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Apr 7 / Jenny

Episode #37: Honourable Menschen

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  • 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.
Feb 21 / Jenny

Episode #36: The Peacock

"Foods of 30 Rock" illustration by Tyler Feder

“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!

Jan 13 / Jenny

Episode #35: The Gilded Uterus

Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman as Fantine and Valjean in Les Misérables

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”

 

 

Nov 25 / Jenny

RERUN – Episode #18 – Don’t Drag Your Feet

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!).

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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.

 

Links:

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]

Oct 8 / Jenny

Episode #34: Close That Loop

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

Sep 17 / Jenny

Episode 33: Beautiful Dreams for the Future

  • Cynara reviews Celeste and Jesse Forever.
  • The producers of Teen Wolf are holding an honest-to-God fanfic contest
  • Could it be that YouTube comments not as uniformly bad as they used to be, at least when it comes to fanvids?
  • Oh yeah, and then something called “Chavril” happened
  • Jenny is very into American politics, and would very much like to own this mug
  • Breaking News: Canadians are racist, too!
  • Céline Dion did a bonkers photo shoot
  • One time Enrico Colantoni (a.k.a. Keith Mars) played René Angelil in a TV movie. Since then he’s been on a show that a lot of people don’t know is actually Canadian (Flashpoint)
  • Is Céline the Canadian analogue for Dolly Parton?

 

End song: “J’irai ou tu iras,” from Céline Dion’s album D’eux.

Aug 22 / Jenny

Episode #32: Wet Hot Canadian Summer

Big Brother 14 cast members compete in a veto challenge where they are dressed as nacho chips and have to dig in pools of “dip” for clues.

This episode would’ve been way more topical if Jenny had been more timely in posting it. OH WELL. What you get in this episode is some now outdated mid-Olympics talk, as well as our predictions on how Canadians will behave a weird competition reality show when Big Brother comes to Soviet Canuckistan.

Also: the TV ads that have been annoying us most lately.

 

Jul 11 / Jenny

Episode #31: Moonrise Magic

Top: Kara Hayward as Suzy in Moonrise Kingdom. Bottom: Channing Tatum as Mike in Magic Mike

Ugh, I was so slow getting this episode up. It would’ve been more timely if I hadn’t. On the plus side, maybe it’s given you, our audience, more time to actually check out the movies we’re talking about and not have to run screaming away from the prospect of G-string-related spoilers.

TOPICS:

Magic Mike: Objectification creates box office bank! And a double standard regarding men and women entertainers with a history in sex work is revealed.

Moonrise Kingdom: Wes Anderson puts Orientalism aside and instead gives us the whimsy we fell in love with him for.

Brave: Pixar delivers a girl hero! A hero who’s also a princess! Some film critics have trouble parsing that (Cynara doesn’t, OF COURSE).

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World: Steve Carell and Kiera Knightley get apocalyptic.

Plus: Menswear-themed TV shows are a thing! What’s next? Shows called Double Breasted, or Cravats, or Tweed and Twill?

May 28 / Jenny

Episode #30: Stark Spangled Banner (a.k.a. The Avengers Episode)

Avengers Booty Ass-semble by Kevin Bolk

Avengers Booty Ass-emble by Kevin Bolk

Cynara made one of her twice-annual visits to Winnipeg and so we got to record this without the interference of Skype.

WARNING: We laugh way louder and harder when we’re in the same room together (apparently).

Topics:

  • The “fridging” of female characters, in comics and in the Whedon canon
  • Is the “strong, still” acting presence that Scarlett Johansen brings underrated because she’s a woman? (Yes.)
  • The movie had too much Gwyneth, for Jenny’s taste and about enough Edward Norton for everyone’s taste.
  • Chris Evans’ Body And What It Means (No, For Real)
  • Captain America is an amazing character and we love him
  • Ruffalo as Hulk is gr8

 

May 20 / Jenny

Mad Men Open Thread: Season 5, Episode 10: “Christmas Waltz”

No clever caption, this pic is just here because C. Hendricks is gorge.

*It’s a Krishna Christmas! And it’s 1966, so that means that STAR TREK now exists!
*Lane’s having money problems, I don’t understand what they are and I don’t care to
*”The twist is that the Negron are white”
*Pete can’t drive stick (and yet he wishes Don would kiss him on the mouth)
*Uncle Roger wants to provide baby Kevin with more than just bicycles
*Epic fraternal goodness between Don and Joan (I actually typed “Doan” at first, sue me — or don’t, at least not with any model airplanes around)
*”Lakshmi” (or, as I like to think of her, “The Lovechild of Juliette Lewis and Cobie Smulders”) screws Harry, and then he returns the favour. But the question is, will Paul actually go west?

TUNE IN next week for the return of Trudy!