- The end of Stephen Colbert (and the continued dearth of women in late night TV)
- Cynara recommends two movies, Chris Rock’s Top Five and Swedish family drama Force Majeure.
Interview with Suey Park following #CancelColbert [Salon]
“The Christians and the Pagans” by Dar Williams [iTunes]
*You Only Live Once means the same as You Could Die Doing This
- Jenny has been rewatching Full House on Netflix and the nostalgia for white girlhood in the ’80s has overtaken her
- Cynara was inadvertently exposed to the trailer for the upcoming “Designated Ugly Fat Friend” makeover movie The DUFF and rage has overtaken her
- The new Keira Knightley/Chloë Grace Moretz flick, Laggies, is really great and also we are firmly pro-Keira at this point
- We recommend some German Christmas traditions
End clip: Full House theme song as it was played during the credits for season 3 (1989-90)
Too Many Cooks [Adult Swim/YouTube]
-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
-Cynara gives a NEGATIVE review of the new Jason Reitman flick Men, Women and Children. As she is wont to do with movies she hates, she gives spoilers BUT I warn you before it happens (trust me, it’s not really a big deal). Anyway, most of this has to do with people’s misapprehensions of what the internet is really like and how internet friends are REAL, DAMMIT
-With some effort, we redirect the conversation to The Good Wife (a discussion which does contain spoilers up to October 12, as well as a casting spoiler for the future)
-We even touch on How to Get Away with Murder, which Cynara isn’t sold on but wow was that final scene on October 16 a doozy (our discussion of this show is rather spoiler free — we do NOT reveal the “last nine words” that Viola Davis says, which weren’t as good as the 90 wordless seconds that preceded them, anyway
-Would Dollhouse have been a better show if the final episode had been shown first (à la HTGAWM?)
–Saturday Night Live is tanking in the ratings! Stefon is crying about this! (Maybe they should ditch the North Korea yellowface sketches and see how that goes?)
End clip: Eliza Dushku singing in the line of duty in the first season of Dollhouse
-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
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.”
Today we talk mostly movies, specifically:
-Jenny gives a less-than-coherent but nonetheless glowing review of the historical drama Belle
-Cynara has thumbs up for Frank starring Michael Fassbender
In the middle we get into a discussion of TV’s Hannibal and content warning: it’s gross, it’s just a really good show with really upsetting content so be forewarned.
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.
(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.