Episode #48: Plus-Sized Hero


-Fox sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Chelsea Peretti’s Netflix comedy special One of the Greats

The book Wild by Cheryl Strayed (forthcoming film adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon)

-White lady racism and AAVE appropriation

-Amy Poehler’s memoir Yes, Please.

-Animated feature Big Hero 6

Episode #46: Thirty-Two Going on Immortal

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig in The Skeleton TwinsTopics:

-Cynara’s review of the Kristen Wiig/Bill Hader flick The Skeleton Twins

-Jenny’s review of the new ABC supernatural drama Forever

-Fatantagonism in the Harry Potter series

-Misogyny in the James Bond series

-Age differences between on-screen couples and also Helen Mirren


Episode #45: Don’t Be Clippy


Cynara gives her take on two flicks, one in theatres and one on Netflix.

Right now on Netflix: The Punk Singer, a biographical documentary about musician and Riot Grrl Kathleen Hanna, including her recent diagnosis with late-stage lyme disease.

Right now in theatres: Gone Girl, based on the best-selling thriller by Gillian Flynn, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Cynara’s review doesn’t spoil the movie but might prepare you for some disappointing aspects of it.


-Jenny encourages all Winnipeggers to attend a new thing that’s happening called Cootie Club, an initiative to improve the representation and safety of women and feminine spectrum people in the music scene, check out all the details on Facebook

-Some gossiping about Ben Affleck  and Jennifer Garner

-The way men’s behaviour on the internet often resembles that of the animated paperclip that used to pop up and offer to help you with your Microsoft Word document

End song: Bikini Kill, “Bloody Ice Cream.”

Episode #42: Gummi Cleanse

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


Episode #41: Stylin’ Daze


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.

Episode #26: The Hunger Games (or, “Katni$$”)

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games

Believe it or not, we recorded this episode RIGHT AFTER we both saw the movie last Friday, but technical problems prevented me from posting it until now. The reason I mention this is because at the time of recording, we were not yet fully aware of the “Katni$$” phenomenon — i.e., that this movie has made and will make piles of money, the size of which heretofore unknown to all except those named Winfrey, Buffett, and God.

And why shouldn’t it? We loved the movie, so we can’t argue with the taste of millions (unlike other YA film franchises of late).

This podcast contains ~*SPOILERS*~ for The Hunger Games, both the movie and the original book by Suzanne Collins. We do  get into spoilers for the two following books, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, but not until later in the episode. So if you haven’t read them yet and plan to, you can stop listening at 47:50 (we warn you in the audio).

We spend most of the hour-plus gushing, but we do get to some matters of substance, including some of the race-based ugliness surrounding casting in the film (which got even WORSE after we recorded this), how Katniss is like Buffy, and how we approve of basically all the casting choices. Cynara sheds some light on how The Hunger Games became a bestseller in the first place. We also get to the root of Cynara’s desire to create a Rocky Horror Picture Show-style participatory viewing script for this film (hint: it’s pain).

Episode #21: Wurst Case Cynario

4:25 – Mindy Kaling’s first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Sadly, Jenny cannot offer a ringing endorsement of the book because it’s front loaded with a lot of body/weight talk that’s somewhere in the same zip code as the place known as Trigger Town, USA (at least for those of us who prefer not to hear their comediennes define obesity as “unhealthy overweight.”) Which isn’t to say the book isn’t worthwhile. Just that you might want to skip the first couple chapters.

14:30 – A detour to talk about the specific pressures faced by actresses who are not Hollywood-standard size 0. Christina Hendricks most recently, but also Buffy‘s Amber Benson back in the day.

18:30 – Sidetrack: the difference between being the 20s and 30s; how age affects the way you perceive yourself and how strangers interact with you. ~It gets personal~ Also, Jenny draws a parallel with the Dog Whisperer, LET HER FINISH. Plus: an hilarious Cynara blue hair anecdote.

40:20 – A nice show on Discovery called Oddities, about weird people bringing weird stuff to a weird shop in Manhattan. Books bound in human skin, anyone? How about a “horaffe”?

58:15 – Jimmy Kimmel’s YouTube challenge where he got parents to convince their kids that the parents had eaten the kids’ candy. The kids do not react well. We explain why (it has to do with the economics of childhood), and also explain why lying to kids is NOT COOL, OK?

PLUS: Why hasn’t Amy Poehler written a book? What is the name of Tina Fey’s baby? Why does Cynara tell weird iguana stories?


YouTube Challenge – I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy [YouTube]

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns by Mindy Kaling [Random House]

Oddities [Discovery Channel]



Episode #18 – Don’t Drag Your Feet

Tina Fey in a promo shot for her May 2011 hosting appearance on Saturday Night Live

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]


Episode #12 – Cynara & Jenny Vs. the World

Image taken from SlashFilm.com


-What we’ve been up to (which is being sick)

-Cynara’s steampunk-inspired solution for not being shunned on the SkyTrain

-Bringing back “bagism” (or, you know, not).

NOTE: At first Derek didn’t know we were recording, so he for awhile he does what he normally does when he’s in the room and Jenny and Cynara are talking on the phone/Skype/Gchat — joins in on the conversation with periodic interjections.

-The politics of winterwear in Winnipeg

-I don’t know if you’ve heard, but It’s a bad time to make mining jokes

-Cynara shares what she’s been doing at work — marketing a really cool book


-Cynara has developed some high standards for portrayals of women in film.

-For instance, her present enjoyment of the Back to the Future series is mitigated by the way women are characterized and used, plotwise.

-Towards a Bechdel Test for fat: we need a rating system for body positivity (or lack thereof, natch) in film.

-Anyway, what is with the girls in Scott Pilgrim?

-(White) hipster liberalism & how it plays out vis a vis Antoine Dodson.



On Feminism, Liberals, Black Folks and Antoine Dodson [Like a Whisper]

A Room in the City [Anvil Press]

Note: We’re not linking directly to the Cracked roundtable on Back to the Future because we don’t want to vouch for it completely. But you know how to use the internet to find it if you want.