Breaking Form: a Poetry and Culture Podcast

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May 08, 2023 Aaron Smith and James Allen Hall Episode 89
Breaking Form: a Poetry and Culture Podcast
Hero Ratio
Show Notes

These queens need a hero, not a zero in this episode of heroic percentages.

Review Breaking Form on Apple Podcasts here.  Please support Breaking Form and buy Aaron's and James's  books:
Aaron's STOP LYING is available from the Pitt Poetry Series.
James's ROMANTIC COMEDY is available from Four Way Books.

In the Season 5 Finale of Game of Thrones, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) was forced to walk naked through the city. The scene lasts for 6 minutes, not 8 as James says. The nun who follows behind Cersei, ringing a bell and calling out "Shame!" in intervals, is played by Hannah Waddingham. You can get a sense of the scene here. TW for intense misogyny.

Wednesday Addams was played by Christina Ricci in the movies The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993). See the lemonade stand scene here and the "I'd pity him" scene here.

Aaron references the Fire Swamp in The Princess Bride. Measuring about 8.3 square miles, the Florin/Guilder Fire Swamp is located between Florin and Guilder. Like other fire swamps, it has large, lush trees, and contains a large percentage of gas bubbles, especially sulfur, which spontaneously combust.

In Fargo, Marge delivers the "And it's a beautiful day" speech in the police cruiser, with the murder suspect in the back of her car as she's driving. In a freaking blizzard.

When Clarice Starling first meets Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, Lecter calls Starling a rube and mocking her accent. It occurs around the 5:21 mark here. Foster says that Hopkins improvised the part where Lecter makes fun of Starling's accent. And she also told Graham Norton that she and Hopkins never spoke to one another on set until the end of shooting.

Read more about Weaver landing the role of Ellen Ripley in the Alien films here. Watch Ripley fight the Supreme Alien here; watch Ripley tell Burke to fuck off here.

You can read more about the idea for cutting (and then recovering) "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz here.

Goldie Hawn is a riot as the titular Private Benjamin. Watch Benjamin tell Capt. Lewis she joined a different army here.

Carrie is a 1976 film starring Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, and it's based on Stephen King's first published novel of the same name (1974). Piper Laurie plays Carrie's mother, the uber-unstably-religious Margaret White. Watch the tender and poetic Prom scene with Carrie and Tommy here. And watch Carrie argue about her Prom dress with her mom here