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Our Picks + LuLaRich

Our Picks + LuLaRich

December 14, 2021

*MIC ISSUES* Apologies for the less than stellar quality of sound in this week's podcast. We had a minor missing mic issue which has been resolved. Also to look forward to, in the new year, we'll finally have a jingle!

This time, we focus on Amazon Prime doc LuLaRich, which follows the trials and tribulations of MLM empire LuLaRoe, a supposed garish legging selling business that operates as a pyramid scheme in all but name. We discuss the doc itself of course and the problematic nature of multi-level marketing schemes, who they appeal to and why.

We also flag the upcoming Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, the largest short film festival in the world. Mydylarama has been a partner of the event for 5 years now so you'll be able to find interviews and highlights from February onwards on our website. 

 

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Our  Picks + The Closer and Passing

Our Picks + The Closer and Passing

November 23, 2021

We jumped straight into this week's picks:

Dave Chappelle's Netflix show The Closer - we discuss the various contentious issues that had been raised, the concept of punching down - or up - , taking offence, who holds power and critiques of whiteness. 

Passing - Does Rebecca Hall's adaptation live up to the book? We discuss casting choices, the American specificity of the phenomenon of passing and the director's perspective on it. 

 

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Our Picks + Malignant: in praise of creature features

Our Picks + Malignant: in praise of creature features

October 27, 2021

After a couple of weeks' break for LFF,  we are joined by guest Eddy Durnan, a Mydy subscriber, supporter, and a film buff with a long-standing career in visual effects to talk about (the somewhat maligned) Malignant. 

A trip down memory lane brings up discussions around Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman... 

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Our Picks + Little Fires Everywhere

Our Picks + Little Fires Everywhere

September 25, 2021

This week, our focus is the series Little Fires Everywhere. Based on the book by Celeste Ng, the miniseries tells the intertwined stories of Black single mother artist Mia and White suburban housewife Elena and their ramifications. It’s a series that’s rich and complex in perspectives, strands and ideas. We discuss issues it brings up around privilege and motherhood, adoption and abortion, mixed race friendships and the social capital needed to navigate certain systems, like the courts and schools.

We also flag the BBC documentary series A Killing In Tiger Bay, which sheds light on the miscarriage of justice, which saw 5 Black men tried - and 3 of them sentenced - for a crime they did not commit, through a shocking lack of evidence and due process.

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Our Picks + Zola

Our Picks + Zola

September 5, 2021

More Slasher talk! We go back in time to Series 2 this time to discuss gore, twists, popularity and the show's knack for realistic edges. We also highlight Shiny_Flakes: The Teenage Drug Lord, available to watch on Netflix. 

Our focus this week is Zola, a brash, colourful, ballsy filmic take on a viral Twitter thread by stripper Aziah "Zola" King and the Rolling Stone article based on it "Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted". 

We discuss the film's experimental approach and bold choices as well as depictions of sex workers and the world both inhabited and conveyed by Zola, as well as making a career out of social media. 

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Our Picks + Slasher: Solstice

Our Picks + Slasher: Solstice

August 19, 2021

This week, we focus mainly on the third season of serial killer anthology Slasher, to mark the release of season 4 on Shudder. We touch on the excesses of social media, lynch mob mentality, accurate socio-economic depictions and plot twists!

Our top picks include Palestine Action - A Year Of Direct Action Against Elbit Systems UK by Real Media, a doc which as its title suggests explores the effective tactics of direct action. It's free to watch on their website. 

As well as 2018 film Trial By Fire, wacky doc The Legend Of Cocaine Island and M. Night Shyamalan's recent release OLD. 

 

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Our Picks + MLMs and On Becoming A God In Central Florida

Our Picks + MLMs and On Becoming A God In Central Florida

July 28, 2021

We're back! Our latest episode following our month-long break managed to bring together our regular go to topics: MLMs, cults and skincare.

We discuss American series On Becoming a God in Central Florida, starring Kirsten Dunst as a low paid amusement park employee who climbs the rank of a pyramid scheme type marketing company called Fam. We talk about multi-level marketing (MLMs), their legality, their implications for family and society and their history. We briefly mention the series The Path. 

We also massively digress onto the topic of skincare. Having discussed MLMs we might as well plug some quality products. For those of you who have listened until the end and are interested, here are the brands mentioned: LUV U skincare and those "amazing" lip balms are these from Zenology. 

 

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Our Picks + Being Mortal

Our Picks + Being Mortal

June 14, 2021

This week, we focus on Frontline documentary Being Mortal, in which Boston surgeon Atul Gawande talks to doctors and patients about end of life care. The film highlights the sometimes woeful like of preparation and emotional intelligence shown by doctors and the issues that arise in that critical period. 

We also flag Ramin Bahrani's The White Tiger. 

The film looks at class and caste divide in India as a poor villager rises up to become a successful entrepreneur. 

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Our Picks + Bubblegum Noir & Promising Young Woman

Our Picks + Bubblegum Noir & Promising Young Woman

June 3, 2021

*We're skipping ep 23 given the relevance of ep 24 to this month's releases - normal service will resume in 2 weeks!*

This week, our guest is Anna Smith, leading film critic and broadcaster and host of the popular podcast Girls On Film. Our focus is women as lead characters in sexually-charged noir films from the 90s to the present day - to the new spate of films that belong to what Anna calls Bubblegum Noir, using Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman as a starting point. We also discuss new release Gillian Wallace Horvat's I Blame Society. You can follow Anna on Twitter @annasmithjourno. 

Anna's pick of the week is Joanna Scanlan's new film After Love, which is currently on the big screen. Abla's picks include Palestinian arthouse director Elia Suleiman's filmography, available for free for a limited period as an entertaining, moving and actually very informative way into understanding Palestine and the history of Palestinians. As this is limited in time, another release worth flagging is Abby Martin's hugely powerful film Gaza Fights For Freedom, which is now free to watch online! And a series worth watching (if you still haven't been convinced by all the good publicity) is HBO dark crime drama Mare of Easttown, starring Kate Winslet with yet another impeccable performance. 

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Our Picks + We Work: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn

Our Picks + We Work: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn

May 12, 2021

This week, we discuss the documentary charting the rise and fall of co-working space/real estate scam We Work and its eccentric co-founder Adam Neumann. We cover the ethics of co-working spaces and their implications and the cultish elements of the We Work "experience". 

We flag John Carpenter's prescient classic They Live and the Line Of Duty finale. 

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