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You love them. You hate them. We are here to eviscerate them. This is the RomCom Killjoys podcast: a social distancing project about films, feminism, and friends.
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Garden State (2004)

Garden State (2004)

2021-01-1449:26

When we feel unoriginal, we ask our Patrons what to do .... Jonelle, Eliza, and guest Henry Pines discuss hipster classic Garden State (2004) including French New Wave fails; the sadboi melancholia of suburban New Jersey; and the many films Natalie Portman carries on her back. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
Elizabethtown (2005)

Elizabethtown (2005)

2021-01-0746:52

This month isn't like the other months ... kicking off our discussion of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl (MPDG) is the trope-namer Elizabethtown (2005). Jonelle and Eliza discuss implausible suicide attempts (tw); the Great Millennial Crisis of Masculinity; and Claire's nuclear likeability. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
Merry something to all and goodnight or whatever... It's our final show of the year and we're wrapping up with a holiday trash fire. Jonelle and Eliza are joined once again by Alice Lee to discuss A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018), including the tax haven shell corp that is Aldovia; the politics and metaphysics of a country run by Christmas; and of course, Amber's blog.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
Huzzah! Thanks to our patrons, Jonelle and Eliza discuss the truly terrible Knight Before Christmas (2019) including medieval history; the problem(s) with chivalry; and exactly how many Vanessa Hudgens clones exist in the Netflix Christmas Cinematic Universe (NCCU). Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
All aboard the Hot Mess Express! In this disastrous episode, Jonelle and Eliza talk with Air Force Magazine senior editor Rachel S. Cohen about Operation Christmas Drop (2020) while battling the Grinchiest wifi of all time. There is a terrible CGI gecko, a studly Midwestern Airmen, and a lot of swearing. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
Merry Netflix Christmas! Eliza and Jonelle kick off the rom-com-iest time of the year with Christmas on the Square (2020), including heartfelt tributes to community theatre, pleas for significantly less plot, and the singular politics of Dolly Parton. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
Sabrina (1954/1995)

Sabrina (1954/1995)

2020-11-2646:56

Our first Patron-selected episode! Jonelle and Eliza discuss both film versions of Sabrina (1954 & 1995) with local expert, Chelsea Lynn. The gang covers May-December romance; Capitalist class fantasies; and Harrison Ford's long history of emotional kidnapping. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
Jonelle and Eliza dive right into Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), including Marilyn Monroe's star text; thinly veiled references to queer culture; and the frustrating neuroses of postmodern romcoms. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
His Girl Friday (1940)

His Girl Friday (1940)

2020-11-1245:42

Jonelle & Eliza are joined by Eric & Lauren of The Speakeasy podcast! The gang discusses His Girl Friday (1940), including the Hawksian Woman; the slapstick comedy of Victorian mothers; and whether communism actually was a red herring after all. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
Jonelle and Eliza take you back to Hollywood's Golden Age and (arguably) its very first RomCom! They discuss It Happened One Night (1934), including the Hays Code; origins of leading lady clumsiness; and the first (and only) time a RomCom swept the Oscars.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
Practical Magic (1998)

Practical Magic (1998)

2020-10-2944:49

Happy Halloween! Jonelle, Eliza, and guest Medha Marsten conjure some bubbling takes on Practical Magic (1998), including its many, many genres; the power of domesticity and female friendships; and how all of us know exactly how we would kill our best friend's worst ex-boyfriend. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
Splash (1984)

Splash (1984)

2020-10-2247:08

Jonelle and Eliza discuss mermaid fantasies in Splash (1984), including being Born Sexy Yesterday; weird pro-America immigrant narratives; and the good ol' days when mermaids dragged sailors into the sea. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
Beastly (2011)

Beastly (2011)

2020-10-1549:14

Eliza, Jonelle, and returning guest Alice Lee discuss Beastly (2011) including incel fantasies; toothless beast tales; and eyebrow tattoos that are just too on the nose. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
Penelope (2007)

Penelope (2007)

2020-10-0838:12

As Fairy Tale month continues, Jonelle and Eliza discuss Penelope (2007) including trilby-tipping sad boys; beauty standards for the normative body; and oh-so-aughts consumerism.  You can now become a Patron for just $1 a month and help us pick our upcoming movie topics in monthly polls. You can also pick up some RomCom Killjoys swag at our merch store and follow us on facebook and instagram for the latest updates and discussions. See you next time and remember - don't let anyone kill your joy.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
We're back! The Killjoys are kicking off season 2 with a month of modern fairy tales, beginning with the Hillary Duff classic, A Cinderella Story (2004). Joined by Kate Kerns from Sonder and Spark Publishing, we discuss American mythology, the politics of likability, and Chad Michael Murray's stupid hair.You can now become a Patron for just $1 a month and help us pick our upcoming movie topics in monthly polls. You can also pick up some RomCom Killjoys swag at our merch store and follow us on facebook and instagram for the latest updates and discussions.See you next time and remember - don't let anyone kill your joy.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
In our first season finale, Jonelle and Eliza discuss Not Another Teen Movie (2001) including the difference between parody and satire, Massachusetts' favorite son Chris Evans, and why this movie deserves Not Another Rewatch.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
Sixteen Candles (1984)

Sixteen Candles (1984)

2020-08-2047:50

Jonelle and guest Alice Lee discuss Sixteen Candles (1984) and all the classic (?) humor (?) you remember, including date rape, racism, and other nightmares from the male Id. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
Clueless (1995)

Clueless (1995)

2020-08-1340:43

We're totally bugging! Jonelle and Eliza unpack Clueless (1995), discussing tokenism, the cultural politics of step-siblings, and optimistic 90s capitalism. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
To all the high school movies we've loved before .... Jonelle and guest Medha Marsten discuss To All The Boys ... (2018), including why they always kill the mom, racism in teen rom coms, and the radical softness of Gen Z.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
Jonelle and Eliza discuss Netflix "classic" A Christmas Prince (2017) including filling the void with more void, why we fantasize about meeting a prince, and existential horrors of the divine right to rule. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
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