In this episode, we're joined by the brilliant Erin Lavery to discuss one of her favorite films: Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi art house classic, Alien. This is the film that inspired the (Bechdel) test that inspired our podcast but it also contains a textbook example of the male gaze! Erin points out that Alien is basically a workplace drama and Ripley is long-suffering middle management.  

We also introduce a new segment: Patronizing Bunny Rabbits. This is what we're calling it when directors feel the need to trick their actors into giving them an "honest" reaction. Is it part of the process, or just a dick move? 

In the Lunchtime Poll, we reveal which members of the Nostromo crew we would make time with to blow off steam at our space job. 

On this episode, we get pagan AF, as we dig deep into Robert Eggers' 2015 film, The VVitch, and Ari Aster's 2019 film, Midsommar! Wouldst thou like to live deliciously? Of course thou wouldst! We have a little bit of trouble coming up with a Lunchtime Poll, but we get there eventually. Our discussion also spawns our first t-shirt! Get your #WitchLife merch in our new store! Black Phillip-approved! 

 

Happy St. Pad's! On this unrelated episode of Paid in Puke, we've got s-loads of spirit for Peyton Reed's ahead-of-its-time (a few Hot Probs aside) anti-appropriation film, Bring it On, starring Kirstin Dunst and Gabrielle Union.

We also reveal the songs we would use for our floor routine and there's a lengthy plug for Baxter's band, No Refundz. 

On this episode of Paid in Puke, we discuss the myriad ways we were disappointed by Miguel Arteta's 2020 comedy, Like a Boss, despite the stellar cast. There are some redeeming qualities, including the Lunchtime Poll question it inspired: What small business would you start with your bestie? It wouldn't be a novelty product makeup boutique, that's for sure. 

At least Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne are delights, no matter what terrible scripts they are handed. 

In this episode, we go through the looking glass to discuss Andrew Fleming's (The Craft) 1999 political teen comedy, Dick! This genre-inventing film exposed Kirstin Dunst and Michelle Williams as premiere talents but they have still been woefully underutilized all these years. 

We might break a record with tangents on this episode, because we somehow manage to get all the way to The Wizard starring Fred Savage and Jenny Lewis. We also have a real bummer of a conversation about our first celebrity crushes who disappointed us. 

Also, Amy has an announcement! 

In this episode, we defuse Jay Roach's perplexing 2019 sexual harassment drama, Bombshell, a film that attempts to explain the #metoo movement to white CIS men. Does it succeed? Not particularly! The Hot Probs never end. 

Also: In Kent's Two Cents, Amy's dad spills some Hot Goss about Gretchen Carlson via their shared personal trainer. 

Recorded on the day after Amy's Rockin' New Years' Eve party (hence our outdated Oscar talk), we aren't at full strength here. Regardless, we manage to find a couple of laughs in an otherwise vomit-inducing film. Speaking of vomit, Bombshell contains a scene in which a woman throws up but isn't pregnant. Could Baxter's most-hated female-centric cinematic trope be on the wane? 

 

It's no joke how well Bound holds up. Released in the golden year of American cinema, 1996, Lana and Lilly Wachowski's lesbian crime thriller is a refreshing gem in a sea of films about women who get punished for standing up to men. With a (mostly) smart script, some fun scenery chewing from Joey Pants and Chris Meloni, and of course, the goddesses that are Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon, we give Bound 0 Pukes (on a scale of 0-5, 5 being the worst). 

PLUS: We all try our hand at Jennifer Tilly impressions and we reveal our personal skills that Violet could exploit to lure us into her apartment (if we were lucky enough to garner her attention in the elevator).

On our Series Two opener, we gush about P.J. Hogan's 1994 very Aussie, ABBA-tastic comedy, Muriel's Wedding, starring Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths. It's the perfect way to celebrate the Time of Valens (aka Galentine's Day). Amy and Cristina count the film among their very favorites, and Baxter had never seen it.

Regardless, this viewing brought up some stuff for all three of us! We touch on such topics as philandering fathers, emotionally battered mothers, body image issues, early adulthood besties, and inspirational musicians. It's a lot more fun than it sounds? We also attempt Australian accents with varying degrees of success.  

It's the off season but we HAD to do an Oscars Special! Hear our picks for who we think SHOULD grab the gold, who we think we get it instead, and who we think got snubbed for the big 6 categories (Best Pic, Acting, and Directing). 

Lots of shit-talking Joaquin Phoenix in this episode, if you're into that. 

Series 2 of Paid in Puke premieres on February 11th with Muriel's Wedding! 

Sofia Takal's reimagining of the beloved 1974 horror film keeps our yuletides dark (but in a good way)! Black Christmas responds well to a modern social justice revamp, but you'll never guess who DIDN'T like it (hint: #notallmen). Sure, there are some Hot Probs, but it's nothing that hasn't befallen a million dude-helmed horror movies before it. Black Christmas stars Imogen Poots and the absolutely dee-lightful Alesye Shannon. 

We also ask: What holiday object would be your weapon of choice when battling a group of enrobed misogynists? 

This is our last episode of season (series) one! Please join us again mid-Feb 2020 for our next batch of episodes which will include such delights as Bound, Muriel's Wedding, and the original Bechdel example, Alien

In the meantime... lick it up, baby

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