DRtL Episode 46: Horror Double Features!

DRtL Episode 46: Horror Double Features

If you’re starting to plan your Halloween party — and if you’re not, you’d better get on that, you only have 104 days left — we have totally got you covered this episode. Want to show your friends a couple of movies? This episode we talk about Horror Double Features and give our picks for what movies pair together well, like pairing cheeses and fine wines. While we’re at it, we talk about just what exactly makes two movies go together well as a single viewing.

Spoiler Warnings
We discuss the endings of both 10 Cloverfield Lane and Ex Machina. If you don’t want to hear the details, skip forward a couple of minutes when you hear us mention those titles.

Technical Notes:
We mention at the beginning of this episode that we were recording it on our laptop and on our new audio recorder, because Montoure didn’t trust that the recording was actually, you know, recording. And it’s a damn good thing he’s paranoid, because it turns out that the recorder did not save a file at all. The quality the first time we used it was great, and it will be a fine tool to add to our podcasting arsenal if we can ever figure out how to use the damn thing.

The Bag of Fucks
We mention in passing The Bag of Fucks, which is an awesome hand-made creation by our friend Dmitri Arbacauskas at Tormented Artifacts. When you have just run out of fucks to give, here’s the bag you could load some more into. (Or you can just open the bag if you want to show people that it is, indeed, empty.) You can get one of these beauties here if you are so inclined.

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Other Podcasts
Jennifer mentions a few of her new favorites among the podcasts she listens to, so if you’d like to check those out, here they are:

 

In the News
Since we brought up Chopping Mall, a movie about security robots gone rogue in a shopping center, we naturally talked about a related story in the news recently, and in case you missed it, here it is: A mall security robot has knocked down and run over a toddler in Silicon Valley.

Thanks for Listening!
If you like the show, don’t forgot to follow us and rate us on iTunes! You can also subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher, and you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Remember that we love you and that we think you look adorable when you’re sleeping.

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The Invitation

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Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak

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I watched a documentary last night called Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak. And it both made me both sad and, more importantly, determined. One of the saddest things that I have witnessed is seeing people that were so disappointed with what life gave them that they were miserable to the smaller blessings in it. They dwelled in a constant sense that they had been cheated in some overarching way.  Sendak is unhappy and angry, he was at the end of his life and I think in a way wanted things to be over. At the time of filming he was a year out of losing his partner of the last 50 years to cancer. He would both speak of being angry and not liking anything or anyone and yet would stop and speak with lingering love of those who had brought joy to his life, and his immense sadness at them not being at his side any longer. He has moments of appreciation for the good in his life, but it seems far outstripped by his anger and disappointment.

I am in a new place in my life. After making every effort while I was married, I have divorced. I am a parent. I am navigating being in a relationship. I have lived much of my life vicariously through the happiness of others, of feeling my successes through the smoothness of the running of my family life, at the joy and happiness of my child and partner. I have joked that I was trained as a child to do this, everyone was more important than me.

But I have made some changes. I know what I offer in my friendships, my relationships, and as a mother. I know the quality of me. I have changed how I interact with those in my life. I am a demanding friend, lover, and parent. I can think back on many times that I have broached conversations with my young daughter on how I expect her to treat me and that she will always receive the same levels of love and respect back.

I ask a lot now in my relationship, because I have lived a life of unhappy thankless concessions and I will never do that again. I look around my life and I am happy. I am happy with where I am and what I have. I am happy to be in a process of my happiness, and realization that continuing to be happy will require work, negotiation, and sometimes agreeable concessions to those I love.

I never want to look back on the end of things and ask “Is this it? Is this all there is?”

I want to know and take comfort that my life is a happy collection of moments, experiences, and love.

And to throw out a quote that I have referenced a million time and never stops being appropriate, “Yes! Live! Life’s a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!”

But it is more than making life an event and squeezing excitement from it. It is pausing and reflecting and appreciating the quiet moments of happiness and appreciating every single person in your life that brings you joy. It is never being the person that limits the happiness in your own life. Never throw yourself under someone else’s wheels in a hope that they will remember your sacrifice lovingly as they happily move on in their life.  Choose you, relish in it, and live.

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DRtL Episode 43: John Carpenter!

Before you panic — no, he’s not dead. I know, the last time we did an episode about the work of a single director was our Wes Craven Retrospective shortly after he passed, but this time we’re just doing the episode because we just really, really like John Carpenter movies. Although not always the same ones! Listen to the episode to find out more.

We were partly inspired to do this episode by the John Carpenter Retrospective Tour, which will be in Seattle on June 14th! And may be coming soon to a city near you! Check out the tour page for details.

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DRtL Episode 42: The Book Was Better!

DRtL Episode 42: The Book Was Better!

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“I’ve never seen the 50’s Vincent Price version . . . or, now that I stop to think about it, I don’t think I’ve seen the 60’s version, either . . . and I’m not sure I saw I Am Legend . . . . “

“Oh, my God — move on!”

Welcome to our only slightly late episode! This time, we’re exploring that strange territory where the silver screen and your local bookstore collide. That’s right, this episode is all about horror movies based on books! Bad movies based on good novels, good movies based on bad novels, and everything in between. Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know!

