This Movie Changed Me

22 EpisodesProduced by On Being Studios

One fan talking about the transformative power of one movie. This Movie Changed Me offers an unexpected take on pop culture, transporting listeners inside the world of movies by celebrating our intimate relationships with them. It’s not a movie review podcast; it’s a conversation. Hosted by Lily Per… read more

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The Joy Luck Club — Amy S. Choi

October 30th, 2018


You don’t see many Asian leads in Western cinema, that’s why The Joy Luck Club’s all-Asian cast was so radical. Its portrayal of complicated mother-daughter relationships and the immigrant experience …

Kill Bill: Volume 2 — Lauren Wilford

October 16th, 2018


Movie characters can rewrite the possibilities for our lives. That’s what Uma Thurman’s role as The Bride did for Lauren Wilford. …

Wings of Desire — Gustavo Santaolalla

October 2nd, 2018


For Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla, the classic German film Wings of Desire transformed how he makes music. It showed …

Bend It Like Beckham — Rajpreet Heir

September 18th, 2018


As an Indian-British-American girl, Rajpreet Heir didn’t feel like she fit anywhere. But Bend It Like Beckham spoke to her across continents. The movie helped her embrace an important truth — that she …

Now, Voyager — Angelica Jade Bastién

September 4th, 2018


Complex portrayals of women with mental illness are rare. But that’s what Vulture’s Angelica Jade Bastién saw in the Bette Davis …

The Big Lebowski — Scott Oliver

August 17th, 2018


Looking for some chill in your life? For the 20th anniversary of The Big Lebowski, Scott Oliver talks about how the movie helped him keep perspective in a time of chaos. In typical Dude fashion, he …

You Can Count On Me — Hrishikesh Hirway

August 7th, 2018


Siblings. Love them or hate them, if you had one — or many — odds are they played a big role in your life. Song Exploder’s …

Wonder Woman — Jacki Zehner

July 24th, 2018


From bodybuilding to thriving in the male-dominated Goldman Sachs, Jacki Zehner turned to Wonder Woman to become the leader she is …

The Ox-Bow Incident — Rubén Blades

July 10th, 2018


Movies can fundamentally shape the course of our work. That’s how the 1940s noir-Western “The Ox-Bow Incident” transformed salsa musician-activist-lawyer Rubén Blades. It taught him that it wasn’t …

Interstellar — Jamie Berube

June 26th, 2018


What movie helps you reckon with the loss of a loved one? Jamie Berube turned to “Interstellar” to cope with the death of her father. Matthew McConaughey’s character showed that her father’s love was …

Toy Story — Charles Pope

June 12th, 2018


“Toy Story” helped Monsignor Charles Pope through a time of personal crisis. From ego to failure to self-acceptance, Charles Pope embraced his inner Buzz Lightyear and in the process, himself.

Bridget Jones’s Diary — Samantha Powell

May 29th, 2018


For Samantha Powell, the pressure to be the perfect adult felt like a stranglehold. But this all changed with “Bridget Jones’s …

Avalon — Anthony Breznican

May 15th, 2018


What movie mirrors your life so perfectly you think it was made about you? For Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican, that film is “Avalon.” The story of a Jewish immigrant family reminds him that …

Boyhood — Naomi Shihab Nye

May 1st, 2018


Naomi Shihab Nye uncovers poetry in the everyday, an art practiced in Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age classic, “Boyhood.” Naomi found herself “living inside” the movie — seeing her …

Dan in Real Life — Sharon Salzberg

April 17th, 2018


Love is an ability, not just a feeling. “Dan in Real Life” brought this lesson home for meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg. The story of Steve Carell’s flawed but loveable character echoed Sharon’s own …

Ordinary People — Steve Almond

April 3rd, 2018


Dear Sugars’ Steve Almond talks about the liberating vulnerability of this Robert Redford classic. It taught him to embrace the …

Say Anything — Hadley Freeman

March 20th, 2018


Sexual tension? Romance? Teen angst? Sounds like a typical ’80s movie. But The Guardian’s Hadley Freeman says “Say Anything” is different, even radical, in its portrayal of women and men as friends.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind — Chaitanya Kumar

March 6th, 2018


If you could, would you erase memories of past lovers? This idea is at the heart of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” and …

You've Got Mail — Casper ter Kuile

February 20th, 2018


Harry Potter and the Sacred Text’s Casper ter Kuile talks about this classic Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks movie, one he always watches with a …

The Nightmare Before Christmas — Ashley C. Ford

February 6th, 2018


The Nightmare Before Christmas helped writer Ashley C. Ford accept life’s imperfections. As a kid, the movie taught her that it was okay to be different and to embrace the weird and the creepy.

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope — David Greene

January 23rd, 2018


David Greene, co-host of NPR’s Morning Edition and Up First, shares how Star Wars: Episode IV instilled a sense of wanderlust and …

This Movie Changed Me — Trailer

January 12th, 2018


A sneak peek into This Movie Changed Me, a new podcast from On Being Studios hosted by Lily Percy.

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