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Episode 4. Into the Wardrobe with The Neverending Story (1984; dir. Wolfgang Peterson): Childhood Trauma and the Power of Story

In this episode of Into the Wardrobe, Shaun and Jen are joined by the lovely Becca to talk about the movie that defined Jen’s childhood, terrified Shaun, and has now inspired Becca to find a luck dragon. That move is 1984’s The Neverending Story directed by Wolfgang Peterson. Our intrepid crew discuss their own childhood traumas […]


Episode 3. Into the Wardrobe with Hocus Pocus (1993; Dir Kenny Ortega): Complications with 90s Narratives

In this third episode of Into the Wardrobe (though the first to most of our listeners), Shaun and Jen discuss the 1993 Disney film, Hocus Pocus, directed by Kenny Ortega. They discuss the film’s pros and cons, from its treatment of people of color and anti-feminist portrayals of witches to how it deals with toxic […]


Episode 16. Into the Wardrobe with The Last Unicorn (1982; Dir. Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin, Jr.): Fairytales and the Natural World

The Last Unicorn and the fairytales of the natural world! In our second edition of Into the Wardrobe, Jen and Shaun discuss the adaptation of Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn, directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin, Jr. We discuss the film’s major themes, including the underlying meaning of its emotional narrative, the nature of good and […]


Episode 10. Into the Wardrobe with The Goonies (1985; dir. Richard Donner): The 80s Child (or, How I Learned to Find a Pirate Ship on a Weekend)

The Goonies and the 80s Child (or, How I Learned to Find a Pirate Ship on a Weekend) In our first ever Into the Wardrobe subcast, Jen Zink joins the Totally Pretentious crew to discuss the 1985 class, The Goonies. We discuss how the film represents the child, both in the acting and the direction, how the […]