Episode #48: Plus-Sized Hero

FOI #48DISCUSSED:

-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 #43: Cynara the Cat

Bojack Horseman's anthropomorphic cat and literary agent, Princess Carolyn

Bojack Horseman’s anthropomorphic cat and literary agent, Princess Carolyn

Aaaand we’re back! The episode’s title is not entirely reflective of the content, because Jenny couldn’t come up with a witty reference to the New York Times being racist, obnoxious and completely nonfactual in reference to one of TV’s most powerful producers, Shonda Rhimes.

First on the docket: Netflix original series Bojack Horseman, Cynara’s endorsement of it and a mention of her resemblance to the character pictured at left.

Second: The abhorrent screed that appeared last week in the Times, penned by a TV critic who apparently does not actually watch TV and thought that the sequential words “Angry Black Woman” could actually be part of a compliment.

Additionally: Other TV chatter that covers some Bunheads, some Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, some Cosby Show, and a false promise to talk about Fargo.

Related reading:

End clip: Aaron Paul, Will Arnett and Alison Brie in a clip from Bojack Horseman.

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 #24: The Butch and the Beautiful

Academy Award Nominee Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids

In this episode:

-Jenny saw Buck Angel talk at the University of Winnipeg on Friday; her recap of that experience

-Our Oscar talk 2012 starts with in the gender-bending arena, with Glenn Close in the title role of Albert Nobbs

-How The Help is basically the Crash of 2012, not that that means Viola and Octavia don’t deserve those Oscars they’re gonna get

-We hit a few other Oscar notes, including The Artist, The Descendants, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc.

-Sidenote: can you believe Cynara doesn’t watch Parks and Recreation? (Yet.)

-And of course, Bridesmaids‘ TWO nominations (Supporting Actress and Original Screenplay), which is amazing if only because Melissa McCarthy will now forever be Academy Award Nominee Melissa McCarthy

 

LINKS

-A list of evidence of @BuckAngel putting down trans*/queer folks [Transcreature]

END CLIP

Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig in the ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED film Bridesmaids, in the scene where their characters meet for the first time.

Episode #15 – The More Things Change…

**THERE ARE MAD MEN SPOILERS IN THIS PODCAST**

Our pal and Mad Men megafan Margarita joins us once again to hash out topics surrounding the fourth season of AMC’s Mad Men and its season finale, including:

-Was the finale a poor episode, or are fans just upset that it didn’t go the way they wanted?

-Lamenting Mad Men‘s continuing racefail

-The long-awaited onscreen emergence of “Poan” (pictured above)

-Is Joan’s a “bad” marriage?

-How about that abortion storyline?

-Fat suit flashback

-Our ~*^hopes and dreams^*~ for next year

Links:

“Chalky White: Boardwalk Empire’ puts ‘Mad Men’ to shame” [TheLoop21.com]

“No One’s Ever on Your Side: Betty Draper Francis Still Needs Your Love” [Tiger Beatdown]

“Do Multiple Abortions Actually Harm Your Ability to Conceive?” [Jezebel]

End music:

“Cato as a Pun” by Of Montreal

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Episode #4 – Papas in the Kitchen

Discussed:

-The white-washing of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and a side-discussion about cultural appropriation in Firefly and the fact that the evil sea witch Ursula from The Little Mermaid remains a fat icon because the pickings are so scarce.

-Latest word that the film adaptation of Twilight: Breaking Dawn probably and disappointingly won’t depict the graphic birth/death/vampiring scene as written in the book.

-In honour of Father’s Day, we talk about some TV dads: mostly good, a couple bad.

Links:

-SNL Digital Short: “Dear Sister” [Double Agent]