Can you believe it’s been six months since Raf and I released the last episode in Season 1 of the “What the Kids Were Watching” podcast? I’ve been meaning to write a recap post with links to each specific episode, but, y’know, pandemic.
Speaking of, how’s that quarantine life going for you? I don’t have a full-time job anymore, but both Raf and I have freelance work, so the rent’s getting paid and the fridge has groceries; and for that, I’m incredibly grateful. In a way, my break from full-time work last year helped prepare me for right now, and it brings me peace to think that all that stress helped in a way I didn’t see coming.
I’m also grateful for all the music live streams, which let me live my dream of knitting at an EDM show and going to the bathroom without waiting in line. I dance daily to Sofi Tukker while deploying what I remember of Zumba moves (or, as I call it, STumba!); and I’ve replayed several Dillon Francis, Party Favor, Valentino Khan, and A-Trak sets thanks to YouTube. For an introvert who’s able to make ends meet and survive right now, who has access to plenty of yarn and knitting patterns, and who works near a window and watched a bunch of baby birds grow up this spring and summer, I’m doing okay for the most part.
I do miss seeing friends, though. I miss that a lot.
As hard as it is to get non-work creative things done during this time, I am trying. I have some blog posts outlined and sitting in a doc on my laptop; hopefully they’ll become actual posts soon. Plus, Raf and I have already recorded a few episodes for Season 2 of the podcast, including “Demolition Man” and a double feature on “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and — you guessed it — “Encino Man.” (They have more in common than you think!) We also have our first guest star on a “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead” episode (taped the weekend before quarantine started), and we hope to line up more guest stars for “SpaceCamp” and the mother of all Christmas movies, “Die Hard.” Stay tuned for news on that season as we get closer to completion.
The Season 1 Recap
Thanks again to everyone who tuned in for Season 1 of “WtKWW!” Your messages and social media comments were a delight to read, and your support of this weird lil’ endeavor has made me so happy. But if you HAVEN’T listened to all the episodes and want to jump in, here’s what to expect:
- “Real Genius”: A Moral Imperative. Grab your bunny slippers and get ready for smart people on ice! Our inaugural podcast episode is a little gushy (I REALLY love this movie!), but it’s hard not to be excited about an 80s comedy where female characters are treated as people, nerds take down the military-industrial complex, and Val Kilmer is sexy AF.
- “Weekend at Bernie’s”: The Movie That Won’t Die. Everyone’s heard about this movie, even if they haven’t seen it. Come for the discussion about how Andrew McCarthy played against type; stay for fun facts about how it was filmed on an environmentally-protected beach. Also, the phrase “dead mobster marionette!”
- “L.A. Story” and “Roxanne”: Fairy Tales for Grown-Ups. These movies were perfect for us 90s-era English majors. But do they hold up today? (Spoilers: Not really, but one’s more solid than the other.) Plus, Raf and I yell Steve Martin’s nose jokes at each other.
- “The Golden Child”: The Chosen One Just Wants to Have Fun. The movie that started it all! I launched this podcast because I wanted — I needed — a platform where I could yell about this terrible movie and wonder out loud why I watched it so many times as a kid. And yes, [sigh] I still want the kniiiife. Pleeeeease.
- “Batman” and “Batman Returns”: Burton’s Got a Bat Attitude. TL;DR: “Batman Returns” is a great f*cking movie and I will fight anyone who disagrees. However, I stand by my original statement that Tim Burton’s “Batman” is “an angry divorced dad” of a movie.
- “Short Circuit”: Warmongers and Brownface and Kittens, Oh My. HOOOOOOOOO BOYYYYYYYYYY. But sidestepping the racism for just a moment, I think I summed it up best when I said, “This whole movie is like one big commercial for a surge protector.” Also, keep your kittens off the stove.
- “Interview with the Vampire” and “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”: Sucks to Be Them. This was a solid double-feature for movies I didn’t see THAT much as a kid, but I stan Gary Oldman’s “Victorian Geddy Lee” look. Also, shout out to my alternate titles for this episode: “Undead and Loving It” and “Nosfera-too Much.”
- “The Crow”: Caws for Remembrance. During the taping of this episode, my now-late dog kind of freaked out and walked around a lot, which Raf and I took as evidence of the film’s supernatural powers. Verona was the best dog, and I’m grateful we kept her noises in the background. Bonus: I’m still proud of saying the “Fire It Up” dance “feels like they’re just really excited about going to regionals.”
- “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”: A Dark Noir Thriller 4 Kidz. “This movie is basically Merrie Melodies meets ‘Chinatown.'” Raf provided a ton of fascinating fun facts, and I surprised myself by saying Jessica Rabbit was “kind of a bad-ass” and Roger provided groundbreaking representation for characters with mental health issues. For real!
- “Jurassic Park”: Dino Mighty. I talked at 1.5 speed for this whole episode because I HAD A LOT TO SAY ABOUT “JURASSIC PARK.” (The original. F*ck the sequels.) Though my favorite line of the episode remains “If you watched this movie at the age that we watched it, you found yourself shockingly attracted to one of four characters: Sam Neill as Alan Grant, Laura Dern as Ellie, Jeff Goldblum as Ian Malcolm, or the velociraptor.”
That’s all (for now), folks! BRB with Season 2.
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