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  1. Cameron H.

    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Yes, but this is more to draw parallels between the couples, is it not? In Nick and Honey, we’re seeing George and Martha twenty something years ago - except instead of being unable to conceive, Honey had an abortion. It wouldn’t make sense theatrically for the only other couple in the movie to not relate. The question is whether or not they follow the same path or break the cycle. To other point, the reason I don’t like that particularly rationale is that it suggests that if a woman - or anyone really - makes the independent choice that what they want more than anything is to be a homemaker and that having children is the most important thing in the world to them, that that choice somehow makes them less-than. I’m not saying you specifically, but I’ve definitely encountered that thinking generally. For me, that’s just placing people in another box. In my mind, true equality means being able to chase your bliss however you see fit without limit or judgment. That’s why I don’t find the idea of her being torn up by infertility to be particularly “outdated.” There are people in 2019 that feel the exact same way Martha does. That’s why I said, as long as it’s what she actually wants, and not something being forced upon her by George or somebody else, then who cares? Would it have improved the movie if what Martha wanted was to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company? Even if the trope feels overused, it’s something almost universal. At some point during their life, most people will probably have to make a decision about starting a family. Whether they choose to start one or not is irrelevant. The fact that they can place themselves in her shoes is enough.
  2. Cameron H.

    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Amy and Paul drink in 1966's black relationship comedy Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? They learn about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's status as the Brangelina of their day, ask which member of the ensemble is the meanest, and wonder if George and Martha are truly in love after all. Plus: A new tasting segment, this time with a very rare spirit! What do you think is in the briefcase in Pulp Fiction? Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer! Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info at unspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Photo credit: Kim Troxall This episode is brought to you by Ooni Wood Fired Pizza Oven (www.ooni.com code: UNSPOOLED10) and Betterhelp (www.betterhelp.com/unspooled).
  3. Cameron H.

    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    I guess I just didn't get that Woolf was trying to be particularly "forward-thinking" so much it was an intimate character study. You said in your original post that the movie showed the "negative effect" of what not being able to have a baby can have on a woman and that this contributed to it feeling "outdated." Maybe I'm misunderstanding yours and Amy's point, but I just don't feel like the idea of Martha wanting to have a baby, and her subsequent frustration at their inability to conceive, to be inherently "outdated." No one in the film (surprisingly) ever tells her, "You are less of a woman because you haven't had a child." She's disappointed because she's being denied something that SHE wants by factors beyond her control. Societal pressure really doesn't come into play at all - at least not overtly. And I assume, much like the homosexual thing, had Albee or Nichols really wanted that to be part of the story they were telling, they could have easily written it into the plot. Ultimately, I interpreted Woolf to be a story about the damage unfulfilled dreams - particularly ones that never come to pass due to circumstances beyond your control - can wreak upon an individual, and by extension, their relationships. In this case, Albee choose for that dream to be represented as a baby. And while I suppose it could have been represented by just about anything, I don't feel like it necessarily had to be something else either. Unless of course the complaint is: "She's a woman so of course the writer made the manifestation of all her hopes and desires a baby." But as long as Martha retains her agency, I really don't see a problem with that.
  4. Cameron H.

    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Does it help to think of them not as representative of all women and men, but merely as characters unto themselves? Or, at the very most, merely representatives of a certain population?
  5. Cameron H.

    Superman 3:bonus video?

    I’m sure there are some videos out there from the long, long ago, but I think they more or less stopped before they began. I think Paul said in a mini one time that there’s a whole rights thing with video that they don’t have to deal with when it’s strictly audio. Also, I want to say there was something said in Spontaneanation about Largo, where most Earwolf live episodes are tapped, no longer allowing video recordings. That doesn’t necessarily explain why they can’t film when they’re on the road, but I think that goes back to the first point. A rights issue and it being more trouble than it’s worth.
  6. Cameron H.

    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Aside from just “it’s plot relevant so the characters need say something,” my head cannon explanation for why George tells Martha not to bring up their “son,” and why Martha spoils the beans to Honey so quickly, is that the next day, Sunday, really is their “son’s” birthday. Or rather, it’s the 16th anniversary of when they decided to invent him therefor it’s making it his “birthday.” Because of that, I think it’s the day when the balance between illusion and reality is at its most tenuous. Their son is forefront in their minds so they are more likely to say something - especially after heavily drinking for 5 hours. It’s the reason that it being Sunday, or rather Son-day, is so significant. And why, as George says, it will last “all day.”
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    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Just some additional trivia regarding George and Martha Washington is that George Washington himself was infertile (hence there not being any Georgie Jrs). In fact, it was a major reason why he was a popular choice for the first president as it prevented any chance of the presidency becoming an hereditary title like there was in Britain. The irony, of course, is that the man known as the father of our country was incapable of having children of his own. All in all, I enjoy the Washington/United States metaphor as it applies to Virginia Woolf. That something so promising was rooted in a dysfunction it can’t help but infect subsequent generations.
  8. Hey all, my wife and I just released the first episode of our podcast - Magnum, She Wrote - on Soundcloud! It will be coming to iTunes soon No obligation to listen, but I thought I'd throw this up here.
  9. Cameron H.

