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Author: Jordan Crucchiola, Maximum Fun

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On Feeling Seen, writer and general enthusiast Jordan Crucchiola invites filmmakers, writers, comedians, and artists to discuss the movie characters that made them "feel seen." It's about that instant when a person connects to a piece of art so deeply that they see themselves reflected in it. Every week Jordan gabs it up with a guest about those magical moments when they were watching a film and realized, "That's me!" It's an informative, funny, and comforting show about our intimate relationship with movies, the impact they have on our lives, and how they influence our art.
111 Episodes
All-time great character actor Stephen Tobolowsky might be best known as Ned Ryerson from GROUNDHOG DAY, but his film and television credits number in the hundreds. His thoughtful character choices for today are appropriately iconic -- George Bailey from It's a Wonderful Life and the Monster from Bride of Frankenstein. But the real highlight of this episode are Stephen's riveting storytelling and invaluable wisdom about the hidden gifts a seeming catastrophe can bring.***With Jordan Crucchiola and Stephen Tobolowsky
This episode originally aired just over a year ago, on Nov 17, 2022. Since then, actor Rahul Kohli has joined yet another Mike Flanagan project, one we love here at Feeling Seen -- The Fall of the House of Usher. Happy Thanksgiving!In this episode, Rahul (who starts in NEXT EXIT, directed by Mali Elfman) tells us the many ways that he feels seen by Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) in the KARATE KID films, and does so with a scrappy spirit that Daniel would approve of. Then, Jordan's one quick thing is an ode to Rebecca Hall and her latest, RESURRECTION.***With Jordan Crucchiola and Rahul Kohli
Welsh comedian Steffan Alun joins us to get really serious about a movie that rarely gets the philosophical treatment: 2004's coming-of-age romcom 13 Going on 30. He's seen the movie countless times, and relates not only to Jennifer Garner's Jenna Rink, but also her boss at Poise magazine, Richard, as played by Andy Serkis (!).Then, Jordan has one quick thing about a new indie crime thriller called Your Lucky Day, featuring the late Angus Cloud in one if his final roles.***with Jordan Crucchiola and Steffan Alun
Vulture TV Critic and former Whole Movie Podcast cohost Roxana Hadadi joins us at last, and the film she brought is one for the ages! PUMP UP THE VOLUME was released in 1990 and yes, it's a time capsule of teenaged Gen-X angst. But it's also weirdly timeless, relevant, and stirring. Roxana is a Millennial, but she's carried both sides of "Hard Harry"  -- unapologetically anti-establishment media figure and shy, awkward artist -- with her throughout her life.***With Jordan Crucchiola and Roxana Hadadi
From Fear of a Black Hat to the Tales from the Hood series to Chapelle's Show, director Rusty Cundieff (whose latest is sci-fi thriller 57 Seconds) has always been comfortable swinging between genres -- especially horror and comedy. His Hollywood journey may have been inspired by the big ambitions of Preach from the 1975 classic Cooley High. Then, one quick thing about the fact that this is the 100th episode of Feeling Seen!! Wow!!***With Jordan Crucchiola and Rusty Cundieff
Malachi Moore is a writer, model, former Division 1 football player, and entertainment renaissance man. And when he saw Chris Washington (as played by Daniel Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's GET OUT), he not only related to Chris's plight in the film, but also to the depiction of a Black man who is also a sensitive, anxious artist. All that, plus some contrasting spooky movie recommendations, on what we'll go ahead and call our Halloween episode of FEELING SEEN!Haunted Reels***With Jordan Crucchiola and Malachi Moore
Comedian Glen Tickle says he owes much of his creative live to seeing Kevin Smith's CLERKS when he was in high school. A New Jersey native like Smith (and like the film's characters), Glen didn't just see himself on screen -- he also saw a style of creative expression that felt achievably close-to-home. Now a comedian and father of two, he also felt compelled to shout-out the goofy dad king of modern children's programming, Bandit. Then, Jordan has one quick think about Totally Killer.***With Jordan Crucchiola and Glen Tickle
Actor and director Natasha Halevi was identified as a Wednesday type by others before she saw it in herself. Decades later, she's still channeling Wednesday's wisdom and willingness to speak truth to power, most recently as the driving force behind the abortion rights horror anthology Give Me an A.Then, Jordan has one quick thing about an Exorcist sequel she actually enjoyed.***With Jordan Crucchiola and Natasha Halevi
Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins (aka ABFJ) grew up relating to Breanna Barnes, the main character of UPN's sitcom One on One. But she wanted to be living the life of its star, Kyla Pratt. When reality (and Ashley's parents) pushed her acting dreams to post-college, Ashley went to Howard University...but not before bingeing A Different World in hopes of seeing what an HBCU might be like. Now an actor in a college show of her own (and the host of an OWN Podcast), Ashley shares her own trials-to-triumphs tale -- a story full of connections, coincidences...and a lot of hard work. Trials to Triumphs is in its second season!***With Jordan Crucchiola and Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins
This episode originally aired on Nov 24, 2022  (Thanksgiving Day).  Sometimes our co-hosts really struggle to come up with a character to discuss for our show. But actor Raúl Castillo (The Inspection, Cha Cha Real Smooth, Looking, and now Cassandro) went with his gut, and what came to mind immediately was The Outsiders, and especially Matt Dillon's character of lead "greaser" Dallas "Dally" Winston. Jordan, Raúl, and you the listener will all learn at the same time just why this character stuck with him all these years. ***With Jordan Crucchiola and Raúl Castillo
