We had a great time discussing X-Files with other x-philes at Con Nooga! The slides from our We Want to Believe (in The X-Files) presentation are below. If you weren’t able to attend, leave your thoughts about the revival in the comments.
Meredith also ended up impromptu hosting the Rick and Morty panel. Shout-out to the folks who made that discussion a blast.
No podcast coverage for this con, but don’t forget to join tomorrow’s tweet party for The X-Files mini-series finale, 7PM CST! #XFilesRevial
(Art comes from the Chattanooga Public Library zine collection. Body parts are Fem’s.)
What got our gutchies in a googoo outside of horror in 2015? We thought you’d never ask!
Carcassonne: Winter Edition
Full disclosure: I was going to give praise to Star Trek Deck Building Game: The Next Generation and it totally deserves it (and for more than just the nostalgia factor), but I received Carcassonne: Winter Edition for Yule and I’m addicted. It’s a tile-laying board game where you get points by building cities and roads and farms and monasteries. It won’t take you long to catch on to the mechanics, but as Meredith says, “it’s thinky.” The artwork is awesome (courtesy of Anne Patzke) and full of snow and woodland creatures, including a cute mythical fox. You might notice that Meredith and I talk about board games a lot. Perhaps The Whorer will delve into horror-themed games in 2016. #GatherYourParty – Fem
Art Angels by Grimes
Grimes’ previous album Visions fueled many a late night / early morning work session. To put it succinctly, it was dreamy. She took a lot of misogynistic bullshit in the music press as to whether she is a great tunesmith, or just a flash-in-the-pan novelty act. Doubters were slayed divine retribution style with the release of Art Angels. Sure, I do wish it was more industrial / goth, but there is no more b.s. about whether she’s a producer to be reckoned with. The next Bjork? Possibly maybe. Shortly after this album came out, I was at Fem’s apartment listening to this record on headphones mumbling about “a million dollars… a million dollars.” She screams at me, “what are you saying about a million dollars!” “Oh, I was just thinking I hope Grimes makes a million dollars.” –Meredith Continue reading
We’re throwing a party in anticipation of The X-Files revival and you’re invited!
December 27-January 17: Every week starting Sunday, December 27 we’ll be live-tweeting an episode of the original X-Files with our friend Jason up until the premiere of the new mini-series on January 24. Queue up your streaming service or pull out those box sets and join us:
December 27, 9:00PM: S2E3, “Soft Light”
January 3, 9:00PM: S3E4, “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose”
January 10, 9:00PM: S5E5, “Post-modern Prometheus”
, 6:30 PM: S6E3, “Triangle”
January 17, 9:00PM:
S6E3, “Triangle” S2E20, “Humbug”
* NOTE: ALL TIMES CST
Why did we pick these episodes? We didn’t. Jason did. (Well, except “Humbug.”) Tweet along and find out why! @jshawhan @thewhorer #XFilesRevival
February 20 – Con Nooga Presentation “We Want to Believe (in The X-Files)”: We’ll be live-tweeting the new episodes, but we’ll also be watching and collecting our thoughts for a panel discussion at Con Nooga in February – more details to come!
Catch up with our previous musings on the subject while you wait:
“At the Movies: The X-Files: I Want to Believe“
“X-Files Loves It Some Daddy Patriarchy”
“‘You’re Right, Mulder.’ X-Files, Part 2″
Episode 17: The X-Files – I Want to Believe
Podcasts, live-tweets, and cons, oh my! Here’s how we’re celebrating the holiday:
October 12: Do you desire the most exquisite of pleasures? Experience the depths of hell as we attempt to solve the puzzle box that is Hellraiser. Fem’s been saving this episode special for Halloween so we hope you’ll consent to listening!
October 18 & 22: Fem tests her limits by marathon live-tweeting Hellraisers 2-9 (all currently available on Netflix instant), but over a period of 2 days because: sanity. Want to join in or be a witness to hir pain? Use / follow the hashtag #whorerdoeshell. Here’s the plan:
Sunday, October 18: Day One
7:00AM Hellbound: Hellraiser 2
9:00AM Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth
11:00AM Hellraiser: Bloodline
2:00PM Hellraiser: Inferno
Thursday, October 22: Day Two
2:00PM Hellraiser: Hellseeker
4:00PM Hellraiser: Deader
7:00PM Hellraiser: Hellworld
9:00PM Hellraiser: Revelations
* NOTE: ALL TIMES CST!
