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Male Gayz: Breakfast on Pluto-BA026
December 14, 2016 05:14 PM PST
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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)

Male Gayz: Ed Wood - BA025
November 30, 2016 03:40 PM PST
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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)

Male Gayz: The Rocky Horror Picture Show - BA024
November 16, 2016 04:21 PM PST
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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)

Male Gayz: Red River - BA023
November 02, 2016 05:06 PM PDT
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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)

Male Gayz: Written on the Wind - BA022
October 19, 2016 04:12 PM PDT
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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)

Male Gayz: Written on the Wind - BA022
October 19, 2016 04:08 PM PDT
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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)

Male Gayz: Cruising - BA021
October 05, 2016 04:48 PM PDT
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Get your ass into cruise control, boys. Seán and Brian are back with our new miniseries - Broad Appeal: The Male Gayz. We've ditched the chicks and are hanging back with the brutes for seven whole episodes.

We kick off with a re-evaluation of sleazy, sketchy and sloppy(?) sex-sesh CRUISING (1980), directed by William Friedkin who having dealt with the devil in The Exorcist, confronted audiences with something much more demonic: LEATHER.

Al Pacino plays an undercover cop who huffs too many poppers in his quest to find a killer at large on the gay S&M scene. It's explicit, it's weird, it's QUEER. But is it any good? Grab your chaps and let's find out.

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

Season 1.5 Teaser - The Male Gayz
September 21, 2016 02:50 PM PDT
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We're back! Well, almost. We spent our first series OD'ing on 1990s oestrogen but before our joyous return to the female form we bring you... SEASON 1.5!! BROAD APPEAL: THE MALE GAYZ is a 7-episode series interrogating masculinity in film. 7 films -- from the 1940s to the 2000s -- that present maleness in all its fragile, horny and transgressive forms. This little teaser will tell you everything you need to know to prepare for our first new episode - coming to you in two weeks. OVER AND OUT.

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Primary Colors - BA020
June 22, 2016 03:02 PM PDT
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Emma Thompson AND Kathy Bates?? Now there's a ticket that would truly make America great again! Your two favorite superdelegates can now make it official: the final film of this Broad Appeal Season is Mike Nichols's Clinton-era political satire PRIMARY COLORS (1998).

John Travolta gets top-billing for his Bubba impersonation but Emma brings her trademark wry soulfulness to the role of "Susan Stanton", the much put-upon political spouse who may or may not resemble a certain presumptive 2016 nominee. And Kathy Bates shines bright, delivering big laughs and ultimate heartbreak as a gun-totin', foul-mouthed lesbian driving a pickup truck.

No film could match the absurd laughability of our current political climate, but join us as we filibuster our way through an extra-long discussion of women in politics (and film) from the 90s to today. We're With Her!!

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

End of Season Minicast - BA020A
June 16, 2016 07:26 AM PDT
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We're out of here... but not just yet! With the end of our first season just around the corner, we've recorded a special interstitial episode (fancy word, huh?) before next week's podcast.

Brian & Seán adopt an even more devil-may-care tone than usual to reflect on what it's been like to build an ever-growing podcast empire ove the past ten months and to attempt to extract even an ounce of meaning from the whole enterprise. Enjoy this little trifle as an amuse-bouche in advance of the main course (Episode 20), which will air next week at the normal time. Bon Appetit!

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