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Parenting often feels like a minefield. Bill's challenge is how to introduce his 10-year-old daughter Claire, at her own request, to more engaging media than Saturday morning cartoons and chapter books. So, they are going on an adventure to expand her cinematic horizons. Each episode they'll discuss their thoughts on a film before and after they watch. Finally, Bill will share a few solo thoughts from a parent's perspective. Tune in and see how it goes!

Parenting often feels like a minefield. Bill's challenge is how to introduce his 10-year-old daughter Claire, at her own request, to more engaging media than Saturday morning cartoons and chapter books. So, they are going on an adventure to expand her cinematic horizons. Each episode they'll discuss their thoughts on a film before and after they watch. Finally, Bill will share a few solo thoughts from a parent's perspective. Tune in and see how it goes!
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Parenting often feels like a minefield. Bill's challenge is how to introduce his 10-year-old daughter Claire, at her own request, to more engaging media than Saturday morning cartoons and chapter books. So, they are going on an adventure to expand her cinematic horizons. Each episode they'll discuss their thoughts on a film before and after they watch. Finally, Bill will share a few solo thoughts from a parent's perspective. Tune in and see how it goes!

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English


Episodes

George Waggner's The Wolf Man

11/26/2019
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This week, #OperationUniversalHorror returns! Finally! We're (mostly) over the zombie virus and it's time to get back to those classic monsters. We're talking George Waggner's The Wolf Man, starring the magnificent Lon Chaney Jr. as Larry Talbot, who's kind of a creep! Telescopic spying as a pick-up line is super not cool. We get into consent and agency. We also talk a bit about the history of the Romani people, especially during the Holocaust. Bela Lugosi is phenomenal as the fortune...

Duration:00:37:17

Sick Day Episode: ITMOD ChatCast Interview

11/18/2019
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We interrupt our regularly scheduled #OperationUniversalHorror (don't worry, it'll be back in a sequel) because Bill & Claire caught a touch of the zombie virus! No worries though, this is a strictly audio medium. While we can't record this week, we thought we'd give you a chance to listen to Claire's debut on the In The Mouth of Dorkness ChatCast! On this extra spooky special episode of the ITMODChatCast, we're bringing you an incredibly nifty chat from the Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester,...

Duration:00:50:04

Wolfman's Got Nards: A Documentary

11/5/2019
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We interrupt our regularly scheduled #OperationUniversalHorror (don't worry, it'll be back in a sequel) programming to bring you this special episode. This week we're talking Wolfman's Got Nards. André Gower (Sean in The Monster Squad) and Henry Darrow McComas made a beautiful documentary about the life of The Monster Squad after its lackluster theatrical release. If you've ever loved a movie or been inspired by someone else's art, there's something for you in this love-letter to the fans of...

Duration:00:53:18

John Carpenter's Halloween

10/31/2019
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Happy Halloween! We're slashing #OperationUniversalHorror (don't worry, it'll be back in a sequel) to bring you this special episode. We knew we were going to show Claire John Carpenter's Halloween this year, we just didn't know it would be part of a Joe Bob Briggs' Last Drive-In #HalloweenHootenany on Shudder. We talk a bit about the #MutantFam, why slashers slash, and the concept of feminism. Follow the podcast @BaCEAPodcast on Twitter. Don’t forget to leave a review or comment. And as...

Duration:00:50:20

Tod Browning's Dracula

10/29/2019
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This week, #OperationUniversalHorror continues with Tod Browning's Dracula, starring the incomparable Bela Lugosi. We get into the great performances, including Dwight Frye's phenomenal performance as Renfield. Plus, there's a great conversation about how art can facilitate conversations about pressing social issues. Through that, we explore the depiction of mental health and the treatment of patients on film. Follow the podcast @BaCEAPodcast on Twitter. Don’t forget to leave a review or...

Duration:00:44:32

James Whale's Bride of Frankenstein

10/22/2019
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This week, #OperationUniversalHorror continues with James Whale's Bride of Frankenstein. We were very excited to get back to the Frankenstein movies and this one didn't disappoint! We continue our conversation on the depiction of women and also get into the Hays Code and the implementation of the Production Code Administration. We talk about how that leads to the modern-day MPAA and how an MPAA rating can impact both the business and artistic aspects of filmmaking. Follow the podcast...

Duration:00:57:00

James Whale's The Invisible Man

10/8/2019
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This week, #OperationUniversalHorror continues with James Whale's The Invisible Man. To be honest, this one was a bit of a miss overall for us. Claude Rains' maniacal performance was fantastic and the special effects were a lot of fun to pick apart, but the movie didn't quite land for a couple of reasons. For example, Danielle and Claire dig into the lack of well-written roles for women. Follow the podcast @BaCEAPodcast on Twitter. Don’t forget to leave a review or comment. And as always,...

Duration:00:42:41

James Whale's Frankenstein

9/17/2019
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We're really proud to bring you a discussion about James Whale's Frankenstein as the first film in what we'll be calling #OperationUniversalHorror. Frankenstein is a story of the outsider and the damage words like normal and abnormal can inflict on those who don't conform to the expectations of society. It's also a story of man's obsession to become God. We dig into these themes and more in our chat. Follow the podcast @BaCEAPodcast on Twitter. Don’t forget to leave a review or comment. And...

Duration:00:56:16

Shudder's You Might Be The Killer

9/10/2019
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This summer, Claire had her first experience with sleep away camp! Naturally, we decided to dive into a camp-based horror-comedy slasher film with the Shudder original You Might Be The Killer. This movie started as a Twitter riff between authors Sam Sykes and Chuck Wendig, which just goes to show rad movie ideas can come from anywhere with a team of awesome people bring them to life. Claire shares a couple of camp stories and then we dig into some slasher tropes with this ridiculously fun...

