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Updated February 2020
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Stephen Sondheim's 1970 musical "Company" snuck up on me at the perfect time in my life. In the months before I turned 35, I discovered (a)musical theatre I genuinely liked and (b)a deep understanding and appreciation of the central character of Bobby. And not for nothing, the music is full of nuances, from the over the top opening number to Beth H…
 
Allison Janney, Viola Davis, Edi Patterson, Jim Gaffigan and McKenna Grace (and little BSA Bella Higginbotham!) are at the heart of the charming, eventually tearjerking "Troop Zero" that just came out on Amazon Prime. My boyfriend Jonathan joins me again to queen out on the all-female writing and direction, Allison Janney's perfect timing, Viola Da…
 
Awards season wouldn't be complete without the Nuancies! Once again we'll be looking back at the past year of In the Details and celebrating some of my favorite nuances, with five nominees but an embarrassment of winners. Plus, the second winner of the Beatrice Straight Award for Excellence in Nuance is named in a moving closing ceremony. Enjoy and…
 
Technically, this episode should be full of spoilers, but they're mostly for movies you'll likely never see anyway. This week, I'm diving into some of my favorite horror movie endings--but not for their cinematic brilliance. There is something wackadoo about these endings--they're over the top, chaotic, full of screaming and sweeping Pino Donaggio …
 
Edith Massey is a nuance in and of herself. A quintessential best supporting actress in the world of John Waters, her deliriously batty, busty, forward-thinking Aunt Ida in "Female Trouble" is a queen ahead of her time. Johnny from the podcast "That's Spooky" joins me this week to sing the praises of Massey's inherent kindness, as well as her denta…
 
Patricia Clarkson takes a 3 minute cameo in an episode of "Broad City" and turns it into a masterclass in how to play genuine pathos and genuine bananas all at once. This week, I'm breaking down her monstrous mother-son showdown beat by beat, nuance by nuance. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/uNHoQ4Nii4wGet in touch with me!Email: inthedetailspod@gm…
 
How about a Halloween bonus episode, whaddya say?! One of my favorite gaylords of darkness, Stacie Ponder, joins me to point and scream at Ruth Gordon's wacky and wicked turn as Minnie Castavet in "Rosemary's Baby." We also queen out on Mia Farrow in a phone booth, Patsy Kelly out of the closet, and then just a full on tangent about Texas Chainsaw …
 
I could probably dedicate an entire podcast to 1974's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"--this is already my second full episode focused on how much I love this movie. But this week I'm not alone--Brooklyn drag king Vigor Mortis joins me to dive deep on what we agree is a beautiful piece of American cinema. We explore the history of Ed Gein, the sociopoliti…
 
The 1987 slasher "Blood Rage" had no idea how perfectly wackadoo it was, and in large part due to Louise Lasser's committed performance (and the film's award-winning theme song!). This week, I queen out on Lasser's epic aria of a phone call with a seemingly bemused operator, the surprisingly charming final girl Karen and some real humanity (and tra…
 
Watching a mother and her son try to wait out a rabid dog from the relative safety of a broken down Pinto in "Cujo" wouldn't be so compelling if not for Dee Wallace's intensely emotional performance as Donna. This week, I queen out on some of her most powerful nuances and how she exemplifies the Final Mom archetype. I also highlight a similar showd…
 
Fosse/Verdon is, first and foremost, an amazing showcase of Michelle Williams as Gwen Verdon. And the episode “Nowadays” really lets her shine--but the devil in the details is Chita Rivera (Bianca Marroquin) lending incredible emotional nuance to the series’ best scene, which we’ll dive into beat by beat. But first, I queen out on Olivia Colman’s t…
 
Schitt's Creek is flooded with comedy gold--Catherine O'Hara, we see you--but this week I'm queening out on Alexis (Annie Murphy) in a brilliantly nuanced scene from Scene 4's "The Barbecue." But first, my continued thoughts on Broadchurch as I make my way into Season 2, including some questions about Charlotte Rampling, some love for a Best Suppor…
 
Fun Mom Dinner and Broadchurch--just a couple of modern meditations on grief, denial and facing the looming inevitabilities of one's fate. Well, okay, not really--Fun Mom Dinner is actually a meditation on mediocrity, but just as compelling as Olivia Colman trying to solve a seaside murder. Joining me this week is Jonathan Foster, the artistic dire…
 
One's a boozy girls trip gone wrong, the other's a trippy backpacking excursion gone wrong, but otherwise, Midsommar and Wine Country really have nothing in common, except for some really effective emoting from Florence Pugh and Amy Poehler. This week, my initial thoughts on Ari Aster's pagan fever dream and the uneven Netflix original full of SNL …
 
