Switchblade Sisters Episode 73: 'Dead Ringers' with The Soska Sisters! PLUS an Interview with Michele Meek

Jen and Sylvia Soska

Dead Ringers

Identical twins Sylvia and Jen Soska, known as The Soska Sisters, are an unstoppable force. You may know them best from their films Dead Hooker in a Trunk and American Mary. You may also know them as the hosts of the Blumhouse game show, 'Hellevator.' Or even as the writers for the most recent installment of the Black Widow comics. They are on the program this week for a very special Max Fun Drive episode talking about David Cronenberg's masterpiece, Dead Ringers. The sisters are avid Cronenberg devotees and, not to mention, this film centers around identical twins Beverly and Elliot Mantle. The pairing of guest and movie is truly a match made in heaven. The sisters also discuss what went into making their body modification horror, American Mary, and why agents and managers warn actors about working with them.

And in celebration of the Max Fun Drive, we have an additional segment this week. April talks to writer and filmmaker Michele Meek about her new book, Independent Female Filmmakers: A Chronicle Through Interviews, Profiles, and Manifestos. They discuss the travesty that not one film made by a woman is on the AFI Top 100 Films list. And how movies actually influence society's concept of consent.

This episode has a little bit of everything. And it's all in celebration of our annual Max Fun Drive. If you would like to support this show, please become a monthly member at:

You should check out American Mary by The Soska Sisters.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch Dead Ringers.

ALSO, go and buy Michele's book - Independent Female Filmmakers: A Chronicle Through Interviews, Profiles, and Manifestos

With April Wolfe, The Soska Sisters, and Michele Meek.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 575 - Charlie Demers

Charlie Demers

It’s week 2 of MaxFunDrive 2019 so we’ve got another one of our favourite guests.
Comedian and writer Charlie returns to talk famous Rips, Texas exes, and Canadian production values.

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Download episode 575 here. (right-click)

Email us at "spy [at] maximumfun [dot] org"
Phone us at (844)779-7631 (or UGH-SPY-POD1)
Mailing address: Suite 144 - 6362 Fraser St., Vancouver, BC V5W 0A1

Switchblade Sisters Episode 72: 'Pickup on South Street' with 'Leave No Trace' and 'Winter's Bone' Director Debra Granik

Debra Granik

Pickup on South Street

Debra was a Boston independent filmmaker before she picked up and left for NYU’s graduate film program. Her first short film there, “Snake Feed,” was accepted into the Sundance Labs, where she developed the concept into her first narrative feature, Down to the Bone, starring Vera Fermiga. From there, Debra and her creative partner Anne Rossellini developed a film based on Daniel Woodrell’s 2006 novel, Winter's Bone. The film was released in 2010 and tells the story of a girl who’s the sole caretaker of her family who must hunt down her missing father to avoid being kicked out of her house and losing everything. The girl was played by Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence was nominated for an Academy Award, as was Debra’s film and screenplay. In 2018, she directed Leave No Trace, a story about a father with PTSD trying to raise his teen daughter off the grid when some well-meaning people intervene and change the course of their lives. Starring Ben Foster and newcomer Thomasin Mckenzie Harcourt, Leave No Trace has been on multiple Top Ten lists, and won Debra the Best Director award at the 2019 LAFCA awards ceremony.

The film that Debra has chosen to discuss is Samuel Fuller's classic noir, Pickup on South Street. This is a personal favorite of Debra's and it becomes clear with how much appreciation and thought she has for the film. Debra discusses how she is able to create realistic dialogue for people who aren't from her "bougie, liberal" world. She talks about working with actress Dale Dickey, and why people love watching her on screen. Debra also elaborates on the use of guns in cinema, how we rely on them to tell stories, and how she is trying to "restore meaning to the woundable body."

You can watch Leave No Trace on Amazon Prime.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch Pickup on South Street.

