PODCAST

24
Jul

Rope | Episode 19

Where’s Jeremy!? Has he been strangled and stuffed in a chest? Or is he just off in France for a…wedding?

Whatever the case, Will and guest hosts Eric Benson and Will C. White tackle Alfred Hitchcock’s ROPE with the sadistic glee of UChicago undergraduates. From gay uber-texts to dreams of Jeopardy!, from reconsiderations of Arthur Laurents to recitations of Clarence Darrow, this pod is more fun-packed than a mattress full a’ dollar bills.

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10
Jul

The Notebook | Episode 18

At what point does the bullying about bullying become worse than the original bullying? On this, our 18th episode, Will and Jeremy explore whether their love can create miracles.

Featuring a staggeringly awesome special appearance by Caitlin Doughty, the first human being to re-appear in the dangerous game of re-watching, we challenge your assumption that THE NOTEBOOK (2004) is about love.

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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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29
May

As Good As It Gets | Episode 13

What do you get when you combine Will, Jeremy and an eloquent cosmopolite named Justin Stanwix and ask them to plumb the depths of the late 1990’s? You get gorgeous new turns of phrase like “the maybe camp” of course! And heretical interpretations of Jack Nicholson’s sexuality! And ribald tales of the private lives of moviegoers in fin-de-siecle Southampton, NY!

Can you live without the wisecracks? We can’t. We can’t even live without reason, but we can live without accountability.

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22
May

Wild Things | Episode 12

What’s that, you say? The only thing you remember about this movie is that two girls make out in a swimming pool? Humbug! In this canonical piece of late 90’s camp you’ve got Bill Murray, you’ve got quadruple star-cross’d lovers, and you’ve even got solitary everglades fan-boating!

According to one Great Debasers, the 90’s hasn’t had its nostalgia moment yet. Join us and our brilliant guest Irin Carmon as we cruise back a decade and a half to visit a world in which people aren’t always what they appear to be.

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15
May

Edward Scissorhands | Episode 11

Have you ever wondered what death has to do with true love? Ever been curious where snow comes from? Ever wondered if you can buy the necessities of life with cookies?

Today The Great Debasers will lend you a hand with these and other existentialist quandaries. We have the privilege of welcoming The Order of the Good Death’s Caitlin Doughty to the show. She confronts death every day like a bawse.

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08
May

Romeo + Juliet | Episode 10

In eager anticipation of Mr Baz Luhrmann’s THE GREAT GATSBY, the dangerous game of rewatching takes a nostalgic turn toward the Nineties, when men kissed by the book and women played logic games with their nurses. That’s right, bro, we’re talking about the 1590’s!

15 years after first watching this flashy production capable of breaking a teen’s heart faster than you can say “O true apothecary!” The Great Debasers ask the obvious questions (does the original language thing work still?) and non-obvious questions (is there a catchier pop track than Lovefool-Say That You Love Me)?

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