    Shameless Self-Promotion

    Thank you so much!
  10. I...haven’t had time to watch it yet, so just imagine I wrote some clever, movie related quip here We watched: Next week: theworstbuddhist’s first pick.
  11. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 69 High Society

    That's the kind of classist thing I was talking about. It wasn't enough that he was successful. He needed to be successful in a "respectable" (i.e. blue blooded) kind of way. But after she says that, it's never really an issue again. After she says that to him she seems pretty into his music and I guess we're supposed to infer that something in the plot occurred that made her have a change of heart.
  12. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 69 High Society

    I have not seen Philadelphia Story (I own it, but I’ve been saving it to watch with Unspooled), and I have to say, this isn’t what I thought it was about at all - lol. Overall, I thought it was fine, but a bit too light to be substantial. Nothing felt necessary. It felt like they could (or maybe should) have introduced maybe some more class conflict. I mean, it’s kind of there, but not enough that you would believe it was making any kind of statement. Things happen and they’re resolved. It’s plotting all felt very sitcom-y to me.
  13. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 69 High Society

    I just realized, but I think I accidentally skipped @SlidePocket‘s pick @theworstbuddhist, I’m sorry. You’ll be next after him.
  14. Is everyone cool for this Friday?
  15. Cameron H.

    HDTGM Classics Pluto Nash 7/12

    @tomspanks just sent me this. It looks like rabb.it has shut down. I'm not really sure what that means for our movie nights. This really sucks. I've enjoyed spending these nights with you all once a month watching through these movies. It was a lot of fun to communicate with you all in real time as we watch these shitty, shitty movies. Anyway, if anyone stumbles across another site like rabb.it, please let me know. Hopefully we can figure out some way of continuing.
  16. Cameron H.

    Gone with the Wind

    Oh, I know. I wasn't trying to defend anyone. They're all shits. I was just agreeing with you that I doubt the movie was trying to portray the other Confederates as "dumb" so much as it was merely illustrating the prevailing attitudes of the time. I don't feel like the film was either endorsing or criticizing their behavior. Again, I haven't listened yet so I'm not sure of the context, but it's easy to say in hindsight, "Look at how dumb those people were! Surely they knew they knew how wrong they were and they never had a chance." My point was, historically, no they didn't. The war was anything but a sure thing and the movie. The only thing that particular scene said to me was Rhett is a pragmatist who is the only person who can see that the proverbial winds are changing and isn't so married to the past that he can't evolve - even thrive - with the times. I don't really have a comment on Clockwork Orange/ Gone with the Wind comparison.
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    Gone with the Wind

    I haven’t listened to the episode yet so I can’t speak to context, but I will say that I’m currently reading Grant by Ron Chernow, and at least according to him, the film seems to be pretty accurate regarding the attitudes of the people at the time. No one thought it would come to actually come to war, and even if it did, it would only be a bit of saber rattling and be over in a month or two. So I agree, I don’t think the movie was trying to paint the Confederates as being “dumb” but rather than to show that the prevailing attitude at the time - on both sides - was one of overconfidence. Why not talk tough and enlist when it’s all going to be over in a couple of weeks? I mean, civilians brought their children and picnic baskets the Battle of Bull Run! That’s how much people underestimated how brutal and protracted the war would be. For me, that scene is more of a character moment to show us just how shrewd Rhett Butler is and how insightful Ashley is. They are the only two to recognize the severity of the situation, and both respond in very different ways. So, no, I don’t think it’s commenting on their stupidity rather than documenting the historical reality.
  18. Cameron H.

    Episode 217 - Jaws 3-D

    https://www.earwolf.com/episode/jaws-4-the-revenge/
  19. Cameron H.

    Episode 217.5 - Minisode 217.5

    I’m not saying it’s not dark. I’m just (partly) saying that we used to not worry as much about dark stories aimed at children.
  20. Cameron H.

    Episode 217.5 - Minisode 217.5

    I’d say it’s an 80’s family movie. There’s a lot in it that wouldn’t get by today (e.g. smoking), but was common for the time. I don’t feel like it’s a movie made with an adults-only mindset. There’s sexuality, but no actual sex. But then you could say the same thing about Betty Boop. A lot of the things that we might consider problematic today were present in those old cartoons already. Cool World is WFRR for adults.
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    HDTGM Classics Pluto Nash 7/12

    Here it is! https://www.rabb.it/s/djj04j
  22. Cameron H.

    HDTGM Classics Pluto Nash 7/12

    For added hijinks, we’ll be watching it with Tubi tonight
  23. Cameron H.

    HDTGM Classics Pluto Nash 7/12

    Reminder!!!
  24. Cameron H.

    Shameless Self-Promotion

    Lol - I hope we do it justice
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