With April Wolfe and Debra Granik.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 575: False Grandma with Riley Silverman

Riley Silverman
Lindsay Pavlas

Riley Silverman (Troubled Waters, SYFY Fangrrls) joins Jordan and Jesse for our first MaxFunDrive episode of 2019! They get into Jordan's most recent attempt to retain his status as a fun guy, the bloodsport that is shopping at the Super King grocery store in Jesse's neighborhood, and whether or not the drug rug demographic is enough to best the people who own fezes.

Plus, we unveil the amazing Jordan, Jesse, Go! pin that you can get during the Max Fun Drive and all the other cool stuff up for grabs this year. Go to right now to support the show!

And let us know if you've ever worn bowling shoes in your everyday life -- 206-984-4FUN or!

Stop Podcasting Yourself 574 - Erica Sigurdson

Erica Sigurdson

It’s week 1 of MaxFunDrive 2019 so we’ve invited one of our favourite guests. Comedian Erica Sigurdson returns to talk inventions, toast, and open mics.

Please support the show by going to

Download episode 574 here. (right-click)

Email us at "spy [at] maximumfun [dot] org"
Phone us at (844)779-7631 (or UGH-SPY-POD1)
Mailing address: Suite 144 - 6362 Fraser St., Vancouver, BC V5W 0A1

Thanks for a HUGE MaxFunDrive!


The 2018 MaxFunDrive (and Weekend Amnesty) has officially come to an end, and at the time of writing we are at 28,630 new and upgrading members!!!!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! That means we not only surpassed our goal of 25,000, but hit our stretch goal of 28,000! This is absolutely amazing, and we are incredibly grateful and lucky to have kind, cool, generous members like you -- people who believe enough in what we do at MaxFun to voluntarily contribute money to keep it going. If you were able to join or upgrade this year, thank you so much! And if you are a sustaining supporter, thank you for your incredible support all this time! We couldn't do it without you!

Now that the drive is over have a couple of quick things for you:

Watch a replay of Friday's live show!

We had a true MaxFun extravaganza to celebrate the end of the drive on Friday night. We packed Angel City Brewery with hosts and MaxFun members for a two-hour ELEVEN-SHOW spectacle. It was a blast, and we know a lot of you weren't able to tune in live, so we decided to keep the video up on our YouTube channel just for you! Watch it here.

Our #MaxFunDreamDate Stretch Goal

Since we hit our stretch goal of 28,000 (thank you!), we are going to make this perfect work of graphic design a reality. More information is forthcoming -- we'll let you know when to start sitting by your Dream Phone waiting for our call.

Thank-you Gifts
If you became a monthly member at the $10 level or above for the first time during the 2018 MaxFunDrive, or if you were able to upgrade to the next membership level, we'll be sending you a gift to say thanks for taking the plunge. (Folks at the $5 level and up should already be able to dive into 100+ hours of bonus content!) We send the physical gifts to production after the drive is over, so we know how many to make, and in this case, we will be waiting until after the pin sale, as well. So, gifts probably won't go out until July, but we'll keep everyone posted on the production process. Please keep in mind that cancelling your membership or changing your membership level may affect your gift eligibility.

Pin Sale for Charity
Since we hit our goal of 25,000 new and upgrading members, we will be putting the pins on sale for all active members at the $10 level or above -- with proceeds going to charity. We are working on setting up the shop for you, but it will take a little bit of time. If you are eligible to buy a pin, we'll be sending you an email in the coming week(s), and once we're ready to go, we will be shouting it from the rooftops* so you won't miss it.
*everywhere MaxFun exists on the internet

Thank you again for a tremendous MaxFunDrive!

