Jul 25, 2015
Having accepted a teaching position at Iowa State University's English department (starting this upcoming fall semester), we thought it was as good a time as any to chat with Professor Justin Remeselnik about a number of topics - namely, his experience in teaching the classes he has at the Cinema Studies department at Oakland University, his expertise in experimental cinema and his book that is out as well.
Touching on a number of films he has screened in class such as Grave of the Fireflies, The Last Temptation of the Christ, The Passion of the Christ, Professor Remeselnik details how students took to the films and we talk about a variety of other films and filmmakers as well across the board.
Needless to say, we'll miss the professor but our lost is Iowa State's gain. And his book - "Motion(less) Pictures: The Cinema of Stasis" - is available for purchase now too. Check out the podcast and check out his book on an intriguing look into experimental cinema!
When we found out what She's The First was from OU's WXOU GM Lauren Barthold, we had to find out more about it. So sitting with her and having a discussion about it with her, that's exactly what we did.
She's The First is a non-profit organization that raises money for girls around the world to go to secondary school where they wouldn't have the means to do so themselves. A tremendous achievement that is situated across campuses across the country, Lauren is the head of the branch at Oakland University and being as passionate for it as she is, she's helping what she can for girls to achieve an incredible amount. You can check out and donate to the branch here.
We also talk with her about celebrities and feminism across pop culture, cupcakes and the Always 'Like A Girl' commercial and the ramifactions that come along with it.
"Can we make cupcakes and change the world?"
With her appearance coming soon in the DC Cinematic Universe - in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and her own stand alone movie - Wonder Woman is finally making her way to the masses on the big screen. Along with that, her adventures in comic books have taken her to new turns as well since The New 52 debuted in the fall of 2011 (The New God of War! Dating Superman!) and along those lines, we talk to Haylie Presnell (the assistant program director of Oakland University's WXOU radio station) who like us, is a huge fan of the Awesome Amazon.
We talk about Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang's (and others) run on Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot portraying Diana in the Warner Bros. big screen version and more, along with, one of the best things Batman has done in his long career.
Jun 23, 2015
What makes a great villain? A number of things really; enigmatic, mysterious, iconic, smug, knowledgable and so much more, especially in regards to their opponent, the hero.
Most of all, they have to lose at the end. Or, at least as is the case with some memorable villains, they have to deal with setbacks as they continue to lurch forward but in their overall function within the frame of classical storytelling, losing comes with the job. With that in mind, our friends at RoboFist's Revenge gave us a challenge to write down some of our ten favorite villains and scanning from films to television, anime and comics, we were able to do just that.
Strap ourselves in because even though you're just a grocery clerk sent to collect the bill, you're address omnipotence, and you're in for a bumpy ride.
OUR NAME IS OUR NAME!
Jun 7, 2015
Hey, it's midway through 2015, which is midway through the decade! So as has been the case with a number of websites out there, looking at what some of the best films over the decade so far as been a popular chore and it's one that we look at here in our latest podcast as well.
Joined by two recent graudates from the Cinema Studies Department from Oakland University in Melina Lescoe and Steve Swetich, we look over some of those top films that publications like The A.V. Club, The Dissolve and The Playlist have come up with and discuss them as we usually do accordingly. We also rap about a number of other directors, films and much more as usual!
Apr 12, 2015
Naturally, we love comics here at SpaceLion and with that, comes the fascination of the fine folks behind the scenes that puts this awesome picture books together. For the most part, when fans of the medium talk about comics, one can quickly mentioned their favorite characters, runs, storylines, writers and artists but what about some of the main pieces that keeps the gears moving smoothly? By that, we mean the editors. Assistant editors, editor-in-chiefs and more - it's almost like producers (and the many coordinations that follow with that title) in cinema and the simple question that comes from it; what exactly do editors in comics do?
Well, it's a good thing we have a great friend who edits comics, and has a such a passion for it, that we were able to not only ask her that question, but have a full blown discussion on a number of topics from there. Talking with Heather Antos, she tells us about her editing jobs (such as the anthology she's developed, Ungrateful Dead), her experience at the New York Comic-Con as an editor, her love of comics and more. This interview with her takes place last October and since then, Heather has become a member of the editing family at Marvel Comics. Knowing her expertise on editing, she's going to make her mark and then some at the House of Ideas.
David Fincher's cult classic at the end of 1990's, Fight Club, spoke to numerous of people through a range of its more diverse topics; anti-capitalism, identity, popular culture and the zeitgeist, the transition of film and filmmaking at that point in time, adaptation from one medium to another and much more. But none more important, and more pivotal, to the film's dynamic and nature than that of postmodernism and how what the style and movement brings out in the film, and vice versa as well.
Oakland's Cinema Studies Alexander Bardy shares with us with research paper that looks into how essential postmodernism is within Fight Club's parameteres and also goes into how there's more than just the first rule of Fight Club itself....
Apr 4, 2015
Mad Men - the end of an era - is back this Sunday, everybody!
Needless to say, we can hardly wait.
Mar 21, 2015
If you listened to the first half of our super episode of the La Grande Illusion Podcast with WXOU's Luigi Murri on his jazz radio show, The Cat, at Oakland University's WXOU (which you can listen to here), we are back with the second half our discussion with Luigi and it's all fun and games at this point!
After talking about his radio show, musicial background and more, we geek out this time over the recent films we've seen lately; everything from the topical Whiplash to Nightcrawler, The Grand Budapest Hotel and much more to a variety of actors, YouTube personalities, character actors and a continuous range from there on out. It was a great mega-episode with Luigi, so check out Part Two of it here and the whole discussion in general as well!
"Don't wake me from the dream...."