Episode #49: She’s All Fat

  • 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)

Other references:

Too Many Cooks [Adult Swim/YouTube]

Wiehnachtspyramide [Wikipedia]

Episode #47: Out of Order

FOI 47

-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

Episode #46: Thirty-Two Going on Immortal

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig in The Skeleton TwinsTopics:

-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

 

Episode #44: Arsenic-Free Gelati

FOI #44 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.

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 #42: Gummi Cleanse

It’s January and that SUCKS even if you’re not in Winnipeg in the middle of a terrifying cold snap.
This episode covers some of our favourite ways to manage the deep winter doldrums, including: alcohol, cookie salad and cat-based reality TV.

Topics:

  • Therapeutic animal-based programming like My Cat from Hell, My Wild Affair and Too Cute
  • How to make the most of leftover holiday libations
  • The wisdom of comedienne Maria Bamford
  • The next YA hit book series to be converted to movies, Divergent
  • The dangers of sugar-free candy

 

Episode #41: Stylin’ Daze

foi41

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.

Episode #36: The Peacock

"Foods of 30 Rock" illustration by Tyler Feder

“Foods of 30 Rock” illustration by Tyler Feder

30 Rock has ended, and we are sad, but also glad that we got to watch six seasons of it.

Community is back, but with new showrunners, and we’re not sure how we feel about it yet.

Cynara at the Cinema: she gives her reviews of historical foreign drama A Foreign Affair and raunchy Melissa McCarthy comedy vehicle Identity Thief.

We discuss our anticipation of the upcoming Melissa McCarthy/Sandra Bullock buddy cop comedy! And our opinions on age differences in romantic relationships!

Episode #32: Wet Hot Canadian Summer

Big Brother 14 cast members compete in a veto challenge where they are dressed as nacho chips and have to dig in pools of “dip” for clues.

This episode would’ve been way more topical if Jenny had been more timely in posting it. OH WELL. What you get in this episode is some now outdated mid-Olympics talk, as well as our predictions on how Canadians will behave a weird competition reality show when Big Brother comes to Soviet Canuckistan.

Also: the TV ads that have been annoying us most lately.

 

Episode #31: Moonrise Magic

Top: Kara Hayward as Suzy in Moonrise Kingdom. Bottom: Channing Tatum as Mike in Magic Mike

Ugh, I was so slow getting this episode up. It would’ve been more timely if I hadn’t. On the plus side, maybe it’s given you, our audience, more time to actually check out the movies we’re talking about and not have to run screaming away from the prospect of G-string-related spoilers.

TOPICS:

Magic Mike: Objectification creates box office bank! And a double standard regarding men and women entertainers with a history in sex work is revealed.

Moonrise Kingdom: Wes Anderson puts Orientalism aside and instead gives us the whimsy we fell in love with him for.

Brave: Pixar delivers a girl hero! A hero who’s also a princess! Some film critics have trouble parsing that (Cynara doesn’t, OF COURSE).

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World: Steve Carell and Kiera Knightley get apocalyptic.

Plus: Menswear-themed TV shows are a thing! What’s next? Shows called Double Breasted, or Cravats, or Tweed and Twill?