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”



Fanvid Friday: Take My Hand [BBC’s Sherlock]

I was so pleased to discover that this vid–which only had a few thousand views when I first came upon it some months back–has now had at least 44,000 pairs of eyeballs on it, because it deserves every one of those views and a fillion more.

If I were to curate an in-person fanvid exhibit in some sort of gallery (DREAM BIG, GEISSLER) this gutpuncher would have its own screen where it played on a loop next to a giant box of tissue, a case of wine, and litter of fluffy white kittens bread to pay particular affection to human beings in the midst of a seriously, seriously, ugly cry.

The song, clip selection (those LOOKS), added text, and alternating of black and white frames of youtube user ILoveThesePeople’s video combine to create a heartbreaking masterwork of staggering Johnlock genius. I will never tire of watching this, and if you similarly needed to sob into a phone or gchat box after watching the S2 finale, neither will you.

NB: video contains serious spoilers for Sherlock seasons 1 and 2


Now, won’t you please just take my hand… oh FFS  get over here. Let me hold you in my arms for a minute. You can get snot on my collar, I used to work with kids, I don’t mind. We’ll make it to late 2013… somehow.

I’m not what you’d call a serious Sherlock/John (or Johnlock) shipper. I like a pr0n-y tumblr full of Johnlock fan art as much as the next Benaddict, but I’m decidedly old school Sherlockian canon when it comes to the Watson-Holmes relationship. I think there’s a lot of sincere love and tenderness and affection there, but I don’t find much in the text that ultimately suggests buttsecks.  The above vid, however, should satisfy the shippers and purists alike. It can easily be read through a romantic or platonic lens to suit your purposes, be they chaste or profane or somewhere in-between.

Annnd speaking of lenses: I’m now picturing some sort of novelty item called “Slash Goggles.” They’d have like naked characters doing it drawn on the glass so the wearer actually sees their ‘ships bumping uglies in every scene of whatever show they’re watching. Or, better yet, they are a Viewmaster that has slides of people doing it with little slots to slide in the faces of the characters you want to see getting to know each other in the biblical sense. You know, the existence of Slash Goggles, COULD explain some of incredibly strained ships in the fandom. (*cough cough* Mystrade anyone? Not a single scene together! Not one!).

But honestly, if you wanna ship the Buckingham Palace ashtray and 243 types of tobacco ash, I will not debate your deduction. I respect your right to suggest that I am the one who “sees, but does not observe.” There’s always more than one way to read a text.

*UNF, THIS COVER U GUISE. I’m not the marrying kind, but if was, Ingrid Michaelson covering (and imho totally ECLIPSING) Elvis would be a frontrunner for First Dance. (You know, it might even depose Jens Lekman’s “Your Arms Around Me” as the ruler of love songs in my heart).

Episode #25: Cumberbatched

Cynara is very, very interested in actor Benedict Cumberbatch, and she is positively itching to tell you exactly why.

She’s been delving into his body of work with the greatest of aplomb, and so she can report on his past work, which includes a critically acclaimed portrayal of a famous scientist and a supporting role in a Hugh Laurie sitcom.

We also get into the reasons why you might want to take up watching the BBC series Sherlock, starting Cumberbatch and also The Office (UK) alum Martin Freeman. If you’re worried about being spoiled — FEAR NOT! We don’t talk spoilers until the 34:00 mark, and we encourage the newbies to listen to the first part. We also discuss the RDJ (that is, “Robert Downey, Jr.”) flicks and how they compare with Cumberbatch iteration of Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary sleuth.

Oh, and also stuff about how Sherlock‘s showrunner is also Doctor Who‘s current showrunner, Steven Moffat, and the question of just how alike (or not) are Sherlock and the Doctor?


Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as John Watson in season 1, episode 3 of Sherlock.

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