Episode #27: Failing Forward

Ken Jeong as Chang and Chevy Chase as Pierce in Community

Cynara saw Guy Maddin’s latest flick, Keyhole, and had to do some remedial Maddin 101 for her fellow theatre-goers. As of Saturday, Jenny had made plans to see The Cabin in the Woods, so some very spoiler-free speculation about that picture (which we have now both seen and which will be discussed at a later date) ensues. We talk in generalities about films we’ve seen lately and films we want to see soon, as well as the perils of aging and de-aging technology in film and SORAS (Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome).

Flipping to the small screen, we talk about the ongoing and very public beef between Chevy Chase and Community showrunner Dan Harmon, which segues into lots of fan talk about recent Community episodes (feel free to vote in the comments as to who you think is Cynara’s “Blade”).

Then we do some Mad Men talk, so if you’re not up to date, don’t listen after the 40:00 mark.

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



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


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

Episode #22: Sombre Frappuccino

Wait, Walt wasn't the one who lab-brewed the best coffee...

We didn’t really have a solid plan for this week’s episode, but we are so dedicated to consistency that we forged ahead anyway and ended up talking about Breaking Bad for half an hour. Timely! But seriously, it’s on Netflix Canada now and so Jenny’s watched the first three seasons and it turns out Cynara was up to date all along. If you haven’t watched the series yet and plan to, don’t worry — we keep it SPOILER-FREE (or very, very, very spoiler-lite), talking about the themes of the show rather than the plot points.

Also on this week’s show:

-TVtropolis, home of the Roseanne rerun. Has any other sitcom in the last 25 years so deeply explored topics of class and real-life money concerns?

-On the flip side, today we have Up All Night, which has an amazing cast (Will Arnett, Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph) but puts its new-parent comedy in a highly-privileged, wealthy setting.

The Talk is unsurprisingly disappointing. Sharon Osbourne says troubling things. Cynara resembles every fat woman you know. Guess what?? there’s a double standard between the genders on aging for TV news anchors! BREAKING NEWS.