-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
- Little Bayar takes a stand on the Mongolian steppe in Babies
In this epsiode:
- That adorable BabiesÂ documentary (see photo)
- That (according to Cynara) objectionable sci-fi Timberlake vehicle In Time
- That unforgivable thing Seth Meyers did on Saturday Night LiveÂ wherein he dragged the blameless and pure Kermit the Frog into his mire of fatphobia
- Childhood anecdote about cows
- Metaphors involving breasts
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 Â about him before, it’s probably because you’re American and it doesn’t matter anyway because now you DO know.
Chaz Bono appears onÂ 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]
It’s a very special day here at FOI because we have a guest contributor for the first time ever! Her name is Margarita and she is a huge Mad Men fan, so we invited her to chat with us on our special Mad Men episode on the occasion of the show returning for its fourth season with the the episode called “Public Relations.”
Margarita lives in San Francisco. You may know her from places such as the Fatshionista Livejournal community (where she is a founding moderator) or the premier Mad Men fansite Basket of Kisses, where she is a new contributor. She blogs about fatshion on Tumblr, as well.
-All the ways in which Peggy dominates in the episode
-All the ways in which Don is recumbent in this episode
-Disability gets a feature role, and we get to see the way our characters react in the context of the 1960s kyriarchy
-Call back to Jon Hamm’s second Saturday Night Live appearance and that hilarious “Hamm and BublÃ©” sketch, at which point Margarita informs us that Michael BublÃ© once appeared in yellowface in a movie. o_O
-Betty: everyone loves to hate her and some people just want her off the show. We consider that an unacceptable reaction
-Joan as Femme role model; our hopes for our Joanie, which include us wishing for her rapist husband to die a horrible death in Vietnam
-The race issue. Seriously, this show is all about white people, and we can’t rationalize that anymore
-Some tangents on the subect of True Blood (can that show pleeeease stop brutalizing Tara now? Like, right now?) and also Joss Whedon’s apparent reluctance to accept criticism from his fans
“Dear Drapers: A letter to ‘Mad Men’s’ first family from the Black maid” [TheLoop21.com]
The Michael BublÃ© movie in question, Totally Blonde (2001) [IMdb.com]
You can make Mad Men avatars just like ours! [MadMenYourself.com]
“Something’s Gotta Give” from Ella Fitzgerald’s 1964 release The Johnny Mercer Songbook.