This week, I'm joined by Leanne Kubicz to queen out on 1994's Muriel's Wedding! We share our love for Toni Collette and ABBA, our appreciation for Rachel Griffiths' presence in this movie, and of course, we celebrate the deeply nuanced performance of Muriel's mother Betty by Jeannie Dryden. We go deep on Muriel's journey from lonely pathological li…
 
A couple months ago, I scripted an episode about a viral video from five years ago of an older woman in Coventry, Rhode Island, recording a local ad the Quality Curtain Outlet--and doing a bang-up job, by the way! It was almost to the archives of my Google Drive, but alas--this week I am proud to present to you a wackadoo exploration of a woman nam…
 
Squirrel Friend of the podcast Nick Kochanov (Very Bad Gay Podcast, Squirrel Friends Cocktail Hour) joins me this week to celebrate this generation's quintessential Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams!And specifically, in what we both agree is her best performance (and her first nomination!), 2005's Junebug. We queen out on co-star Celia Weston, bre…
 
So many troubled teens--and one kooky middle-aged woman--to discuss this week! My thoughts on Greta, the reign of Best Supporting Actresses in horror right now, the AARP Movies for Grownups awards, some bad child acting in Child's Play, some great child and adult-as-child acting in Pen15, magical music in the equally magical Eighth Grade, a moment …
 
You may not know the name Barbara Harris, but you probably should. She is not only a founding member of the Second City and a Tony Award winning stage actress, but she's also given some of the most nuanced performances in 20th century American cinema--and especially in her Oscar-nominated role (for Best Supporting Actress!) in the relatively obscur…
 
"Jane? Jane? Sound familiar?"Jane Benson returns to Valerie Cherish's life because she needs to. She needs the money, first of all, but she also needs an opportunity to tell the truth about Valerie. The truth, however, is something Valerie does not always need to see, especially if it makes her look ugly or old. But what if it's seen as brave?Also:…
 
I didn't really expect Toni Collette to get recognized by the Academy for "Hereditary," but a girl can dream. This week, my thoughts on the five performances that were nominated for Best Actress instead, as well as--OF COURSE--the 2019 nominees for Best Supporting Actress. (Also, the first 15 minutes of this episode are just me talking about things…
 
We're knee-deep in awards season and about a week too late for a 2018 Year in Review episode, so I'm combining both for The 1st Annual Nuancies, looking back on some of my favorite nuances from 2018's episodes of In the Details, as well as the first recipient of the Beatrice Straight Award for Excellence in Nuance!Get in touch!Email: inthedetailspo…
 
How exactly did Valerie Cherish get back on TV after almost a decade of circling the drain? The first episode of Season 2 does an amazing job of navigating the narrative nuances that take Valerie from desperately seeking stardom to nailing an audition at HBO playing, well, herself. This is truly her Comeback. Get in touch!Email: inthedetailspod@gma…
 
At the end of the first season of "The Comeback," Valerie Cherish is on top of the world--or so she thinks. Her time in the spotlight fades out steadily--but not immediately. Valerie tries many different things to stay relevant before "Seeing Red" propels her into stardom again. This week, we'll take a look back at her other failed attempts at real…
 
Meryl Streep’s Oscar-nominated turn as ice queen Miranda Priestly in “The Devil Wears Prada” may belong in a better movie--or this might be the perfect vehicle to let Streep shine, with pitch-perfect support from Stanley Tucci, Emily Blunt, and even Anne Hathaway. This week, I’m joined by writer/director Jonathan Minton (“Everyone Else Has”) to que…
 
It's a very "Hereditary" themed episode, even though what we're really talking about today is the 1982 TV movie "Don't Go to Sleep," which hits very similar notes. Both movies feature surprisingly powerful performances by grief-stricken mothers--and speaking of which, Toni Collette just won Best Actress at the Gotham Independent Film Awards! So pre…
 
One of my favorite movie nuances, especially in horror movies, is the soundtrack. A good score can elevate even the worst movie,(which I discovered just recently). This week, I'm queening out on some surprisingly effective and somewhat obscure soundtracks, and especially the early use of synths in movies like "Let's Scare Jessica to Death" and my n…
 
First things first: spoilers everywhere! I expected to love the new "Halloween," but I think I loved my idea of what it should be. This week, I'm not quite queening out so much as royally reading the new official sequel to the 1978 classic, and exploring the concept of the Final Woman, which I saw much more of in 1998's "Halloween: H20." I also fan…
 
