Misery & Christine

In the final episode of Stephen King month at Chick Flicks, Bridget and McKenzie discuss mean nerds and killer cars in Misery and Christine. Misery feels more relevant than ever in today’s extreme fandom culture, while Christine touches upon frightening incel adjacent themes.

Misery (1990) was directed by Rob Reiner. It stars James Caan and Kathy Bates in an Oscar-winning role. 

Christine (1983) was directed by John Carpenter and stars a Plymouth Fury and some actors from the eighties!

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Cujo & Pet Sematary

Stephen King month at Chick Flicks continues with Cujo and Pet Sematary! In this episode Bridget and McKenzie discuss the inherent un-scariness of Saint Bernard dogs, family dynamics, rabies, and children named Tad and Gage. 
Cujo was directed by Lewis Teague, based on an adapted script written by Don Carlos Dunaway and Barbara Turner. It stars Dee Wallace.
Pet Sematary was directed by Mary Lambert and stars Dale Midkiff and Denise Crosby.

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Episode 26: Firestarter and Carrie

It’s Stephen King month! In this episode of Chick Flicks, Bridget and McKenzie compare two movies about girls with frightening powers: Carrie and Firestarter. Bridget and Kenz wonder, why are movies/books/tv shows about girls getting super powers such bummers?

Carrie stars Sissy Spacek, John Travolta with a mullet, and Piper Laurie. It was directed by Brian de Palma and released in 1976. Firestarter was directed by Mark L. Lester and stars young Drew Barrymore, Martin Sheen, and actors we don’t recognize from the eighties. Both movies are adaptations of Stephen King novels.

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Episode 25: FernGully and Princess Mononoke

In this episode of Chick Flicks, McKenzie and Bridget talk about two animated films that feature bad-ass eco-warrior women and their boyfriends: FernGully and Princess Mononoke. 

FernGully is a terrifying movie from your childhood, directed by Bill Kroyer and starring the vocal talents of Samantha Mathis, Christian Slater, and Robin Williams. Princess Mononoke is a movie by the filmmaker Hiyao Miyazaki. The English dub features the voices of Minnie Driver, Claire Danes, Billy Crudup, and Gillian Anderson.

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Episode 24: Drop Dead Gorgeous and Death Becomes Her

In this episode of Chick Flicks, McKenzie and Bridget cover two cult classics about competition between women, beauty, and putting makeup on corpses: Drop Dead Gorgeous and Death Becomes Her.
Drop Dead Gorgeous boasts an all star casts that includes Kristen Dunst, Allison Janney, Amy Adams, and Brittany Murphy. It was written by Lona Williams and directed by Michael Patrick Jahn. Death Becomes Her was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars some nobodies named Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, and Bruce “It’s Death, Baby” Willis.

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Episode 23: Friday the 13th and The Final Girls

What’s the most dangerous occupation? According to slasher movies, it’s being a teenaged camp counselor. In this episode of Chick Flicks, Bridget and McKenzie discuss the final girl trope (a term coined by Carol J. Clover) and its use in the films Friday the 13th (1980) and The Final Girls (2015).
Friday the 13th was directed by Sean Cunningham and written by Vic Miller. It stars a young baby Kevin Bacon and Betsey Palmer. The Final Girls was directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson and written by M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller (hey, he seems familiar…). It features the talents of Alia Shawkat, Thomas Middleditch, and our favorite dancer, Angela Trimbur.

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Episode 22: The Goonies and Stranger Things (Seasons 1 & 2)

Bridget and McKenzie visit the 1980’s with the classic kid’s adventure film The Goonies and the Netflix show Stranger Things. They find that The Goonies is a relic with some pretty problematic jokes and that Stranger Things is disappointingly not all that strange.

The Goonies was directed by Richard Donner and produced by Steven Spielberg. Stranger Things was created by the Duffer Brothers (hey–where are all the sister teams in Hollywood?).

This week Bridget is into the podcast Why Won’t You Date Me? With Nicole Byers and the original It miniseries based off the book by Stephen King. McKenzie recommends the YA book A Conjuring of Light, the song “Sticky” by Ravyn Lenae, and shopping local at Strange Ways in New Haven, CT.

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Episode 21: Lizzie and the Handmaiden

Lizzie and The Handmaiden are films about women whose love (or simply lust) for one another creates a powerful catalyst that dismantles patriarchal structures. In this episode of Chick Flicks, we think only one of these films has a queer love story that works. Lizzie was directed by Craig MacNeil and stars Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart. The Handmaiden is based on the novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters and was directed by Park Chan-Wook. It stars ‎Kim Min-hee and ‎Kim Tae-ri.

This week Bridget is into Big Little Lies, The Terror, and The Souvenir. McKenzie recommends Good Omens, Flash Forward, and What Remains of Edith Finch.

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Episode 19: American Psycho and Gone Girl

What do American Psycho and Gone Girl have in common? Boring men who talk at length about music to women who are smarter than them. Oh, also: blood-lust perpetuated by toxic patriarchal structures!!!

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