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26
Jun

Breaking Away | Episode 17

From idiosyncratic midwestern aspirations to tandem bike rides, from memories of Ragbrai 1989 to the secret history of VHS v Betamax, no film better plumbs the depths of The Great Debasers’ childhood psychoses than BREAKING AWAY.

Featuring surprise guest Elizabeth Claire, an artist for whom BREAKING AWAY also hits close to home, this episode is a tribute to anyone who has ever indulged in escapism and ultimately discovered reality to be a better friend.

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19
Jun

Stranger Than Paradise | Episode 16

Have you ever been forced to watch an “Indie” movie only to realize that its self-indulgence has left you disgusted with life (Will!)? Ever had the pleasure of watching truly great art cinema and never felt better about the world we live in (Jeremy!)?

Upon rewatching Jarmusch’s 1984 “masterpiece” STRANGER THAN PARADISE, The Great Debasers diverge as drastically as Lincoln and Douglas but they never surrender their goodwill toward one another.

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13
Jun

You Can Count On Me | Episode 15

Freud may have theorized sibling rivalry, Maslow may have put family dead smack in the middle of his hierarchy of needs, but only Kenneth Lonergan’s Y2K study of family ties truly impresses The Great Debasers.

With special guest Paul M Dichter, the dangerous game of rewatching butts heads with the even more dangerous game of, in the words of Ron the Priest, “floating around in some kind of empty void.”

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05
Jun

Clueless | Episode 14

The period before the era of MEAN GIRLS and after the epoch EMMA is commonly known as the golden age of CLUELESS, where powers of persuasion combine with extreme popularity to produce legendary love stories and reveal universal truths about human nature.

Think The Great Debasers could handle this classic film on their own? As if! We’re proud to welcome Sungmi Choi, one of LA’s reigning experts on the film, to our 14th show. Be seein’ ya!

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