It's weird to think of a movie called The Texas Chainsaw Massacre being considered a classic piece of American cinema. The title prepares you for a sleazy bloodbath, but what it delivers is stunning cinematography, a nauseatingly effective score, nuanced relationships and character traits (I sort of love Franklin...), an emotionally complex villain…
 
When a Stranger Calls (1979) is infamous for the concept of "The call is coming from inside the house," which has become both a punchline and a meaningful metaphor today. The trope was also popularly used in the 1974 cult slasher Black Christmas. This week, I'm queening out on both movies, and especially Carol Kane's quirks, Olivia Hussey's raw ter…
 
Not everyone can survive a horror movie--and some final girls don't get enough credit for what they did to survive. This week, I'm navigating the nuances of four surprising slasher heroines from the 1980's and what makes each of them special. But first, we need to talk about Cloris Leachman's tense made-for-TV desert detour, "Dying Room Only."Get i…
 
The title "Let's Scare Jessica to Death" tells you almost nothing about the 1971 hippie vampire cult classic except that someone named Jessica is being frightened repeatedly. But all you really need to know is that the titular role is played by a captivating Zohra Lampert, who gives a gripping and wildly nuanced performance both as the mentally uns…
 
YouTube is like an outlet mall of nuance, and today we're doing a little bargain hunting! We're queening out on an obscure 1971 Italian thriller's soundtrack and a treasure trove of other vinyl rips before moving on to my new favorite thing to fall asleep to these days, the 1993 infomercial for Microcrisp. Plus: one of my favorite acting choices fr…
 
Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett acting their hearts out in the same movie? This called for back-up. Nick Kochanov (Squirrel Friends Cocktail Hour & The No Good Very Bad Gay Podcast) joins me this week to queen out on 2006's "Notes on a Scandal." We talk about the fine nuances of Judi Dench, the roaring power of Cate Blanchett, our favorite acting cho…
 
We've explored many ways to answer the question, "Who is Valerie Cherish?" and this week, in the Part 3 of Cherishing Valerie, we're talking about the side of Valerie that comes out under pressure, who she is at home with Mark, Paulie G's effect on her, when we see her inner child emerge, and finally, why so many people love Valerie--especially gay…
 
The only way to really get to know Valerie Cherish is through the people in her life--who she is with them and who they let her be. In Part 2 of "Cherishing Valerie," we're going to meet three key co-stars of her comeback: Juna, Mickey and Jane. They each bring out a different side of Valerie and each give her something important. Music this week:"…
 
In many ways, "The Comeback" feels like a documentary about fame, how addictive it is, and the lengths fading sitcom actress Valerie Cherish will go to get it back--to be relevant again. To be heard.In Part One of a 3-part series, I explore the world of television Valerie came from, including some kooky parallels with another canceled workplace com…
 
What I love most about 1982's Poltergeist is how emotional it is. This week, I'm featuring Jerry Goldsmith's amazing score while I discuss the power of JoBeth Williams performance as Diane, the welcomed inclusion of Beatrice Straight as Dr. Lesh, and the calculated chaos of Tobe Hooper's direction. Plus: a sneak preview of what's to come on In the …
 
Rachel Getting Married is occasionally about Rachel's upcoming wedding, but it's mostly about her younger sister Kym and chaos that she brings as a perennial plus-one. This week's featured nuances include the powerful and deliberate acting choices of Rosemarie Dewitt, Bill Irwin and Debra Winger, the truth about Anne Hathaway's interpretation of Ky…
 
Hereditary could have just been the story of a family navigating unimaginable grief, and that would have been enough. But that merely lays the foundation for what's to come in what many are considering an instant horror classic generating, most importantly, precious Oscar buzz around Toni Collette's gut-wrenching performance. This week, I dive into…
 
Let's just say--I didn't LOVE Call Me By Your Name. But I think it's a phenomenally well-made movie, and among other things, features a very emotionally intelligent performance by Michael Stuhlbarg. But I more than take issue with the Elio/Oliver love story before shifting the focus back to Stuhlbarg's heartfelt monologue towards the end of the fil…
 
I have always wanted the opportunity to queen out on Beatrice Straight’s Oscar winning performance in 1977’s “Network.” She’s one of my favorite Best Supporting Actress winners because of the economy of her performance; what she accomplishes in about five minutes of screen time is a true feat of layered, nuanced, lived in acting. Movies discussed:N…
 
On the very first episode, I am diving into five face journeys in film that truly take you somewhere new. I briefly queen out on the birth of the trope in film and TV before focusing in on some truly nuanced examples.Movies discussed this week:The Wind (1928)Sunrise (1927)The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)Birth (2004)Lady Bird (2017)Erin Brockovich …
 
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