At 24, Megan Suri couldn't have been more than 10 years old when she first laid eyes on Parminder Nagra as Jess in BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM. Here was a girl and a family that resembled her; and Jess was the talented, desired center of her own story. Now, Megan stars in IT LIVES INSIDE, which hits theaters this weekend (9/22/23).Then, Jordan will have one quick thing about how the Criterion Channel is keeping sleepover horror rolling into October.Note: IT LIVES INSIDE was granted an interim agreement from SAG, allowing Megan to appear on today's show.  ***With Jordan Crucchiola and Megan Suri
In 2013's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Walter is a quiet outsider with an active fantasy life but not much of a real life beyond his job. But through the movie (and in service of his work) he embraces a great adventure and grows in the process. Comedian Myq Kaplan relates to both versions of Walter -- the awkward, quiet creative mind and the self-assured, evolved adventurer. And in today's episode, he tells Jordan why.Then, Jordan has one quick thing***With Jordan Crucchiola and Myq Kaplan
Actor and comedian Cameron Esposito was in her 20s when BOUND first came to her attention, and to this day it remains not only stuck in her memory, but also extremely formative. Gina Gershon as Corky was undeniably gorgeous while also being unquestionably masc.  It's a pairing that's still relatively rare on screen, almost 30 years after the Wachowskis made BOUND.Jordan's one quick thing is about the new Taylor concert film, of course!Listen to QUEERY!***With Jordan Crucchiola and Cameron Esposito
Sammi Cohen has gotten their directing career off to a rousing start with CRUSH and now YOU ARE SO NOT INVITED TO MY BAT MITZVAH. Both movies focus on middle or high schoolers learning more about themselves, so perhaps its no surprise that Sammi has brought us a trio of characters who, at various ages, are "coming of age" through life-changing experiences of gender, friendship, loss, success, and failure.Then, Jordan has one quick thing about GIVE ME AN A!***With Jordan Crucchiola and Sammi Cohen
When Emma Seligman's debut film SHIVA BABY premiered in on a Brooklyn rooftop in 2021, Jordan was there to see the event first-hand. That was arguably the start of a whirlwind of movie deals and news that led straight to BOTTOMS, Seligman's new film, co-written by Rachel Sennott (who stars in both films). On this week's episode, Emma and Jordan talk through that trajectory as they compare notes on Needy Lesnicki, the heroine of one of FEELING SEEN's most beloved texts.Then, Jordan has one quick thing about ***With Jordan Crucchiola and Emma Seligman 
Stewart Thorndike made a splash with LYLE in 2014, establishing her as an exciting new voice in horror. Her latest film. BAD THINGS, further solidifies this, with its focus squarely on (queer) female characters who aren't afraid to be messy. In Mike Leigh's play ABIGAIL'S PARTY, filmed for television in 1977, Beverly Moss is the life of the party...whether the party wants her to be or not!Then, Jordan has one quick thing about THEATER CAMP.BAD THINGS is out on Shudder and MGM+ on August  18, 2023.***With Jordan Crucchiola and Stewart Thorndike
Director William J. Stribling saw THE BIRDCAGE as a 7 or 8 year old, and it instantly became his favorite, watched on repeat. At its center is director and drag club owner Armand Goldman (or is it Coleman?), played by the incomparable Robin Williams. Decades later, Will is a comedy director himself, whose latest film (full disclosure: it was written by this show's producer, Marissa) is THE MIRROR GAME.After this conversation, Jordan has one quick thing about another director: past guest Christopher Landon!Watch THE MIRROR GAME on Tubi, Amazon, or YouTube.***With Jordan Crucchiola and William J. Stribling
Carter Smith is a queer horror icon, even if all his films aren't highlighting explicitly queer relationships. A master of depicting complex male...friendships?, he continues that trend in his new film, THE PASSENGER. And perhaps that instinct got its start watching Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge. Much has been said -- and not all of it in alignment -- about the gay subtext of Freddy's Revenge, and central to that is the performance of Mark Patton as Jesse Walsh, a young man fighting a demon he doesn't understand and can't shake (decades later, Smith would cast Patton in his film  SWALLOWED). Then there's his hunky compatriot, Grady.  All this and more on today's FEELING SEEN.** THE PASSENGER is out tomorrow On Demand.Also mentioned in this ep: Scream Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street***With Jordan Crucchiola and Carter Smith
On her podcast, TV, I SAY WITH ASHLEY RAY, Ashley has no pretentions about good entertainment. But once upon a time, she was a young Bergman scholar (and even, briefly, a beat poet). This entire trajectory of self-examination and unapologetic devotion to her own interests might just have its roots in Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman's 2004 opus, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, and its female lead, Clementine (Kate Winslet).After that conversation, Jordan has one quick thing about the phenomenon of Barbenheimer.***With Jordan Crucchiola and Ashley Ray
Manuel Betancourt's new book is called THE MALE GAZED: ON HUNKS, HEARTTHROBS, AND WHAT POP CULTURE TAUGHT ME ABOUT (DESIRING) MEN, but he's feeling seen by two of the brightest stars of '90s and '00s Hollywood. He tells Jordan about what spoke to him in Natalie Portman's Alice from CLOSER (2006, d. Mike Nichols) and Julia Roberts's Jules in MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING  (1997, d. P.J. Hogan). Then, Jordan has one quick thing about the ladies of DEAD RECKONING.***With Jordan Crucchiola and Manuel Betancourt
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