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.
- Cynara recently finished the first season of Game of Thrones, so we do a spoiler-lite roundup of the good, the bad and the nonugly of that series.
- Big Brother has come to Canada, and I’m sure you’ll all be surprised to learn that the Canadian contestants are less vicious and violent than their American counterparts. Cynara covers the highlights of the series so far.
- We are deeply saddened by the death of Roger Ebert, so we talk through our feelings.
30 Rock has ended, and we are sad, but also glad that we got to watch six seasons of it.
Community is back, but with new showrunners, and we’re not sure how we feel about it yet.
Cynara at the Cinema: she gives her reviews of historical foreign drama A Foreign Affair and raunchy Melissa McCarthy comedy vehicle Identity Thief.
We discuss our anticipation of the upcoming Melissa McCarthy/Sandra Bullock buddy cop comedy! And our opinions on age differences in romantic relationships!
We cover the gamut of Les Misérables topics, from anachronistic teeth and hair in period pieces to actors losing weight for roles, to the Role of Women in the movie, to the unapologetically sub-par vocal stylings of Russell Crowe, to the breakaway pop hit potential of various numbers, to queer readings of the text.
- Sidebar 1: Kate Winslet married a guy named Ned Rocknroll (his legal name) over the holidays.
- Sidebar 2: Kimye are procreating. But will Kim’s uterus be as gilded as The Daily Show portrayed Kate Middleton’s to be?.
Jenny remains unwilling to see The Hobbit, but Cynara braved 48fps to bring you her report on hobbit holes, Eagles Ex Machina and related subjects
PLUS! What book was recently banished from Cynara’s night table?
End clip: Anne Hathaway performs “I Dreamed a Dream”
Today we offer you a rerun from the archives — an episode from May 2011 where we talk about the movie Hanna, Tina Fey, Chaz Bono, and most importantly, Nardwuar the Human Serviette (pictured at left with our own Cynara, her friend Aimee, and Randy Rampage, at the Penthouse Bar in Vancouver!).
00:52 – Fabulous girl-driven action flick Hanna. We discuss all the reasons we loved it, while trying not to spoil it too much because you might not have seen it and we want you to!
16:00 – Tina Fey’s memoir Bossypants. Again, we give all the reasons we like it and also some advice as to whether you should pick up the hardcover, ebook or audiobook.
37:12 – Chaz Bono embracing the role of most famous transperson on the planet with a documentary, book and mainstream media experiences – specifically a two-segment one with David Letterman. Talk of how much we (surprise!) admire Chaz and also, via David Sedaris, talk about how scripted Letterman’s interviews really are.
53:20 – Nardwuar the Human Serviette, National Treasure. If you didn’t know about him before, it’s probably because you’re American and it doesn’t matter anyway because now you DO know.
Chaz Bono appears on The Late Show David Letterman [YouTube]
Nardwuar’s talk at TEDxVancouver [YouTube]
Thee Official Nardwuar the Human Serviette Web Site [nardwuar.com]
End Audio Clip:
Nardwuar vs. Snoop Dogg 2002 [YouTube]