Episode 32: "Elevated Horror," Movie Etiquette, and A Quiet Place with Inkoo Kang

Who Shot Ya?
Ricky Carmona
Alonso Duralde
April Wolfe
Inkoo Kang

A Quiet Place

The return of Inkoo Kang! She joins the crew to discuss A Quiet Place. On this episode, April describes her irritation with the term 'Elevated Horror' and how it is an attempt to distance certain films from the genre itself. Inkoo discusses her physical reaction to the jump scares in scary movies. Ricky regails the gang with a tale of getting kicked out of the theater. April tells a story about sitting next to a breastfeeding mother while watching A Quiet Place. And Alonso hammers home the necessity for keeping your phone off in the movie theater. Plus, this is the last week of the MaxFunDrive, so the Who Shot Ya? friends detail the importance of donating.

In news, Molly Ringwald has some issues with The Breakfast Club, Zoe Saldana is tired of 'elitists' putting down the Marvel movies, and Margaret Atwood says the 9/11 terrorists were inspired by Star Wars.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling
Alonso - Lean on Pete
April - Sweet Country
Inkoo Kang - The Rider

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing Rampage with Danielle Radford.

With Inkoo Kang, Alonso Duralde, April Wolfe, and Ricky Carmona.

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Minority Korner 124: Queenatude! (MaxFunDrive, Black Queens of History, Epsy Campbell Bell, Teenagers, Roseanne)

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Minority Korner

We are rounding out week two of the MaxFunDrive, and man are we pumped to cross that finish line!!! We are completely over joyed with the responses that we have been getting from listeners, new members, and upgrading members! what a fun ride it has been. But! It's not over! Keep and ear out because we have a few more surprise guest calling in this show. James tells Nnekay about his wild ride in parenthood this past week. He lit up New York with his 16 year old nephew, then called his parents to personally thank them. The wonder twins talk about the mind of a teenager. A little dabble in Ready Player One, then boom! Let's get into Roseanne... should we watch? Nnekay has OPINIONS. In James's korner he has a treat for us all with the break down of 4 fabulous Black Queens in history- just when you thought Beyonce was enough queenatude here's some more!!!! You might be surprised about what is left off the history books, these women are full of POWER. In Nnekay's Korner she continues the trend of black queendom by covering the newly elected Vice President of Costa Rica, Epsy Campbell Barr- the first black woman Vice President in the Americas! Get Those earbuds ready because you are in for a treat!


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Switchblade Sisters Episode 23: The Heat with Tamra Davis

April Wolfe
Tamra Davis

The Heat

This week director Tamra Davis (Billy Madison, Half Baked, CB4) sits down with April to discuss Paul Feig's The Heat. Tamra takes April through what it's like directing comedies, how she worked with actors Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, and collaborating with comedy writers during a shoot. She also discusses the wonderful experience of directing the uber famous Britney Spears during the filming of Crossroads. April and her dissect Melissa McCarthy's performance in The Heat and her ongoing work with director Paul Feig. Tamra also details what it's like directing action scenes and the collaborative process of making a movie. Plus Inkoo Kang stops by to discuss why people should donate to the MaxFunDrive and Switchblade Sisters.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch The Heat

With April Wolfe and Tamra Davis

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at
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Show Notes for the 2018 MaxFunDrive Bonus Content!


This is a special bonus episode where Mallory and Brea recommend books to go with your favorite MaxFun episode! Use the hashtag #ReadingGlasses to participate in online discussion! Email us at readingglassespodcast at gmail dot com!

Reading Glasses Tote Bags -

Links -

Reading Glasses Transcriptions on Gretta

Reading Glasses Facebook Group

Reading Glasses Goodreads Group

Apex Magazine Page Advice Article

Amazon Wish List

Books Mentioned -

Robots vs. Fairies edited by Navah Wolfe and Dominik Parisien

Lady Killers by Tori Telfer

Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

Chain Saw Confidential by Gunnar Hansen

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

Death from the Skies! By Philip Plait

Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow

Vacationland by John Hodgman

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

Stiff by Mary Roach

The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman

Two Brothers by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon

Lives of the Monster Dogs by Kirsten Bakis

Rat Queens, vol 1 by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

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