Episode #39: Rabid Cats and Ally Cookies

theheat(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.)

Episode #38: It Ruins Lives

Supermarket SweepWe 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.

Links:

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RERUN – Episode #5 – Bargain Store Panties

i-love-ny-t-shirtCynara’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.

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.

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!

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”

 

 

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]

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

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.

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.