Episode #47: Out of Order

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-Cynara gives a NEGATIVE review of the new Jason Reitman flick Men, Women and Children. As she is wont to do with movies she hates, she gives spoilers BUT I warn you before it happens (trust me, it’s not really a big deal). Anyway, most of this has to do with people’s misapprehensions of what the internet is really like and how internet friends are REAL, DAMMIT

-With some effort, we redirect the conversation to The Good Wife (a discussion which does contain spoilers up to October 12, as well as a casting spoiler for the future)

-We even touch on How to Get Away with Murder, which Cynara isn’t sold on but wow was that final scene on October 16 a doozy (our discussion of this show is rather spoiler free — we do NOT reveal the “last nine words” that Viola Davis says, which weren’t as good as the 90 wordless seconds that preceded them, anyway

-Would Dollhouse have been a better show if the final episode had been shown first (à la HTGAWM?)

-Saturday Night Live is tanking in the ratings! Stefon is crying about this! (Maybe they should ditch the North Korea yellowface sketches and see how that goes?)

End clip: Eliza Dushku singing in the line of duty in the first season of Dollhouse

Episode #46: Thirty-Two Going on Immortal

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig in The Skeleton TwinsTopics:

-Cynara’s review of the Kristen Wiig/Bill Hader flick The Skeleton Twins

-Jenny’s review of the new ABC supernatural drama Forever

-Fatantagonism in the Harry Potter series

-Misogyny in the James Bond series

-Age differences between on-screen couples and also Helen Mirren

 

Episode #45: Don’t Be Clippy

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Cynara gives her take on two flicks, one in theatres and one on Netflix.

Right now on Netflix: The Punk Singer, a biographical documentary about musician and Riot Grrl Kathleen Hanna, including her recent diagnosis with late-stage lyme disease.

Right now in theatres: Gone Girl, based on the best-selling thriller by Gillian Flynn, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Cynara’s review doesn’t spoil the movie but might prepare you for some disappointing aspects of it.

Also:

-Jenny encourages all Winnipeggers to attend a new thing that’s happening called Cootie Club, an initiative to improve the representation and safety of women and feminine spectrum people in the music scene, check out all the details on Facebook

-Some gossiping about Ben Affleck  and Jennifer Garner

-The way men’s behaviour on the internet often resembles that of the animated paperclip that used to pop up and offer to help you with your Microsoft Word document

End song: Bikini Kill, “Bloody Ice Cream.”

FOI #44

Episode #44: Arsenic-Free Gelati

FOI #44 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.

Episode #43: Cynara the Cat

Bojack Horseman's anthropomorphic cat and literary agent, Princess Carolyn

Bojack Horseman’s anthropomorphic cat and literary agent, Princess Carolyn

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.

Related reading:

End clip: Aaron Paul, Will Arnett and Alison Brie in a clip from Bojack Horseman.

RERUN – Episode #11: Point and Shoot

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

Links:

Salt: Anything You Can Do I Can Do Equal [Women & Hollywood]

Hollaback NYC [Blogspot]

Schrodinger’s Rapist [Shapely Prose]

Hey Baby Game – It’s Payback Time, Boys… [Heybabygame.com]

RERUN: Episode #21, Wurst Case Cynario

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!

Links:

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]

Episode #42: Gummi Cleanse

Episode #42: Gummi Cleanse

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.

Topics:

  • 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

 

Episode #41: Stylin’ Daze

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Clockwise from top left: Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams in a scene from American Hustle; Holly Hunter as the enigmatic and prophetic GJ in Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake; Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman in Catching Fire; Oscar Isaac as the title character in Inside Llewyn Davis

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.

Episode #40: Orange You Glad?

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OINTB cast members Samira Wiley and Lea DeLaria

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.”