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Four-quadrant films are movies designed to appeal to the biggest, widest audience possible. In the process, they can often leave out a lot of LGBTQ+ representation – but end up loaded with subtext. In The Queer Quadrant, hosts Brooke Solomon and Jordan Gustafson examine cinema in all its cultural contexts, and explore why your favorite four-quadrant blockbuster is maybe…not as straight as you think it is.
 
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Jordan and Brooke are joined by film critic Zoë Rose Bryant for the delightful hangout vibes of 2021's "Luca." We discuss how this movie was fated to be gay from the get-go, thoughts on the evolution of Pixar, casual romance in family films, and how much we'd love to see movies like this on the big screen. Bonus: some very questionable Italian acce…
 
Jordan and Brooke are rejoined by fellow Channing Tatum enthusiast Fran Hoepfner for Mike Lane's "final tease." How does this film stack up to the magic of XXL? Are we in a new era of chill Soderbergh? How delightfully unhinged is Salma Hayek in this? And how the HELL does Channing Tatum manage to do all of that? Follow us on Twitter and IG! (And J…
 
Jordan and Brooke take on the apocalypse and cover M. Night Shyamalan's latest film on the week of its release. They talk Movie Star Dave Bautista, how queer rep and the moral dilemma inform each other here, Rupert Grint's bad Boston accent, and general thoughts on ritual sacrifice. Follow us on Twitter and IG! (And Jordan's Letterboxd / Brooke's L…
 
Jordan and Brooke are joined by Caitlin Durante and Jamie Loftus (The Bechdel Cast) to discuss the biggest and best blockbuster of them all. Jimmy C's 1997 epic is one of the greatest love story ever told – but is it also secretly queer? We dive into filmmaker Celine Sciamma's love for this film's freeing subtext, Leo's androgynous look that awaken…
 
Jordan and Brooke are rejoined by entertainment critic Rachel LaBonte (ScreenRant) to discuss Angela Robinson's criminally underseen film. They discuss canonically queer origins of Wonder Woman, how bad on-screen depictions of BDSM culture usually are, the film's hot polyamarous throuple, and, somehow, the Muppets. Follow us on Twitter and IG! (And…
 
Jordan and Brooke are joined by culture writer Jihane Bousfiha to finish the year strong with David Fincher's 2011 "feel bad movie of Christmas." Although it's a pretty heavy watch, they discuss this film's absolute casting masterclass, cinematic gender norms and how to flip them, Rooney Mara's missing Oscar, some spicy Fincher rankings, and how f-…
 
Jordan and Brooke return to the semi-cursed land of Christmas rom-coms for this 2005 curio. It's part romance, part screwball comedy, part cancer drama (yes, really), with some very well-drawn gay characters and a truly deranged SJP performance. Plus they cover hits and misses of past AARP Movies for Grown-Ups Awards, how Rachel McAdams is somehow …
 
Jordan and Brooke kick off their annual unhinged holiday movie watch with this stop-motion classic – but might this movie actually make the Rainbow Standard?! We dig into the plethora of queer characters present in this TV special, the enduring read of Rudolph's story in regards to oppression and capitalism, a Rankin/Bass deep dive (Heat Miser & Sn…
 
Jordan and Brooke are joined by writer William Goodman (Complex, GQ) for one of the gayest and more under-seen flicks of the 2010s. They talk everything from meticulously tailored suits to mod 60s influences, why this great movie was such a flop, Guy Ritchie's rat-a-tat humor, Henry Cavill's incredible charm and how we must see more of it, and the …
 
Jordan and Brooke are joined by Trace Thurman and Joe Lipsett (Horror Queers) for 1997's "anti rom-com." They discuss Julia Roberts' career and recent comeback, how this film doesn't work without the wonderful Rupert Everett, the case for theatrical rom-coms, evolution of the gay best friend trope, and some controversial thoughts on karaoke. Follow…
 
Jordan and Brooke are joined by Drew Mackie (Gayest Episode Ever) for the absolute camp masterclass that is this move. They discuss the film's razor sharp breakdown of the American nuclear family, the fact that Gary Cole could totally get it, innuendos galore, and a surprisingly sweet "gay best friend" trope. Follow us on Twitter! (And Jordan's Let…
 
Jordan and Brooke are rejoined by hardcore Wildcat / writer and critic Ella Kemp for an epic conclusion to the HSM trilogy. It's the return of Kenny Ortega auteur theory, all the things an $11M budget can do for your high school, a request for more Sharpay spin-offs, Ryan and Kelsi's iconic mutual bearding situation, and how we'll always all be in …
 
Jordan and Brooke are joined by horror writer Cory McCullough (The Scream Teens) to discuss 2022's *debatable* slasher flick. We wonder why writer/director John Logan is so reticent to just let the gay characters get their revenge, discuss the Blumhouse influence, trauma bond over film school trauma, envision what a proper slasher set at conversion…
 