October 30-November 1: In what’s basically become tradition, both members of the Whorer cult will be getting into con shenanigans at 2015’s Geek Media Expo, appropriately scheduled to coincide with Halloween! This will be our 4th year attending and although we are not participating in any panels this time, we’re still participating as press. Follow our adventures on Twitter – #geekoween @thewhorer. Fem will be cosplaying as Bo from Lost Girl. Find us and say hi! Our recap episode will post November 9.
In 2 weeks we’ll review all the films we watched at this year’s Nashville Film Festival. In the meantime, revisit our coverage from last year and have your own mini film festival – 4 of the 8 titles discussed are streaming on Netflix:
Proxy (Discussion mark – 00:02:43)
The gist: Selfish moms dreaming of child murder meet violent lesbians. Plus, an appearance by dude-bro husband Joe Swanberg. Think the horrors of feticide.
It’s back! Celebrations abound for this year’s Women in Horror Month. Here’s how we’re participating:
February 9 – Episode 73: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
We’re hittin’ everything hot in 2014! A couple of months ago it was Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook and next month it’s Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Enjoy our interest in new horror while it lasts.
To tide you over, check out our brand new special Women in Horror Month PSA (below)! Plus these episodes from the archives focusing on women-made horror, including this month’s official pre-game episode on Julie Taymor’s Titus:
American Mary | American Psycho | The Babadook | Blood Diner & The Oracle | The Commune | The Countess | Ginger Snaps | Jennifer’s Body | Maleficent | The Shining | The Slumber Party Massacre | Titus | Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
In case you missed our important announcement in the closing segment of Episode 71: The Babadook – from here on out new podcast episodes will only be released once per month on the second Monday of each month. Our next episode celebrates Women in Horror Month and comes out on February 9.
To prove that we have lives outside of horror, here are our best-of-2014 choices:
Laibach’s Jesus Christ Superstar was released back in 1996, but it dominated my world in 2014 as the thing most listened to during my travels / commutes. Ever since watching Nymphomaniac and hearing Rammstein’s “Fuhre Miche,” I’ve had the Laibach itch and have clung to this particular piece of work. Maybe because I’m all too familiar with the broadway musical, but I guess more so just because I’m a perverted immature heathen.
Jesus Christ Superstar is an obsession, but FKA twigs is a passion. After discovering her and her album, LP1, the experience prompted me to tweet this:
And then as luck would have it, her tour brought her to Nashville! Regretting the time I skipped Grimes, I bought tickets 3 months in advance. It’s easily the best consumer decision I made in 2014.
P.S. Meredith cast FKA twigs in the role of Chani in his version of DUNE The Musical. – Fem
This documentary about the breaking of the NSA surveillance story by the person who broke it, filmmaker Laura Poitras, is visceral cinema verite – as emotionally cutting as it is historically relevant. Facts about mass surveillance are well known (thanks to Poitras) but the dramatic arc of this story is the transformation of Glenn Greenwald from skeptic to believer. The final scene is a heart stab. When the credits rolled the theater was a blackhole of hopelessness, a communal emotional void-space. I hadn’t experienced anything like that in a theater since The Act of Killing. (Checkout last year’s Whorer Awards) Perhaps the only thing more hopeless is the apathy of the American public. Of specific interest to The Whorer is Poitras’ list of free software tools used in the making of the movie. At least one of those tools has since been compromised. This is of specific interest to The Whorer because without free software this website and all its content would not be possible. The tools Poitras mentions though are not creative tools but tools that protect users’ right to privacy. Without such tools, Poitras would have been unable to complete Citizenfour. She’s been on a government watchlist and her computers are routinely seized and searched since the release of her film My Country, My Country. This film was critical of the second Iraq War. Early in The Whorer, I asserted feminism and free software are part of the same project; i.e., peace and justice. Citizenfour is evidence of this. Now I feel guilty for using (abusing?) a movie that has genuine historical significance to put a feather in my Cap of Self-Righteousness. Sometimes you can see me on the street, wearing it, mansplaining things to people. – Meredith Continue reading
First, I want to thank everyone that came out for my Lynch’s DUNE: Autopsy of a Hollywood Disasterpiece presentation at GMX. One mistake I made was saying the re-themed Dune boardgame, Rex: Final Days of Empire, was set in the Warhammer 40k universe. It is set in Fantasy Flight Games own Twilight Imperium universe. If you noticed any other mistakes please leave them in the comments.
Second, I want to thank @jshawhan for retweeting
which set this all in motion.
And of course there have been changes since the day of the presentation because my brain is a swarm of wasps. Let’s go:
Baron Harkonnen – Meat Loaf
Yes. YES. I’m pretty sure he already did this at some Mitt Romney rallies last election cycle.