Thursday, July 19, 2018

Castle Talk: Jennifer Ziegler, "Revenge of the Teacher's Pets"


Jennifer Ziegler talks about REVENGE OF THE TEACHER'S PETS, the latest in her very funny, engaging series about the misadventures of a set of Texas Triplets, in this fourth book entering the seventh grade. We talk about letters from fans, writing the wrong thing to get to the right thing, and juggling narrative voices.


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Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)


Tiki Culture was all about creating a frozen-in-time, idyllic wonder that bore curious resemblance to the World War II Pacific Theater. The crucial work of the 20th century to understand Tiki is The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, which explored soldiers' return home while haunted by the pain of the ugliest and most mesmerizing moments of the war. We discuss this key film with an eye towards Tiki Culture.


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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

California Tiki: The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)


Tiki Culture was all about creating a frozen-in-time, idyllic wonder that bore curious resemblance to the World War II Pacific Theater. The crucial work of the 20th century to understand Tiki is The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, which explored soldiers' return home while haunted by the pain of the ugliest and most mesmerizing moments of the war. We discuss this key film with an eye towards Tiki Culture. 


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Monday, July 9, 2018

Castle Talk: Luke Sparke, Director of OCCUPATION


LUKE SPARKE is the writer and director of  OCCUPATION, in theaters and on VOD and Digital HD on July 20, 2018. In Occupation, the inhabitants of a small town in Australia realize they must band together for a chance to strike back at an massive alien invasion. The film features a really big cast including Dan Ewing (“Home and Away,” “Power Rangers R.P.M.”), the always amazing Temuera Morrison (AquamanGreen Lantern), Stephany Jacobsen (Alex Cross, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”), and a heck of a lot more. We talk about making great indy movies and juggling characters. 


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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Castle Talk: McCall & Bowles on El verano de las mariposas (Summer of the Mariposas)


Professors Guadalupe Garcia McCall and David Bowles discuss their new translation of McCall's book Summer of the Mariposas-- a magical Mexican American retelling of The Odyssey about four sisters traveling from Texas through Mexico. 


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Sunday, July 1, 2018

EARTH VERSUS FLYING SAUCERS (1956): Atomic Age Retrospective


Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) stands as a film in dialogue with 1951's The Day the Earth Stood Still with two main points: aliens are not to be trusted and monuments look amazing when being blown up. 


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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

California Tiki: Cobra Woman (1944)


We discuss the deeply weird Cobra Woman, a South Seas adventure featuring evil twin Maria Montezes, cobra dancing, and a mute Lon Chaney, Jr.

 


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