Episode 135: The Nightmare before Christmas: Does it Hold up?

This week, Andi and Lise discuss the 1993 animated Tim Burton musical film, The Nightmare before Christmas (one of Lise’s faves). This film was nominated for an Oscar but lost out to Jurassic Park that year. Here, Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King and linchpin of Halloween, is searching for something more and ends up trying to replicate Christmas, which does not go over well. Themes of self-discovery, finding community, and realizing your mistakes are interwoven throughout. Creep factor can be a little high, and there were a few problematic element, but overall, it’s still a visually stunning film and ultimately uplifting. 

Original trailer LINK HERE

SHOUT-OUTS: Lise just got another tattoo – shout-out to Matt Terry at Sweetheart Tattoo in Fredericksburg, VA! Listen in to find out what it is. And Andi just finished reading The Icepick Surgeon: Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science, about how science isn’t always ethical. Please remember to utilize your local libraries for your reading needs. 

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Episode 121: Mr. and Mrs. Smith: Does it Hold up?

Andi and Lise unpack the 2005 spy/assassin romance movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith, starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and determine that it holds up in some ways but not in others, particularly with regard to gender roles. But on sheer character chemistry, Jolie and Pitt are an excellent action duo. 

Original movie trailer HERE

IMDB info HERE

Shout-outs: Lise has been playing a lot of Mario Kart, and finds it’s an excellent mindless escape from…well, everything. Andi has been watching The Gilded Age on HBO Max, and notes that things really haven’t changed all the much in terms of the American racialized caste system, but following the individual characters navigating social and economic change is interesting. 

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