CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Tangerine (2015)

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone! For this unconventional Yuletide, we bring in our dear friend, actress Alexia Jasmene, to discuss one of Clint’s favorite Christmas films – 2015’s trans-centric dramedy Tangerine!

Directed by Sean Baker (The Florida Project), Tangerine follows trans sex workers Sin-Dee Rella (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) and Alexandra (Mya Taylor) on one unseasonably hot Christmas Eve in West Hollywood. Sin-Dee wants revenge on her cheating boyfriend/pimp Chester (James Ransone), while Alexandra just wants the chance to perform at her favorite bar. Meanwhile, an Armenian cab driver (Karren Karagulian) intersects with their wild, crazy day in unexpected ways.

It’s a bold, refreshing and wholly original film, both in subject matter and presentation (the whole thing was filmed on an iPhone!), and we think it’s well worth some Christmas attention. Take a listen to our episode, and check out our custom cocktail and drinking rules!

(Thanks to our sponsor Backblaze as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)

Related links: 

Watch Tangerine on Netflix

This Week in Academia: Amélie Ollivier’s article in Feminist Spaces, “From Brokeback Mountain to Tangerine, LGBTQ Representations in Mainstream U.S. Cinema: Inclusive, Exclusive, or Counter Narratives?”

THIS EPISODE'S DRINK:

DRINKING RULES FOR TANGERINE:

  1. Any time you see primary colors (red, yellow, or blue, take your pick)
  2. Every time you see Christmas decorations
  3. Whenever the dubstep music kicks in

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Sin-Dee quietly says to Alexandra in the laundromat, “We’ll just be bald together.”

Join us next week as we celebrate Connickuh a little late this year, finishing off the year with My Dog Skip!

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About Clint Worthington

Clint Worthington is a Chicago-based film/TV critic and podcaster. A member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, you can find his other film work at Consequence of Sound (where he is a Senior Staff Writer), Crooked Marquee, IndieWire and UPROXX. He is also the co-host of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast.

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