Worthy of Note: Hopefully you will notice a big improvement in the sound quality over previous episodes. We’re trying a totally new audio set-up, and we think it sounds a lot better. Let us know what you think of that, too. We’re still experimenting and learning, and after two years of doing this, we’re finally making a little progress! Eventually, we catch on.

Speaking of which, also Worthy of Note — we’ve missed it by just a few days, but May 9th was the second anniversary of our very first episode! I know, we can’t believe it, either! For those who have been with us from the beginning, thank you so much for listening and for your comments and support, and for telling your friends about us. For those of you just joining — welcome! Grab some popcorn and settle in, because we’re not going to stop watching horror movies any time soon. See you in two weeks!

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DRTL Episode 41: Doubles and Doppelgangers

DRTL Episode 41: Doubles and Doppelgangers

No, you’re not seeing double — this really is another episode of Don’t Read the Latin, after just two weeks! On time, in other words! Believe me, no one’s more surprised by that than we are. Won’t you both sit down? Wait, weren’t there two of you just a moment ago? We could have sworn ….

Oh, well. This time out, Michael Montoure and Jennifer Lovely, your Twosome of Terror, have doubled down on their research to bring you Doubles and Doppelgängers, a look into the twins, clones, shapeshifters, and other creepy identical duplicates that have graced the silver screen over the years. Grab a pair of headphones and give it a listen. If you like it, don’t forget to leave us a comment. Or two.

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Bonus Features

First up, here is the short horror film that Jennifer mentions, Doppelganger:

…. Which is by the same director as one of our favorite horror comedy shorts, Meat:

And lastly, for that extra Creep Factor, check out this article about real people who allegedly encountered their paranormal doubles throughout history: 10 Disturbing Tales Of Doppelgangers!

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DRtL Episode 39: Horror Heroines!

Horror Heroines! (clicky link to the Don’t read the latin post!)

…. And once again after slightly too long a hiatus, we return once more with another episode of Don’t Read the Latin!

This time out, we’re talking about heroines in horror. Horror movies tend to have more female protagonists than practically any other genre, which is something we both love about them. At some point, we plan on having a Feminism in Horror episode where we’ll delve into why we think that is and examine just how horror treats its female characters. But for now, we just want to talk about some scream queens we’ve known and loved, from our favorite classic final girls all the way to, well, The Final Girls. Give it a listen, tell your friends, and as always, we look forward to your comments.

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DRtL Episode 37: Folklore and Fairy Tales!

DRtL Episode 37: Folklore and Fairy Tales!

Can you believe it? We’ve done thirty-seven episodes! (“In a row?”)

This time out, we wander off into the woods to talk about horror movies inspired by fairy tales and folklore, or even just movies that have that fairy tale feel to them, and we delve into why horror movies are the direct modern descendant of these ancient tales. Before we get to the subject, though, we wander off the path a bit to talk about the recent loss of pop culture icons David Bowie and Alan Rickman.

(Note: Jennifer refers at one point to a movie called “Tooth Fairy.” She was actually referring to “Darkness Falls,” which features that mythical creature. “Tooth Fairy” is, in fact, a family-friendly 2010 comedy film starring Dwayne Johnson. DRtL regrets the error.)

This episode’s bonus link: www.folkhorror.com

This episode’s YouTube video: Here’s the teaser trailer Michael talks about for the upcoming J.G. Ballard adaptation, “High-Rise”:

 

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DRtL Episode 36: What We Want To See In 2016!

DRtL Episode 36: What We Want To See In 2016!

Last episode, we took one last look at 2015, and this time out, we’re looking ahead at the year to come, as we discuss new releases we’re looking forward to (and some we’re not.)

While we’re at it, we also talk a little bit about what we’d like to see from horror movies in general, and we talk about other things we enjoyed in 2015 that didn’t qualify for last episode’s topic. Also, Jennifer talks about why she’s not that crazy about Benedict Cumberbatch; Michael discusses his love of horror movies that clearly spell out a rigid set of rules, and oh so much more.

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Bonus Pictures

The Shirtless Jeff Goldblum mug that Michael bought Jennifer for Christmas, because he knows what she likes:

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And some images from Over the Garden Wall:

 

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DRtL Episode 35: The Best of 2015!

DRtL Episode 35: The Best of 2015!

Wait a minute, what’s that? Peeking out from under the branches of the Christmas tree that’s starting to drop needles onto your living room floor? Why, it looks like Satan — excuse me, I mean Santa — has left you one last Christmas present! And it’s just what you wanted — a brand new episode of Don’t Read the Latin! You must have been good this year.

This time out, we look back at 2015’s crop of horror movies — what was great, what was terrible (although we don’t waste much time talking about that), and which movies merely deserved our 2015 “You Tried” Participation Medal. Jennifer and Michael are joined by special guests Jeff Harris of Fanboy News Network and Jillian Venters of Gothic Charm School!

Special thanks to AFK Tavern for actually being open at the godforsaken hours of the procrastination-driven, insomnia-fueled editing of this episode!

And that’s it for us for this year! We will talk to you all in 2016! Happy holidays!

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P.S. For reference, here is the XXXenophile cover we talk about in the beginning of the episode. (Even though it’s for an “adult” comic, the cover itself is more-or-less safe for work.) Click to embiggen.

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