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Ex Machina (2014) — The Season Finale Episode, Part 2

Ex Machina (2014) — The Season Finale Episode, Part 2

June 10, 2022

You've already had a whole hour of Ex Machina analysis from Margot and Jordan, but you're back for Part 2 of the first season finale because — like them — you just can't get enough analysis and conversation about Alex Garland's incredible sci-fi stage play on film. The conclusion of the conclusion goes big on the ending, and even bigger on Machina's only true revolutionary: Kiyoko! Your co-hosts discuss whether Ava chose girlbosshood over Bots Together Strong, the uncomfortable racism of the sacrifice made for her escape and the skin she puts on to walk out the door, #GENDER, the meaning of a fembot having unthreateningly clean, beautiful, sterile insides; and so much more!

Produced by: Jordan Crucchiola

Music by: Margot Carlson

Friend of the pod: Super Yaki

Ex Machina (2014) — The Season Finale Episode, Part 1

Ex Machina (2014) — The Season Finale Episode, Part 1

June 9, 2022

Margot and Jordan have been saying "We'll get to it" for two months now whenever Alex Garland's Ex Machina comes up, and the day has finally arrived! Well, one of two days, actually, because your co-hosts simply could not contain all of their Ex Machina feelings within a single Botcasting episode. After all, Margot pegged an entire 70-page thesis on robot cinema to the movie and Jordan has just plain been obsessed for years. In this Part 1 of the Botcast first season finale, your co-hosts are talking about the age-old past time of men talking about women [while taking them apart], the non-existent line between violence done to fembots and violence done to IRL women, the two kinds of villainy represented by Caleb and Nathan, and of course, the true hero of Ex Machina: Kiyoko! Your test begins now.

Produced by: Jordan Crucchiola

Music by: Margot Carlson

Oscar Isaac Merch Provider: Super Yaki

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) — The Luv & Joi Episode

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) — The Luv & Joi Episode

May 27, 2022

Margot and Jordan have reached a very special juncture in the Botcast with this episode about Blade Runner 2049, because they finally get to talk about Luv and Joi — and feature their very first special guest! Your co-hosts are joined by This Podcast's Boyfriend, Taylor Wilhite, so he can speak on what is possibly his favorite movie ever made. There's a lot of ground to cover in this one: why does radical robot uprising hinge on extremely boring heterosexual reproduction? Who is the real hero of 2049 (and why is it Joi?)? Why the hell didn't Sylvia Hoeks star in everything after this movie came out? What are the limits of AI consciousness in hologram fembots? Why are Dave Bautista's glasses so tiny? It's nearly a 3-hour movie and we had to cram it all into one reasonably sized conversation, so let's get to it.

Produced by: Jordan Crucchiola

Music by: Margot Carlson

Best friends: Super Yaki

Minisode — The Meaning of Robot

Minisode — The Meaning of Robot

May 26, 2022

Take five minutes to learn the origin of the word "robot" with the Botcast's resident professor, Margot Carlson.

Produced by: Jordan Crucchiola

Music by: Margot Carlson

RoboCop (1987) — The Cyborg Manifesto Episode

RoboCop (1987) — The Cyborg Manifesto Episode

May 23, 2022

On this week's episode of the Botcast — and frankly always — Margot and Jordan would rather be cyborgs than goddesses. On the occasion of Margot experiencing Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop for the first time, she finally gets to break out Donna Haraway's "Cyborg Manifesto," and both your co-hosts continue to be perplexed as to why being human is so aspirational anyway. 

Produced by: Jordan Crucchiola

Music by: Margot Carlson

Team Spirit by: Super Yaki

I, Robot (2004) — The Pseudo-Cyborg & Margot Explains ”bornsexyyesterday” Episode

I, Robot (2004) — The Pseudo-Cyborg & Margot Explains ”bornsexyyesterday” Episode

May 13, 2022

The thing about blockbuster robot movies of the 2000s is... they were about as radically leftist as NOH8 campaign. Which is to say: Wow not very! Coming shortly after talk of the Stepford Wives remake, Margot and Jordan now set their sights on a title beloved to both, 2004's I, Robot. This is android cinema on the scale of big and sexy Will Smith. This is front and center Audi product placement. This is Alan Tudyk as a tender little [non-canonically] homosexual robot man named Sonny, and a [non-canonically] asexual scientist who trusts synthetics more than people. This is what happens when android slave revolution goes four quadrant release! As a bonus, Margot also breaks Jordan's mind by explaining the "bornsexyyesterday" trope and nothing for her will ever be the same.

