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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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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)
White Christmas (1954)

White Christmas (1954)

2020-07-2340:43

Jonelle and guest Chelsea Lynn discuss White Christmas (1954), including the Spirit of American Militarism, blackface minstrelsy, and newfound admiration for a certain chorus girl.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
Jonelle and guest Sarah Ryan discuss The Spirit of Christmas (2015), including sloppy period costumes, French-Canadian accents, and mythologies of the Ghost Boyfriend. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus! Jonelle and Eliza discuss Christmas in the Smokies (2015), including the Prosperity Doctrine, the fantasy of a Christmas town, and excellent Southern romance novel names. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
Love Actually (2003)

Love Actually (2003)

2020-07-0241:33

It's Christmas in July! Jonelle and guests Lindsey Barr & Jared Strange discuss Love Actually (2003), including the Spirit of Christmas (and Terrorism), charming British-ness, and the immortal question: is Love Actually *actually* garbage? Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
Jonelle and guest Jennifer Haining discuss My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), including the symmetry of Julia Roberts' face; what 28 means (and doesn't mean); and why there is so much music by black artists in this extremely white movie. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
Longhorns (2011)

Longhorns (2011)

2020-06-1845:26

Jonelle and guest Jeff Gan discuss Longhorns (2011), including what's precious and problematic about low-rent gay romcoms; the surprising importance of college corkboards; and the great state of Texas.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/romcomkilljoys)
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