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.
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.”
(NB: This episode was recorded earlier in July but was delayed in posting due to a death in Jenny’s family.)
-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.
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.
“Foods of 30 Rock” illustration by Tyler Feder
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!
Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman as Fantine and Valjean in Les Misérables
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]
Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect; Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Bruce Willis as Joe in Looper
In this episode, we’re talking about two buzzworthy/hyped fall movies.
-Our enjoyment of Pitch Perfect was somewhat hampered by ill-applied (and, let’s face it, racist) tropes, but buoyed by Rebel Wilson
-You may be interested to know that Cynara thinks Step Up Revolution beats Pitch Perfect hands down (or, should we say, several bouncing cars down)
-A detour into the current trend in youth-oriented television and film program where everyone has to be super attractive, and even the Beast in the new Beauty and the Beast is less “Beast” and more “Moderately Handsome”
-At 34:00 we start talking about Looper, and we keep it spoiler-free with talk about the premise and also the use of prosthetics in the film to make Joseph Gordon-Levitt look more like Bruce Willis (or, should we say, Bruce Willi$)
-At 46:10 we start the spoiler section of the Looper discussion. If you haven’t seen the flick, shut it off then and come back later, at which point you’ll also be “treated” to a discussion at the end of “butt-chugging” and Jenny’s opinions about drinking age laws
End clip: Northwestern University’s all-male a cappella group Freshman Fifteen with their version of “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” by the Postal Service
Link: Ten Mysteries in ‘Looper’ Explained by Director Rian Johnson at /Film