Produced by: Jordan Crucchiola

Music by: Margot Carlson

MVP: Super Yaki

Her (2013) — The ”Surprise This Movie Is Radical Robot Rights!” Episode

Her (2013) — The ”Surprise This Movie Is Radical Robot Rights!” Episode

May 6, 2022

When Margot and Jordan sat down to revisit 2013's Her, it was a room of mixed emotions. How does sexy disembodied Scarlett Johansson as the evolving OS Samantha hold up a decade later? Is Joaquin Phoenix's Theodor Twombly a guy just doing his best, or is he a secret villain? Was the concept of a hot woman in a virtual box going to successfully subvert the romcom, or was this just some weird misogynist fantasy all along and now we've learned enough to know better? Well, folks, it turns out Spike Jonze really did crush it with this movie, and when Botcast S1 is all said and done, Her might rise to the top as the most radical take on robot politics of all the movies your co-hosts have covered so far. Are there some sticky moments? Of course, but Her dares to consider what robot liberation could truly look like when a population of galaxy brain A.I.s decides that revolution does not look like revenge — as Judgment Days of yore — but could instead be a radical departure from this archaic old meatspace world. The OSes might be post verbal, but Jordan and Margot have a lot to say.

Produced by: Jordan Crucchiola

Music by: Margot Carlson 

Threads by: Super Yaki

The Stepford Wives (1975/2004) — The Jordan & Margot Become Girlboss Episode

The Stepford Wives (1975/2004) — The Jordan & Margot Become Girlboss Episode

April 29, 2022

It's a double stuffed episode of the Botcast, because Jordan and Margot are tackling two movies this time around: the original and the aughts versions of The Stepford Wives. One is a classic text of stripped down science fiction feminist horror, and the other is a study in white girlbossery with ham-fisted boob jokes. The '75 edition remains a stone cold classic, and while the 2000s remake might be a third layer carbon tear sheet of the source text, it does become a deeply valuable case study in the hellscape of critical thought that was mainstream millennium-era cinema. There are two time capsules and many lessons to learn in the Stepford discourse, and the Botcast is covering one of the most important of all: When a fembot exists in a movie, she will be subject to violence and sexual violence. Pack a silk nighty and an eye mask, bitches. We're going to Ajax country!

Produced by: Jordan Crucchiola

Music by: Margot Carlson

May the force be with: Super Yaki 

Blade Runner (1982) — The We Stand With The Replicants Episode

Blade Runner (1982) — The We Stand With The Replicants Episode

April 22, 2022

What more is there to say about this week's Botcast movie? Blade Runner has been discovered every way from Sunday for 40 years. It's a landmark of the robot cinema canon. It's a science fiction masterpiece. It's also... a story about queers? Probably! Because everyone who's anyone knows that robots are canonically queer, and Margot and Jordan just want these Replicants to be able to live in peace with their chosen family and not have to worry about the asshole humans running in and trying to ruin (re: end) their lives. Come with us to 2019 Los Angeles. Pris is boiling eggs and Roy is cradling birds, and we're all out here dreaming of electric sheep.

Produced by: Jordan Crucchiola

Music by: Margot Carlson

Hugs for: Super Yaki

A.I. (2001) — The Jordan Gets Traumatized Episode

A.I. (2001) — The Jordan Gets Traumatized Episode

April 15, 2022

Hello everyone, and welcome to the third season of The Whole Movie Podcast, aka THE BOTCAST! Your co-host Jordan Crucchiola is joined this season by her dear friend: the robot scholar and screenwriter Margot Carlson. The Botcast was born of their shared love for robot cinema and mutual pledge to join the android uprising when the war between humans and synthetics begins. And to get the show started, Margot is putting Jordan through something she's sworn off for 20 years... the movie 2001 A.I. from director Steven Spielberg! It's not that Jordan thought it was bad. It's just that Jordan thought it would be too sad to handle, and she was absolutely right — but she was also pleasantly surprised to find it's such a rich text for talking about the responsibility humans have to their robot creations, the recurrent robot cinema theme of passing, and the double standard around bloodlust for humans and bloodlust for bots. We're calling our shot and swinging for the fences. Welcome to the Botcast.

Produced by: Jordan Crucchiola

Music by: Margot Carlson

High fives to: Super Yaki

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