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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!

May 13 / Cynara

Mad Men Open Thread: Season 5, Episode 9: “Dark Shadows”

Are You There God? It's Me, Pete Campbell

*Don channels Satan
*Megan teaches Sally how to cry (not that she really needed lessons!)
*”thin people have good weeks and bad weeks too.”  [THIN ALLIES: SAY IT AIN'T SO!]
*Michael “Can’t Keep a Secret” Ginsberg
*The Hannibal Lec–I mean ,Weight Watchers diet involves “filling yourselves with your children, your home and your husbands.”
*Betty drops the A-Bomb
*Peggy is not an airplane: but she can write for one!
*Roger ruins yet another apartment
*Pete tries–and fails–to get with the Times
*Petty Betty and The Saddest Thanksgiving Plate in All the World

 

All that and more on this week’s episode of Mad Men. You just ignore Don, Ginsberg. I think about you ALL THE TIME!
May 10 / Jenny

Episode #29: Girls Girls Girls (and also Pirates)

I know it’s been a tough few weeks for you, because every week you’ve been watching the new HBO dramedy series and Sex and the City heir-apparent Girls, watching the whitest of Brooklyn white girls frolic about with their straight, straight hair and tights and all the while you’ve been thinking, “WHAT DO CYNARA AND JENNY THINK OF THIS?” or, more likely, “CAN CYNARA EVEN WATCH THIS SHOW WITHOUT PIECES OF HER BRAIN MATTER ENDING UP SPLATTERED ON THE CHESTERFIELD?”

The wait is over. Listen to this episode and you will know our minds on the topic of Lena Dunham’s first televisual offering. And you might be SURPRISED. Just saying!

Because Cynara was good and watched, at Jenny’s behest, all three thus far aired Girls episodes, Jenny allowed her to discuss a kiddie flick an animated picture: The Pirates! Band of Misfits, which, she notes, is brought to us by Aardman Animations, the makers of Wallace and Gromit.

End music: Bea Arthur performing “Threepenny Opera/Pirate Jenny.”

May 7 / Cynara

Mad Men Open Thread: Season 5, Episode 8 “Lady Lazarus”

So you *don't* like my eyes?

*Roger gives Pete skis; Pete rethinks his life insurance
*Don wants you kids to turn that music down!
*Rory Gilmore : prefers hobos!
*It is totally not fake whip cream you guise, it’s a non-dairy dessert topping that melts in your mouth. You can put it on ice cream and cake.  JUST TRY IT. I MEAN TASTE IT. I MADE TWO.
*Joan will take care of it
*Acting: it’s easier for girls! They give you a costume! And shoes too!
*[Would somebody buy Ginsberg lunch already?]
*The Second Wife Playbook [well, I can pretty much guarantee it would make for better reading than Sterling's Gold].
*Life Before Bayside: Mr. Belding’s secret past as a Cool-Whip food scientist revealed!
All this and more on this week’s episode of Mad Men!  Say, have you seen those pictures of the Earth from space? Majestic, don’t you think?