Rattling The Cage #3 – Astro Boy [Podcast]

Newest Rattling The Cage is up!


The Movie: Astro Boy (2009)

It’s Nicolas Cage like you’ve never seen him before. Namely because you don’t see him at all. We decided to find out what it sounds like when Nic Cage gets behind the mic and gives voice to a grieving father who builds a robot to replace his dead son. And [spoiler warning], we were pleasantly surprised.


Further Reading, Viewing, and Links:

Caroline Diezyn is a podcast co-host and blogger at NetFlakes and Rattling the Cage, and a PhD student, writer, and artist in London, Ontario. You can…

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Rattling The Cage #2 – ‘Raising Arizona’ [Podcast]

My newest podcast!


The Movie: Raising Arizona (1987)

Let’s jump back to a classic of the Nic Cage canon, Raising Arizona. Not only does Cage become a live-action cartoon as H.I. McDunnough, matched only by an equally wild performance from Holly Hunter.



Dylan’s a dummy and mistakenly said Inside Man when he was actually talking about A Serious Man. And yet that’s still not the dumbest thing he said about Coen Brothers movies. Looking at you, Ladykillers defender.



Further Reading, Viewing, and Links:

  • Film School Rejects’ look forward to 2018 being Nic Cage’s biggest year yet – The Tao of Nicolas Cage: Is 2018 The Year Of Cage?
  • Emma Brockes interview with Cage for The Guardian, wherein he insists he is in on the joke
  • Caroline and Dylan‘s rankings of the Nicolas Cage movies on…

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Rattling The Cage #1 – ‘Drive Angry’ [Podcast]

New podcast!


The Movie: Drive Angry (2011)

We joked about it, then we thought about it, then we did it. Welcome to the pilot episode of Rattling the Cage, the podcast where hosts Caroline Diezyn and Dylan Clark-Moore (that’s us!) will bring our unique brand of criticism to the works of the one and only Nicolas Cage.

Our first movie on the chopping block is 2011’s madcap grindhouse flick, Drive Angry.

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Further Reading, Viewing, and Links:

Caroline Diezyn is a podcast co-host and blogger at NetFlakes and Rattling the Cage, and a PhD student, writer, and artist in London, Ontario. You can find them on Letterboxd

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Why ‘Legend’ Is A Better Gangster Movie Than ‘Goodfellas’ [Podcast]

New episode of the NetFlakes Podcast!


CW: suicide

This episode will deal with the topic of suicide. Please check SuicidePrevention.ca for resources and crisis centers near you, or for American listeners, please check Suicidology.com’s crisis centers.

The Movie: Legend (2015)

I am thrilled to welcome co-host Caroline Diezyn back to the country and back to the podcast.

After two scrapped plans to review crime movies in the past, I finally got the chance to talk about a crime drama with Caroline. Legend tells the true-ish story of Ronnie and Reggie Kray, twin mobsters from the East End of London during the late 1960s. In this telling, the brothers (both played by Tom Hardy) seem impossibly charming but, like with any good gangster movie, have their devious deeds catch up to them.

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Lemniscate Small Press

I started a small press and named it after my poetry chapbook I published.

The second publication is now available for purchase: Devourments by Langdon Hickman.

“It was during one of Abhi’s wanderings through the vast expanses of his Cascadian property that he found the cave in which he planned to die.”

Haunting and visceral, each story in Devourments by Langdon Hickman confronts death and grief in very different ways. Preserver and Satan Will Rise To Meet You force readers to challenge the uncomfortable ways we are used to coping with loss. Hickman’s prose conjures vibrant and strange worlds and characters with disarmingly uncanny familiarity, and leaves his imagery in the reader’s mind for days.

Illustrated by Caroline Diezyn.

52 pages, saddle-stapled on glossy paper. Black and white.

These will ship the week of August 14th, 2017.

Langdon Hickman is a writer based in Fairfax, Virginia with his girlfriend and dog. He graduated from George Mason University with a degree in creative writing and has been published previously in Empty Lighthouse, Treble, 365tomorrows and Weaponizer; this is his debut book.  You can support him on Patreon.

