The Pointless Century

Magickal Realist Horror

Happy Halloween!

9 months ago

Episode Notes

Bonus Episode: Magickal Realist Horror Happy Halloween! Anna and Madalyn gush about Ari Aster; Will talks about Brecht; Frank explains some creepy things he read on the internet; we all love these movies, but there’s reason to be disturbed by the culture that produced them. That’s horror. Hereditary. Dir./Writ. Ari Aster. Perf. Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro. A24, 2018. Midsommar. Dir./Writ. Ari Aster. Perf. Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper. A24, 2019. Rosemary’s Baby. Dir./Writ. Roman Polanski. Perf. Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer. Paramount, 1968. The VVitch: A New England Fable. Dir./Writ. Robert Eggers. Perf. Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie. A24, 2015. The Pointless Crew: Anna Wendorff (she/her/hers) – Communications, Rhetorics of Sci & Tech, Feminism // Frank Fucile (he/him/his) – Lit & Theory, Film & Media, Genre, Enviro & Tech Studies // Will O’Brien (he/him/his) – Lit & Theory, Modernism, Ecocriticism, Drama // Madalyn McCabe (she/they) – Co-Producer, European Studies // Troll us on Twitter: // T-shirts are now available: // Watch us on Instagram: @thePointlessCentury // Support us on Patreon: MUSIC: Fantômas – Rosemary’s Baby (written by Krzysztof Komeda) ART: Still from The Witch, dir. Robert Eggers, feat. Anya Taylor Joy (A24, 2015)

The Pointless Century is a podcast of informal discussions about literature and film seeking to understand 20th century history and illuminate 21st century politics. Professor Frank Fucile and research assistants Anna Wendorff and Rachel Hamele work their way through comparative studies of canonical works, examples from pop culture, and some cult classics while reflecting on subjects like technology, art, class, race, gender, sexuality, the environment, (as always) war, and (inevitably) fascism.