Duration:00:36:56

Shaun of the Dead

9/3/2019
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Claire turned 10! For her birthday, I offered her the chance to pick any movie she wanted. After a lengthy conversation, she settled on Shaun of the Dead. I'm as shocked as you that she didn't pick 2017's IT! Tune in to see what she thought of one of my all-time favorites! Follow the podcast @BaCEAPodcast on Twitter. Don’t forget to leave a review or comment. And as always, thank you for listening. Let us know, what did your kids think of this one? Bill & Claire's Excellent Adventures is...

Duration:00:44:45

Varsity Blues

8/27/2019
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Last week, we got a bit side-tracked and wound up having a great conversation about how we do title selection. We're back on movies! Sometimes, Claire wanders out as my wife and I settle in to watch an evening movie. This time, that film happened to be Varsity Blues. We dig into small town politics, the ups and downs of a wildly popular high school football team, and - yes - we breakdown the infamous scene with Claire. Follow the podcast @BaCEAPodcast on Twitter. Don’t forget to leave a...

Duration:00:40:34

How-We-Do: Title Selection

8/20/2019
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This week, we were meant to be talking Varsity Blues (stay tuned for that next week!), but we got sidetracked with what became a special behind-the-scenes look at how we pick titles for the podcast. Bill & Claire's Excellent Adventures is about expanding Claire's cinematic horizons and it's important I'm not the only curator. She has to learn how to pick titles for herself, too. This ep is how we work through title selection as both father and daughter and also as creative partners. I hope...

Duration:00:32:47

Steven Spielberg's Jaws

8/13/2019
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Bill & Claire's Excellent Adventures is back! Claire has spent most of her summer on a swim team, in the water every single day. So, how could our first episode back be anything other than Steven Spielberg's masterpiece - maybe the greatest movie of all time - Jaws? We caught it at our local Alamo Drafthouse and I've never seen someone more into a movie. And to top it off, Danielle is joining us for the conversation! It's good to be back! Follow the podcast @BaCEAPodcast on Twitter. Don’t...

Duration:00:56:41

Penny Marshall's A League of Their Own

5/17/2019
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#OperationHanksify is back with another rad Penny Marshall film A League of Their Own! And, what's this? Danielle is joining us for a special birthday pick episode! We're gonna need another hashtag. More people, more content, and more Tom Hanks! Follow the podcast @BaCEAPodcast on Twitter. Don’t forget to leave a review or comment. And as always, thank you for listening. Let us know, what did your kids think of this one? Bill & Claire's Excellent Adventures is an In The Mouth of Dorkness...

Duration:01:05:26

Bend It Like Beckham

5/8/2019
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We're back to discuss Gurinder Chadha's awesome football flick BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM starring Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley. This movie does an amazing job showing the challenges of women trying to find their way when their dreams clash with their parents' cultural expectations. We get into who gets to decide success, the impact of systemic racism across generations, and the importance of being you. Follow the podcast @BaCEAPodcast on Twitter. Don’t forget to leave a review or comment....

Duration:00:50:00

Avengers: Endgame

4/30/2019
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Welcome fellow Avengers! We - along with tens of millions of people - headed to the theater last weekend to celebrate the MCU's epic conclusion to the Infinity Saga - a feat longer in the making than Claire has been alive! We dig into our love of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Endgame. And that leads to some heavy conversations about the value of revenge, crying in public, and the pervasiveness of sexism. Follow the Podcast @BaCEAPodcast on Twitter. Don’t forget to leave a review or...

Duration:00:53:35

Major League

4/18/2019
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This week, we're [insert sports pun] into sports movies with MAJOR LEAGUE. The movie just had its thirtieth anniversary. So, one, I'm getting old. And two, it's a fun film to ease Claire in the sports movies genres. We get into baseball superstitions and the non-creepy way to reconnect with old friends. Follow the Podcast @BaCEAPodcast on Twitter. Don’t forget to leave a review or comment. And as always, thank you for listening. Let us know, what did your kids think of this one? Bill &...

Duration:00:50:51

Small Soldiers

4/9/2019
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This week, #OperationDanteDive comes to a close with SMALL SOLDIERS. I'm excited to say this is a Claire-requested title. She found out that it was a Dante film and asked to include it in the line-up. We dig into the pursuit of money over mastery of craft and that weird 90s trend of parents just assuming their kids are on drugs for any little reason. Like bloodshot eyes or tales of toy soldiers using power tools to do murder. Follow the Podcast @BaCEAPodcast on Twitter. Don’t forget to...

Duration:00:54:57

The Money Pit

4/2/2019
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Welcome back! This week, #OperationHanksify continues with the 1986 classic: THE MONEY PIT! This is pretty choice Hanks Pratfall territory. Besides, home renovation shows are a staple of family entertainment in our household. And it's a really fun metaphor for working through relationship problems. There're about, oh, say two weeks of conversation topics here. Follow the Podcast @BaCEAPodcast on Twitter. Don’t forget to leave a review or comment. And as always, thank you for listening....

Duration:01:00:00

Penny Marshall's 1988 BIG

3/26/2019
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Last week, we found out Claire really hasn't seen any Tom Hanks movies. So, we pivoted from #OperationDanteDive to #OperationHanksify with Penny Marshall's 1988 masterpiece BIG! Claire is the perfect age for this film and her commentary does not disappoint. This chat was an absolute joy for me as a parent. Check it out! Follow the Podcast @BaCEAPodcast on Twitter. Don’t forget to leave a review or comment. And as always, thank you for listening. Let us know, what did your kids think of this...

Duration:00:54:41