The Crucible: Sorry, Mr. Trump, That’s Not How Witch Hunts Work [Podcast]

My latest podcast with The NetFlakes Podcast is about a movie that I’m writing on for my PhD dissertation.


The Movie: The Crucible (1996)

With co-host Caroline Diezyn (Twitter & Letterboxd)

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And of course,

Dylan Clark-Moore is a podcast creator and blogger at NetFlakes. You can find him on Letterboxd and Twitter.

If you like what you heard this week, why not subscribe to The NetFlakes Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or whichever podcast platform you use via our podcast feed.

We are a proud member of the Electric Streams podcast network.

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Pleading The Fifth – Gender, Fashion, and Campy Sci-Fi in ‘The Fifth Element’ [Podcast]

I’m back on the NetFlakes podcast to talk about The Fifth Element.


The Movie: The Fifth Element (1997)

With co-host Caroline Diezyn (follow them on Twitter and Letterboxd).

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Other Episodes Referenced:


  • The Pop Culture Detective Agency video about “Born Sexy Yesterday”

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The Strong Woman Superhero

I saw Wonder Woman last night, and I really liked it. And I hate superhero movies, generally. Here are some reasons I liked it.

No spoilers.

Growing up fat but athletic (yeah) and not pretty, Femininity has never been a place I belong, if you will. If women in movies are strong and athletic and pretty, they’re also sad and damaged. This has never really motivated me to want to relate to women superheroes. I’ve never related to a woman character in a movie before and i’m not sure if i necessarily do to any in Wonder Woman either, but it has definitely struck me differently.

In my upcoming NetFlakes podcast on The Fifth Element I talk about the portrayal of strong women as being strong insofar as they are sexy, and that once their strength eclipses their sexiness, their womanhood is erased entirely. (This is especially interesting in a movie about a creature that is actually genderless in regards to the concept of the gender binary but stay tuned for the podcast for more on that.)

Fifth Element Case in point: the idea of this woman pretending to be our hero’s wife is a joke because despite being strong and capable, she is not sexy. Therefore she might as well not be a woman.


DBhG1B5VwAAgJ0g.jpgDBhG1B6U0AASjot.jpgOne of my criticisms of Wonder Woman was that I didn’t see enough buff warriors but clearly they were there but too briefly. Obviously these women are still beautiful and supposed to look beautiful, but they look unlike other “strong” women superheroines. They’re beefier. And they’re also happy to be beefier. (I really want the Amazons to have their own movie so these women can have more screen time.)

So the body diversity is better, but can always improve. But what struck me even more was that these characters are proud to be strong. They’re kind and compassionate and just happy.


Diana is unlike all other women superheroes I know of in that she isn’t angry or damaged, and her attractiveness doesn’t come from being damaged or needing emotional saving despite being physically capable.

Diana’s male counterparts quickly realize she’s the far more capable fighter and never demean her for it. Her romantic interest respects her; he isn’t waiting to show her that she needs him in order to establish a power imbalance in his favour. And Etta, the plus-size non-Amazonian woman, doesn’t resent her for being beautiful or strong or capable. They establish a friendship, not a rivalry. This is because Diana is written to be happy, kind, and compassionate, instead of the usual woman superhero schtick.

In every other superhero movie I’ve seen, the strong and capable woman must also be unhappy. Her strength comes from a traumatic past. I don’t want to pity the circumstances that drove a woman to be strong and capable. All that says is that once a man takes care of her, she can quit this life she never wanted. Diana was raised amongst a loving family who helped her become strong and capable and let her choose her destiny and follow her own path. This is way, way way too rare amongst women characters in action movies. Strong women are always strong out of necessity because of trauma and often talk about how they wish their lives were different. Except Diana and the Amazons. Diana chooses to fight when staying home would have been easier. No other woman superhero in a movie that I know of gets to choose. Being proud of strength, choosing her own life direction, and acting instead of reacting are elements that are far too seldom (if ever) equated with femininity in popular media. I talk about this lack of agency in women superheroes in my The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo podcastReacting to harm isn’t the same as choosing to fight. 


Wonder Woman is proud to be and chooses to be strong;

Other women superheroes are strong because something sad happened to them;

More women characters with the agency to choose to be strong without having to be sad/damaged or sexually useful, please.