This week, Alex and Wesley try to unpack the theft of images from celebrities’ personal iCloud accounts as a perverse conflation of sexual assault and anti-corporate rebellion. They wind up talking about celebrity, #GamerGate, Islamic fundamentalism, and Revenge of the Nerds.
They move on to the gimmickry of the horror film As Above, So Below and couples-retreat drama The One I Love. Wesley admits to resenting found-footage horror. Alex likes the twist in the twist in The One I Love and Elisabeth Moss’s performance.
And don’t worry: We are very close to choosing our new book. Alex is thorough!
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Here are links to topics discussed in this week’s show:
The iCloud Photo Leak
“Racy Jennifer Lawrence photos surface, sparking Internet frenzy amid reports of massive celebrity-photo leak,” Washington Post, August 31, 2014
“Gamergate: the community is eating itself but there should be room for all,” The Guardian, September 2, 2014
“Public Lives, Private Browsing, and the Two-Way Mirror of the Celebrity Hacking Scandal,” Grantland, September 3, 2014
“The Great 2014 Celebrity Nude Photos Leak is only the beginning,” The Guardian, September 4, 2014
Revenge of the Nerds, 1984, plot summary
As Above, So Below and The One I Love
The One I Love, 2014, trailer
“Sundance Diary, Days 5-6: The Happiest Movie You’ll See All Week, and the Most Ridiculous,” Grantland, January 22, 2014
“‘Coherence’: The Best Sci-Fi Movie of 2014 That You Haven’t Seen,” Grantland, August 20, 2014
“Ask a Doctor: Can Claustrophobia-Horror Movies Like ‘As Above, So Below’ Help Your Fear?” Grantland, August 29, 2014
“Heart of Dankness: Touring Ruins in ‘As Above, So Below’ and ‘The Trip to Italy,’” Grantland, August 29, 2014