Jordan and Brooke are joined by Slim (The Letterboxd Show, 70MM) for a seasonally appropriate Shirley Jackson double bill. We discuss the enduring queerness of the Hill House (Hill HAUS?!) story through its book and adaptations, perks of letting the audience actually use their imagination in horror, some real life haunted house stories, the wonderf…
 
Jordan and Brooke are joined by friend of the pod and writer Phil Tice to discuss 1992's lush, dramatic, slightly insane Coppola version of "Dracula!" We talk through Anthony Hopkins' gonzo performance, the film's absolutely incredible production and costume design, some iffy but adorable accent work, and the long, sexy, gay history of Bram Stoker …
 
The weekend after its release, Jordan and Brooke dive into Billy Eichner's new studio comedy. Was bad marketing the one to blame for this film's underperformance, or have the straight people taken us down once again? How soon can we get our hands on this screenplay? Who's our MVP (besides Debra Messing, obviously)? And how do we get a spot in the a…
 
Jordan and Brooke are joined by podcaster and writer Cass Clarke (SlashFilm, Marvel) to discuss 1996's twistiest movie and another great addition to the "be gay do crime" genre. Is this actually a very progressive film, or just enjoyable sexy schlock, or maybe a bit of both? Who on Earth was this film marketed to? Is the entire main cast actually p…
 
Jordan and Brooke are joined by screenwriter Nat Torres ("Our Flag Means Death") for a delightful throwback movie, helmed by none other than director Drew Barrymore! We discuss the need for a roller-blading cinematic renaissance, one of Elliot Page's best and maybe queerest roles (confirmed by Drew Gregory), the wide world of Texas-set films, and h…
 
Jordan and Brooke are joined by Roxana Hadadi (Vulture) to discuss yet another entry into the greater Snyder-verse! This one is complete with video game logic, one of the most interesting ensemble casts of the 2010s, the constant "depiction vs. endorsement" debate, and one perfect Bjork needle drop. Follow us on Twitter! (And Jordan's Letterboxd / …
 
Jordan and Brooke are joined by returning guest Cate Young (Thirty, Flirty + Film) to close out our epic summer series on "Q Fast Q Furious." Brooke reveals she teared up when Roman & Tej went to space, Cate pitches an all-female spin-off as the franchise's next entry (yes please), and Jordan for once does not invoke Tom Cruise! Plus our final Fast…
 
Jordan and Brooke kick it solo this week for an absolute must-cover, hotly anticipated film...Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," obviously. We talk the disastrous old age makeup, Dustin Lance Black's writing career, the bad gays of American history, Leo's very questionable accent work, and the field day Hoover would've had with Twitter. Follow us on Twit…
 
Jordan and Brooke are joined by Caitlin Durante (The Bechdel Cast) for this hyper masc F&F spinoff. Listen along for a detailed breakdown of how queer subtext became so popular in blockbuster film canon – from the Hays code to 80s buddy comedies – alongside a discussion of David Leitch's action chops, the need to have your famous friends tell you h…
 
Jordan and Brooke are joined by entertainment writer Lillian Crawford for Robert Zemeckis's 1992 horror/drama/comedy/camp masterpiece. We talk all things VFX and where Zemeckis fits in, Hollywood's current ironic obsession with de-aging technology, what "traditional femininity" means to society, the drag-focused and queer reclamations of this film,…
 
Jordan and Brooke are joined by filmmaker and actor Ben Chinapen for a shaky entry in the Fast family canon (but high-key the best Hobbs & Shaw movie lol). We debate whether this film is actually kind of underrated, the buzzzzz that Dwayne Johnson redirecting a tank with his bare hands gives us, Dom missing his main man Brian, Hobbs falling for his…
 
Jordan and Brooke are rejoined by entertainment writer Brianna Zigler (Paste Magazine) to discuss Paul Verhoeven's 1992 iconic erotic thriller. This movie has everything: extremely valid controveries, extremely ludicrous controversies, the line "magna cum laude pussy," three (3!) queer lead characters, and Michael Douglas wearing a v-neck sweater t…
 
Jordan and Brooke are rejoined by writer Emma Stefansky for this bittersweet entry in the Fast franchise that made us all cry like babies. But there's Dwayne Johnson flexing out of a cast to make up for it. We talk James Wan's box office bonafides, the incredible Dubai "dress transition" (you know the one), fighting with your car as an extension of…
 
Jordan and Brooke are rejoined by Fran Hoepfner (Gawker, Fran Magazine) for Matthew Vaughn's whimsical 2007 fantasy adventure. There's an all-time Robert De Niro performance, a lot of discussions on British-leaning genre cinema, and not that much titular stardust. But Fran reflects on her high school viewing of this film and convinces everyone to w…
 
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