel Laureate Elfreide Jelinek -- only to emerge dirty, bruised and stinking of various bodily fluids. How could this darkly cynical vision of a Classical musician with repressed sadomasochistic desires be translated to the screen? Only by Isabelle, it seems. We sit down at the keyboard for equal parts Schubert and schmutz -- but does the right hand know what the left hand is doing????

Clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks).

January 18, 2017 05:24 PM PST

In which Brian & Seán read extended passages from Henry James and marvel at Barbara Hershey's collagen-injected lips.

For the first in our series of female-driven literary adaptations, we tag along with Isabel Archer (Nicole Kidman) as she fends off the advances of several suitors, only to get caught in a web of European marital treachery.

We spent a year reveling in the excruciatingly exquisite prose (and campy dialogue) of THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY. Now we see what happens when visionary director Jane Campion puts this literary classic through her feminist Cuisinart. Masturbatory fantasies, talking vaginal beans and bucketloads of bibelots await!

Clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks).

December 28, 2016 03:54 PM PST

Tension. Psychological pressure. Chaos in the streets. DOG DAY AFTERNOON (1975) isn't exactly your typical holiday movie, but in retrospect it seems a fitting way to close out the sh*tshow that has been 2016 (as well as our mini-series The Male Gayz).

Having started the season cruising with killers, Al Pacino finishes it by robbing a bank -- in one of the most high-wire performances he ever gave. He's a 70s "everyman" caught between two lives, two very different wives, and more social and sexual pressures than any psyche can possibly contain.

Just before they head off for a New Year's respite, Seán and Brian give their rapt attention to this unclassifiable masterpiece of 70s filmmaking, with its incredible ensemble performances, taut editing and surprisingly modern plot twists. "I'm dying here!" says Pacino, but this movie is undeniably alive.

Clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks)

December 20, 2016 12:03 AM PST

The holidays are here! And Seán in his kerchief and Brian in his cap will soon settle in for a long winter's nap -- of reading! They've got some tantalizing news about exciting developments in the New Year. If you're in need of some holiday reads (or gift ideas for your actress-loving loved ones) then get out your notepads and write down the titles of the Broad Appeal....Book Club?! It's all explained within. Ho ho ho.

December 14, 2016 05:14 PM PST

IRISH GAY BOY OVERLOAD.

On this Very Special Broad Appeal™, Brian and Seán are joined by writer and all-round babe Alan Flanagan to discuss Neil Jordan's BREAKFAST ON PLUTO: glam rock, Irish Catholicism, magic, music, the IRA and gender identity.

We follow Cillian Murphy as Patrick "Kitten" Braden on her journey from parochial Ireland in the height of the Troubles to the lights and smog of London as she hopes to find her mother, herself, and a whole variety of episodic adventures.

Alan and Seán reflect (at length!) on the motherland, giving you a heavily accented history of post-Good Friday Ireland as well as their own journeys from parochial Ireland to the heady delights of where they are today: a flat in Brixton!

With love to Brian, who had to edit all of this.

Clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks)

November 30, 2016 03:40 PM PST

Remember when Tim Burton & Johnny Depp actually made good movies? None of them was ever better than ED WOOD, about a real-life transvestite filmmaker who made movies so bad they're actually amazing. Confused? Just put on a pink angora sweater and cuddle up with someone you love for the next installment of our Male Gayz miniseries, one of the weirdest, most touching Hollywood biopics ever.

Although sci-fi tends to leave Brian cold (cf. the previous episode), Ed's earnestness and creative passion have always made this film one of his favorites. Continuing in the vein of camp and cross-dressing, he tries to recruit Seán into the cult. Will he succeed? As Bela Lugosi would say, PULL THE STRINGS!

Clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks)

November 16, 2016 04:21 PM PST

In dark days, when the values of democracy and equality seem threatened who doesn't want to don some fishnets and dance the Time Warp? Who wouldn't rather blast off to the planet Transsexual in the galaxy of Transylvania? Why not construct a blond, tanned muscle god who exists solely for the purpose of 'relieving our tension', as we fuck indiscriminately in a bacchanalian orgy?

We didn't get to THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at Halloween but in our post-Election daze perhaps Dr. Frank N. Furter is exactly the presiding spirit we really need right now. For Seán, the film was a seminal adolescent text: introducing him to queerness, camp, and the possibility of a life lived in the company of weirdos. For Brian, it was a cult classic that he never got around to seeing.

In this next installment of our miniseries THE MALE GAYZ, we debate the film's merits as well as its representation of sexual fluidity. (SPOILER ALERT: We don't agree.) Even if the contentiousness seems to reflect the current global mood, hopefully we can all remember that there's still a light over at the Frankenstein place... DON'T DREAM IT, BE IT!

All hate mail can be addressed to:
Brian A. Mullin
Flat 4, Grump House
Elitist Drive, Snobville

Clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks)

November 02, 2016 05:06 PM PDT

Guns, Boys, and Beef. We had to cover a Western in our Male Gayz series... and that Western had to be RED RIVER (1948). John Wayne is the ultimate American capitalist hero/villain, building his commercial empire through the theft of indigenous lands and the exploitation of low-wage laborers. Monty Clift is his adopted son, transitioning from homosocial gunplay with his fellow cowpokes into full-fledged Oedipal revolt.

Howard Hawks's multilayered masterpiece will convince even the most Western-phobic viewer to embrace the genre (as well as to give Monty a much needed cuddle). Straddling the transition from frontier to civilisation, as well as Classical Hollywood acting to the Method, the film has enough generational conflict to fill out an entire lifetime of Freudian analysis. Plus you get to hear Seán and Brian's patented John Wayne/Walter Brennan double act. Saddle up, pardners, and let's hit the trail.

All clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks)

October 19, 2016 04:12 PM PDT

Before Trump, there was Kyle Hadley -- the spoiled, insecure narcissistic billionaire of WRITTEN ON THE WIND. Kyle (Robert Stack) and sis Marylee (Dorothy Malone) are troubled oil brats, whose lives of decadent luxury are just not enough! Kyle loves Lucy (Lauren Bacall), but Lucy probably loves sexually passive Mitch (Rock Hudson), who is idolised but hated by Kyle who is truly hated by Marylee, who also hates Lucy but definitely loves Mitch. Got it?

For the next installment of The Male Gayz, we bring you Douglas Sirk's story of oil, emasculation, and bongo drums. Sumptuous Technicolor can't bring warmth to these characters, but knockout performances, broiling tension and burning desire make this 1956 melodrama into a tour de force of masculinity in crisis. Who else but Sirk?

All clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks)

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