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Robin Williams will be missed. A big career and an even bigger personality. Loann and Art talk about their memories of his performances and his impact on the culture. And, are movie theaters even a place for adults seeking serious drama?

Reading List:

What Happened to Original Movies Aimed at Adults? by Richard Brody

Direct download: WWTN_Podast_11.mp3
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Art and Loann talk about the fate of foreign books in translation when it comes to the English speaking book markets.  And, modern female movie characters often blaze onto the screen with brains and skills, but then recede so the the male characters can take center stage.  Is this becoming a problem?

Reading list:

Can Books Cross Borders?  By Tim Parks 

We're losing all our Strong Female Characters to Trinity Syndrome  By Tasha Robinson

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Edge of Tomorrow are getting great reviews, (and Loann and Art have each seen one of them.) However, they are not meeting box office projections, so what does that mean for the studios and the stars.  And, 70's movies like The Conversation made audiences feel creeped out about the surveillance state, but where are those stories being told today?

 

 

 

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Loann and Art, in true young boy and girl detective spirit, track down the arguments for and against grown-ups reading Young Adult literature.  And, where are all the conservative comedians? Is the comedy industry a liberal stronghold?  

We also discuss what our cultural consumption over the past few weeks.

 

Reading List:

Against YA; Should Adults Be Embarassed to Read Children's Books 

Can Conservatives Be Funny? By Frank Rich

 

 

 

Direct download: WWTN_Podcast_8.mp3
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This week we discuss the controversy over the concept of trigger warnings in academia, spoilers in the age of on-demand and what makes a good season finale.

Also, we give our impressions of two new summer movies: Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Links of Note:

New York Times on Trigger Warnings.

Novelist Jay Caspian Kahn on the effect of trigger warnings on artists.

 

 

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Loann and Art discuss the big summer movies on the slate for 2014, as well as some smaller films that might fly under the radar.

We also talk about how the summer movie season starts earlier every year. And we recommend some books we've read recently.

Here is a link to the chart of how Godzilla has grown over the years.

 

Direct download: WWTN_Podcast_6.mp3
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