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Feminist Frequency presents Cinemaball! What’s the shortest distance between two movies? Carolyn Petit and Ebony Aster are determined to find out! In Feminist Frequency’s new weekly, limited run* podcast, your intrepid hosts will compete to form a chain of ostensibly-unrelated films, in an attempt to discover just how many movies they have to watch to connect one terrible movie to another. What exactly links one movie to another? Criteria can be a shared actor, director, plot, or even a similar title -- but each host has to agree on the connection before the game of CinemaBall can continue! Cinemaball is powered by Simplecast.
||ExplicitCinemaball 14: The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)||On this very special episode of Cinemaball, we celebrate Ebony’s achievement of scoring the first proper goal in the history of the game with an examination of her goal film, the overlooked 1985 teen power ballad of a movie that is The Legend of Billi||9/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCinemaball 13: Broadcast News (1987)||This week on Cinemaball, Carolyn and Ebony take a close look at James L. Brooks’ 1987 masterpiece about the collision between professional ethics and personal desires, Broadcast News. The film features Holly Hunter in a breakthrough performance as new||9/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCinemaball 12: Raising Arizona (1987)||On the latest Cinemaball, Ebony and Carolyn venture to the deserts of the Coen brothers’ 1987 comedy classic, Raising Arizona. We get into Nicolas Cage’s indelible performance as a kind of living cartoon, the peculiar nature of this film’s America||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCinemaball 11: L.A. Story (1991)||On this episode, we arrive in perpetually sunny Los Angeles for writer-star Steve Martin's romantic ode to the city, L.A. Story. Ebony and Carolyn discuss the film's gender and class politics, Martin's distinct blend of zaniness and magic, and the way i||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCinemaball 10: Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)||This week on Cinemaball, Ebony and Carolyn venture to the gloomy and foreboding realm of Transylvania via Francis Ford Coppola’s lurid 1992 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. We get into the film’s bold visual style, the way it calls attention t||8/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCinemaball 09: Night On Earth (1991)||This week on Cinemaball, Ebony and Carolyn go on a globe-hopping adventure via the 1991 Jim Jarmusch anthology film Night on Earth! From Winona Ryder in Los Angeles to Armin Mueller-Stahl in New York and beyond, five cab drivers in five cities participa||8/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCinemaball 08.5: Midseason Report||It’s time for our Cinemaball Midseason Report! Join Ebony and Carolyn as they provide a quick summary of the Cinemaball rules and a spirited recollection of the competition up to this point. Then, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for as Carolyn||7/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCinemaBall 08: Hard Target (1993)||This week on Cinemaball, Carolyn scores a field goal with the John Woo-directed Jean-Claude Van Damme action flick, Hard Target! It’s got JCVD as a New Orleans drifter named Chance Boudreaux, Lance Henriksen in a scenery-chewing performance as Emil Fo||6/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCinemaball 07: The China Syndrome (1979)||This week on Cinemaball, Ebony and Carolyn endure the nail-biting tension of the 1979 nuclear disaster thriller, The China Syndrome! We discuss the ways in which the film taps into very real concerns of the period about the safety of nuclear power, the||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCinemaball 06: Romancing the Stone (1984)||Adventure! Romance! Racism! On the latest Cinemaball, Ebony and Carolyn swing into the 1984 swashbuckler Romancing the Stone, starring Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas and a very funny Danny DeVito. Our conversation covers the interesting way in which t||6/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCinemaball 05: L.A. Confidential (1997)||This week, Cinemaball goes all stylish and dark as Carolyn and Ebony dissect the 1997 neo-noir classic, L.A. Confidential. Our hosts wax rhapsodic about the film's masterful evocation of a peculiarly Hollywood glamour; the seedy underbelly of the LAPD;||5/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCinemaball 04: Louder Than Bombs (2015)||On this week’s Cinemaball, Ebony and Carolyn discuss the complex family drama Louder Than Bombs, which stars the captivating actor Gabriel Byrne as Gene, a man still trying to fully process the death of his wife, war photographer Isabelle. His sons, h||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCinemaball 03: It Follows (2014)||Don’t look behind you, but on this episode of Cinemaball, Ebony and Carolyn talk about the terrifying horror film It Follows. (Caro is still recovering from her viewing experience.) We discuss the ways in which the film taps into some of our deepest f||5/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCinemaball 02: Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018)||On this episode of Cinemaball, Ebony and Carolyn find themselves embroiled in the deadly underground Thai kickboxing scene of Kickboxer Retaliation! Join us as we go toe-to-toe with the film’s fight choreography, its representations of masculinity, an||5/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCinemaball 01: Highlander (1985)||On this, our inaugural episode of Cinemaball, Carolyn and Ebony dive deep into the 1985 cult classic Highlander! This quintessential 80s film gives us no shortage of topics to discuss, from French actor Christopher Lambert’s performance as a Scottish||4/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean00 Cinemaball Premieres April 27, 2018!||Are you ready for Cinemaball? Tune in and find out what Carolyn and Ebony get up to when they're let loose with a couple of free hours, a remote control, and an Amazon Prime subscription. In our first teaser episode, Caro and Ebony sketch out the broad||4/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
The Best Movie Podcast I’ve Encountered?
Carolyn Petit and Ebony might just have the best movie criticism podcast I’ve ever encountered. Their chemistry is great and the podcast strikes a great balance between personal take and humor as well critical examination with good examples of why they each feel the way they do about the movies. Things move along fluidly, the pace is great and I’m always entertained, never bored.
I’m a white guy (cisgender) so it’s great to see which parts of movies translate in a more universal way and yet also get some really different perspectives on gender and race in the movies reviewed. It comes across organically and authentically, never pretentiously. Even when they were finding flaws with one of my favorite movies, I wasn’t at all offended because they presented their perspectives in ways that completely made sense and were well supported.
If you want a movie podcast that genuinely makes you both laugh and think, that’s willing to both appreciate sentimentality and artistry while also exploring flaws and problematic elements, then this is the podcast for you. I love it and hope you do too.
Like your friends at a party...
Cinemaball is like when you’re at a party and you walk up to two people’s heated conversation about movies, that feels like a competition but ultimately doesn’t matter but is super interesting and compelling, so much so that you don’t walk away. You listen! Carolyn and Ebony offer great insight to movies I had forgotten. So great!
A secret gem of a podcast.
My new favorite self-indulgence
I have thoroughly enjoyed this podcast, even more so than I expected—and Feminist Frequency's main cast is phenomenal, making for high expectations, all of them met. Tune in for a fun format and intellectual exchange between two interesting people discussing a broad array of films.