Today we talk mostly movies, specifically:
-Jenny gives a less-than-coherent but nonetheless glowing review of the historical drama Belle
-Cynara has thumbs up for Frank starring Michael Fassbender
In the middle we get into a discussion of TV’s Hannibal and content warning: it’s gross, it’s just a really good show with really upsetting content so be forewarned.
Aaaand we’re back! The episode’s title is not entirely reflective of the content, because Jenny couldn’t come up with a witty reference to the New York Times being racist, obnoxious and completely nonfactual in reference to one of TV’s most powerful producers, Shonda Rhimes.
First on the docket: Netflix original series Bojack Horseman, Cynara’s endorsement of it and a mention of her resemblance to the character pictured at left.
Second: The abhorrent screed that appeared last week in the Times, penned by a TV critic who apparently does not actually watch TV and thought that the sequential words “Angry Black Woman” could actually be part of a compliment.
Additionally: Other TV chatter that covers some Bunheads, some Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, some Cosby Show, and a false promise to talk about Fargo.
- Margaret Lyons’ expert takedown of the scurrilous NYT piece
- NPR’s Linda Holmes on the on-stage interview she conducted with Shonda at the Smithsonian literally the day after the NYT article ran
- Oh, and it turns out no fewer than three NYT editors saw the piece before it ran and non found it problematic
End clip: Aaron Paul, Will Arnett and Alison Brie in a clip from Bojack Horseman.
So this summer has been THE. WORST. and thus we don’t have a new episode for you. What we do have is a rerun from 2010 around the time of the release of the Angelina Jolie action flick Salt. Hey, did you hear? Angelina married some dude in France the other week! I know, this piece of news was really under the radar.
Anyhow, this episode also contains:
-Discussion of Hollaback — a soon-to-be iPhone app that gives women and LGBT folks power in the face of street harassment
-A videogame by Suyin Looui that’s provoking a lot of discussion on the subject of street harassment
Salt: Anything You Can Do I Can Do Equal [Women & Hollywood]
Hollaback NYC [Blogspot]
Schrodinger’s RapistÂ [Shapely Prose]
Hey Baby Game â€“ It’s Payback Time, Boys… [Heybabygame.com]
Here’s a rerun from November 2011. OLDIE BUT GOODIE. Jenny tallks Mindy Kaling’s first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? A detour to talk about the specific pressures faced by actresses who are not Hollywood-standard size 0. Sidetrack: the difference between being the 20s and 30s; how age affects the way you perceive yourself and how strangers interact with you. ~It gets personal~ Also, Jenny draws a parallel with the Dog Whisperer, LET HER FINISH. Plus: an hilarious Cynara blue hair anecdote. Discovery Channel’s Oddities, Jimmy Kimmel, and more!
YouTube Challenge – I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy [YouTube]
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns by Mindy Kaling [Random House]
Oddities [Discovery Channel]
It’s January and that SUCKS even if you’re not in Winnipeg in the middle of a terrifying cold snap.
This episode covers some of our favourite ways to manage the deep winter doldrums, including: alcohol, cookie salad and cat-based reality TV.
- Therapeutic animal-based programming like My Cat from Hell, My Wild Affair and Too Cute
- How to make the most of leftover holiday libations
- The wisdom of comedienne Maria Bamford
- The next YA hit book series to be converted to movies, Divergent
- The dangers of sugar-free candy
FOI rings in the new year with a bunch of movies and one miniseries.
- Cynara gives standard no-spoiler reviews for David O. Russell’s period heist romp American Hustle and the Coen Bros.’ period music drama Inside Llewyn Davis. Thrown in for good measure is our slagging of another heist flick, Now You See Me.
- Jenny recommends Top of the Lake, Jane Campion’s New Zealand-set miniseries starring Elisabeth Moss. (It’s a qualified recommend, given the triggering subject matter.)
- We dive into The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and all the feelings and frustrations attendant to it and the book it’s based on. (This part is spoilery, so do not listen unless you’ve seen the movie or don’t care about spoilers.)
- Bonus effusive YA book recommendation from Cynara: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.
This episode was SUPER TIMELY when we recorded it in August, around the time that everyone was wound up over Orange Is the New Black. Now, at the start of November, it’s less timely, but we hope you’ll prefer late over never.
Some of the points covered in this monotopical episode:
-How much we love Laverne Cox
-Laura Prepon’s unfortunate past foray into Canadian true crime TV movies
-How great it is that Netflix has finally delivered an original show that Jenny actually wants to watch
-Our differing perceptions/tolerances for “camp.”
-Cynara reviews Seth Rogen’s apocalypse comedepic (to coin a phrase), This Is the End and Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring.
-Jenny returns to the ranks of Patton Oswalt fans when he apologizes for being a dick.
-Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy unite under the directorship of Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) for the buddy cop extravaganza The Heat.
-Cynara gives an update of racist shenanigans and real world consequences (!) on the current US season of Big Brother. (This leads into a little bit of Paula Deen talk.) (Also a bit about Amazing Race Canada and Survivor season 1 (!) nostalgia.)
We spend 20 minutes not talking about Star Trek: Into Darkness. Jenny tries to convince everyone to watch Canadian-made sci fi series Orphan Black. Cynara reviews Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.
PLUS: Game show nostalgia. We put out a call for submissions to a list of Feminist Horror flicks. And we close out with some weird My Little Pony stuff.
- A helpful list of reasons why AbramsTrek is the actual worst
- Jack Dawson –> Jay Gatsby
- Equestria Girls
Cynara’s in NYC on business, and that leaves little time for podcasting. So here’s one from the archives — one that feels timely given recent tragedies resulting from the garment industry’s insatiable appetite for even larger profit margins and ever cheaper labour.
This episode is about the ethics of fashion and fatshion, fast and otherwise.
Further details can be found here.